National C of E news Releases

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Working group on new legislative proposals on women bishops announced
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced the membership of the new working group established by the House of Bishops following the defeat of the women bishops’ legislation.

Archbishop's video message for World AIDS Day 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day (1 December 2012) in which he highlights that ‘nearly 2 million women, every year, die as a result of this condition’, a fact which underlines that the ‘HIV/AIDS challenge is about women’s empowerment and women’s liberty.’

Reflections ‘on the go’ in daily Advent podcasts
A new series of free inspirational ‘on the go’ podcasts for Advent are launched today based on the Reflections for Daily Prayer series from Church House Publishing, a highly successful iPhone/iPad app, with more than 30,000 downloads in around 100 countries since its launch in late 2011.

Electronic voting results published
Electronic voting results for last week’s General Synod have been published on the Church of England website.

General Synod Rejects Draft Legislation on Women Bishops
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to reject the draft legislation to allow women to become bishops.

Announcement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Justin Welby for election as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

Women Bishops: Enough Waiting - Janet Appleby's message to General Synod
During this summer’s consultation on Women Bishops, the Archbishop welcomed the Revd Janet Appleby’s suggestion of ‘a simple form of words which had at is heart the notion of respect’. This has since become known as the Appleby Amendment.

Love Life Live Lent to keep 2012 Games feel-good flame burning
A campaign encouraging people to harness the 2012 Games spirit of goodwill has been launched this week - the call to action contained within a ‘sampler’ booklet being posted out to 20,000 Church of England clergy around the country.

Prayer for Parents’ Week: “Make a moment”, says Bishop of Oxford
The Bishop of Oxford the Rt Revd John Pritchard has written a prayer* for Parents’ Week encouraging parents to slow down and take more time with children in their care.

Emergency pastoral ministry essentials in one pocket-size companion
Clergy perform thousands of emergency pastoral services in the community every year, prompting Church House Publishing to compile the essentials for pastoral ministry in a portable, easy-reference volume.

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