Should the Church be led by opinion poll? Ask the Laodiceans

Mar 14, 2013 by

by Julian Mann If YouGov had conducted an opinion poll asking the members of the church in Laodicea in the late 1st century AD whether they thought they were good Christians, the results would have been overwhelmingly positive. They thought their church was rich in Christian spirituality and commitment and they were very pleased with themselves. But the risen and reigning Lord Jesus Christ, walking among the lampstands of the seven churches in Asia, revealed to the Apostle John his assessment...

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Seeking for truth – reflections on the ways in which the decision to ordain women changed the ...

Feb 2, 2013 by

By Hannah Phillips, New Directions Many years ago when a vote was passed to ordain female priests, I was a teenager. The news had little impact in my convent school, except for Father wandering around muttering under his breath as to how this would change the nature of the Church. Now, I understand what that poor priest (in a school full of girls) was muttering under his breath. The nature of the Church changed on that day and continues to be manipulated by a secular philosophy. Different and...

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Diocese of Blackburn clergy write to the Archbishop of York

Jan 23, 2013 by

From Thinking Anglicans The following press release has been received: 22 January 2013 MEDIA RELEASE: Lancashire clergy write to the Archbishop of York Over fifty clergy from the Diocese of Blackburn have written to the Archbishop of York, urging him to ensure that the next Bishop of Blackburn will be prepared to ordain women as priests, and fully affirm their ministry. The letter was co-ordinated by the Vicar of Lancaster, the Revd Chris Newlands, and has been signed by fifty-five clergy from...

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Church job prospects

Dec 28, 2012 by

By Karen Soole, Evangelicals Now So many voices are crying out about the ordination of women bishops. Many are expressing their pain at discrimination, their outrage at the sexism inherent in blocking progress, blocking their vocation. Into this fray I want to speak too, but my voice feels weak among all this outrage. I am a natural candidate for ordination. I am a committed Christian who longs to serve Christ with all my energy. I love to teach the Bible, in fact I ache to teach the Bible, to...

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Fragile Church of England Maginot Line against gay marriage

Dec 15, 2012 by

By Julian Mann The clarity of the Church of England's stance against same-sex marriage has so far been commendably clear. But the chinks in its defensive armour are becoming ever more apparent. Take the episcopal complaints about the lack of consultation over Maria Miller's announcement that the Government is constructing a 'quadruple lock' against Anglican clergy being sued for refusing to take same-sex weddings. One would have thought 'thank you' would be the word for...

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Fair Measure 2012

Oct 24, 2012 by

A new site has been launched for papers, links and comments about the Draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure which is due to be debated by the General Synod of the Church of England on 20 November 2012. It will show that the Measure as it stands is not fit for purpose, because of its unjust treatment of significant minorities within the Church of England. It must be stopped before it damages the Church irreparably, and replaced with a new, fairer Measure which...

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