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  • Church of England to consider gender-neutral God: reports

    02/07/2023 3:16:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2023 4:35pm EST | Matteo Cina
    The Church of England is considering referring to God in “non-gendered” terms during services, the Telegraph reported. Breaking with centuries of tradition, bishops have announced they are launching a major “project on gendered language” this spring. It may suggest that priests stop using the male pronouns “He” and “Him” when referring to God in some prayers, or even that they can drop the famous phrase “Our Father” from the start of the Lord’s Prayer. The Reverend Joanna Stobart, a vicar in the diocese of Guildford, Surrey, said that some clergy want to refer to God without saying He or Him,...
  • Faithful [Church of England] Synod Member Reported by Bishop for ‘Hate Crime’

    02/05/2023 6:10:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    A faithful member of the Church of England’s General Synod was reported by his bishop to the police for allegedly causing ‘offence’ over promoting a Biblical view of sex and gender. The Bishop of Coventry capitulated to pressure from LGBT campaigners by reporting lay member of Synod, Sam Margrave, to the police for an alleged ‘hate crime’ after Mr Margrave campaigned online against Queer Theory and the sexualisation and grooming of children. It is believed to be the first time that such action has been taken against a general synod member for activity on their Twitter account. After the report...
  • [Anglican] Church in Row Over Plan to Show Pride Flag on Altar Over Claims it Politicises Place of Worship and Will Lead to ‘Moral Anarchy’

    02/04/2023 6:18:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/29/23 | Anrew Levy
    * The landmark legal case involves St Nicholas Church in Leicester* The reverend claims the flag is to let visitors know they are 'welcome and safe' * Opponents have accused the church of 'woke' virtue signalling A historic church’s controversial plan to display a gay Pride flag on its altar is to be ruled on in a landmark legal case after protesters complained that it was ‘politicising’ a place of worship. St Nicholas Church in Leicester had hung the colourful flags at weekend services but then last year switched them for a much larger permanent version. Church reverend Canon Karen...
  • 7 Years Ago, Cardinal Pell Made History in Canterbury Cathedral

    01/31/2023 6:50:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/24/23 | Ed Pentin
    On July 7, 2015, Cardinal George Pell became the first Catholic cardinal since the 16th century to offer Mass at the cathedral’s high altar.CANTERBURY, England — One of Cardinal George Pell’s lesser-known accomplishments — one laden with historical significance that furthered the cause of Christian unity — took place in Canterbury Cathedral seven years ago. Visiting the English city famous for its Church history, the Australian cardinal celebrated Mass at the cathedral’s high altar on July 7, 2015, becoming the first Catholic cardinal to do so since Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury, in the 16th century....
  • [Archbishop of Canterbury] Justin Welby Says the CofE Has Taken “a Huge Step” in Recognising Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

    01/30/2023 6:19:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Anglican Mainstream ^ | 1/26/23 | Christian Concern
    Recognising same-sex marriages and offering prayers of blessing for couples in same-sex relationships is “a huge step” for the Church of England, Justin Welby has told Sky News’ Beth Rigby. The Archbishop added that while he strongly welcomed the Church’s decision, he has said that he will not personally carry blessings out due to his “pastoral responsibility for the whole communion”. However, when pressed if there was an uncomfortable conflict for him over that position, the Archbishop said: “It’s not comfortable. But, you know, the Church is deeply divided over this issue… We have to face that reality – it’s...
  • Church of England's Archbishop of York says gay sex is OK if in ‘committed, stable, faithful relationships'

    01/29/2023 9:05:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2023 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Church of England’s Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, responded to pressure to answer whether homosexuality and same-sex marriage are sinful by saying the CofE's new stance on the issue is that it's OK, as long as couples are in "committed, stable, faithful relationships," adding that same-sex married couples will be "welcomed fully into the life of the Church, on their terms."This comes on the heels of the denomination’s recent decision not to officiate same-sex marriages but to offer blessings for same-sex couples in civil partnerships within its churches.BBC Radio Four’s William Crawley asked the archbishop whether the CofE’s recent...
  • EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: The Salvation Army, Acts 29, and Covering Sex Crime Stories Responsibly

    01/27/2023 9:41:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Ministry Watch ^ | January 27, 2023 | Warren Cole Smith
    ditor’s Note: Most Saturdays we will feature this “Editor’s Notebook” column. MinistryWatch President Warren Smith will comment on one or more stories in the week’s news, adding an additional perspective or, sometimes, a behind-the-scenes look at how the story came to be. What’s Going On At The Salvation Army? The Salvation Army is a huge organization that does much good in the world. A quick Google search revealed that The Salvation Army was providing essential supplies to the homeless and others during a snowstorm in Detroit. It was providing assistance to tornado victims in Texas. And it launched three preschools...
  • Gay Sex Not a Sin, Archbishop of York Says, if Blessed by the CoE

    01/27/2023 6:50:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 1/21/23 | George Conger
    Editors note: During Friday’s, 20 January 2023, press conference in London presenting the House of Bishops recommendations on the Living in Love and Faith process, the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. Stephen Cottrell was asked by a reporter: “Do you think that gay sex in the context of a loving, committed lifelong relationship is a sin?” The Archbishop of York responded in part: ” … as I imagine this going forward if people who have entered into a same-sex civil marriage come to the church seeking one of these services of love and faith in the same way that...
  • [Archbishop of Canterbury] Welby Fails to Calm Protestors Outside Lambeth Palace

    01/26/2023 6:14:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 1/26/23 | George Conger
    The Archbishop of Canterbury was assailed outside Lambeth Palace last night by gay activists who denounced his leadership of the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith process. On 23 January 2023 approximately 40 activists, including campaigners Jayne Ozanne and Peter Tatchell, and politicians Baroness Hunt and Ben Bradshaw MP protested the House of Bishops to permit gay blessings, but not gay marriage in the Church of England. The archbishop ventured outside Lambeth Palace to speak with the protesters, telling them to “get equal marriage” required legislation passed by a two thirds vote in each house of General Synod....
  • California Woman Sues Salvation Army for Negligence Amid Abuse Allegations

    01/26/2023 7:02:52 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Ministry Watch ^ | January 23, 2023 | Jessica Eturralde
    A California woman is suing the Salvation Army and its Pomona Corps, alleging she was sexually abused by a youth group leader when she was a minor. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe, is suing for negligence, claiming those in authority failed to prevent or protect her and other children from the abuse. She is suing three separate tiers of the Salvation Army, including The Salvation Army Corporation, The Salvation Army Southern California Division, and individuals listed as “Does 1 through 100” of The Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Pomona. The complaint, filed December 29,...
  • Homosexuals Must No Longer Be Chaste in Order to Lead Godly Lives, [Church of England] Bishop of London Says

    01/25/2023 6:55:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 1/21/23 | George Conger
    Editor’s note: At the Friday 20 January 2023 press conference in London held to announce the House of Bishops recommendations on the Living in Love and Fellowship process, the Bishop of London, the Rt. Hon and Rt. Rev. Sarah Mullaly was asked by a reporter: “gay Christians have been asking: ‘if we can have a civil marriage, come to church and have that relationship blessed, are we still expected by the church to remain celibate?’ Or is it now understood if the marriage is blessed, and sex should take place within the marriage, then gay couples are allowed to express...
  • Church of England Apologizes for Treatment of LGBTQ People

    01/24/2023 6:43:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/23 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON (AP) — The Church of England formally apologized Friday for its treatment of LGBTQ people, even as it said that same-sex couples still won’t be allowed to marry in its churches. The apology from the church’s bishops came in a report following five years of debate on the church’s position on sexuality. The report will be delivered to the church’s national assembly, the General Synod, which is meeting in London next month. “We want to apologize for the ways in which the Church of England has treated LGBTQI+ people – both those who worship in our churches and those...
  • Sorry, Anglicans, There Is No Third Way on the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

    01/23/2023 7:55:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 01/23/2023 | Rod Dreher
    I received not long ago an e-mail from a reader who says that her Methodist congregation is in the midst of a conversation about whether or not to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church over gay marriage. The reader shared the arguments for both sides in her moderately conservative congregation, and asked what I thought. Looking at her list of "stay" arguments, I saw a bunch of propositions that were either deceptive (self-deceptive?) or wishful thinking. The stay argument, as she presents it, amounts to this: If we leave, we will be breaking fellowship with a national organization that has...
  • [Church of England] Bishops Propose Prayers of Thanksgiving, Dedication and for God’s Blessing for Same-Sex Couples

    01/19/2023 6:16:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    For the first time, under historic plans outlined today, same-sex couples will be able to come to church to give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership and receive God’s blessing. The Bishops of the Church of England will be issuing an apology later this week to LGBTQI+ people for the “rejection, exclusion and hostility” they have faced in churches and the impact this has had on their lives. And they will urge all congregations in their care to welcome same-sex couples “unreservedly and joyfully” as they reaffirm their commitment to a “radical new Christian inclusion founded in scripture,...
  • Dr. David Jeremiah - End Times Warning | The Beast In The Sea of Humanity (Video)

    01/19/2023 6:47:56 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 10 replies
    Vireak Nan (Youtube channel) ^ | Premiered Jan 3, 2023 | David Jeremiah Turning Point
    Dr. David Jeremiah - End Times Warning | The Beast In The Sea of Humanity
  • Dr. David Jeremiah ✝️ End Times Warning | The coming of The Mark of the Beast (video)

    01/19/2023 5:57:16 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 10 replies
    David Jeremiah Turning Point YouTube Channel ^ | Premiered Jan 1, 2023 | David Jeremiah Turning Point
    Dr. David Jeremiah ✝️ End Times Warning | The coming of The Mark of the Beast
  • Chicago Salvation Army Pastor Charged with Sexual Abuse

    01/18/2023 5:52:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Ministry Watch ^ | January 19, 2023 | Jessica Eturralde
    A Chicago pastor now faces three felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor. John Kim, 47, was a longstanding staff member and pastor at Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church for years, according to CBS 2. Last week, authorities arrested and charged him with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of someone under 18. Kim no longer works at the church, but he was pastor at the Salvation Army church when the alleged abuse occurred. In a statement, the Salvation Army told CBS 2 they are now aware of the allegations of misconduct being investigated by local authorities. “The...
  • [Leader of House of Commons] Mordaunt Calls on Church of England to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

    01/16/2023 6:28:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/16/23 | Harriet Sherwood
    Commons leader says in letter to local bishop that C of E’s position causes ‘pain and trauma’ to LGBTQ+ peopleThe leader of the House of Commons has urged Church of England bishops to back same-sex marriage in critical talks this week, saying the church’s current stance causes “pain and trauma” to LGBTQ+ people. Penny Mordaunt, the Conservative MP for Portsmouth who chairs the privy council, has written to her local bishop saying: “I hope you will back reform, allowing parishes and clergy to conduct weddings for same-sex couples or, at a minimum, enable authorised blessings.” The bishops have an all-day...
  • Five Women Sue Christian Organization Alleging Cover-Up Of Child Sexual Abuse

    01/13/2023 9:07:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | January 13, 2023 | Anne Stych
    Five women in California have filed a lawsuit alleging that the International Churches of Christ perpetrated a “systemic scheme of abuse” that included the sexual abuse of children as young as three years old and financial abuse of its members. The lawsuit names plaintiffs Darleen Diaz, 33, Bernice Perez, 31, Ashley Ruiz, 31, Salud Gonzalez, 30, and Elena Peltola, 23. The plaintiffs filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or “RICO,” lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Dec. 30 against ICOC and its affiliated organizations: The International Christian Church Inc., Hope Worldwide Ltd.,...
  • 'I Cannot Believe It's Inherently Sinful': Bishop Urges C of E to Change Teaching on Same-Sex Marriage

    01/13/2023 6:49:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Premier Christian News ^ | 1/11/23 | Heather Preston
    The Bishop of Worcester has written an open letter to his diocese detailing why he thinks same-sex unions should be celebrated by the Church. It comes after a number Church of England bishops declared their support for same-sex marriage last November. Rt Rev Dr John Inge has written an open letter to the Diocese of Worcester, setting out why he believes the "celebration and honouring of monogamous, faithful same-sex relationships" is a good witness and the Church of England's teaching on the issue should change. Last year Bishop John confirmed his support for same-sex marriage in response to a booklet...