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Pastoral Support

A few weeks before Easter I wrote to every Diocesan Bishop (or acting Diocesan) to ask a straightforward question. If someone who identifies as homosexual was to approach your Diocese to ask for support in maintaining a life of celibacy,

Posted in Church of England, Pastoral, Sexuality

RIP Revd John Richardson

Revd John Richardson, “the Ugley Vicar” died this morning in hospital after a short illness. Pray for his wife Alison and give thanks for the life of a faithful servant of Jesus. At this time of sorrow the Lord is

Posted in Pastoral, Remembrance

When to Tell

Panorama on the BBC tonight had a report that promotes the notion that the Government should make it illegal not to report child abuse suspicions. Teachers and other professionals who do not report child abuse suspicions should face prosecution, the

Posted in Church of England, Pastoral, Sexual Abuse, UK News

Coming Out

New blogger Matthew Franklin Jones talks about the need to share your story. A major weakness of American (conservative) Christianity has been the tendency to respond to LGBTQ people and their stories with bloodless dogma. LGBTQ people are often kept

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Review – Five Paths to Wholeness

As I have the pleasure and privilege of talking to those Christians who experience same-sex attraction and want to live a chaste life faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture, I increasingly find that different solutions to the questions that

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Cardinal O’Brien – What’s the Real Issue?

Extraordinary news this weekend as Cardinal O’Brien, the most senior Roman Catholic priest in the United Kingdom, admitted ”┬áthere have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal”.

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Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
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No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
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