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Primates 2016: Final Communique

Walking Together in the Service of God in the World  The meeting of Anglican Primates, the senior bishops of the 38 Anglican Provinces, joined by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, took place in Canterbury between Monday 11 January and Friday 15 January at the invitation of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The first morning was spent in prayer and fasting. We came knowing that the 2016 Primates’ meeting would be concerned with the differences among us in regard to our teaching on matters of human sexuality. We were also eager to address wider areas of…

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++Welby and Patriarch Bartholomew Receive Agreed Theological Statement

(Anglican Communion News Service, Photo Credit: Neil Vigers / ACO) An agreed statement between Anglican and Orthodox Churches on the theology of the human person was presented to the leaders of both families of churches at Westminster Abbey, London, last night (Tuesday). The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, received a copy of In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology, during a special evensong service at Westminster Abbey. In a joint communiqué issued today, the two leaders said that the agreement “celebrates what Anglicans and Orthodox affirm together…

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St. John’s Restores Adjective

[From The Living Church] Zabriskie Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist on the Point in Newport, Rhode Island, has restoredEpiscopal to its sign at 61 Washington Street, and the vicar sees a few points of significance in that. The former rector of the church had changed the sign in October 2003 to replace Episcopal with Anglican. “As soon as I arrived, several people asked me what I was going to do about the sign,” said the Rev. N.J.A. Humphrey, who became the vicar of St. John’s in August 2013. “It wasn’t exactly my top priority, but I was bothered by the fact that it…

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HOB Bridge-Building Retreat

[From Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church House of Bishops’ nearly complete annual spring retreat has been a time of community building and bridge building. “You cannot work as effectively as colleagues if you are not also friends, and there is emotional and relational capital – spiritual capital – that’s generated in these gatherings that we depend on at other points in the life of the House of Bishops,” Diocese of Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe, vice president of the House of Bishops, said March 25 during a telephone news conference. Diocese of Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley, co-chair of the House of Bishops Planning Committee,…

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Feds Study Occupy Sandy

[Episcopal News Service] The Occupy Sandy network that sprung up in the days after Hurricane Sandy devastated vast stretches of New York and New Jersey has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which says it is looking to broaden future disaster relief efforts. However, not everyone is taking that explanation at face value even though they say the report does a good job at outlining how well Occupy Sandy has worked. Occupy Sandy tapped into the organization and volunteer power of Occupy Wall Street which had led a multicity protest movement centered on economic inequality just more than a year before Sandy…

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Helping Haiti

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori March 10 hosted a reception to thank Mary White, center, for her “lead gift” to rebuild the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The center’s director, Pere Sadoni Leon, left, later said White’s gift will also rebuild the hope of the children at the school. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service. A New York Episcopalian has taken the lead in the effort to rebuild the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Mary White’s gift was…

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+Beleme: Church Won’t Survive

From ACNS: By Bellah Zulu, Photo Credit: Bellah Zulu/ACNS A bishop from Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) has warned that “a church that is solely dependent on priests and consists of only Sunday church attenders will not survive.” Bishop of the Botswana Diocese the Rt Revd Metlhayotlhe Beleme said this in his charge to the 17th Session of the Diocese of Botswana Synod held from March 7 to 8 in Botswana’s capital Gaborone. This was Bishop Beleme’s first Synod since his election in July last year. “I think it will become increasingly necessary for us to consider how we…

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Supreme Court: “We Won’t Hear Case”

[Episcopal News Service] More than seven years after a majority of clergy and members of several Diocese of Virginia congregations declared they had left the Episcopal Church and the question of ownership of the property involved began to be litigated, the U.S. Supreme Court refused on March 10 to hear the appeal of the last congregation still at odds with the Episcopal Church and the diocese. The court gave no reason for deciding not to review a 2013 ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court reaffirming an earlier circuit court ruling that returned The Falls Church property to loyal Episcopalians to use for the…

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Japan Cathedral Resurrected

From ANS and written by ACNS staff with material from the Diocese of Tohoku, NSKK Anglicans in Japan’s Tohoku Diocese this week celebrated the consecration and dedication of its new cathedral. Tohoku Diocese’s Cathedral Church of Christ, in Sendai City, was destroyed twice – first in 1945 in during an air raid and, after being rebuilt, was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear fallout disaster. On March 1, however, 300 people travelled from across Japan to attend a special Service of Consecration and Dedication for the new cathedral that has been built to replace its predecessor. Attendees of what…