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Female Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed for the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summer festival of faith, arts, and justice in England. I have a vivid memory of returning to Greenbelt in 2002 with our son Luke. Joy was on the worship platform celebrating the Eucharist for 20,000 people. Luke looked up at me and said, "Daddy, can men do that too?"

3 Reasons the Church of England Decision Is Right on Time

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

On Monday, the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops of the Church after years of debate and division. And almost immediately, commentators began to complain.

Vatican Editor Warns About Church Of England's Women Bishop Vote

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Church of England’s vote to allow female bishops threatens unity with the Catholic Church, according to the editor of the Vat...

Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Announces Support Of Assisted Suicide Bill

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in ...

Church of England Makes Historic Move On Women Bishops

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion

The General Synod of the Church of England voted today that women can be consecrated as bishops, two years after a similar measure was controversially...

Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Divests From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion

The World Council of Churches, which represents over 500 million Christians in more than 110 countries, has decided to divest from fossil fuels, repor...

Will The Church Of England Finally Allow Women Bishops?

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consec...

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of...

World Cup Prayers Ask For Divine Intervention For England

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion

When it comes to the World Cup, teams can use all the help they can get. Now that help may be divine, as the Church of England has released five offic...

Tutu Awesomely Calls Out Religious Leaders Who Won't Ordain Women

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

As the Church of England celebrates its 20th anniversary of women ordination as priests, Archbishop Desmond Tutu sent a candid and enthusiastic note o...

LOOK: Church Of England Celebrates Twenty Years Of Women Priests

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

The Church of England celebrated its 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests on May 3, 2014, with a joyful procession from Westminster Abb...

Priests Cycle 450 Miles For Charity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

Three intrepid priests from St Michael’s College in Cardiff, Wales completed a 450-mile, 8-day cycling trip on Tuesday, traveling throughout the cou...

British Priesthood Uptick

Martin Marty | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. Do you kno...

Archbishop of Canterbury chooses pathetic over prophetic

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

My reaction: Sad but sadly not surprising. The sad part is, how can our hearts not break when members of our human family fall victim to the scourge of sectarian violence?

African Christians Will Be Killed If Church Of England Accepts Gay Marriage, Suggests Archbishop

Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, stressed the need for a global focus when considering reform within the Church of England, specifically wi...

Top Bishop Invites Gay Clergy To Come Out

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A leading member of the Church of England has called on gay bishops to “come out” as England celebrated its first same-s...

Bats In The Belfry Are 'No Joke' For Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Bats are making life unbearable for congregations by defecating on worshippers from roofs as well as bell towers, according ...

African Anglican Church At Odds With Rest Of Church Of England On Gay Rights

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy and Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Ahead of his five-day visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church...

Girls Break Stained Glass Ceiling At Canterbury Cathedral

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Canterbury Cathedral, mother church of the 85 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, will have its first girls’ choi...

'Dumbed Down' Liturgy Takes Out 'Devil' References

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternativ...

Former Archbishop Warns Of Possible Extinction For Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can...

Church Of England Votes HUGE Yes For Women Bishops

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England’s governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this ti...

What Sin REALLY Is (The Human Propensity to F**k Things Up)

Francis Spufford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Francis Spufford

It's our active inclination to break stuff -- 'stuff' here including moods, promises, relationships we care about and our own wellbeing and other people's, as well as material objects whose high gloss positively seems to invite a big fat scratch.

More Bad News For Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) First it was payday lending; now fracking. Last month, the Church of England acknowledged and regretted investing million...

Former Archbishop Tells 'Persecuted' British Christians To 'Grow Up'

Posted 08.16.2013 | Religion

Western Christians need to "grow up" and stop complaining of "persecution," said Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Edin...