The Church, the ballot-box, and Mrs Thatcher

Feb 20, 2015 by

By Eliza Filby, Church Times: AN ELECTION year that also marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Faith in the City is an opportune time to reflect on the Church’s changing relationship with politics since the Thatcher years, particularly as the Church seems to be rediscovering its political voice. In the 1980s, when the Labour Party endured a period of self-inflicted paralysis, the Church of England stepped up to fill the centrist vacuum, and found itself labelled as the...

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Evangelicals could swing the General Election for good

Feb 19, 2015 by

by Krish Kandiah, Christian Today: I must admit I was quietly relieved to read the latest statistics from the Evangelical Alliance on what is most likely to affect how evangelical Christians will vote in the coming election. There are days when some of the traffic on social media and some of the newspaper headlines make it look as if evangelicals might only be concerned about gay marriage and right-to-life issues. I understand how important these issues are for many, but this new survey of...

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Gay marriage costs Tories thousands of church votes

Feb 19, 2015 by

By David Sanderson, The Times: Conservative party support for gay marriage “turbocharged” Anglican disillusionment with politics, it was claimed yesterday… …As the fallout from the Church of England’s Pastoral Letter continued, senior figures from the Anglican communion said the government’s fast-tracking of the redefinition of marriage had alarmed many Christians… …Andrew Symes, the executive secretary of the conservative Anglican Mainstream grouping, said that...

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House of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the 2015 General Election

Feb 17, 2015 by

The House of Bishops of the Church of England have today expressed the hope for political parties to discern “a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be” ahead of the General Election in May of this year. In a pastoral letter from the House of Bishops to the people and parishes of the Church of England, the Bishops urge Christians to consider the question how can we “build the kind of society which many people say they want but which is not yet being expressed in the vision of...

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Tory fury over Church of England letter

Feb 17, 2015 by

By Steven Swinford and Ben Riley-Smith, Telegraph: Nadine Dorries, a Conservative MP, says the Church is ‘silent when people are seeking its voice’ but ‘dives in’ when no one is asking for its opinion. The Church of England has no authority to tell politicians what to do because it has only just “accepted women as equals”, a Conservative MP has said. In a deeply political intervention, the Church of England will today urge parishioners to take an active role...

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Church of England to tell followers: support more European integration

Feb 14, 2015 by

by Nick Hallett, Breitbart: The Church of England is set to call for greater European integration in a highly political move that will anger Eurosceptics just months before the general election. In a document advising Britain’s 25 million Anglicans on voting in the election, the established church is set to call for greater support for European integration, as well as recommending the abandonment of Britain’s nuclear deterrent and questioning how effective the economic recovery has been....

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