Anglicanism

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Church of England Synod to debate House of Bishops Report

At the current session of the General Synod of the Church of England, a debate to ‘Take Note’ of the report from the House of Bishops on “Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships” (GS2055). There has been a large backlash against the report from LGBT+ Organisations and their allies in the church with many asking for the…

Church Teachings Are Harming LGB People

Oasis Foundation, the research and policy arm of the Oasis group of charities, this week released a report entitled “In The Name Of Love: The Church, Exclusion And LGB Mental Health Issues“. In the report Church teachings are singled out as cause for negativity in society towards LGB people. While it is recognised the LGB…

A Life-Giving Response to Young LGBT+ Christians

Revd Sally Hitchiner in Dublin and Belfast – 15th and 22nd October Revd Sally Hitchiner, Anglican chaplain at London’s Brunel University, and lively “gay vicar” well known in Britain for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, will be in Ireland this month to run workshops on “how to offer a helpful pastoral response to LGBT young people”.…

Jayne Ozanne to Speak in Dublin

The General Synod of the Church of Ireland takes place in Dun Laoghaire from Thurday 12th to Saturday 14th May in the Royal Marine Hotel. To coincide with this Changing Attitudes Ireland has organised a Lunch Time Seminar at 1pm on Friday 13th in the Methodist Church on Northumberland Road. The speaker will be Jayne Ozanne a well…

Church of Ireland to lose a Diocese

The Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures issued a statement this month announcing their proposals that will be put to the General Synod of the Church of Ireland when it meets from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th May, in Dún Laoghaire. The Commission recommends the reduction of the number of Dioceses from the current twelve…

Anglican Communion Survives, but for how long?

The meeting of the Anglican Communions Primates avoided any major walk out this week and has come to an agreement. Something that many thought a week ago was impossible. According to a statement released yesterday The Episcopal Church is to be suspended from Bodies of the Communion for three years while a task force is also set…

Anglican Communion’s Primates Meeting gets underway

The leaders of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion begin a week-long gathering together today in Canterbury. The Primate’s meeting could be the communion’s last as it could be the end of the Anglican Communion in its current form. This follows Archbishop Welby’s visits to all 38 Provinces following his enthronement and his contact with…

‘Just Pray’ Ad – Banned rightly or wrongly?

The above advert from the Church of England promoting a new website encouraging prayer has been banned from Cinemas in the UK as it falls foul of advertising rules. These rules, while fairly normal in Ireland and are in fact part of law here, ban the showing of Adverts for Political or Religous Advertising as…

Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

Today at their meeting in York, the General Synod of the Church of England have approved legislation to allow Women to be elevated to the episcopate. A passionate debate took place in the synod, but with 100% of Church of England Diocesan Synods backing the new legislation it was hoped that this legislation would pass.…

COI Census Figures announced

Last week the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland were presented with the results of the Census that took place in Parishes across three Sundays in November 2013. The figures from these Sundays, (excluding Remembrance Sunday) were aggregated to get an idea of Church Attendance across the Church. This census was conducted following…

CAI to march in Dublin Pride Parade

For the first time, Changing Attitudes Ireland (CAI) will be marching in this years Dublin Pride Parade which take place this Saturday 28th June. The Parade sets out at 1.45 pm from the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. Supporters of CAI – gay and straight, lay and ordained – will walk behind the CAI…

Time to Change the Question?

As many of you know I am a member of the Church of Ireland and this particular church is currently undertaking a “Listening Process” on Human Sexuality in the Context of Christian Belief. Or put another way, “what do we do about LGBT Christians?”. Should the church welcome them with arms open and allow them to be…