Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, the NHS. Anyway, enough of that.

We all have to get along. Jesus said so. This is obvious to us Christians, whether you’re Anglican, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Calvinist, Adventist, Pentecostal, or one of the other hundreds of Christian denominations.

5 thoughts on “Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

  1. I hadn’t heard of the ‘Together Coalition’ that the Bishop was plugging, but I immediately thought that it must be yet another ‘all-faiths-and-none’ organisation intent on inserting itself into society.

    Turns out it isn’t even that. It appears to be an offshoot of a faith-based partnership set up a few years ago by the Diocese of Lincoln and the Church Urban Fund: https://tctogether.org.uk/about It’s dominated by CofE clerics, and I doubt whether non-Christian faiths get much of a look in, let alone the non-religious.

    So why didn’t Baines say anything about the background and the true aims of this organisation? Could it be that he didn’t – yet – want to admit that it’s just another front for Anglican evangelism? I think we should be told.

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  2. Can somebody please explain what this means:
    “Back in the Hebrew Scriptures we read that god calls people to reflect his character in the world and this is never a matter of private entertainment or enterprise; rather the people god calls reflect the messiness and conflicts of real humanity, but their task, their vocation if you like, is to work reflecting that character in spite of their differences and conflicts.”
    As no one knows what god’s character is this is complete gibberish. Anyone reading the bible will quickly discern that god has a multiple personality disorder which is based on whichever prophet is writing the scripture in question.
    So a god with no discernible single character (even the Bish would admit to knowing three of him) calls lots of different people together who don’t really get on to tell them to get on despite their differences which reflect his multiple personality. Thanks for nothing.
    I’ve posted this link before (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations) as I love that it reflects the fact that every one of the listed churches believes they know which is god’s correct character and like the Bish are calling us together to follow their version of it.
    Why would we think that a good idea – crackers!

    Stephen – I think the link to the website should be this one -https://together.org.uk/ not the tctogether one.
    This one seems to be just about the anniversary of the nhs.

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  3. In response to Rev Peter’s summary, let’s also not forget that there are a fair few factions even within the CofE, who don’t agree with each other most of the time (although they will normally put up a united front and close ranks against anyone from outside – especially atheists!)

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