Tuesday Stuff 28/5/13

My aunt and uncle at her ordination.

My aunt and uncle at her ordination. Carole died of cancer before she was able to take up full time ministry.

‘Easy to read and most helpful explanation of a contentious subject’ blog of the week.  Ian Black: Women Bishops – next steps.

Ian helpfully explains the ‘Women Bishops’ release from the CofE last week. A must read for anyone who wants to know the timetable and proposals for potential ways forward.

The House of Bishops of the Church of England has just issued a report proposing a clear way forward to enable women to become bishops.  This follows on from the dramatic failure of the previous proposals in General Synod in November 2012, not least because the same House of Bishops made significant changes to them.  That said no one really liked those proposals much – either in their unamended form or their fiddled with format – so the failure has made us go back to basics.  And these new proposals do just that, they go back to various foundations and from each question various things flow.  Below is my flow chart in words for what is now in front of us, with a few comments on the way.    That the church wants women bishops is not in question.  That has long since been decided.  This is all about how to achieve that.

Best ‘I wish I’d thought of that when vandals scrawled on our Alpha poster’ idea: Vandalism as Conversation-Starter: Small NY church seizes an opportunity to communicate beyond its walls

You’ve got to see the photo on this blog for it to make any sense:

The Rev. Thomas Broad and wardens of Grace Episcopal Church in the rural hamlet of Randolph, New York engaged in a remarkable act of social media ministry this week.

The ‘what now did the Pope say this time whoop’ news report that made me so happy I can’t speak English anymore. Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics

Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds today when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists.

During his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome, Francis emphasized the importance of “doing good” as a principle that unites all humanity, and a “culture of encounter”to support peace.

Tweets of the week:

Mark Wallace: Not only has Cameron dared to go on halfterm holiday with his kids, I hear he’s actually sleeping rather than staying awake 24/7. Outrageous

Iain stewart: V depressing to be marking final yr exam answers on geohazards and vulnerability and finding multiple references to Daily Mail (2011).

NotVicarBot: RT #Vicarbot “Don’t panic—it’s only a test.” << So life sucks because we are cosmic lab rats? Bulldoo-doo!

Adam S. McHugh: New disaster policy: Next time tragedy strikes, Christian leaders sit in silence and grieve for 7 days before saying anything.



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