A Tale of Two Cities: Charlotte and Tulsa

Sep 24, 2016 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: Every morning I check the news headlines and frequently rely on my mobile phone’s app for CNN.  It’s not very often that I find positive things about the Church in the headlines, but today I was both heartened and convicted by this story:  “Why Charlotte exploded and Tulsa prayed.”  I invite you to see for yourself the article and the embedded videos here. I am heartened that even the secular media would take note that in two different cities, where police shot and...

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UNICEF says 28 million children uprooted by global conflict

Sep 21, 2016 by

by Michael Astor, AP: Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The report found that while children make up about a third of the world’s population as of 2015, they accounted for nearly half of all refugees, with the number of child refugees having doubled in the last decade. “What’s important is that...

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Battle of the Somme centenary: How is it being commemorated and why was it so important?

Jul 1, 2016 by

by Daniel Dunford, Emily Allen and Laurence Dodds, Telegraph: What was the Battle of the Somme? Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War and the largest battle on the western front. It saw over one million wounded, killed or missing on both sides of the battlefield – affecting the lives of millions more back home. The first day of the 141-day campaign, July 1 1916, was and still is the deadliest day in the history of...

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General Synod: disagreement about sexuality, Scripture and mission

Jun 29, 2016 by

Newest items at the top: Synod members write to Bishops on Sexuality issue, from CEN 32 Synod delegates publicly express “lack of confidence” in C of E Shared Conversations process. Anglican Mainstream report. “Into the darkness of error”: Martin Davie reviews recent ‘pro-change’ books Amazing Love? A review article by Peter Sanlon, Church Society Blog Teetering on the brink: Shared convulsions at Synods from Christian Concern Synod members thanked for staying on to talk about their...

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What same-sex marriage brings with it

May 30, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Earlier this week, the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland decided to recognise and accept the ministry of clergy in same-sex marriages, as a logical extension to its previous decision to accept those in civil partnerships. (A rather odd article in the Telegraph followed, which suggested this was a ‘model’ for the C of E, as if there were a connection between the C of E and the non-episcopal Church of Scotland, and as if this was the first Christian church to recognise and...

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Just War Theory Isn’t Obsolete

Apr 18, 2016 by

by Gregory Brown, Public Discourse: Modern warfare may have vastly increased the scale, but the traditional criteria for just war remain sound, especially in helping leaders avoid the false extremes of cynical realism and idealistic pacifism. War has been a constant, more or less, for all of human history. Yet many wars are unjust, often gravely and manifestly so. In the face of this injustice, what is one to do? Many people, the realists, accept it. War and its injustices, they reason, are...

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