More tea, Associate Archdeacon Transition Enabler?

Apr 20, 2021 by

by Peter Franklin, UnHerd: Exciting news from the Church of England. The Diocese of Sheffield is to appoint “four further Associate Archdeacon Transition Enablers.” Yes, really! Not one or two or three, but four. Indeed, four further persons of this description. At this rate, the North of England will soon be overrun with them. One question though: what is an Associate Archdeacon Transition Enabler? The title, while awfully impressive, is somewhat ambiguous. Is the purpose of an AATE to enable...

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BBC Panorama smears the Church of England as ‘racist’

Apr 20, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: ‘Is the Church racist?’, asked the BBC’s Panorama yesterday evening, as reporter Clive Myrie interviewed a few minority-ethnic clergy who have experienced some awful abuse at the hands (or from the mouths) of other members of the clergy, or from fellow ordinands, or from their theological tutors, or from a few of those who sit in the pews week by week. And so the Church of England was bludgeoned with its decades of “broken promises on race and racism”, with the BBC...

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BBC Panorama programme ‘Is the Church Racist?’

Apr 20, 2021 by

Statement from the Church of England: The BBC Panorama programme ‘Is the Church Racist?’ tonight explored allegations of racism and discrimination within the Church of England. The programme includes interviews with a number of UK Minority Ethnic clergy as well as laity and those training for ordained ministry about experiences within the Church. We have worked with the producers to provide information and a response to a number of issues raised. The allegations – whether involving individuals...

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Elections, diversity, and safeguarding on General Synod agenda

Apr 16, 2021 by

by Pat Ashworth, Church Times: Members will meet virtually over two days on 23 and 24 April. THE General Synod will have some soul-searching to do when it meets for two days next week on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April. The chief business of Saturday afternoon is the report Responsible Representation, from the Crown Nominations Elections Review Group. The Synod will be asked to endorse its recommendations on the handling of elections of members to the Crown Nominations Commission and diocesan...

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The Church of England’s racist plan to eradicate racism

Apr 13, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: There is a curious story in the Daily Mail which may not be wholly true, or it may not be true at all, but if it is true, even in part, it evidences a certain blindness borne of an obsession with skin colour which really shouldn’t be of any concern in the Church at all, let alone an obsession, for if ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus‘, then surely there is neither black...

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How dare CofE leaders imply our pews are filled with racists

Mar 31, 2021 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: IN a recent article in the Spectator,  entitled The Church of England’s New Religion, associate editor Douglas Murray wrote about a forthcoming report from the Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce. He said: ‘Though we haven’t heard much from actual pulpits for more than a year, the church hierarchy has not slumbered. It has been busying itself with the question of anti-racism.  ‘Last year the church set up a “taskforce” whose resulting report (From Lament...

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