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November 23 2020 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury to take sabbatical for 'spiritual renewal'

Lambeth Palace said it was "normal practice" for archbishops to take time off from their official duties. Welby's predecessor, Rowan Williams, took a three-month sabbatical in 2007, in which he wrote a book. George Carey, Williams's predecessor, took two months off in 1997.

Welby had been due to take a sabbatical earlier this year but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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November 10 2020 By dvirtue Church of England could hold historic vote on gay marriage in 2022

The Archbishops also gave an indication of the timeline for "decision-making" on issues such as same sex marriage, saying they hoped to come to conclusions by 2022.

The report also said that while some controversial opinions relate to the ethics and lifestyle of opposite sex relationships and there are questions about gender and pastoral provisions for transgender people, the "most pressing among our differences are questions around same sex relationships".

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November 10 2020 By dvirtue Living in Love and Faith resources published as bishops issue appeal to Church to 'listen and learn together'

It comes as the House of Bishops issues an appeal to the whole Church of England to participate in learning together, using the resources for open, honest and gracious discussion, listening and learning.

A group of bishops, chaired by the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, will lead the process of discernment and decision-making about a way forward for the church in relation to human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

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October 26 2020 By dvirtue What the Church of England's evangelical leaders have in common with Dad's Army

Unfortunately some evangelical leadership up until this point has been characterised by what might be called the 'Sergeant Wilson' approach -- a kind of languid diffidence which seeks to fulfil the New Testament injunction to 'contend earnestly for the faith' (Jude 1v3) with an approach that seems to say, 'Well, really, you know this is all terribly difficult isn't it, and you know, if things aren't sorted out doctrinally, and brought into line, I mean really there may have to be some kind of

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October 26 2020 By dvirtue WILLIAM NYE: A Shadowy figure behind Child Sexual Abuse in the Church of England

Alas, the course of true reputation management never did run smooth. The survivors' support fund was agreed under the name Pilot Interim Survivors Support, until someone pointed out the unfortunate acronym. It was also announced before there were any mechanisms or criteria for claiming -- and before any actual funds were available to draw on.

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October 24 2020 By dvirtue Should evangelicals stay in the C of E? These reasons aren't good enough!

Penduck is a West Midlands vicar who is also the Chair of Fulcrum and a prolific blogger on recent church history -- he's currently writing a series on different evangelical 'tribes' in the Church of England. In this piece in CEN his arguments for evangelicals to 'stay in' briefly analyse the contemporary scene before turning to a historical example not well known by English evangelical Anglicans.

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October 21 2020 By dvirtue UK Anglican Primates: 'called to act justly and honestly'

Some hope, I fear.

So -- our primates (Canterbury, York, Wales, Armagh and the Scottish Church) have now put pen to paper to give the government and other Parliamentarians a good telling off over a Bill that is passing through Parliament currently. This letter was naturally published in the media, rather than keeping it within Parliament.

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October 09 2020 By dvirtue A statement from Archbishop Welby following publication of the IICSA report on the Anglican Church in England and Wales

"In calling for the enquiry, through a letter to the then Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014, I was aware that although it would be something that survivors had demanded it would also be a deeply painful process to tell their stories. I am very grateful to them for their courage. We cannot and will not make excuses and I must again offer my sincere apologies to those to have been abused, and to their families, friends and colleagues.

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October 09 2020 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Put your own house in order, IICSA secretary tells Anglicans

The Church now had a system of safeguarding professionals in place, he said. IICSA's essential recommendation was to "transfer the authority for opening the investigation, sharing the information with statutory authorities, detailing what steps should be taken at each stage of an investigation, to that professional".

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October 01 2020 By dvirtue The Church has failed Bishop Bell. Public Retraction Sought

Both have the power to heal serious divisions within a Cathedral community - and beyond it.

It is also within their power to commission another investigation into 'mistaken identity'. 'Carol' was clearly abused when she was 8 years old -- and she should be fully believed and supported -- but there is now clear evidence her abuser was not Bishop Bell.

Yours sincerely

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