Links to reports on religion and faith

Same-sex marriage will be ‘law of the land’ by 2020 says Northern Ireland Minister
[[] https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/samesex-marriage-will-be-law-of-the-land-by-2020-says-northern-ireland-minister-38478361.html ]

Hundreds of clergy facing hardship despite vast C of E wealth
The Guardian – Hundreds of clergy are in financial hardship, with some resorting to credit cards or even a high-interest payday lender, despite the Church of England …
[[] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/06/clergy-hardship-church-of-england-wealth ]

Comment – David Robertson: ‘What can the Church do about Brexit?’
[ https://christiantoday.com/article/what-can-the-church-do-about-brexit/133170.htm ]

Feature on worker priests and the Worker Church Group of Anglican priests.

Includes mention of self-supporting ministers and ministry in the work place in the Church of England, along with comment from the Church of England’s Interim Director of Ministry Division, Canon Mandy Ford.
[ https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/6-september/features/features/clocking-on-the-world-of-the-worker-priest ]

Article on former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, who has written a book, ‘A Better Ambition: Confessions of a Faithful Liberal’.
[ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tim-farron-opens-up-on-the-trauma-of-being-a-christian-politician-and-life-in-the-lib-dems-g933qdmqn ]

Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals, on the role of cathedrals to serve and minister to the needs of the whole nation.
[ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/adrian-dorber-cathedrals-are-helter-skelter-in-love-with-evangelisation-rt8h5dwr7 ]

Reports that a charity foundation named after the late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is donating £800,000 towards the restoration of the city’s cathedral.

The Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, is quoted as saying the money was a ‘transformational gift’
[ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-49641975 ]
[ https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/vichai-foundation-donates-800k-towards-3300465 ]

Report that pews removed from St Matthew’s church, Exeter, as part of a major refurbishment project have been donated to a charity which works with prisoners nearing release and those at risk of going to prison. The pews will be turned into chopping boards and other items. The vicar, Rev Matt Clayton, is quoted. The renovation project at the church is part of project backed by Strategic Development Funding, part of the Church of England’s programme of Renewal and Reform.
[ https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Pews-to-be-turned-into-chopping-boards ]