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NEW TV STATION FOUNDED BY BISHOP JOHN & PENNY FRANCIS

Leading Christians, Bishop Eric Brown (pictured) & Rev Millicent Brown, and Richard Taylor of the Damilola Trust, were some of the believers present at the launch of Flow TV, the new TV station founded by Bishop John Francis and his wife, Pastor Penny Francis, of Ruach Ministries.  Broadcast on SKY Channel 598, the station currently features preaching and worship programmes, with plans to broadcast wholesome entertainment shows.  Ruach Ministries’ other forays into media include Internet station, Ruach Radio.

CoE SET TO INCREASE NUMBERS OF BLACK CLERGY

The Church of England has announced plans to increase the number of senior ethnic clergy with its ‘Turning Up The Volume’ initiative, set up by the House of Bishops, and led by the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Reverend James Langstaff.  Sharing the reason for this important drive, he stated, “For as long as we have a senior leadership with such a low representation of UK ethnic minority clergy, we will not be seen as a church which is for all the people of our nation.”

NEW BOOK BY SARAH JAKES CHARTS TEENAGE PREGNANCY

The debut book by Sarah Jakes, the daughter of world famous preacher TD Jakes, and head of women’s ministries at the church her father founded, Potter’s House, has been published.  Entitled Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, the books chronicles the ups and downs of Sarah’s life, and includes insights into her teenage pregnancy, her marriage and subsequent divorce from NFL player, Robert Henson.

OPENLY GAY BISHOP TO DIVORCE ‘HUSBAND’

The first openly gay bishop in America’s Episcopal church, Gene Robinson, has announced that he and his partner, Mark, are due to get divorced.  The couple were together for 25 years and married for four.  The bishop, now retired, currently works as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for American Progress, and has said that, whilst he is not sure whether the path he has taken is wrong, he is hopeful that God will bring something good from his divorce.   When the Bishop announced his sexuality in 2003, it almost caused a split in the Anglican Church.

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