Church of England minister Lee Gatiss receives vitriol online after leading national church service

Aug 12, 2020 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier: Evangelical Anglican minister Lee Gatiss has reported a tweet that came across violent to the police but received many more of a similar nature after he spoke at the Church of England’s online service on Sunday. Mr Gatiss heads up the Church Society, which aims to reform the Church of England with a focus on the importance of the Bible. When he was chosen to lead the Church of England’s national service online, which has been led by ministers from various...

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Bishops take aim at ‘unjust’ handling of abuse claims

Aug 12, 2020 by

by Andrew Brown, The Times: The Church of England has been reported to the Charity Commission for its “incompetent and unjust” handling of investigations into senior figures. Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, and a serving bishop are among dozens of signatories to a letter accusing the church of operating a secretive and unfair disciplinary system. Four of the past five archbishops of Canterbury and York had been the subjects of formal complaints about their alleged failures to act against clergy...

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The C of E’s clergy discipline scandal is symptomatic of a deeper problem

Aug 10, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: A new report which has branded the Church of England’s disciplinary system “toxic” will come as no surprise to everyone who has been following the story. The paper by Dr Sarah Horsman, warden of Sheldon – a retreat centre and clergy support organisation – described the C of E’s Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM) as symptomatic of a wider “toxic management culture”. It also called for any replacement system “to be much more...

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Has the Church’s Shocking Response to Black Lives Matter & Covid Shown It’s No Longer Fit for Purpose?

Aug 10, 2020 by

from The New Culture Forum Channel: In response to the #BLM protests, The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a review of statues in Anglican churches and cathedrals. He also called on the Church of England (of which he is principal leader) to reconsider its artistic portrayal of Jesus as white (even though other cultures depict Jesus as black, Chinese etc. etc. ). Shortly after, an ancient cathedral choir was reported to be disbanding due to lack of diversity. This comes at a time when...

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The neoliberal revolution within the Church

Aug 6, 2020 by

by Giles Fraser, UnHerd: The ancient institution has been asset-stripped by an expanding bureaucracy of management-speak types. On the ground, many of us parish clergy are getting increasingly cheesed off. In The Church Times this week there is yet another advertisement for a non-parish job loaded full of vacuous HR devised buzzwords. Sheffield Diocese are looking for an Associate Archdeacon — which is a new one on me — to be a “transition enabler”. Their job will be to “grow teams of lay and...

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Church of England Parochial System

Aug 6, 2020 by

Letter to The Telegraph: SIR – I do not always share the views of Giles Fraser (Comment, August 3), but his article on the future of the Church of England parochial system makes many points that which the Church would do well to take on board. It is ironic that Chelmsford diocese has announced it will axe 60 posts having, during the episcopate of Stephen Cottrell (now the Archbishop of York), created three more for archdeacons, making a total of seven. The new “super-diocese” of Leeds was sold...

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