• The Church of England must remain credible as well as viable

    Posted on: 12/11/14  |  Posted By: Lorraine Cavanagh  |  Category: Blog

    Last Thursday’s Oxford Faith Debate at the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford was a timely reminder of the fact that there are other things at stake, when it comes to the future of the Church of England, than the issues...

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  • Clergy united on parish system

    Posted on: 09/10/14  |  Posted By: Faith Debates  |  Category: Blog

    As previously reported, a representative survey of Anglican clergy was recently commissioned to inform our new debate series on the future of the Church of England. The survey was administered online by YouGov in August 2014 and...

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  • Clergy polled in new Anglican survey

    Posted on: 26/08/14  |  Posted By: Faith Debates  |  Category: Blog

    A new survey is underway, gathering information about the beliefs and values of Anglican clergy in the UK for the purpose of academic research, and to support a forthcoming debate series on the Future of the Church of England....

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  • Only enterprise can save our parish churches now

    Posted on: 27/06/14  |  Posted By: Andrew Mawson  |  Category: Blog

    On a recent trip to Wales, I visited a church with an attached café. It was heavily subsidised by grants, a situation that is simply not going to be possible in the coming years. Over the road was a curry house, the winner of...

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  • What research on violent extremism tells us about swamps and crocodiles

    Posted on: 05/06/14  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    The research on violent Islamic extremism and how to tackle it is now extensive. What guidance does it give us in deciding whether Michael Gove or Theresa May and Charles Farr are right? The former believes that Islamist ideology...

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  • Abandoned by their religion? People of faith encountering biomedicine

    Posted on: 30/05/14  |  Posted By: Jackie Leach Scully  |  Category: Blog

    Faith group members are just as likely as anyone else to suffer from infertility or debilitating genetic conditions, and to seek medical help. For those people whose religious identity is important to them, knowing about the...

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  • Quakers, (Same-Sex) Marriage and the State

    Posted on: 28/03/14  |  Posted By: Rachel Muers  |  Category: Blog

    In 1663 Charles and Mary Appleby, a Quaker couple from Liskeard, Cornwall, were summoned and questioned by the mayor and eventually imprisoned in Launceston gaol. Their misdemeanour, according to the fellow Quaker who recorded...

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  • Pope Francis, One Year On

    Posted on: 09/03/14  |  Posted By: Tina Beattie  |  Category: Blog

    After a year in office, Pope Francis’s popularity shows no sign of waning. A weekly Italian fanzine called Il Mio Papa (‘My Pope’) has just been launched by Silvio Berlusconi’s publishing company, though Francis says he...

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  • Earth to Earth: Natural burial and the Church of England

    Posted on: 11/02/14  |  Posted By: Hannah Rumble  |  Category: Blog

    At the time I write this blog there are several stories in the news and on the radio about the problems that religion in general is facing – and the Church of England in particular. Linda Woodhead’s research, showcased on...

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  • Religion in the United Nations

    Posted on: 19/01/14  |  Posted By: Jeremy Carrette  |  Category: Blog

    “United Nations too Christian” was the Guardian headline for a story on our report Religious NGOs at The United Nations this January. This slant caught the imagination, and led to news stories around the world. The research...

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