Nativity plays and outdoor carolling can go ahead, Church rep confirms

Nov 28, 2020 by

from Christian Today: Andrew Selous, the Church of England’s representative in the Commons, has told MPs that Nativity plays and outdoor carolling can go ahead. The Tory MP and Second Church Estates Commissioner said that “churches and cathedrals can now approach Advent and Christmas with certainty”. For indoor services and events, singing will be “limited to performance only”. Churches are set to re-open for public worship on 2 December when the second national...

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Black Friday Matters

Nov 28, 2020 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea:  During my lifetime a new religious festival, a new holy day, has been developed in the Western World.  The media treat this every year as though it were an established, centuries old tradition.  My email and internet feeds have been filled with organisations telling me about Black Friday deals.   Deals which no go on for the whole weekend. I loathe ‘Black Friday’ and regard it as crass, commercial and cynical exploitation. Again, this meme sums up how we are...

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MPs debate the effect of Covid on freedom of religion

Nov 28, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: Tim Dieppe comments on this week’s Westminster Hall debate on the effect of the current pandemic on freedom of religion. Yesterday (Thursday 26 November) there was a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament to discuss the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on freedom of religion or belief. Crisis exploited to violate human rights around the world Much of the debate focused on how governments around the world have exploited the Covid crisis to violate human rights, and in...

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When Eton goes woke, what is left?

Nov 28, 2020 by

By Chris McGovern,  The Conservative Woman: WHEN revolutions exploded across Europe in early 1848, Metternich, the conservative foreign minister of Austria, is reputed to have said: ‘We had planned for everything except for a liberal pope.’ He resigned and by late April was in exile at 42 Brunswick Terrace, Brighton. Those brave souls currently holding the line against our woke revolution might echo Metternich by observing: ‘We have planned for everything except for a woke headmaster of Eton...

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Critical race theory: a ruling-class ideology

Nov 27, 2020 by

by Joanna Williams, spiked: 2020 has been shaped by two things. Coronavirus – and our response to it – has dominated every aspect of our lives. But something else has gripped us this year, too: anti-racism. In May, shocked by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, people all around the world emerged from lockdown to participate in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. In the UK, statues fell, public figures knelt in solidarity and many people blacked out their...

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Anglican International Development – Carol Service request

Nov 27, 2020 by

Anglican International Development (AID), which began after the Jerusalem 2008 GAFCON conference, commends their 2020 video report (2.5 minutes) and requests that readers of AM might consider making a contribution to their work with the Anglican Church in South Sudan from collections raised at Carol Services and/or Carol Singing to celebrate Christmas. Watch video here www,anglicaninternationaldevelopment.org  

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CI News: 27 November 2020

Nov 27, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: The Christian Institute welcomes the reopening of church buildings, the Scottish Civil Service is criticised for pushing Stonewall’s trans agenda, and a pro-life student midwife receives an apology from her university, after mistreatment over her beliefs. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories CI: Ban on church worship ‘a colossal mistake’ Scottish Civil Service pandering to Stonewall’s trans ideology Supreme Court...

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Pro-life student midwife wins apology over placement ban

Nov 27, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: A midwifery student who was banned from her hospital placement over her pro-life views has won an apology and settlement from her university. Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her placement after a lecturer at the University of Nottingham reported her involvement with the university’s Students for Life society. She was subject to a four-month fitness-to-practise investigation which forced her to delay her studies and left her without access to student finance,...

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Unifying and renewing a divided life: bridging the divide

Nov 27, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: As the West gradually drifts from its Christian roots, how can we reconnect society not just with a personal salvation, but an all-encompassing Christian worldview that reaches every area of life? In part two of this new series by Joe Boot, Joe explains how the West has turned back to paganism throughout history. Last week, we looked at the root of the divide that society has created between a personal salvation through Jesus Christ and an all-encompassing worldview of...

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LGBT leaders threaten to quit Church of England dialogue unless bishops support gay marriage

Nov 27, 2020 by

from Christian Today: LGBT leaders and supporters in the Church of England are threatening a mass walkout from a recently-launched discussion process about sexual issues unless bishops give an urgent guarantee to support the marriage of same-sex partners in church. The warning was issued in a joint letter sent to 34 bishops “known to be supporters of LGBTIQ+ people”, among them the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Dover and Liverpool. The letter was...

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