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Creature Conference looks at faith and animals

The Creature Conference heralds a growing recognition that concern for animals is an important matter of Christian faith.


Anglican Unscripted #278 - TEC finds Elephant in room

At the TEC HOB this week somebody found an Elephant in the room. He was wearing purple too.


West Indian synod underway

Concerns over a province adrift, to be raised at Belize meeting


"Shut up!" West African archbishop tells prophets of doom

Archbishop Daniel Sarfo urges Ghanaians to pay no attention to self-appointed prophets


Royal Commission ends Anglican phase

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has finished its investigation of the Anglican Church, with a summary hearing in Sydney that revealed some statistics on offe


Bishop of Chelmsford calls for church to adopt modern attitudes towards homosexuality

"There is no reason why prayers of thanksgiving for [same-sex] relationships – perhaps a Eucharist - cannot be offered" by the Church of England, argues Bishop Stephen Cottrell. 


Jeffrey John writes to protest his being blackballed by the Welsh bishops

My situation is exactly similar to that of the Bishop of Grantham, which was recently defended by the Secretary-General of the ACC, Archbishop Idowu-Fearon, as being entirely compatible with the regulations of any Anglican province.


Burundi archbishop to be next Anglican envoy to the Vatican

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi from 2005 until 2016, has been appointed Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome


Royal Commission details child sexual abuse within the Anglican Church of Australia

Commission finds 1,082 victims of abuse had lodged complaints against 569 perpetrators including 247 clergy and 285 laymen. 


Primate's statement on Royal Commission report on Anglican responses to child abuse

Archbishop Philip Freier responds to Royal Commission findings that 1111 complaints of child abuse were lodged against the church between 1980 and 2015


Durham Cathedral is crowned Heritage Site of the Year

Durham Cathedral has been crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year following a public vote which saw a ‘landslide’ of votes cast for the magnificent cathedral.


Irish folklorist suggests St Patrick had a wife

St Patrick has long been associated with snakes and shamrocks but the fact that he had a wife has largely been confined to the annals of history according to a folklorist from University College Co


Angelina Jolie visits Lambeth Palace

The meeting of the actress and archbishop came as part of Ms. Jolie marked the fifth anniversary of the founding of her Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).


Newcastle statement on resignation

Anglican Bishop of Newcastle Greg Thompson today announced he is resigning from his role as Bishop of Newcastle.


The resignation of Newcastle Bishop Greg Thompson

Statement by Archbishop Glenn Davies, Metropolitan of New South Wales, on the resignation of Bishop Greg Thompson 


Welby meets Buhari in London

Archbishop of Canterbury visits ailing Nigerian president at home of the Nigerian High Commissioner in London


The Atonement and the New York Times

In an otherwise commendable article on an abuse story from the Church of England, the New York Times offers stereotypical stock characters. While the facts are there in the story, the call to empathy, understanding diverse points of view and thinking critically about one’s own beliefs is noticeably absent.


Bishop of Newcastle resigns

Bishop Greg Thompson allegedly driven from office over his crackdown on paedophilia


Bishop's resignation shows some didn't get the memo on mutual flourishing of men and women in the Church of England

You would be forgiven if you had failed to note the recent news that the soon to be Bishop of Sheffield has decided to step down from the post before officially taking it up, writes the CoE's director of Communications Arun Arora


South Carolina to join ACNA

Diocesan convention unanimously adopts resolution on affiliation


The death spiral has begun for the Church of England

The Philip North crisis has shown us what the end game always was. The monopoly of a sub-Christian, neo-Arian, power-driven heterodoxy that was infuriated by Christian orthodoxy.


Keith Ackerman responds to the Philip North affair for Forward in Faith - NA

"reform within an ecclesial institution is usually destined to failure unless your name is St. Francis."


Ecclesial chaos in Dar es Salaam

Showdown expected on Sunday between Archbishop Chimeledya's and Bishop Mokiwa's supporters


Treatment of Philip North unfair and unjust Reform claims

Statement by the Evangelical group Reform on Philip North's decision to decline appointment as Bishop of Sheffield


Presiding Bishop Curry Offers Theological Reflection on Transgender Rights

I offer this brief theological reflection to share some of my thoughts and convictions which informed my decision to join the amicus brief in support of a transgender youth who seeks equal access according to his gender identity, to bathroom facilities in his public school.


Anglo-Catholic bishops voice outrage over attacks on Philip North

The implications of what has happened for the stability of the settlement that enabled women to become bishops in the Church of England ... are a cause of grave concern.


Pacific primates communique: We together – in Christ

Statement released at the conclusion of the 4-6 March 2017 meeting of the primates of Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand & Polynesia, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia in Tweed Heads, Gold Coast, Australia.  


Episcopal visitations for Algiers and Tunis

Bishop Anis and Bishop Fawzy are currently visiting North Africa, Tunisia and Algeria, for a pastoral visit.


Princess Anne recognizes service to the developmentally disabled

HRH The Princess Royal and Livability Patron made a special visit to Livability’s national office on the Greenwich Peninsula this week for The Princess Royal Livability Awards. 


Holy week inspires original jazz composition

THE EIGHT WORDS is an instrumental jazz suite reflecting on the eight sayings of Jesus in the passion according to St John.


Radical inclusion has its limits, bishops write

A letter to the editor of the Church of England Newspaper from the Bishops of Maidstone and Blackburn


Bishop North "hounded" from office says Bishop of Maidstone

Bishop Rod Thomas writes on the news of Philip North's declining the See of Sheffield


Statement from the acting Bishop of Sheffield on Philip North

Following a period of prayer and reflection Bishop Philip has decided that for the sake of God's mission in the Diocese he should withdraw from the appointment as the next Bishop of Sheffield. 


Archbishop of York's statement upon Bishop North's refusal of Sheffield

I have been informed that the Right Reverend Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, has notified the Prime Minister of his intention to withdraw from his nomination as Bishop of Sheffield.


Philip North declines appointment to Sheffield

It is with regret and sadness that I have decided that I am unable to take up the nomination as Bishop of Sheffield.


Murekezi hails Anglican Church role in Rwanda’s development

Rwandan prime minister's press communique following the consecration of the Bishop of Shyira


HM The Queen Unveils the Iraq And Afghanistan Memorial

The new Memorial recognises the contributions of the UK Armed Forces and all UK citizens who deployed in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990-2015, as well as those who supported them back home.


Samuel Rodman elected bishop of North Carolina

Massachusetts priest elected on third ballot on 4 March 2017 in Greensboro.


Bishop at Lambeth to step down

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock has announced that he will be retiring in August.


Closer ties with China do not bring the Gospel to China

The archbishop of Hong Kong is a stooge of the Communist regime in Beijing and is no friend to China's persecuted Christians, Andrew Tam writes.


Nigerian archbishop sees confusion and indecision undermining the Church of England

Archbishop Okoh reflects on the meaning of General Synod's refusal to "take note" of the bishops' paper on same-sex marriage in his March letter to GAFCON


Welby considering joint visit with Francis to South Sudan

A spokesman for Archbishop Welby told AI they were looking at the logistics of a joint pastoral visit to Africa's newest nation


First native bishop for North Africa consecrated

Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated his ‘dear brother’ Rev. Samy Fawzy as the first Arab area bishop for North Africa.


Sierra Leone bishop accused of stealing Ebola funds

Bishop Emmanuel Tucker accused of stealing $275,000 collected to combat the 2014 Ebola outbreak


Islam to be taught in Zimbabwe state primary schools

Minister of Education has not converted to Islam, Mugabe says, and remains a Catholic.


A call to evangelicals to stand firm

"[T]he only certain predictor of growth in the church is adherence by ministers to God’s Word': the Bishop of Maidstone 


Why it is important to protect our street preachers

This case "sets an incredibly dangerous precedent", Roger Kiska writes, because a nation's value for freedom of expression is "a barometer of how healthy a democracy is".


St David's Day message from the Bishop of St David's

On this St David’s day, we are called to remember the virtues of honesty and plain speaking which St David exemplified


Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners

That simple statement from 1 Timothy 1:15 has always been one of my favourite Bible verses, for a number of reasons. Pre-eminently, though, it is because it conveys the heart of the gospel.


The End of Church & State?

“Christian Britain died in 1963”. So wrote the historian Calum Brown. 


TEC leaders file friend of the court brief in transgender bathroom case

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are the lead signers on an amicus brief filed March 2 by 1,800 clergy and religious leaders in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving transgender-bathroom use policies.


Ramadhani given charge of Dar es Salaam

Former Tanzania chief justice given interim charge of the St Alban's Cathedral and the Diocese of Dar es Salaam by Archbishop Chimeledya


A Historic Weekend in Rome

The Church of England's Bishop in Europe reports on Pope Francis' visit to an Anglican parish in Rome


South Carolina to vote on joining ACNA

The Diocese of South Carolina is expected to join the Anglican Church in North America at their 226th Diocesan convention, which will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, March 10-11, 2017.


Canterbury tours East Africa

The Archbishop of Canterbury has completed a week-long visit to Africa to meet Primates in four Anglican Provinces.


The Society defends the integrity of Bishop North

Bishop of Wakefield responds to Martyn Percy's call for Philip North to refuse the see of Shefield


Bruno suffers set back in California appeal

 A state appellate court on Friday threw out part of LA Episcopal Bishop Jon Bruno’s lawsuit against the Griffith Co., donor of the St. James the Great Episcopal Church site in Newport Beach.


Indian bishop ordered to appear before court to answer fraud allegations

Police in the city of Tiruppur in Southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have registered a fraud case against the Bishop in Coimbatore.



Czech Christian flies home from Sudan after presidential pardon

Release International calls on Khartoum to free two Sudanese men jailed with him, Rev Hassan Abduraheem and Abdulmonem Abdumawla


South Africa bishops' statement on university protests


The Synod of Bishops ... reflected on the state of education in South Africa with specific regard to the disruptions of the educational process arising from the protests over university fees, curricula and the living conditions, transport problems and safety of students 


Elders of the Tribe

Bishops do focus the Church, but what they focus is the Church as it is. Being a focus of disunity is not therefore in itself a sign of pastoral failure.


Church in Wales fails to elect a 'gay' bishop

Dr Jeffrey John won a majority of votes at the closed door meeting of the electoral college for Llandaff, but failed to reach the required two thirds majority


Conservative Anglicans are like ISIS?

Fr Dwight Longenecker reflects on the fatuous views of Michael Fabricant MP.


EDS to merge with Union Theological Seminary

EDS to close operations in Cambridge and move to New York City


WSJ Resists Media Entropy, Finds Faith In The 'Sooner State'

A race to the bottom is underway in the media, and the 'quality' press is in the lead.


Bruno hearing date set

A disciplinary hearing for Los Angeles Episcopal Bishop Jon Bruno has been set for March 28-30 in Pasadena.


Church of Uganda makes inroads on disability inclusion in development

Church including persons with disabilities in its “Empowering youth and women for sustainable livelihoods” project.


Bristol statement on the aftermath of the "take note" debate at General Synod

A statement from the Rt Rev Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, and the Very Rev David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol, in response to the debate at General Synod on the Bishops’ report following the shared conversations:


Being Radical about Radical Inclusion

David Walker argues: "To be purposefully paradoxical is to recognise that whilst consistency may be a feature of the endpoints of a journey it is rarely present all along the way."


Dear Archbishops: What Is 'A Radical New Inclusion'?

"The gospel Jesus preached was certainly 'radically inclusive' – but also deeply transformative," David Baker reminds the archbishops.


Cape Town archbishop calls for moratorium on nuclear power

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has appealed to the South African government to scrap plans for developing nuclear energy and instead to spend the money on education, training and other development initiatives.


ACNA releases new liturgical resources

Nearly all the remaining working texts proposed for the Book of Common Prayer 2019, approved by the College of Bishops in January, are now available online


Bishops' Bloody Nose? - The Bishop of Selby urges the CoE to move forward on same-sex relations

"The majority view of the Synod therefore is that we need to explore a more creative way ahead for faithful human relationships rather than remaining where we are"


Diocese of Hereford to debate motion calling for same-sex blessing prayers

Call for prayers following same-sex marriages or civil unions that will not, however, contravene the doctrine of the Church of England


Bishop of Lomego: "Soldiers attacked a village and rape women and girls"

A Sudanese bishop has accused the South Sudan army (SPLA) of mass rapes and violence against civilians in the state of Eastern Equatoria.