Daily Media Digest Thursday 23 February 

News from the Archbishop of York

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Media Coverage

Christian Today
Reports comments from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, now the chair of Christian Aid. He called the famine declaration in South Sudan 'another horrific blow to the hopes and security of the people of this war-ravaged country, already coping with huge levels of displacement as well as violence'. The Department for International Development (DFID) is to provide £200m in emergency aid to South Sudan and Somalia.

Darlington & Stockton Times
Reports that 25 bishops will be in the North East for a four-day mission in March. The bishops will visit more than 450 community events and bring the Gospel to pubs, streets and sports clubs across the Diocese of Durham. The Talking Jesus mission will start with a service at Durham Cathedral on March 2, led by the Archbishop of York. 
Christian Today
Reports a blog written by the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, for  ViaMedia.News under the headline “Being radical about radical inclusion’, in which he discusses the way forward following the debate at the General Synod last week on the bishops report on marriage and same sex relationships.

Reports that HSBC closed the account of St Nicholas parish church in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, last month after it failed to supply information requested for anti-money-laundering and fraud checks. Infuriated officials complained to HSBC and then to the BBC before the bank relented and reopened its account. Peter Timms, treasurer of St Nicholas, said: “They took a sledgehammer to crack a nut and it was totally impersonal.” He added that HSBC had since apologised and offered to help re-establish the 300-plus cancelled standing orders used by parishioners to make monthly donations.
Diary item about Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden, becoming the temporary Bishop of London, following the retirement of Richard Chartres.
Guard/Christian Today
Further coverage that campaigners who are calling for Colston Hall in Bristol to change its name because it celebrates the prominent slave trader Edward Colston have widened their focus to include Bristol Cathedral where the largest window pays tribute to Edward Colston and depicts symbols related to his work. The Dean of Bristol has issued a press statement.
Reports that the Bristol Diocese Consistory Court has refused a faculty petition from St Mary's Church at Redcliffe, Bristol, to store religious vestments in a cupboard under the altar.
Video report about the removal of toys and trinkets from the graveyard of St Peter's church, Bredhurst, in the Diocese of Rochester.

BBC/Liverpool Echo
Reports that a former Anglican vicar has admitted thefts totalling more than £100,000 from his diocese. Rev Michael John Fry, 57, of Aigburth Vale, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to eight offences over eight years ending on 1 January 2014. He was remanded on bail to be sentenced on 23 March at Liverpool Crown Court.
Where now for ethical banking?
Telegraph: Toppling statues of slave traders doesn't redeem Britain's history. It erases it.
Prospect magazine
Linda Woodhead: ‘The Church of England has reached a turning point on gay marriage’

Christian Today: “What is a radical new inclusion”?
: The Revd John Salt, the Anglican Bishop of St Helena in the South Atlantic from 1999 to 2011.

Stories Worth Sharing

 Why the Church is Promoting the Vocations of Disabled People

Christianity has at its heart a willingness to slow down and hear each other’s story in a spirit of gentle friendship but says Roy McCloughry, National Disability Adviser, for the Archbishop's Council: ‘We cannot pretend that disabled people have not had sometimes to struggle with a disabling rather than an enabling church’.

 An Education Where No Passports Are Required

Around one million children in England – a quarter of primary pupils and one in 16 secondary students – attend Church of England schools, which welcome those from all backgrounds. At a time when racial and cultural tensions appear to be on the rise, Church schools are valued more than ever by people of all faiths and none, according to the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer Nigel Genders.

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