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October 09 2018 By dvirtue UK: Is the Bishops' Policy on Civil Partnerships Sustainable?

On further reflection, though, whilst this might be a good principle in many areas, in this area it is difficult to see it might work in practice. To take what might be an analogous situation: suppose an unmarried other-sex couple come to church. Should they be refused full participation in the church's life because they are not living in line with the Church's teaching?

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October 08 2018 By dvirtue Canterbury Anglicanism, GAFCON Anglicanism, and Scranton Anglicanism

What I am calling Canterbury Anglicanism needs little explanation. It is the prevailing ideology in the Church of England, the Episcopal Church, other First World Anglican provinces, and some Third World Anglican provinces. Two of its most glaring innovations are the admission of women to Holy Orders and the blessing of same-sex unions. Many of its adherents maintain aspects of Evangelicalism or Catholicism, with the glaring exceptions noted.

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October 08 2018 By dvirtue Scottish Episcopal Church: A Faithful Remnant

Episcopalians were obviously supporters of the Jacobite risings in 1715 and 1745. To this day they cherish the "Appine Chalice" used for the Eucharist in the field on the morning of the babble of Culloden.

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October 06 2018 By dvirtue WASHINGTON, DC: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: Is Religious Freedom Becoming an "Orphaned Right"?

Bishop Nazir-Ali serves as the President of Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy & Dialogue. Previously he served as the 106th Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England, and the former Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan.

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September 30 2018 By dvirtue An Anglo-Catholic Responsio

Anglicanism, in all of its complexity, should not be permitted to be deconstructed into a mere 'system of thought and theology.' Rather, it is a way of life that is ordered specifically by Anglican worship, Anglican doctrine, and Anglican life. To reduce Anglican worship, doctrine, and life to the cerebral questions of thought, or theology as an intellectual enterprise, is to reduce Christianity herself to a set of propositional beliefs.

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September 28 2018 By dvirtue Gender Politics, suppressed speech and 'only obeying orders'

To be honest, Angelos was asking for it. He would have known what he was dealing with. That doesn't justify his being silenced and ostracised, but he was a postgraduate. He knew what the rules were. Perhaps he thought Durham might just be at the tail end of the university censorship stakes. Well, it wasn't. Helen however, was an innocent.

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September 23 2018 By dvirtue Church of Scotland Moderator blames excessive safeguarding for the rise in suicide and self-harm among young people

If you are continually told you can achieve whatever goals you set yourself, how prepared are you for those times when failure hits?

What does it do to your self-esteem and your self-confidence when you are not able to reach the goals you yourself have set and everyone has told you are within your grasp?

What happens when you constantly come up against others who are better than you are or are far more successful?

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September 23 2018 By dvirtue CENTRAL FLORIDA: RIP: St. David's -- Lakeland (1953-2018)

I have ties to St. David's and it is painful to see those ties severed and reduced to memories. As I get older, ties to the past -- my girlhood -- keep getting cut, many times through death. The death of parents, the death of friends, the death of a church.

When I was a child, my father owned a nursing home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin -- Mueller Nursing Home. In part, I grew up there.

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September 19 2018 By dvirtue UK: Woman Bishop sets out to Castrate God in the name of Equality

The "mind your language" bishop, oddly enough, hasn't yet objected to the masculine nomenclature of the House of "Lords" or to the masculine form of "bishop" -- she threw her miter at me after I called her a "bishopess". Of course, she believes bubble-gum popping tweens and teens will come flooding into the Church of England if we stopped calling God by his preferred choice of pronoun.

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September 18 2018 By dvirtue 'BORN GAY' IS DEAD

In the 1960s, American singer Anita Bryant campaigned against homosexuality, saying that gay people are made, not born, and that they had to recruit youngsters in order to maintain their numbers. This frightened the heterosexual community, and gay people in turn felt under threat.

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