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July 12 2024 By dvirtue GSFA Pastoral Letter Following The Church of England's General Synod (July 5 - 9 2024)

Despite the continued opposition of almost 50% of the Synod, the bishops of the Church of England have now succeeded in gaining support for services of blessing for same sex couples and the endorsement of a timetable to enable clergy to enter into same sex marriages.

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July 12 2024 By dvirtue The Episcopal Diocese of Texas leaves seniors sweltering following Beryl-generated power outages

By Thursday afternoon (July 11) -- three days following Beryl's exit -- the number of customers without power dipped below one million, yet at least 500,000 of those who had lost power might still be waiting until next week for electricity to be restored to their properties. Post Beryl July temperatures have already soared into the mid to upper 90s with heat indexes hitting triple digits.

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July 11 2024 By dvirtue IDF denies Episcopal Church claim it ordered evacuation of Gaza hospital

Responding to the allegation, the IDF told Reuters in a statement that it ordered civilians in certain areas of Gaza City to evacuate so it could reduce potential civilian casualties as it launched new military operations against terrorist groups. The IDF says it told Palestinian health authorities that hospitals could remain in use and there was no need to evacuate.

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July 11 2024 By dvirtue Former vicar of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon Jonathan Fletcher charged with historical sex offences

He has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault and one of grievous bodily harm, for offences dating between 1973 and 1999.

He was bailed to appear at Kingston Crown Court on August 7.

The Met said: "We encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward and speak to us.

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July 10 2024 By dvirtue CofE evangelicals start parallel province in dispute over same-sex marriage

The CEEC has already started a fund in which churches opposed to same-sex blessings can deposit their money, rather than with the CofE. It has also already organised a service this Friday, at All Souls Church, Langham Place, to create "overseers", who will take over the bishops' role of pastoral oversight and spiritual help to clergy opposed to same sex blessings.

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July 09 2024 By dvirtue Church of England moves closer to services of blessing for same-sex couples

Now campaigners hope that special standalone services of blessings -- which will look and feel very similar to church weddings -- are on the cards. However, gay couples will still need to undergo a civil ceremony in order to be legally married.

Traditionalists said the move could lead to those who believe marriage can only be a union of a man and a woman leaving the C of E.

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July 08 2024 By dvirtue CHURCH LEADERS WARN STARMER CONVERSION THERAPY LAW COULD BECOME ANTI-CHRISTIAN CHARTER

Labour is expected to railroad its plans for "a full trans-inclusive ban on conversion practices", with sources saying we could see legislation within the first 100 days.

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July 05 2024 By dvirtue ACNA's New Archbishop: Passionate for Evangelism

Wood still experiences tinnitus in his left ear from his COVID infection, but he recovered and St. Andrew's was rebuilt after a season spent meeting in a school cafeteria and lawn. That season prompted the congregation's theme of "Beauty from the Ashes": that God is working to redeem brokenness.

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July 02 2024 By dvirtue Church of England may split over same-sex services, clergy warn

Ahead of the Synod, three significant letters from the orthodox wing -- comprising over 2,000 clergy members -- signal a stark warning: the church may be on the brink of a split.

In 2023, the CofE marked a significant turning point by permitting priests to bless same-sex couples. However, these blessings are restricted to regular, publicly held services, not individual ceremonies like weddings.

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July 01 2024 By dvirtue ANGLICAN ALLIANCE CHALLENGES CHURCH OF ENGLAND ARCHBISHOPS OVER PLANS TO BLESS SAME-SEX UNIONS

What is proposed is clearly indicative of "a departure from the doctrine of the Church of England in an essential matter".

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