Religious Affairs stories

A selection of Religious Affairs stories from the past two years.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury rattles the Conservatives with his most strident political speech, criticising government policy and calling for a “new unionisation” of Britain

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The Times reveals the battle between far-right and Islamist extremists for control of the historic Speakers Corner in Hyde Park corner

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Church of England lays claim to half a million acres of underground resources across the country, almost all beneath privately-owned land, Times data investigation reveals.

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BBC to give all religions primetime boost, dealing with more religious themes in dramas, marking a range of festivals in magazine shows, and increasing focus on religion in news coverage.

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Majority of Muslims say they want “full integration” with British society, as study shows they share same social views and concerns as their non-Muslim neighbours.

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Muslim leaders plan Britain’s first National Council of Imams, to promote a progressive interpretation of Islam and provide guidance on religious and cultural questions, The Times reveals.



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Times investigation reveals how faith in Britain is changing – For every Church of England church that closes, three Pentecostal churches and two mosques open. Faith in Britain is not dying, but is fragmenting as large, ancient institutions lose out to denominations brought from abroad.



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Church of England invests millions of pounds in Google, but does not tackle internet giant about its tax arrangements, violating the church’s ethical investment policy.

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Politics and religion should not mix, according to a poll commissioned by The Times. People want politicians to keep their personal faith themselves and want bishops to lose automatic seats in the House of Lords.

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Following reports of what was claimed to be Britain’s ‘first’ same-sex wedding involving a Muslim, The Times reveals that gay marriage is actually ‘thriving’ in Britain’s Muslim community,



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Rabbis see a rise in the number of older Jews holding second bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies, in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, as people celebrate living longer.



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Rabbis, priests and imams are flocking to trade unions amid workplace stress and conflict, The Times learns.



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Mosques find ingenious technological solution to the age-old question: when exactly is dawn? How they used astronomy to work out the right time for morning prayers.



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The Church of England should be stripped of its exemptions under the Equality Act to help it stamp out a culture of abuse, sexism and homophobia, a serving bishop tells The Times



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A senior coroner faces calls to resign and the threat of a judicial review over her refusal to prioritise Jewish and Muslim families who require speedy religious funerals.


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French Jews seek refuge in London after gun attacks in France, as synagogues report influx of worshippers from across the Channel



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Britain is a beacon of Islamic values, says leading cleric, who said it is easier to live a truly Islamic life in Britain than in many Muslim countries


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Amid the horrors of 2017, the community response to the tragedies and disasters should give Britain hope for a brighter 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury says.



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A divorce practice that is outlawed in Pakistan and soon to become illegal in India is still “very common” in the UK, prompting Muslim scholars to call for end to use of ‘triple talaq’



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Leading Islamic scholars attend conference with military top brass as part of unprecedented efforts to encourage more Muslims to join the armed forces, The Times reveals

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