What’s wrong with transgender liturgy?

Feb 16, 2018 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Last July’s General Synod passed a motion brought by Chris Newlands on behalf of Blackburn Diocese, expressing the Church’s welcome of transgender people and asking the House of Bishops to consider whether they should offer some sort of liturgy to mark the transition of a...

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Synod debates about liturgy open up bigger questions of truth and religious freedom

Feb 6, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. If the Church of England approves prayers to celebrate and affirm gender transition and / or same sex relationships, does it matter? Some would say it doesn’t, as long as individual parishes are not compelled to use such prayers. Some churches long ago stopped...

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CofE service after same sex marriage?

Oct 20, 2017 by

from Law and Religion UK: Hereford Synod vote of significance to Church of England as a whole On the evening of Thursday 19 October 2017, the Hereford Diocesan Synod passed, by a significant majority, a resolution to request the House of Bishops to initiate the formulation of a discretionary...

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The Church of England’s Nietzschean Proposal

Sep 13, 2017 by

by Carl R Trueman, First Things: In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is...

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Why I will continue to wear vestments

Jul 12, 2017 by

by Andrew Lightbown: Synod has voted and canon law will now be changed to permit deacons and priests and, presumably, readers to dispense with vestments when celebrating the divine office. Vestments will no longer be required for weddings and, I think, funerals. The decision to dress less...

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Toronto Church Creates Liturgy for Gender Transformation

Sep 9, 2016 by

from Anglican Ink: The church has always gathered as a community to mark the most important life passages of its members, so when Beck Shaefer, a member of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, Toronto, legally transitioned from female to male, changing his name and identity documents to reflect a truer...

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