Person spec for a Conservative Evangelical Bishop

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate: With the Archbishops of Canterbury and York reportedly determined to see a conservative evangelical suffragan bishop appointed ‘within a matter of months’ (Anglican Update,September’s Evangelicals Now), here is a suggested person specification for the Dioceses Commission: He should be publicly committed to the Reform Covenant. He should be passionately committed to serving the local church, having been at least ten years in one post as...

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Same-sex marriage and moral debate

Aug 20, 2014 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: In the C of E, and more widely in the UK, the church discussion about the moral status of same-sex unions tends to take place in isolation from other moral issues. (Perhaps the one exception to that is the recent debate about women in leadership—but I argue here that these two questions are quite distinct.) Christian social scientist Mark Regnerus has explored exactly that question, and come up with some interesting conclusions. His particular interest is in the...

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A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

Aug 5, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: There were many reasons for the way people voted on the final vote for the Women Bishops’ Measure at York. Most who voted against were well aware that the vote would go through. The reason was that among the speakers during the debate were those who had voted against in November 2012 because in their judgment the legislation was poor and unfair. They held that the new measure met their concerns. Other speakers, such as the Bishop of Dorchester, generously admitted that the...

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Church of England shuns gay wedding canon Jeremy Pemberton row

Aug 5, 2014 by

From BBC News: The Church of England has said it will not intervene in the case of the first gay British clergyman to marry. Following the ceremony in April, Jeremy Pemberton had his permission to work as a priest in Nottinghamshire revoked. This led to the offer of a chaplaincy with the NHS being withdrawn – although he is still holds a licence and has a similar job in Lincolnshire. The church, which does not accept gay marriage, said each diocese was responsible for its own decisions....

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Anglican Unscripted Episode 112

Aug 1, 2014 by

Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, and occasional guests bring you news and perspective from around the globe. This week they discuss the fallout after COE votes for Women Bishops.  

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Stop Church sacking gay vicars who marry, says senior Tory

Jul 30, 2014 by

From BBC News The government should consider intervening to stop the Church of England sacking gay vicars who marry, a former Conservative chairman has said. Lord Fowler raised the case in the House of Lords of Jeremy Pemberton, who had his licence to preach revoked after marrying his partner. He called on the government to “see if there is anything that could be done to help reconcile the difficulties”. Gay marriage is legal in the UK but the Church of England has not accepted it....

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