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May 27 2016 By dvirtue Oxford priest in Tutu celebration

Canon Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Dr van Furth were married in a civil ceremony in Holland in December, and held a religious ceremony in South Africa this month before a congregation of some 80 guests, with exchange of rings, vows, Scripture readings, prayers and a nuptial blessing from Ms Bannister-Parker that concluded: "We now recognise you as wife and wife. You may kiss each other," local media reported.

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May 25 2016 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby's speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

There is always, I have to say, a delightful and perverse sense of schadenfreude when speaking at Assembles in this way. One has the interest of taking part in the Assembly without the slightest responsibility for the decisions. (Laughter.)

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May 24 2016 By dvirtue Christ does not need a secular State to sustain his Church (of England)

The Lord Jesus Christ does not need the active support of secular governments or secular cultures to build His Church. Clearly though, if Britain did fall to political Islam in, say, the middle of this century, then that would create serious difficulties for public Christianity in what was this country.

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May 24 2016 By dvirtue Becket's bones return to Canterbury Cathedral

Becket hadn't been ordained by the time he was appointed to the see of Canterbury. He was ordained a priest on 2 June 1162 and consecrated as a bishop the following day to enable him to take on the role as Archbishop of Canterbury.

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May 24 2016 By dvirtue Church of England 'could accept clergy in same-sex marriages' following historic vote in Scotland

People who are hesitant will be able to see how it works out and they will see that the sky isn't going to fall in

Rev Christina Beardsley, who is a member of The Sibyls, a Christian spirituality group for transgender people, claimed that churches in England would benefit by using the same model.

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May 22 2016 By dvirtue Keep your faith to yourself unless you are asked,Welby tells 'proselytising' Christians

But speaking at a reception for leaders of other faiths in the garden of Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop insisted Christians should not actively "proselytise" towards nonChristians.

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May 17 2016 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: The nonsense of the 'broad church'

In what will be seen as a striking departure from its Christian traditions, senior clergy at the Minster have quietly introduced a new form of spiritual enrichment altogether: Zen Buddhist meditation. A new "sangha" -- meaning community or order -- has been set up under the auspices of the Minster chapter and meets within the medieval precincts every other Friday for an hour and a half's silent meditation.

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May 16 2016 By dvirtue York Minster brings in Zen Buddhism, quietly

A new "sangha" -- meaning community or order -- has been set up under the auspices of the Minster chapter and meets within the medieval precincts every other Friday for an hour and a half's silent meditation.

I'm sure there are those who think I'm an out and out heretic but it seems to me perhaps Zen poses fewer problems [than other non-Christian customs] because it doesn't claim to be a system of doctrine or belief.

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May 13 2016 By dvirtue New church set up in Isle of Man outside jurisdiction of the Diocese of Sodor and Man

St Augustine is 'perhaps the greatest thinker in the Western spiritual and secular tradition of intellectual and philosophical thought the West has produced,' he said. 'We intend to be a church of the highest calibre in helping people to think about their faith critically and creatively.'

St Augustine is honoured in the Catholic and Protestant traditions said Rev Gomes.

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May 13 2016 By dvirtue Wanted: man (or woman) of God to help save the CofE -- atheists welcome to apply

The Church posted advertisements online on Wednesday for two new posts of "National Young Vocations Adviser" and "National Minority Ethnic Vocations Officer" as part of a drive to ordain 6,000 new clergy in the 2020s to replace those reaching retirement.

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