Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 13 April 2019

April Alexander Church Times Cloaks of secrecy are too threadbare
“Despite a vote in Synod, April Alexander argues that nominating bishops by secret ballot has no place in the C of E”

Patrick Moriarty Church Times How to avoid Holy Week blundering
“Christianity’s Jewish roots are most obvious at this time. Patrick Moriarty offers advice for those leading services”

Janet Fife Surviving Church Prejudice and Tolerance

Jeremy Pemberton Openly The Church of England must open its doors to same-sex weddings

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Re: The Church Times, Patrick Moriarty is very helpful on the question of Christian antisemitism. Good Friday liturgies can go the extra mile with an acknowledgement of our antisemitism. Example:The Good Friday Liturgy (Canada/ BAS), ” I grafted you into the tree of my chosen Israel, and you turned on them with persecution and mass murder. I made you joint heirs with them of my covenants, but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt.” This one of the reproaches each of which are punctuated by a congregational Trisagion. (NB: The worship material in this instance was taken from, Ashes… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
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Readers of the article by April Alexander may care to refer to the recording of the General Synod debate. It can be found here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBEgFzH9uz0 and the item in question starts about one hour into that video file.

Mark Bennet
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Mark Bennet

April Alexander’s article is not just shocking on its own, but is also an illustration of why the Church of England should be externally accountable for safeguarding.

Tim Chesterton
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I’d love to be able to read the article, but I’m not a subscriber to the Church Times. Can someone summarize?

Simon Sarmiento
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You should be able to read a small number of articles without being subscribed.

Nicholas Roberts
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Nicholas Roberts

I wonder why the spouses of the bishops need to attend the conference?
Perhaps they are worried about what the bishops might get up to when out of sight.

Janet Fife
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Janet Fife

As I understand it, there is a separate programme for spouses. I hung around on the fringe of the last Lambeth Conference for a few days and met a few episcopal spouses. Many, especially from developing countries, have ministries of their own (perhaps with women and children, leading Bible study groups, or supporting clergy wives) and value the opportunity of fellowship with others in the same position. They also gain from the experience of travel, the worship, and the access to resources available at Lambeth. Incidentally, Gene Robinson was also at the last Lambeth fringe, briefly. I saw him in… Read more »