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Larger Than an Orange by Lucy Burns review -- a poignant account of an abortion

The story begins in 2017 with Burns, then 26, telling a medical professional that she wants to have an abortion. That professional becomes One -- the first in a long list of people who know about the abortion. Burns becomes obsessed with counting these people: Two is her sexual partner; Three and Four friends. None has a name -- her relationships with them are redefined in light of what is happening to her.

Religious belief really does seem to draw the sting of poverty

But that has turned out not to be true. Abundant evidence suggests the relationship between status and mental health is stronger, not weaker, in rich countries than in poor ones. Ms Berkessel, who studies the psychological effects of religion, noticed that economic development is also inversely correlated with religiosity--the richer a country, the more godless it tends to be. Perhaps that was driving the change?

RETHINKING SEX

Gore Vidal, the American literary critic and gay activist might be credited for having invented the term 'gay' when he was an influential writer and thinker in the USA in the second half of the twentieth century. He did it to protect his homosexual friends whom he thought, would be protected by and benefit from a new image.

Yet he refused to accept that people themselves were homosexual or gay. He wanted to talk instead of acts of sexuality but never but people in boxes of categories. He hated the tendency to reduce complex individuals to tribes or types.

FT. Worth Diocese Urges Restraint in Consecration of Women Bishops

In 2021, the Chairman of GAFCon, Archbishop Foley Beach, noted: "At our meeting, the GAFCon Primates agreed we have not come to a consensus on the issue of women in holy orders, and specifically women in the episcopate." And yet, three women have been consecrated in the GAFCon provinces of Sudan and Kenya since the moratorium on such consecrations went into effect, despite the lack of consensus.

NEW ZEALAND: Confessing Anglican Bishop Condemns Prohibition of Conversion Practices

3. However, I respectfully submit that the Bill as it stands fails to achieve its objectives and goes too far in the following respects:
a. The Bill elevates state-mandated values above those of parents. Parents or legal guardians, especially those of faith, will risk criminal liability for raising their children according to their beliefs, ethics and conscience.
b. The Bill is contrary to fundamental rights and personal autonomy.
c. The Bill presents a false dichotomy that all gender affirmation is an unqualified good and all conversion therapies an unmitigated bad.

UGANDA: Anglican Church Suspends Two Priests over Sale of Church Land

The priest was immediately replaced by the retired Rev. Eriya Kawooya, but the Archdeacon has not yet been replaced.

Acting on behalf of the Namirembe Diocese, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Diocese Secretary Rev. Canon Henry Segawa officially announced the priests' suspension.

"It has come to our knowledge that how you have handled church land issues did not follow the procedures of the church. You are hereby directed to step aside in matters of the parish and its land until you are recalled."

THE GREAT AMERICAN EVANGELICAL TRAGEDY

News from abroad pulls us out of ourselves; it forces us to think globally, not just nationally. It also prevents us from getting caught up in rapture theories or dispensational notions of the End Times. It saves us from the endless prophetic nonsense which so-called American prophets proclaim, telling us the world is coming to an end because certain verses in the Bible prophecy that what happens in America will determine how God acts.

Anglicans Interpret the Bible

The 16th century reformers had one compelling goal: to get the Bible into the hearts and minds of the English people. They were confident that God would use this to transform individuals and the whole of society. They were true catholics who were returning to the Bible that they saw as the original source for their centuries-old faith. The primacy of Scripture, or sola Scriptura, means that the Bible is the norm for faith and morals by which every other norm is judged (including the creeds, church traditions and councils, confessions, and private revelations).

FT. WORTH: TEC Diocese Appeals Court Ruling to Return all Property Contents: UPDATED

Lawyers for the TEC parish say the language of the enforcement order pertaining to the turnover of property far exceeds the substantive, adjudicative portions of the Final Judgment pertaining to property and the order was issued after the trial court's plenary power expired.

ENGLAND: Archbishop defends MP threatened over trans views

The 50-year-old MP for Canterbury has angered the trans community by saying that "only women have a cervix".

Commenting on her decision to pull out of the Brighton conference, Duffield told The Sunday Times: "We have had Labour MPs who have had to have security at conference over the past few years, and I didn't want that sort of attention or to become the story. I just thought it was better for everyone if I quietly stayed away."

She added: "LGBT+ Labour now seem to hate my guts and I feared they'd have a massive go at me at conference.

WHAT'S WRONG AND HOW TO FIX IT - FitzSimons Allison

In his book Civilization and its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) saw guilt as indispensable building block for civilization but he also saw it as civilization's chief discontent. He maintained that without a society that is capable of carrying a significant weight of responsibility, and its inevitable offspring of guilt, civilization will face a lowering of responsibility; more violence, less honesty in politics, government, science and education -- a general drift towards decadence.

The Life and Loves of Freddie Mercury

Freddie Bulsara moved to England in 1964, aged 18 yrs. His earlier years had been a painful experience, which he felt were best forgotten, as he rarely talked about them. The celebrated film, Bohemian Rhapsody, which earned some $1billion at the box office, deliberately avoided his upbringing. Born in Zanzibar in 1946, Freddie had a volatile relationship with his father and was dispatched at the tender age of eight to an Indian boarding school 3,000 miles away, across the ocean.

What should we make of the Church in Wales' gay marriage blessings?

There are at least three reasons for this. The first is the very powerful current of secular culture; the second is the obscurity of language where words have multiple meanings; and the third is confusion over what the spiritual significance of sex and sexual acts are.

The current of culture has strengthened and become more uncompromising. That in itself is odd, because the secular understanding of homosexuality and the meaning of marriage are not as clear as campaigning organisations want us to believe.

Study: Majority of Self-Identified Christians Don't Believe the Holy Spirit is Real

The latest report from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University shows that self-identified Christians in America tend to hold beliefs that are thoroughly unbiblical--even on basic issues of theology.

Determining how many Christians are in America depends on how we limit the term. For example, the vast majority of American adults (69 percent) still self-identify as "Christian." If we consider only those who consider themselves to born-again Christians, the number drops to about 35 percent of the population. Self-identified evangelicals constitute 28 percent.

KENYA: Anglican Archbishop has Banned Political Utterances in Anglican Churches

This has come at a time when politicians are using every opportunity to address members of the public in preparation for forthcoming elections in Kenya next year.

Kenya is going to hold presidential and general elections early in 2022 but already campaigning is in full gear. On several occasions opposing groups of politicians aspiring to stand for political office have clashed in churches as they scramble for the microphone.

Archbishop Sapit has in the past banned announcements of offertory contributions from the politicians.

The turning tide of intellectual atheism

"I was brought up an atheist--I didn't become one," he said. "I regard atheism as the religious faith I happened to be brought up in. It is, of course, as much a faith as Christianity or Islam--and I have the Calvinist brand, because my parents left the Church of Scotland. I was brought up, essentially, in a Calvinist ethical framework but with no God. This had its benefits--I was encouraged to think in a very critical way about religion and also about science, but I've come to see as a historian that you can't base a society on that.

OBSERVATIONS

The second mark of these early believers was their embrace of the teachings of Christ. I use the word "embrace" advisedly as this was not mere intellectual assent to the reality of the life and teaching of Christ. They actually believed that his life was to be imitated and that his teaching was to form their lives and to inform their behavior. As a result of this, the Early Christians were renowned for their kindness and the measured tone of their discourse. Even those who persecuted them readily acknowledged their open-handed benevolence to the poor and the destitute.

Taliban are carrying out mass executions, says Christian missionary helping Afghans

The way the United States pulled out is "dishonorable, and a horrible breaking of promises ... and leaving thousands of people behind that we promised we'd take out with us including American citizens," Eubank, who is from Free Burma Rangers and provides humanitarian services in war-torn areas, told CBN News.

In some instances, the pull-out has been "cowardly," he continued, speaking from Tajikistan, which neighbors Afghanistan and where many Afghans are arriving after fleeing the Taliban.

GAFCON PRIMATES GRAPPLE WITH THE CONSECRATION OF WOMEN BISHOPS IN AFRICA

The Primates acknowledged that while there is disagreement and ongoing discussion on the issues of the ordination of women as deacons or priests, and the consecration of women as bishops, they were agreed that these are not salvation issues. They are not issues that will disrupt their mission: to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.

This is an ecclesiastical minefield for the ACNA that is wrestling with the unresolved issue of women's ordination. Whole dioceses are divided over the subject. The ACNA forbids the ordination of women to the episcopacy.

GAFCON PRIMATES GRAPPLE WITH THE CONSECRATION OF WOMEN BISHOPS IN AFRICA

The Primates acknowledged that while there is disagreement and ongoing discussion on the issues of the ordination of women as deacons or priests, and the consecration of women as bishops, they were agreed that these are not salvation issues and are not issues that will disrupt their mission: to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.

This is an ecclesiastical minefield for the ACNA that is wrestling with the unresolved issue of women's ordination, with whole dioceses divided over the subject. The ACNA forbids the ordination of women to the episcopacy.

Gay blessings leave Welsh Evangelicals with an uncertain path forward

For many in EFCW, this decision will come with a sense of sadness that the Church in Wales has decided to depart from a traditional understanding of marriage, and with great uncertainty about how to move forward in good conscience.

The EFCW executive welcomes any comments that the membership would like to be considered at that meeting. It will enable us to ensure that we are properly taking into account the breadth of concerns of the membership.

Christian responses and perspectives on euthanasia and assisted suicide

As we attempt to develop an authentic Christian response to assisted suicide and other forms of medical killing, we need to start with an understanding of creation, and in particular of the created moral order, the moral principles that God has embedded into the structure of the universe. God did not just create the physical stuff of the universe, atoms and molecules and photons. He also created a hidden moral order, like the grain imprinted in a piece of wood. What it means to be human -- and what it means to destroy human life -- is not ours to create and invent; it is given to us.

WHY THE DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD IS NO CATCH FOR ANY WANNABE BISHOP

Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) in 2011 was 1,945; in 2019, it had plunged to 1,348 a loss of 30.7%! (St. Martin's in Houston has a larger ASA than this entire diocese).

The number of full-time priests of one congregation is 57%, which may be much lower following personal parish attendance following post Covid regulations.

Now the decline in the diocese is commensurate (or at least not different from) that in other dioceses.

A Pastoral Message from Archbishop Beach Regarding Gafcon and Women in the Episcopate

There is one matter coming out of our meeting that is a challenge for a number of us in the Anglican Church in North America, myself included. The Anglican Church of Kenya recently consecrated a female diocesan bishop, and there has been speculation about how this development might affect our fellowship. At our meeting, the Gafcon Primates agreed we have not come to a consensus on the issue of women in holy orders, and specifically women in the episcopate.

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