Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Lowson suspended from office

May 16, 2019 by

from BBC News: The Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson, has been suspended. The Archbishop of Canterbury acted saying it was in relation to a safeguarding children inquiry. Justin Welby added that “if proven” he would consider the bishop “would present a significant risk of harm by not adequately safeguarding children and vulnerable people”. Bishop Lowson said he was “bewildered” by the suspension and would cooperate fully. In a statement, the archbishop...

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Royal first as Queen appoints her first female as Dean of Chapels since the post was created in the Middle Ages

May 16, 2019 by

by Rebecca English, Mailonline: The Queen has appointed her first female ‘Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal’ since the post was created in the Middle Ages. Bishop Sarah Mullally, who was also appointed Bishop of London in March 2018, will take over from the retiring holder, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Chartres, this summer – which means one of her first tasks could be to baptise little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Mother-of-two Bishop...

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Durham Church offers to cover crosses while hosting Muslim Iftar meal

May 15, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: A parish church in the Diocese of Durham has been criticised for “being ashamed of the gospel” after saying it would cover crosses and other sacred images in order to host Islamic prayers and an Iftar meal for the local Muslim community. The Church of St Matthew and St Luke, Darlington, also agreed to provide separate worship space so men and women could offer segregated worship. Muslim representatives met with Vicar Revd Lissa Scott and agreed to set apart two...

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Bishop of London and Sadiq Khan host interfaith Ramadan event at St Paul’s Cathedral

May 15, 2019 by

By Ruth Sax, Premier: St Paul’s Cathedral played host to an interfaith event on Tuesday to mark Ramadan. Bishop of London Rt Rev Sarah Mullally and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan welcomed a host of young people from different religions ahead of an Iftar where Muslims break their fast. Speaking to Premier at the event, Mr Khan said: “I want to pay huge tribute to the Bishop of London and everyone at St Paul’s Cathedral for opening up this really special cathedral and spiritual...

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EFAC rebut suggestion of differences with Gafcon

May 2, 2019 by

Press Release from the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. The Trustees of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) have read reports of the address by Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, to the Anglican Consultative Council currently meeting in Hong Kong in which he attributed the crisis in the Anglican Communion to “largely autocratic Primates and bishops in the Global South who do not behave as Anglicans” and...

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What is the Church of England’s problem with the Bible?

Apr 30, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: There were two interesting articles in the Church Times last week which illustrated well some of the challenges for the church of reading the Bible. The longer one was an interview with John Barton, former professor at the University of Oxford, following the publication earlier in the year of his book A History of the Bible. At the launch, he explained that his thesis in the book was that “the relation of religion to book is not direct. Problems arise when this is...

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