Environment secretary John Gummer has criticised the Church of England for neglecting its spiritual mission to the ...
Environment secretary John Gummer has criticised the Church of England for neglecting its spiritual mission to the inner cities, reports The Times (p7).
'Government and private enterprise can do much to ensure the rehabilitation of our cities, but only the churches can give them back their soul,' Mr Gummer writes in tomorrow's edition of the Church of England Newspaper.
Mr Gummer lists government initiatives to help regeneration, including a new body, the Inner Cities Religious Council.
'It is right that the government should account for its stewardship in the cities,' Mr Gummer said. 'We need to galvanise people to become involved in transforming the places in which they live: to have faith in the city.'