Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 4 May 2019

Women and the Church Twenty-five years on; reflections on ministry
“Did I have a cure of souls?” — memories of one of the woman who were ordained in the diocese of Winchester on 24 April 1994

Andrew Foreshew-Cain ViaMedia.News Integrity, Compromise & the Church of England

Catherine Haydon A Blaze of Light Always Lent, Never Easter

Damon Rose BBC Stop trying to ‘heal’ me

Ines Hands Church Times Liturgy is an anchor — don’t brush it aside
“Parishes that have dispensed with centuries of tradition need to consider what is being lost”

Church Times ‘Sex is irrelevant to this office’
Fifty years ago this month, it became possible for women to be Readers. Some describe the journey

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Stanley Monkhouse
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Damon Rose piece – jolly good. My hearing is very poor. My one functioning eye is glaucomatous with a developing cataract. As a former medic, I know the aetiology and the inevitable natural history. I haven’t knowingly been prayed for, or over, possibly because people know that my response would be two words, the second being “off”. But I have endured from devout Christians the “does he take sugar?” comments, and I’ve been talked at, not to, by pious and patronising people as if I were a decerebrate idiot. I find it amusing for it provides opportunity to give better… Read more »

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I agree with every word of Ines Hands. It was the liturgy, the sense of continuity with the past, that brought the teenage me to the CoE from Cumbrian village Methodism, and I know I’m by no means alone in that journey. Now the age of almost 69 and contemplating retirement, I look around for churches where I might feel at home—churches not embarrassed to provide liturgy, dignity and joy without patronising me with doggerel hymns, playschool prayers and infantile sermons. I think I might have to consider Rome, or possibly Orthodoxy – though the latter would necessitate a drive.… Read more »

Dean Henley
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Dean Henley

Andrew’s considered piece about compromised integrity delicately avoids the reality that some bishops are compromised because they too are lesbian or gay. Asking silly questions about sexual activity must seem ridiculous to those who are themselves LGBTQ+ and have some self awareness and a sense of the absurd.

Tim Chesterton
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Brief request. Not all of us – especially those of us who live outside England – want to pay the monthly subscription fees to keep up with all the Church Times links posted at Thinking Anglicans. Might it be possible for our hardworking hosts here to give us a brief summary of the contents of such posts, so that we could join in somewhat intelligently in the discussion?

Geoffrey McLarney
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Geoffrey McLarney

I (also outside England) just open the links in incognito. I haven’t hit a limit yet that way.

Tim Chesterton
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What is incognito?

L Nelder
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L Nelder

Use public computers

Geoffrey McLarney
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Geoffrey McLarney

Also called “private browsing” on some browsers. It will throw the Church Times off from being able to tell whether you are a subscriber.

L Nelder
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L Nelder

Totally with Ines Hands. The liturgy is a common thread we can hand our worship hats on. It is entirely possible to tailor the service to provide for the spiritual needs of a congregation without reinventing the wheel because Common Worship has got something for pretty much everyone in the Anglican church. When I was in the position to worship all over the country, due to work commitments, no service was ever the same; but the liturgy meant they were all joined together.