Stories to watch in 2021 include the impact of Covid-19 on finance and faith; a new “faith commissioner”; arguments over sexuality; a man of faith in the White House; plus a roundup of stories you may have missed stories you may have missed.
Two bishops have condemned as “harmful” a video by “Christian Concern” in which LGBTQ+ Christians were mocked for telling their stories and homosexuality was described as evil and wickedness.
The Church of England has published its long- awaited resource, Living in Love and Faith, aimed at enabling Christians to explore issues of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The timetable for considering the documents and deciding on policy could be as swift as two years.
Damning report into child sex abuse in the Church of England fails to convince that change will result. “Weak and non-specific” recommendations require more clarity, new processes and money.
Timeline of the Church of England’s recent history of sex abuse cases and how they were handled, laid bare by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Faith leaders have expressed sadness and sorrow at the news that one million people have died of the coronavirus. They urge people to take responsiblity, stay safe and prevent further deaths.
Jewish communities prepare to welcome int he New Year with services and family gatherings limited by the rule of six; People are suffering ‘moral injury’ in pandemic, unable to live their values due to restrictions; Research project to map interplay of faith, ethnicity and deprivation through the pandemic.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a more localised response to covid19 is welcomed for valuing the parish – the ‘church’s little platoons’. But commentators suggest the church itself has swung towards central command.