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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Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine: by Matthew Fox on March 20, 2019

Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine: by Matthew Fox on March 20, 2019

Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine might be something one of our gifted writers would write about. The ninth Article…...

Q: By Charles

Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine might be something one of our gifted writers would write about. The ninth Article of the Anglican 39 Articles don’t look very favorably on him and his followers.

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Abuse summit achieved something, but not what pope or bishops expected

Abuse summit achieved something, but not what pope or bishops expected

The reality, whether the pope likes it or not, is that the institutional church cannot fix itself.  Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer and inactive…...

The so-called “summit” on the clergy sex abuse crisis was not a total failure. The process and the outcome of the Feb. 21-24 meeting of bishops at the Vatican were clearly a serious disappointment to the victim-survivors, their families and countless others who hoped for something concrete to happen. The accomplishments can only be understood in the context of the totality of the event: the speeches, especially those of the three women, the bishops’ deliberations, the media reaction, and the presence and participation of the victims-survivors from at least 20 countries.

I have been directly involved in this nightmare since 1984, when the reality of sexual violation of the innocent by clerics, and the systemic lying and cover-up by the hierarchy (from the papacy on down) emerged from layers of ecclesiastical secrecy into the open. By 1985, Pope John Paul II and several high-ranking Vatican clerics possessed detailed information about what was quickly turning into the church’s worst crisis since the Dark Ages.

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From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

And (remember) Job, when he cried to his Lord, ‘Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.’ …...

We are wounded and we bear the sorrow of our brothers and sisters in New Zealand. A new wave of terror has passed through yet another country, ending the lives of 49 Muslims who gathered in prayer. We stand in disbelief that still another terrorist act has traumatized us into a state of confusion and hopelessness. We must not let this happen. The massacre that occurred in New Zealand is not an isolated incident, it was not perpetrated by a small group of white-supremacists or white nationalists. It represents a reality in which Muslims live throughout the world. Each of us, must work in our own way, to stop the hatred that is so well planted and grown throughout the globe. We need to continue to use our minds and voices to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, whether they live in our community, or in camps in Bangladesh. The Charter created a Islamophobia Handbook a few years ago. The first section, “Speaking Out and Taking Action,” may be very helpful to all of us as we navigate through these difficult times.

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Why did John Paul ll  fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Why did John Paul ll fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Clifford Longley writing in The Tablet lays blame for failure to address sex abuse scandal at door of John Paul ll’s pre- Vatican ll conservatism...

Longley writes:

“In all the soul searching in the Catholic Church over clerical child abuse and its cover-up, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role played by Pope John Paul II. There seems to be a conscious refusal, particularly in the right-wing Catholic media, to acknowledge the responsibility he bore for years of evasion, negligence and even criminal complicity. John Paul II is their model, their hero. His image must not be tarnished.”

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Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Man hopes to submit a fresh asylum claim based on new evidence and is being supported by Kieran Bohan, a chaplain at the Liverpool YMCA and network…...

The Guardian reports that a man faces deportation to Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, after the Home Office said it did not believe he was gay – suggesting it was suspicious that he did not have a boyfriend.

Open Table Video re the campaign for Yew Fook Sam

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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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