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November 21 2022 By dvirtue The Bishop of Oxford's surprising case for same-sex marriage is flawed

Last month, the bishops had the first of three meetings concluding this process in order to bring a proposal to the February session of General Synod - and right in the middle of this process of discussion, Steven Croft produces his proposal.

It is hard to know how to interpret this: it is a sign of desperation? Or an attempt to seize the initiative? Either way, the timing is odd.

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November 16 2022 By dvirtue Conservative Anglicans warn Church of England is cratering in attempt to stay relevant: 'The church is dying'

Multiple bishops in the Church of England publicly called last month for the institution to begin conducting same-sex weddings, and the church is slated to vote on the issue during their general synod next year.

Williams' nonprofit has advocated for many people, including clergy members who have taken legal action against Church of England institutions for losing their jobs or facing other discrimination because of their Christian beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

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November 09 2022 By dvirtue Church of England Evangelical Priest Resigns over Bullying and Abuse

Five months into his post, during a sermon at Holy Trinity Darlington, Matthew shared the current official Church of England teaching on marriage and abortion, making reference to Global Anglican Future Conference materials. Twelve people walked out of the service.

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November 08 2022 By dvirtue OXFORD: A response to Bishop Steven's recent call to same-sex unions

Over the past five years, because of various messages and statements coming out of Diocesan House and in particular from the four bishops (EG the 'Ad Clerum' -- note to clergy of 2018), demonstrating a clear departure from biblical teaching on human sexuality, the clergy of St Ebbe's Oxford, St Mary's Maidenhead, Arborfield and Barkham and St Paul's Banbury, have been meeting with Bishop of Oxford to try and find a way of continuing to minister as orthodox churches in the diocese.

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November 08 2022 By dvirtue St Nick's Cole Abbey sets itself apart from the Diocese of London over the Living in Love and Faith process

"At St Nicholas Cole Abbey we seek to know Jesus and to make Jesus known. We want anyone, regardless of who they are or who they are attracted to, to feel welcomed in our church family and to join us at Jesus' feet as we seek to know him through his loving word. The church family at St Nick's longs to be obedient to Christ and takes seriously Jesus' call to contend for his gospel.

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November 08 2022 By dvirtue Oh, That Crafty Bishop Croft of Oxford

Croft focusses on the notion of fruit in the passage. He says that 'the view that it is wrong to bless same-sex unions, to allow clergy to marry their civil partners, and to prohibit clergy and ordinands from an active sexual relationship' produces bad fruit.

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November 07 2022 By dvirtue Together in Love and Faith? Should the Church bless same -sex partnerships? A Response to the Bishop of Oxford

As an incumbent in Oxford, I feel a sense of responsibility to explain why I, along with many others in the diocese, do not agree with him that the Church should change its position on this matter. I do, however, believe that elements of the second part of his proposal offer a hopeful basis for a potential way forward for the Church of England out of the present unsatisfactory situation.

You can read it here:

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November 06 2022 By dvirtue Five more bishops call for Church of England to allow same-sex marriages

Currently, according to canon law, no Church of England minister can bless or marry gay couples.

However, a number of other senior clergy, including bishops, have joined Bishop Croft in publicly calling for the Church to change on the issue.

The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge -- a diocesan bishop -- and the Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Rev Martin Gorick -- a more junior suffragan bishop -- have now publicly backed his calls.

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November 04 2022 By dvirtue A Heartfelt Plea: To the Church of England Evangelical Council, and the clergy they represent

And yet the Church of England Evangelical Council do not propose to remedy the situation and protect the sheep from these wolves in sheep's clothing but instead to give them more power and greater legitimacy.

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November 04 2022 By dvirtue A tautological bishop?

Is the tautology of the title 'Bishop for Episcopal Ministry' evidence of a navel-gazing Church irreversibly turned inwards on it self? Has no bishop ever been for Episcopal Ministry until now? Presumably at present, Dr Bailey Wells will be Bishop for Episcopal Ministry only in those Anglican provinces that accept women in Episcopal Ministry. There is no indication of the clamour for such a figure beyond the Anglican Communion Office; how many bishops worldwide wanted this?

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