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Bishops reject call to study question of "Open Communion"

By a vote of 79-77 the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has rejected a resolution calling for the creation of a task force to examine the issue of whether the church should allow those not baptized to receive Holy Communion.

 

Sweet Poetic Justice for the Bishop of LA

So the Diocese of Los Angeles, already out of pocket some $4 to $5 million in its battle to recover the St. James property, and hoping to turn it into a neat $10 million net profit, may face still more legal costs and attorneys' fees, only to find out that the property has to remain a church after all.

 

Climate change battles - could Pope Francis’ encyclical be a decisive new ally?

The course of European history was at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. Exactly 200 years later, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudate Si’. Will this change the course of history and bring victory for a sustainable future at the climate change talks in Paris in November this year?

 

Bishops back gender neutral marriage

“If our Lord is the son of God … God incarnate. He is quite aware of the nature of marriage and could have offered alternatives but did not,” BIshop William Love said in opposition to the bill.

 

Bishop of Taunton appointed

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Ruth Worsley, Archdeacon of Wiltshire in the diocese of Salisbury, to the Suffragan See of Taunton in the diocese of Bath and Wells in success

 

Episcopal Church on its way towards adopting gay marriage

The 78th General Convention is likely to adopt trial rites for the blessing of same-sex marriages, but also will allow dissenting dioceses and clergy the legal right to opt out.

 

Michael Curry lays out his vision for the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church of the future he hoped would be catholic in doctrine, evangelistic in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, soaked in the Bible, and animated by hearts converted by faith through grace to seek justice and peace for all people.

 

Melbourne incorporates

A special meeting of synod has voted to change the diocese’s legal structure to a registered corporation in response to abuse claims.

 

Indian synod ends in brawl

Police were called to Saturday's meeting of the Kerala CSI Synod in Thiruvanthapuram, when  arguments over ammendments to the church's constitution led to a melee that shut down proceedings.

 

Letter from Los Angeles: "Bishop violence" and St James Newport Beach

Episcopalians in Newport Beach are marching one-by-one and two-by-two, locked out by their own Bishop, Jon Bruno.

 

Evangelical elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

A liberal evangelical, Michael Curry of North Carolina will be the church's first African American presiding bishop

 

Ecumenical partners in short supply at General Convention

Episcopalians are continuing calls for unity with other Christian churches despite actions that have had the effect of increasing divisions between Episcopalians, Global South Anglicans and other branches of historic Christianity.

 

Evangelicals release statement on marriage follow Supreme Court ruling

“We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot."

 

Bishops’ Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

A Statement from the Anglican Church in North America on the occasion of the United States Supreme Court Decision on same-sex “marriage"

 

Is the nasty party losing power in the Episcopal Church?

What is apparent is a swing of the pendulum away from ideology to pastoral care. The “nasty party” -- those whom Dryden would have described as “false, foolish, old, ill-natured, and ill breed” -- is no longer in charge.

 

Fifth Anglican South to South meeting scheduled

Anglican South to South Conference set for Tunisia in October

 

Archbishop of Canterbury denounces day of Islamist terror

Terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France that have killed over 230 peopole will not divide us in our fight against evil, says archbishop

 

Works, not grace, will build the kingdom of God, states Presiding Bishop

Bishop Jefferts Schori sounded two recurring themes of her episcopacy in her sermon to the 78th General Convention -- universalism and the ability for humanity to immanentize the eschaton

 

Happiness, God, good cheer and England

Whatever happiness is, you can’t pursue it. It may happen to you, but you can’t make it happen.

 

St James Newport Beach correspondence

Letter from the Los Angeles Standing Committee defending the sale; Parish letter in response

 

Judge allows St James the Great sale to go ahead

Court rules parishioners have no legal standing to challenge bishop's sale of their church

 

Wabukala's tale of two churches: Emanuel AME Church and York Minster

Sentamu disappoints while Charleston's Emanuel AME Church is a source of pride for Christians, Eliud Wabukalka writes

 

Cry for help from St James Newport Beach

"I can no longer remain silent and watch such an injustice be imposed on the congregation of St. James the Great, Newport Beach, California.

 

Bishop resigns from seminary board following Orlando baptism flap

The Bishop of Central Florida has resigned from the Board of Trustees of the Trinity School for Ministry (TSM)

 

Statement by the Dean of York on Saturday's Gay Pride rally blessing

Statement on the blessing of York's gay pride march that begins at York Minister on Saturday, 20 June 2015.

 

Jensen rallies Gafcon faithful in Belfast

A meeting of church leaders from across Ireland has been challenged to remain biblically faithful but to ‘dare to do new things’ in the face of a ‘new spiritual darkness’ in the west.

 

18 months further imprisonment for child abuser priest

On 12 June 2015 the Lewes Crown Court sentenced Robert Coles to 16 months imprisonment, to be served after he completes his current eight year term.

 

Australian diocese incorporates

Wangaratta has voted to incorporate so as to allow survivors of clergy sexual abuse a legal entity against whom they could pursue their claims.

 

Laudato Si’

ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 

ACNA priest's wife killed in Charleston massacre

Police in North Carolina have detained a 21 year old man, whom they believe responsible for a shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church that left nine dead, including the wife of an ACNA priest

 

Sierra Leone parish emerges from the ruins of civil war

Thirteen years after the close of the Sierra Leone civil the Diocese of Freetown has reconsecrated St Simon & St Jude parish church in Tombo

 

Church of England statement on gay clergy

Statement on Nottingham Employment Tribunal, 17 June 2015

 

Archbishop of Canterbury join faith leaders in call for urgent action to tackle climate change

Faith leaders in Britain have pledged to fast and pray for the success of key international negotiations over climate change in a new declaration warning of the "huge challenge" facing the world over global warming.

 

Diocese of South Carolina Files Reply Brief with the South Carolina Supreme Court

The Diocese of South Carolina disassociated with The Episcopal Church in complete accord with South Carolina law and Constitutional precedent.

 

Lukewarm response from Nigeria to the appointment of new ACC general secretary

The Church of Nigeria has distanced itself from the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon as general secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council.

 

Hoping for reconciliation, Episcopalians offer to settle lawsuit

Episcopalians who are seeking to end the bitter legal battle over church property in eastern South Carolina have presented a settlement agreement to a breakaway group.

 

Diocese of South Carolina rejects "spurious" settlement offer

CHARLESTON, SC, JUNE 15, 2015 – The parishes of the Diocese of South Carolina in the lawsuit against the Episcopal Church have unanimously rejected what the Episcopal Church called

 

Uganda Martyrs Day marked in Namugongo

Three million pilgrims attend Anglican/Catholic festivals

 

Prosperity gospel denounced as modern day paganism

The bishop of Amichi has urged Christians to reject preachers who peddle the prosperity gospel, warning the focus on the believer’s material rewards through the intercession of God and angels was paganism repackaged for the modern age

 

Call to divide Church of Ireland following gay marriage vote

The Dean of Leighlin has called for the Church of Ireland to be divided into two in the wake of last month’s vote in the Republic to allow gay marriage

 

Scottish evangelicals respond to synod marriage vote

We will take some time to pray and reflect on what the General Synod has committed to, before we discern what must be done to support people in congregations all over Scotland who will be unable to support this innovation.

 

Scottish Episcopal Church begins process towards creating gay marriages

Statement by the Faith and Order Board on the 12 June 2015 vote by the Scottish General Synod on gay marriage

 

Church leaders call for Germany to play a more aggresive role in world affairs

Lutheran Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Cardinal Reinhard Marx signal support for German military intervention abroad.

 

Women clergy statistics released by the Church of England to Parliament

The number of women clergy in the Church of England has risen by a thousand over the past ten years, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman reported on 8 June 2015, while the number of male clergy has declined by 1100.

 

Irish bishop endorses gay marriage vote

" ... huge numbers of professing Christians, including members of the Church of Ireland, voted ‘Yes.’," said Bishop Paul Colton, adding he did too.

 

Scottish Episcopal Church to debate gay marriage today

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church will vote this weekend on proposals to reform its marriage canons to allow same-sex weddings.

 

Excluding Your Enemy: A Comment on the Present State of Episcopal Church

"The very public and evangelically shameful debates of these past years have poisoned our church and our hearts. “Quisling”, “apostate”, “bigot”, and “homophobe”, as deployed in these exchanges have been terms that serve one purpose ...."

 

Some Good Sense from an Unexpected Source

Kudos to Bishops Benhase of Georgia and McConnell of Pittsburgh for their article, "A More Excellent Way," and kudos to The Living Church for publishing it as a lead essay in their most recent edition.

 

Episcopal Church to appeal Fort Worth court loss

The national Episcopal Church will appeal a Texas court ruling granting trusteeship of All Saints Church, Fort Worth to the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth led by the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker.

 

Southwark vicar apologizes for hosting Muslim prayer service

There will be no repetition of the March 2015 Muslim prayer service held at St John’s Waterloo in in the Diocese of Southwark, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Chessun said

 

Archbishop Welby welcomes Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to Lambeth Palace

Archbishop Justin Welby and Shaykh Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb commit to 'build bridges of peace' on first day of the Grand Imam's two-day visit with the Archbishop

 

Traditionalist bishop now accepts women clergy

The Bishop of Horsham Mark Sowersby has resigned from Council of Bishops of the Church of England's Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda after changing his mind on women clergy.

 

Lambeth meeting for Egypt Diocesan Association

Archbishop Mouneer Anis will give a presentation on the situation in his diocese to members of the Egypt Diocesan Association at Lambeth Palace on 12 June 2015

 
 

Texas sized gift for Sewanee

The University of the South is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from the Episcopal Foundation of Texas.

 

Welby asks Chinese Christians to be circumspect in sharing their faith

Archbishop Justin Welby's sermon at Muen Church, Shanghai, China, Trinity Sunday, 31 May 2015.

 

Fourth woman bishop for the Church of England

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, DBE, MA, MSc, BSc, RGN, DSc honoris causa Canon Residentairy and Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral in the

 

Uganda Martyrs Day Sermon by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

A sermon delivered on 3 June 2015 at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina to the Province IV Synod of the Episcopal Church on the Feast Day of the Martyrs of Uganda

 

Jefferts Schori to preach at Westminster Abbey

 

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has been invited by the Dean of Westminster to participate in a panel discussion and preach at the abbey on June 13 and 14.

 

National Day of Prayer at the time of Dunkirk 1940

This extraordinary photograph provides comforting reassurance that even in the most  frightening of  times there is always hope and help available, provided  of course,  it is sought for in the right place and in the right spirit.

 

Mary Irwin-Gibson elected Bishop of Montreal

The Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario has been elected Bishop of Montreal.

 

New dean for Codrington College

The trustees of Codrington College in Barbados have declined to renew the contract of the school’s dean, the Rev. Dr. Ian Rock.

 

Church has no place in Caribbean party politics, British bishop declares

Bishop Stephen Cottrell addressed the West Indian nation’s highly charged political atmosphere in a sermon in Port-of-Spain as the country prepared to go to the polls

 

No honeymoon for Nigeria's new president, Idowu-Fearon warns

Josiah Idowu-Fearon has used his final synodical address to urge Nigeria’s newly elected president to “hit the ground running”

 

Archbishop calls for opt out if Australia opts in to gay marriage

Archbishop Philip Freier has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging that any changes to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage must permit clergy to follow their conscience and opt out.

 

Cook murder trial postponed

A Baltimore City Judge has postponed the manslaughter trial of the former Suffragan Bishop of Maryland to September.

 

Bishop in Tunis to step down

Archbishop of Egypt announces retirement of Bishop Bill Musk

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