Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Sunday 17th December
 
A government commission in South Africa recommended in July that it be made compulsory for all ‘religious practitioners’ to register with the state.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
A new report on freedom of religion or belief in Indonesia warned in July that religious minorities in the country are increasingly fearful of rising religious intolerance.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
More than 1,600 Coptic Christians in a village in Upper Egypt are still waiting for a new church building, five years after their previous building was closed the same month it was opened.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
The Australian state of Queensland’s Education Department caused major concern in July after it sent directives to school principals to take action against children who talked about Jesus or gave out Christmas cards in primary school.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - September 2017
 
The UK has fallen out of the top ten most generous developed countries in the world in terms of giving to good causes, volunteering and helping strangers, the latest report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index has stated. The UK fell three places from eighth to 11th on the international index, which collects data from 139 countries around the world over a five year period (2012-2016 in the latest report).
World IssuesChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
One in nine adults did not celebrate their birthday, Christmas, or another special occasion last year because they did not have enough money, new research by the Church Urban Fund (CUF) has found. The survey also suggested that, during 2016, four percent of respondents had skipped meals to afford to buy food for their family, and two per cent – almost one million people – had used a foodbank.
MoneyChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
A large-scale Ministry Division survey published this week suggests that most priests report high levels of well-being, including living in financial comfort and enjoying good health. Overall about three quarters of respondents indicated that financially, they were “living comfortably” or “doing all right”. Eighty two per cent of ordained respondents were able to draw on other sources of income than that received for ministry. Those unable to do so were “much more likely to struggle financially”, with several reporting dependency on tax credits and benefits. Retirement provision emerged as a “major concern” of respondents. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale was employed to measure mental health. The average score among the general population is 51 and 50.2 among clergy.
Work/EmploymentChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
Just 6 per cent of British adults read or listen to the Bible, pray at least once a week, and go to church at least once a month, a new poll commissioned for the Archbishops’ Council Evangelism Task Force suggests. The survey of 8150 British adults was conducted by ComRes in March and published this week. Just over half (51 per cent) of those responding to the survey defined themselves as Christian. This compares with the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published last week, which found that 41 per cent of 2129 respondents identified themselves as Christian.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
Government welfare reforms have contributed to a steep rise in rough-sleepers, long-term homelessness, and families living in temporary accommodation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Its latest report on homelessness, published on Wednesday, states that the number of households living in temporary accommodation in England has increased by 60 per cent – to 77,240 – in the six years since March 2011. These households now contained 120,540 children: an increase of 73 per cent in the same period.
HousingChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
The report Food and Finance: Toward life enhancing agriculture, sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Swiss charity Bread for All, says that charitable foundations, international banks, and global agricultural initiatives are all in agreement that it is “impossible to tackle climate change, end hunger, reduce rural poverty, and achieve rural progress without private finance taking the lead”.
World IssuesChurch Times – 8th September 2017
 
An Ofcom report shows that parents are divided over ‘sharenting’: whether or not to post online photos and news about their children online. According to the Communications Market Report, 56 per cent of parents choose not to share pictures of their children on social media and other online platforms. The majority of these gave the reason that they prefer to keep their children’s lives private. Meanwhile, 42 per cent of parents do share images, and at least half of them do so on a regular basis.
MediaPremier YCW – September 2017
 
16% is the increase in young people who voted in 2017 compared to the 2015 election.
Young PeoplePremier Christianity – September 2017
 
A teen clothing shop in Kent has taken down its neon sign that referenced nude selfies, after a Christian youth worker petitioned for its removal. Missguided’s sign, attempting a pun on nude lipsticks, read: ‘Send me nudes x’.
ShoppingPremier Christianity – September 2017
 
In recent years, mental illness among parents of young children in the UK has grown significantly. The Government estimates that one in five parents suffers from some form of mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby, and suicide is now a leading cause of death within that first year. Cases of pre- or post-natal anxiety, pre- or post-natal depression, obsessive compulsory disorder, and post – traumatic stress disorder related to birth are increasing.
HealthChurch Times – 1st September 2017
 
Social media firms will be required to delete information on children and adults when asked under new laws aimed at giving people a greater ‘right to be forgotten’ online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, with extra powers for the information watchdog to issue fines of up to £17 million. The new powers will mean people can ask social media platforms to delete information they posted in their childhood.
MediaThe Sentinel - August 8th 2017
 
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