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Derbyshire Church is open to mourners
ST GILES’s, Killamarsh, at Derbyshire, was opened this week to offer visitors the chance to sign a condolence book and light candles, after a mother, two children and another child were found dead in a town house. Damien Bendall, 31, of Chandos Crescent, who was known to the family and lived on the same street, was charged on Wednesday with four counts of murder, after the bodies of Terri Harris, her two children, John Paul (13) ) and Lacey (11) and Connie Gent, Lacey’s friend, were found on Sunday. The rector of St Giles, Canon Helen Guest, told the BBC: “We cannot believe this tragedy has happened in our community. . . It’s such a close-knit community that I think it affected everyone.
New episcopal reinforcement for the military
The Bishop of St Germans, the Right Reverend Hugh Nelson, was authorized as a bishop in the armed forces by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday. Bishop Nelson takes on the additional role of Bishop of Lambeth, The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, who is retiring this month after four years in the post. “The work of military chaplains is crucial and is widely recognized as such within the armed forces,” Archbishop Welby said last week. “They need our support and our prayers, led by the bishop to the Forces.” Bishop Nelson will begin his new ministry with several base visits over the next few months.
YMCA launches digital dashboard
YMCA England and Wales has launched a digital platform allowing local authorities and members of the public to access a live image of the accommodation provided in their area. More than 4,000 YMCA hosting units feed their data directly into the digital dashboard, created by Trust Impact, allowing users to gain a “clear and accurate picture of how many people are currently housed,” the charity said . Other available data include the average stay in housing, the number of people assisted to settle into independent living and the type of housing to which they have been moved. The YMCA is the largest voluntary provider of supported housing for young people in England and Wales. It provides a bed for 8,800 people each night and collectively helps over 20,000 homeless people each year.
Bishop of Croydon takes on the role of the Falklands
The Regional Bishop of Croydon, The Right Reverend Jonathan Clark, was appointed Episcopal Commissioner for the Falkland Islands on Monday by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Bishop Clark, who announced this month that he would resign his seat in the Diocese of Southwark in March (News, September 10), said: “The Falkland Islands are under the direct jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Serving the population of islands under 3,000, Christ Church Cathedral in Port Stanley is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world. I was very happy to be invited to act as the archbishop’s commissioner to exercise the episcopal ministry in the islands. With the travel restrictions lifted, I can’t wait to take the opportunity to visit the islands myself.
New art foyer at Coventry Cathedral
THE Coventry Cathedral Chapter is seeking to appoint a canon for the arts and reconciliation, he announced last week. The ad says the ministry “will develop the creative mission opportunities offered by our unique buildings that bring the arts and reconciliation together in an extraordinary story, which continues today. The nominee will be at ease in contemporary artistic culture. They will have experience in organizing creative events that engage diverse communities in imaginative journeys and a call to the ministry of reconciliation. They will be ordained Anglicans and may be appointed to a resident canony if they are duly qualified. We would be particularly happy to receive nominations from those at Global Majority Heritage.
Parity for boys and girls choristers in Gloucester
The girls’ and boys’ choristers played an equal role in maintaining worship at Gloucester Cathedral on September 3, for the first time since the choir was founded in 1541. The Girls’ Choir was established in 2016, but, according to the cathedral, “there has never been full parity – until now. In 2019, King’s School and Gloucester Cathedral decided to offer equal financial support to girls and boys. From September, the girls will sing as many services each year as the boys. Cathedral choir associate Nia Llewelyn Jones said: “The girl choristers have accomplished so much since their inauguration in 2016. Status parity with boys represents an important next chapter in their development, and in ensuring that gifted young singers of both sexes can continue to sing the praises of God as part of the rich and historic musical worship at Gloucester Cathedral.
JRF: “Structural injustices” are part of the housing problem
The INEQUALITIES that BAME communities face in securing affordable and safe housing are “rooted in structural injustices that are simply not fair and need to change,” suggests a report released last week by JRF, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These include “deep inequalities in labor markets, the social security system and the effects of hostile immigration policies”. The study found that more than a quarter of working adults at BAME spend more than a third of their income on housing, compared to just over one in ten white workers; and BAME workers in lower paid occupations were much more likely to face unaffordable housing costs than white workers in the same occupations, or white workers on average.