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Reform statement on the appointment of a woman bishop for the CoE

Conservative Evangelicals "grieved" but "not surprised" by appointment of women bishop

 

PCUSA accused of links with Hezbollah

An Israeli civil rights organization, Shurat HaDin, has filed a “whistleblower” action with the U.S. government seeking the revocation of the tax exempt status of the Presbyterian Church USA.

 

ACNA reflections on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

Bishop John Guernsey writes about the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

 

Protestant numbers skyrocketing in South America

The proportion of Protestants among the people of South and Central America has risen six fold since 1950, the Pew Research Center reports.

 

Bishop on kayak quest

The Assistant Bishop of Auckland has begun a 10-day kayak voyage to mark the 200th anniversary of Anglican worship in the country

 

Kenneth Kearon honored by Rome

Canon Kenneth Kearon has been presented with an episcopal ring in honor of his election as the Bishop of Limerick by the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

 

Church in Wales working for Fair Trade designation

The Church in Wales hopes to become the first province in the Anglican Communion to achieve “Fair Trade” status.

 

Death of the Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan

The Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan died this morning in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital after a yearlong battle with Leukemia.

 

Terror attack kills 200 in Nigeria

A bomb blast at Northern Nigeria’s largest mosque has claimed the lives of almost 200 people, the Nigerian press reports.

 

Archbishop calls for united war on drugs

The Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa has criticized politicians in Ghana for using the arrest of a smuggler caught with 12kg of cocaine at Heathrow Airport a

 

New Muslim Women's report a 'cry for help'

A Muslim British women’s rights group has today published a report which reveals alarming cases of gender discrimination suffered by many Muslim women in the UK.

 

Mouneer Anis named archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

The Synod of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East has changed the titles of its senior bishops.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury on hunger in Britain

The Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Sunday Mail before an all-party parliamentary report on food poverty and hunger in the UK.

 

Bishop of New York's statement on the grand jury decision in the Garner case

"nothing could be clearer than that at a minimum the demands of justice require that any such killings be fully investigated and that everyone involved be held to account".

 

Heaven open to all, Francis says

Cats, dogs and Protestants will be found in heaven, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience at the Vatican on 26 Nov 2014.

 

A Church that sues itself?

The highly litigious Episcopal Church in the United States of America("ECUSA") has settled a lawsuit with itself, according to a press release from its rump group

 

Appointment of evangelical headship bishop of Maidstone

Church Society welcomes the news that a man who upholds the complementarian view of headship will soon be appointed to the vacant See of Maidstone.

 

Gay marriage remarks prompt exodus from Church of Finland

Over 13,000 people have quit the Church of Finland in three days in protest to a statement by the Archbishop of Turku that he “rejoiced” in the vote by parliament to approve gay marriage.

 

Court action promised in Pakistan blasphemy murders

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the government to investigate the 4 Nov 2014 murders of a Christian couple who were burnt alive for allegedly desecrating a page from the Koran.

 

Half of Diocese of Quebec parishes set to close

Secularism combined with rural flight may lead to the extinction of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Quebec

 

Welby warns of coming split

The Anglican Communion is on the verge of institutional collapse, the Archbishop of Canterbury has told The Times.

 

Episcopal Parties File Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Under Neutral Principles

On December 1, 2014, Plaintiffs The Episcopal Church, Local Episcopal Parties, and Local Episcopal Congregations filed a joint motion for partial summary judgment in the 141st District Court, the Honorable John P. Chupp presiding. As the motion states:

 

Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery

We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery

 

Archbishop of Canterbury to sign slavery agreement in Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will join Pope Francis and representatives of other world faiths tomorrow at the Vatican to sign a joint statement calling for the elimination of slavery a

 

Ebola attacks what makes us human, says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Ebola virus “strikes straight into the heart” of what it is to be human, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said Friday.

 

Ebola survivors in need

Christian Aid has joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to distribute essential household items to Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.

 

Welby heads north

The Archbishop of Canterbury has concluded his 18-month round the Communion tour this week with a visit to the Scottish Episcopal Church.

 

Wabukala cracks his whip

The chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans has laid down a three line party whip, calling Africa's wavering bishops to order.

 

Gafcon Advent Letter 2014

To the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council

 

America's racist foundations revealed in Ferguson, Presiding Bishop claims

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on the way forward from Ferguson:

 

Terrorists kill 28 Christians in Kenyan bus massacre

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the murder of 28 Christians in Kenya last Saturday, saying the killings were payback for police

 

Bavarian bishop elected as EKD leader

The Rt. Rev. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm has been elected head of the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD).

 

Trial date set for Bishop Ball

The former Bishop of Gloucester will face two additional charges of indecent assault

 

Laity mobilize to block gay church marriage in Finland

 A potential vote on gay marriage in future sessions of the General Synod of the Church of Finland has enlivened elections for trustees and parish councillors held on 9 Nov 2014 for the state Luthe

 

Crime a consequence of moral decay, West Indian bishop writes

A return to “old-fashioned” moral values is the only lasting solution to the Caribbean’s epidemic of crime

 

Sultan returns confiscated Bibles

The Sultan of Selangor has returned Bibles and religious literature confiscated by the State Islamic Affairs Department

 

Women bishops: Archbishop hails "new way of being the church"

Archbishop Welby says the Church can begin "moving forward together" after General Synod enacts women bishops legislation.

 

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Okoh of Nigeria at Humanum Conference

Pope Francis welcomed the Primate of All Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh to the Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Men and Women at the Vatican on Monday, 17 Nov 2014

 

NT Wright addresses Vatican colloquium on marriage

The marital union is a crucial symbol of God's intention and the possibility for a “new creation” Wright told the conference

 

No jail time for abuser priest

Franklin Huntress given 12 month suspended sentence after admitting to two counts of assault

 

Anglican Communion may be beyond repair says Welby

In his Presidential address to the General Synod today, Archbishop Welby spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward.

 

Decline of marriage linked to inequality Pope claims

"Evidence is mounting that the decline of the marriage culture is associated with increased poverty and a host of other social ills" -- Francis,

 

Muslim mob burns Christian couple to death

A Christian husband and wife have been burned alive by a Muslim

 

Islamist extremism not poverty driving Boko Haram terror campaign says archbishop

Archbishop Kwashi is the Anglican Archbishop of the area in Northern Nigeria where the bombing took place at Potiskum. He met on Monday November 10 with the Diocesan bishop of the area.

 

Moscow press statement on ACNA meeting

On November 8, the DECR chairman met at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary with Dr. Foley Beach, Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America.

 

Attendance holding steady for the Church of England

New Church of England statistics for 2013 published today show that an average of one million people attend services each week, down about 1% on the previous year

 

Russian Orthodox meeting for ACNA leaders

On November 8, 2014 Archbishop Foley Beach met with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, Chairman of the Department of External Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church.

 

Charlie Masters installed as bishop of ANiC

(6 Nov 2014) The Rt Rev. Charles Masters was installed this evening as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada by Archbishop Foley Beach

 

GTS faculty return to work

Joint statement announcing a return to work agreement at the General Theological Seminary

 

New bishop for Western Anglicans

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America has appointed the Rev. M. Keith Andrews as bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglican

 

Diocese of Michigan backs gun control

The Diocese of Michigan has endorsed a resolution call for universal background checks on all gun purchases, banning all sales of semiautomatic weapons, high-impact ammunition, and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

 

Episcopal bishop joins ACNA

The former Bishop of Springfield of the Episcopal Church of the USA has joined the Anglican Church in North America.

 

Soccer star's murder prompts call for gun control in South Africa

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town has backed calls for stricter gun control following the murder of South Africa's national soccer team captain, Senzo Meyiwa.

 

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act gets church backing

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has endorsed popular calls for Uganda's parliament to reinstate the Anti-Homosexuality Act

 

Cathedral marchers against gun violence

Members of St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle join ecumenical march against gun violence

 

Burmese visit for Archbishop Welby

Archbishop visits South East Asia and Myanmar

 

Ghana tour for Welby

Archbishop Welby offers praise for Ghana's 'remarkable' religious tolerance

 

Constitutional amendment not a stalking horse for gay marriage, bishop c laims

The Bishop of The Bahamas has given his support to four constitutional amendments that seek to banning sexual discrimination.

 

MPs send message on Asia Bibi case

More than fifty Members of Parliament, from across the political spectrum, have written to the Pakistani authorities asking for an urgent review in the case of Asia Bibi. 

 

Death penalty affirmed in Pakistan blasphemy case

The Lahore High Court has rejected the appeal of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy

 

Stolen diocesan funds used to for Las Vegas junkets, court told

A Manitoba court has frozen the assets of the former Archdeacon of Brandon, after the diocese’s insurance company brought suit to recoup funds embezzled by the Ven. Noah Njegovan.

 

Archbishop resigns after report damns inaction against abusers

The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope, has resigned as the Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford after an inquiry found he had protected a cathedral dean from scandal

 

Bishop Baker to step down as FiF chairman

The Rt. Rev. Jonathan Baker has announced he will not stand for re-election as chairman of Forward in Faith UK.

 

Corruption is killing South Africa: Archbishop warns

The “insidious cancer of corruption” is “the most egregious threat” to South Africa's democracy today, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has said in a public lecture.

 

Church backs dam protests in Luzon

The Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines Renato Abibico has written to President Benigno Aquino urging government intervention in a dispute between villagers and an energy company accused of despoiling their land.

 

Impasse in General Seminary strike talks

Negotiations over the return to work of 8 General Theological Seminary faculty appear to be at an impasse, according to a statement released by the faculty.

 

Egypt Fights Terrorism

Bishop Mouneer Anis reports on the terror attacks in Sinai

 

Forward in Faith bishops defend Bishop Baker

None of the bishops of The Society underestimates the searing grief that accompanies the breakdown of a marriage

 

David Reed elected Bishop of West Texas

The Rt. Rev. David Mitchell Reed was elected as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas at the Special Council of the diocese on Oct. 25, 2014.

 

CoE bishop given permission to remarry after divorce

The chairman of Forward in Faith (UK), the Rt. Rev. Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, has been given permission by the Bishop of London and Archbishop of Canterbury to remarry following his divorce to his wife.

 

Tribalism holding back Nigeria warns Okoh

Tribalism remains the greatest threat to the integrity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, warns Archbishop Nicholas Okoh.

 

Christian backing for BJP

Indian church leaders have given their support to the Hindu-Nationalist BJP Party

 

Gafcon secretary appointed

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala writes on the first anniversary of the Gafcon conference in Nairobi

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