Pray and fast for climate change? Is the church creating disciples of Christ or eco-warriors?

Jul 15, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, Cranmer: The latest session of the General Synod of the Church of England drew to a close in York this week and, absent any debate about women bishops, it failed to set the blood racing. Indeed, until we get on to discussing the outcomes of the two-year ‘shared conversations‘ on sexuality, things are likely to stay pretty quiet. A couple of items did manage to gain some media attention, though. Firstly, these shared conversations involving 600 people will cost the CofE...

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Sunday 12 and Monday 13 July at Synod

Jul 13, 2015 by

Church investment in the Environment A major theme at Synod was Christian care for the Environment and the ethical investment policy of the Church of England investment bodies with regard to Climate Change. Dr Paula Gooder gave a splendid biblical overview of material on the environment on Sunday night including the following points: The dominion given to humanity in Genesis 1 26-28 follows the description of humanity made in the image of God – so have dominion as God would and subdue the...

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Today in General Synod, York July 11th.

Jul 11, 2015 by

Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabas Fund, and Guy Hordern the former Chair of the Birmingham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) addressed a fringe meeting today hosted by Anglican Mainstream. The subject was reasons for the Islamist radicalization of young people and the role of Religious Education in combating this.   Patrick Sookhdeo’s talk can be found in full in PDF form, available here: Radicalization and education   After the talks, there was a question and...

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Brief reports from General Synod

Jul 10, 2015 by

Today in Synod, York, July 10th. York Synod is presided over by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. He gave a presidential address at the beginning of Synod which was a reflection of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s favourite biblical passage, John 17. He described it as the greatest prayer ever prayed on earth and the greatest prayer ever recorded in Scripture. Seven Gifts of Grace in John 17 AB Sentamu highlighted seven gifts of grace: Seeing the glory of God Eternal Life vs 2,3 Making the name...

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Church of England to begin sexuality ‘conversations’

Feb 14, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Church of England is to begin talks on whether to authorise prayers to mark same-sex relationships. The question is raised in the resources published this week to go with the “shared conversations” on sexuality which are about to enter their second stage. The “second circle” of the shared conversations, set up last year in an attempt to resolve the Church’s crisis over sexuality, will begin regionally in April. The dioceses...

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Today at General Synod Tuesday February 10

Feb 10, 2015 by

Some nuggets and points from today (Tuesday) in General Synod The plural of disciple is church “When I am in collar and tie and people ask me what I do, I say that I represent a large multinational organization with branches throughout the world and is still growing. In reply they ask me if I am a banker.” Prebendary Charles Marnham, Vicar of St Michael’s Chester Square Synod rejected a measure which would write into law the permission to name a diocese by its geographical area rather than its...

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