A former orthodox member of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council, who once staunchly opposed the church's affirmation of same-sex partnerships, has been appointed the new director of an LGBT-activist Christian coalition seeking to change the church's biblical beliefs about homosexuality after publicly announcing for the first time that she's a lesbian.
Jayne Ozanne, a 46-year-old lay campaigner who was appointed as one of the founding members of the church's Archbishops' Council by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey in 1999, was announced as the new director of the pro-gay network, Accepting Evangelicals.
The network advocates for the Church of England to accept same-sex partnerships at "every level of church life," and open up its leadership to practicing homosexuals — those who are involved in same-sex relationships and believe God condones gay marriage. more >>
Former Anglican Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams has responded to atheist actor Stephen Fry's recent criticism of God by saying that only a "stupid and insensitive person" would never protest suffering in the world. At the same time, Williams said that he hopes Fry would actually wait for God's reply, if he got a chance to speak with Him.
"It's interesting that already in the Psalms and the book of Job, you're beginning to have that kind of protest voice within religious communities," Williams, who led the Church of England for 10 years, said on BBC's Newsnight.
The former Archbishop was responding to Fry's controversial comments earlier this month, when the actor called God "utterly evil" and "monstrous" for designing a world which includes bone cancer in children, and other such diseases. more >>
A Maryland Episcopal Bishop Suffragan has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a fatal hit-and-run accident from late last year.
Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was indicted last week by a Baltimore-based grand jury, which alleges that the clergy fatally struck a bicyclist with her car last December.
Since facing charges of hit-and-run, new charges have been added to the indictment, according to Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. more >>
An iconic church in New York City has continued to apply pressure to the major retail company Wal-Mart over its sale of firearms in certain stores.
Trinity Wall Street Church, an Episcopal congregation founded in the early 18th century, has sought to get Wal-Mart to entertain a shareholder proposal aimed at curbing gun violence by reducing the retail chain's gun sales.
The church filed a lawsuit, which is in litigation, over the right of their shareholder proposal to be considered by Wal-Mart. more >>
Anglican Archbishop the Most Rev. Justin Welby has said that Christians shouldn't attack atheist actor Stephen Fry, who recently called God "utterly evil" and "monstrous" for designing a world in which children get bone cancer, and suffer other diseases.
"It is as much the right of Stephen Fry to say what he said and not to be abused improperly by Christians who are affronted as it is the right of Christians to proclaim Jesus Christ," Welby said, according to The Telegraph.
"That is his freedom to choose that is given to us in creation." more >>
British members of parliament have voted in favor of a bill that paves the way for the creation of "three-parent" babies with the DNA from two women and one man, aimed at tackling genetic diseases. The approval comes despite concerns from the Church of England.
BBC News reported that 382 MPs in the House of Commons voted in favor of the bill, and 128 were against. While a vote at the House of Lords is also needed to take place before the bill becomes law, proponents said they expect it to pass, with the first babies from this process being born in 2016.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the idea is to allow parents with genetic diseases to give birth to healthy infants. more >>