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What was striking was the statemanslike nature of the statement by AMIE's mission director Lee McNunn announcing the ordinations. This belied the juvenile headline by the allegedly evangelical but actually liberal-leaning website, Christian Today: 'Rival Anglican church ordains new clergy in challenge to Justin Welby' (current Archbishop of Canterbury).

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November 24 2017 By dvirtue Welby gives lecture on 'Christian hope' in Moscow

When my predecessor, Archbishop Rowan Williams, and His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew laid down the mandate for the fourth round of Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue in 2007 the topics to be discussed were ethical. Yet the first report of this phase of dialogue was about theological anthropology rather than Christian ethics. Why? Because ethical issues cannot be considered in the abstract. It is a mistake to look at ethics in a way that is disconnected from our understanding of human beings.

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I was so uneasy about this that I mentioned it to my taxi driver on the way home in order to discover what he thought about these Safeguarding techniques. "Oh don't talk to me about Safeguarding. I'm full up to here with it. We taxi drivers were told by the Safeguarders that we should look closely at our women passengers for signs of physical abuse. It's sick, I tell you"

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November 22 2017 By dvirtue Church of England hits back over claims it is 'delaying' George Bell report

The Church said in a statement that the delay in publishing the report from the review by Lord Carlile of Berriew into lessons learnt from the case, which was delivered more than six weeks ago on October 7, was down to the 'intensive process' of 'responding with feedback from those who contributed' which includes 'issues over factual accuracy and identification of "Carol"' the pseudonym for the complainant, in accordance to the terms of reference.

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November 21 2017 By dvirtue Welby's transgender crusade will encourage bullying, not stop it

The C of E version of the story has two drunks afflicted by cognitive dissonance. Arch of Cant 'Wobbly' Welby and his Chief Education Officer Nigel Genders (believe me, that is his real name!) are frenziedly explaining how little boys can combat the classroom bully if given permission to cast off their school uniforms and parade around dressed like drag queens. Not even Homer Simpson would come up with such a barmy solution to bullying.

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November 14 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Says Boys Can Crossdress, Wear Tiaras, Heels in 'Valuing God's Children' Report

"All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said on Monday, commenting on the "Valuing All God's Children" report.

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November 14 2017 By dvirtue Anglican bishops told to stop acting as CEOs 'chasing growth targets' and instead help depressed clergy

Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, said a target and business-like approach instilled under the current Archbishop of Canterbury, a former oil executive, was contributing to clergy stress and mental health problems.

He called for an end to 'blue-sky' thinking and warned that 'every step that the church takes down the road of managerialism and organisation is a step away from the public'.

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November 11 2017 By dvirtue The Anglican Christian Resistance, & the resignation of Lorna Ashworth

Part of the power that lies in her resignation and the depth of the challenge it poses, is the regard in which Lorna is held.

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November 10 2017 By dvirtue Leading Evangelical resigns from General Synod over 'heretical teaching'

In her resignation letter she blamed, "an ongoing and rapid erosion of faithfulness" and "an agenda of revisionism which "is masked in the language of so-called 'good disagreement,'" for her decision.

Lorna Ashworth is not alone in her concerns and she said that many were calling on the bishops of the Church of England to offer clear and courageous biblical leadership.

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November 10 2017 By dvirtue UK: Chaplains coordinate to hold 'radically inclusive' services

Trinity College chapel will host a Compline+ service on 1 November, followed by another King's service on 9 November. St John's Open Table service on 16 November will conclude the series.

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