Church of England launches low-key evangelistic initiative.

May 17, 2015 by

“Gravetalk” aims to offer opportunities to start fruitful conversations about life, dying and life after death. It will be launched at Portsmouth Cathedral on May 19th.   It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends. The Church of England has been helping people think about these questions for centuries. GraveTalk is a café space, organised by a...

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Search for new Bishop of Oxford continues

May 14, 2015 by

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Oxford saying that the search for the new Bishop of Oxford continues. The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) met over two days in May. However the meeting concluded without a nomination. This means that the See of Oxford will be considered again early next year, because of the number of other vacant Sees. Meanwhile Bishop Colin Fletcher will continue in his role as Acting Bishop of Oxford. Bishop Colin said: “While it...

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Oxford group challenges talent quest

May 8, 2015 by

By Paul Handley, Church Times: THE idea that future leaders of the Church of England should be talent-spotted and groomed came in for sustained criticism at a symposium in Oxford last Friday. The title of the symposium was “Apostolic Leadership for an Apostolic Church”. It had been convened by the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, in response to the “literally hundreds” of letters and emails he had received after his critique of the...

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Church of England: Plans to create ‘bishop for church plants’ get the go ahead

May 7, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Plans to create a new “Bishop for Church Plants” are to go ahead following approval of the revival of the See of Islington. The Dioceses Commission has told the London diocese that it can revive the century-old Islington see to allow the Bishop, Dr Richard Chartres, to appoint an episcopal leader for church planting. The London diocese, home to evangelical flagship churches such as Holy Trinity Brompton and St Helen’s Bishopsgate, has led...

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Prebendary Rod Thomas appointed Bishop of Maidstone (updated)

May 5, 2015 by

Suffragan Bishop of Maidstone announced Reform Media Statement C of E honours its pledge to appoint a ‘headship’ Evangelical as bishop, Tim Wyatt, Church Times Anglican Mission in England welcomes appointment of Rod Thomas as Bishop of Maidstone ‘Male headship’ campaigner appointed as CofE bishop by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today Forward in Faith welcomes appointment of Bishop of Maidstone Leader of campaign against women bishops is made a bishop in bid to avert CofE split by John...

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Lambeth Palace Press Release on Suffragan Bishop of Maidstone

May 5, 2015 by

Press release from Lambeth Palace. Suffragan Bishop of Maidstone announced. Downing Street has today announced that the next Bishop of Maidstone will be the Reverend Prebendary Roderick Thomas, currently Vicar of Elburton in the Diocese of Exeter. The appointment of Rod Thomas follows a meeting of the Dioceses Commission in December at which unanimous agreement was given to a proposal from the Archbishop of Canterbury to fill the see, which has been vacant since 2009, with a bishop who takes a...

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