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  • I can already hear the shocked gasps from some as they read this title. "Oh, can't we have a nicer tone in this debate?", some are thinking, as they cover their ears, desperately thinking happy thoughts and hoping the whole nasty issue will go away.

    It has been said to me that just as Jesus was silent before his accusers, so that should be our example. Well, he was silent at key moments in his trial, but in his ministry there were plenty of times when he confronted and exposed the falsehood and hypocrisy of his opponents. And he did it publicly, not quietly in a corner. Peter and John courageously looked their accusers in the eye and told them that Jesus, whom they crucified, was risen, and was the only Saviour and Lord. Later, the apostle Paul was not afraid to confront those in Galatia who were following a false Gospel, and told of how "when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face". This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther who called out the corruption and heresy in the church leadership and teaching of his day.

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  • GAFCON UK welcomes the publication of the OneBodyOneFaith statement "A time to build".

    The statement is admirably clear in its wholesale abandonment of any pretence that OneBodyOneFaith has any respect for Biblical authority or any interest in the wellbeing of global Anglicanism.

    While "A time to build" suggests that it seeks "theological diversity" it in fact requires that the whole Church worldwide submit to a view that God has not spoken clearly in his Word about the nature of humanity and human sexuality.

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  • How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. (1 Kings 18:21)

    It is logically impossible to tolerate differences of opinion when it comes to the acceptable boundaries of tolerance.

    Tomorrow, the General Synod of the Church of England will debate whether to take note of report GS2055, snappily titled "Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations".

    It is the next step in a long process, as the Church of England has held structured conversations on human sexuality, which had the tautolagous title of "shared conversations".

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  • The disentangling of the UK from the European Union will inevitably, over time, put us more and more out of sync with the rest of Europe. Yet in some matters, we are already starkly out of sync, and not in a good way for the UK.

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  • Universities and colleges in the United States need to be safe places where students of all backgrounds and beliefs can live and study, free from intimidation by other students, faculty, and administrators.

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  • We hear many voices in the church of those identifying as gay or same sex attracted, but the voices of those who want to change and have changed have fallen silent. This is the first in a series of stories of how people have, in various ways, moved away from same sex orientation and relationships. Each story is different and genuine; they are not intended to be prescriptive in terms of saying what should happen, but simply to allow personal experiences to be heard. Our first story is told by Luke from London. Do share it with friends and your church.

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  • The General Synod has rejected moves to end the legal requirement to read banns for couples intending to marry in church services.

    Members voted against a Private Member's Motion brought by Rev Stephen Trott, from Peterborough Diocese, calling for draft legislation to be drawn up to transfer 'ecclesiastical preliminaries', the legal paperwork currently carried out by Church of England clergy before a church wedding, to civil registrars.

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury was certainly the highlight of the opening day at general synod.

    Less an address, more a sermon, he appealed to Christians to turn away from self-indulgence and toward self-sacrifice in order to contribute positively at a time of uncertainty and fear… a climate that he said had been brought about by populist movements across Europe and the election of Donald Trump.

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  • Why were academic safe spaces created?

    The argument in their favour is that they seek to safeguard the rights of those who face significant societal disadvantages - those who are less likely to inhabit positions of privilege. People who, it is assumed, do not have the same access to the right of freedom of expression.

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  • Plans for a new 'super school' in Bala to have a religious designation have been shelved following widespread opposition to the proposal.

    In January the National Secular Society wrote to Gwynedd Council, urging it to protect community school provision and respect the wishes of non-religious parents.

    At a meeting of Gwynedd Council's Cabinet on Tuesday the decision was made to restart the consultation process with the governing bodies of local schools over abandoning the proposal to establish a Church in Wales school in the town of Bala.

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