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April 22 2019 By dvirtue United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBT-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBT-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.

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April 20 2019 By dvirtue VANCOUVER, BC: Anglican Church sign vandalised

St. Alban's blesses same sex marriage and has had a lesbian priest, so the sign is not out of character for the church. Indeed, it qualifies as a suitable epitaph to be inscribed on the tombstone of the Anglican Church of Canada once it has fully expired.

The diocesan communications officer, Randy Murry, seems to approve of the sentiment; he expressed admiration for the sign's "pithiness".

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April 18 2019 By dvirtue Four Toronto Anglican Priests write an Open Letter about Marriage

An Open Letter to the House of Bishops Tuesday in Holy Week

On March 29, The House of Bishops released a call to prayer which included their hope for the upcoming General Synod. From the bishops' point of view, there will be two doctrines of marriage in the church, and for both there ought to be support and protection.

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April 18 2019 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby to Archbishop Beach: You are not welcome to Lambeth Conference 2020

Asked by Sir John Hayes
(South Holland and The Deepings)
Asked on: 04 April 2019
Church Commissioners
Lambeth Conference
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Archbishop of Canterbury will invite bishops from the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Church in Brazil to the Lambeth 2020 conference.

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April 17 2019 By dvirtue The Book of Common Prayer 2019 Final Texts Released

In 1549, The Book of Common Prayer was a revolutionary addition to the life of the Church. During the Reformation, as the movement sought to make Scripture more accessible for the lay person, Archbishop Cranmer also sought to make the prayers and liturgy more accessible. He did so by creating The Book of Common Prayer -- a compilation of prayers and liturgy based on Scripture in the language of the English people.

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April 17 2019 By dvirtue A phoenix will rise from the ashes of Notre Dame

Yet they are iconoclasts. They care little for our Christian foundations, and religious edifices such as Notre Dame are regarded not as profoundly humbling places of worship and magnificent devotions to God, but as a selfie backdrop on a tourist tick-box.

Douglas Murray, author of the The Strange Death of Europe, was one of the first to realise the full meaning of this loss. An atheist, he reminds us of the importance of preserving our Christian monuments and mores:

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April 16 2019 By dvirtue The Syncretistic Diocese of Niagara

Stand with our Movement to inspire Self-Actualization of Soul and Self and Expanded Consciousness. Support us in our stand for global freedom from extreme religious tyranny, unreasonable dogma, and fear-based theologies. Help us reclaim, recover and inspire radically inclusive love on this planet to activate and inspire the best and most accurate spirituality!

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April 15 2019 By dvirtue Rowan Williams leads climate change vigil outside St Paul's Cathedral

The vigil was organised by Christian Climate Action (CCA), a community of Christians committed to acts of public witness and non-violent direct action to challenge climate breakdown.

In London, Extinction Rebellion campaigners will be blocking roads, hosting art installations and putting on protest performances.

Dr Williams said CCA was responding to the scale of the environmental crisis facing the world.

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April 11 2019 By dvirtue Pope approves updated norms for former Anglicans/Episcopalians

The updated Complementary Norms integrate the experience of the past 10 years and seek to make their application more in tune with the spirit of the Apostolic Constitution.

Currently, three Ordinariates of former Anglican ministers and lay faithful exist: the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States; and, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.

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April 09 2019 By dvirtue WALES: Church Plant Draws Resistance

But an online petition expresses "dismay" that St. Teilos is regarded as a failing church and that the project was agreed "without proper consultation with the [parochial church council]." The petition, Save St. Teilo's, surpassed its goal of 1,500 signatures.

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