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Multi faith meeting called in reaction to film

Religious leaders from all backgrounds are joining politicians and hundreds of Islamic worshippers at a gathering in Huddersfield this evening.

The meeting has been called in reaction to an anti Islamic film made in America, which has sparked global riots and hundreds of deaths. It's hoped the get together will encourage understanding between faiths and strengthen lines of communication.

The Prophet Muhammad is the example par-excellence for Muslims and in the face of abuse directed at himself always reacted peacefully by either removing himself from the situation or responding with reasoned intellect. "

– British Muslim Youth Group

Prayers in Lincoln as Synod in York debates women bishops

A special day of prayers is being held in Lincoln Cathedral to coincide with a debate over whether to allow women to become bishops in the Church of England. The General Synod is considering the matter at a meeting in York.

A series of vigils has been organised at the cathedral in Lincoln where prayers will be offered on the hour, every hour at St Hugh's Shrine which is at the east end of the building.

The Precentor of Lincoln, The Revd Canon Gavin Kirk, who is also a member of the General Synod, said that the proposed legislation was one of the most significant in the history of the Church of England.

Since women were ordained to the priesthood in 1994, the Church of England has been moving steadily to this point. The proposal has received great support, and also great opposition, and the strength of feelings on both sides mean that the debate must be conducted in the context of prayer, and with the prayerful support of churches around the country.

– The Precentor of Lincoln, The Revd Canon Gavin Kirk


Lincoln Jubilee festival

Hundreds of schoolchildren are spending the day at Lincoln Cathedral for an eight day festival which is this year celebrating both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

Paul Thompson is the Acting Diocesan Director of Education and has organised this year's festival. He has been explaining what the aim of the eight day celebration is and how much he enjoys seeing the children arrive and experience the Cathedral for the first time.

Cathedral: It is wonderful to see children enjoying themselves

The Church Schools Festival is a very special occasion where so many children can experience the beauty of Lincoln Cathedral. It is wonderful to see the cathedral alive with children enjoying themselves, joining together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, and realising just how wonderful it is to be part of the church school family. My sincerest gratitude goes to all who have made this possible in the Diocesan and Cathedral staffs, as well as the army of volunteers who work so hard to ensure this is a truly memorable event."

– Acting Diocesan Director of Education, Paul Thompson


Hundreds of schoolchildren visit Lincoln Cathedral

Hundreds of schoolchildren have spent the day visiting Lincoln Cathedral at the start of an eight day festival which is this year celebrating both the diamond jubilee and the forthcoming olympic games.

Activities including beekeeping, fabric-painting, bell-ringing, stonemasonry and stained-glass window-making are being demonstrated.

Over the entire festival more than 2700 youngsters from across the Lincoln diocese will travel to the cathedral, many for the first time. While there they will also be given a tour of the building and take part in an act of worship.

1,000 celebrate at Whitby Abbey

More than 1,000 people have celebrated the birth of the Christian Church with the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner the ruins of Whitby Abbey.

It is believed to be the first time an archbishop and a bishop have jointly hosted a service at the abbey since its destruction in The Reformation. The archbishop arrived in the harbour below the Abbey in the RNLI Trent-class lifeboat, George and Mary Webb.

Archbishop of York: tackling poverty

The Archbishop of York spoke in Leeds today about the difference churches can make in tackling poverty.

Dr Sentamu believes people have lost the desire to fight poverty.

"Put simply, we have lost a vision of how we might transform our society to bring about changes that we wish to see."

When he tours the region, he sees the real impact of government cuts on people's lives, from Sure Start programmes to projects for older people.

He said “One of the tasks of the Church of England is to work for the well-being of the whole nation. Not just the people inside its congregation but the people outside its walls too."

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