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November 14 2018 By dvirtue Attendance at Church of England's Sunday services falls again

However, attendance at Christmas services in 2017 was the highest in a decade, at 2.68 million, suggesting that services are increasingly seen as an element of festivities rather than regular religious worship. The figure was a marginal increase on last year's 2.6 million.

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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Oxford dons devour feminist Dean who crushed conservative Bishop

Now the long knives are out for the Very Reverend Professor Percy, who is facing claims of "conduct of an immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature incompatible with the duties of the office or employment". A formal complaint was lodged against him after he sought a pay review for college staff under gender pay gap rules. Reports say this could have led to a pay rise of up to £10,000 for Percy as well as a salary hike for a senior female staff member.

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November 06 2018 By dvirtue "Clothe yourselves with love" -- a response to the pastoral letter from the Bishops of Oxford Diocese

As a summary of the process, the Bishops mention Pilling, the Shared Conversations, the 2017 GS2055 report, the Archbishops' pastoral letter following Synod's rejection of the report, and the setting up of the Pastoral Advisory Group and the Living in Love and Faith document process. They highlight the call for "radical inclusion" and the universality of God's love.

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November 04 2018 By dvirtue LGBT inclusion: What's wrong with the Oxford bishops' letter?

From a conservative-orthodox point of view it is notable that the language in the letter is almost entirely that of the LGBT side of the debate. 'Respect' appears six times, 'inclusion' four times, the phrase 'everyone has a place at the table' twice, and the pain felt by some as a result of the church's ongoing debates is acknowledged on two occasions. In full apologetic mode, the bishops state: 'As a Church we have continually failed our sisters and brothers in Christ'.

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October 24 2018 By dvirtue Church of England gives blessing for transgender marriages but same-sex couples' weddings remain barred

Couples where the bride and groom were born into the same sex can have church weddings as long as one has an official gender recognition certificate for their acquired gender, its leaders said.

Weddings between brides and grooms who have both changed sex can also go ahead as long as both have the legal recognition.

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October 24 2018 By dvirtue OXFORD: Christians Are Angry That Muslim Imam Gave a Sermon at an Anglican Church

The move to invite a preacher from another faith has been fiercely criticized by Adrian Hilton in his blog, bearing the curious name of Archbishop Cranmer. The Anglican blog post said it was hard to comprehend how an imam speaking at a Eucharist service sermon would respect divine worship, a sacred act in itself, an action which should be conducted as per the formularies and associated rites of CofE.

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October 22 2018 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Retired bishops rebuff letter from fellow Evangelical bishops that warned of schism over marriage

It is addressed to the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, who chairs the co-ordinating group of the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project. The project was set up by the House of Bishops as an attempt to look more deeply into matters of sexuality after earlier attempts failed to heal divisions (News, 30 June 2017).

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Church of England Evangelical Bishops urge "no change" to Doctrine of Marriage

The ten active bishops include the bishops of Blackburn, Peterborough, Durham, Willesden, Lancaster, Ludlow, Plymouth, Carlisle, Birkenhead and Maidstone. One former bishop, Mark Rylands, Shrewsbury also signed.

According to a report in Christian Today, a British magazine, other bishops who did not sign were in general agreement with its contents.

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October 16 2018 By dvirtue Church of England accused over failure to quiz Amazon and Google

It has now been accused of being "disingenuous" after it emerged that its investment chiefs had attended 24 corporate annual general meetings since 2016 to question oil companies, banks, advertising companies, supermarkets and hotel groups but had not attended any held by Amazon or Google.

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October 14 2018 By dvirtue Gay cake: why don't CofE bishops care about freedom of religion?

"It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person's race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics," the judgment said. "But that is not what happened in this case and it does the project of equal treatment no favors to seek to extend it beyond its proper scope."

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