Synod urged to fast-track Black and Asian church leaders

Feb 25, 2016 by

By Chris Sugden, CEN: THE CHURCH of England has been urged to fast-track Asian and black church leaders in the same way it has done for women bishops. The call came at a meeting during General Synod last week at nearby Westminster Central Hall. The day before, Archbishop Welby had said to Synod that British colonial history makes the laying down of edicts by white, middle-class Christians from the Global North a process that is rightly deeply resented. One former member of Synod, Vasantha...

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February 2016 General Synod reports

Feb 17, 2016 by

No unity at the expense of truth – a response to Justin Welby’s Presidential Address, by Andrea Williams, Christian Concern Are Christians extremists? By Julian Rivers Spiritually discerning the redefinition of marriage, by Joseph Boot, Ezra Institute Lies, D****d lies, and Synod Speak from QuantumLinks Church of England expects attendance to fall for next 30 years by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian Synod rejects proposal to scrap extra charge for heating at funerals and weddings by Anthony...

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Order, freedom and human flourishing

Feb 16, 2016 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: At the end of my first day at General Synod for ten years, it felt as though I had been there about a week, rather than just an afternoon and evening. Time goes more slowly for two main reasons: either because things are detailed and boring; or because things are intense and exciting. Both can be found in any session of Synod. A number of the items would be reported in The Week’s regular column ‘Boring but important.’ But at least an equal number involve engaging in...

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Synod’s sexuality conversations “going to be risky”

Feb 16, 2016 by

By Anthony Bushfield, Premier: David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Reconciliation, told the General Synod the discussions to be had at the next meeting in July may not go smoothly. He said the meetings were “private”, will not be open to the press or the public and social media use will be restricted. The Church of England launched its shared conversations on sexuality in November 2013 in response to gay marriage and changing public attitudes to LGBTI people. Conversations...

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African churches could face ‘consequences’ for supporting criminalisation of homosexuality

Feb 15, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: Churches in countries such as Uganda and Nigeria who support the criminalisation of homosexuality could face “consequences” of their own, the Archbishop of Canterbury warned today. Justin Welby, speaking at the General Synod of the Church of England meeting in Westminster, acknowledged the 38 Anglican world leaders who form the Primates body, could put pressure on churches in provinces who support their country’s view on homosexuality as...

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Church of Scotland moderator to make historic address to General Synod

Feb 15, 2016 by

From Herald Scotland: The moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will make history when he addresses the General Synod of the Church of England. It is believed to be the first time a serving moderator has been invited to speak at the Synod. The Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison is expected to discuss the proposed Columba Declaration – an historic agreement between the two churches. The document sets out how members and clergy will be allowed to worship and exercise...

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