National C of E news Releases

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With 100 days to go, hundreds of churches are getting ready for 2012 Games
One hundred days before the 2012 Games commence, the Church of England has released details illustrating how hundreds of its churches and worshippers are preparing to serve communities via Games-themed events, hospitality, chaplaincy, sports fixtures, prayer and exhibitions.

New start for the English Anglican - Roman Catholic Committee (English ARC
The English group which works for unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics has begun a new stage of its life. Meeting at Canterbury Cathedral from 23 to 24 March in a context of prayer and worship, the members of the newly configured English Anglican – Roman Catholic Committee set in train a programme of work for the next five years.

Print Budget 2012: VAT to be charged at 20 percent on alterations to listed chur
Unexpectedly the Chancellor announced in the Budget that from 1 October 2012 approved alterations to listed buildings – which, unlike repairs and maintenance are currently zero-rated - will be charged at the standard rate of 20 percent. This will cost the Church of England up to £20 million per annum on works to its 12,500 listed church buildings, assuming of course parishes and cathedrals can now afford to go ahead and undertake the works required.

Report seeks to protect Church Schools and sets direction for next decade
Church schools are at the heart of the nation and should robustly assert their Christian ethos and foundation, according to recommendations included in a groundbreaking report published by the Church of England.

Archbishop of Canterbury to be Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
Archbishop Rowan Williams has today announced his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge with effect from January 2013. He will therefore be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012. Dr Williams’ intentions have been conveyed to The Queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and who formally appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Inspection report on three ministerial training courses published
The Church of England has published an inspection report on three of its ministerial training courses:

Human Rights & Religious Faith
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights has made a profound impact in fighting injustice and is “a landmark in the history of moral consciousness”, says the Archbishop of Canterbury in a lecture on Human Rights and Religious Faith at the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

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