Sources of progressive thought across denominations – pointers in the right direction:

Sources of progressive thought across denominations – pointers in the right direction:

Widening horizons - developing thoughts from home and across the water and not just the usual suspects...

Sources of progressive thought across denominations – pointers in the right direction: examples are given below of the changing and challenging thought at home and abroad. The websites from which the extracts were taken are as follows:

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AN INVITATION TO THE FEAST: A POSITIVE BIBLICAL APPROACH TO EQUAL MARRIAGE By Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral

AN INVITATION TO THE FEAST: A POSITIVE BIBLICAL APPROACH TO EQUAL MARRIAGE By Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral

This excellent article is taken from Modern Believing, the magazine of the Modern Church‘s journal....

Why the interest in marriage?

Let me start by noticing how unlikely it is that Christianity and the Christian Church should be saying anything at all about marriage. Jesus, the one whom we all seek to follow, was not married. Paul, the writer of more than half the New Testament and, if N. T. Wright is to believed, the inventor of theology,4 suggested that ‘I wish that all were as I myself am’ (1 Cor. 7.7), that is to say unmarried. Marriage, for Paul, is only for those who lack self-control. The Church of England’s marriage liturgies accordingly struggle for biblical references. Common Worship merely states that marriage is ‘blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana of Galilee’.5 The Book of Common Prayer is more creative, praying that ‘as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge)’. However, given the parenting practices of Isaac and Rebecca, this prayer may be a mixed blessing. Jesus was unmarried. Paul recommended that Christians remain unmarried. The Church’s liturgies can identify only one married couple in the Old Testament suitable to recommend to those marrying in church, together with the fact that Jesus attended a marriage. Given all of this, we ought to ask more often why the Church is so interested in marriage at all.

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Oxford dean faces £500,000 secret tribunal in pay dispute (The Guardian)

Oxford dean faces £500,000 secret tribunal in pay dispute (The Guardian)

“Christ Church has allowed this whole dispute to be blown wildly out of proportion,” said the head of another college....

A retired high court judge will preside over a hearing into allegations of “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct by the dean of Christ Church, Oxford, which are believed to relate to a dispute over pay and governance at the ancient college.

Sir Andrew Smith will assess claims made against the Very Rev Martyn Percy, suspended from his job since last September. The hearing, to be held in private, is expected to last eight days and is estimated to cost at least £500,000.

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Francis criticizes traditionalist Catholics who ‘safeguard the ashes’ of the past

Francis criticizes traditionalist Catholics who ‘safeguard the ashes’ of the past

Francis singled out Catholic “fundamentalists,” who he said have a nostalgia for “returning to the ashes.”...

Joshua J. McElwee writing in the National Catholic Reporter (USA) reports that Pope Francis answering questions from journalists aboard his flight from Sibiu, Romania, to Rome June 2. criticized traditionalist Catholics who seek to “safeguard the ashes” of the past, saying the global church’s centuries of tradition are not akin to a container for preserved objects but instead like roots to be drawn on for future growth.

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