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A Communique from the GAFCON Primates Council

This week, from 13th to 17th April 2015, we have met in London for prayer and fellowship in order to help chart the future of glob


Trinity Wall Street legal challenge to Wal Mart rejected

A Federal Appeals Court has blocked Trinity Wall Street's shareholder proxy submitted to Wal Mart's annual meeting calling for the conglomerate to stop selling unwholesome products.


The Episcopal Church and the New Episcopal Church

Bad history, bad theology, bad law mark and bad logic mark the latest attempt to justify the reimagining of the Episcopal Church


South Carolina case goes to state supreme court: Analysis

This will enable a written, final decision in the case to be rendered before the end of the current calendar year, and should be welcome news to those on both sides who want to put this litigation behind them


South Carolina Supreme Court to hear church property case

The South Carolina Supreme Court today granted The Episcopal Church in South Carolina’s motion and will hear the appeal of a circuit court decision giving the name and property of the local diocese to a breakaway group.


New provisional bishop for Fort Worth

The Bishop of Northwest Texas, the Rt. Rev. J.


Anglican Environmental Network appeal for climate change action

Seventeen bishops have released a call for prayer and action to address the “unprecedented climate crisis”


Church in Wales urges voters to "make your mark"

By voting and being active in politics we exercise our power to change society” bishops say in run up to May 7 general election


AMiE on the agenda for London GAFCON primates meeting

Next week’s London meeting is expected to discuss the issue of whether to support a parallel Anglican jurisdiction akin to the ACNA for England


Church call for independence for West Papua

The Anglican Church of Melanesia has lent its support for independence of West Papua from Indonesia.


Fighting closes Christ Church Aden

The chaplain of Christ Church Aden, the Rev. Velvet John reports that fierce fighting have forced the staff to leave Yemen and temporarily close the church and its hospital. On 26 March Fr.


Presiding Bishop's Easter Sermon

This is not a day to “Keep Calm and Carry On.” It is a day to rejoice with wild abandon, for death is conquered, hell and darkness banished, light and life has come into the world.


Indian police investigate clergy in church land fraud affair

The Moderator of the Church of South India has been named a subject of interest by police in connection with an alleged fraud scheme


Tamil church leaders meet with Sri Lankan prime minister

The Bishops of Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka have met with the new prime minister of the island nation, urging him to quicken the pace of reform and rebuilding for the war torn north.


Grenada hurricane appeal

Ten years after Hurricane Ivan passed through the West Indies, the principle Anglican Church in Grenada remains closed and in need of a further substantial funds to reopen.


Bill introduced to give Christians refugee immigration status

Two California congressmen, Duncan Hunter (Rep.) and Juan Vargas (Dem) have introduced a bill in Washington that would encourage members of religious minorities persecuted by the Islamic State in S


ACC chairman's statement on Josiah Idowu-Fearon

Statement from the Rt Revd James Tengatenga, Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, regarding the appointment of the Rt Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon as new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion:


New ACC secretary rejects anti-gay label

Josiah Idowu-Fearon proclaims belief in relativism. Bible must be interpreted through the lens of culture, he argues, and the merits of culture must not be judged


Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter Day sermon

'The resurrection happened, and it changes our view of the universe'


Bishop of Western North Carolina to step down

The Rt Rev Porter Taylor has written to his clergy announcing his retirement


Archbishop of Kenya's statement following the Garissa massacre

On this Good Friday we gather in our churches across Kenya in the shadow of a great and terrible evil. People who deal in death have slaughtered 147 people in Garissa, most of them students, and brought wrenching anguish to their families and a deep sadness to our nation.


June 4 trial date for Bishop Cook

A trial date of 4 June 2015 has been set for the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook, Suffragan Bishop of Maryland to answer charges of manslaughter before the Baltimore City Circuit Court.


Nigerian bishop appointed ACC Secretary General

The Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been appointed Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council.


As Predicted: Federal Appeals Court Returns Trademark Action to SC District Court

there are now two very good reasons why ECUSA and its rump group should have no cause to celebrate their opportunity to go before Judge Houck once more with their claims of "infringement."


Hate in Holy Week

Was it hate that drove Andreas Lubitz to kill his innocent passengers?


Church of England statement on allegations of ritual Satanic abuse committed by Enoch Powelll

"In passing these names on to the police the Church of England made it was clear it was not making any judgment but simply fulfilling its responsibility to pass on information ..."


Appeals court remands federal lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has sent vonRosenberg v. Lawrence back to U.S. District Court in Charleston for another hearing.


Anglican Communion Environmental Network Communique

A group of 17 Anglican Bishops from all six continents have called for urgent prayer and action on the “unprecedented climate crisis”.


Welsh archbishop urges Britain to scrap nuclear arsenal

The Archbishop of Wales has lent his support to the campaign to scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons arsenal.


Abuse allegations leveled against former Labour MP

The former Bishop of Monmouth has confirmed that the Church of England had passed the name of former Welsh MP Leo Abse to the Metropolitan Police investigating an alleged Westminster paedophile network.


Chicago cathedral dean appointed

An English vicar has been appointed Dean of St James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago


Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans launch for Australia

An Australian branch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans has been launched in Melbourne


Tyranny in Vestments

Let us speak of kings in black robes, and of ministers in bright vestments.


Richard III reinterred at Leicester Cathedral

The Archbishop of Canterbury led prayers and the blessing at the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral today. Archbishop Justin Welby blessed the remains of Richard III during a sp


Welby to China

The Archbishop of Canterbury will visit China on 27 May to 5 June 2015 at the joint invitation of the China State Administration for Religious Affairs and the China Christian Council


Bishops call for commission in response to Cook arrest

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has endorsed a resolution calling for the creation of an independent commission to “explore the canonical, environment, behavioral and procedural dimensions" of bishops and alcohol abuse.


Diocese of Cuba votes to rejoin US Episcopal Church

The 19-22 Feb 2015 meeting of the Cuban Synod rejected the counsel of the Archbishop of Canada and voted to rejoin the Episcopal Church of the USA.


Bishop of Central New York announces resignation

I write to inform you that I have indicated to the Standing Committee my intention to resign as your Bishop Diocesan on or about October 31, 2016


Indaba is dead

The push by the Gafcon primates to bring wayward African provinces back into the fold has worked


Boston College to Host Theologians for Dialogue on Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations

An international group of 16 prominent Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians and church leaders is gathered at Boston College March 22-26 for the third annual meeting of the Malines Conversation Group, a grassroots forum committed to dialogue and unity.


Church call for an end to witch murders

Evangelization and education are needed to halt the witchcraft related killings plaguing Tanzania, church leaders said last week.


Kenyan court upholds school hijab ban

A Kenyan court has upheld the right of a church school to ban the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students.


Lusophone network formed

Representatives of some of the Anglican Lusophone churches gathered last month in Brazil to strengthen the bonds of the Portuguese speaking churches in Brazil, Africa and Europe.


New primate for Central America

The Bishop of Nicaragua, the Rt. Rev. Sturdie Downs, has been elected the fifth primate of the Anglican Church in Central America (IARCA) in succession to the Bishop of Guatemala, the Most. Rev.


Irish bishops divided over gay marriage referendum

The Bishop of Kilmore has backed the “no” vote campaign ahead of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage


Evangelicals under attack in Crimea

One year since the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Ukrainian Christians say they are facing persecution by separatists.


Anglican Environmental Network appeal for Vanuatu

An appeal for prayers and for practical aid for the people of the South Pacific

Letter from South Sudan -- Peace Process Broken Down

Many of you are following the events of South Sudan peace talks in Addis. Unfortunately, the Phase 3 of peace talks, which ended on March 5, has not yielded with any positive progress.


Canterbury condolences to victims of Taliban attack

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke via mobile phone today to mourners at the funeral of Christians killed two days ago in church bombings in the Pakistani city of Lahore.


Statement from Canon Giles Goddard

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative event hosted by St John’s Church, Waterloo, for International Women’s Day has given rise to great consternation, and I am sorry for the offence caused and any infrin


Can Muslims worship Allah in an Anglican church?

The apology this afternoon by Giles Goddard of St John’s Waterloo is nothing of the sort.


Cross and Christ covered up as Muslims worship in Southwark parish

Muslim prayer services may not be held on consecrated ground, a spokesman for the Bishop of Southwark tells Anglican Ink


Cathedral priest arrested on DUI - drugs charges

A curate at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York was arrested last week by Port Authority Police for drunk driving and possession of narcotics.


Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at Afghanistan service

Sermon preached by Archbishop Justin Welby on 13 March 2015 at a service at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.


CAPA meets in Cape Town

Anglican Church leaders from across Africa are being hosted at meetings in Cape

Bishop of Rochester supports national Housing Rally

The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester is supporting the 2015 “Homes for Britain” campaign which brings the entire UK housing sector together for the first time, in the run up to t


Security Services pledge a peaceful election for Nigeria

The full resources of the Nigerian military and police will be used to en


Nigerian church rejects bribery accusations

Claims the government of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan gave £20 mi


Gun battle leaves two dead after cathedral robbery

Police have arrested the adopted son of the Bishop of Akoko Edo, the Rt. Rev.


Dust-up in Fort Worth over All Saints

As I reported at the end of this post, Bishop Iker made an overture to the congregation of All Saints in the rump diocese to use the dispute resolution process of diocesan Canon 32 to reach a settlement as to which faction of All Saints parish would remain in control of the property


Revolutionary love: Archbishop Justin Welby on Evangelism

The Archbishop of Canterbury has set out his vision for a Church in which every Christian shares "the revolutionary love" of Jesus Christ.


The Meaning of the Fort Worth Decision

The brief summary judgment order signed last Monday by Judge Chupp does not even begin to touch on the significance that lies behind it.


Zambia 'shall remain a Christian nation' says new president

The newly elected President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, addressed a national service of thanksgiving last week at Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral in Lusaka, urging the national to put aside political dif


Uganda bishop drops lawsuit against Archbishop Ntagali

The law suit brought by the Bishop of Kitgum, challenging the call by the General Synod of the Church of Uganda that he take early retirement, has been settled out of court, the church reports.


Murdered Houston vicar laid to rest

The Texas vicar who was allegedly murdered by his son was laid to rest last week at his his home parish, St. James Anglican Cathedral in Ruhara, Uganda


New Presiding Bishop for Hungary

The General Convent or synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary has elected the Bishop of Budapest, the Rt. Rev. István Szabó as its presiding bishop


Warnings of a clergy revolt given to Bishop of Southwark

A manifesto calling upon the Bishop of Southwark to govern his diocese in conformance with the Canons of the Church of England and Holy Scripture has been delivered this week to the Rt. Rev. Christopher Chessun.


Archbishop calls upon politician to put the country first

Nigeria’s parlous political state was the theme of the presidential address of Archbishop Nicholas Okoh to the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee last month.


No decision on gay blessings from South African bishops

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has been unable to come to a common mind on the issue of gay blessings, but have agreed to continue dialogue


Martin Heidegger believed Jews responsible for the Holocaust newly printed diaries show

The existentialist philosopher held the Jews to be responsible for the Holocaust, claimed Italian scholar Donatella Di Cesare last week in the Corriere della Sera.


Episcopal Church statement on Fort Worth ruling

On Tuesday, March 2, 2015, the Hon. John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas, denied the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments.


Ft Worth Press Release on Court Decision

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the 141st District Court granted our Motion for Partial Summary Judgment regarding all diocesan property, with the exception of All Saints’, Fort Worth, which Judge Chupp severed for a separate trial.


ECUSA and the Freedom of Association: a Showdown Is Coming

Litigation between the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parishes has been ongoing for more than fifteen years


Court rules in Favor of Ft Worth Diocese

Late this afternoon, Judge Chupp released his ruling in our case.


Lord Carey's speech in favor of Mitochondrial DNA donations

The former Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Daily Mail in support of legislation permitting "three parent families"


Bishop Orris J. Walker, Jr., of Long Island dead

The Rt. Rev. Orris Walker Jr., retired bishop for the Diocese of Long Island and bishop-in-residence locally at Christ Church, Detroit, died Saturday evening after an extended illness.


Coptic support for Egyptian strikes against ISIS

Coptic Orthodox Bishop of New York writes to the New York Times saying al-Sisi government's strikes against ISIS are uniting Egypt against a common foe