‘I’m at a loss to know where this comes from’ – bishop responds to transgender accusations

Jun 2, 2019 by

from Christian Today: The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, has denied telling a former vicar that he would no longer be welcome in the Church of England if he “wished to faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible”. The Rev John Parker, who resigned as the governor of a Church of England primary school in the Diocese of Chelmsford over its handling of a child’s transition, has accused the bishop of ignoring his concerns. “I was basically told by my...

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Decline and revival in the Church of England

May 31, 2019 by

by Philip Jenkins, Christian Century: Future historians will identify the past quarter century as a time of real excitement and innovation. British media regularly re­port the latest surveys of religious faith and activity in that country, and rare is the news that is not deeply depressing. So rapid has been the process of secularization that it hardly seems far-fetched to imagine a near future in which Christian faith in the country would be confined to recent immigrants. Particularly hard...

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Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Lowson suspended from office

May 16, 2019 by

from BBC News: The Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson, has been suspended. The Archbishop of Canterbury acted saying it was in relation to a safeguarding children inquiry. Justin Welby added that “if proven” he would consider the bishop “would present a significant risk of harm by not adequately safeguarding children and vulnerable people”. Bishop Lowson said he was “bewildered” by the suspension and would cooperate fully. In a statement, the archbishop...

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Royal first as Queen appoints her first female as Dean of Chapels since the post was created in the Middle Ages

May 16, 2019 by

by Rebecca English, Mailonline: The Queen has appointed her first female ‘Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal’ since the post was created in the Middle Ages. Bishop Sarah Mullally, who was also appointed Bishop of London in March 2018, will take over from the retiring holder, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Chartres, this summer – which means one of her first tasks could be to baptise little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Mother-of-two Bishop...

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Durham Church offers to cover crosses while hosting Muslim Iftar meal

May 15, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: A parish church in the Diocese of Durham has been criticised for “being ashamed of the gospel” after saying it would cover crosses and other sacred images in order to host Islamic prayers and an Iftar meal for the local Muslim community. The Church of St Matthew and St Luke, Darlington, also agreed to provide separate worship space so men and women could offer segregated worship. Muslim representatives met with Vicar Revd Lissa Scott and agreed to set apart two...

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Bishop of London and Sadiq Khan host interfaith Ramadan event at St Paul’s Cathedral

May 15, 2019 by

By Ruth Sax, Premier: St Paul’s Cathedral played host to an interfaith event on Tuesday to mark Ramadan. Bishop of London Rt Rev Sarah Mullally and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan welcomed a host of young people from different religions ahead of an Iftar where Muslims break their fast. Speaking to Premier at the event, Mr Khan said: “I want to pay huge tribute to the Bishop of London and everyone at St Paul’s Cathedral for opening up this really special cathedral and spiritual...

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