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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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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Oxford dons devour feminist Dean who crushed conservative Bishop

Now the long knives are out for the Very Reverend Professor Percy, who is facing claims of "conduct of an immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature incompatible with the duties of the office or employment". A formal complaint was lodged against him after he sought a pay review for college staff under gender pay gap rules. Reports say this could have led to a pay rise of up to £10,000 for Percy as well as a salary hike for a senior female staff member.

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November 06 2018 By dvirtue "Clothe yourselves with love" -- a response to the pastoral letter from the Bishops of Oxford Diocese

As a summary of the process, the Bishops mention Pilling, the Shared Conversations, the 2017 GS2055 report, the Archbishops' pastoral letter following Synod's rejection of the report, and the setting up of the Pastoral Advisory Group and the Living in Love and Faith document process. They highlight the call for "radical inclusion" and the universality of God's love.

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November 04 2018 By dvirtue LGBT inclusion: What's wrong with the Oxford bishops' letter?

From a conservative-orthodox point of view it is notable that the language in the letter is almost entirely that of the LGBT side of the debate. 'Respect' appears six times, 'inclusion' four times, the phrase 'everyone has a place at the table' twice, and the pain felt by some as a result of the church's ongoing debates is acknowledged on two occasions. In full apologetic mode, the bishops state: 'As a Church we have continually failed our sisters and brothers in Christ'.

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October 24 2018 By dvirtue Church of England gives blessing for transgender marriages but same-sex couples' weddings remain barred

Couples where the bride and groom were born into the same sex can have church weddings as long as one has an official gender recognition certificate for their acquired gender, its leaders said.

Weddings between brides and grooms who have both changed sex can also go ahead as long as both have the legal recognition.

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October 24 2018 By dvirtue OXFORD: Christians Are Angry That Muslim Imam Gave a Sermon at an Anglican Church

The move to invite a preacher from another faith has been fiercely criticized by Adrian Hilton in his blog, bearing the curious name of Archbishop Cranmer. The Anglican blog post said it was hard to comprehend how an imam speaking at a Eucharist service sermon would respect divine worship, a sacred act in itself, an action which should be conducted as per the formularies and associated rites of CofE.

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October 22 2018 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Retired bishops rebuff letter from fellow Evangelical bishops that warned of schism over marriage

It is addressed to the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, who chairs the co-ordinating group of the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project. The project was set up by the House of Bishops as an attempt to look more deeply into matters of sexuality after earlier attempts failed to heal divisions (News, 30 June 2017).

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