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  • Self-correcting embryos

    The Christian Institute

    A University of Cambridge study released in late March found that unborn children who have abnormalities in the early weeks of pregnancy may go on to develop into healthy babies.

    A professor from the university began the research after a medical test on her own baby showed that a quarter of the cells in the placenta were abnormal – however, the child was born healthy. ‘The embryo has an amazing ability to correct itself’, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz said.

  • New John Owen tutor

    John Owen Centre

    The John Owen Centre has announced the appointment of Revd Dr Flavien Pardigon as its first Tutor in Biblical Studies.

    Flavien’s role will involve offering study days for pastors and supervising those who are on study projects focusing on biblical topics. He will also write and publish, and the Centre hopes Flavien will be involved in overseeing new formal courses in the future. Flavien is married to Inyange and they have five children. They are members of Cambridge Presbyterian Church.

  • Impartiality questioned

    Christian Concern

    Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan recommended in March that the former head of LGBT campaign group Stonewall should be the next chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

    Christian Concern CEO Andrea Williams has written to Mrs Morgan, saying this would lead to a complete lack of confidence in the EHRC as an impartial body and urging her to nominate another candidate.

  • Welsh safeguarding

    CCPAS

    CCPAS (The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service) announced in March that it is helping a new group in Wales to ensure that all Christian churches and organisations across the country are safe places for children, young people, vulnerable adults and survivors of abuse.

    The Welsh Christian Safeguarding Forum, chaired by CCPAS Associate Simon Plant, held its second meeting and has just begun a keynote engagement project with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) churches and communities throughout Wales.