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November 01 2016 By dvirtue Embracing modernity is no answer to falling Church of England attendance

The situation on the ground is serious. So why not hop onto the politically correct bandwagon to get in some more punters?

Two problems:

1) That was part of the motivation in the CofE leadership for pushing for the ordination of women in the 1990s. We've got to catch up with societal trends in order to reduce our numerical decline. The Church needs to 'get up the programme', to use a later Conservative Prime Minister's phrase about women bishops.

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As culture and attitudes continue to change, the Church faces a range of new social realities. These include the rise in cohabitation and the wide scale acceptance of divorce with its negative impact on children, the explosion of diverse types of family relationships, the emergence of gender fluidity and bisexuality, and the recognition of same-sex unions. These far-reaching social changes raise questions and -- in some quarters -- undermine confidence in our inherited teaching.

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October 27 2016 By dvirtue Is God really dead? How Britain lost faith in the church

The Church of England has been suffering from a conflict of values with its members, especially the under 25s. Recent debates around same-sex marriage, abortion and female bishops, have threatened to split the church and alienate a significant proportion of its congregation. Throughout ongoing controversies, including the lack of support for policies on women, the Church of England has come across as outdated.

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October 26 2016 By dvirtue York Minster bellringers: archbishop called on to explain mass dismissal

The lawyer for David Potter, who has been banned for life from ringing the famous bells, claimed the move by church officials amounted to a "breach of natural justice" and called on Sentamu to explain his claim that there was an ongoing inquiry into "safeguarding" issues at the cathedral.

Colin Byrne, of the law firm Howard & Byrne, said Sentamu's assertion contradicted a letter he received in September from a minster canon saying: "The matter is closed."

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October 26 2016 By dvirtue Archbishop welcomes Patriarch Kirill to Lambeth Palace

Before arriving at Lambeth Palace today, Patriarch Kirill had an audience with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, at which the Archbishop and the Bishop of London were present.

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October 21 2016 By dvirtue YORK: The Sanctimonious Scandal of the Bell Ringers

It is a saga of scripted dishonesty, cover-up, lying, obfuscation, and nepotism of the most distasteful variety. It stinks. But there is no confession, no repentance and no reconciliation. What the world sees is only more scripted dishonesty, damage control, digging in of heels, and closing of ranks among the hierarchy of the Church of England.

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October 21 2016 By dvirtue The Ordinal gets it right - the Vicar is not Timothy

The ReNew warning was timely because shortly after the conference the 9:38 Network, which runs conferences for people considering church leadership, circulated a booklet called Mind the Gap: Raising up the Next Generation of Gospel Workers.

This booklet directly applied 2 Timothy 2v2 to local church leaders: 'What you (Timothy) have heard from me (the Apostle Paul) entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also' (RSV).

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October 20 2016 By dvirtue Methodist exhibition 'demonises' Israel, says former Archbishop George Carey

It includes a replica checkpoint and features photographs by Peter Morgan, along with accounts of Palestinians' experiences. It was organised by Katherine Fox, who has recently returned from monitoring human rights in Bethlehem with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, which is supported by the Methodist Church.

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October 19 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: The wicked witch of the York silences bells with 'Elf and Safety' spell

"Here's the castle with the bells, a world of merriment their melody foretells!" visitors to the happy land would sing as their carriages crossed the River Ouse and entered the gates of Eboracum. "How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, while the stars that oversprinkle, all the heavens, seem to twinkle," lovers in the happy land would croon while they nestled amid the gardens of Eboracum.

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October 13 2016 By dvirtue Open letter from 88 leaders in the Church of England to the College of Bishops

The Church of England is at a crossroads in her calling to bring hope and transformation to our nation. The presenting issue is that of human sexuality, in particular whether or not the Church is able to affirm sexual relationships beyond opposite sex marriage.

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