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January 19 2015 By dvirtue Bishop Pete Broadbent: Church of England is near Last Chance Saloon

Among the targets of the report -- one of four major pieces of work to go to the Synod -- are restrictions on the deployment of clergy, for instance in short-term mission situations, and cumbersome procedures for closing churches and making good use of those which are no longer needed for regular worship.

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January 13 2015 By dvirtue Archbishops unveil 'urgent' reform programme for CofE

The groups are chaired by Prebendary the Lord Green; the Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft; John Spence; and the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent. The Green report was published last month amid widespread criticism (News, 12 December). The remaining reports are to be released over the course of this week, before discussion by the General Synod next month.

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January 12 2015 By dvirtue Fear of criticising Islam has given Britain self-imposed blasphemy law, warns former archbishop Carey

He added that the Press should be encouraged to print controversial material, even if Muslims find it offensive.

Writing in the Sunday Times, the former Archbishop said: 'A de facto blasphemy law is operating in Britain today. The fact is that publishers and newspapers live in fear of criticising Islam.'

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January 07 2015 By dvirtue With regret, the Church of England is turning into The Apprentice

Just as in Alan Sugar's boardroom, the muck will be ruthlessly separated from the brass. Candidates are either deposited right at the top of the ladder or discarded.

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December 18 2014 By dvirtue Church of England management courses overlook God, say critics

The report's 12-strong panel was chaired by Lord Green, the former HSBC chairman and trade minister, and included Christopher McLaverty, ex-head of talent and learning at BP, as "consultant design manager", as well as four bishops.

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December 15 2014 By dvirtue UK: Why No Reform Minister Should Accept the 'Headship' See of Maidstone

Biblically, minister as delegate is surely problematic. Ministers are called to be pastoral and prophetic according to the Apostle Paul's Pastoral Epistles, whose teaching is so faithfully reflected in the Book of Common Prayer's Ordinal. In this New Testament light, Christ's ministers owe those in their pastoral care their loving, biblically-grounded, godly judgement, not their democratic obedience.

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December 14 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hungry for end to suffering

You were more shocked by scenes at a British foodbank than the suffering in African refugee camps and you backed calls to end over-hasty "sanctioning" of benefits that leaves claimants penniless.

And rightly so. This is not a game. It's deadly serious.

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December 13 2014 By dvirtue Plan to groom 'talent' for high office in C of E

In stage one, which is in the process of being implemented, all diocesan bishops and deans are expected to attend a residential modular development programme run by a secular university or business school. The modules are entitled: "Building healthy organisations", "Leading growth", and "Reinventing the ministry".

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December 06 2014 By dvirtue Trajectory of the C of E: suggestions for confessing Anglicans

In another Diocese, which I can't name at the moment, a number of clergy in civil partnerships have been appointed to senior posts, to the extent that even some moderates feel that this kind of 'affirmative action' is getting out of hand. Of course all these clergy have given assurances that their relationships are non-sexual, but they make no secret of their opposition to the C of E's current teaching and their support for the 'inclusion' ethic.

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December 02 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury joins world faith leaders in pledge to end modern slavery

The faith leaders affirmed their common commitment to inspiring spiritual and practical action by all faiths and people of goodwill everywhere to eradicate modern slavery.

In an address before the signing, Archbishop Justin described today's declaration as "a profoundly significant moment".

The leaders had gathered to "affirm a deep shared commitment for the liberation of those humiliated, abused and enslaved by their fellow-human beings," he said.

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