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Put asunder: a Church Times webinar

A Church Times webinar: Put asunder?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 | 6pm GMT - Broadcast tickets available

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The introduction of Prayers of Love and Faith and the blessing of same-sex couples has prompted a remarkable degree of division within the Church of England. Discussions about what happens next are ongoing. Why does it matter so much? How seriously should we take the threats of a split – and what would that mean in practice? How might parishes relate to a bishop whose view is different to theirs? How might a cleric or PCC resolve different views in their congregation? Our expert panel gets to grip with the issues.



With Helen King, Jude Padfield, Neil Patterson, Ed Shaw. Chair - Eve Poole.

Professor Helen King is an elected member of General Synod for Oxford diocese, where she is an authorized lay preacher. She took part in the Diocesan Shared Conversations and then, as a member of the History Group, was one of the team producing the Living in Love and Faith resources from 2017. She is vice-chair of the General Synod Gender & Sexuality Group.

Revd Jude Padfield is vicar of St James in the City, an Anglican Resource Church in central Liverpool. He leads the ‘Liverpool Next Generation’ diocesan strategic development project, focusing on mission and evangelism to 11–30 year olds in Liverpool. He is author of the book ‘Hopeful Influence: a theology of Christian Leadership’, hosts the ‘Hopeful Influence’ podcast and is a guest lecturer and speaker on Christian Leadership.

The Revd Neil Patterson is Director of Vocations & Ordinands and Ministry Development Officer for Hereford Diocese, where he has served since ordination in 2004.  He has served on General Synod since 2012, and is a student of church legal history among other interests.  He participated in the Facilitated Conversations and the Living With Difference group, and is Chair of the GS Gender & Sexuality Group.  He is in a civil partnership with David.

Ed Shaw is a LLM in the Diocese of Bristol where he leads a church that is part of a Bishop’s Mission Order – Emmanuel City Centre. A member of General Synod since 2015, he served on the Archbishops’ Pastoral Advisory Group that produced the Pastoral Principles. He’s also the ministry Director of www.livingout.org and a Co-Chair of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC). He’s the author of The Plausibility Problem and Purposeful Sexuality.

Dr Eve Poole OBE is interim Chief Executive of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. She was interim CEO of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2022), Third Church Estates Commissioner (2018-2021), and Chairman of Gordonstoun (2015-2021). She has a BA (Durham), an MBA (Edinburgh), and a PhD (Cambridge).




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