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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Share Jesus with joy and delight – Archbishop Welby’s address to synod

Feb 10, 2015 by

Joy and delight in the love of God is at the heart of Christian witness, but the experience of many of us – I dare say most of us – is that, instead of joy and delight, evangelism and witness bring nervousness, uncertainty and guilt. The strategic response to this is clearly for a long-term, iterative and interactive, metric-based, evidence generated development of competencies across the widest possible range of stakeholders in order to achieve maximum acceleration of disciple input with the...

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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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