A legally secure structural settlement, without theological compromise, is the only way forward, says CEEC’s John Dunnett
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by CEEC Contributor
5d ago
The meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England concluded on Tuesday. Commenting on the debate on the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) process, Revd Canon John Dunnett, National Director, Church of England Evangelical Council, CEEC, said: “The decision taken by General Synod to move to next business [before the end of the debate] is demonstrative of widespread dissatisfaction with how the bishops have been progressing the LLF process. The one thing that Synod could largely agree on was that neither side could support the proposals that would emanate from the motion, as tabled at Synod ..read more
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CEEC expresses ‘profound concern’ at ‘Living in Love, Faith and Reconciliation’ paper
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by CEEC Contributor
3w ago
Monday 12 February 2024, London, UK: CEEC has expressed ‘profound concern’ at one of the papers published ahead of February’s meeting of the General Synod. The paper entitled ‘Living in Love, Faith and Reconciliation’ (GS2346) is being brought to the Synod by the Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow. In response to the paper, Revd Canon John Dunnett, National Director, said: “CEEC wholeheartedly welcomes the commitment in this paper to pursue openness, humility, honesty and transparency in the Living in Love and Faith process. At the same time, we are profoundly concerned by th ..read more
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Orthodox bishops publish ‘theological vision’ of Christian life and discipleship to ‘encourage’ and ‘equip’
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by CEEC Contributor
3w ago
The Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) welcomes today’s publication of a ‘theological vision’ of Christian life and discipleship by a group of orthodox bishops. These bishops, writing on behalf of a wider grouping in the House and College of bishops, say that the affirmations included in the vision are designed to ‘bring greater clarity to our points of convergence and divergence’ and to ‘encourage and equip’ those who continue to hold to the Church’s historic teaching.  The vision comprises affirmations in four areas: credal orthodoxy, universal church, supernatural faith and s ..read more
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Why is alternative spiritual oversight needed and why now? Bishop Julian Henderson, President, CEEC, explains…
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by CEEC Contributor
1M ago
In December 2023, the House of Bishops commended the suite of prayers for the blessing of same sex couples, as part of Prayers of Love and Faith (PLF). This watershed moment marked a departure from the biblical, historic and apostolic teaching of the Church of England on the place for sexual intimacy, the abandonment of the authority of Scripture in its teaching about relationships and the embrace of today’s culture on marriage. The result is a divided Church at every level – from the House of Bishops to General Synod, to the local parish. There are a lot of people who are angry, sad, shocked ..read more
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‘We are here for you’, John Dunnett writes…
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by CEEC Contributor
1M ago
Evangelicals in parishes the length and breadth of the Church of England are finding that their concerns regarding the trajectory of the Prayers of Love and Faith continue to grow. For clergy, it’s the realisation that they might not be able to rely on their wardens and PCC for support should they decline to use the Prayers of Love and Faith. For lay people, it’s the realisation that change is becoming a reality at the local level and if clergy can marry same-sex partners, then things could change very quickly beyond recognition. And for those outside the Church of England, ther ..read more
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Have evangelicals made secret plans to split the Church? Andrew Goddard writes…
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by CEEC Contributor
1M ago
In December 2023 article, Nic Tall (Secretary of the General Synod Gender & Sexuality Group) wrote an article on the liberal blog ‘Via Media’ which argued that the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) has been “Plotting the Division of the Church of England”. While he documents some of the CEEC’s activity, Tall is selective with what he includes (and excludes) and positions the piece with a strong bias towards the revisionist agenda. So in response to this, Revd Dr Andrew Goddard has written a piece from his personal perspective, which critiques Nic Tall’s article. Goddard conclude ..read more
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CEEC responds to House of Bishops’ commendation of Prayers of Love and Faith
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by CEEC Contributor
2M ago
Revd Canon John Dunnett, National Director, CEEC, said: “CEEC deeply regrets the announcement from the House of Bishops which indicates that a selection of readings and prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and asking for God’s blessing for same sex couples can be used in Church of England services from Sunday 17 December. As reported in our statement on 17 November, this confirms our belief that a line has been crossed, which we hoped and prayed would not happen.   “In view of this announcement, CEEC remains convinced of the urgent need for structural provision that will secure orthod ..read more
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CEEC announces discernment panel for informal overseers, as part of its new provisions for orthodox evangelicals
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by CEEC Contributor
3M ago
CEEC has announced the formation of a panel charged with discerning those called to provide informal alternative spiritual oversight to orthodox evangelical clergy and PCCs across the country. The move follows the CEEC’s recent announcement of two provisions launched on the back of the decision at General Synod to press ahead with the bishops’ proposals for Prayers of Love and Faith. The first is the launch of The Ephesian Fund, designed to provide an alternative way of giving. The second provision is for informal alternative spiritual oversight for clergy and PCCs, who feel a l ..read more
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Navigating the coming season. Andy Mason writes:
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by CEEC Contributor
3M ago
The internal debate amongst Church of England evangelicals is obviously well underway. We’re going to need oodles of wisdom and grace going forward. Here are some tensions that I think we’re going to need to hold together in the coming season: 1. Not catastrophising about the obstacles ….but also being super clear about the powerful revisionist agenda that is driving  things. 2. Differentiating ourselves from revisionist bishops (and clergy)…but carefully navigating legal realities and obligations. 3. Contending fiercely for the truth….but also living in joy, hope and love. 4. Actin ..read more
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Contending for the Church of England. Ed Shaw writes:
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by CEEC Contributor
3M ago
As I wearily return from another meeting (the third this year!) of the Church of England’s governing body, General Synod, I’m preparing to answer two questions: what’s going on in the Church of England, and what are you doing about it? How will I be responding? 1. What’s going on in the Church of England? There’s total chaos A carefully managed six year project called Living in Love and Faith aimed at scoping the areas of agreement and disagreement on sex, marriage and relationships exposed clearly irreconcilable divisions when it comes to whether the Church of England approves of any sex ..read more
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