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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House of Commons approves women bishops

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: The House of Commons yesterday approved women bishops without a vote following the passing of legislation in the House of Lords last week. The proposal was passed by the General Synod in July but required the consent of Parliament. The Queen must also now approve the measure. Speaking before the Commons yesterday, Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry said, “I hope this whole debate will be joyful, because this is a very joyful day for the...

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Church must change or ‘wither away’ warns bishop

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Ben Farmer, Telegraph: A bishop has warned the Church of England must make wholesale change to halt the slide in attendance, or wither away in the 21st century. Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, said he feared unless the Church reinvented itself in his own diocese, it would disappear like the region’s textile industry. The warning from Bishop Henderson follows similar concerns from colleagues around the country that urgent action is needed to prevent dwindling numbers heralding...

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Lords debate women in the episcopate

Oct 17, 2014 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: The legislative process to enable women to be ordained as bishops moved a step closed last night as the House of Lords agreed the Motion to Direct, moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, [HL Hansard, 14 Oct 2014, Vol 756(38) Col 165] “That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal...

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Women bishops approved by House of Lords

Oct 15, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The House of Lords has approved plans for women to become bishops in the Church of England in a historic debate which clears the way for the first female members of the episcopate within months. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, also disclosed during the debate that all the main Westminster political parties had signalled their support for a plan to fast-track the first women bishops into the Lords. They have agreed to back a change in the law...

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