The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, has a new book, Jesus and the Earth, published this week. His subject, the environment, is not one always associated with evangelicals such as Bishop Jones.
“Forget heaven, we must save Earth, bishop tells church” in The Times.
“Save planet as well as your souls, says bishop” in the Telegraph.
“Bishop urges GM probe and pleads to Christians to save Planet Earth” in the Liverpool Daily Post.
I suspect that the Telegraph headline reflects the bishop’s views more accurately than does the one in The Times.
According to Christian Ecology Link the book is to be “the Lent Study Book in 2004 in the Anglican church”.
In August this year the Government gave final approval for the building of a new City Academy in the Kensington/Fairfield area of Liverpool to be jointly sponsored by the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church. The Liverpool Echo reports today that residents are saying that the intended site is the wrong place for a school and will ruin one of the last remaining green spaces in Kensington.
The Liverpool Daily Post reports that Sefton councillors are finding it diffifult to decide whether to allow free parking on Sunday mornings in Southport. The potential beneficiaries are churchgoers and drinkers.
It is not clear from the article whether or not these are two separate categories of people.
The Great Northern Christian Resources Exhibition in Manchester later this month includes on the opening day (Wednesday 24 September) Clergy on the Catwalk - a display of church vestments and leisurewear modelled by clergy. They have managed to recruit one deacon from the Liverpool diocese who had a part in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and this has attracted more press attention than other recent stories from the diocese.
Rather surprisingly, given the reason for the press interest, only one of these stories has a picture, although there is another one on the web site of the parish where she now serves.
The Liverpool Daily Post reports that the children at Manor High and Ainsdale High have been told of plans to convert their schools into church schools. Supportive comments from a parent governor and a sixth former are included.
The Diocese of Liverpool has announced its plans to convert two state secondary schools into Church of England voluntary aided schools.
Church hopes to take 1,300 school places on the icLiverpool web site
Diocese to take over high schools in the Guardian
Schools to transfer to church control on the BBC
The Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority has said it will give support to a joint venture with the Church of England Liverpool Diocese sustainable regeneration and environmental projects. The money will come from an award from the government’s £24m Landfill Tax fund.
Details on the Letsrecycle website.