Should church introduce transgender baptism?

Jul 28, 2015 by

By Caroline Wyatt, BBC: A vicar has asked the Church of England to debate introducing a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition. The Reverend Chris Newlands, of Lancaster and Morecambe Deanery, has proposed a motion to the General Synod, the ruling body of the Church of England, asking it to debate the issue. The idea came after a young transgender person approached him, seeking to be “re-baptised” in his new identity....

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Drive to make CofE less ‘male, pale and stale’ backfires

Jul 25, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: A drive to make the Church of England leadership less “male, pale and stale” with a new fast-track promotion system for future bishops appears to have backfired after it emerged it was dominated by white, middle-aged men. An attempt to make the Church of England leadership less “male, pale and stale” with a new fast-track promotion system for future bishops appears to have backfired after it emerged it was dominated by white, middle-aged men. A secret “talent pool”...

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Will we split? Who gets hurt? Sex talks leave questions

Jul 25, 2015 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: In the West Midlands the C of E’s Shared Conversations on sexuality took place last month. Five participants speak to Madeleine Davies. Shaun Ward, director of music at St Laurence’s, Ludlow You could be completely open and honest in a very safe environment. I heard very deep and personal stories. For both sides there was clearly a great deal of pain and cost. I still can’t get away from this fact that actually we have, as a country, made a decision....

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The £360,000 bill for ‘facilitated conversations’

Jul 24, 2015 by

by Peter Mullen, CEN: Has the Church of England just won the national lottery, or what? The authorities have decided to spend £360,000 on meetings in country houses to talk about sex. These are for both clergy and laity and they are officially described as “facilitated conversations” which, it is hoped, will break the deadlock between liberals and traditionalists on the contentious issue of the Church’s attitude towards homosexuality. This wheeze of holding facilitated conversations worked...

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Bishop of Liverpool praises LGBT group for “speaking the Gospel to the church”

Jul 23, 2015 by

Bishop Paul Bayes gave the main address at a recent anniversary celebration service of the LGBT “Open Table” monthly Eucharist at St Bride’s church in Toxteth. In his 13 minute sermon, the Bishop, who did not refer to the Scriptures at any point, praised the Christian LGBT community for being “a gift to the wider church”, because their presence speaks of “an undefended table” and “a place where there are no fences”. The increasing normalization of same sex relationships in society is in itself...

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What difference are women bishops making?

Jul 22, 2015 by

By Caroline Wyatt, BBC: Wednesday will see the consecration of the Church of England’s most senior woman bishop so far: the first female to be in charge of a diocese. After Rachel Treweek becomes Bishop of Gloucester, she will also become the first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords, this autumn. So how are she and the other women bishops making a difference? When I meet her ahead of her consecration, Rachel Treweek is packing up, preparing to move. She is also worrying about the...

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