Comments: Equality Bill: the purposes paragraph

Wait - this is about lay positions? (I apologize for not recognizing it sooner, but things written in parliamentese confuse me.)

Against whom, exactly do they want to discriminate? If there are people who can't be hired in certain "senior lay positions" solely because they belong to a certain category, maybe the CofE should just stop baptizing people in that category. That would solve the problem. :-/

Posted by BillyD at Sunday, 24 January 2010 at 1:07pm GMT

So discrimination would still be legally possible for my ilk as "Lay Vicars, or Lay Clerks" due interpretation of their titles as "minister of religion" or "promoting" it.

They'd be surprised at the ranks of singers that would cover, especially the young gents from a major university an hour and one half north-north-east of London.


Posted by choirboyfromhell at Monday, 25 January 2010 at 12:07am GMT

No, choirboy, I don't think so. The new definition the government is proposing is, among other things, intended to remove that risk which was present in the original definition. I think they are well aware of the phenomenon you describe, which occurs also at the place in a northwesterly direction from London...

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 25 January 2010 at 10:22am GMT

Phew! for a moment there I was worried that choirboy was talking about Cambridge, but that's only 45 minutes from London on the Kings Cross Line. So it must be UEA that is the den of inquity.

Posted by Andrew Brown at Tuesday, 26 January 2010 at 7:27am GMT

It ain't the ship sailing across the fens.....must be better train times, seemed like a good hour out of King's X last May when I rode Simon's
Favorite Railway (I know how much he loves 1st Capital Connect). Andrew Brown, you get to guess which college....LOL.

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Tuesday, 26 January 2010 at 8:49pm GMT

One can only thank God that the Anglican Communion is not circumscribed by its filial connection with the Church of England. The work of the Gospel, in fact, is being carried out by the more modern Provinces of Anglicanism in other places - notably those where the Enlightenment has already broken through the misty environs of the Crusades, The Puritans and the Middle Ages.

However, there is still the prospect of the *Covenant* to be considered! With the possibility of being tied down to the ethos of discrimination still being practised by certain bishops of the C. of E., it may well be that this will be a testing time for the continuation of Canterbury's Rule within the Communion.

Would Global South Rule be any different? I think not. So! Let's pin our hopes on TEC's and the Anglican Church of Canada's leadership from a more liberal, Gospel perspective.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 26 January 2010 at 11:06pm GMT
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