‘Grown-up’ Primates’ Meeting affirms Anglican links with Canterbury

Jan 15, 2020 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: AT the Lambeth Conference this year, bishops will “draw a line under some of the inward-looking approach of the past”, the Archbishop of Canterbury predicted this week at the close of the Primates’ Meeting in Jordan.Primates praised the “mature” and “grown-up” discussions at this week’s meeting. Primates from 33 of the 40 Provinces were present. Three — those of Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda — chose not to attend, while others were detained by illness or other...

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Christian persecution: Global numbers rise by 15 million in 1 year

Jan 15, 2020 by

from Premier: The number of Christians at risk of persecution across the globe has risen by 15 million in the past year according to a religious freedom charity. Open Doors has released its annual World Watch List, which assesses the scale of persecution faced by Christians across the world and ranks the top 50 countries of concern for the following year. According to the study, 260 million Christians live in countries where they experience high, very high or extreme levels of persecution...

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What does Holy Communion do for us?

Jan 15, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I have been contributing to the Church’s Renewal and Reform stream on developing lay leadership, and one of the questions that has come up is: ‘What does the Church of England actually believe about the laity and lay leadership?’ I am not referring here to what some have called ‘ecclesial lay leadership’, that is, the leadership of lay people within the gathered church at services, such as being a Reader, leading the intercessions, leading small groups and so on,...

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English Anglican evangelicals: five areas of disagreement

Jan 14, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Evangelicals share the same core theological beliefs, often expressed in a Confession or Basis of Faith statement (eg here). But evangelicals have historically been divided on a number of issues. In the past, these included: whether evangelistic speakers should call listeners to publicly indicate a decision for Christ; whether genuine believers should smoke, drink or go to the cinema, whether tongues, prayers for healing and other expectation of...

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Rise in UK university pro-life societies leave abortion activists alarmed

Jan 14, 2020 by

from SPUC: Pro-abortion campaigners appear alarmed at the recent rise of pro-life university groups across the United Kingdom. Student led group and SPUC collaborator, the Alliance of Pro-life Students (APS) which “encourage a culture of life by inspiring and equipping students to bring the culture of life into universities” have recently been assisting pro-life university groups. Madeline Page, APS Chief Executive said: “Our societies remain autonomous and students are welcome to run their...

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The collapse of Catholic Ireland

Jan 13, 2020 by

by James Bradshaw, MercatorNet: Shortly before Christmas, The Economist, the world’s leading news magazine, published an article titled ‘The liberalisation of Ireland,’ with the subheading ‘How Ireland stopped being one of the most devout, socially conservative places in Europe.’ This has been a familiar discussion both at home and abroad, particularly after the landslide vote to legalise abortion in 2018. The Economist’s piece provides a brief overview of recent social milestones, followed by...

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