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The Ministry Continues: A Position Statement from the Trustees of Anglican Mainstream

April 14th, 2014 Posted in News |

1. The coming into effect of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 may have changed English law but it has not changed Anglican Mainstream’s commitment to promote, teach and maintain the commonly agreed Scriptural truths of the Christian faith. For Anglicans these truths are expressed by the historic Creeds, the 39 Articles, and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. They provide the source of true unity and fellowship, and the basis of our mission and service to a needy world. Those truths remain and, as the Church of England’s house of bishops’ statement has explicitly confirmed, the church’s doctrine of marriage remains unchanged.

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Stolen Childhood Conference

April 20th, 2014 Posted in News |

A conference to explore the dangers to which our children are increasingly exposed in society today, and the reasons for this, putting forward strategies for change at both government and family levels.

Hosted by the Lords and Commons Family and Child Protection Group

Date: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Venue: The Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham Street

Westminster SW1P 3DW

Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Registration from 9:30am)

Cost: £20 Registration Fee

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God loves us because we’re lovely is not the Gospel

April 20th, 2014 Posted in Sermons |

By Julian Mann

We will not understand the true meaning and significance of Good Friday without the Bible. And that is not just because we have the story, the narrative of Jesus’ death on the cross, in the four New Testament Gospels, which are in the Bible. That is certainly true and very important. But we won’t understand Good Friday with the Gospels in isolation.

We need the Old Testament Scriptures and indeed the rest of the New Testament if we are to grasp what Good Friday means for us. Indeed, we should have noticed as we listened to the account of Jesus’ crucifixion in chapter 19 of John’s Gospel that the Apostle John says three times that something happened to Jesus in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

The Scripture John refers to is the Old Testament Scripture. Jesus’ robe was not torn by the Roman soldiers in order to fulfil Psalm 22, a psalm about the sufferings of the King of Israel. Jesus’ bones were not broken in order to fulfil Exodus 12v46, which was originally a command to the people of Israel not to break the bones of the Passover lamb. And Jesus’ side was pierced, John tells us, in order to fulfil Zechariah 12v10, which was originally about the suffering of God’s chosen Shepherd or leader of his people. All these prophecies are coming true in Jesus, the God-anointed King of Israel, the Christ, the chosen leader of God’s people, and the Lamb of God sacrificed to save God’s people from his judgement.

God is ordering the events of the crucifixion, things happening, things not happening in order to fulfil the Scripture, in order to make Old Testament predictions come true in Jesus.

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“Meeting the needs of Muslim pupils”

April 20th, 2014 Posted in Children/Family, Education, Islam |

By Paul Goodman, Conservative Home

More of those in Britain who declare themselves to be Muslims than Christians practice their faith. But only a minority adhere to the Salafist version of Islam, and not all of them will agree that, in school, “boys should always be covered between the navel and the knee and girls should be covered except for their hands and faces, a concept known as ‘hijab’ ” (especially in primary school, or before those girls have reached puberty, or both).
Nor will they necessarily believe that “dance performances before a mixed gender audience may also be objectionable”, that “studying forms of music and drama that may raise religious or moral concerns for Muslim pupils and parents”, or that pupils may be exposed in schools to “potentially harmful forms of music”. These strictures are as worrying as they are vague. What are these “harmful” forms of music? Part-song? Minimalism? Tech house? And what dance performances might be “objectionable”? A school rehash of “Strictly”, perhaps? What are the forms of drama that might raise “religious and moral concerns”? A sixth form production of “Romeo and Juliet”, maybe, with a Christian boy and a Muslim girl? “Then have my lips the sin that they have took,” says Juliet, after kissing Romeo for the first time. Would it be a real sin for that kiss to be acted out upon a stage?
The questions are as suggestive as the words that provoke them are real. These are all taken from a document called Meeting the Needs of Muslim Pupils, published by the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007, but now missing from the website of that organisation. (The title turns up on google, but the link is blank.) The man who extolled that report in the Guardian, Tahir Alam, is a former Chairman of the MCB’s education committee – and one of the key figures in the Birmingham school row.
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Archbishop’s Easter sermon to focus on suffering

April 20th, 2014 Posted in Sermons |

From BBC News

The Archbishop of Canterbury will highlight the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon.

The Most Rev Justin Welby is to deliver what will be his second Easter message since becoming head of the Church of England at Canterbury Cathedral.

He will refer to the struggles endured by people in Syria, Ukraine, and Rwanda, as well as in Britain.

The archbishop will also praise the resilience of persecuted Christians.

In the sermon, Archbishop Welby will say: "In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands.

"In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered.

"In this country, even as the economy improves there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt."

He will go on to say that "asylum seekers weep with loneliness and missing far-away families", adding that as they do, "Mary continues to weep across the world".

Praising the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities, the archbishop will say: "Their certainty that Jesus is alive enables them to face all horrors with joy.

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Christian nursery worker claims unfair dismissal over dispute with gay colleague

April 20th, 2014 Posted in Gay Activism, Religious Liberty |

From The Guardian

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Sarah Mbuyi said she made the comments only after being pressed on her beliefs by a colleague who initiated the conversation at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, north London, in January.

Mbuyi is being supported in her case by the Christian Legal Centre, whose chief executive, Andrea Williams, said the government had "seriously let down" Christians and criticised David Cameron for attempting to "mould Christianity to his political agenda".

Mbuyi, who is claiming unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination, said: "When I said 'No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are', [her colleague] became emotional and went off to report me to my manager."

At an internal disciplinary hearing, she said, she was confronted with her colleague's allegations, which included the claim that she herself had raised the issue of homosexuality on a number of occasions, which she denies. The nursery directors instantly dismissed her for gross misconduct.

"My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser's claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn't prepared. It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story, " Mbuyi said.

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Read also:  Christian nursery nurse sacked for saying marriage is between a man and a woman from Christian Concern

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Rembrandt: The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene

April 20th, 2014 Posted in News |

by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker, Artway

Rembrandt situates Mary Magdalene and Jesus near the opening of the tomb, in close reference to John’s account of the events on this morning of mornings. Mary Magdalene has stayed behind alone at the grave after Peter and John have gone back to Jerusalem. She thinks that the body of Jesus must have been moved to some other place, but which one? She bends over to look inside the tomb and sees two angels sitting there. ‘Why are you weeping?’ they ask her. ‘They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid him.’ Then she looks around and sees a man standing there, whom she assumes is the gardener.

This is the moment that is depicted in the painting. Mary Magdalene looks up with a glance that is turned inwards. ‘Kyrie,’ ‘Sir,’ she says in Greek, ‘if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him.’ Then Jesus calls her by her name: ‘Mary!’ On her face we see recognition break through, mixed with ‘No, but this can’t be true!’ She recognizes his voice and says ‘Rabboni!,’ ‘Master/teacher,’ in her own familiar Aramaic language. She calls him ‘master,’ as she is indeed one of his disciples, one of the women who went with Jesus and ministered to him and the disciples with their money and care. Then Jesus asks her not to hold on to him (she must have thrown her arms around him) and tells her to go and tell the disciples that he will ascend to the Father. This is why the church fathers gave Mary Magdalene the title of honour of ‘apostle to the apostles.’ She was the first to preach the good news of the resurrection. She was also the first to behold the risen Lord. A woman!

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Thine be the glory (Handel, Judas Maccabeus)

April 20th, 2014 Posted in News |

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict'ry, thou o'er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

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Easter Sunday

April 20th, 2014 Posted in Holy Week |






Apr 20

  Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

         Col 3:1-4
     or 1 Cor 5:6b-8

    John 20:1-9
   or Luke 24:13-35


EASTER  SUNDAY – Feast of the Resurrection

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This is the Sunday of Sundays, the day of Resurrection of Christ, the center and foundation of our faith. As Saint Paul said, "If Christ be not risen, your faith is vain" [I Cor. 15:14, 17]. Thus Easter is the pinnacle of all feasts of the Church year, which began with Advent, or the expectation of the coming of the Messiah, sent by God to provide the means for our Salvation. The culmination of the entire liturgy is the Easter feast. Families who attend Mass on Easter Day join millions of Christians all over the world — past and present — in joyous affirmation of our redemption through the love of Christ, our hope of salvation, and our faith in the resurrection from the dead and the life of the world to come. Either the Easter Vigil or Mass of the Day fulfills the obligation for Easter Mass, the Easter Day.

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Justin Welby: the anguish I face over gay marriage

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Gay Marriage |

By Cole Moreton and John Bingham, Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is powerless to provide blessings for gay marriages because to do so would split the global Anglican Church.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby says that the Church had probably caused “great harm” to homosexuals in the past — but there was not always a “huge amount” that could be done now to rectify the situation.

Although indicating that he was sympathetic to calls for the Church to publicly honour gay relationships, the Archbishop says that it is “impossible” for some followers in Africa to support homosexuality. In the interview, the leader of the Anglican Church, which has 77 million followers globally, speaks movingly of the persecution faced by Christians in parts of the world. He indicates that the Church must not take a step that would cut off these groups, most of them in the third world, however much this angers parts of society in Britain.

The introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales last month has brought divisions within the Church of England to a new intensity.

Although the Church is legally exempt from carrying out same-sex weddings, it is about to embark on a consultation on the possible introduction of informal blessing-like services. The Church’s attempt to ban its own clergy from marrying people of the same sex has already been openly defied by at least one priest who married his partner last week.

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Read also: Justin Welby’s vision through tears at a grave – Telegraph editorial

The Archbishop of Canterbury's deadly dilemma by Cole Moreton

Cor wot a cop out! by Peter Mullen

Archbishop Welby Struggles with a Greater Truth by A S Haley, Stand Firm

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State schools isolate non-Muslims

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Education, Islam |

By Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph

Schools in Birmingham discrimate against non-Muslim students and restrict GCSE teaching to fit in with Islamic beliefs, according to official report

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, an official report leaked to The Telegraph discloses.

Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention. The report focuses on Park View School and its sister schools, Golden Hillock and Nansen, the only primary of the three. Inspectors found that Park View practised forced and discriminatory sex segregation and has “restricted” GCSE subjects “to comply with conservative Islamic teaching”.

Core elements of the GCSE syllabus were missed out as “un-Islamic” and an extremist preacher with known al-Qaeda sympathies and anti-Semitic views was invited to speak with children. At Golden Hillock, there was discrimination against non-Muslims, the report found. Its handful of Christian students “have to teach themselves” in one GCSE subject after the teacher “concentrated on the students who were doing the Islamic course”.

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Read also:  A weak establishment is letting Islamists threaten British freedoms by Charles Moore

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Marriage Under Attack in North Carolina

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Gay Activism, Marriage |

From NC Values Coalition
The attacks on marriage are endless and coming from every direction.
This week a Federal Judge has ordered Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages despite the state’s law recognizing marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
“When a state effectively terminates the marriage of a same-sex couple married in another jurisdiction by refusing to recognize the marriage, that state unlawfully intrudes into the realm of private marital, family, and intimate relations specifically protected by the Supreme Court.” – District Court Judge Timothy S. Black
 Ohio has argued that they have the sovereign right to define marriage – and the Supreme Court affirmed that right last summer – but this District Judge chose instead to force same-sex marriage on Ohio.
Unfortunately, we are seeing activist judges like this Ohio District Court Judge completely disregarding the will of the people across the country. And it could happen here in North Carolina.
Last week we told you about the ACLU’s latest attack on our own Amendment. The ACLU filed a new lawsuit in federal court on behalf of three same-sex couples who were “married” in other states seeking to force the State to recognize their marriages. The ACLU is asking for the court to take immediate action, because of serious medical conditions.
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The fact is, marriage has been treated shabbily by today’s politicians

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Marriage, Politics |

Lord CareyBy Lord Carey

Take, for example, the way the Coalition Government has paid lip service to its importance, seeming to penalise couples rather than support them.

In their radical redefinition of marriage, the electorate was assured the Government supported gay marriage because of a belief in the importance of marriage. But in making children secondary to the civil definition of marriage, many of us have continuing doubts about the commitment of this Government to supporting families.

Let’s take the financial costs. Some economists estimate the couples’ penalty — which is the amount they lose each year in tax credits when they start to live together — can reach as much as £7,100 a year.

It is a scandal, and a great injury to children, that parents are penalised for living together.

Furthermore, an estimated 240,000 couples with children are pretending to live apart to get better benefits, according to a report by the Marriage Foundation.

The benefits system discourages couples from committing to each other, feeding the epidemic of fatherlessness. Furthermore, the incentives to live separately are bound to lead to relationship breakdown.

Yes, of course, the Government has tried to address this matter. There have been attempts to shore up support for marriage in the reintroduction of a transferable allowance for married couples. But the amount of £200 is so derisory it does not even begin to tackle the penalty against marriage. It has also become clear that Government policy towards families with a stay-at-home parent has had an element of ‘friendly fire’ about it. Take the example of the new childcare tax benefits, which favour only families where couples both work. 

It is as though the Government is saying that childcare is worthy of financial recognition only if it is done outside the home.

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GAFCON Easter Message 2014

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Gafcon |

My dear brothers and sisters,Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

Greetings in the precious name of our Risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

What a wonderful truth we celebrate at Easter! The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead assures us that our sins are atoned for and death is defeated. This is the reason we can be confident that despite failure, frustration and the things that perplex us, God’s saving purposes will certainly be fulfilled. The Risen Christ is already seated in triumph and glory at the Father’s right hand and we are already raised to new life in him, so we can be sure that the Church of God, which we too often see undermined from the inside by false teaching and attacked from the outside by persecution, will one day be wonderfully revealed as the great Church victorious.

So with joyful confidence we confess that Jesus is Lord and this gives our lives a new horizon. We ‘seek the things that are above’, not ignoring the world, but being those who live under Christ’s Lordship in the world. I was reminded of how transformative it can be to live for the Lordship of Christ when I shared fellowship last week with my brother GAFCON Primate, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Out of terrible trauma, this is a nation that has experienced the power of the resurrection as people have been willing to submit to Jesus as Lord in repentance and costly forgiveness.

This is why confessions of faith, whether they are the ancient catholic creeds or later statements such as the Church of England’s Thirty-nine articles cannot be seen just as historical documents to be reinterpreted as we wish. In many countries, Anglican Churches are a significant voice in national life and we have a special responsibility to make sure that we confess Jesus as Lord with clarity and courage. It was for this reason that we produced the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration in 2008. Confessing Churches make a life-changing stand on the truth God has revealed. They proclaim the gospel, promote true godliness and should not be afraid to challenge the complacency of leaders who claim their nations are Christian while at the same time promoting laws and tolerating practices that are contrary to Christian belief.

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Saturday in Holy Week

April 19th, 2014 Posted in Holy Week |

Apr 19

am: Ps 95, 88
pm 27

Job 19:21-27a

am: Heb 4:1-16
pm: Rom 8:1-11




LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This is the Blessed Sabbath, a day of quiet reflection and stillness. It is the day of Christ’s entombment as Holy Saturday is the day, which connects Good Friday, the commemoration of the Cross, with the day of His Resurrection. When night falls we begin the powerful liturgy of  vigil of Easter which signifies  in music, sight, sound and scent Christ's passage from the dead to the living by the liturgy, which begins in darkness (sin, death) and is enlightened by the fire and the candle representing Lumen Christi — the Light of Christ — just as the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, the community of believers, is led from spiritual darkness to the light of His truth. Christ's baptism, which our own baptism imitates, is represented during the liturgy by the blessing of the water of baptism by immersing ("burying") the candle representing His Body into the font.

During the liturgy we recall God's sparing of the Hebrews whose doors were marked with the blood of the lamb; we are sprinkled with the blessed water by which we were cleansed from original sin through Christ's sacrifice, and we repeat our baptismal vows, renouncing Satan and all his works. We rejoice at Christ's bodily resurrection from the darkness of the tomb; and we pray for our passage from death into eternal life, from sin into grace, from the weariness and infirmity of old age to the freshness and vigor of youth, from the anguish of the Cross to peace and unity with God, and from this sinful world unto the Father in heaven.

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A Great Friday for Ft Worth and Bad Friday for TEC

April 18th, 2014 Posted in TEC |

Bishop Jack IkerFrom Anglican Ink

TEC suffers third loss in Texas Supreme Court

First came the ruling against TEC in the direct appeal we brought to the Texas Supreme Court, issued on August 30. Second came the denial of TEC’s request for the court to rehear (or reconsider) that ruling. And now comes their third loss, on April 17. The high court has denied TEC’s motion to recall the mandate it sent to the trial court, which would have “stayed the proceedings” (stopped the legal process in Texas) while they try to get a review of our case from the U.S Supreme Court. Apparently the state Justices agreed with our attorneys that it is highly unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case at this stage. Nonetheless, TEC has untilJune 19 to seek review at the national level.

The next step in the litigation here in Fort Worth is a hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the courtroom of Judge John Chupp, where we have requested that he set aside the supersedeas order and refund to the Diocese the $100,000 cash bond we posted two years ago in order to maintain possession of our property. With his original decision having now been reversed by the Texas Supreme Court, there are no legal grounds for the order to remain in effect.

In addition, attorneys for the Diocese are completing new pleadings and a revised motion for summary judgment, which should be filed with the 141st district court sometime next month.

Once again, it is time for the TEC lawyers to come clean with their clients about their prospects in this case and to stop filing more and more unnecessary legal motions that only delay the process. Without a significant benefactor paying all their legal fees, the small little group calling itself “the local Episcopal parties” could never have taken matters this far. It is prudent for them to cut their losses and move on.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Let us give thanks to the Lord for his goodness and grace as we fight this spiritual battle that has been thrust upon us.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
April 18, 2014
Good Friday


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God So Loved The World (John Stainer)

April 18th, 2014 Posted in Holy Week |

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Taking illegal drugs is no less evil than sexual harrassment

April 18th, 2014 Posted in News |

By Julian Mann, Conservative Home

Why are the police treating sexual harassment as a graver evil than the taking of illegal drugs?

Both are socially evil and should be prosecuted on the basis of sufficient evidence. But the police appear to be taking complaints of sexual harassment much more seriously than the concerns of local residents about crowds of people smoking cannabis in public places, such as parks and recreation grounds.

Looking at the scale of political correct values, it is not too difficult to understand why sexual harassment in the workplace against a junior employee by a person in a powerful position is perceived as such a serious evil. Feminists such as Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, have a particular concern that male-dominated working environments are conducive to the sexual harassment of women.

But the victims of drug-motivated crime, especially burglary, are often women too, and vulnerable ones at that. It is bewildering why politically correct values as a system of moral values is not as concerned about them as it is about women in the workplace. This is mystery beyond my comprehension – that and the feminist silence over the deliberate choice by some mothers to have abortions because their unborn children are female.

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Families: Beware the homosexual lobby’s agenda

April 18th, 2014 Posted in Children/Family, Gay Activism |

By John Smeaton, SPUC

Runt Hunt, the acting head of Stonewall, the UK's main homosexual lobby, wrote an article recently for "Pink News" entitled: "We must celebrate equal marriage whilst looking ahead to what is still to be done".

As I say in my forthcoming column in SPUC's Pro-Life Times: "This aggressive homosexual rights group wants to probe right into family homes – yours and mine – to dictate what parents should teach to their children. And they’ll be looking for legislation to enforce this".

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager who has studied the homosexual lobby in Britain carefully, has written the following helpful reflections on Hunt's article:

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‘Intractable situation’ leads to Passion Play cancellation (Update)

April 18th, 2014 Posted in Atheism, Christianity |

By Bill Heine, Oxford Mail

TODAY is Good Friday, the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but there will be no re-enactment of the Passion Play on the Cowley Road this year.

When the play was first performed two years ago it was a great success. This year it is a complete failure; it has been cancelled at the last minute.

What’s the bottom line in this saga? Scores of actors, singers, musicians and costume makers have been rehearsing since mid-November. The local church groups are baffled. The audience is angry.

The organisers at St Stephen’s House seminary in East Oxford put up a notice on the website: “The Passion Play has had to be cancelled. This is due to an intractable situation… the decision was taken this evening (last Saturday) that we could not proceed as we would technically be permitting an offence by doing so.”

The group put on the same play in the Cowley Road two years ago. It wasn’t illegal then. So what’s changed? The “reasons” don’t really provide an answer; so what’s going on? The question remains: Is this a tragedy or a comedy?

[...]  The Reverend Councillor Mike Wolff investigated. “All the people in the city council were trying to be helpful, but a fatal disconnect came down and people were talking at cross purposes. This is a lesson for Christians that if they are going to talk about Passion Plays, please bear in mind the possibility that fifty per cent of people making decisions on it might not know what the Christians are talking about.

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I can’t just sit and watch the misery of divorce, says judge as he quits

April 18th, 2014 Posted in Children/Family, Divorce |

Sir Paul ColeridgeBy Daniel Martin, Mailonline

A senior judge has called for action to ‘stem the tide’ of family breakdown – as it was revealed Britain has more failed marriages than almost any other country.

Sir Paul Coleridge retired from the High Court’s Family Division on Thursday after he was formally warned over campaigning for marriage.

He said he could not ‘sit here day after day’ seeing the effect of family breakdown without speaking out against it.

In December he was reprimanded by heads of the judiciary after setting up the Marriage Foundation think tank and airing views in a newspaper article.

At a retirement ceremony yesterday, Sir Paul said: ‘I know how consoling and good a good marriage can be and how it gets better over the years and also how ghastly family breakdown can be. Something can and should be done to stem the tide of family breakdown.

‘Family judges have a unique experience of this and therefore a unique contribution to make.

‘We should not be afraid to speak out … I cannot sit here day after day watching misery and doing nothing.’

Sir Paul’s comments came as an international report found barely half of UK adults are married – and almost one in ten are divorced or separated. Only four countries in the West have a higher proportion of divorcees who have not remarried.

Last night Norman Wells, of campaigners Family and Youth Concern, said the rise in unmarried cohabitation, outlined in the report, was a ‘disaster for children’ as it meant their parents were more likely to separate.

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