Posted on the 31st Oct 2014 in the category News



Bishop Tony Robinson, a Bishop of the Society, has joined the freedom to worship and pray challenge by recording his own message to help all those suffering persecution for their faith and identity and help raise funds for Christian’s Aid’s emergency appeals.

 

In a short film, taken in Wakefield Cathedral, he spells out why freedom to pray is so important and hopes others will take up the challenge too.

 

Bishop Tony said: “We often hear politicians, journalists and others supporting the ‘Freedom of Speech’ as a human right enshrined in charters and laws. I believe that we should also defend the right of any human being to have the  ‘Freedom to Pray’. Faith is so important to the vast majority of people on the planet that we must defend this right too. As the Queen said in her Jubilee year 2012 We hold that freedom to worship is at the core of our tolerant and democratic society.”

 

“As we look around the world today there are many places where people are not allowed this freedom. We must not take the freedom we have lightly. We must  work to change the attitudes of those who persecute people of another faith and stop them from praying,” he added.

 

The freedom to worship and pray challenge was launched last month by the Revd Heather Atkinson, Vicar of Moldgreen and Rawthorpe, in Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It asks people of all faiths to join her by using social media to post a picture or film of themselves at their place of prayer.

 

Those taking part are asked to nominate others to do the same and donate money to Christian Aid’s emergency appeals for Iraq, Gaza and Syria to support all those suffering for their faith and identity across the world today.

 

Said Heather: “When I was nominated to do the ice bucket challenge, it made me think about what’s going on in the world today.

“I wanted a way to raise awareness of the situation in Iraq and give people of all faiths the opportunity to say something positive about their place of prayer or worship.

“Many people around the world are persecuted for their faith and their views and this is a way to show how lucky we are that we can worship so freely,” she added.

 

Alex Jones, Christian Aid’s Deputy Head for the Eastside of England said: "Christian Aid partners on the ground in Iraq and Gaza are working in very difficult circumstances to provide desperately needed help for those forced from their homes.  We share Heather’s call for the protection of all people regardless of their belief and identity and encourage others to join Heather in this challenge."

 

JOIN THE CHALLENGE…You can text HELP5 and HELP10 to 70060 to donate £5 and £10 respectively to Christian Aid – donations will be shared between the Iraq, Syria and Gaza emergency appeals.

 




Posted on the 27th Oct 2014 in the category Statements


Statement from the Council of Bishops
Statement from the Council of Bishops

Statement from the Council of Bishops

 

None of the bishops of The Society underestimates the searing grief that accompanies the breakdown of a marriage:  many of us have shared this grief within our own families.  The news that following divorce Bishop Jonathan Baker is to marry in a civil ceremony followed by a service of thanksgiving and dedication in church should draw the assurance of prayers from everyone, including from those who will be bewildered and unsettled by it.

Bishop Jonathan has diligently sought the permissions that the Church of England requires for him to marry again.  The Bishops of the Society reaffirm their commitment both to the Church's teaching on Christian marriage as a sacramental sign, and to the need for pastoral sensitivity and care both for those who are married and for those whose marriages fail.

Bishop Jonathan has been assured of our prayers.

On behalf of the Council of Bishops

+ TONY PONTEFRACT
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson
Chairman



Posted on the 11th Oct 2014 in the category Events



On Saturday 11 October 1,500 Catholic Anglicans gathered at York Minster from all over the North of England and beyond, with three bishops and 80 concelebrating priets, to be renewed in the faith and encouraged to continue God's mission in the world today. 

 

For this year's Northern Provincial Festival, the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt Revd Glyn Webster, took as his theme the witness of three northern saints Paulinus, James the Deacon and Wilfrid.  He encourage the worshipers to be like Paulinus in his missionary zeal, to remain steadfast in the faith as was James the Deacon, and to follow Wilfrid's example of commitment to catholicity.

 

The congregation was led in a joyful celebration by a choir gathered from all corners of the Northern Province, including many of Bishop Glyn's parishes. 

 

Noting that the Canon enabling women to be bishops is likely to be promulged in November, Bishop Glyn expressed gratitude to all those who have served the traditionalist constituency so well throughout the synodical process to secure the provision for us to be able to remain and flourish within the life of the Church of England.  In particular Bishop Glyn paid tribute to The Right Revd Martyn Jarrett, his predecessor as Bishop of Beverly who had sacrificially and faithfully represented our position.

 

Bishop Glyn urged the congregation to rise to the challenge that Bishop Tony Robinson, the Chairman of the Council of Bishops of the Society, had made the previous year to strive to make the legislation work.  Bishop Glyn said, "I urge all of us who are not in favour of this development to take the invitation to flourish".

 

Bishop Glyn was very grateful for the gracious and warm hospitality provided by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster which enabled the event to run so smoothly.

 

Photos of the Celebration.

From the Sermon.



 

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