The Church has not gone far enough  - editorial The Tablet

The Church has not gone far enough - editorial The Tablet

Editor claims: “The old phrase “pray, pay and obey” still hovers over lay people as a summary of their duties. Bishops are like little…...

The Church has to look itself in the mirror, and realise that what is missing from the image reflected back is any serious role for the laity in church governance.

News of the conviction of the Australian Cardinal George Pell for child abuse has swept away whatever confidence leaders of the Catholic Church might have been feeling at the conclusion of their summit in Rome. Was that summit a success? It will ultimately be judged by results, but for all its shortcomings and disappointments, it has moved the Church forward in addressing one of the greatest crises it has ever faced. The Pell case is a giant step backwards, not least for the Church in Australia. It has been shamed time and again by the most appalling evidence not just of the systematic abuse of minors by clerics but of a systematic failure – for which Cardinal Pell himself bears some responsibility – to root out the abusers.

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gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable…..USA Methodist debate

gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable…..USA Methodist debate

The delegates have spoken and the UMC has just died: gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable....

Christy Thomas writing in Patheos states she can barely write about this discussion by the UMC.

“The delegates have been debating the inclusive One Church Plan, one three minute speech after another, since about 1:15 pm. Each side makes points that they feel are definitive.

Nowever, as I see tight, tight votes on what are simple corrections and not substantive changes passing by one vote or not passing by a tie, I am aware of how fully we are split.

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Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

a chance to celebrate the lives and achievements of LGBT+ people from our past and present...

Greetings for February, LGBT+ History Month.

LGBT+ History Month has taken place in the UK every February since 2005, organised by Schools Out UK, a campaigning group for LGBT+ people in education. It’s a chance to celebrate the lives and achievements of LGBT+ people from our past and present. Each year it takes a theme from the education curriculum - this year’s theme is Peace, Reconciliation and Activism as 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in the LGBT+ civil rights movement.

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Irish government minister delivers talk on women’s ordination

Irish government minister delivers talk on women’s ordination

“brazen discrimination” could bring about the church’s “slow death,” an Irish government minister has warned...

Dublin — Catholicism’s prohibition on women priests is “brazen discrimination” and could bring about the church’s “slow death,” an Irish government minister has warned.

Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madigan challenged the church’s exclusion of women from priesthood and leadership roles in an address titled “A Community of Faith: Why the Catholic Church should open all ministries to women” on Feb. 11 in Dublin.

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Francis inherits decades of abuse cover-up -by Jason Berry AccountabilityOpinion

Francis inherits decades of abuse cover-up -by Jason Berry AccountabilityOpinion

Jason Berry was the first to report on clergy sex abuse in any substantial way...

Three-part commentary begins with look at how the crisis reached this point

Feb 19, 2019 As the heir to disastrous mistakes of John Paul II and Benedict XVI in their handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis, Francis is an existential pope, trying to chart a way out of the long, aching scandal by forging standards where few exist.

The upcoming meeting of the heads of bishops’ conferences from around the world is the latest evidence that what was once considered the scandal of “a few bad apples,” or the result of Western permissiveness, or hostile, anti-Catholic media is, in fact, a pathological sickness eating through the church’s clerical and episcopal culture. The scandal has gone global. Prosecutors in several countries have church officials under scrutiny for helping predators evade criminal prosecution.

The “cases” are often old. But as we saw in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, church officials showed Olympian insensitivity to victims, while abetting a criminal sexual underground. Survivors, like the chorus of a Greek tragedy, warn of a moral order being broken. How did the crisis reach this stage? What feasible reforms can the pope engineer?

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Seeking participants for  Human Rights Programme

Seeking participants for Human Rights Programme

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI)...

We are seeking participants for our Human Rights Programme in Palestine and Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.

Based in the West Bank and Israel in 2020 for 3 months’ service.

Expenses covered and living allowance + benefits offered.

For more information and to download an application pack please see: www.quaker.org.uk/applyeappi

We welcome applications from people of all faiths and none.

Closing date: Tuesday 23 April 2019

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Les Acklam , 1946 – 2018

Les Acklam , 1946 – 2018

celebrating the life of Les Acklam, Vicar of St Faith’s from 1993 to 1996, and the first Chaplain at the new Lincoln University....

A remarkable service of Celebration of A Life was held at St Faith’s Church in Lincoln in February. People came from all over the country and heard tributes from a large number of people and sang some stand-out hymns. There was music from John Bell, Taize and Gerald Finzi, readings from Oscar Romero and Richard Rohr with blessings from all over.

We were celebrating the life of Les Acklam, Vicar of St Faith’s from 1993 to 1996, and the first Chaplain at the new Lincoln University. Les was that wonderful combination of being a priest who was both quiet and also extremely active and committed. He was both aware of the spirituality of ancient texts and also the stimulus of the thoughts of contemporary authors.

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CHURCHES URGED TO UNITE IN GLOBAL PRAYER FOR STUDENTS

CHURCHES URGED TO UNITE IN GLOBAL PRAYER FOR STUDENTS

Churches are being invited to pray for students around the world on Student Sunday, 17 February 2019....

Student Sunday, known internationally as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, is one of the oldest global ecumenical days of prayer, and recognises the extraordinary contribution of students to the life of the church and their role in serving their communities. It also highlights the challenges facing students, and their need for continued prayer and practical support. Hilary Topp, National Coordinator of the Student Christian Movement said:

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PCN Britain Film Project and Film Fund

PCN Britain Film Project and Film Fund

We often hear it said , ‘Where are the young people?’ at our conferences or in our groups. This is one way in which we hope to engage with…...

You will be aware that the Westhill Trust awarded us a grant to help us fulfil our aim of producing a series of short 5-minute films which will focus on the stories of young people facing the challenges of 21stcentury life and what a progressive Christian faith might have to say in response to their stories.

We have now agreed to accept a tender for that work from a media company called Shortform based in Manchester. This is an exciting young company whose excellent professional work you can see on their website (www.shortform.co.uk). We are budgeting to spend up to £20,000 on this venture. We have secured £11,500 from Westhill, we are hopeful of another £1000 in grant aid, we intend to take £5000 from our limited reserves and hope that you, our members, might feel able to contribute to the project in order to make up the shortfall. And so we are launching a Film Project Fund(as we did with the Marcus Borg Memorial Fund which is now closed) and inviting individuals and PCN groups to donate to the Fund, by sending cheques or money transfers to PCN via the website/office. You will see the details on the website. We hope the films will be ready to be seen by the time we are at Greenbelt in August. We will keep you informed about the progress of the project and how these films can be a resource to PCN groups. We often hear it said , ‘Where are the young people?’ at our conferences or in our groups. This is one way in which we hope to engage with young people in their teens, twenties and thirties. Please support our venture.

Adrian Alker

Donate to Film Project Fund here

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Sr Joan Chittister draws on St Benedict to oppose Trump

Sr Joan Chittister draws on St Benedict to oppose Trump

They are not dominant, powerful, nuclear-armed, white males. Otherwise we would be as concerned about the well-being of their children as we…...

St Benedict taught people to remember the pre-eminence of God. “Revere God,” he taught, rather than aggrandize the self. “Remember that God is God,” he taught, and we are not.

The teaching is a simple but overwhelming one. Just think of it: If we really remember that God created us, that God gives us the world in order to complete God’s image for creation, then all the personal grandstanding is for nothing: “I’m the greatest!” No, actually you are not. “I’m the only one who can solve this?” Not on your life. “I’m the first, the best, the greatest, the only one who knows the answers.” Not at all. Or, “These other people are not like us; they are our evil enemies, they are beneath us, a danger to us, rapists, thieves, murderers.” Or to say it all better, clearer, in shorthand: They are not dominant, powerful, nuclear-armed, white males. Otherwise we would be as concerned about the well-being of their children as we are of ours.

Sr Joan Chittister, Benedictine of Erie, Pennsylvania. Former prioress.

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“The Teilhard de Chardin Project” - new film project takes off

“The Teilhard de Chardin Project” - new film project takes off

A documentary about the French Jesuit and paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin . The Vatican warned students in 1962 not to read Teilhard,…...

“The Teilhard de Chardin Project” has taken the Frosts from France to England toFilmmaker Frank Frost and his wife Mary, are working on the project of a lifetime: a documentary about the French Jesuit and paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Vatican warned students in 1962 not to read Teilhard, the legendary priest, who died in 1955. China — where Teilhard was essentially exiled in the 1920s for his “dangerous thinking” on science and evolution.

Now, after nearly 40 years of working together, Frank and Mary are close to completing their most ambitious, personal project.

The film will enable viewers to come to know Teilhard — the priest, the scientist, the environmentalist. The aim is to make Teilhard accessible to people who have an interest. The couple believe you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in science to understand that Teilhard the man was fascinating.

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