Lockdown UK: only in Scotland is public worship prohibited (except for the rich)

Jan 6, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Epiphany 2021. The Wise Men have arrived in the guise of SAGE – the wisest of the wise. If we follow the star of science and heed their advice, coronavirus infection rates will fall, hospital admissions decrease, and the NHS will be saved, as will we all. Or most of us will. So here we go again. More weeks of suspended animation, more months of haunting isolation, and more deprivations of the necessities of life, like moments of intimacy and the occasional hug. It’s fine...

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Shutdown of churches and ban on weddings during Covid crisis has cost Church of England ‘£150MILLION’ and could trigger a cull of parishes

Dec 28, 2020 by

by Steven Doughty, Mailonline: The shutdown of churches and the ban on church weddings and funerals has plunged the Church of England into a £150million crisis. Highly-placed sources suggest it lost £150million in donations alone during the months when collection plates went unused and fees for special services such as weddings, funerals and christenings dried up. And it is feared the Covid shortfall may have been much higher. The losses have prompted plans for sweeping money-saving reforms....

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Anglican Battle Lines Drawn in Europe

Dec 28, 2020 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: AS the Anglican Communion slowly devolves into two separate communions with new orthodox branches established in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and Ireland under the aegis of GAFCON, new lines are being drawn in Europe heightening the growing schism in the Anglican Communion. While African Anglican evangelical leaders have said there will be no formal schism, (they can wait out the demise of western Anglicanism,) there is the reality that Europe...

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What is the vision and strategy of the Church of England?

Dec 11, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: The graphic attached here recently caused a bit of a stir in the Anglican social media airwaves. It was included as part of a document presented to the Archbishops’ Council, and was leaked (on its own, within the accompanying explanation) to social media, where it attracted mostly scornful comment, including comparisons with washing machines (going round and round—though of course washing machines to that to some purpose) and plugholes (as in going down the…). It was...

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Martyn Percy cleared again: CofE safeguarding goes from tragedy to farce

Dec 9, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: It has been reported that the Church of England’s Director of Safeguarding, Melissa Caslake, has tendered her resignation after only 18 months in the post, and will be leaving at the turn of the year to take up a position as Director of Children’s Services at Devon County Council. She leaves with the good wishes of both the Lead Safeguarding Bishop, the Rt Rev’d Dr Jonathan Gibbs, and her direct line manager, the Secretary-General of the Archbishops’...

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Sexuality, safeguarding and the language of God

Dec 1, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: When do discussions about sexuality and gender veer into territory which is unacceptable? It’s a live issue at the moment for many in the Church of England following the publication of the ‘Living in Love and Faith’ (LLF) resources which aim to stimulate discussion about such matters. For example, according to Rosie Harper, who is chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, ‘traditional teaching specially on homosexuality is a safeguarding...

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