House of Commons approves women bishops

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: The House of Commons yesterday approved women bishops without a vote following the passing of legislation in the House of Lords last week. The proposal was passed by the General Synod in July but required the consent of Parliament. The Queen must also now approve the measure. Speaking before the Commons yesterday, Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry said, “I hope this whole debate will be joyful, because this is a very joyful day for the...

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Church must change or ‘wither away’ warns bishop

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Ben Farmer, Telegraph: A bishop has warned the Church of England must make wholesale change to halt the slide in attendance, or wither away in the 21st century. Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, said he feared unless the Church reinvented itself in his own diocese, it would disappear like the region’s textile industry. The warning from Bishop Henderson follows similar concerns from colleagues around the country that urgent action is needed to prevent dwindling numbers heralding...

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Lords debate women in the episcopate

Oct 17, 2014 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: The legislative process to enable women to be ordained as bishops moved a step closed last night as the House of Lords agreed the Motion to Direct, moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, [HL Hansard, 14 Oct 2014, Vol 756(38) Col 165] “That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal...

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Women bishops approved by House of Lords

Oct 15, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The House of Lords has approved plans for women to become bishops in the Church of England in a historic debate which clears the way for the first female members of the episcopate within months. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, also disclosed during the debate that all the main Westminster political parties had signalled their support for a plan to fast-track the first women bishops into the Lords. They have agreed to back a change in the law...

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The Gospel according to Richard Coles

Oct 15, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes: Another book by a C of E minister, another round of interviews; here is the latest instalment of the relentless campaign using secular media to engage public opinion and pressurize the church to accept and celebrate same sex relationships. But here is also a clearer picture of an alternative ‘Gospel’… The distinctive sound of the 80′s electro-pop band The Communards featured catchy and insistent keyboard riffs, drum machine and the soaring falsetto voice of Jimmy...

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Church of England can’t play ‘happy families’ over the gay issue, say conservative...

Oct 9, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Church of England can no longer play “happy families” over the deep divisions that exist on the gay issue, according to leading conservatives. Andrew Symes of Anglican Mainstream, the conservative evangelical organisation, said he was not surprised that the Reform grouping had pulled out of the “shared conversations” on human sexuality. He accused the Church of England leadership of a “flawed, manipulative and dishonest...

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