400 attend Renew Conference in Northern Powerhouse

Sep 28, 2016 by

Church of England Newspaper September 30 The rector of a plant into an Anglican church which began in 1961 with a congregation of one plus the organist, and who is only its second rector in 55 years chaired a 30 hour Renew Anglican conference of over 400 in Leeds on September 19-20. Many of the participants were vicars, curates and ministry colleagues from over 200 churches whose average age was in the early 40’s. William Taylor of St Helen’s Bishopsgate told the Conference: “I am...

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An unenviable task

Sep 26, 2016 by

Church Times editorial: VARIOUS criticisms have been levelled at the reflection group formed after last week’s College of Bishops discussion about same-sex relations. But the inclusion of conservatives and tra­ditionalists makes sense if the group is to function as a sound­ing-board for any new attempt to reach agreement. Also, the fact that its members are all bishops makes sense if the problem they are trying to solve is defined as what the Bishops should do next. No one seriously believes...

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Smaller churches are ones to spearhead a conservative Anglican breakaway

Sep 26, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, TCW: Following the ReNew Conference of English conservative Anglicans in Leeds last week, it is worth considering the potential for radical action among the large churches leading the movement. ReNew, whose first ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ conference was in 2013, is a partnership between Reform and the Church Society, both evangelical networks within the Church of England, and the Anglican Mission in England outside the institutional structures. With the leadership of the Church of...

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‘Church schools serve the common good’

Sep 23, 2016 by

by Justin Welby, tes: The CofE has educated millions of Britons alive today, and it has ambitious plans to extend its reach, says the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Education is at the heart of the work that the Church of England does for the common good. Through its 4,500 primary and 200 secondary schools, it educates around 1 million children a day. It is estimated that around 15 million people alive today attended a Church of England school. The fundamental purpose of Church of...

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The Church of England now has no place for believers in the traditional family

Sep 23, 2016 by

by Jane Kelly, Telegraph: Being a member of the Church of England is to belong to a strange club, or so it seems to me. All the rules have changed since I joined as an infant, or rather since my parents imposed their religion onto me (something which is now discouraged). There is no escape from the new ethos of the place and even the flannely Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is zealous in his mission to drag us all, no matter how recalcitrant, into the modern, post-Christian age. Like...

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Cathedral Statistics 2015 show continued growth

Sep 23, 2016 by

from the Church of England website: Attendance at cathedral worship continues to increase with mid-week attendance rising and Sunday attendance stable in 2015, according to the latest Cathedral Statistics, published today. The figures confirm the trend of gradual growth in cathedral attendance noted in the report From Anecdote to Evidence published in 2014. On average, 36,700 people (adults and children) attended services each week at the 42 cathedrals in England during 2015. This is an...

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