Friday , 22 February 2019

Faith

Belief Matters … Or Not? What IS the church saying on same-sex marriage?

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  Politicians – and especially English Conservative politicians – have a habit of making unhelpful interventions on the subjects of sexual orientation and same-sex marriage. The latest is Andrea Leadsom, who is running against Theresa May to become the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. Yesterday, she gave a rather odd interview to ITV News, in which she made ...

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Church group apologises over same-sex marriage statement

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    A group within the Church of Scotland opposed to same-sex marriage has issued an apology after posting a statement about LGBT rights on Monday, the day following the massacre in Orlando. Covenant Fellowship Scotland, a protest movement set up in 2014 to oppose the Kirk’s proposals to permit congregations to appoint ministers and deacons in same-sex relationships, said ...

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Gay Imam: self-hate not Islam led to Orlando Massacre

Imam Daayiee Abdullah

KaledioScot interviews one of the few openly gay Imams, Daayiee Abdullah, who explains that it was probably Omar Mateen’s troubled self-loathing that motivated him to commit the atrocity, not Islam. The interview, led by KaleidoScot’s editor, Dan Littauer, starts with the imam talking about the impact the massacre has and his solidarity and message of peace and against violence regarding the ...

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Scottish Episcopal Church takes step towards approving same-sex marriages

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  Today, the Scottish Episcopal Church’s General Synod voted to approve a proposal to change the Church’s Canon on Marriage. The motion proposed removing a doctrinal clause stating that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and adding a “conscience clause” for clergy whose views on marriage meant that they would not wish to conduct a same-sex marriage. The ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? Faiths Unite in Peace

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This weekend there will be gatherings of people from different Faith groups, with their Leaders, to worship, eat, talk, discuss, work and walk together. It is a weekend co-organised by Edinburgh InterFaith Association, the Prince Al Waleed Centre of for Islamic Studies in the Modern World at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community (‘Sukkat Shalom’, which means ‘Shelter of ...

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Kirk approves ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

Principal Clerk Rev John Chalmers (Photo: Church of Scotland)

The Church of Scotland‘s General Assembly has today voted to allow individual congregations to call ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages. The General Assembly voted last year to permit individual congregations to “depart” from the church’s official position, which upholds a traditional view of matrimony, and appoint ministers in civil partnerships. It also agreed to extend this to clergy in ...

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Belief Matters … or Not? Passover: A Festival of Liberation

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It may be that, in some places in the world, there has been liberation and there is freedom. This year, I ask myself, “Exactly how may we understand the concepts of Liberation and Freedom in the context of the frantic flight of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their homeland because of the war raging in their land, destroying ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? The Subversive Nature of Amoris Laetitia

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Last week, I gave my initial thoughts on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (the Joy of Love), noting some of its positive features as well as its shortcomings. This week I look at some of the responses to “Amoris Laetitia” and draw some conclusions about its importance. The document is proving controversial, both within and outwith the Catholic church. Conservative theologians ...

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