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October 18 2023 By dvirtue PRAYERS OF LOVE AND FAITH - A TURBULENT WEEK

On Thursday 12 October, a number of the House of Bishops (12 at the time of writing), issued a 'dissenting' statement in which they raised substantial concerns about the proposals being made by the House.

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October 16 2023 By dvirtue Orthodox ordinands plead with bishops to prevent fracture of the Church

On Monday, the House of Bishops published a press release, announcing that they had "agreed in principle that prayers asking for God's blessing for same-sex couples -- known as Prayers of Love and Faith -- should be commended for use."

The letter from the ordinands - the full text of which is below - has now been made public, as an encouragement to the wider Church and to allow other ordinands to add their names in support.

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October 14 2023 By dvirtue CEEC welcomes bishops' dissenting statement

"Second, they raise a question about the legitimacy of these proposals and the possibility that they are indicative of a departure from Church of England doctrine. A specific point they make is that the legal and theological advice that the House of Bishops has received may not support the employment of these prayers. In other words, they could be indicative of a departure from the doctrine in the Church of England. That's a massively significant concern.

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October 13 2023 By dvirtue Update on Prayer of Love and Faith from the House of Bishops

The press release (HERE) outlines their recommendations:
1. To commend a suite of Prayers of Love and Faith for use with same-sex couples in private or public worship, but not separate services.
2. To ask General Synod to begin a process to formally authorise separate special services under Canon B2 after consultation with Diocesan Synods.
3. To bring draft pastoral guidance on how this should be managed to the General Synod.

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October 11 2023 By dvirtue CEEC responds to House of Bishops' announcement

They confirmed that new draft pastoral guidance would be split in two -- the first half, setting out how the system could operate will be brought to next month's meeting of Synod -- the second half, looking at matters in the life and work of clergy and lay ministers, would happen later.

Pastoral reassurance and formal structural pastoral provision will also not be ready until after General Synod.

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October 10 2023 By dvirtue WHY WE LEFT THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

I still think that's right. However, it's also quite convenient to take view that mean means you don't have to change anything. February 2023 was a turning point.

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October 09 2023 By dvirtue Church of England school sacks foreign languages teacher, 43, who refused to teach 'extreme' LGBT lessons

Ms Leger, who had taught at the school since 2017, said she was 'treated like a dangerous criminal' after she shared her belief with students that LGBT practices were sinful and that humans are born either male or female.

She was later reported to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) following reports she had upset one pupil with her views.

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October 02 2023 By dvirtue Angela Tilby: Emptied-out belief leads to empty pews

I have always hoped that encouraging people to tag along to church, whether through beautiful music or good pastoral care, would gradually bring them to the full-fat faith that I actually believe in; but it rarely does.

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September 27 2023 By dvirtue Oxford Student Faith Action publishes safe churches report

Of the 29 churches evaluated, 13 were categorised as '1: Red' (the lowest rating). These include St. Aldates Church, St. Ebbe's Church and Magdalen Road Church in the centre of Oxford. Ranking based on a 'traffic light system' comes from an 'Honest Church Toolkit' developed by the Student Christian Movement, which also includes suggestions of how to make your church 'more welcoming' of LGBTQ+ people.

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September 27 2023 By dvirtue Will there be a place for me in the Church of England?

Where does this leave those of us who wish to uphold the faith 'as we have received it'? Having been an ordained minister in the Church of England for more than 35 years, I wonder if there will be a doctrinal place for me in my later years? For those now setting out on ministry in the Church of England (either as ordained or lay) will they have the freedom to teach and preach from Biblical conviction without fear or comeback?

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