Posts Tagged ‘Church of England’

Voice-controlled app answers questions about God Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A voice-controlled app called Alexa has answered tens of thousands of questions about the Christian faith since it was launched last year. The Church of England says so far more than 75,000 people have engaged with its app (or skill), “Alexa Skill”. People with a smart speaker, such as an Echo, or with Alexa on Read more

Reputation valued over abuse victims’ needs Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Church of England put its reputation above the needs of sexual abuse victims, UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has found. The IICSA says there was a serious failure of leadership by the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey (1991-2002) in the church’s handling of the case of a bishop who eventually went Read more

Working party upholds seal of confession law Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

A Church of England (C of E) working party says the Archbishops’ Council and House of Bishops must decide if  C of E church law should change so priests can breach the seal of confession. The working party’s focus was on whether the law could be changed to enable priests to report the abuse, or Read more

Synod says Sunday services no longer compulsory Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

A Church of England synod has decided to put aside a centuries-old requirement for every church in every benefice to celebrate the weekly Sunday services. The synod says the rules will be amended to say morning and evening prayer need only be held at “at least one church within a benefice, which might include multiple Read more

Church of England plans to test aspiring clergy for skills, aptitude — and narcissism Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Responding to growing concern about the kinds of priests the Church of England is attracting, Anglican leaders are considering expanding its assessments of clergy candidates to include more rigorous psychological testing. Anxiety about the quality of those who aspire to become clergy is rooted in the series of child sex abuse scandals that have emerged from Anglicanism’s Read more

Transgender people urged to become vicars Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Transgender people are being urged in two British counties to become vicars. The move is based on Church of England fears that the church’s reputation for tacitly discriminating against them is alienating young people. Read more Related Posts:Transgender people asking for reversal surgery#MeToo hashtag, abuse and the Church of EnglandYoung people confused, anxious and unhappyCalling Read more

Anglican-Methodist reunion likely Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

An Anglican-Methodist reunion is on the cards after a Church of England general synod overwhelmingly backed plans to reunite the two churches. Although some synod members consider the moves as being controversial and threatening to the fundamentals of the Church of England, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York both backed the proposals for an Anglican-Methodist Read more

Prince Harry and Meghan’s church wedding Comments 0

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has given Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permission to marry in church even though Markle is divorced. The Archbishop must grant a licence for marriages not held in parish churches. Since 2002, following a ruling by the General Synod, divorced people have been allowed to marry in the Church Read more

#MeToo hashtag, abuse and the Church of England Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse among Church of England clergy must be faced, say prominent Anglican women. They say the the church must take a lead in tackling the issue. Jayne Ozanne, a senior member of the church’s ruling general synod, wrote to the Guardian newspaper about the problem. She said harassment within the Read more

Tap and pay – church collection tries out card payments Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Because people don’t carry cash much these days, 40 Anglican churches in the UK are offering an alternative to collection plates: passing a hand-held payment device around the pews. Read more Related Posts:NZ company Pushpay makes megabucks helping churches…Church pews and why some Catholic churches…Good Friday collection for holy places falls shortSupermarket helping food waste Read more