Muslim address to Synod: ‘Muslims and Christians must learn more about each other’

Nov 20, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Two out of three members of the Church of England in Britain will before long have a Muslim neighbour, according to the first Muslim to address the General Synod of the Church of England. Fuad Nahdi, executive director of Radical Middle Way, founding editor of Q-News and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s listening initiative on Christian-Muslim relations between 2001 and 2004, said his presence in the Synod would help Muslims stand...

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Canterbury’s State of the Communion Speech: Speaking the Truth in Love means asserting the Sup...

Nov 18, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, VOL: The Archbishop of Canterbury in his state of the Anglican Communion speech at General Synod was absolutely right to quote the Apostle Paul’s injunction to Christians in Ephesians 4 to ‘speak the truth in love’. But regrettably he omitted to say that obedience to this command involves asserting the supreme authority of Holy Scripture over human reason, tradition and experience. In the context of Ephesians 4, speaking the truth in love (v15) is contrasted...

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Welby hails new beginning for Church as women bishops becomes law

Nov 17, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The Church of England has entered what the Archbishop of Canterbury hailed as a “completely new phase” of its existence as legislation enabling women to become bishops came into force. Forty years of debate and campaigning over the role of women in leadership in the Established Church was brought to an end in just 10 minutes as the Church’s General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of...

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Archbishop Justin on the Anglican Communion at General Synod

Nov 17, 2014 by

In his Presidential address to the General Synod today, Archbishop Justin spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward. Read the full text of the address below: During the last eighteen months or so I have had the opportunity to visit thirty-six other Primates of the Anglican Communion at various points. This has involved a total of 14 trips lasting 96 days in all. I incidentally calculated that it involves more than eleven days actually sitting in...

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Request for churches to offer asylum help for Iraqi and Syrian Christians at General Synod

Nov 17, 2014 by

Chris Sugden, Oxford 174: I want to add to the welcome this synod gives to register our deep concern for and solidarity with fellow Christians in the Middle East especially who are suffering horrendous persecution my thanks for a well crafted briefing paper on the importance of religious freedom and the contribution of senior spokespeople. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are being murdered, tortured, enslaved and made destitute in Islamic countries even as we gather here. Captured Christian...

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Speech at General Synod on Persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria

Nov 17, 2014 by

Mary Judkins, Diocese of Leeds: I want to say a huge thank you to the Business Committee, Archbishops’ Council and MPA for putting the plight of persecuted religious minorities on to our agenda for tomorrow, and that you heard my plea in July for this urgent debate. It is to our shame that Christians and their leaders in Syria Iraq Egypt and Lebanon  have repeatedly complained that they do not feel supported by the Church in the West. We quite rightly support religious freedom for all....

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