The top reports on faith in the news this morning.
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Report on planned voting policy in relation to executive pay, gender diversity and climate change, by the Church Investors Group (CIG) announced ahead of this year’s AGM season. The CIG represents church organisations with combined investment assets of around £17 billion and includes the main investing bodies of the Church of England and the Methodist Church. The Financial Times highlights the announcement that CIG members will now vote against the re-election of nomination committee chairs where the board has less than 33% female and it will vote against all directors on the nomination committee where fewer than 25% of board directors are women.
Further reports on appeal to stay in the UK by 19-year-old former child slave ‘Stephen’ after the Home Secretary refused his plea for asylum last year. The teenager was rescued by Rev David Tomlinson, of St John’s Church, Shildon, and his wife Davina, three years ago. The Guardian and Mail report that the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, has written a letter of support after Stephen personally addressed the Diocesan Synod about his plight.
Church Times/Christian Today
Reports on excerpts from an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, including comments on safeguarding and the Bishop Bell case. The full interview, on a range of topics, is to be published in next week’s edition of the Church Times.
Articles on centenary of women gaining the right to vote in Britain. Includes Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, who has been announced as the new Bishop of London, among senior posts now held by women. Premier also quote from an interview with Bishop Sarah and a blog she has written to mark the centenary. (See also News from the Archbishop of Canterbury, above)
News article on Lent.
Further report on the independent inquiry into the actions of the disgraced breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson, who was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding patients with intent last year and jailed for 20 years. The chair of the inquiry, the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, has said he wants to hear what issues patients and families would like it to consider, before he finalises the terms of reference.
Canon Colin Craston – Evangelical Secretary of Anglican Consultative Council
Martyn Percy: ‘To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics’