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December 31 2018 By dvirtue UK: One in ten members of clergy victims of violence as anti-Christian hate crimes rises

The survey also found that more than two-thirds have been on the receiving end of verbal abuse and one in five has experienced threatening behaviour over the last two years.

The findings, released on Friday, also showed that clergy who have suffered violence are more likely to find their work "more challenging" than they did previously.

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December 23 2018 By dvirtue Letter to the Archbishop of York on Liturgy Celebrating Gender Transition

The theological reasons for the concerns about this liturgy have been well expressed in the various resources which Church Society has published and so there is no need to rehearse those arguments here.

But the specific issue I would like please to raise with you, if I may, relates to the potential misuse of the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy against frontline ministers who cannot in good conscience celebrate gender transitions.

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December 17 2018 By dvirtue Anglican bishop who hailed transgender rite as biblical calls it flawed in shambolic U-turn

Henderson, who is president of the Church of England Evangelical Council, issued the statement on behalf of the CEEC saying that the rite for transgender initiation has "raised a number of serious questions and aroused deep concerns," the most serious of which was the biblical texts the House of Bishops and his committee had recommended to be read at the service.

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December 15 2018 By dvirtue Transgender services: Church of England steps into the rabbit hole

It's not as though we didn't see it coming. The steady creep of the mould of progressivism has been wearing down the biblically faithful in the Church for some time. But while same-sex marriage has got held up by clear biblical prohibitions on same-sex activity and the politics around that, trans affirmation has slipped in quietly round the side.

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December 12 2018 By dvirtue Church of England crosses red line as it blesses "genital mutilation"

It is this granting of canonical status to the service of initiation for transgender people that has led traditionalists to claim that a "red line" has been crossed for the first time since the debates over homosexuality and transgenderism erupted in the church.

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December 01 2018 By dvirtue The abuse of Sex Money and Power in the C of E. Radical Inclusion played out in Derby Cathedral

Welby is the same generation as I am, and we were both well educated. Most boys of our generation were brought up reading Orwell's Animal Farm, and Huxley's Brave New World. We knew about 'Newspeak.' We were well aware of the dangers of a culture, or a highly politicised society to use one word for public consumption that actually meant another.

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November 25 2018 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby can't stand a transgender God picking preferred pronouns

Welby, who at some stage surely must have studied theology, knows the word "anthropomorphism"--attributing human characteristics to God. Seven-year-old Talitha in my Sunday School will shyly but sweetly explain to Archbishop Welby why she doesn't think God has a face, hands, feet, eyes, ears, or backside to sit on his throne, even though the Bible ascribes human body parts to God.

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November 22 2018 By dvirtue 'God is not male... OR female': Archbishop of Canterbury says 'the Father' cannot be defined by human gender

Other church leaders have called for Christians to avoid labelling God as a 'he'.

Some campaigns have pointed out in the Bible there are passages where God provides solace 'as a mother comforts her child' and have begun referring to God as a 'her'.

When asked his opinion, the Archbishop told an audience at St Martin-in-theFields in Trafalgar Square that no gender word would be appropriate.

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November 19 2018 By dvirtue Imam recites Muslim call to prayer in Church of England on armistice

In Arabic, the imam made the declaration: 'Allah is the greatest; I bear witness that there is no other God but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.'

It was part of a concert to commemorate the armistice and was carried out without the church's permission.

The imam is seen reciting the Muslim call to prayer in front of around 400 churchgoers in Blackburn Cathedral

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November 14 2018 By dvirtue Attendance at Church of England's Sunday services falls again

However, attendance at Christmas services in 2017 was the highest in a decade, at 2.68 million, suggesting that services are increasingly seen as an element of festivities rather than regular religious worship. The figure was a marginal increase on last year's 2.6 million.

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