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May 20 2024 By dvirtue Church of England attendance remains below pre-pandemic levels despite slight rise in 2023

It is also beow the 747,000 people the Church of England predicted would have attended weekly services in 2023 if there had been no pandemic.

However, the data suggests that while in 2021 all-age Sunday attendance was 22.3% below the projected pre-pandemic trend, by last year, the gap had narrowed to 6.7%

The statistics are based on a snapshot of data returned from over 11,000 churches.

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May 13 2024 By dvirtue What price is too high to keep conservatives in the Church of England?

Well obviously the majority will tell them to get lost, you might think. For why should an institution agree to such bifurcation?

One answer is that Anglicans have sort of gaslighted themselves into a funny approach to unity. If this bifurcation keeps the conservatives 'in the Church', then it's seen a good thing, a virtuous attempt to live with diversity, to preserve a sort of unity.

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May 13 2024 By dvirtue WHY THE C oF E CRIES OUT FOR DIRECT DEMOCRACY

But is the Church up to task? Well, not really. Although the C of E does have an internal democracy of a kind, the decisions on appointments of senior positions such as bishops are reserved for technocrats rather than the laity and the clergy. The result, unsurprisingly, is that the vested interests of the State and the elites within the Church tend to lead to appointments in their own image.

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May 05 2024 By dvirtue WATCH, true colours

"Campaigners had raised concerns about Bishop North's views on the ordination of women, which he has said is an area on which the Church of England should not be at variance with the wider Church (News, 15 September 2017).

"A submission by the campaign group Women and the Church (WATCH) centred on concerns about how having a bishop who does not ordain women could undermine clergy in the diocese and the diocesan bishop's function as a figure of unity..."

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April 27 2024 By dvirtue The end of mainstream Christianity in Britain...

Because of a lack of maintenance, a chunk of the east wall has fallen away. If anyone buys it there will be hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to shore up the crumbling masonry.

St. Wistan's isn't alone. Several of the churches around where I live in Leicestershire have already been decommissioned, or are in the process of being sold off. You can buy one here if you like.

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April 13 2024 By dvirtue Anti-white, anti-male, a woke voice in the Anglican wilderness

The religious elites of his day also came, but he was vitriolic in his denunciation of their hypocrisy. 'You brood of vipers', he railed, but fortunately for him there were no Hate Speech laws in those days otherwise he would undoubtedly have been prosecuted. Nevertheless he spoke fearlessly against King Herod, and this led to his downfall.

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April 11 2024 By dvirtue IS THE END NIGH FOR THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND?

Such thinkers will point to a 'blocking minority' in the House of Laity, the numerical decline in liberal congregations relative to other traditions, a Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) that (depending on the local representatives) can weed out the worst episcopal candidates, the availability of funding for church planting and revitalisation, the absence of change in liturgy and, arguably, doctrine, "winning" the next Synod elections, local civic functions, an OK (or better) diocesan bishop

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April 11 2024 By dvirtue TIME TO TACKLE MODERN SLAVERY RATHER THAN REPARATIONS FOR THE PAST

It was obvious from his article Justin was greatly moved on his trip to Ghana in 2023 but adopting a newer trinity of "Diversity, Equality and Inclusion" is in my opinion modern identity politics and will do nothing to change history.

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April 05 2024 By dvirtue GRAND IFTAR TO BE HELD INSIDE BRISTOL CATHEDRAL

Mohammed El Sharif, one of the co-founders and organisers of the Grand Iftar, told Bristol24/7: "The Iftar aims to bring people from all walks of life together, to celebrate, social richness, cohesion and cultural diversity of our community and our city in the spirit of Ramadan."

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March 20 2024 By dvirtue Up to a quarter of Church of England parishes have no wardens

But a new survey of the Church's 42 dioceses has revealed the extent of the staffing crisis faced by the institution amid warnings that volunteers have been "taken for granted for too long".

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