Queen, Pope, Archbishop send condolences after Mount Meron deaths

May 4, 2021 by

by Gerald Butt, Church Times: THE Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Chief Rabbi in the UK were among prominent secular and religious figures to offer sympathy to Israel after the stampede last Friday at a Jewish festival resulted in the deaths of at least 45 people. Thousands had gathered at Mount Meron to mark the Hassidic religious festival of Lag B’Omer. On Sunday, Israel observed a national day of mourning, while the last of the funerals were held. The youngest person to die was...

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Senior academic calls for universities to help end cancel culture

May 1, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute: The President of University College London (UCL) has called on universities to teach students how to better disagree with one another in order to defeat ‘cancel culture’.Dr Michael Spence said that in order to promote free speech, universities have a duty to “model and to teach students how to disagree well across really sometimes quite profound barriers of disagreement”.“Not making an enemy of other people, trying to work out where there is common ground – these...

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Michael Bordeaux Obituary

May 1, 2021 by

In 1964, a young Russian-speaking Anglican priest, Michael Bourdeaux, was visiting Moscow when he heard that the Soviet authorities had just demolished a church. He went to investigate and noticed two women peering through a fence at a pile of rubble with a few bent crosses on top. He approached them and revealed that he was a foreigner wanting to find out what had happened. “We need you,” replied one of the women and asked him to follow them discreetly by tram and bus to a wooden house on the...

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David Lammy and the anti-Empire racism of religious illiteracy

Apr 29, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: When it transpired recently that thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died fighting for the British Empire had been ‘unequally’ commemorated in death, the absence of headstones and other memorials to their service was swiftly attributed to “pervasive racism” and the evils of the British Empire. If tens of thousands of predominantly Indian and African service personnel were not remembered in the same way as the white man, what else could the explanation be, apart...

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John Stott’s double listening and triple H celebrated on his 100th birthday.

Apr 27, 2021 by

Tuesday April 27 would have been the 100th birthday of John Stott. To mark the occasion over 600 people checked in to a livestream direct from the church where he was rector from 1950 to 1975, and had continued as honorary curate to his death in 2011, All Souls Langham Place. A venue commemorating All Souls was fitting as this was a celebration of one of the communion of saints whose ministry has a lasting legacy today. In the Times of Saturday April 24 Paul Woolley, director of the London...

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Primates and bishops welcome Anglican Network in Europe.

Apr 19, 2021 by

Primates and bishops welcome Anglican Network in Europe.  Over 170 people from 14 countries from Australia to Chile took part in the online commissioning service of the Anglican Network in Europe on Monday evening April 19. Presiding Bishop Andy Lines welcomed participants from the two convocations, the Anglican Mission in England and the Anglican Convocation Europe.  AMIE is composed mainly of churches which began life as church plants, and ACE of churches which found it increasingly...

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