Another round of heated debate over marriage equality in England, the church has a seat at the global climate conference, Westminster Abbey gears up for Christmas plus so much more; it’s our weekly roundup of news from around the church.
In the Episcopal Journal & Café this week
Excitement in New Orleans as the Presiding Bishop prepares to visit. My New Orleans
Parishes in the News
In a short Letter to the Editor, a Georgia parish calls on it neighbors to work together to address the challenges of climate change. Statesboro Herald
New Mexico priest reflects on the prayer from Compline that asks God to “shield the joyous.” Los Alamos Daily Post
Five months after three members died in shooting, Alabama church processes grief and rediscovers joy. ENS
Presiding bishop joins 150-year celebration of Anglicanism in Puerto Rico. ENS
Marriage Equality in the Church of England
Echoing what already happened here in the Episcopal Church, the recent CoE’s bishop of Oxford’s statement in favor of marriage equality (in last week’s roundup and HERE) has drawn numerous, depressingly familiar, responses especially from voices opposed.
Ian Paul, at Psephizo has a critique
Vaughn Roberts at Latimer Trust has a much longer critique
Angela Tilby at Church Times thinks the solution is a second class rite for LGBT+ followers of Jesus
Peter Carrel at Anglicans Down Under asks a deeper question, “How might the teaching of the church change?
And at least two of the bishop’s colleagues, in Worcester, have spoken up in support
In England, a relic of St Chad has this week been placed in a new altar shrine at Lichfield Cathedral, the gift of the RC archdiocese of Birmingham and St Chad’s Cathedral. Church Times
Westminster Abbey plans to host the Royal Carol Service on December 15th and you can watch! Westminster Abbey
Other Interesting Items
Yolanda Pierce at the Christian Century asks, Who will love the ugly things in life? Who will love the people considered to be ugly? And can our feelings of disgust and distaste for the ugly keep us from fully walking in the will of God?