Coronavirus plea: Top bishop urges Government to fully reopen churches

Jun 21, 2020 by

by David Williamson, Daily Express: ONE of the most prominent figures in world Anglicanism has asked why Primark and B&Q can open but churches are still banned from holding corporate worship. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, wants people of all faiths to gain new freedoms to gather together providing they do so safely. Under present lockdown rules places of worship in England can open for private prayer but not for services other than funerals. The bishop – who...

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The end of the road for C of E growth strategies?

Jun 19, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: At last week’s Diocesan Synod in Chelmsford Diocese, a paper was discussed which proposed a radical reduction of stipendiary clergy posts from 275 to 215 within the next 18 months, a reduction of 22%. (Since these papers are in the public domain, you can read it for yourself here.) Despite some of these positions already being vacant, this will almost certainly involve making actual clergy redundant, which I think must be unprecedented in the modern era. With our...

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The Church gets in a disciplinary mess

Jun 19, 2020 by

By Andrew Carey, Church of England Newspaper: The Church of England is in a mess as far as its disciplinary processes and its safeguarding measures are concerned. From observing its processes up close and personal in the last couple of years, it is clear that at the highest levels some of the key Church officers find it impossible to keep up with their workload. They do not follow through on their own initiatives and seem not to understand the devastating effect of that failure on those they...

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Marriage, Sex and Culture Group Summer Youth Conference

Jun 18, 2020 by

Online event: Tue, 14 July 2020 14:00 – 17:00 BST The MSC [Marriage, Sex and Culture] Group is the research, support and think tank arm of Anglican Mainstream. The MSC focuses particularly on the issues of marriage, sex and culture, and the many challenges to hand. Our 14th July conference, the MSC Summer Youth Conference 2020 is our third in the series, ‘Our kids are being taught what?!’  It is designed for youth pastors, but also any who work with or who are concerned about the...

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J K Rowling and the Deathly Hallows of the Culture Wars

Jun 18, 2020 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: There is a lovely café in Edinburgh called the Elephant House. It was a place I used to frequent in my student days – for coffee, cake and writing. Another aspirant writer had the same idea. Her name was J K Rowling, who has since become one of the biggest selling authors of all time – selling over 400 million of her Harry Potter series. The Elephant House even has a wee plaque indicating that this is where Harry Potter was birthed. But one wonders how long...

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MPs vote to approve Northern Ireland abortion regulations

Jun 18, 2020 by

from SPUC Northern Ireland: I just wanted to write to you straight away to let you know the result of the vote today on the Northern Ireland abortion regulations. Tragically, MPs have just voted by 253 to 136 to approve this barbaric abortion regime. Thank you so much for writing to your MP on this. We have had a tremendous response from supporters up and down the country. While this is a disappointing result, considerably more MPs voted against these regulations than originally voted to...

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