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We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia: Northern Churchman

We Wish You a Merry Saturnalia? The Northern Churchman There is a familiar feel to this time of year. The Christmas advertising on television, the darker evenings, the Carol Services – and the inevitable scoffers who call the Christmas story a myth. Not ‘Once in Royal...

Mark Pickles: The Story of Two Trampolines

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Story of the Two Trampolines:  A passage that is frequently referred to during times of great revival is Isaiah 64:1-3:  “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your...

Ten Thousand Bibles for London’s Children

TBS Auxiliary Meets Ten Thousand Bibles For London’s Children The Greater London Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society was delighted to report at its Annual Meeting held on 15 November that over 10,000 Bibles have been distributed to London schools since the...

Good News for Egypt’s Christians

Barnabas Fund Reports Good News for Egypt’s Christians The government of Egypt licensed 125 churches and church-affiliated buildings on 14 November. It is the 24th batch of approvals made since the government committee overseeing the licensing process started work in...

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw

Church Society’s Response to MP Ben Bradshaw In the aftermath of Desmond Tutu’s daughter being refused permission to preside at a funeral in a Church of England parish, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw told The Guardian that the “C of E must move swiftly to welcome lesbian...

Collins: Who’s Your Righteousness?

Who’s Your Righteousness? By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Who’s your righteousness? "The Lord our Righteousness" was the sermon preached March 20, 1757 at St. Mary's Church in Oxford. It offended nearly everyone that day and William Romaine was invited to never preach...

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1963 Persons Against Whom Proceedings May be Instituted. Proceedings under this Measure may be instituted against an archbishop, any diocesan bishop or any suffragan bishop commissioned by a diocesan bishop or any other bishop or a...

Editorial: Joy to the World Cup

Editorial Joy to the World Cup The result of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is already in. And it appears the Church of England has lost. The latest advice from the Church of England’s Support Hub is for parishes to consider the timing of Christmas Carol Services to avoid...

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership

Symes to Step Down from Anglican Mainstream Leadership By Chris Sugden Andrew Symes is to stand down as Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream on January 1, 2023, after nearly ten years in post. Rev Symes, 56, who had earlier served with Crosslinks in South...

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension

Retired Bishop Given Life Suspension By George Conger The former Bishop of Ramsbury has been suspended for life from the ordained ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused two women. The Daily Mail reported the Rt Rev. Peter Hullah had been the subject of...

Same-Sex Spouses of Bishops Excluded from Lambeth Conference

Same-Sex Spouses of Bishops Excluded from Lambeth Conference

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2019 decision to not invite the spouses of bishops in same-sex marriages to attend the Lambeth Conference seems to be holding.

With just a little over one month to go before bishops from around the 85,000,000 members of the Anglican Communion arrive in England for the decennial Lambeth Conference, Welby shows no sign of giving in to the calls from revisionist bishops to invite same-sex spouses.  Archbishop Linda Nicolls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said that it was “unfortunate” that such spouses were not invited.

Archbishops from Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda have announced their refusal to attend as long as bishops from the liberal provinces that have formally approved same-sex marriage will be in attendance.  The Church in Wales, Scottish Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church USA, Anglican Church of Canada, Church of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have all changed their canons to permit same-sex unions.  Other provinces have portions of their jurisdiction where such is over-looked but not formally approved.

The Church of England and Church of Ireland have been under pressure to change but have resisted.  Movements in support of the innovation of faith and doctrine continue to campaign but do not appear to be gaining ground except in the secular media.  Last year’s election for members in the General Synod of the Church of England saw an increase in support of the biblical position and the Church of Ireland’s General Synod has voted down and changes in support by 2-1 margins on three occasions.

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