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Dean of Carlisle's letter considered by Anglican church

A letter from the Dean of Carlisle Cathedral and more than 100 senior Anglicans calling on the Church of England to apologise for treating gay people like second class citizens will go to the 38 primates of the Anglican church today.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, says for too long the church has treated gay, lesbian and transgender people as a 'problem to be solved'.

Dean of Carlisle calls for apology to gay community

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The Dean of Carlisle Cathedral has signed a letter asking the Church of England to repent for what it calls 'discriminating' against gay, lesbian and transgender Christians.

The letter will be discussed at a meeting of the global Anglican Communion this week.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling added his name to the letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking the church to acknowledge members that have been treated as 'second class citizens'.

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Bishop opens new hydro-power plant in Cumbria

The Bishop of Carlisle opened the new plant. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's latest hydro-power plant has been opened, with an unusual ceremony by the Bishop of Carlisle.

The facility at Rydal in the Lake District, cost £2 million and will power the nearby Conference Centre and up to 400 homes.

The Carlisle Diocese provided a third of the funding for the project, and the Bishop of Carlisle says it underlines the church's commitment to supporting green energy.

We're delighted that everybody who's worked on this project has been from Cumbria and so we hope that it's avery significant project in economic terms which has benefitted the economy of the whole county."

– Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
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