"Thank you enormously for the invitation to us as evangelical bishops in the Church of England where we are wrestling with some critical issues," said Dakin, spokesman for the group.
"Please keep praying for the Church of England at [this] critical time. The Church of England is like an oil tanker which is slow and hard to turn; it does not make decisions in a hurry and sometimes that is a good thing."Read more
His memorial plaque at the top of the main staircase of the Church Army's headquarters in Sheffield, the Wilson Carlile Centre, shows the evangelical measure of the man: 'He loved all men, especially the most lost, a true knight-errant of the gospel. He brought its light into a world darkened by sin, ignorance and want.'Read more
With the leadership of the Church of England now seemingly unwilling to defend the biblical teaching that the only right context for the expression of sexual love is heterosexual marriage, are English conservative Anglicans capable of forming their own equivalent of the break-out Anglican Church in North America if faithfulness to the gospel so requires?Read more
In his address he singled out the MU's formal aim of "supporting family life" at a time of rapid social change with attitudes to marriage and sex almost unrecognisable within little more than a generation. But he said that the "myth" of stable Victorian values was "just that -- mythology".
"Family life in Victorian times was under great pressure, especially in the poorest parts of the country," he said.Read more
They sketched out a classic 'churchy' looking building. There were spires and old stone structures, surrounded by graveyards - generally places that looked like churches. I sketched out a 1960s concrete and glass structure. At the time, the church we attended was meeting in a Further Education College so that was the building I drew. I was secretly feeling pretty pleased with myself.Read more
A statement from the College of Bishops said: "Following the conclusion of the shared conversations process the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited some bishops to take forward work on sexuality to assist the episcopal discernment process. The Bishops' Reflection Group on Sexuality will be chaired by Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich."
The full membership of the group and its terms of reference have yet to be published.Read more
Discussions on issues of sexuality took place as part of a new process of episcopal discernment which will continue during the meetings of the House of Bishops in November and December of this year and in January next year at the next meeting of the College of Bishops. These discussions were undertaken by the College of Bishops alone.Read more
Reactions to this recent event were indeed diverse. Affirming voices within the Church expressed support for The Rt Revd Chamberlain, while conservative voices made known their disapproval. The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a major international body within the conservative Anglican movement, went so far as to call Chamberlain's consecration a "major error".Read more
This doesn't seem to apply to Christian gay rights campaigner Jayne Ozanne, who talks an awful lot about Good Disagreement, but for whom, in truth, no dissent from her views can be good. Since her overriding theology is that of inclusion, any reasoned proposition for exclusion logically becomes 'hate', which constitutes a crime, which must be reported to the police. She'll probably consider this article to be a 'hate crime', too. It's hard to tell.Read more
Chris Sugden, of the conservative group Anglican Mainstream, told Christian Today: "Nothing in the letter gives any reason for departing from the historic and time-tested teaching of the church on man-woman marriage. What the church and its mission needs now is an evidence-based approach to the actual pastoral care afforded to those with same-sex attraction in the church.Read more
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