Only a game, or a life and death matter?

Oct 23, 2014 by

A parable about cricket… by Andrew Symes. From Church of England Newspaper. Cricket was always going to have a problem with the Diversity and Equality laws. It is a competitive sport, and therefore inherently discriminating against those who are not selected for teams, and causing distress and disappointment to those who ‘lose’. Cricket in its traditional form has a particularly heinous element, that of a batsman being ruled “out”. This goes completely against universally acknowledged British...

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South London Church offers blessings for same sex married couples.

Oct 22, 2014 by

The website of St John’s and St Andrew’s. Waterloo, in the Diocese of Southwark, displays a notice which includes this invitation: “You are welcome to marry or to have a service of blessing for your marriage at St John’s, if you live in the parish or have a strong connection with Waterloo… Unfortunately, the Church of England is not at present allowed to carry out same-sex marriages. But we are very happy to offer services of blessing to those who are having a civil marriage.” See more here...

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Holiday

Oct 22, 2014 by

The Anglican Mainstream website editor is taking a short break, so posting will be lighter than usual until the middle of next week.    

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This new law on shared parenting is pure political grandstanding

Oct 22, 2014 by

By Harry Benson, Conservative Woman: Should you be unfortunate enough to come before the family courts from today onward, you’ll find yourself subject to the presumption of shared parenting. This comes under the Parental Involvement provision in Section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 which has been loudly trumpeted by Coalition ministers. Simon Hughes and Edward Timpson say these are ‘bold reforms so that the welfare of children is at the heart of the family justice...

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A tale of targeting

Oct 22, 2014 by

By Robert O Lopez, First Things: Iam a professor of English and Classics at Cal State-Northridge, where I began teaching in 2008 after earning my doctorate in English and MA in Classics from SUNY. I specialize in American literature and published a scholarly study of American writers and conservatism in 2011. On August 6, 2012, I published an essay in Public Discourse, entitled “Growing Up with Two Moms.” It described my life growing up with a lesbian mother and her partner. Discussion of...

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Scrapping adultery law ‘sad and reckless’

Oct 22, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Members of the Scottish Parliament have been handed a petition proposing that the existing law on adultery should be amended, in order to cater to same-sex couples. The legal definition on adultery has come into question following the introduction of same-sex marriage. One campaign group, Equality Network, which backed the campaign for same-sex marriage, is now pushing to scrap adultery altogether. ‘Sad and reckless’ But a pro-marriage group have hit back at the...

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Speaking out for Sexual Holiness is the Responsibility of all REFORM members, not just the same-sex ...

Oct 22, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The Council of Reform, the network of Church of England conservative evangelicals, is absolutely right to urge its members to stay out of the ‘shared conversations’ on sexuality following the Pilling Report. But the leadership needs to urge all its members and not just those who are same-sex attracted to contend for the definitive biblical teaching of the Church of England on sexual holiness. The Council’s decision to stay out of the sexuality...

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A God of Surprises: Pope’s confusing ‘progressive’ vs ‘traditionalist’ calculus

Oct 22, 2014 by

by John-Henry Westen, LifeSite: What an unbelievable two weeks! The activity, excitement and gravity of the Synod on the Family in the Vatican are difficult to absorb and will go down in the annals of history as a monumental time, akin to those of times of crisis in the Church and with heroic men and women of yesteryear such as St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Athanasius reappearing today with different manifestations but the same spirit. The Synod saw an historic public calling out of the pope...

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Leading C of E vicar highlights value of link with faithful Anglicans in North America

Oct 22, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: Prebendary Charles Marnham has spoken of the importance for orthodox Anglicans in the UK of links with the Anglican Church in North America (ANCA), saying: “You have taught us valuable lessons as we respond to the challenges of a collapsing culture in the United Kingdom, both within and outside the Church”. Prebendary Marnham, who helped to found the Alpha course in 1977 and is now Vicar of St Michael’s Chester Square in London, was speaking as 2,000...

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City threatens to arrest ministers for refusing to marry gays

Oct 22, 2014 by

From AFA: The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is threatening two ordained Christian ministers with arrest if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel is across the street from the Kootenai County Clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. Last week, Donald Knapp and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run the chapel, respectfully declined to perform a same-sex “marriage” ceremony. According to the Coeur d’Alene city attorney,...

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Reconfiguring the Anglican Communion without Archbishop Welby’s input?

Oct 22, 2014 by

By Barbara Gauthier: On October 3rd, Archbishop of Canterbury said that the Anglican Church in North America was not Anglican and definitely not part of the Anglican Communion.  The next day, the Diocese of NW Australia recognized the ACNA “as a member church of the Anglican Communion, in full communion with Diocese of North West Australia.”  On October 9th, seven primates of the Anglican Communion welcomed Archbishop Foley Beach of the ACNA as “an archbishop and fellow...

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Certainly fathomless …

Oct 22, 2014 by

By Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern: ‘Fathomless Riches’, the autobiography of openly homosexual vicar and broadcaster, Richard Coles, was published this week and enjoyed widespread media coverage including an extensive interview by Patrick Strudwick in the Independent. Andrea Williams gives her reaction. Who is Patrick Strudwick? I find it interesting that Richard Coles should choose so-called independent journalist Patrick Strudwick to profile his book. Vicky...

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‘Faith & Thought’ Conference on Homosexuality

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Dr Peter May: These are notes of the main points taken from a Day Conference  in London organised by the evangelical, non-denominational Victoria Institute in October 2014. Papers were given on Scientific, Social, Biblical and Pastoral aspects of Homosexuality, to be published in their journal Faith & Thought in April 2015. Scientific Aspects:   by Eleanor Whiteway, Cambridge Researcher with Faraday Institute Working with Dr Denis Alexander, her talk was a foretaste of a major paper due...

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Committee question effectiveness of Sex and Relationships Education

Oct 21, 2014 by

The Education Committee holds its first evidence session on Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Parliament TV: watch the PSHE and SRE in schools session Inquiry: PSHE and SRE in schools Education Committee Witnesses Tuesday 21 October 2014, Wilson Room, Portcullis House At 9:30am Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive, Brook Professor Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology and...

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Putting to Rest a Bad Argument: Marriage Law and Sex Discrimination

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse: The Supreme Court closely scrutinizes policies involving racial, sexual, and other “suspect” classifications. But unlike almost every other classification imaginable, marriage laws use a criterion necessarily linked to an inherently good social purpose that we didn’t just invent. This criterion isn’t truly suspect and shouldn’t get heightened scrutiny. When will the Supreme Court rule on marriage laws? While that question is debated, another brews beneath...

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