Millions of pounds given to England’s flourishing Christian cathedrals

Jul 22, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Canterbury is among more than 30 cathedrals to receive grants from a fund marking the centenary of the First World War. The government has awarded 39 grants totalling £14.5 million for cathedral repairs in the second phase of grants by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. The grants come as cathedrals continue to show strong evidence of growing congregations.  According to the latest figures, in 2014 the average number of adults and children...

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32 Synod delegates publicly express “lack of confidence” in C of E Shared Conversations process

Jul 20, 2016 by

[Editor’s note]: This short statement has just been released by a group of clergy and laity who, as members of General Synod, were present in the context in which the Shared Conversations took place. Some of the group did not take part in the Conversations on principle, having already decided that the process was flawed; the majority of those on the list did take part. It must be assumed that there were others who shared similar serious reservations about the Conversations having taken part,...

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Bishop of London announces retirement in 2017

Jul 19, 2016 by

The Bishop has written to clergy and parishes across the Diocese of London to share the timetable for his retirement, with his last public engagement as Bishop of London being Candlemas at St Paul’s Cathedral on 2 February 2017. The Bishop, who has held the post for over twenty years, will continue his work and engagements as normal until Christmas and will continue to hold the post of Dean of HM Chapels Royal until the appointment of the 133rd Bishop of London. It has been a privilege and a...

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Statement following conclusion of Shared Conversations Process

Jul 13, 2016 by

Over the last 2 days members of General Synod have met in an informal setting in which they have listened and been heard as they have reflected together on scripture and a changing culture in relation to their understanding of human sexuality. Throughout these conversations, deep convictions have been shared and profound differences better understood. The Shared Conversations over the last two years now come to a conclusion with over 1300 members of the church directly involved. It is our hope...

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Anglican divisions harden despite talk of unity

Jul 12, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Church of England: Synod Conversations end. I am not a member of General Synod, and so have not been included in the Shared Conversations taking place in York the past two days. Some members with orthodox views have declined to take part, believing that the process is flawed from the start, as it is deliberately designed not to bring resolution on what the Church should be teaching and permitting in the area of same sex relationships, but simply to allow...

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Salisbury Cathedral backs city’s first ever Pride Parade

Jul 12, 2016 by

from Spire: On Tuesday (5th July) we told you that Salisbury is getting its first ever Pride Parade at the end of the month, and now Spire FM can exclusively reveal that this inaugural event has now got the backing of Salisbury Cathedral. Organisers at the Salisbury LGBT+ group are clearly incredibly excited to be receiving support from the Salisbury Diocese and the Church of England. The Dean of Salisbury, The Very Reverend June Osborne, has confirmed to Spire FM that she plans to bless the...

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