John Sentamu calls for harmony as Church of England rows over sexuality escalate

Jun 23, 2015 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Archbishop of York has defended the right of Anglican clergy and laity to hold “varying” views on the contentious issue of homosexuality. He called for disputes to be resolved in a “Christianly” matter. Dr John Sentamu was speaking as evangelical protests grew about links between York Minster and last weekend’s gay pride march. Conservative evangelicals are also angry over remarks made by a bishop during an employment...

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The Church of England: still a “safe place” for orthodox Christians?

Jun 23, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Recent episcopal interpretations of the nature and purpose of the church cast doubt on continuity with the historic and worldwide body of Christ. Last week saw two more red lines being crossed from the point of view of orthodox Christian faith. First, a Bishop stood in a civil court to give evidence in favour of a clergyman who had entered a same sex marriage, opposing a fellow Bishop, and criticising the teaching and policies of the Church which employs...

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Statement from the Archbishop of York

Jun 23, 2015 by

The Archbishop of York has today issued this statement: “Clergy of the Diocese are entitled to express varying views on the question of human sexuality. That is the nature of the Church of England. How those views are expressed is central to how we are heard as Church. Our first call is to love God and one another. The principles established in recent Church of England and Anglican Communion statements on these matters are clear: alongside a reaffirmation of traditional Christian understanding...

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Bishop Alan Wilson writes to his clergy to “clarify some of the issues they have raised”

Jun 22, 2015 by

By David Ould: I’ve been sent a copy of a letter that Bishop Alan Wilson has written in response to the growing crisis over his leadership in the Oxford Diocese. As I write this piece, I’m hearing of a number of parishes that even before the current crisis have refused to present candidates for confirmation by Wilson, insisting that another bishop preside. The letter from Wilson, sighted on 21 June 2015, is dated 25 June 2015. It’s well worth reading through, after which I’ll address the key...

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Prominent Oxford Diocese Evangelicals call for the resignation of Bishop Alan Wilson

Jun 21, 2015 by

By David Ould. This morning not one but two prominent evangelical ministers in the Diocese of Oxford appeared on BBC radio to call for the resignation of Bishop Alan Wilson. First, Vaughan Roberts of St Ebbes Oxford, one of the largest churches in the diocese, appeared on BBC Radio Oxford. You can hear a brief grab from him here on the Charles Nove Show (available for 30 days from the time of broadcast) at 1:10 into the programme followed by Alan Wilson. Roberts says, In any line of work if...

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Statement by the Dean of York on Saturday’s Gay Pride rally blessing

Jun 20, 2015 by

By Vivienne Faull, Anglican Ink: Statement given by the Very Rev. Vivienne Faull in response to questions about the blessing of York’s gay pride march that begins at York Minister on Saturday, 20 June 2015. “As in previous years, York Pride will begin its parade from outside the West End of York Minster and for the second year running we are joining other groups in the City of York in showing our support for a section of the community that frequently experiences discrimination and...

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