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The Church helps to destroy stigma that surrounds HIV and Aids

HIV and Aids are attacking millions of individuals, all around the world. The Church is helping to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds the disease.

Gay humanist charity welcomes Queen’s support for unbelievers

A UK gay charity, the Pink triangle Trust, has welcomed HM Queen Elizabeth II’s recognition that people don’t need faith in order to lead moral lives and to contribute positively to society.

Op-Ed: Despised and rejected – gays and Christianity

It’s never been easy being gay – especially gay and religious. It’s got better in some countries – and in my own, the UK, it’s almost cool, and there are laws to protect homosexuals against discrimination.

Gay bishops are OK, says Anglican chief – but no sex, please

Gay bishops are OK. That seems to be the message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who heads the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Second snub for would-be UK bishop because he’s gay

A clergyman in the UK has been passed over for a bishop’s post because he’s gay. It’s emerged that Jeffrey John’s rejection comes after secret talks among senior churchmen, who fear a further split in the Anglican Communion.

Festival boycott call because gay-rights campaigner will be there

A leading consultant with Anglican Mainstream, the Church of England’s conservative and traditionalist wing, has called for a boycott of the UK’s Christian version of Woodstock, the mega Greenbelt arts festival, which takes place in August.

Church of England: Not enough religious broadcasting on BBC

The Church of England is worried that religious broadcasting by the BBC will suffer, as the corporation is in danger of “losing sight of its essence – the DNA that makes it an enduring part of national culture”.

Church bans Tai Chi class because of Taoism link

Senior members of a church in Northern England have decided that a Tai Chi class may no longer be held in the church hall because the martial art is closely connected to Taoism, a religion that originates in Eastern Asia.

Help to reform lawmaking chamber, UK bishops urged

Anglican bishops in Britain are being urged to take a leading role in reforming the country’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords.

UK peers approve gay ‘marriage’ ceremonies on religious premises

Britain’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnership ceremonies.

Church’s pension move for same-sex partners

The Church of England’s rule-making body's decision to extend pension rights beyond the legal minimum for same-sex partners has been welcomed.

Gay issue sidestepped by church ruling body

The lawmaking body of the Anglican Church has sidestepped the thorny gay issue that has almost torn the church apart, by refusing to officially recognise a breakaway group in the United States.

Not enough religion on the BBC, say religionists

Secularists in the United Kingdom say religious programmes put out by the national broadcaster, the BBC, are not popular or valued.

Archbishop aplogizes for LGBT comments

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has apologized for statements he made about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within the church.

UK Priest Advises Poor People to Shoplift

A parish priest in Northern England has been criticized for telling his congregation that it's acceptable for vulnerable people to shoplift.

U.K. Bishop Apologizes After Appearing to Praise the Taliban

The man recently appointed Church of England Bishop to the U.K.'s armed forces has apologized for comments he made to a British newspaper that were interpreted as praise for the Taliban.

HSBC Chairman Speaks of Banks Owing 'Real World' an Apology

Stephen Green, Chairman of one of the world's largest banking groups HSBC, has spoken of how the banking world owes what he calls the "real world" an apology.

Study Shows That Church of England Is Facing Decline

The Church of England may be losing 90 percent of those attending services within a generation. A study by Christian Research claims by 2050 Sunday attendance will be under 88,000 compared to just under a million today.

And The Grooms Were Priests

The Church of England is letting it be known that two priests that recently got married were breaking the "rules." Peter Cowell and David Lord were joined as husband and husband at Saint Bartholomew the Great in London last month.

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