Church of England names first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Victoria Ward, Telegraph: The first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords has been appointed by the Church of England. The Venerable Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney, will become the Bishop of Gloucester. The 52-year-old is the UK’s third woman bishop but the first diocesan bishop – a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Ven Treweek, who believes that men and women should serve “side by side” in the highest offices of the...

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Church of England creates second female bishop

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Caroline Davies, Guardian: The Church of England has appointed a second female bishop, naming the Rev Canon Alison White as the new bishop of Hull. The announcement on Wednesday follows the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane, 48, as the eighth bishop of Stockport in January. The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, declared: “This is a joyous day.” White, 58, is married to the Right Rev Frank White, 65, who is assistant bishop of Newcastle – making the couple the UK’s first husband-and-wife...

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Boris Johnson: Sharia law is completely unacceptable in the UK

Mar 24, 2015 by

By Owen Bennett, Daily Mirror: London Mayor Boris Johnson branded Sharia Law in the UK as “absolutely unacceptable” today, as he took a swipe at clerics from the Church of England for supporting the Muslim legal code. Speaking on LBC radio this morning during his Ask Boris call-in show, Mr Johnson said a Sharia system should not even be allowed to preside over civil cases, such as those involving family disputes. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams sparked controversy in 2008 when...

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The Church of England exists for all people – not just for Christians

Mar 20, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: According to Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, “there is not and cannot be a gospel which is not culturally embodied”. He maintained that the missionary task of the Church is to challenge the “reigning plausibility structure” by examining it in light of the revealed purposes of God contained in the biblical narrative. He advocated a scepticism which enables one to take part in the life of society without being deluded by its own beliefs about itself. Easier said. The principle...

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No more Muslim prayer services in churches, says bishop

Mar 17, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A bishop has investigated the Muslim prayer service that took place in Church of England building in London and has pledged that no such service will take place again. The vicar, Canon Giles Goddard, today apologised for the “great consternation” and for “any offence” caused by the event. The Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, had earlier asked the Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham, to “investigate fully” the...

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Chartres sets out plan for ‘Bishop for church-plants’

Mar 12, 2015 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: A NEW “bishop for church-plants” has been proposed by the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres. The aim is to support the burgeoning movement as it spreads across the country. The plan, which involves reviving the see of Islington, vacant since 1923, will be given final consideration by the Dioceses Commission later this month. In a report presented to the London diocesan Bishop’s Council last Wednesday, Bishop Chartres argues that...

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