What makes churches fail? So asks Andrew Brown in an article on the continuing threats of schism over same-sex marriage. This time it is the Church of Nigeria which is winding us up, though to be fair its concern about climate change comes before same-sex marriage, which is more than can be said of most British churches.
In this article I argue that opposition to same-sex partnerships functions as a substitute Christian content, occupying a space which would otherwise have been embarrassingly empty.
Not so much a divorce, more ‘moving into separate bedrooms’ was how Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, described the latest proposals for the international Anglican Communion, suggesting that the different provinces could be in communion with Canterbury but not necessarily with each other.
Once again Canterbury has invited all the primates from around the world to a meeting, and once again hardliners have replied, as they did to his predecessor Rowan Williams, that they would not attend if the Americans were there. Thinking Anglicans lists many public responses. Personally I’m thinking not so much divorce, more school playground.
Marduk, god of Babylon
How much do we know about God? How much should we expect to know?
This post is about the tension between admitting what we don’t know, and affirming whatever is important to us. At one extreme we cannot know anything about God. At the other extreme, God gets reduced to what our minds can conceive of.
If you keep deceiving people you will end up believing your own lies.
The Cor Blimey response is wearing off as people get used to the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming the Leader of the Labour Party. Support for him has surged far more than most Members of Parliament expected. Why didn’t they see it coming?
Bishop David Jenkins
Should bishops publicly state their religious beliefs, even when they differ from church teachings?
Rowan Williams, when he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003, as an Anglican Catholic took the view that his duty was to represent the faith of the whole Anglican Communion. However he was faced with intense and well-organised opposition to his support for gay and lesbian relationships. To make matters worse they knew his views and were quite happy to manipulate his commitment to church unity by threatening schism. Continue reading
What does it mean to call something special?
Last Sunday the main service at St Brides Liverpool was on the topic of pilgrimage. Many of the people there had been on the St Brides Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. I hadn’t been myself but it was interesting to hear the stories and see the photos.
So we heard about acts of worship, meditations, the local church, the walk along St Cuthbert’s Way, watching the stars in the absence of street lighting. People kept affirming that such-and-such a thing, or event, or place, was special.
Special? What’s that about? You mean it produced a funny feeling in you?
The Labour MP Simon Danczuk has called on the Party to cancel the leadership elections , claiming ‘infiltration’ by those who were ‘not genuine party supporters’.
Apparently the Party has rejected 271 applications from people who in the May election were candidates for other parties, mainly the Green Party. Is the system so open to abuse by other parties that the election should be cancelled?
How do we respond to the information about the refugees at Calais? About Prime Minister David Cameron’s description of migrants as a ‘ swarm ‘? What feelings does immigration evoke?
This post relates the question to the declining influence of Christian morality, especially the idea that all the world’s people are equally created and loved by the same god.