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Making science and sacraments “exciting” again

Making science and sacraments “exciting” again

Posted: 29th March, 2019

Two churches in Devon have been chosen to receive a share of a £70,000 grant awarded by the Scientists in Congregations scheme. Its aim is to improve understanding of science and faith. The ‘Our Fragile Earth’ project organised by Sidmouth’s Anglican churches includes lectures and discussion groups associated with the Sidmouth Science Festival. The Festival’s theme for 2019 is ‘Science in our Lives’ and takes place from Friday 4 October to Sunday 13 October. The…

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New Church and Society Officer committed to enabling action on social justice and the environment

New Church and Society Officer committed to enabling action on social justice and the environment

Posted: 21st March, 2019

The Diocese of Exeter’s new Church and Society Officer, Chris Keppie, says he wants to improve engagement  around important issues facing the church and wider society. These include poverty, health and climate change. Chris has extensive experience working with local government, housing associations and charities in the field of social housing and homelessness in both inner city and rural settings, as well as voluntary work on environmental issues. Chris, who has a degree in Theology,…

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Bishop Robert stands in solidarity with Muslim community following New Zealand mosque shootings

Bishop Robert stands in solidarity with Muslim community following New Zealand mosque shootings

Posted: 15th March, 2019

In a gesture of solidarity and condolence following the fatal attacks on Muslims in New Zealand, the Bishop of Exeter, Rt Rev Robert Atwell visited Exeter Mosque ahead of the weekly Friday prayers. He and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw met Imam Ahmed Kowsar, who leads the mosque. The Bishop said: “We are shocked and saddened at this devastating and horrendous attack on so many Muslims in New Zealand in their places of worship, which should…

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Tribute to “trailblazers” on 25th anniversary of women’s ordination

Tribute to “trailblazers” on 25th anniversary of women’s ordination

Posted: 11th March, 2019

The Bishop of Crediton has said that the Church of England has come a long way since the first women priests were ordained 25 years ago on 12 March 1994. But she said the church was still on a “journey” which would take some time. The Rt Rev Jackie Searle, who was ordained in April 1994 at St Paul’s Cathedral, said: “1994 was a very significant year for me because I was also eight months…

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Bishop Robert installs Rev Matthew Tregenza as new rector in Crediton

Bishop Robert installs Rev Matthew Tregenza as new rector in Crediton

Posted: 7th March, 2019

Hundreds of people attended a service to install the Rev Matthew Tregenza as the new Rector of the Crediton, Sandford with Upton Hellions and Shobrooke group of churches on Monday 4 March. The service at Crediton Parish Church was officiated by Rt Rev Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter. It began with a procession and incuded singing by the Crediton Parish Church and Sandford Choirs. Mrs Antonia Tregenza, Matthew’s wife, did the reading. Before taking up…

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Pilton Bluecoat school celebrates 50th anniversary with Bishop Robert

Pilton Bluecoat school celebrates 50th anniversary with Bishop Robert

Posted: 6th March, 2019

The Right Rev’d Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, joined staff, children and guests for a special day of celebration, 50 years to the day since the then Bishop of Exeter, confusingly also called Bishop Robert, opened Pilton Bluecoat school to the children from three local schools which had closed (Pilton Church School, Bluecoat Boys school and the Girls National school). John Searson, the diocese’s Director of Education, who also attended the event, said: “I was…

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