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October 09 2020 By dvirtue A statement from Archbishop Welby following publication of the IICSA report on the Anglican Church in England and Wales

"In calling for the enquiry, through a letter to the then Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014, I was aware that although it would be something that survivors had demanded it would also be a deeply painful process to tell their stories. I am very grateful to them for their courage. We cannot and will not make excuses and I must again offer my sincere apologies to those to have been abused, and to their families, friends and colleagues.

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October 09 2020 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Put your own house in order, IICSA secretary tells Anglicans

The Church now had a system of safeguarding professionals in place, he said. IICSA's essential recommendation was to "transfer the authority for opening the investigation, sharing the information with statutory authorities, detailing what steps should be taken at each stage of an investigation, to that professional".

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October 01 2020 By dvirtue The Church has failed Bishop Bell. Public Retraction Sought

Both have the power to heal serious divisions within a Cathedral community - and beyond it.

It is also within their power to commission another investigation into 'mistaken identity'. 'Carol' was clearly abused when she was 8 years old -- and she should be fully believed and supported -- but there is now clear evidence her abuser was not Bishop Bell.

Yours sincerely

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September 29 2020 By dvirtue The curious case of Kristie Higgs: where is the Church of England?

Despite the two posts not mentioning her employer, and having been published under her maiden name (so quite untraceable to her school), the Headteacher, Matthew Evans, instructed Kristie Higgs' 'friend' to trawl through her Facebook account to find more 'offensive' material.

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September 25 2020 By dvirtue ENGLAND: 'Renewal' for church is coming despite 'trauma' of pandemic, say archbishops

He said churches have played a vital role serving their communities and bringing hope through the gospel. But the Church itself will, he said, emerge changed.

"We do not know what kind of Church of England will emerge from this time except that it will be different," he said.

"It will be changed by the reality that for the first time all churches have closed -- first time in 800 years. It will be changed because for the first time we have worshipped virtually."

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September 24 2020 By dvirtue Common humanity and vulnerability of women stressed by UK Forum on FORB

Over eighty minutes the importance of a common humanity was stressed in the face of identity politics. This was urged from the perspective of all major faiths. The forum is intended to strengthen participants' resolve against the forces of division.

Tensions

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September 16 2020 By dvirtue National Safeguarding Deemed a Failure: New Micah 6:8 Initiative Formed

The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston, MBE
Chair of the Charity Commission
102 Petty France
Westminster
London SW1H 9AJ

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Dear Baroness Stowell,

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September 10 2020 By dvirtue The self-flagellating CofE's inexplicable obsession with race

The General Synod voted back in February to apologise for 'the conscious and unconscious racism experienced by countless black, Asian and minority ethnic Anglicans' and to commit the Church to increase the 'participation and representation of lay and ordained BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Anglicans throughout church life'.

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August 30 2020 By dvirtue England will miss our Church when it's gone

Though I wasn't raised in a churchgoing family, my husband and I joined our small-town Anglican church when we moved here. I've come to treasure it: the slow turn of the liturgical year, the opportunity to sing with others (a rare pleasure in the age of headphones and Spotify) and space to be serious with no particular goal in mind.

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August 30 2020 By dvirtue Is the Church of England trying to cancel Christianity?

I looked up the Church of England 'Find a Church' website for information. The rector stated it was a genuinely inclusive church with an active commitment to social media and included families and couples who have benefited from recent changes in the marriage laws. I was unsure what that meant, but happy to be involved.

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