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Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of Troubles

Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of the Troubles During the Prime Minister’s Question time on 15 July, PM Johnson announced that the government would be bringing forth a statute of limitations in regard to occurencess committed before the Good Friday...

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals   Input has been requested on the proposals to change the current legislation regarding parishes within the Church of England.  The review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure...

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an...

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bp of Liverpool

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bishop of Liverpool The Church of England Evangelical Council has responded to a widely criticised public address and subsequent apology made last month by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid: Parental Deaths Due to HIV

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid Parental Deaths Due to HIV  The Rt Revd John Orina Omangi, Bishop of the Kisii Missionary District in Eastern Kenya is appealing for assistance in caring for 100 children orphaned by the widespread HIV problem in the area.  Kisii...

Christianity & Craft Freemasonry, A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers

Christianity and Craft Freemasonry A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers Gerard Moate Latimer Trust, 2021 (ISBN: 9781906327705, 70pp) By 1964 a national commission of enquiry estimated the existence of 50,000 books and pamphlets on freemasonry. This literature has,...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Miles Coverdale Geoffrey Main Self-published, 2021 (ISBN: 9781916873704, 228pp) Episcopal biographies are always an enjoyable read, not least those of bishops who are better known for their non-episcopal work. Coverdale is of course best known for...

And Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything, Bats Communications Officer

Whilst considering reducing the number of clergy nationwide, the Church of England is advertising for someone to be employed as its, “Bats in Churches Communications Officer”.  The post, which is located in London, pays between £31,857 and £34,255 (pro rata).  The...

Pilgrim’s Proces: Baptism Depths of Meaning by Peter Sanlon

In my last column we looked at the Lord’s Supper.  Today, we take a look at the other sign our Lord Jesus instituted among us.  These signs, or sacraments, which God gives his people are both simple and profound. In their simplicity, God's grace is powerfully...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

Interview with Tim Farron

Interview with Tim Farron

EDITOR’s NOTE: Over the next few editions of the English Churchman, we will feature interviews with a number of people in public life who are professing and practicing Christians.  You will read views with which you disagree.  Likewise, you will read views with which...

PBS To Maximise Digital Platforms

PBS To Maximise Digital Platforms

PLANS TO MAXIMISE USE OF NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS ARE UNVEILED BY THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY The continuity and longevity of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer – originally compiled by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and still used by churches across the country – is assured, thanks...

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Minister Resigns

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Minister Resigns

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Clergyman Resigns  Does Not Agree with Denomination’s Stance on Same-Sex Relationships The Revd Ian Carton, of Whitehead Presbyterian Church (PCI) in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland has announced his resignation.  It is thought to be that he...

Life Beyond Covid:  A Renewed Hope

Life Beyond Covid: A Renewed Hope

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Goes Local  “Life Beyond Covid:  A Renewed Hope” Churches are using this year’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast (NPPB) as a chance to host constituency breakfasts with their MPs across the country Friday, 25 June. Once...

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal

Sex Matters Wins on Appeal Gender-Critical Beliefs are Worthy of Respect in a Democratic Society In a landmark judgment handed down at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London at 10:30 am, Mr Justice Choudhury overturned an earlier judgment of the Employment Tribunal,...

PSNI Investigating Four Alleged Hate Crimes

PSNI Investigating Four Alleged Hate Crimes

Four street preachers were reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for alleged hate crimes.   Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor told the Belfast News Letter:  “We have received four reports in relation to street preachers in the Banbridge area, which...

Former Presbyterian Elder Files Police Complaint

A long simmering dispute in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland has resulted in a former Ruling Elder filing an official complaint with the Gardai over having been removed from office after he entered a same-sex marriage.  Mr Stephen Smyrl was a Ruling Elder at Christ...

EC Interviews Bishop Josep Rossello

For a number of years, Anglican Christians in the UK and abroad have often heard of The Rt Revd Josep Rossello.  Before moving to the UK, he was a successful church planting, missionary bishop in Brazil and Venezuela.  Lately, he has been in the spotlight as he, his...

“Conversion Therapy Ban”

“Conversion Therapy Ban”

“Conversion Therapy Ban” Dear Sir,   The Conservative government is about to 'blunder', big time. There seems to be a lack of understanding of the meaning of the word 'conversion' as it applies to the experience of millions of Christians across the world, including...

Marriage Registration Changes

Marriage Registration Changes

Marriage Registration Changes The Church of England issued the following statement regarding the changes made to marriage registration law. “It will also correct a historic anomaly to allow for the names of both parents of the couple to be included in the marriage...

Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections & Clarifications Two corrections and clarifications from recent editions of the English Churchman: 1.) The Global Anglican Journal was referred to as a magazine. Alas and alack, it is a journal and not a magazine. 2.) On page 3 of EC8079, Mr George Rae’s...

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

Free Church of England Bishop Primus, The Rt Revd John Fenwick has been accused of attempted blackmail and racism in a growing public dispute within the denomination. The FCE left the Church of England in 1844 and linked with the Reformed Episcopal Church in the US...

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

The Revd Charles Walter Douglas Skrine was instituted as Rector of All Souls’, Langham Place on Wednesday, 28 April. His predecessor was The Revd Hugh Palmer. Palmer had been rector of the parish since 2005 and Chaplain to HM The Queen since 2012. Skrine had been the...

Anglican Futures Asks the Question

Anglican Futures Asks the Question

Quantity or Quality? The question has been asked in the Anglican Futures blog dated 04/02/2021, ‘How many churches does the Church of England actually need (and where)?’ I want to argue the issue in the Church of England is less the number of churches and more the...

Prudence Dailey Commentary

Prudence Dailey Commentary

The General Synod of the Church of England, at its most recent meeting (held via Zoom), debated among other things a motion on international religious freedom, affirming the importance of freedom of religion and belief, and recognising the duty of Christians to defend...

Oak Hill Returns Two £2,000 Gifts from Fletcher

Oak Hill Returns Two £2,000 Gifts from Fletcher

In 2018 and 2019, Oak Hill College (as part of Kingham Hill Trust) received two gifts of £2,000, sent by Jonathan Fletcher on behalf of the FC Charitable Trust of which he was then a trustee. Subsequent to the receipt of the 2019 gift, the College’s internal processes...

Free Church of England Troubles

Free Church of England Troubles

Free Church of England Troubles The Free Church of England is in the midst of great turmoil.  The denomination split from the Church of England in 1844 as the Newmanian inspired Tractarian Movement was in full-flower.    The current Primus (Presiding Bishop) is The Rt...

The English Churchman Appoints Book Review Editor

The English Churchman Appoints Book Review Editor

The Editor of this publication, The Revd Mr Christopher Pierce, has appointed The Revd Mr Edward Keene, Curate at All Saints, Little Shelford in Cambridgeshire as Book Review Editor of the English Churchman Before ordination, Keene was a solicitor in Central London. ...

Christianity Explored with Rico Tice

Christianity Explored with Rico Tice

Christianity Explored with Rico Tice Everyone uses filtering questions to get a read on someone they’re getting to know.  In Christian circles, you’ll hear a question about someone’s preferred bible translation or favourite hymns or worship songs.  Another filter...

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Please join us in prayer: O MERCIFUL God, the Father...

Coalition of NI Pro-Life Groups

Coalition of NI Pro-Life Groups

A coalition of Northern Ireland pro-life groups have jointly called for pro-life MLAs to walk away from Stormont until Westminster allows the Northern Ireland Assembly to determine abortion law in the Province. They issued the following statement. “We reject outright...

Christian School to Open in Aberdeen

Christian School to Open in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen was recently formed after a number of encouraging developments amongst leaders and members of Reformed and confessional churches in the city.   A series of preliminary discussions led to the establishment of Melville-Knox...

Melville-Knox Christian School Advert

Melville-Knox Christian School Advert

Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen is a proposed independent Reformed Christian primary school. We are delighted to announce this exciting development where our school board of directors are seeking to recruit a class teacher (potential head teacher) who will...

Unreserved Apology Thirtyone/8

Unreserved Apology Thirtyone/8

The Revd William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate issued an apology to his congregation and those whom he might have hurt in his comments on the Thirtyone:8 charity’s review of the Jonathan Fletcher/Emmanuel Church Wimbledon investigation. In part, he said:...

Fletcher Report Impact of Harmful Behaviours

Fletcher Report Impact of Harmful Behaviours

Impact of harmful behaviours From the evidence-gathering process of this Review, it is clear that JF engaged in a range of harmful behaviours that have been experienced by a number of people, through demonstrative accounts including a serious sexual act performed in...

Interview with Peter Hitchens

Interview with Peter Hitchens

Interview with Peter Hitchens For decades, Peter Hitchens has been a very public figure.  He’s a journalist, columnist, TV commentator, former Marxist, and always clearly spoken and quotable. The English Churchman interviewed him on his public role as a Christian who...

Trinitarian Bible Society Bookmarks

Trinitarian Bible Society Bookmarks

Trinitarian Bible Society’s Scripture Bookmarks The Trinitarian Bible Society has released a new series of Scripture bookmarks.  Founded in 1831, the Society has long been active in promoting Scripture knowledge. These bookmarks are appropriate for giving as Sunday...

Anglican Jurisdictions in UK

Anglican Jurisdictions in UK

TAGS:  EC8075, Church of England, Church of Ireland, Free Church of England, Nigerian Chaplaincy, GAFCON, ANiE, ACE, AMiE, Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church, REACH Anglican Jurisdictions Within the United Kingdom One aspect of the current ecclesiastical climate is...

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on GAFCON-UK

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on GAFCON-UK

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on GAFCON-UK Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, is now one of the leaders of GAFCON and GAFCON-UK.  Known for a towering intellect shaped by the gospel, Bishop Michael finds himself in the position of one of those...

For Difficult to Find Books

For Difficult to Find Books

For Difficult to Find Books If we were to do a survey of the readership of the English Churchman readers, it is likely to be there are two characteristics held by almost all; 1.) self-identify as a Christian; and, 2.) self-identify as a reader. Whilst there are book...

Jesmond Conference to Feature Revd David Holloway

Jesmond Conference to Feature Revd David Holloway

Jesmond Conference to Feature Revd David Holloway Good Disagreement? The Jesmond Conference is for Anglicans seeking to consider British society in the light of Biblical truth. It aims to stimulate discussion, prayer and action. Previous conferences have dealt with...

FIEC – 2021-02-17

FIEC – 2021-02-17

UK Federation of Independent Churches Ninety-nine Years and Counting The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is almost a hundred years old. It was founded in 1922 to fulfil the vision of Rev E J Poole-Connor for an association of independent churches that...

Three Evangelical Bishops for Ireland

Three Evangelical Bishops for Ireland

By the Rev’d Dr Alan McCann “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was...