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“You don’t have to be booted and suited” to go to church

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BRITAINThe Church of England should shed its “booted and suited” middle-class image, a British bishop says.

“Even today I meet people who think you have to be highly educated or suited and booted to be a person who goes to church” the Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, in southern England, said.

The comments come as Christian churches throughout the UK and other parts of the world launch a week-long “back to Church Sunday” campaign, an attempt to encourage people of all social classes to go to church this Sunday.

Up to 16,000 Church of England churches as well as Churches Together in Scotland, the Church in Wales, Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed, Salvation Army and Elim Pentecostal churches will be taking part as will Anglican churches in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and Canada.

The BNP bends ears in east London

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“I am not a racist, I am a realist,” said Bob Bailey, the leading London candidate for the anti-immigration British National Party (BNP), after ascertaining my British credentials.

Bailey was campaigning in east London for next week’s European elections, keen to show that the party often reviled by the media for its right-wing views and rejected by much of the electorate up to now, was not a two-horned monster.

Synod avoids cataclysm over women bishops

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So the Church of England opted for safety when it met to discuss the next stage in the ordination of women bishops, avoiding the cataclysmic result of a ‘no’ vote.

More than 280 members of the General Synod, or governing body, voted in favour of sending draft legislation and a code of practice to a revision committee, ensuring its continued progress.

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