All posts tagged: Church of England

The Anglican Communion has deep differences over homosexuality, but a process of dialogue has helped hold contradictory beliefs together

The Anglican Communion has deep differences over homosexuality, but a process of dialogue has helped hold contradictory beliefs together

[ad_1] (The Conversation) — In recent years, churches in many Christian denominations have split over LGBTQ+ issues. In the past six months, hundreds of congregations voted to leave the United Methodist Church over same-sex marriage and whether LGBTQ+ people should be clergy. The Church of England, the original and largest member of the Anglican Communion – the third-largest Christian denomination worldwide – held a General Synod in London in February 2024 that debated such issues. Bishops, priests and laypeople from every diocese of the Church of England voted down several amendments that opposed liturgical same-sex blessings, and they essentially agreed to disagree on the issues. Participants ended discussions early, concluding it was “too soon” to definitely resolve these issues. With over 80 million believers in 160 countries, the Anglican Communion has been grappling with LGBTQ+ issues since the 1970s. Congregations and church leadership disagree on whether homosexuality is contrary to Christian scripture; whether clergy can perform same-sex marriages; and whether openly and active LGBTQ+ people should be ordained to the priesthood and as bishops. As …

Tory MP’s rage as Labour and Church of England go woke on Easter Sunday | Politics | News

Tory MP’s rage as Labour and Church of England go woke on Easter Sunday | Politics | News

[ad_1] A Tory MP has exploded in fury after Labour chose to put out a message celebrating “Transgender day of Visibility” on Easter Sunday. Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith described Keir Starmer’s party as clowns for the post on X (formerly Twitter) marking the woke celebration on the holiest day in the Christian calendar. It came after his former party colleague Lee Anderson, who has defected to Reform UK, wrote for Express.co.uk that politicians need to remember that Britain “is a Christian country.” Copying in the Labour Tweet, Mr Clarke-Smith posted: “Easter Sunday. It’s on us to give people a reason to vote for a Conservative Government and not simply argue ‘well the alternative is a lot worse’. “But the prospect of these clowns running this country should fill any sensible person with absolute horror. We can’t let it happen.” Labour had posted: “Today, on Trans Day of Visibility, and always, Labour stands with trans people.” Earlier the party had also posted a Happy Easter message. The attack by Mr Clarke-Smith is a sign of a …

Liverpool rector quits Church of England over ‘race, gender and sexuality discrimination’ | UK | News

Liverpool rector quits Church of England over ‘race, gender and sexuality discrimination’ | UK | News

[ad_1] The rector of Liverpool has quit the Church of England saying it “perpetuates bias against sections of society”. Canon Dr Crispin Pailing held the role for a decade. But has left citing “race, gender and sexuality discrimination”. He has been a vocal advocate of equal marriage, calling for same-sex couples to be treated the same as heterosexual couples, reports The Telegraph. The Church however still refuses to allow LGBTQ+ couples to celebrate with a traditional church wedding. Dr Pailing, who was awarded an MBE for his services to the community, says he will now be taking up a nationally significant role in the charity sector. In a statement, he said: “I cannot, in good conscience, continue to have a representative role in an organisation which perpetuates bias and discrimination against sections of society on the grounds of sexuality, race, and gender. “In the last few years I have seen the institutional validation of homophobic and misogynistic views in the Church, and I cannot endorse this. “The obvious and lamentable failure of safeguarding across the …

Archdeacon explores the novelist’s spiritual lessons

Archdeacon explores the novelist’s spiritual lessons

[ad_1] (RNS) — When Archdeacon and poet Rachel Mann first read Jane Austen at age 16, she wasn’t exactly a fan. “I absolutely hated her,” said Mann, who thought Austen’s novels were “frivolous romance stories for very, very posh people.” But Mann stuck with the novel she was reading — “Emma” — and by the end arrived at a different conclusion. “I discovered the real Jane, the Jane who is incisive and thoughtful, and whose wit lasered in on the weaknesses of the human condition,” she told Religion News Service in a recent call from her home in Manchester, United Kingdom. Several decades later, as an archdeacon in the Church of England, Mann said, her appreciation for Austen has only grown. Like the Bible, Austen’s writing speaks to contemporary realities in surprising and liberating ways, she said. Mann’s latest book, “A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 40 Days With Jane Austen,” is a Lenten guide that pairs excerpts from Austen’s six novels with reflections on virtues and vices such as love, greed, humility and, of course, pride …

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

[ad_1] A Conservative MP has suggested that taxpayers are being “scammed” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, amid questions over asylum seekers converting to Christianity. Former minister Tim Loughton told Prime Minister’s Questions: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that since taking office, the attendance at the Church of England has dropped by 15% and in the 10 years to Covid, the number of baptisms in the Church of England has fallen from 140,000-a-year to 87,000. “So Christianity in the UK seems to be on the wane unless apparently, you are from a Muslim country in the middle of an asylum claim. “We’re now told one in seven occupants of the Bibby Stockholm have suddenly become practising Christians. “Can I ask the Prime Minister that given that the Church of England has now issued secret guidance for clergy supporting asylum applications for these Damascene conversions, who is the church accountable to and are taxpayers being scammed by the Archbishop?” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak replied: “When it comes to illegal migrants we need to have a system …

Justin Welby to face demands to answer for Church’s role in illegal migrant outrages | Politics | News

Justin Welby to face demands to answer for Church’s role in illegal migrant outrages | Politics | News

[ad_1] A Tory MP has demanded that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby be hauled before the powerful Commons Home Affairs Select Committee to explain the Church’s role in facilitating illegal migration to the UK. Dudley North MP Marco Longhi, a member of the committee, has put in a request to its chairwoman Dame Diana Johnson demanding that Britain’s most senior cleric be brought before them to “explain his and the Church of England’s antics”. It comes after it emerged that the Church had provided protection to the chief suspect in the Clapham acid attack Abdul Ezedi after he had failed to get asylum twice and had been convicted of a sex attack in 2018. Ezedi’s third attempt to get granted asylum was successful because the Church of England said he had “converted to Christianity” so would face persecution back in Afghanistan. The Church of England washed its hands of blame for a series of events which have now left a woman with life-changing injuries and two children seriously hurt. A Church spokesman said: “It …

Church of England leader says a plan to send migrants to Rwanda undermines the UK’s global standing

Church of England leader says a plan to send migrants to Rwanda undermines the UK’s global standing

[ad_1] LONDON (AP) — The leader of the Church of England said Monday that Britain will undermine its standing in the world if it enacts a government plan to send some asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said U.K. politicians were seeking to “outsource our moral and legal responsibility for asylum seekers and refugees.” Speaking as a member of Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, Welby said that “a pick-and-choose approach to international law undermines our global standing.” “We can, as a nation, do better than this bill,” he said. Members of the Lords on Monday began debating the government’s Safety of Rwanda Bill, which is designed to overcome a legal block on a plan to send migrants who reach Britain across the English Channel in small boats to the East African country. The policy, under which the asylum-seekers would stay permanently in Rwanda, is key to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s pledge to “stop the boats” bringing unauthorized migrants to the U.K. Sunak argues that deporting unauthorized asylum-seekers …