"We, the undersigned members of the General Synod, wish to express our lack of confidence in the process of the Shared Conversations. Whatever their stated purposes, the outcome has not led to a greater confidence that the Church will be guided by the authoritative voice of the Scriptures, and its decisive shaping of traditional Anglican teaching, in any forthcoming discussions."Read more
Erzbischof und Führer der Kirche von England Justin Portal Welby has ein großes Problem on his hands. The liberals are up in arms. The conservatives have upset their gay brethren and blighted their happy Isle of Lesbos by parading offensive Bible verses highlighted with fluorescent markers.Read more
Intense efforts have been made to persuade hardliners to join the two-day closed discussions among almost 500 synod members. It is seen as a critical stage in the church's lengthy and painful consideration of whether to embrace people in same-sex relationships.
Pete Broadbent, the bishop of Willesden, told synod members: "If you are thinking of boycotting the conversations because they will compromise you in some way then I would say we particularly need to hear your voice."Read more
The Archbishop of Canterbury's headquarters received letters from alleged victims of Peter Ball (pictured with close friend Prince Charles)
Now it has emerged the Archbishop of Canterbury's headquarters received at least six letters from other alleged victims detailing 'potentially criminal' and 'totally inappropriate behaviour' by the former bishop in the early 1990s, but did not pass them on to police until years later.Read more
General Synod is probably the longest running most expensive talking shop in the history of the church. Archliberal Giles Fraser himself describes it as a gabfest 'full of Anglicans in shorts trying to outdo each other with niceness. But really we're all waiting for some aggro in the bar,' he writes. General Synod is also the most unproductive merry-go-round of words in the history of Christianity. The eschatological outcome is that there is no outcome.Read more
The Church's governing general synod will meet between 8-10 July and for three days afterwards will take part in these secret talks. This comes after two years where each local region of the CofE has held local versions so all members have the opportunity to discuss their views.
Christian Today has revealed the conclusion of the plans could be a form of "pastoral accommodation" such as an authorised service of welcome for LGBT couples.Read more
The Bishop of Liverpool begins his essay with his take on the story of the apostle Peter's encounter with the Gentile Roman centurion Cornelius. Paul Bayes appears to be saying Peter was guided by Scripture in initially believing that certain foods were unclean and Gentiles could not be saved. But his experience of the dream, and of Cornelius' household receiving the Spirit, over-rode the teaching of the Old Testament, which could now validly be set aside in favour of a new reality.Read more
Three introductory things about these conversations: first, they must be clear in their use of words and terminology. Different contributors in this book use the same word to mean different things. Secondly, there must be no room for hatred, rudeness or violence towards anyone regardless of their sexuality. Legislation against those with same-sex attraction, purely on the basis of their sexuality, must be strongly opposed. The Orlando massacre is rightly to be deplored.Read more
The move is likely to be seized on by Bell's supporters to bolster their argument that the church acted without sufficient evidence when it effectively branded the former bishop as a child abuser. The Church of England issued a formal apology when settling a civil claim last September against Bell, 20 years after the abuse allegations were first made.Read more
"At a time of uncertainty and division, it's a joy and privilege to celebrate this great world city with young faith and other leaders from different backgrounds and religious traditions," he wrote on his Facebook page.
"It is such a privilege to have such a group of young leaders who are so crucial to these troubled times we are going through," he said. "I greatly appreciate that you should have come here this evening."Read more
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