Lord Carey calls for Church of England to outsource abuse investigations

Oct 13, 2021 by

by George Carey, from Anglican Ink: The following words were addressed to those attending the Keep Rebuilding Bridges conference on October 5, 2018. Baron Carey of Clifton was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002. The Truth will set you free I am delighted to offer a contribution to this Conference on Rebuilding Bridges and thank Richard Symonds for his invitation and for all he has done and continues to do, to clear George Bell’s name. It is good to see in our audience Dr. Ruth...

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‘Bleeding for Jesus’: some initial thoughts

Sep 2, 2021 by

 A review of Andrew Graystone’s ‘Bleeding for Jesus: John Smyth and the cult of Iwerne camps’ *. By Julia Cameron, Evangelicals Now: Former campers include senior leaders in the military, in business and in education, and well-known church leaders like John Stott, Dick Lucas, Nicky Gumbel, Michael Green and Justin Welby. They also include lesser-known names of men who have invested their lives in serving urban housing estates, or in world mission. All the boys were drawn from the UK’s...

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The use and misuse of power

Apr 29, 2021 by

David Banting reviews Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy, the 2015 publication from Church House, in the light of recent revelations and insights.    Abusus non tollit usum?[1] All institutions now seem to have their ‘Achilles heels’. They have been exposed as the misuse of authority and power – the armed services, the police, the Government, the professions, public schools, the beautiful game of football, the Church, certainly Roman Catholic and Church of England, all...

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Report on Jonathan Fletcher

Mar 24, 2021 by

The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review by Thirtyone:eight concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon was published on Tuesday 23 March. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the ‘Walking With’ website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective...

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Final report published of our independent Lessons Learned review

Mar 23, 2021 by

From Thirtyone:eight: The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon has been published today. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the Walking With website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective...

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What is Spiritual Abuse?

Feb 11, 2021 by

by Michael J Kruger, Canon Fodder: As noted in a prior post, I have begun a new blog series—called “Bully Pulpit”—on the growing problem of spiritual abuse in the church. Before we get too far down the road, we have to pause and define exactly what we mean by spiritual abuse. We begin by noting what we are not talking about. First, we are not talking here about any kind of physical abuse, such as hitting or striking someone. Second, we are not talking about sexual abuse—whether that involves...

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