Radical inclusion in practice?

Jun 5, 2018 by

from the Diocese of Lichfield:

Welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people: from the Bishops of Lichfield to all clergy and licensed lay ministers in the Diocese.

…Our basic principle is that all people are welcome in God’s Church: everyone has a place at the table…This, we believe, is the starting point of that radical Christian inclusion for which the Archbishops have called…nobody should be excluded or discouraged from receiving the Sacraments of Baptism or the Lord’s Supper on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity…LGBT+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church…the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission…

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Response, analysis and comment (most recent at the top):

Gays and unmarried lovers should repent, bishop insists by Kaya Burgess, The Times

When did transgenderism supplant Anglican orthodoxy as a qualification for Holy Orders? By Archbishop Cranmer

Responding to the Lichfield Ad Clerum, by Lee Gatiss, Church Society

The Bishop of Maidstone’s letter to the Bishop Of Lichfield. Rod Thomas asks: “I wonder whether the reference to ‘a place at the table’ for all might be taken by some to imply encouragement for all to participate in Holy Communion.”

A distorted church, where ‘trans’ stands for transsexual not transformation, and stagnation replaces salvation, by Gavin Ashenden

Recruiting mentally dysfunctional clergy to run the Anglican asylum, by Jules Gomes, Republic Standard

Church of England encourages LGBT people to seek church leadership roles amid debate, by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post

David Virtue in his commentary asks: Is this the final sexual straw in the Mother Church?
GAFCON leaders will view this as yet further evidence that the CofE is firmly in the progressive camp and Welby cannot be trusted.

Transgender people encouraged to become priests in Church of England diversity drive, by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph

When public opposition is necessary, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream




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