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June 28 2016 By dvirtue The Church is not 'on the way out' but has a great future, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop Welby was speaking to Christian Today at the end of a three-day visit to the Derby diocese.

With Bishop of Derby Alastair Redfern, he visited and spoke to university, business and civic leaders, met and prayed with children and adults across the diocese and carried out open air full-immersion baptisms in a temporary swimming pool in Glossop town square.

The Archbishop said that he had witnessed an extraordinary working out of the power of God.

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June 25 2016 By dvirtue Canon Andrew White suspended over investigation into FRRME charity

In a statement, the trustees of FRRME confirmed that Canon White had been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the Charity Commission inquiry. "It would be inappropriate to comment further on an active investigation other than to say that the Foundation believe at this stage that the alleged incident stemmed from a genuine desire by Canon White to help others," they said, as they confirmed that they were "cooperating fully" with the authorities.

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June 22 2016 By dvirtue 'God is gay' poem 'like writings of St Paul' says CofE bishop

Duffy's 19-line verse, written in tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre in which 49 people died in a gay club in Florida, highlights how the LGBT community includes people from all walks of life.

The poem lists priests, politicians, scientists, farmers and doctors as gay closing with the lines: "The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker; our children, are gay. And God is gay."

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June 22 2016 By dvirtue Church of England aims to agree to disagree over homosexuality

What's new about this approach is that the manipulation that Justin Welby's strategists have in mind is not to be carried out from the top down. It is hoped that the process of facilitated conversations will allow the church's activists gathered in the synod to take note of the social changes that are happening in their own congregations and their own families, where acceptance of gay people is becoming much more common.

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June 10 2016 By dvirtue UK: CofE Bishops are not powerless against the present spiritual disorder

In fact, Bishops should speak out because the Book of Common Prayer's Ordinal - the historic Reformed Anglican liturgy for the consecration of Bishops - says they should. The Archbishop asks the Bishop elect: 'Be you ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same.'

The Bishop replies: 'I am ready, the Lord being my helper.'

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June 09 2016 By dvirtue UK: The Incredible Shrinking Church

Mike Eastwood, Director of Renewal and Reform, the Church of England's main response to falling church attendance, said: "These figures support what we have been saying about the need for renewal and reform in the Church of England. Renewal and Reform is about a message of hope, through changed lives and transformed communities, as people discover their vocation to love God and serve others.

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June 08 2016 By dvirtue Making it Easier for Local Churches to Join the Anglican Mission In England

But as a general principle, if a minister has already been serving a local church for some time and his church family is with him in wanting to join AMiE, should not the process be made as straightforward as possible? Surely long interviews and lengthy deliberations are going to put local churches off and drive them to look elsewhere for their wider accountability?

In which case, what is the point of AMiE?

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June 08 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Cracks in deal to avert Anglican schism over homosexuality

Archbishop Okoh -- recently elected as chairman of the influential "Gafcon" (Global Anglican Future Conference) group of clerics -- also pointedly gave his backing to a new breakaway network of churches in England, set up outside the control of the Church of England.

His intervention is the clearest sign yet of a renewed threat of schism within Anglicanism.

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June 03 2016 By dvirtue Church of England: crisis in clergy numbers, but some hope too

At the other end of the age scale there is some positive improvement. For the first time in decades there are more men and women in their 20s and 30s coming through the Church of England training institutions than there are in their 50s. In particular there is a positive explosion of those in their 30s who are being ordained, but this is not yet enough to counter the large exit of priests at the other end of the career lifecycle.

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May 27 2016 By dvirtue Church of England is mainly Cradle Christians, report suggests

Taking 100 Methodists, 78 would be brought up in the denomination, 21 would have come from another denomination, and there would be just one non-Christian convert. Figures for the Baptist Church are 67, 31, and two respectively. (The low sample size for these denominations casts some doubt on the accuracy of these figures.)

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