Leaving home: The Future of the Faith in England

Apr 17, 2015 by

By Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Ink: The thought of leaving Canterbury, spiritually or emotionally, breaks my heart. I grew up there. I spent five years in the school built around its cloisters. I sang from its tower on Ascension days. I sat for hours at the entrance to the cloisters where Thomas a Becket was struck down for refusing the demands of the secular over the sacred. I took the Eucharist there in the bowels of its undercroft before dawn in the mists of winter. I was confirmed there when...

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Church of England should be made to allow gay clergy to marry – bishop

Apr 10, 2015 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, urges politicians to intervene to end what he said is a ‘manifest injustice’. The Church of England should be forced to drop its ban on gay clergy marrying their partners, a bishop has said. The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, urged politicians to intervene to end what he said was a “manifest injustice” against clerics who he said had suffered “harassment and victimisation”. He raised the issue...

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‘Church schools must not select on the basis of faith’

Apr 3, 2015 by

From Mailonline: Church of England schools should stop selecting pupils on faith because it discriminates against the poor, a group of vicars has claimed. They say the system is open to abuse and many oversubscribed schools reject non-churchgoing families even though they may live nearby. Many Christian schools give priority to families who regularly attend services, a practice which they say preserves their faith ethos. But the clergymen said affluent parents were more likely to cheat the...

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“Inclusive Mosque” meets to pray in Waterloo church

Mar 30, 2015 by

“Inclusive Mosque” meets to pray in Waterloo church. By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream.   Latest comments: Where are Bishops when you need them? by Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council Can Muslims worship Allah in an Anglican church? by Peter Ould, Psephizo Do Muslims worship the same God as Christians? by Thomas Renz Is the C of E worshipping the golden calf? by Anglican Unscripted   Earlier reports and comments: Liberal Vicar defends right to hold Muslim prayer...

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Is Not Trendy Talk About ‘Flourishing’ For Tulips Rather Than Christians?

Mar 30, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate, which all ordination candidates are required to sign, purport to be a basis for ‘mutual flourishing’. How a self-contradictory and now mandatory set of bullet points like these can be that is arguably open to question. But what is not in doubt is that the ‘flourish’ word has now become very trendy in the Church of England. Flourish of course has the ring of...

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Updated: Bishops and Politics

Mar 30, 2015 by

The Church of England Press Release here The Pastoral Letter: “Who is my Neighbour” The Guardian approves. The Guardian view on the church and the election: talking sense The Daily Mail does not. Preaching politics as the pews empty (See also Mac Cartoon) Neither does the Telegraph. Church gives a pulpit to political prejudices Nor The Times: Bishops’ Blunder (£) Further commentaries: Church of England calls for ‘fresh moral vision’ in British politics, by Esther...

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