Faith groups in united bid to stop Scotland legalising assisted suicide

Sep 23, 2021 by

from Christian Today: A broad coalition including a number of Christian and other faith groups has revealed plans to challenge the legalisation of assisted suicide in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament is preparing to consult the public on legislation that would change the law on the practice. The Care Not Killing (CNK) coalition strongly opposes the move and warns that it would lead to vulnerable people feeling pressured into ending their lives. “This would especially affect people who...

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Unpersuasive and unorthodox – a response to Bishop Gregory Cameron’s words to the Welsh Governing Body

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: I was away on holiday when the Governing Body of the Church in Wales narrowly voted on 6 September to permit the blessing of same-sex marriages. Nothing I write now will change that vote, but I still want to comment on the case for such blessings that was set out by Bishop Gregory Cameron when he opened the debate on the matter on behalf of the Welsh bench of bishops and exercised a right of reply at the end of the debate.[1] The reason I want to comment is because what...

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‘Identity is not destiny’

Sep 23, 2021 by

with Brendan O’Neill and Frank Furedi, spiked: Identity is everything today. Your race, your sexuality and your gender are now considered the most important things about you. Judging others according to their identity, rather than their achievements, has become increasingly normalised. It was not long ago that people identified more strongly with their occupation, with their political tribes or with their nations – without having to give it much thought. Yet today, we are constantly...

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Church of England election candidates told to discuss threesomes when grilled on LGBT+ inclusion

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Lily Wakefield, Pink News: 2021 is an election year for the General Synod, the legislative body of the Church of England, and campaigning by candidates is underway. One of the major issues candidates are expected to discuss is that of LGBT+ inclusion, including same-sex marriage and the blessing of same-sex unions in the church. An Evangelical group within the Church of England has advised its members to deflect from the issue in order to win elections. According to its “basis of faith“,...

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Class A drug possession effectively decriminalised in Scotland

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Kieran Andrews, The Times: Drug possession is to be effectively decriminalised in Scotland with those caught with Class A substances set to receive a police warning rather than face prosecution. Dorothy Bain QC, the lord advocate, announced a “diversion from prosecution” policy in a surprise statement to Holyrood. Under current guidelines, warnings can be handed out for anyone caught in possession of Class B and Class C drugs, but this has now been extended to Class A drugs, which includes...

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Texas Supreme Court rejects The Episcopal Church’s motion to keep breakaway diocese property

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post: The Texas Supreme Court has once again rejected an effort by The Episcopal Church to secure the property and assets of a diocese that broke away over theological differences. For the past several years, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has been engaged in a legal battle against the Episcopal Church over the property and assets of the regional body. In an order released Tuesday, the state’s highest court rejected a motion for Emergency Temporary Relief,...

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Synod: The dying of a church is not a management problem

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Sam Norton, Elizaphanian: Like many others I have long been frustrated with the pervasive sense of unreality that seems to govern decisions made by our national church. So many initiatives, so much cheerleading, so much refusal to face what is happening. I am wholly in favour of church planting – I have successfully planted a new congregation myself – but with the recent discussions of planting 10,000 churches (‘No! We mean a different new 10,000 churches!’) I cannot but conclude that our...

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Leaving church

Sep 23, 2021 by

by John Stonestreet and Maria Baer, Christian Post: The pandemic policies, social unrest, and political division that’s left so much of our culture on edge have created quite a bit of tumult for churches, too. A few weeks ago, in a blog at Mere Orthodoxy, Pastor Michael Graham offered a new way to categorize how Christians are reorganizing amidst the chaos. Long gone are the days when believers automatically joined the church down the street. Even denominational loyalties, theological...

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Church of England’s £248m ‘Reform’ Programme Failed to Stop Decline in Worshippers

Sep 22, 2021 by

by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart: The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that spending hundreds of millions of pounds on attempts to bring new members to the Church of England has so far failed. Speaking to the Church Times late last week, Archbishop Welby said that turning around declining numbers “has not so far happened”. Asked whether he thought England’s national church could become a smaller, “faithful remnant”, he said: “If that happens, it happens… But it’s not us who grow the...

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It’s all a matter of authority

Sep 22, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: When talking with your average, university-educated, white middle class Brit about the gospel, much of your success depends on whether you can affirm Christianity logically (so they feel). When talking with your average South Asian Muslim, whether university educated or otherwise, what matters most is whether it accords with the recognised authorities. When chatting with the average non-university educated Brit, things are persuasive when they can be...

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