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Members of the Pastoral Advisory Group introduce the Pastoral Principles in the video below.

These Pastoral Principles invite church communities to examine afresh their life together, seeing our many differences as gifts that can build us up in trust and mutual affection, using them could be transformative for your church community and for the church as a whole.

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January 16 2020 By virtueonline Extradited CofE priest faces jail after abuse conviction

The conviction comes at the end of a long process. Dr Macfarlane, now a Professor of Law in Canada, made her first complaint to the Perth diocese in 1999. By that time, Mr Griffiths had been working as a priest in Western Australia for 11 years, first as Assistant Curate of Albany, then Rector of Collie, and then Priest-in-Charge of Maddington. An internal investigation was begun, and the following year Mr Griffiths was told that he faced a hearing under the Clergy Discipline Statute.

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January 14 2020 By virtueonline English Anglican evangelicals: five areas of disagreement

Church of England: hope or despair?

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January 05 2020 By virtueonline Anglican Communion Office calls for Coexistence

Anglican Communion Office calls for Coexistence

By Paul Handley
Church Times
January 3, 2020

THE status of the Primates' Meeting has shifted over the years. The original purpose under Archbishop Donald Coggan was to meet for "prayer and fellowship".

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January 03 2020 By virtueonline Jonathan Fletcher presents the Church of England with a crisis of integrity

This was not the only 'fox in the henhouse' story to feature in the post-Christmas press. The Daily Telegraph reminded its readers, and those of us with responsibility for safeguarding within the Church, that the Rev'd Jonathan Fletcher, the equally Marmite eminence grise of Conservative Evangelical Anglicanism, has still not retired gracefully from his role following the withdrawal of his Permission to Officiate in the Church of England.

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January 02 2020 By virtueonline Peter Ball and Jonathan Fletcher. A toxic legacy?

The stories about Ball and Fletcher have proved to be as much about institutional behaviour and misbehaviour as that of individuals. Each man offended in the context of having a senior institutional role. In neither case did the institutions involved seems capable of checking the behaviour of their senior representatives. Nor did they show much remorse after the nefarious deeds had been exposed. These institutional failures will probably be what is remembered by history.

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December 30 2019 By virtueonline Church of England gives staff 'unconscious bias training' to help ensure that half of its leaders are female by 2030

At present, 25 out of 115 bishops in the church are women in the UK.

Meanwhile Pope Francis has reaffirmed the 'door is closed' for women to become priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

Ms Mullally told The Times: 'I certainly think that having women as priests enables different types of conversations that probably wouldn't happen if you're a man. My background as a nurse means people often talk to me in a different way.'

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December 27 2019 By virtueonline Rowan Williams: Climate change 'largest challenge ever'

Perry, who was the day's guest editor on the Today programme, asked Dr Williams what the driving force was behind people disbelieving climate change.

Dr Williams, who held the senior Church of England post between 2002 and 2012, said some people were reluctant to acknowledge the climate crisis because it would require them to change their behaviour.

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Also, the biblically-faithful legacy of the Book of Common Prayer and the 39 Articles of Religion was and, to be fair, still is the official doctrine of the CofE, and so an evangelical could join it with spiritual integrity.

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December 11 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop Justin, you need some new Jewish friends

May I offer you my warmest greetings in this time of Advent and as we approach the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. We live in difficult times when trust and reconciliation are in short supply. I think we can agree that Advent's anticipation of renewed hope and Hanukkah's rededication to a higher good, are greatly needed.

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