Court backs bishop’s decision to block appointment of gay priest

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Anthony Bushfield, Premier: Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who claimed he was discriminated against by the Church of England after he was refused a job for being in a gay marriage, has lost his appeal against a previous tribunal decision. Judge Eady QC dismissed all claims made by the vicar in the hearing at a court in London. He had appealed against a decision made by Nottingham Employment Tribunal that he was not discriminated against. In her ruling the judge agreed with the previous case that...

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What is good news to the poor?

Dec 6, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. According to Bishop Philip North, writing in last week’s Church Times, the poor might hear the Church’s good news (not defined) when their voice is heard by the Church and amplified in the nation. Sadly, though, the Church hasn’t been listening, and so was surprised, even appalled and embarrassed when the poor finally spoke up and expressed their frustrations and aspirations by voting for Brexit. Working class identity and focus revolves around family,...

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The Bishop of Maidstone is a beacon of hope

Dec 4, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, TCW: The Bishop of Maidstone is not personally eccentric but his role in the Church of England positively is. Rod Thomas was consecrated in 2015 to provide pastoral oversight for conservative evangelical churches around England which are opposed to women bishops on theological grounds. The number of churches that have passed the necessary resolutions to come under his oversight is growing apace. He is now an assistant bishops in various dioceses. Why is his role eccentric...

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Bishop: ‘middle class’ church too obsessed with sexuality to notice anger in poor areas

Dec 3, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The Church of England is so middle class dominated it can barely see beyond its arguments over issues such as sexuality even to notice the concerns of the poor it should be serving, a prominent bishop has claimed. The Rt Rev Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, said the Church had largely been taken by surprise by the result of the Brexit referendum in June because it had become out of touch with life in deprived areas. Instead of listening to the concerns which...

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Advent, the Church of England, and Mission

Nov 29, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Mission through the local church. At our local village church we are preparing for an evangelistic mission which will take place next year. We don’t call it that, because some of the more traditional members who attend the 9am Communion service, and many of our friends and neighbours in the village who we are seeking to reach with the Gospel, might find talk of ‘mission’ a bit threatening. So it’s going to feature a familiar week of social...

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Senior Anglican Bishop To Preside At LGBT Eucharist

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: A senior Anglican bishop is set to preside at an LGBT Eucharist in January to “offer a safe space” to gay worshippers. The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, will celebrate the ceremony set up by Inclusive Church, a LGBT-affirming network of Anglicans, the group reports. It is thought to be the first time a senior diocesan bishop has led an LGBT communion and prompted concern from conservative Anglicans. A spokeswoman for the Gloucester...

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