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Archbishop of Canterbury chooses pathetic over prophetic

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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...

Gay Couple May SUE The Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government’s promise that no religious organization will be forced to conduct same-sex weddings following the ...

Church Of England Makes Good

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was embarrassed and irritated following revelations that the Church of England...

Church Of England Votes In Favor Of Ordaining Women Bishops

Reuters | Adam Jourdan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Church of England's law-making body voted on Monday in favor of ordaining women bishops, but it will be at least two years before the ...

Church Of England Drops Opposition To Gay Marriage Bill

Posted 06.06.2013 | Religion

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Religion News Service (RNS) Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriag...

Church Of England Unveils Plan For Women Bishops

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Church of England published a plan on Friday to approve the ordination of women bishops by 2015, a widely supported reform it just mis...

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Royal Wedding Officiant Visits US | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

In his 36 years as a priest in the Church of England, the Rev. John Hall never thought he would become best-known for being part of a wedding. But ...

New Anglican Head Challenged By Gays Having Enduring Relationships Of "Stunning" Quality

AP | MATT DUNHAM | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion

LONDON — The new archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned Thursday – and questions about the Church of England's opposition to same...

LOOK: Letter Informing Parents Of Primary School Teacher's Transition Causes Controversy

Posted 12.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Parents of students at a British primary school were surprised to receive a letter informing them that their children's teacher, who had previously pr...

After Rejecting Women Bishops Church Of England Faces Faces Possible 'Major Constitutional Crisis'

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) When the Church of England scuttled plans to allow women bishops on Nov. 20, incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...

Incoming Archbishop 'Absolutely Confident' He Will Consecrate Woman Bishops

Reuters | Joe Brock | Posted 11.23.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - The next archbishop of Canterbury is confident he will consecrate a female bishop, he said on Thursday, two days after the Church of Engla...

A Seriously Sad Day For The Church Of England

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Yesterday, the Church of England confused "unity" with "unison" and voted down a compromise resolution that would have ended centuries of discrimination against women as bishops while leaving a place to stand for those who disagree.

SHOCK: Church of England Rejects Women Bishops

Reuters | By Alessandra Prentice | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women bishops after it failed to win the support of enough lay memb...

Anglican Church Leaders Gather To Select Next Spiritual Leader

AP | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion

LONDON -- Senior members of a Church of England commission are starting a three-day meeting Wednesday to select a new archbishop of Canterbury –...