Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 28 September 2022

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Eight Progressive CofE Groups to meet Next Steps Group Bishops.

The Archbishop of York The Labour Party Conference Church Service
“Each year Christians on the Left host a church service at the beginning of the Labour Party Conference. This year Archbishop Stephen was invited to preach at St James in the City, Liverpool.”

Andi Chapman ViaMedia.News Ordained, Commissioned, Faithful and Eternally Hopeful


House of Bishops – 26 September 2022

Press release from the Church of England

House of Bishops – 26 September 2022

The House of Bishops met by Zoom for its September meeting.

The meeting began with a series of reflections on the passing of the Queen, with the Bishop of Coventry offering condolences and a vote of thanks on behalf of the House.

An update was then given by the Enabling Officer of the Living in Love and Faith project. The paper updated the House on current timelines and changes, following the cancellation of the College of Bishops in September, due to the death of the Queen. The paper, outlining the proposed approach over the coming months was noted by the House.

The House was then addressed by the Secretary of the House on the inflation and energy crisis, and how it was affecting churches and the wider community. The House discussed work under way on how the national Church institutions may be able to contribute to helping dioceses and churches deal with the extra costs in the coming winter.

The Bishop of Guildford then gave an update on the work of the national governance Review Project Board. Since its formation in February 2022, the National Church Governance Project Board (NGPB) has been developing its proposals in relation to the governance of the National Church Institutions (NCI). The paper shared the Project Board’s proposals so far and sought guidance and assurance from the House on the current direction of travel. The House provided comments on issues such as the future board composition of the Church of England National Services (CENS) and the creation of a Nominations Committee.

The House was then addressed by members of the Independent Safeguarding Board (ISB) updating the House on the work of the Board which provides independent oversight and scrutiny to the work of the National Safeguarding Team and the broader safeguarding culture across the Church of England. The lead bishop for safeguarding updated the House more generally on safeguarding matters.

The meeting then concluded in prayer.


Mpho Tutu denied permission to officiate at a funeral

Updated yet again, Wednesday 28 September

Numerous recent news reports have described how The Revd Mpho Tutu van Furth, the daughter of Desmond Tutu, was not allowed to officiate in a Church of England building at the funeral of her godfather, Martin Kenyon. Here is a selection of such links:

Monday’s newspapers contain letters to the editor about this, see

Tuesday’s Church Times contains a lengthy report, Hereford bar on Canon Tutu van Furth over marital status sparks widespread reaction. Note this paragraph:

Lambeth Palace refused to comment, and directed all press enquiries to the diocese.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has issued this press release:
Tutu Legacy Foundation dismayed at the callous position of the Church of England

A message from the Bishop of Hereford to his diocese has been published on Twitter by The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the CofE, which has also posted this article: “Churlish and hurtful”. This message is also copied below the fold.

The procedure for clergy outside the British Isles obtaining the relevant archbishop’s permission to officiate is described in detail on this CofE web page: scroll down to the heading Overseas (“Archbishop’s”) Permissions to Officiate (OPTO)

The Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967 can be found here.

The House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage dated 2014, can be found here.



Opinion – 24 September 2022

Anonymous Surviving Church Safeguarding: Remembering Another Anniversary

Fiona Jack ViaMedia.News Getting Hot under the Collar about Sex

Jeremy Pemberton From the Choir Stalls An anniversary, and some weddings and funerals


Opinion – 21 September 2022

Helen King sharedconversations When the information flow stops: where is Living in Love and Faith?

Pete Broadbent 2030 Vision: People Strategy: Models of Church and Models of Ministry

Anonymous Survivng Church Safeguarding: Remembering a Birthday and an Anniversary

Martyn Percy Deconstructing Sydney Anglicanism: Past, Present and Futures
There is a pdf version of this article here.

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church When do forms of Pastoral Care become a Safeguarding Concern?


Opinion – 14 September 2022

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel Assessing and managing risk

Rachel Starr ViaMedia.News What is Marriage? Living in Love and Faith… and Denial

Margaret Wilkinson Church Times Loss of parish — and housing
“Marriage breakdown can leave spouses without a place to live”


Liturgical resources on the death of HM The Queen

The Church of England has made available a number of resources for churches and schools to remember Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. These include:

  • Guidance for parish churches on the death of HM The Queen
  • Guidance for Prayer and Worship
  • Prayers for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer
  • Service of Prayer and Reflection
  • Special Commemorative Service
  • Holy Communion during the period of mourning

There are further resources for collective worship and other activities in schools.

Gracious God,
we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Opinion – 7 September 2022

Laudable Practice Gloriana Day: Thanksgiving for the Mellow Light of the 1559 Prayer Book

Molly Jane Layton The Living Church Lambeth and Women’s Ordination

Andrew Village and Leslie Francis Church Times Lockdown communion: voices from the pews


Dean of Norwich

Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office. There is more information on the Norwich Cathedral website.

Appointment of Dean of Norwich: 6 September 2022

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Reverend Canon Dr Andrew Jonathan Braddock, Interim Dean of Gloucester, to be appointed Dean of Norwich.

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
Published 6 September 2022

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Reverend Canon Dr Andrew Jonathan Braddock, Interim Dean of Gloucester, to be appointed Dean of Norwich, in succession to The Very Reverend Jane Hedges following her retirement.


Andrew was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and trained for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his title in the parishes of Ranworth with Panxworth, Woodbastwick, South Walsham and Upton, in the Diocese of Norwich and was ordained priest in 1999.

In 2001, Andrew was appointed Rector of Cringleford and Colney, also in the Diocese of Norwich, taking up the additional role of Rural Dean of Humbleyard in 2004. In 2008, Andrew was appointed Diocesan Missioner in the Diocese of Gloucester and in 2013, he became Canon Missioner of Gloucester Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry.

Andrew was commissioned as Interim Dean of Gloucester in April 2022.


Living in Love and Faith – Listening

Updated Saturday and Tuesday

Church of England press release

As part of the church-wide engagement with the Living in Love and Faith resources, everyone who took part was invited to share their learning, insights and reflections. Over 6,000 responses were received, through questionnaires, focus groups, creative responses and a variety of other forms. These responses have been gathered into a report, Listening with Love and Faith. This is accompanied by a more detailed technical report and a reflective essay entitled, Friendship and the Body of Christ. These and the LLF resources will support the bishops in their ongoing discernment process as they seek to discern what they believe God is saying to the Church of England today.


Three articles that provide some context for these documents: