Daily Archives: April 2, 2017

(FT) England’s churches warn over loss of lottery repair ticket

They are among the country’s most treasured and historic buildings, but England’s listed churches are about to lose the dedicated state funding they have relied on for four decades.

Next week, the Heritage Lottery Fund will announce that it is scrapping its £25m Grants for Places of Worship fund as of 2018. Money for the maintenance of church buildings will instead come out of its overall heritage programme, which supports everything from industrial buildings to neolithic standing stones.

The HLF, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said church organisations would still be able to apply for funding for repairs and it would “target” a similar amount of spending for churches and other religious buildings.

But Becky Clark, secretary of the Church of England’s church buildings council, said previous funding levels were no longer guaranteed.

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Posted in Architecture, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, History, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture

Do not Take yourself too Seriously Dept.-Cockatoo dances to Elvis; 2nd one is not feeling it

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Posted in Animals, Humor / Trivia, Music

([London] Sunday Times) Church of England bashes BBC over canning of religion team

The Church of England has attacked the BBC after the broadcaster decided to shut down its in-house religious affairs television production department.

Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, who speaks for the church on media matters, said: “It is a failure of the BBC as a public service broadcaster.”

He was commenting on a leaked email from a senior BBC executive which warned that the recent loss of the contract to make Songs of Praise in house had forced it to rethink its business model.

Lisa Opie, director of factual, BBC Studios, told staff that this “means we will no longer have a permanent religion and ethics department in Salford”.

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Posted in Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Media, Religion & Culture

A Prayer to Begin the Day from the Scottish Prayer Book

O God, who by the cross and passion of thy Son Jesus Christ didst save and deliver mankind: Grant that by steadfast faith in the merits of that holy sacrifice we may find help and salvation, and may triumph in the power of his victory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in Lent, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!

–Psalm 118:1

Posted in Theology: Scripture