The State of the Anglican Communion: Midterm Report

Sep 1, 2014 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: Archbishop of Nigeria the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, leader of the Anglican Communion’s largest and fastest growing Anglican province with more than 20 million active Anglican souls, slipped into Washington, D.C., last week to meet with his CANA bishops, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, and other Anglican figures. His appearance in the US went unheralded and unnoticed by either the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde, or the Presiding Bishop of...

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English children among the unhappiest on earth. No wonder with the State as parent

Sep 1, 2014 by

by Kathy Gyngell, Conservative Woman: Why anyone is surprised to read that English children are some of the unhappiest in the world, I don’t know. This headline of the third of The Children’s Society’s comparative The Good Childhood Report 2014, published last week, clearly suggests we should be.  It attempts to establish children’s subjective sense of their own well-being and it makes for depressing reading. Nothing it appears has changed for English children. We have learnt nothing. The...

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Faith schools a ‘religious affront’ say coalition of religious leaders

Sep 1, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Faith schools are “a religious affront” and discriminate against children in ways that are incompatible with religious teachings about equality, openness and fairness, according to a coalition of religious leaders. Such schools make religious faith seem “tarnished by discrimination” and lead to it being perceived as divisive, according to senior representatives from the Anglican, Catholic and other churches and faiths who today...

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Channel 4 hires former Miss Belgium to shake up sex education in schools

Sep 1, 2014 by

By John Plunkett, Guardian: A Belgian sex therapist and UN goodwill ambassador who believes that all children should get a qualification in sex education is to start a Jamie Oliver-style campaign to change the way British schools tackle the subject. Goedele Liekens, a former Miss Belgium who presented the country’s edition of The Weakest Link, believes the way sex education is handled in British schools is “hopelessly out of date” and should begin “properly and...

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

Sep 1, 2014 by

This is the title of the hour-long movie put together by Courage, the Catholic outreach to people with unwanted same sex attraction. Here are three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality: Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him; Rilene, a successful businesswoman who realized that twenty-five years with her partner did not provide the fulfillment she...

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London: thousands gather in massive demonstration against UK anti-Semitism

Aug 31, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: Over 4,500 people thronged the streets of London outside the Royal Courts of Justice today to protest about the rise of anti-Semitism on the streets. The attendees carried banners reading “zero tolerance for antisemitism” and “prosecute hate before it’s too late” as they listened to speakers including Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Maajid Nawaz from the Quilliam Foundation, and Douglas Murray. It was organised by the group Campaign Against Antisemitism UK, who describe...

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Breakdown of the family to blame for 90% of poverty, families congress told

Aug 31, 2014 by

By Melissa Davey, Guardian: The breakdown of the family unit is responsible for 90% of the world’s poverty, the head of the World Congress of Families told its conference. Wrapping up the controversial and chaotic Christian event in Melbourne on Saturday, the managing director of the Congress, Larry Jacobs, told attendees marriage was a lifelong union of one man and one woman, raising their children in a loving and nurturing way. “We believe that sex should be within that union,” he said....

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The rise of transgenderism: a study in gender dysphoria

Aug 31, 2014 by

By Barbara Gauthier: Recently, Maryland become the third state to cover the costs of gender reassignment surgery for its transsexual employees. There has been a good bit of reaction from the medical community, which is beginning to express publicly a growing lack of support for surgical interventions to correct what seems to be primarily a psychological disconnect with reality rather than something truly physical.  All the articles below are well worth reading carefully, for they provide much...

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Worship and teaching for the week

Aug 31, 2014 by

WORSHIP 1. The bells of Coventry Cathedral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9h8BujG_uE 2. Choral Evensong from Chapel of Cheltenham College with the fourth of this year’s Eton Choral Courses – BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04f8vn2 3. Sunday Holy Communion livestreamed from St Helena’s Church, Beaufort, South Carolina at 10:15 am Eastern Time, 3:15 pm London Time http://www.sthelenas1712.org/ 4. Sunday Worship from  Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast...

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Popular Dysphoria

Aug 31, 2014 by

By Dr Pat Conrad, Authentic Medicine Gazette: Years ago when a third year resident, the first breast exam I was directed to perform was on a man, semi-balding, beard, hairy chested, and former female impersonator. In his working days, he had gotten estrogen shots (his story) in his breasts to make them grow, and now he was worried about a lump. Not how I thought the day was gonna go, but any of us former med students have had similar surprises. Later in residency, I was assigned an...

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Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution

Aug 31, 2014 by

By Paul McHugh, Wall Street Journal: Policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is...

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Anglican Unscripted Ep 118

Aug 30, 2014 by

Kevin talks to undercover missionary Father Argo about Islam in Africa and the Middle East.  

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Catholics must atone for their anti-Semitism

Aug 30, 2014 by

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald (Hat Tip: Cranmer) I am not Jewish, but when the Chief Rabbi speaks, I listen. The former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, had some cogent things to say about, for example, gay marriage: his statement on the subject was the best I read, and left me wishing I had said that myself. He was a consistent and convincing exponent of the value of marriage and family life for the well-being of society, something that everyone, Jew and Gentile, should appreciate....

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Douglas Carswell can see where politics is going – he’s a true moderniser

Aug 30, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: [...]  The lack of anger among Conservative-minded people is striking. Traditionally, MPs who switch parties are accused of treachery. Parties have had strong collective identities. Those who leave the tribe have therefore been scorned. Mr Carswell has pre-empted some of this by his decision – virtually unprecedented – to submit his switch of allegiance to a by-election rather than clinging on without asking the voters. But he also taps into something that is...

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The Intensifying Attack on Christian Institutions

Aug 29, 2014 by

By Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism: The next stage in the culture war over religion, fueled from the gains of recent years by social liberals in public opinion, a two term liberal Democratic presidency, and liberal judicial appointments, appears to be unfolding in the use of antidiscrimination doctrine to attack Christian institutions. Although threats do exist to the primary religious institutions – houses of worship – it is those that provide social services as a religious activity, namely...

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