Bishop’s progressive vision: church combining humble presence with “prophetic edge”

Sep 24, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: What’s the best way of diagnosing the state of the Church of England? For some, we look at its canons and liturgy and conclude that if they have not changed, then nor has the church. This is a bit like judging the current effectiveness and ethical practices of a company just by reading its Articles of Association.  A much richer and more accurate picture is built up from finding out what the organisation is actually doing day to day, and what those...

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Common humanity and vulnerability of women stressed by UK Forum on FORB

Sep 24, 2020 by

Bishop Philip Mounstephen of Truro welcomed seventy-nine participants to the new UK Forum on the Freedom of Religion or Belief (as expressed in Article 18 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights) to its first meeting on September 15, held by zoom under Chatham House rules. The forum has 55 stakeholder organisations at present. Its purpose and objective is to be stakeholder led and action focused. Its theory of change holds that a diverse group of stakeholders with common values can achieve more...

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Supreme Court frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett committed to ‘building the Kingdom of God’

Sep 22, 2020 by

By Will Maule, Premier: The leading candidate to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States is Amy Coney Barrett – a conservative Catholic who has spoken openly about her faith. A former professor of law at Notre Dame University, Barrett once said that her legal career was “but a means to an end … and that end is building the Kingdom of God”. She is also a member of a charismatic Catholic group called ‘People of Praise’. In...

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British Medical Association criticised over support for transgender self-identification

Sep 17, 2020 by

from Christian Today: A leading medical body’s support for transgender self-identification has been criticised as a betrayal of biological women. The British Medical Association (BMA), at its annual meeting on Tuesday, backed the right of trans and non-binary people to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis. Doctors also came out in support of healthcare for trans and non-binary people under the age of 18, and “in settings appropriate to their gender”. During...

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Stonewall and Mermaids refused permission to intervene in Tavistock case

Sep 12, 2020 by

by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern: Stonewall and Mermaids have been refused permission to intervene in a major legal case against the Tavistock gender clinic (home of the Gender Identity Development Service). The case is being brought by Susan Evans, a former psychiatric nurse and senior clinical lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is joined by Mrs A, the mother of an autistic teenage girl who has been referred to the Tavistock, and Kiera Bell, a young...

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Do ‘white privilege’ and ‘critical race theory’ policies reduce racism?

Sep 12, 2020 by

by Richard D Land, Christian Post: Question:  Does “white fragility” and “critical race theory” impede or promote Dr. King’s vision? I have had an extraordinary experience this past week. Last Friday evening the Trump administration issued an Executive Order mandating all federal agencies to do “everything possible with the law” to cancel contracts or programs promoting “white privilege” and “critical race theory.” I sent out a series of tweets expressing my...

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