UK: Reform Clergy Struggle to get Incumbencies because Women’s Ordination Is Now First Order Issue

May 8, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: Large conservative evangelical churches in the Reform network are now seeing highly capable young men whom they have supported into ordained ministry finding it increasingly difficult to get appointed as vicars because of their opposition to the ordination of women. Even when applicants are not being explicit about holding to ‘male headship’ in the family and the church, they are reportedly having it ‘flushed out of them’ during the...

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Resolutions under the House of Bishops’ Declaration

Mar 7, 2016 by

From Forward in Faith: Over 300 parishes have already passed a resolution under the House of Bishops’ Declaration which results in them receiving episcopal oversight from a member of the Council of Bishops of The Society. The majority had been petitioning parishes under the former Act of Synod, but a significant number previously had only Resolutions A and B or had no resolution at all. Parishes that have not yet passed the new resolution have just over eight months to do so before the...

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New CofE bishop Karen Gorham supports Christian naturism

Nov 28, 2015 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: The Church of England’s newest bishop is an advocate of Christian naturism. The appointment of the Archdeacon of Buckingham, Ven Karen Gorham, to be Bishop of Sherborne in Dorset, was announced yesterday. She will be the Church’s eighth woman bishop and sixth woman suffragan. The Church of England has been appointing women bishops at the rate of about two in every three months since the measure to consecrate women was enacted by General Synod a year...

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God as She is yet another feminist assault on masculinity

Nov 1, 2015 by

By Rob Slane, The Conservative Woman: It’s remarkable how long it took the church to realise that all those masculine pronouns used in the Scriptures to refer to God – He and Him – are merely arbitrary, and really the biblical writers could have gone either way with the Hes and Shes, Hims and Hers. What is all the more staggering is that you would have thought that some of the giants of church history – Ignatius, Polycarp, Origen, Athanasius, Tertullian, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, for...

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‘God is not a he or a she’, says first female bishop to sit in House of Lords

Oct 25, 2015 by

By Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: God should not necessarily be seen as a masculine figure, according to the UK’s first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords on Monday. “God is not to be seen as male. God is God,” said Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester, who is to be inaugurated in parliament. While acknowledging that many Anglicans would profoundly disagree, Treweek said the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God. She personally prefers to say...

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Church of England appoints new Bishop of Newcastle

Sep 2, 2015 by

From ITV News: The Venerable Christine Hardman has been appointed as the new Bishop of Newcastle. The 64-year-old, who was ordained as a Priest in 1994, was Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich in the Diocese of Southwark for eleven years. Christine Hardman becomes the third female bishop in the UK along with the Right Reverend Libby Lane and the Reverend Canon Alison White. Read here More information on the Diocese of Newcastle website...

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