‘A unified witness’ – Response to Justin Welby’s address to the Church of Scotland

May 28, 2016 by

From Christian Concern: In this piece, Christian Concern’s Communications Officer, Camilla Olim, responds to the news that the Church of Scotland has agreed to formally unite with the Church of England, via the Columba Declaration. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered an address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Wednesday ahead of the Columba Declaration, which has formally united the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. It will now be...

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Reform objects to Virginia bishop’s appointment in Liverpool

May 28, 2016 by

Reform Press Release: It has come to the attention of Reform, that the Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, has appointed Bishop Susan Goff as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool.  Susan Goff is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia in The Episcopal Church.  In July 2016, she voted in favour of changing the definition and purpose of marriage according to in Canons of The Episcopal Church.  This alteration to the Canons was the action that led the...

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Did the Acting Bishop of Oxford Jump the Gun?

May 27, 2016 by

Reform Media Statement: Reports that the Acting Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, gave his permission for Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker to lead a celebration of a same-sex wedding raise a number of questions to which answers are not forthcoming. A photograph showing Revd Charlotte Bannister Parker officiating, as the couple exchanged rings and made vows, was published in a South African newspaper more than two weeks ago, yet Reform have been told that Bishop Colin is having to take...

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Oxford priest in Tutu celebration

May 26, 2016 by

From Church of England Newspaper: THE ACTING Bishop of Oxford authorized one of his clergy to celebrate the same-sex marriage of the daughter of the former Archbishop of Cape Town. On 3 May the Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker, an associate priest at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, presided over the blessing of the marriage of the Rev Mpho Tutu and Dr Marceline van Furth at Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle Hotel in the Western Cape. Canon Tutu, the daughter of...

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Oxford Clergywoman conducts celebration of same sex marriage – updated

May 23, 2016 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, 52, is an assistant priest at St Michael and All Angels Summertown in the Diocese of Oxford, and acts as the Bishop’s Advisor for Special Projects, including inter-faith initiatives. She is an Associate Faculty Member of the Theology Department at Oxford University, and has a long Oxford pedigree, having been previously on the staff of the University Church of St Mary’s. On 7th May, according to reports in Cape...

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Church of England ‘could accept clergy in same-sex marriages’ following historic vote in Scotland

May 21, 2016 by

by Lydia Willgress, Telegraph: The Church of England could accept clergy and church officials who are in same-sex marriages, it was suggested today after a historic vote in Scotland opened the door for change. Officials south of the border are facing “increasing pressure” after the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to extend the law that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships. The Kirk will continue to adopt a position that maintains a traditional view of...

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