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July 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Health and safety or hope and salvation? The church’s message during a pandemic

‘Why do our church leaders worship at the altar of health and safety?’ ran the title of a recent article by a Sunday Times columnist, above a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury at a homemade altar in his kitchen. That image seems to epitomise the response of church leaders in Britain to the…

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June 2020
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France: Evangelical church gets death threats after being unfairly blamed for coronavirus outbreak

The pastor of an evangelical church in France unfairly blamed by the French government for spreading coronavirus across the country has spoken to the BBC. Pastor Samuel Peterschmitt described death threats faced by his congregation and hit back at accusations that the church was responsible for the outbreak in France. He said members of…

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June 2020
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Germany: Churches reopen but singing hymns is banned

Churches in Germany have been allowed to reopen, but singing has been banned and strict social distancing restrictions must be observed. The German government believes the singing of hymns increases the risk of transmitting the virus. Some epidemiologists have argued that singing is as dangerous as coughing for spreading the virus. Lothar Wieler, the…

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June 2020
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US: Christian charity hospital denounced by LGBT activists

LGBT activists have objected to an emergency field hospital set up in New York’s Central Park because it’s run by an evangelical charity. The facility was put in place to treat Covid-19 patients as the epidemic in New York ravaged the city and the surrounding region. The 68-bed crisis centre is run by Samaritan’s…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Churches won’t reopen until July at the earliest

Places of worship in England won’t be advised to reopen until 4 July at the earliest, according to the government’s recovery strategy. An official document released by the Cabinet Office says it is the government’s ‘ambition’ to open ‘public places (such as places of worship)’ as part of the third step to recovery. The…

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May 2020
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US: Americans told to read their Bibles

A businessman hijacked one of President Trump’s press briefings to call Americans to read their Bibles. During Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus briefing, the president called his business friends to talk about what their companies are doing to halt the spread of Covid-19. With the world’s press watching the briefings, Mike Lindell, the chief…

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May 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Transgender law change put on hold in Scotland

Covid-19 emergency planning and the subsequent lockdown saw the Scottish government stop work on plans to make changing legal sex much easier. The Scottish government has proposed making sweeping changes to allow anyone to change legal sex by self-declaration within just six months, remove the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and…

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