Oxford’s Diocesan Synod has passed a motion which commits it to disinvesting from fossil fuels, making it the first diocese in the UK to divest. A resolution was also passed calling on the Church of England, which still has £60 million invested in fossil fuel companies, to follow Oxford’s example.Revd Dr Darrell Hannah, who brought forward the motion at the Oxford Diocesan Synod, was keen to emphasise its importance. He told Cherwell “I feel a real urgency of the moment. One of the IPCC reports says that we have to cap emissions by 2020 and that these emissions then need to decline rapidly thereafter. We’re not doing anything close to that.”He added, “I think of my future when we start to feel the effects of this [climate change], and more importantly I think of my son. That really does affect me.”The motion was passed by a majority of 52 votes to 37 against. Apart from divesting the Diocese has also committed to exploring opportunities for reinvestment in companies that specialise in the production of clean energy technologies.Revd Hannah insisted that Oxford’s motion will not be the last, saying “It is possible that we will have quite a number of supporting motions to Oxford’s by the time it comes to General Synod. I would certainly hope that’s the case.”Operation Noah is a Christian charity attempting to halt the advance of climate change. The charity’s Vice-Chair, Mark Letcher, commented, “We think it is likely that other Dioceses will come forward and call on the Church of England to disinvest. We also hope that other dioceses will follow Oxford’s lead by examining their own investments.”Ellie Roberts, a divestment campaigner for Operation Noah, added “We are delighted that Oxford has called on the Church of England to disinvest, and urge UK churches to disinvest as quickly as possible.”The Diocese of Oxford is now part of a growing number of fossil-free faith communities across the globe. The World Council of Churches, the Quakers in Britain and the United Church of Christ in the US have also all pledged to divest.Joshua Parikh, a member of the Christian Union at Merton, commented, “Christian values include respect for and stewardship of the Earth, as well as respect for humans and animals who could be harmed by climate change. Hopefully the Diocese, and the Church of England as a whole, will logically extend this decision to the boycott of other unsustainable practices such as animal agriculture and the meat industry.”The decision take by Oxford’s Diocesan Synod comes after Oxford City Council became the first UK council to divest from fossil fuels in September.
View Comments Charing Cross Artistic Director Thom Southerland(Photo courtesy of Charing Cross Theatre) The Charing Cross Theatre season will kick off with the London return of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic. Newly appointed artistic director Thom Southerland will helm the West End premiere, along with two other musicals on the theater’s roster: Ragtime and Death Takes a Holiday. Rounding out the season is Radio Times, directed by Ben Woolf.Titanic will run from May 28 through August 6 with opening night set for June 6. This particular production premiered in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse. The show follows the RMS Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage and characters inspired by actual passengers and crew members.Radio Times begins performances on August 20 and will run through October 1. The comedy follows a war-era BBC radio show, Variety Bandwagon, its stars and producers as they prepare to broadcast live to America for the first time. It features several songbook staples from the 1940s. Opening night is set for August 26.Ragtime explores the intersecting stories of a white, middle-class family in New Rochelle, a Jewish immigrant and his young daughter and a Harlem musician and his admirer. The musical, featuring a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and a book by Terrence McNally, premiered on Broadway in 1998. Performances will run from October 8 through November 26; the production will open officially on October 17.Death Takes a Holiday, also by Yeston and Stone with Thomas Meehan, heads to London after premiering off-Broadway in 2011. Set in Northern Italy shortly after the first World War, the musical follows Death as he disguises himself as a young prince and falls in love with a newly engaged woman. Performances are set for December 3 through January 21, 2017; opening night is December 12. Casting for the four tuners will be announced at a later date.
Only two playoff spots for 2020, one in the AFC and one in the NFC, were open for the taking when the NFL’s final week of the regular season arrived. They were snagged by the Titans and Eagles hours before the 49ers beat the Seahawks on “Sunday Night Football” in incredible fashion to clinch the NFC West and complete the NFL playoff bracket for 2020.The final playoff standings based on the Week 17 results also bring a surprising postseason matchup in the AFC. The Patriots were upset by the Dolphins to close the regular season, and that loss, coupled with the Chiefs’ win over the Chargers, dropped New England to the No. 3 seed, out of position for a first-round bye. Now the Patriots have to play on wild-card weekend, when they will host the Titans. The Saints had a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed and/or a first-round bye in the playoffs entering Week 17, but even though they took care of their business against the Panthers, wins by the 49ers and Packers prevented a New Orleans jump. Now the Vikings will have to play their wild-card game in the Superdome.4. Philadelphia Eagles vs. 5. Seattle SeahawksThis will be a matchup of two relentless teams led by MVP-caliber quarterbacks, a formula for a dandy of a wild-card game even though the Eagles limped into the playoffs with their Week 17 win over the Giants. For all the injuries Philadelphia has dealt with this season, its playoff visitor is short on personnel at key positions, too. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d9/5/nfl-playoff-bracket-122919-ftr_18s8qw5w48zni1rvgnrljrc017.png?t=1427033207&w=500&quality=80 MORE NFL:Playoff picture analysis | 2020 NFL Draft orderSpeaking of teams entering the playoffs in an unfavorable position, because the Saints are stuck in the No. 3 seed despite their 13-3 record, the Vikings will have to play their wild-card game in New Orleans.Below is the full NFL playoff bracket for 2020, plus a quick overview of the wild-card matchups.NFL playoff bracket 2020 Who’s in the NFL playoffs 2020?Though the seeding in the NFC was not settled until the 49ers beat the Seahawks on Sunday night to close the regular season, the field of 12 playoff teams was determined earlier in Week 17 when the Eagles clinched the final playoff spot.With their win over the Texans in Week 17, the Titans earned the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC over the Steelers and Raiders, both of whom lost to close the season.Below is the full NFL playoff field for 2020.AFC standingsSeedTeamRecord1.Baltimore Ravens14-22.Kansas City Chiefs12-43.New England Patriots12-44.Houston Texans10-65.Buffalo Bills10-66.Tennessee Titans9-7Eliminated: Steelers (8-8), Raiders (7-9), Colts (7-7); Jets (7-9); Broncos (7-9); Browns (6-10); Jaguars (6-10); Chargers (5-11); Dolphins (5-11); Bengals (2-14)NFC standingsSeedTeamRecord1.San Francisco 49ers13-32.Green Bay Packers13-33.New Orleans Saints13-34.Philadelphia Eagles9-75.Seattle Seahawks11-56.Minnesota Vikings10-6Eliminated: Rams (9-7); Cowboys (8-8); Bears (8-8); Buccaneers (7-9); Falcons (7-9); Cardinals (5-10-1); Panthers (5-11); Giants (4-12); Lions (3-12-1); Redskins (3-13)AFC playoff matchups1. Baltimore Ravens (first-round bye)2. Kansas City Chiefs (first-round bye)3. New England Patriots vs. 6. Tennessee TitansNew England’s loss to the Miami in Week 17, coupled with Kansas City’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers, denied the Patriots the comfort of a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. They’ll play their wild-card game at home against the Titans, who sneaked into the playoffs with their Week 17 win over the Texans.4. Houston Texans vs. 5. Buffalo BillsHouston became locked into this seed before it even took the field against Tennessee in Week 17, and Buffalo has been locked into the No. 5 spot since Week 16. This should be a closely contested wild-card game in Houston, with Deshaun Watson facing the Bills’ stingy defense.NFC playoff matchups1. San Francisco 49ers (first-round bye)2. Green Bay Packers (first-round bye)3. New Orleans Saints vs. 6. Minnesota Vikings