Teetering on the brink: Shared convulsions at Synods

Jul 15, 2016 by

from Christian Concern: Joint statement from Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, and Member of General Synod and Rev. Dr. Joe Boot, (M.A, Ph.D.) Director of the Wilberforce Academy and Senior Pastor of Westminster Chapel, Toronto following the Church of England’s ‘shared conversation’. It has been a troubling week for Western Anglicanism. The Canadian General Synod, after some bureaucratic confusion, carried a motion to accept recommendations for the full...

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‘Go in confidence,’ Justin Welby tells Synod after sexuality conversations

Jul 12, 2016 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today: The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the Church of England to “go in confidence” after the conclusion of its “shared conversations” on human sexuality. The conversations, which took place during the last two years, came to a conclusion at the General Synod meeting in York, with small groups meeting in private and synod members urged to stay off social media. A handful of conservative evangelicals opposed to any compromise with...

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Statements on CofE Shared Conversation

Jul 12, 2016 by

from Law & Religion UK: The Church of England has released the following Statement following conclusion of Shared Conversations Process: “Statement following conclusion of Shared Conversations Process 12 July 2016 Over the last 2 days members of General Synod have met in an informal setting in which they have listened and been heard as they have reflected together on scripture and a changing culture in relation to their understanding of human sexuality. Throughout these conversations, deep...

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Archbishop of York urges synod as sexuality talks begin: ‘Help anyone who has been hurt’

Jul 10, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The Church of England’s ruling body was urged to “help anyone who has been hurt” as it entered fraught talks over same-sex relationships today. Controlled “conversations” will be held from Sunday lunchtime until Tuesday in an effort to reconcile deeply opposed factions within the Church’s synod. Before the talks began behind closed doors at York University, around 460 members attended a communion service in York Minister....

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Journeying in grace and truth?

Jul 10, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: This weekend, General Synod are having their own ‘Shared Conversations’ on sexuality as the closing event of this process in the Church. I was a bit fed up to learn that members were going to be circulated with not one but two books advocating (in some way or other) for a change in the Church’s teaching, since this was supposed to be a process of listening and not lobbying. In the end, I have been quite glad to read the one edited by Jayne Ozanne, entitled Journeys in...

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Church of England vicar says Brexit vote is not just a cry of ‘incoherent rage’

Jul 9, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: A vicar has publicly challenged the Church of England hierarchy over the EU referendum by warning against dismissing the vote to leave as just a cry of “incoherent rage” by disadvantaged communities. The Rev Graeme Buttery, of St Oswald’s Church, Hartlepool, said people in the town, who voted heavily to leave, felt they were being listened to for the first time in more than 40 years in the vote last month. Speaking at the Church’s General Synod in York, Fr...

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