June has pretty much flown by, and to make sure that you didn't miss anything important I decided I'd do a June round up.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was asked to be guest editor for the New Statesmen. His article caused a bit of a commotion. Accused of "questioning the legitimacy of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition" by the Daily Mail, he has apparently "created a storm that will harm his office and the Church of England" (here). According to this article in the Independent, it was not Rowan Williams' decision to write about the government, and he wanted to write about aid instead.
Moving from the top Primate of the Church of England, to the top dog. Mandy has been a dedicated church goer for the last 13 years. She is quiet and reverend during the services, and has received a blessing from her local bishop. She is also a Yorkshire Terrier.
article talks about how each Smurf has a role to play, "using their individual skills for the common good, without individual reward, to ensure their community thrives." It sounds a bit like that 1 Corinthians passage, where everyone has a role to play in the church. The major downside to this idea is that there is a severe lack of female Smurfs. Perhaps it explains why I'm still single.
There has been a lot of articles and videos on the Guardian this month about religion's role in the Big Society. First there was a video about Liverpool's Frontline Church and the help it was providing for the local prostitutes and homeless. Then there was an article about how faith communities encourage social cohesion and contribution.
I'll leave you with one of The Church Sofa's Notice Board of the Week.
Have a good July.
What have I missed?