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September 06 2017 By dvirtue Transgender priest Rachel Mann made minor canon at Manchester Cathedral: 'God did not reject me,' she says

She was honoured with the title of Minor Canon at Manchester, which has the second highest LGBT population in the country outside London, for her work as resident poet at the cathedral. The honour also signals however a potential tectonic shift in the established Church's often-tormented approach to the issue of sexuality. Could it mark the beginning of an era where it is possible to be both an 'orthodox' Christian yet 'liberal' on the gay issue?

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue Britain loses its religion: Number of people who describe themselves as atheists is at its highest EVER level

The number of people who describe themselves as having 'no religion' is up five per cent from 48 per cent in 2015.

The proportion of non-believers has increased gradually since the survey began in 1983, when the proportion saying they had no religion stood at 31 per cent.

The decline in religious affiliation is hitting the Church of England particularly hard. Just 15 per cent of people in Britain consider themselves Anglican, half the proportion who said this in 2000.

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August 17 2017 By dvirtue Anglican Bishop launches scathing attack on 'lying, amoral' Donald Trump - and the 'Christian Right' for backing him

Nicholas Baines, the liberal-leaning Bishop of Leeds, launched his comprehensive assault on 'shameless' Trump and his evangelical backers in a blog post written in the wake of the violence carried out by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which Trump initially failed specifically to condemn.

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August 10 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Evangelical Council will not go along to get along over human sexuality doctrine

The February letter was sent immediately after the House of Bishops report (GS2055) was published. It described how the Officers were "heartened to read that the House of Bishops is proposing no change to the Church of England's doctrinal position on marriage and sexual relations and that no liturgical prayers for same sex relationships, authorised or commended, should be produced".

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August 10 2017 By dvirtue Evangelical bishop warns split may be necessary as he spearheads resistance to liberalising CofE

But he went on to warn that some form of split or church-within-a-church may be necessary if the apparent liberalising trajectory continues.

'We are being realistic and thinking through what "visible differentiation" might look like, should the Church depart from its current teaching, whether in law or in fact, and make such differentiation necessary,' he wrote in a letter to evangelical Anglican leaders this week.

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August 03 2017 By dvirtue Why Synod's decision on 'therapy' is UnAnglican

For centuries, the Church of Jesus Christ has offered prayer and loving support through both its ordained priests and devoted lay people to those who struggle with life's many storms and dilemmas. This is part of its mandate from its Lord who says, "Ask and it shall be given you" and through his apostle Peter "Cast all your care on him".

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August 01 2017 By dvirtue I can bless toilets but not gay marriages declares Bishop Holtam

"I do think that is bizarre," he continued and was met with applause.

Pressing on through the clapping, he said, "just look at the change that has happened in the last 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality."

He explained that the Church of England played a very significant role in making the change in 1967 noting that he was sad that the CofE was not still in the same progressive frame of mind and mood.

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July 27 2017 By dvirtue Fundamental shifts in the General Synod

The quality of debate has fallen sharply in recent years. The vogue is to vocalise experience and 'tell stories'. In particular, the victimisation and injustice narrative holds sway. Any serious theological input is viewed with growing impatience and embarrassment. Theology is seen to get in the way of real life. The little theological context there is focuses on love, acceptance, equality and justice.

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July 24 2017 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Hull Minster Holds Service for LGBT

We have taken our cue from the statements of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, written after the Report from the House of Bishops at General Synod February 2017 was not 'taken note of'.

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July 24 2017 By dvirtue Including the Exclusive: how liberal can you be?

- On the Radio 4 Sunday morning programme on 2nd July there was a report about Billy Graham's son Franklin going to Blackpool and objections at his anti-gay and anti-Muslim views: 'we are open to free speech not hate speech'.
- Conservative evangelicals threatened to boycott the opening of General Synod two weeks ago because of the welcome given to the Bishop of Edinburgh, who had led the debate for legitimising gay marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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