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Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invited the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the See because of his opposition to women’s ordination.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships In a letter published in the Church Times on 3rd February, Adrian Alker says that he is “ashamed of the continuing hypocrisy of an institution loyally staffed by many gay and lesbian clergy” and that the hardening of heart against those in same sex relationships will further damage the Church of England.

​Published in Church Times on 3rd February 2017 Adrian Alker wrote:

Despite two years of shared conversations across the dioceses, the bishops of the Church of England in this latest report on marriage and same sex relationships have underscored again how a conservative and evangelical hierarchy can so effectively dig in its heels, reproducing the same set of arguments which have been rehearsed many times. Although the report acknowledges the ‘contested tradition’ of Anglicanism, it is clear that ‘faithfulness to God’s word’ is seen to be understood as lying within the evangelical position. For ‘others’ the imperative to read scripture differently, stems from a ‘parallel conviction’, left unspecified!

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Progressive Voices welcomes your contributions

Progressive Voices welcomes your contributions The deadline for the March edition is Friday February 10th

Progressive Voices is the newsletter and journal of PCN Britain, published four times a year.  We welcome articles which reflect progressive Christian thinking and which encourage an inclusive approach to spirituality and religion. 

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