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December 30 2015 By dvirtue Women clergy will be the death of the Church of England

Regard for any aspect of the liturgy and the conduct of the services is scant and bears virtually no relationship at all to the Book of Common Prayer. Sentences from the scriptures, collects, general confessions, or absolutions are rarity between the Christingles and all the other modern service forms. I sometimes wonder if they know the order of service at all.

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December 27 2015 By dvirtue C of E to fast-track minority ethnic clergy into senior roles

However, only 2.8% of C of E clergy are from ethnic minorities, which limits the numbers available for fast-tracking. At senior levels, the sole Bame bishop is John Sentamu, the archbishop of York; there is one Bame dean; and three archdeacons. Only 3% of the members of the last synod -- the church parliament -- were from ethnic minorities; figures are not yet available for the new synod elected in October.

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December 25 2015 By dvirtue Churches of Scotland and England reach first formal pact

Founded in two different branches of Protestantism, England's Church is Anglican and Scotland's Presbyterian.

The declaration has been authored by Kirk minister the Reverend John McPake, and the Church of England's Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster.

They say the agreement will allow clergy and lay people from each Church to be welcomed into the other when they move across the border.

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December 23 2015 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Should buildings be a priority for the Church?

It has proposed that some should become "festival churches" - used mainly for Christmas, Easter and weddings to ease the burden on rural vicars. They often serve three or four churches - although some can even serve up to ten churches in the most extreme cases.

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December 18 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes Shia theologians to Lambeth Palace

"At a time of increasing fear and division in the world, it is ever more important that people of faith, Christians and Muslims, come together to work towards the common good for the betterment of all.

"As Anglicanism has its roots in the United Kingdom, and Shi'ism in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the former Persian Empire, I recognise that there is great potential for our faith to act as a bridge between our faith communities and the countries in which they are based."

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December 15 2015 By dvirtue How the passing of the coronation chicken era spells the end for Church England

The bleak assessment of the future of Anglicanism emerges in a unique study of the role of older women in congregations by Dr Abby Day, a sociologist and expert on religion in society at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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December 13 2015 By dvirtue Church of England clergyman is BANNED from conducting services after he married his gay partner of 25 years

Canon Jeremy Davies has been told he can no longer officiate at services because he married his long-term partner opera singer, Simon McEnery last year

Simon McEnery expressed outrage on Facebook after his husband Canon Jeremy Davies was no longer allowed to officiate at Church of England services because he had married a fellow man

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December 07 2015 By dvirtue Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge

The report provoked a furious row as it was condemned by Cabinet ministers as "seriously misguided" and the Church of England said it appeared to have been "hijacked" by humanists.

The report, by the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life, claims that faith schools are "socially divisive" and says that the selection of children on the basis of their beliefs should be phased out.

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December 05 2015 By dvirtue Bless me! It's Britain's first NUDIST Bishop: Female Archdeacon, 51, was brought up in naturist family and wrote controversial defence of disrobing in public

The Archdeacon of Buckingham, the Venerable Karen Gorham, 51, was brought up in a naturist family, though she gave up going nude on beaches in her teenage years.

The unmarried Archdeacon, 51 -- who was named by Downing Street on Thursday as the next Bishop of Sherborne -- has even written a controversial treatise defending the practise of disrobing in public.

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December 03 2015 By dvirtue Black Activist Berates Church of England for Wrong Priorities and Racism

At a time when the C of E is trying to include more people of black and ethnic minority backgrounds to have a higher profile in the church leadership, this letter will come as a stark warning that many black Anglicans continue to have deep-seated grievances about race, their place in British society, and perceived lack of welcome in the Church.

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