Cara Bentley. Premier. 16 February 2018
Climate ActionUK 16 February 2018
Archbishop of Canterbury's website. 16 February 2018
If you care so much about Haitians you should be asking why Oxfam was there in the first place – Independent
Compare the lack of interest shown by the international media, politicians and assorted celebrities to the cholera epidemic, leading to the death of thousands of Haitians, with the hysterical outrage expressed about Oxfam officials consorting with prostitutes
Patrick Cockburn. Independent. 16 February 2018
by David Robertson:
The media could hardly contain their excitement as they breathlessly announced that Tom Daley and his partner Dustin Black are ‘having a baby’. Conveniently ignoring that the statement is of course a nonsensical post-truth alternative fact. Two men cannot have a baby. What is happening is that the two men are using a woman to provide a baby for them – whether it’s a friend or they have hired someone is not really the question. Why does anyone think that it’s a good thing to deliberately bring a child into the world without a mother? Why are our media so scared to actually speak the truth about this? Is it because truth is held in such low esteem?
Can I point out that this is not to attack or demonise Tom Daley or Dustin Black – my concern is with the way that children are being treated as commodities and their needs being ignored. I wrote in a much earlier piece in defence of Tom Daley.
Christian Today had an article pointing out the hypocrisy in this, but the article itself is indicative of how the church has become so confused on this issue.
It’s incredible that one should have to point this out to a Christian writer – but being opposed to same-sex marriage is not homophobic. And welcoming people in church does not mean that you have to agree with every aspect of their lifestyle!
from Christian Concern:
Chilling arguments used by opposition barrister.
Thank you so much for your support and prayers for Christian ex-magistrate Richard Page, who has been at Croydon Employment Tribunal this week. Richard was dismissed as a magistrate for his view that children do best with a mother and a father.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, gives a video update on the case, explaining some of the chilling arguments that have been used in court by the opposing barrister.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Church Times to mark five years in office, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that the Anglican Communion is in “a better place” than it was five years ago. He described the question as “a hostage to fortune”; but said that the improvements in the communion were “building on what was already happening” and he said: “I’m not taking credit for it in any way.”
ACNS 16 February 2018
Members of the Anglican Communion’s new Inter Faith Commission will gather for their first meeting next week, in Cairo, Egypt. The AIFC was requested by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka in 2016, and launched at the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury last October. Its purpose is to “bring mutual understanding and build trust where there is ignorance, fear and hostility” between different faith groups.
ACNS 16 February 2018
by Lianne Laurence, LifeSite:
Tanya Granic Allen says she will repeal the Liberal government’s “radical sex-ed curriculum” and give parents “ultimate responsibility to take care of their kids” if elected leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and premier of Ontario.
Granic Allen faced off against three other candidates in the first PC Party leadership debate, which was sponsored by TVO’s The Agenda and hosted by Steve Paikin. Watch the entire debate below.
She is running against Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott.
A mother of four and president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE), Granic Allen also confirmed in a scrum after the debate that she has successfully raised the $100,000 entry fee required by the party.
PAFE has been in the forefront of opposing the sex-ed curriculum which the Liberals rolled out in all the province’s publicly funded schools in 2015 despite huge parental backlash.
“I’m not against sex ed, I’m just against Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex ed,” Granic Allen said.
“I run a not-for-profit that represents over 80,000 parents in Ontario; I have yet to meet a parent who’s comfortable with anal sex in the classroom.”
from The Christian Institute:
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by Joanna Williams, spiked:
The argument over who is a woman has descended into ugly victim politics.The UK Labour Party’s use of all-women shortlists raises many questions. Why are women deemed incapable of getting elected on their own merits? Why does Labour consider its voters to be so stupid they wouldn’t elect a woman even if she was the best candidate? Why does the party have such little regard for democracy that it feels entitled to impose candidates on a constituency? Yet since Labour first began using all-women shortlists in 1997, these issues have scarcely been addressed. Instead, the lists have prompted one question in particular: what does it mean to be a woman?
To most people, this question is so ridiculous it takes us beyond the realm of common sense. A woman is a biological female. Not someone who has been randomly assigned the label female at birth in some odd bureaucratic act, but a person with a vagina and XX chromosomes. To members of the Labour Party, however, defining a woman is proving to be anything but straightforward.
Labour has opened its all-women shortlists to self-identifying transgender women – in other words, to men who feel like they fancy a go at being women for a change. This has prompted a row between those who think the lists should be preserved for real women (or at least those with a Gender Recognition Certificate proving their womanly credentials) and those who think wanting to be a woman should be qualification enough for inclusion in the women-only line-up.
Thankfully, women in the Labour Party have spoken out against ‘transgender males’ being allowed ‘to push biological females out’. In response to this pushback, Labour Against Transphobia was formed. In acts reminiscent of the Stasi, this group drew up secret lists, gathered evidence and hatched plans to oust ‘transphobes’ from the party. Labour member Jennifer James was suspended and has, in turn, set up a crowdfunding site to launch a legal challenge to the party’s decision.
In the eyes of Labour’s transgender militants, wanting all-women shortlists to be the preserve of biological females (or women with a gender recognition certificate) makes you a transphobe. And the party hierarchy is, it appears, standing firm behind gender as a matter of self-definition. To the Labour Party it seems that to be a woman means nothing more than having declared you are a woman. Whether or not you were been born female is irrelevant. All that matters is how you feel.
In an interview with the Church Times, Archbishop Justin says the Anglican Communion is in “a better place” than it was five years ago.
A “myth-busting” Bible study has been published by CMS in response to a survey showing why Christians don't get involved in mission.
Members of the Anglican Communion’s new Inter Faith Commission will gather for their first meeting next week, in Cairo, Egypt.
by Ian Paul, Psephizo:
Last July’s General Synod passed a motion brought by Chris Newlands on behalf of Blackburn Diocese, expressing the Church’s welcome of transgender people and asking the House of Bishops to consider whether they should offer some sort of liturgy to mark the transition of a person’s sex identity. In January, the House of Bishops responded saying that they had considered the question, and had decided that no such liturgy was necessary. This was not received well by those campaigning for a change in approach, and the main complaint was that, though the wording of the motion asked the House of Bishops to ‘consider’ whether a liturgy was needed, of course everyone knew that what was meant was that the House of Bishops should produce a liturgy, not simply consider the question. Such an interpretation is clearly mischievous, not least given that the modest nature of the wording was explicitly appealed to in the debate, and that the Vice Chair of the Liturgical Commission, Richard Frith, expressly warned that such ‘consideration’ would not lead to the offering of a liturgy.
One of those protesting the bishops’ decision was Tina Beardsley, a member of the Sibyls, Christian spirituality for transgender people, and a core consultant member of the Coordinating Group for the Episcopal Teaching Document on Marriage & Human Sexuality. Her response to the bishops had two parts:
I understand the theology that our identity as Christians is in Christ, and hence that to adapt the Renewal of Baptismal Vows for trans people seems fitting. Yes, indeed, renewing one’s baptismal vows, following name change or any other stage of gender confirmation, can be very healing. I know that for myself.
But what is the problem with producing a short pastoral service that could include the renewal of baptismal vows, but that also stated, on the cover, or as a heading, that this rite was specifically for use with gender variant people? Why does it appear to be so difficult to actually name us and our reality?
To explore the issues, it would be useful to have a liturgy to consider—and in fact Tina Beardsley has written one as part of a forthcoming book, and you can read it online. There are some important aspects of it that are worth noting.
C of E Shrinking the Footprint website.
Bamboo toothbrushes and forks in the car: The Church of England’s plastic free advice for Lent – Christian Today
That was among the Church of England's advice urging worshippers to give up single-use plastics. The advice on how to cut environmental waste was sent to the CofE's 42 dioceses and contains a new tip for each day of Lent.
Harry Farley. Christian Today. 16 February 2018
Residential theological training will play a vital role in the training landscape of the future because it provides an excellent way of preparing women and men for a lifetime of servant leadership in the widest possible range of contexts. Michael Volland, Principal of Ridley Hall in Cambridge, sees seven compelling reasons for the Church to continue to invest wholeheartedly in residential training.
Ridley Hall website.
Anddrw Brown. Guardian. 16 February 2018