The Church of England and same sex relationships: articles and comments

Apr 4, 2014 by

Facilitated Conversations   Changing Attitude Letter to Bishops and Statement   Anglican Mainstream Statement in Response to Changing Attitude     House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, Church of England Website   Church offers prayers after same-sex weddings – but bans gay priests from marrying by John Bingham, Telegraph No blessings, no same-sex marriages for clergy: Bishops keep the door shut as Act comes into force by Paul Handley, Church Times Church of England offers prayers after gay weddings but no same-sex marriage for vicars by Lizzie Dearden, Independent Gay marriage: I don’t dismiss bishops’ dishonest compromise out of hand by Andrew Brown, Guardian Statement commenting on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream The last six days: the story so far and the implications by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream House of Bishops prioritise discipline not love from Colin Coward, Changing Attitude Press Release from LGBT Anglican Coalition House of Bishops’ same-sex dog’s breakfast from Cranmer C of E Bishops say church members should ‘welcome’ ‘married’ same-sex couples into the church community by Peter Saunders, CMF Homosexuality to remain a sin for the Church of England by George Conger, Anglican Ink The Church of England: Permitting Pastoral Malpractice by Matt Kennedy, Stand Firm Untheological, incoherent, unhelpful – Bishops, think again! by Thurstan Stigand The Opening Shots by Peter Ould Some interesting comments on Cranmer, Titusonenine and Thinking Anglicans Statements from the Bishop of Manchester , Bishop of Oxford,  Eurobishop and Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Letter to clergy from Bishop of Oxford Anglican Evangelicals unite in calling for clarification from Bishops on same sex marriage The House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Part I – Engaging with the Critics by Andrew Goddard Bishops’ Speak and The Pilling Report by Bishop Wallace Benn...

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Bishop David Anderson on getting our AC statistics right

May 7, 2008 by

This is from a recent weekly letter written by David Anderson of the American Anglican Council.  He presents the ‘other side of the news’ and does so well.  Details to subscribe below.  ‘Under the Schori public mantra, we are about at the end of the churches leaving – most of those so disposed to leave have done so. In fact, she is terribly out of touch with the real world; churches are leaving on a weekly basis. Now it is true that as long as one or two people don’t leave with the rest of the parish, and the bishop can hold onto the name and the building (four walls and a janitor) then TEC will claim that they haven’t lost the congregation. The truth is that a viable church has been lost to the diocese, and down the street in a school cafeteria or gymnasium a new orthodox Anglican Church has been formed with most of the former Episcopalians, now under the care of an overseas Anglican province … We have read that the membership in the Anglican Church of Nigeria, using their highly successful 1+1+3 program, has increased in the last three years from 18 million 25 million. This growth has enabled the Province to tell the respective dioceses to stop sending assessments, as they are no longer needed, and to spend their resources on evangelism locally. The churches are encouraged to have fundraising projects, for which the members donate time, to assist in achieving financial independence. Additionally, the Province of Nigeria has been able to raise enough money internally to provide the means for the Nigerian bishops attend the GAFCON Jerusalem Pilgrimage. If the Anglican Communion is supposed to have 77 million members, but of England’s 25 million only 1.6 million can be found, and of TEC’s 2.4 million only 1.6 can be found, then just between those two provinces 24.2 million needs to be subtracted from the 77 million. That leaves a number 52.8 as a more realistic number. If you add back in the new Nigerian increase of 7 million new members, that bumps the total up to 59.8 million. Of that number Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya total 40-45 million or between 66.9% and 75.2% of the Anglican Communion. Dr. Williams, are you listening?’ http://www.americananglican.org/site/c.ikLUK3MJIpG/b.694127/k.97F5/Email_Sign_up/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=ikLUK3MJIpG&b=694127&en=nrLNKSOAIaKGIRPELkJLJXMNIiJJITPCKdIQLbMQKvE...

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'Shocked and saddened' Bishop of Fort Worth: Letter to KJS

Apr 30, 2008 by

David Virtue   FT WORTH: Iker Blasts Schori over Venables Visitation April 30, 2008 The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori 815 Second Avenue New York, NY 10017 Dear Katharine, I am shocked and saddened by the rude letter you released yesterday to Archbishop Greg Venables, concerning his visit this weekend to the Diocese of Fort Worth. Far from being "an unwarranted interference," he is coming at my request as an honored visitor and guest speaker. You should know that under the canons this does not require either your approval or your support. You have no say in this matter. A diocesan bishop is free to invite other bishops to visit and speak in his diocese. There are no efforts at reconciliation proceeding within this Province, which is one reason why faithful people continue to leave TEC in droves. Your attitude and actions simply reinforce alienation and bring further discord. Once again, you are the one meddling in the internal affairs of this diocese, and I ask you to stop your unwelcome intrusions. Faithfully in Christ, The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker Bishop of Fort Worth cc: The Archbishop of...

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Evangelicals told they must rescue their title

Apr 17, 2008 by

By Matt Cresswell for Religious Intelligence EVANGELICALS must act now to stop the term ‘evangelical’ going the same was as ‘fundamentalist’, it has been claimed. Despite previously being associated with great names such as the abolitionist William Wilberforce and activist Lord Shaftesbury, now a group of researchers believe ‘evangelical’ is rapidly becoming a by-word. The warning came from extensive study carried out by the Jubilee Centre, a Christian social reform organisation based in Cambridge. John Hayward, executive director of the centre, said their research found that many in parliament viewed evangelicals as people against the use of contraceptives. “Our research on Hansard found that as far as parliamentarians are concerned ‘evangelical’ is a word to be associated with condoms,” he said. But their report, written by Christopher Watkin, also found other associations too. Evangelicals are seen as homophobic, opposed to women bishops, in support of private creationist schools and also ‘preachers of witchcraft’. The report claims that the warmest use of the word is associated almost solely with Wilberforce. In some cases the word is used with no reference to Christianity at all; for example reports that say Tim Henman ‘exudes a… kind of evangelical neatness.’ But Mr Hayward claims the word is not beyond the pale and that if Christians act now they can save it from the same fate as the doomed term ‘fundamentalist’. “I think there is hope for the word, I think it can be saved,” he said. “However, if we take a ‘do-nothing’ approach and we don’t realise how the word is being used by the wider community then we run the risk of the word going the same way.” Possible ways of rescuing it, the paper argues, include reminding people of positive evangelical initiatives. Many charities, for example Christian Aid and Oxfam, were founded by Christians with evangelical beliefs. Parliament, the media and the public must be better informed if the word is to be saved, the paper warns. Meanwhile, a senior Anglican evangelical leader has called on those who still class themselves as evangelicals not to forsake the Church of England. In a publication printed by the conservative Anglican organisation Reform, the Rev Jonathan Fletcher, has urged evangelicals not to forsake the Church of England. In the booklet Mr Fletcher argues that the Church of England was in worse state in the 18th century than today. He claimed that evangelicals were the ones who regenerated it. Mr Fletcher, who spoke at the watershed National Evangelical Anglican Congress at Keele in 1967, said: “My generation gave assent to the Thirty-nine Articles ex animo because they express the official legal, historical, and theological position of the Church of England — not the Lambeth Conference, or the debates of Synod, or the deeply-flawed Issues in Human Sexuality. “This is where we must stand and it is a heritage that we must not forsake. I believe that the Church of England belongs to us and that we belong to it.”...

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The Shrinking Church of England

Apr 16, 2008 by

By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org 4/8/2008 The Church of England (CofE) is shrinking even as its leaders argue over whether women priests should become bishops and if homosexual behavior is acceptable among its clergy. Provisional numbers attending on any given Sunday during 2006, and also the latest edition of "Population Trends", a report from the UK’s National Statistics Office, reveal that the CofE has been declining in Sunday attendance at least since 1970. In his blog (Anselmic’s Place) The Rev. Lee Proudlove, a CMS Mission Partner in CEBU, said that the figures are "worrying at least for the future of the Church of England." Each year on the same Sunday, every parish counts how many people there are "in the pews." Naturally, membership and regular attendance numbers are different, but it is a good guide to the health of the church and enables comparison of trends across the years. Recently, the method of collecting this was changed slightly. Now an average is taken across four Sundays for greater accuracy, but it doesn’t make much difference in the numbers. Since 1968, the record of Usual Sunday Attendance has gone from 1.6 million to something less than 900,000 in 2005. In 2006 the attendance is down just -1.14% from 2005. In the 1970’s, the church lost about 30,000 members per year. In the 80’s, it decelerated to around 10,000 members per year. In the 90’s, the loss was around 10,000 members per year. In the 35 years from 1971 to 2006, the Church of England has declined by 43.5%. It has just about halved in terms of its Sunday attendance. Church attendance has been declining as the population of England has been growing. The latest edition of "’Population Trends"’ has revised figures for the population of England based on more accurate fertility rates and taking into account the latest figures on immigration. Based on this report, the Church of England has been shrinking little by little over the last 35 years while the population of England has been growing little by little. In the 35 years from 1971 to 2006, the Population of England has grown by 9.37% that is about a tenth. The chart reveals that the growth in population has been relatively steady, as has the decline in attendance in the Church of England. Neither of these two trends could realistically be dismissed as "blips" or "uncharacteristic".Both should give serious pause for thought to everyone concerned about the life, vitality, and future of the Church of England, says Proudlove. What about the future? If the predictions are accurate, in the next 15 years the English population will have grown by 12% while the church will have declined by another 230,000 people (26%). To compare with the baseline of 1970/1, by 2031 the population will have grown by 30% and the Church of England declined by 65%. The ratio of Anglicans to the rest of the English population looks like this: 1970 – 1 in 30 were in the Church...

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Official Launch of Lambeth 2008: Jesus-Free

Apr 16, 2008 by

(and Holy Spirit-Free and Trinity-Free; ‘God’ is given a very low profile, but does a little better than the ‘Bible’ – hmmmm, why does this sound strangely familiar?)  I missed the official launch when it first appeared.  However, given the increasing flurry of activity surrounding Lambeth (the latest, of course, being those apparently non-existent ‘letters in the mail’) it is really important to understand the thinking of those who are hosting it.  Please do have a read of the official document yourself (see below) if you have not, already.  And read what it doesn’t say, where it isn’t invested.       Thank you Walter   Living into the Rotating Knives   6 April 2008 IIf anyone has any hopes for the Lambeth 2008 Conference to be anything but a shambles you don’t have to look any further than the opening remarks of our dear Rowan of Canterbury. His launch of the official program for the Lambeth Conference 2008 Equipping Bishops for Mission at Lambeth Palace has nary a mention of Our Lord and not much about the Great Commission either. HIV/AIDS is in there of course but most of it seems to be about making nice you boys…and girls and how wonderful all the new meetings are going to be and aren’t we all so smart and with it. Shambles? No it will be a farce....

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