• Synod Reform: A Proposal

    Posted on: 12/12/14  |  Posted By: Martin Clay  |  Category: Blog

    The system we have is in 3 layers from the parish electoral roll and Annual Parish Church Meeting to the General Synod, via Deanery and Diocese. Deanery Synods are much undervalued, considered to be a waste of time by clergy and...

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  • Reforming General Synod

    Posted on: 03/12/14  |  Posted By: Jane Charman  |  Category: Blog

    How representative is General Synod? The question is not new. In 2005 Dr Colin Podmore, the then Secretary to the Synod,  remarked in a useful essay on synodical government that ‘there is, admittedly, an issue as to how far...

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  • How can Church of England diversity become a strength?

    Posted on: 26/11/14  |  Posted By: Lorraine Cavanagh  |  Category: Blog

    I have a small dog who wants to consume her very large bone in my study. This would make my working environment smell of meat, so the bone is to be eaten outside. Being an obstinate little dachshund she is trying to gain access...

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  • Growing the Church of England

    Posted on: 17/11/14  |  Posted By: Tony Baldry  |  Category: Blog

    The Church of England is nothing if it is not a National Church. A National Church – a National Institution – present in every community. However, there has been a progressive squeeze on the Church’s ability to sustain a...

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  • The Church of England must remain credible as well as viable

    Posted on: 12/11/14  |  Posted By: Lorraine Cavanagh  |  Category: Blog

    Last Thursday’s Oxford Faith Debate at the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford was a timely reminder of the fact that there are other things at stake, when it comes to the future of the Church of England, than the issues...

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  • Clergy united on parish system

    Posted on: 09/10/14  |  Posted By: Faith Debates  |  Category: Blog

    As previously reported, a representative survey of Anglican clergy was recently commissioned to inform our new debate series on the future of the Church of England. The survey was administered online by YouGov in August 2014 and...

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  • Clergy polled in new Anglican survey

    Posted on: 26/08/14  |  Posted By: Faith Debates  |  Category: Blog

    A new survey is underway, gathering information about the beliefs and values of Anglican clergy in the UK for the purpose of academic research, and to support a forthcoming debate series on the Future of the Church of England....

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  • Only enterprise can save our parish churches now

    Posted on: 27/06/14  |  Posted By: Andrew Mawson  |  Category: Blog

    On a recent trip to Wales, I visited a church with an attached café. It was heavily subsidised by grants, a situation that is simply not going to be possible in the coming years. Over the road was a curry house, the winner of...

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  • What research on violent extremism tells us about swamps and crocodiles

    Posted on: 05/06/14  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    The research on violent Islamic extremism and how to tackle it is now extensive. What guidance does it give us in deciding whether Michael Gove or Theresa May and Charles Farr are right? The former believes that Islamist ideology...

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  • Abandoned by their religion? People of faith encountering biomedicine

    Posted on: 30/05/14  |  Posted By: Jackie Leach Scully  |  Category: Blog

    Faith group members are just as likely as anyone else to suffer from infertility or debilitating genetic conditions, and to seek medical help. For those people whose religious identity is important to them, knowing about the...

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