Queen’s Address Sends Coded Message to Global South Primates

Nov 28, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline: It would be impertinent to try to open a window into Her Majesty the Queen’s soul following her address to the Church of England’s General Synod this week. But what she said does reveal the aspiration of the CofE hierarchy for a managerial solution to the current conflict over human sexuality: ‘The last Synod will be particularly remembered for the way in which, after prolonged reflection and conversation, even in the midst of deep disagreements,...

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How the mitres have fallen: bishops’ headwear is personal choice, says C of E

Nov 26, 2015 by

By Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: It was not, perhaps, what the archbishop of Canterbury had in mind when he implored the Church of England not to be consumed by its own inner workings. The issue of what bishops wear on their heads briefly took centre stage at the church’s general assembly, or synod, when a vicar from Essex asked for guidance on the donning of mitres. The Rev Canon David Banting was told tartly that it was “entirely a matter of personal discretion”, and the synod agenda swept on....

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Wednesday in Synod

Nov 26, 2015 by

By Andrew Presland. Migrant Crisis debate The Bishop of Durham opened the debate, noting that it was hard to believe that ‘British values’ didn’t include hospitality for people in need. The debate included several contributions setting out ways in which churches in England and the Diocese of Europe were already providing support in many forms for refugees – but noting the need for increased co-ordination of existing efforts, particularly in the ‘Jungle’ camp near Calais. Over 8,000 people had...

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Coptic Bishop speaks on migration crisis during CofE Synod

Nov 25, 2015 by

From ICN: His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, called for continued ecumenical and inter-religious collaboration in response to the complex crisis facing refugees and Christians in the Middle East. Bishop Angaelos said: “We are a united Body of Christ, there is no Church of the East and Church of the West; it is one Body and it suffers equally, and so we need to approach this matter collaboratively. These are, after all,...

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Archbishop Justin’s Presidential Address to General Synod

Nov 25, 2015 by

  Selected quotations, and link to full text. “…as we start this Synod, I offer this image of a plumb line being held against what we have and what we will build, what we stand for and how we conduct ourselves. Amos uses it to warn the people that God is serious about both justice and judgement… …The plumb line that is held to us as follows of Jesus Christ, is Jesus Christ himself… …Loving one another and working together is not a choice we are free to make or not to make. It is an...

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Tuesday in Synod

Nov 25, 2015 by

By Andrew Presland The recently-elected tenth General Synod was inaugurated this morning in a similar way to the previous nine: with a Holy Communion service at Westminster Abbey, attended by HM The Queen and Prince Philip. A thought-provoking (in a positive way) sermon was given by Father Raneiro Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household. Perhaps unexpectedly, he urged us to preach justification by faith, whilst noting that good works should also be taking place anyway. He observed that...

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