Birmingham Christian leaders in call for peaceful protest against racial injustice

Birmingham-based Bishop Mike Royal (Apostolic Pastoral Congress) and Pastor Dave Ellis (Heart of England Baptist Association) are among a group of senior leaders calling on Christian ministers and believers from around the UK to support a peaceful protest against racial injustice in UK society. At a time when the issue of racial inequality is being highlighted, … Read more Birmingham Christian leaders in call for peaceful protest against racial injustice

Re-opening of places of worship

On Monday 29 June, the Government published its guidelines about the re-opening and safe use of places of worship in England from this Saturday, 4 July. Under the new guidelines, those responsible in each place of worship will carry responsibility to carry out a risk assessment concerning activities and attendance. The detailed guidelines cover maximum … Read more Re-opening of places of worship

Funding to protect places of worship from hate crime

The latest round of the Government’s Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open. The scheme provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith-based community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime. The 2020 scheme has been designed in accordance with government advice on COVID-19. The application process has been changed … Read more Funding to protect places of worship from hate crime

Midlands Bishops to join cross-government working group

On Monday 22 June – ‘Windrush Day’ – Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the formation of a new cross-government working group to address the challenges faced by the Windrush generation and their descendants. The working group brings together stakeholders and community leaders with senior representatives from government departments. The group’s aim is to support the … Read more Midlands Bishops to join cross-government working group

Sharing Christ cross-culturally

Friends International, a registered charity working to grow friendship and faith with international students in the UK and Ireland, is to hold six free, online workshops about ‘sharing Christ cross-culturally.’ Each of the six 90-minute sessions includes teaching, discussion groups and Q&A. The first training session will take place on the morning of Saturday 4 … Read more Sharing Christ cross-culturally

Open letter from West Midlands Methodist Church Leaders

Revd Ian Howarth, Chair of the Birmingham Methodist District, and Revd Rachel Parkinson, Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District, have issued a joint letter to Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The letter reads as follows: 23rd June 2020 Dear Mayor and Police … Read more Open letter from West Midlands Methodist Church Leaders

Church buildings re-open for private prayer

The Government’s announcement that from Monday 15 June 2020 church buildings in England will be allowed to re-open for private prayer has been welcomed by senior Church Leaders. Roman Catholic bishops in particular had been pressing for the re-opening of church doors, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols described the move as ‘a big step forward for … Read more Church buildings re-open for private prayer

Tax Justice Sunday, 14 June 2020

Sponsored by ‘Church Action for Tax Justice‘ (CATJ), Sunday 14 June is ‘Tax Justice Sunday.’ CATJ was established just over a year ago, with the aim of working towards a fairer and more effective tax system, where democratic governments set taxes to reflect the Common Good, and individuals and corporations each pay their share. The … Read more Tax Justice Sunday, 14 June 2020