Tuesday , 17 October 2017

Tag Archives: church

Belief Matters … Or Not? Faith and Doubt: two sides of the same coin

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  I’m in church. Mass will shortly be starting. I am praying, reciting the familiar words, thanking God for my life and explaining my problems. But something isn’t right. I feel I am praying to nothing, I feel an emptiness. Perhaps I have had a row with my husband or am angry at the latest homophobic outburst from some influential ...

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URC gives local churches autonomy to conduct same-sex marriages

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  Yesterday the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) voted in favour of giving its local churches the right to conduct and register same-sex marriages. The motion, which required a two-thirds majority, was passed by a majority of 240 to 21, with 4 abstentions. This means that the URC is now the largest UK denomination to freely permit the celebration and registration of ...

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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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Church of Scotland to debate opening ministry to people in same-sex marriages

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    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will debate whether congregations should be allowed to consider calling a person in a same-sex marriage as a minister or deacon when it meets in next year. The discussion will take place in May 2016, after a majority of the Kirk’s 45 Presbyteries voted in favour by approving an Overture ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not: “Fear Not” – Non-Judgment Day is Coming!

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We all think we are familiar with the Biblical Christmas story – we’ve all been to school nativity plays and heard the familiar, oft-recited tale of Angels and Virgins, Kings and Shepherds. And yet, in truth, it is difficult to make sense of the Christmas story – or, rather more accurately, the confusing and sometimes contradictory birth narratives contained within ...

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Same-sex wedding blessed in Dundee Cathedral

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A gay couple have had their same-sex wedding blessed at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee, the first of its kind to take place in the historic church. Paul Hastie and Steven Gray were married recently in Dundee’s registry office but, being Christians, also wanted their union celebrated in church. The Scottish Episcopal Church agreed to bless their ...

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Rev Donald Caskie – “a gay abroad”

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The Rev Donald Caskie is largely remembered for his incredible efforts to enable over 2,000 Allied military personnel to escape from Occupied France during World War II, but he was a more complex figure than the popular heroic image in which he has often been cast. Born in Bowmore on the Isle of Islay in 1902, Caskie never appeared to ...

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Affirmation Scotland – seeking to create a more inclusive church

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The Rev Lindsay Biddle is a character more colourful than the rainbow flag. A  writer of hymns, blogs and novels, and a Presbyterian minister, Lindsay has experienced first-hand the humanity-diminishing effects of segregation while growing up in the Southern United States. Now ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) – which has recently declared its support for same-sex marriage – Lindsay ...

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