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Five things we learned this week

Fri 15 Jan 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week in the world of Christian news

1. Episcopal Church suspended from full participation in the Anglican Communion

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Anglican Primates have suspended The Episcopal Church from full participation in the Anglican Communion for the next three years. The decision was made at the Primates meeting in Canterbury where Anglican leaders had gathered to "reflect and pray" about the future of the Communion. The news follows The Episcopal Church's decision to authorise its clergy to perform same sex marriages in July last year.

2. Church of England attendance drops again

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The number of people attending Church of England services each week has fallen below one million. The fall is part of a steady decline of just over 1% a year, with a 12% decrease over the past decade.

3. Concerns are growing that church freedoms are being restricted

The alarm has been raised over government proposals that would see church groups face Ofsted inspections. The Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland has said planned anti extremism measures are the "biggest threat to church freedom since 19th century".

4. A monument of one million answered prayers is being planned

The Wall of Answered Prayer

A monument made up of a million bricks, each containing an answered prayer, is being planned. The design will be the size of 62 semi-detached houses. Former-football club chaplain, Richard Gamble wants Christians from across the UK to pay £10 for each of the one million bricks and carve onto it their answered prayer.

5. JI Packer is retiring from ministry

Veteran evangelical theologian and popular author James Innell Packer will no longer preach or write after being diagnosed with macular degeneration in his right eye. The author of Christian bestseller Knowing God is now unable to read or write because of the disease. The 89 year old was born in Gloucester, England but has lived in Canada since 1979.


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