AMiE ordinations – update

A summary of the initial reactions to AMiE ordinations on 7th December

An earlier post summarized the background to the first ordination service of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) on Thursday 7th December 2017 at the East London Tabernacle Church. These were led by Missionary Bishop Andy Lines and was live-streamed on the AMiE website;  “footage from the event itself” is available here. Continue reading

AMiE ordinations

Background to AMiE ordinations which took place on 7th December

The first ordination service of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) was held on Thursday 7th December 2017 at the East London Tabernacle Church. This was led by Missionary Bishop Andy Lines, who was consecrated as bishop by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) on 30th June 2017, (see Press Release).  Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 26th November

A week in which marriage and cohabitation were much in the news and GAFCON claimed its first scalp (or should that be bonnet?) in Scotland…

Unrecognised religious marriages

A survey for The Truth about Muslim Marriage, a documentary broadcast on Channel 4 on Tuesday, suggested that as many as 200,000 Muslim couples may be living in unregistered marriages. The survey of 923 Muslim women revealed that while 78 per cent wanted their marriages to be legally valid, 61 per cent had had a nikah ceremony only. It also suggested that some 28 per cent of those women who had married in a nikah ceremony were unaware that it did not give them the same rights and protections as a legally-recognised marriage. Continue reading

SEC model for same-sex marriage for Church of Ireland?

Speaking at the Diocesan Synod in Cork on Saturday 10th June 2010, The Rt Rev Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, suggested that ‘”it may well be the Scottish approach represents a way forward for us too that recognizes all integrities.” “It is worth considering in our debate here Ireland”. The Diocesan Press Release is reproduced below.  Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 11th June

A week dominated by the last gasp of the General Election campaign and the same-sex marriage vote in the Scottish Episcopal Synod…

You’re joking – not another one?

The UK finally struggled to the polls after what seemed an interminable campaign. After the Brexit referendum, every commentator seemed to be an expert on constitutional law; after Thursday’s vote, it’s now time for “hung parliament” expertise, to which we would look towards the Commons Library Briefings here. In brief:

“Hung Parliaments may result in formal coalition agreements, or government by a minority administration by way of a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement. If no party or group of parties is able to form a government, a further general election might be triggered under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. It is possible that over the lifetime of a Parliament, two or more of these options might occur”. Continue reading