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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 19 Jun 2019

Lee Gatiss's series of short video expositions of the weekly lectionary readings is now mostly complete.

Three years ago, Lee Gatiss began the task of filming a short video exposition of the lectionary readings allocated for each week of the church calendar. The series has been warmly welcomed, useful for preachers, and offering insight and application for us all.

The first video was posted in June 2016, for Proper 7 in year C. We have now come full cycle, since this coming Sunday is Proper 7 in Year C. You can find the video for this week’s lectionary readings here. Because of the vagaries of the church calendar, there are still a few gaps which Lee will complete in due course.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 17 Jun 2019

In this week's podcast, Ros talks to Mark Wallace and George Crowder about their new roles as Regional Directors of Church Society

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Posted 13 Jun 2019

Representatives of conservative evangelical clergy from the Diocese of Chelmsford met on Wednesday 12 June to discuss, among other matters, Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s letter to clergy of June 2019.

“We are used to being told that we don’t belong.”

Representatives of conservative evangelical clergy from the Diocese of Chelmsford met on Wednesday 12 June to discuss, among other matters, Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s letter to clergy of June 2019.

“We noticed it was carefully worded,” said Kieran Bush, Vicar of St John’s, Walthamstow. “It gave the impression that the Bishop had never suggested that John Parker should leave the Church of England. The truth is that Stephen Cottrell has, on more than one occasion, told clergy, including John Parker, that if we disagree with the approach the Diocese is taking on matters of human sexuality we should follow our consciences and leave.  There were more than thirty clergy at one of the meetings.”

It was after a smaller meeting, in September 2018, that John Parker and another colleague felt compelled to break fellowship with the bishop.

“We are all concerned about the growing climate of intolerance and the number of clergy who are finding their position in the Church of England increasingly untenable,” said another member of the group, Mark Holdaway, Rector of St Michael’s Kirby-le-Soken with All Saints, Great Holland.

[This statement has also been published on the GAFCON UK website, here.]

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