United Methodists (USA) strengthen the bans against LGBTQ ordination and marriage

United Methodists (USA) strengthen the bans against LGBTQ ordination and marriage

What to do about ordination? A gay divinity school student ponders her future...

After finally accepting her call to preach, Spencer Cullom took a step of faith and began the yearslong process to become ordained in the United Methodist Church.

She believed God called her to become a United Methodist minister. And she hoped that her denomination would drop its restrictions against LGBTQ clergy and allow her to follow that call.

But Cullom knew that might not happen.

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Sri Lanka massacres - PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others - says PCN Chair

Sri Lanka massacres - PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others - says PCN Chair

PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others who strive to convince a sceptical and weary world that religious faith does have the power…...

For decades theologians such as the late John Hick have written about the need for a pluralistic approach to religion in an ambiguous world. They have seen a search, in different religions, for ultimate reality and truth and consequentially have encouraged a path of dialogue between faiths which has been a constant feature of religious conversations both at the international and local level.

 

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Alan Jack Dean -In Memorium

Alan Jack Dean -In Memorium

Jack was a Lay Preacher of some renown, but his progressive views didn’t please everyone...

My memories of Jack Dean … George Drake

I first became aware of Jack Dean through articles he had written for Progressive Voices and letters to Reform – the magazine of the United Reformed Church.

 My first correspondence with Jack was a request for the first of two booklets of essays he had produced, (the two booklets were ‘Didn’t see you in church, Jesus’ and ’ A View from the Pew’ – They can be downloaded from the website). This was the start of a blossoming friendship, that was further enhanced when I wrote a letter to Reform in support of Jack, when some readers took offence at a letter he had written.

 

 

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Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England - your support vital

Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England - your support vital

Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, is campaigning for a change in the teaching and practice of the Church of England…...

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The Church of England’s current official position is that only opposite-sex couples can marry in its churches. Same-gender couples cannot marry in church. They cannot even officially receive a blessing after a civil marriage. Christians who have married their same-gender partner are discriminated against in the ministry of the church, both lay and ordained.

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PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April....

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April. Appropriate for the venue, the guest speaker on this occasion was Professor Richard Wilkinson, who spoke on the relationship between inequality and well-being (or lack of it). This was the subject of the Pickett/Richardson latest book, ‘The Inner Level’. Richard was able to show, through his extensive array of graphs how people in more unequal countries have higher rates of mental illness, depression and self esteem. The political implications are of course never far away and PCN members were left considering what we can do as an organisation to press home the points being made by Wilkinson.

The business part of our meeting allowed Peter to present the accounts with a fluency and calm not always seen in treasurers! Our finances are in a healthy state, allowing us to develop our work in certain directions such as the film project. Dave Coaker was re-elected to be a trustee and we welcomed a new trustee, Tony Sanchez from London.

In an opening exercise the 60 or so members took time to meet with someone they didn’t know and exchange their ideas about PCN. We heard of future conferences being planned and saw a film clip which exemplified the expertise of the media company who will produce our films.

All in all a productive and enjoyable annual meeting.

Adrian Alker

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Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons thanksgiving service - clergy protest

Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons thanksgiving service - clergy protest

Christian CND has been coordinating the following statement on the upcoming “National Service of Thanksgiving”...

Clergy within the Church of England have protested against  the planned “Service of Thanksgiving” at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear weapons being on constant patrol at sea should not go ahead.

At a time when the United Nations has agreed a new Treaty to ban nuclear weapons and the Church of England General Synod passed a motion calling on Christians to “work tirelessly for their elimination across the world”, we believe this service sends the wrong message to the global Anglican communion.

Please note if you are ordained within the Church of England anywhere in the world and would like to  sign this statement, please email ccnddevelopment@cnduk.org

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