Reverend Delroy Powell
Evangelical Alliance’s director of advocacy, Dr David Landrum responds to the Government’s statement on its response to the Same Sex Marriage Consultation.
“It is obvious that the government’s assurances about legal protections for religious groups are illusory. Cameron’s recent u-turn to allow a few very small, liberal religious groups to hold same-sex ceremonies was on the basis of legal advice and not benevolence. However, the change makes it far more likely that mainstream religions will be subject to manifold legal challenges if they dissent from a new social orthodoxy. More importantly, no protections at all have been offered for individual Christians and the wider public.
“The move to discount more than 500,000 submissions (made on the Coalition for Marriage website opposing same-sex marriage) from the consultation process demonstrates the political game being played with marriage and shows how disenfranchised people are from Government in the UK. The consultation was run like an election in a tinpot state. Despite a significant amount of public opinion against the redefining of marriage, despite the government not having any mandate for making the change, and despite growing unrest in the Conservative Party and the very real prospect of them losing many key seats at the next general election – despite all of this, the prime minister seems determined to press on with his elitist neo-liberal agenda.
“From the very outset this proposal has been characterised by politics rather than principles. The democratic deficit demonstrated by the sham consultation will certainly see the Prime Minister losing the trust of many people across the country.
“Changing the definition of marriage is a significant decision. Although the sky won’t fall in if the law changes, there will most certainly be a new legal culture imposed that over time will have profound and incalculable consequences for family life and social relations in the UK. In light of the momentous nature of what is being proposed for our social constitution, it is not unreasonable to demand a national referendum. The people deserve to have their say on this issue.”
New Testament Church Of God
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The Oliver Lyseight Lecture is currently the only annual Lecture in the name of a founding father of a UK Black Pentecostal Church.
Other Upcoming Education & Training Events:
25-27 Leading with Integrity
2 Gideon Partners’ Day and the Oliver Lyseight Lecture
15-17 Ministering through Music including ‘An Audience with Geraldine Latty’
22-24 Pastors and Key Leaders’ Conference
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For the past six years we have been waiting for a new form of incorporated charity which would make life a lot easier and safer for some charities. Now, at last, it is being launched by the Charity Commission. See their website here.
The reason for doing this is that it gives better legal protection to the trustees of a charity than in an unincorporated body. Until now, the only way of doing this was to become both a registered charity and a registered company limited by guarantee. This means ‘serving two masters’, being responsible and reporting to both the Charity Commission and Companies House. This can become particularly complicated if such a charitable company has to be wound up.
The Charitable Incorporated Organisation solves this by giving the same protection to trustees but with reporting to the Charity Commission only. In the first instance, this is available to new charities only but will be extended to existing charities over the next twelve months.
As the Exception Order 2007 by which many Churches and Christian bodies operate as unregistered charities has been extended to April 2014 when the ceiling will come down from an annual income of 100,000 to £50,000, this is a good time for unincorporated bodies to consider again whether it is time to incorporate.
We are asking local pastors to ensure everyone in his/her congregation is registered to vote and on Sunday 20th January encourage those not yet registered to fill out voter registration forms on the spot.
Just the other week the All Party Group on Race found that Black women are three times more likely than white women to be unemployed, due largely to racial discrimination. Furthermore, in a speech made by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove stated that Black children are routinely marked down because teachers have low expectation of Black pupils.
With these and other disturbing facts we must demand greater justice and greater equality from our elected politicians. But without being registered to vote, no politician will take us seriously; and we can demand nothing.
Therefore, in the week when we applaud President Obama’s 2nd term lets use it as a spring board to empower our communities in this country by ensuring we are all registered to vote.
For more details contact Joe Aldred (NCLF) or Simon Woolley (OBV)
The Office of National Statistice (ONS) has now published the 2011 Census key statistics at local authority level on its website at
This release includes information on ethnic group, national identity, country of birth, health, tenure and religion. It is supported by data visualisation, statistical bulletins, with commentary and short stories on international migration, ethnic group and identity, religion, and (in Wales) Welsh language.
A key statistics interface product that provides quick reference
2001 comparability information for each local authority, is being produced and will be available in due course. We will notify you when it is available on the ONS website.
ONS will publish the full package of key and quick statistics at output area hierarchies, ward, parish and parliamentary constituencies on 30
January 2013. By the end of February 2013, we will publish the full
package of key and quick statistics data at the remaining geographies including National Parks and health areas.
ONS is preparing a short Power Point presentation to help community organisations understand more about the 2011 Census statistics. This will explain what census data is available and when, and where to find it. We plan to share this with you in the next week. Frequently asked questions will be available on the ONS website to help you answer census related queries.
If need you need assistance in accessing this release, please contact census customer services at:email@example.com