All Chiefs and Very Few Indians. The impact of the Church of Scotland’s experiment with ‘progressive theology’

May 28, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: […]  The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. […]  Speaking after the vote, the Very Rev John Chalmers, principal clerk, said: “We had a debate which made very clear that we were not interfering with our theological definition of marriage and were not going to the place where ministers or deacons could themselves conducting same sex marriages. […]  The Church of Scotland is in terminal decline. The Principal Clerk...

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‘A unified witness’ – Response to Justin Welby’s address to the Church of Scotland

May 28, 2016 by

From Christian Concern: In this piece, Christian Concern’s Communications Officer, Camilla Olim, responds to the news that the Church of Scotland has agreed to formally unite with the Church of England, via the Columba Declaration. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered an address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Wednesday ahead of the Columba Declaration, which has formally united the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. It will now be...

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Archbishop addresses Church of Scotland General Assembly

May 25, 2016 by

Read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s address to the Church of Scotland General Assembly this morning. It’s a huge privilege to be here, and I want to thank you, Moderator, and all of you for your wonderful warm welcome. I want to say want a special privilege it is to stand in the place of so very many distinguished guests speakers who’ve spoken before me here. And I must say it’s cosier than the General Synod. (Laughter.) You know there are distinct differences between the bones of Becket...

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A Rubicon has been Crossed – The Church of Scotland Assembly Decision on Saturday

May 23, 2016 by

From theweeflea: As I prepare for the Free Church Assembly beginning this evening, I have been reflecting on what happened at the Church of Scotland Assembly on Saturday. This from the BBC sums it up well: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. The General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh voted 339 votes to 215 to update church law to bring it in line with secular Scottish law. The church already recognised ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships and...

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Church of Scotland votes to allow ministers to be in same-sex marriages

May 21, 2016 by

From The Guardian: The Church of Scotland’s highest law-making body has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages. The church’s general assembly, which opened in Edinburgh on Saturday, voted in favour of extending a law passed last May that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships. The decision, after years of deliberation, means the church maintains the traditional view marriage as between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to “opt out” if they...

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Justin Welby to address Church of Scotland as Kirk considers gay marriage

May 20, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: Ministers in same-sex marriages may be appointed by the Church of Scotland as the Church’s General Assembly is set to vote on the historic move on Saturday. The vote would not allow ministers to carry out same-sex weddings but would mean congregations could appoint a minister who is in a same-sex marriage. It comes after the Church’s ruling body voted to recognise ministers in civil partnerships at last year’s gathering. A statement from the...

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