Does the Church of England Want You?

Oct 16, 2021 by

by Daniel A French, The Mallard: Nothing is more enticing than an organisation which is hard to join or mysterious from the outside. Groucho Marx famously said he refused to join any club that would have him. Even the rabbis are known to employ reverse psychology. A postulant would have to do a lot of knocking at the synagogue door before they were taken seriously for conversion. By contrast inclusiveness has been the hip buzzword in the Church of England for thirty years. Everything has to be...

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The impact and significance of Michael Nazir-Ali’s conversion to Catholicism

Oct 14, 2021 by

by Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today: It has been announced that Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, has left Anglicanism and become a Roman Catholic. He was received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, entering the ordinariate on his name day, the feast of St Michael, two weeks ago. This is without doubt one of the most politically and theologically significant changes of allegiance in the Christian world for some time. There have been a number of high-profile...

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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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The Church of England and failures in the administration of justice

Oct 13, 2021 by

by Stephen Parsons, Anglican Ink: I do not remember at what age I was introduced to two important principles traditionally embodied in the legal system of England. It may have been in a lesson about Magna Carta. Somewhere along the line in my education, I imbibed two key ideas about the administration of justice in this country. The first principle states that everyone is deemed to be innocent unless proved guilty. The second principle is that if a person receives a verdict of not guilty in a...

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How big should churches be?

Oct 12, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Two years ago, one of the fringe meetings at July’s session of the General Synod focussed on the needs of ‘mid-sized churches’, in this case defined as worshipping communities of 20 to 60. The reason for this was a question that William Nye, Secretary General of Synod and the Archbishops’ Council, had raised: Without meaning to, a lot of the time, we, the national church institutions, just default to thinking about bigger churches, because a lot of people’s picture of...

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Archbishops’ Racial Justice Commission has just one Conservative member

Oct 11, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Archbishops’ Racial Justice Commission was announced last week. It is a 12-member board, chaired by former Labour MP Paul Boateng, now Lord Boateng, and its members include just one Conservative: the social entrepreneur Lord Wei. The other members are: Rev’d Sonia Barron, Prof. Mike Higton, Prof. Anthony Reddie, Prof. Duncan Morrow, Dame Melanie Dawes, Rev’d Canon Dr Philip Anderson, Rev’d Canon Dr Chigor Chike, Rt Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Rev’d Canon Patricia...

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