College of Bishops Meeting

Sep 18, 2014 by

The College of Bishops of the Church of England has met for three days. Two of the days were devoted to the first of a series of shared conversations in the Church of England on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. The context and process for the conversations were set out in a paper to General Synod by the Bishop of Sheffield on 26 June 2014 available here which also identified two outcomes for the process. The first is to enable the Church of England to reflect, in light of scripture, on the...

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‘No hidden agenda’ behind sexuality conversations

Sep 16, 2014 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THERE is no “hidden agenda” behind the shared conversations on sexuality that begin this week, the Church of England’s Director of Mission and Public Affairs said on Monday. In a recording published on the Church of England website, Dr Malcolm Brown spoke of a desire to ensure that “some of the fears that are not certainly intended to be substantiated are dispelled. There’s a lot of anxiety around about what may lie behind these...

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Jeffrey John could become Church of England bishop

Sep 16, 2014 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Jeffrey John, the openly gay but celibate Dean of St Albans, has been shortlisted to be a diocesan bishop in the Church of England, Christian Today can reveal. Dr John is one of four men chosen for the shortlist for the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The former Bishop, Nigel Stock, is now Bishop at Lambeth, working closely alongside Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In 2003 Dr John came close to becoming a suffragan bishop in Reading in the...

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Reflections on shared conversations process ahead of College of Bishops

Sep 15, 2014 by

In a podcast interview Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Reconciliation, and the Revd Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs, talk about the process of shared conversations that has flowed the Pilling report as the College of Bishops of the Church of England gathers for its annual residential meeting in Leicestershire. The College will conduct shared conversations for the next two days in small groups with the discussions remaining...

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The battle for the soul of the Church

Sep 15, 2014 by

CEN Editorial: As the dust settles people are beginning to realise that more was at stake in the debate over women bishops than breaking the church’s glass ceiling? According to Linda Woodhead, ‘the vote for women bishops strikes a blow against sectarian ‘male’ Christianity’. Woodhead, who is President of Modern Church, has emerged as the leading proponent of an ecclesiology that emphasises the need for the Church of England to remain a national Church, in tune with the values and beliefs of a...

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Law suits and same-sex marriage

Sep 14, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: It has been announced that Jeremy Pemberton, the first clergyman in the Church of England to enter a same-sex marriage, is taking legal action against his bishop and the Archbishop of York. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, the first British clergyman to enter a same sex marriage, has confirmed that he has filed an Equality Act claim in the Employment Tribunal against the Archbishop of York and the acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. The action is being brought because of...

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