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Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington

An (ecclesiastical) law glossary

The Prayer Book Society (PBS) has announced that first-year students in theological colleges across the country are to receive a brand new glossary to assist their understanding of The Book of Common Prayer which is handed to them by the PBS at the start of their studies.  Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 24th September

A very quiet week – except in Florence…


From the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence on Friday:

“Where there is uncertainty around underlying EU law, I want the UK courts to be able to take into account the judgments of the European Court of Justice with a view to ensuring consistent interpretation. On this basis, I hope our teams can reach firm agreement quickly.” Continue reading

“Volunteering”: Saturday musings on the newly-announced review

DCMS has commissioned Steve Holliday, former CEO of National Grid plc, to chair an independent Full-Time Social Action Review. The review will consider what the voluntary sector, industry and, if needed, Government can do to support full-time volunteering, defined as at least 16 hours a week of social action activities on average, for 6 months or more. The review intends to consult the voluntary sector, young people, employment and regulatory experts, economists and parliamentarians. Continue reading

Recent queries and comments – 22nd September

More answers to queries and comments

We have made a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past couple of weeks, providing links to our blog posts addressing these issues. This post now includes two sections: one relating to general issues; and one where the questions relate to a particular judgment. As before, the topics covered in these occasional posts do not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues. Continue reading

Choristers and canon law

The church choir is generally assumed to be a bastion of inclusivity, acceptance and love for all” – Discuss.

The Daily Telegraph article Church organist quits choir as ‘sharp-elbowed’ members try to push out tuneless older singers prompted a number of follow-up articles in the “religious press” and subsequent comments based upon stereotypical images of church choirs, and little else. However, the Beaker Folk post Continue reading

CofE clergy over 70 – changes to terms of service

New legislation governing septuagenarian priests

The Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 1 July 2017 changing certain aspects of the provisions governing how clergy over 70 hold office. Patrick Shorrock, HR Adviser at the Archbishops’ Council, summarized these in the National Archdeacons’ Forum: Archdeacons’ News, Bulletin no. 26 July 2017, and has kindly permitted us to post the following revised version. Continue reading