Row erupts at General Synod over LGBT rights in the church

Feb 12, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: Conservative and LGBT activists accuse the Church of England of ‘kicking can down the road’. A row over homosexuality erupted at General Synod after both conservative and LGBT activists accused the Church of England of “kicking [the] can down the road”. Leading bishops and decision-makers within the Church are currently debating issues about human identity, relationships, marriage and sex as part of the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project. The...

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Advice for the BBC’s next director-general

Feb 11, 2020 by

by Giles Fraser, UnHerd: BBC TV is rubbish, says my Moral Maze colleague Tim Stanley in the Telegraph today. In contrast listening figures out last week showed that BBC radio output continues to thrive, with Radio 4 and 5 live growing audiences.  So why not dump BBC TV and the website, I muse to myself? Radio is so obviously the best bit of BBC output, and could easily shoulder the Reithian mission at a fraction of the cost. […]   After all, the BBC and the Church of England have a great...

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Bishop offers orthodox Anglicans hope of retaining protected minority status as Diocese takes progressive route

Feb 11, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: The acting Bishop of Oxford Diocese has released an ‘Ad Clerum’ letter to all clergy and licensed Lay Ministers, setting out his “reflections on how we may go forward” following the House of Bishops’ Statement on Civil Partnerships, and the subsequent apologies and distancing from this Statement. Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, signs the letter in the absence of Steven Croft who is on sabbatical. Bishop Colin has appeared in these pages in previous...

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Church of England faces possible £200million compensation payout to survivors of child sex abuse

Feb 10, 2020 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: The Church of England could be forced to pay £200million to survivors of child sex abuse, its parliament is to be told. The money is being set aside for ‘restoration or redress’ to thousands of victims abused by bishops, clergy and lay helpers. This huge bill is more than the annual sum spent running the C of E by its financial arm, the Church Commissioners. It could lead to major spending cuts and force the sale of some of the Church’s £8billion-worth of historic...

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General Synod February 2020

Feb 10, 2020 by

All relevant information, documents and papers for the General Synod’s February 2020 group of sessions. First mailing .zip file Second mailing .zip file Timetable and Agenda Timetable Agenda Monday 10 February Tuesday 11 February Wednesday 12 February Thursday 13 February GS Misc Papers Contingency Business, Notice Papers, and Order Papers Deemed Papers See more here

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Dear Bishops, please stop traumatising your clergy

Feb 4, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Sometimes it feels as though I am a small child living in a household where the parents are constantly arguing and undermining each other. Except, of course, that I’m not an infant – I’m a middle-aged man with slightly too much of a stomach but still (though I say it myself) a mighty fine head of hair. And I’m not living at home with my parents, either. However, I am a church minister trying to exercise some form of pastoring and teaching...

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