A Review of ‘Pastoral Principles for living well together’

Mar 14, 2019 by

by Martin Davie: What are the Pastoral Principles?  Following on from the House of Bishops’ pastoral guidance on welcoming transgender people we now also have a set of ‘Pastoral Principles for living well together.’ These ‘Pastoral Principles’ have been produced by the Pastoral Advisory Group, which is a group chaired by the Bishop of Newcastle that was established by the House of Bishops in 2017 to ‘advise dioceses on pastoral issues concerning human sexuality so that we can make explicit our...

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Interfaith ties fracture as Church of England won’t stand with Muslims opposing gay sex in school

Mar 14, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: Christian-Muslim interfaith relations are at breaking point in Birmingham as the Church of England refuses to support the Muslim community in its stand against the sexualisation of primary school children at the Parkfield Community School, in Saltley, an inner-city area in the Diocese of Birmingham. Mariam Ahmed, a mother-of-two leading the protests, had appealed directly to Rt Rev’d David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham and Sarah Smith, Birmingham Diocesan...

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Can British Anglicanism reinvent itself as a counter-cultural movement?

Mar 12, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The idea of a national church, represented in every settlement, with concern for and influence in politics and culture, theologically and liturgically aligned to the worldview of the bible, apostles and early creeds, clearly ‘reformed’ ie steering clear of contra-biblical accretions of medieval Catholicism, but generous in its distinguishing between essentials of the faith and ‘adiaphora’ – this is all part of what has been described as “the genius of...

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Tactics not truth over same-sex marriages

Mar 12, 2019 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: IT WOULD seem that the response by the bishops of the Church of England to the latest attempt in the House of Lords to force clergy to conduct same-sex weddings was driven by tactical considerations rather than by transcendent truth. Although the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, resisted the amendment by Lords Faulkner and Collins to remove the CofE’s exemption from solemnising same-sex marriages, his remarks were notable for their...

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Bishop of Oxford resists gay-marriage amendment

Mar 8, 2019 by

by Adam Beckett, Church Times: Croft warns peers that external pressure could be counter-productive. ANOTHER attempt to remove the exemption of the Church of England from same-sex marriage in churches was made in the House of Lords last week. A similar attempt was made last month at the committee stage of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (News, 8 February). Lord Faulkner, a Labour peer, attempted last Friday, with Lord Collins, to remove the exemption of...

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Church of England to hold first service in Farsi after a huge rise in converts

Mar 3, 2019 by

by Izzy Lyons, Telegraph: When the Bishop of Loughborough was 13-years-old, her brother was murdered for being a Christian. Born and raised in Iran, she was forced to flee her homeland in 1980 on the grounds of religious persecution – a story that is all too familiar for many Iranian Christians. Now, as the ordained Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani is leading the Church of England’s growing community of Iranians who have found a home in the Anglican church. This...

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