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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England: Welcoming Transgender People

It was moved by the Revd Christopher Newlands on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod.

Opening the debate, he said: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives."

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Synod puts sex before the horrors of Christian persecution

Two months ago, in Civilisation sleeps while a Christian Holocaust takes shape, a response to A Manifesto for Persecuted Christians launched by Barnabas Fund, I set out how Christians today are the world's most persecuted religious group. The statistics are truly shocking: A Christian is killed every six minutes and 500,000 Christians around the globe are unable to practice their faith freely. No, these are not alarmist statistics provided by advocacy groups.

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July 10 2017 By dvirtue Church of England bishops 'delaying same-sex equality' move

The intention, he added, was to "map, to set out clearly where we agree and where we disagree, to help us understand better the issues and the points of conflict".

He said he hoped a document would be available for discussion at the synod in early 2020 "though on a process this complicated we cannot be pinned down relating to time".

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July 09 2017 By dvirtue Church of England demands ban on conversion therapy

Conversion therapy is usually described as an attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Some churches in the C of E and other denominations have encouraged LGBT members to take part in prayer sessions and other activities to rid them of their "sin".

Proposing the motion, Jayne Ozanne -- who underwent conversion therapy resulting in two breakdowns and two spells in hospital -- said conversion therapy was "abuse from which vulnerable adults need protecting".

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July 07 2017 By dvirtue Lord Carey's forced resignation is an injustice: he, too, was a victim of Peter Ball

We also need to recall that Peter Ball operated in a period when it was seriously advanced on behalf of abusers of children that 'all children lie', that they did so for trivial advantage, and quite seriously by some psychiatrists, that all little girls fantasise about having sex with their fathers.

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July 06 2017 By dvirtue CofE General Sex Synod 2017: not one question about the Persecuted Church

Buses carrying Christians in Egypt are being attacked, and children slaughtered. Christian girls in Cairo are being kidnapped. Christians in Syria are being abducted. Christians in Pakistan are being subjected to false accusations of blasphemy, and being summarily dealt with: Asia Bibi has been languishing in a Pakistani prison since 2010. Churches are being torched and Christians taken hostage in the Philippines.

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July 05 2017 By dvirtue UK: Why will this tormented sex abuse survivor be protesting at General Synod in York this weekend?

Devamanikkam had been due to appear before Bradford and Keighley magistrates charged with three counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault in the 1980s. The charges were brought under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and related to a time when the homosexual age of consent was 21.

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July 03 2017 By dvirtue Child abuse in the Church of England: hypocrisy, inconsistency and ongoing cover-up

Child abuse in the Church is not only seriously distressing, it is eternally consequential: "If anyone causes one of these little ones -- those who believe in me -- to stumble," said Jesus, "it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

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June 28 2017 By dvirtue Church of England and Methodists to discuss sharing clergy

They require approval from both the Church of England and Methodist governing bodies.

The Methodist Church claimed 195,000 members last year, compared with 263,000 in 2007, while numbers attending Church of England services have fallen by 12% in the last decade.

The proposals are included in a report produced by both Churches called "Mission and Ministry in Covenant".

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June 27 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury backs cross-party Brexit commission to 'draw poison' out of negotiations

But he warned that it would be a "disaster" if the UK's negotiators went into bat against the "united determination of the EU" without having the "confidence" that they have the full backing of Britain.

As a result he has backed calls for a cross-party approach to Brexit talks.

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