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March 12 2016 By dvirtue The fatuous pursuit of modernity robs the C of E of its identity

'We aim to be multicultural,' the head chaplain explained, so the word, 'chapel,' referring to a Christian place is as archaic now as the word, 'Missionary,' which he also said is never used anymore.

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March 11 2016 By dvirtue How should CofE confessing Anglicans relate to bishops who ordain practising homosexuals?

How should confessing Anglicans relate to such a bishop? Certainly, simplistic, legalistic, Pharisaic, grandstanding solutions should be avoided like an ill-prepared exposition of the book of Zechariah. It is very easy to pontificate from the safety of a freehold incumbency or from a roving brief where a licensed minister is housed and funded independently from the diocese.

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March 10 2016 By dvirtue Shared Conversations: a snapshot of the CofE, and a pointer to the future

Before the meeting we were asked to read some literature prepared for the Conversations, most significantly the material prepared by Phil Groves, the head of the 'Continuing Indaba' project of the Anglican Communion office, and endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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March 09 2016 By dvirtue Rival campaigns gear up to win over Christians in EU referendum battle

Both organisations are, at present, little more than websites and social-media accounts, but they intend to hold public meetings and debates in the build-up to the referendum in June.

Mr Sadgrove said that he was glad that Canon Fraser and Mr Hilton were articulating a Christian argument to vote to leave, and was keen to make the opposite case.

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March 08 2016 By dvirtue UK: Sunday Trading Laws

I enjoyed his rant. I like people who hold their views passionately (so long as it doesn't involve cutting off their opponents' heads); but what was shocking to me was that Stig wasn't really setting out to be shocking. He genuinely believed what he was saying; he wasn't rude, he was just 'under-informed'. I'm not sure if that is better or worse, but at least it meant he ran the risk of becoming better informed.

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March 06 2016 By dvirtue Senior Anglicans launch bid to find 'middle way' over homosexuality

Ozanne told Christian Today the site is "an important new initiative in the life of the Church of England as it looks to provide insightful weekly articles that bridge divides on issues that are affecting our world, our nation and our Church".

"All too often we sadly only hear from those at the polarized ends of debates," she said. "This new weekly blog will seek to give a clear voice for those in the middle ground."

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February 24 2016 By dvirtue Church of England already liberalised on sexuality, says Christian Concern

"What the Anglican Church's 'conversation' is engaged in... is the attempted rationalisation of sin in order to alleviate the reality of guilt which all those practising sexual immorality feel."

The Church of England is in an ongoing process of what it calls "shared conversations" to discuss different perspectives on acceptance of homosexuality and "help forge better understanding between different groups over the issue of sexuality", according to Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

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February 18 2016 By dvirtue No growth for 30 years - Church of England predicts

The stark calculations were revealed during discussions at the Church's decision-making General Synod, which has been meeting in London, about ambitious plans to tackle declining numbers.

It is preparing to pump £72 million into a "reform and renewal" drive which includes plans to ordain 6,000 more clergy in the 2020s to build a younger priesthood which is less male dominated and less white.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has also initiated a major drive to win new converts.

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February 18 2016 By dvirtue UK: Church life is fading fast in poorer communities, Synod warned

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who chairs the church's evangelical taskforce and has made mission work central to his leadership, said evangelism was "not a survival technique out of concern at the latest figures on church attendance", but a "commitment to renew the church".

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February 17 2016 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby unpacks Primates' communique

The spin included such elements as saying that the Primates had had their phones removed, and that they were being treated as children. Even some seasoned journalist believed this and printed it as fact.

It became quite a joke among us, with people waving their phones at me from time to time to indicate that my powers were limited. Neither were they treated as children. Secretary General, sit up and keep your hands still. [Laughter]

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