Leaving home: The Future of the Faith in England

Apr 17, 2015 by

By Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Ink: The thought of leaving Canterbury, spiritually or emotionally, breaks my heart. I grew up there. I spent five years in the school built around its cloisters. I sang from its tower on Ascension days. I sat for hours at the entrance to the cloisters where Thomas a Becket was struck down for refusing the demands of the secular over the sacred. I took the Eucharist there in the bowels of its undercroft before dawn in the mists of winter. I was confirmed there when...

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Is Not Trendy Talk About ‘Flourishing’ For Tulips Rather Than Christians?

Mar 30, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate, which all ordination candidates are required to sign, purport to be a basis for ‘mutual flourishing’. How a self-contradictory and now mandatory set of bullet points like these can be that is arguably open to question. But what is not in doubt is that the ‘flourish’ word has now become very trendy in the Church of England. Flourish of course has the ring of...

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Church of England names first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Victoria Ward, Telegraph: The first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords has been appointed by the Church of England. The Venerable Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney, will become the Bishop of Gloucester. The 52-year-old is the UK’s third woman bishop but the first diocesan bishop – a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Ven Treweek, who believes that men and women should serve “side by side” in the highest offices of the...

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Church of England creates second female bishop

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Caroline Davies, Guardian: The Church of England has appointed a second female bishop, naming the Rev Canon Alison White as the new bishop of Hull. The announcement on Wednesday follows the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane, 48, as the eighth bishop of Stockport in January. The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, declared: “This is a joyous day.” White, 58, is married to the Right Rev Frank White, 65, who is assistant bishop of Newcastle – making the couple the UK’s first husband-and-wife...

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Most Serious Threat to Reformed Anglicans since Archbishop Laud

Feb 17, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline: Arguably the most serious threat to Reformed Anglican ministry in the Church of England since the Laudian persecution of the 17th Century came to light at this week’s General Synod in London. It has now emerged that all candidates for ordination selection are being required to assent to the House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate. This in effect means Reformed Anglican candidates have to agree with women bishops or be...

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Do we want a Church of England as intolerant as the Church in Wales and ECUSA?

Feb 6, 2015 by

By Ancient Briton: It used to be “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man”. Now it is more likely to be ‘Give me the child… and I’ll show you the woman’ as witnessed by the work of St Oswalds‘ Sunday School children in Knuzden, Lancs. Their work illustrates that the children in St Oswald’s have been tuned to the same wavelength as their vicar’s by enthusiastically endorsing her decision to maintain a ten minute silence...

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