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The News Centre

Editor: Brian Reid
Contributors: Richard Ruggle and Allie Graham

IN THE NEWS CENTRE we report news of global interest that relates to the Anglican Communion. Sometimes we write news articles ourselves. More frequently, we refer you to some article we have found elsewhere in the world. We focus more on news reported about the church than by the church. New articles are also referenced in our Noted This Week section. We depend on you to tell us about news where you live; here's how to contribute. It is unusual for us to mention news items that contain phrases such as 'youth gather', 'bishop calls for', 'releases report on', 're-envisions', or 'synod debate'. Simon Sarmiento, our UK correspondent, maintains a list of more specific UK-oriented news articles as part of the Thinking Anglicans site. There you can find items we might not normally link at Anglicans Online.

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News Stories

11 November 2018: Peterborough bells to ring to remember end of first world war
The Peterborough Examiner reports that Anglican and other churches in the city and across Canada will ring their bells at sunset. It is part of the Royal Canadian Legion's Bells of Peace initiative, inviting churches across the country to toll their bells one hundred times, to commemorate the armistice that silenced the guns of the first world war a century earlier.

10 November 2018: New bishop for Canberra & Goulburn
The Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn has announced the election of its next diocesan bishop, Mark Short.

10 November 2018: New bishop for Polynesia
Anglican Taonga reports the selection of the Revd Fereimi Carria has the next Diocesan Bishop of Polynesia. He will therefore become Archbishop and Primate, or joint leader of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

9 November 2018: Episcopal Forum of South Carolina closes, citing 'mission accomplished'
The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, an independent group 'not affiliated with the Episcopal Church or its dioceses', has announced its closing and transferred its assets to the Episcopal Church in South Carolina (the real one). This group played a major role in 'holding the Mark Lawrence regime to account in its early years, and restoring the Episcopal Church to its full potential following the Lawrencians' disastrous attempt to leave the Church in 2012.' There is so much masquerading and making of false claims in breakaway diocesan groups that we felt the need to fact-check this announcement by following links from the master page at the Anglican Communion Office. We always flinch when we see the US Episcopal Church referring to itself as 'The Episcopal Church', but clicking through that link and others did tell us that the Episcopal Church in South Carolina is the real diocese. The situation surrounding the Episcopal Church in South Carolina has always felt to us like a scene from a Monty Python film.

9 November 2018: Entertainment provided by Diocese of Sydney continues
The 'First Dog on the Moon' cartoon in the UK newspaper The Guardian has pretty much nailed the description of what is going on in Sydney, where numerous diocesan schools have petitioned the government for permission to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws. Despite what Miss Claratyne Cusset-Bevildedge, Principal of St Barbitua's School for Frightfully Spirited Girls has said, one signatory has claimed she didn't realise the letter she signed was linked to sexual orientation. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Archbishop Glenn Davies has apologised 'to the community' but refused to back down. The outrage in and around Sydney is growing; see, for example, Leaders of two Anglican schools back away from letter on sacking gay teachers or Growing up gay in a Christian school had lasting effects on my life or Anglican school backtracks from letter on gay teachers and students or Blue Mountains Grammar under fire over Anglican open letter. If you live in the USA or North Korea, you are probably accustomed to the behaviour exhibited by Julie Townsend, principal of St Catherine's School, but others might find their bogometers to be blinking. The bogon flux is currently very high in the Diocese of Sydney.

6 November 2018: Civil court in Kenya now involved in Anglican homosexuality dispute
The Religion News Service reports that a court in Nairobi has ordered a long-running dispute over three Anglican clergymen accused of homosexuality to be resolved through civil mediation.

5 November 2018: Chile becomes 40th province of the Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Iglesia Anglicana de Chile – the Anglican Church of Chile – has been inaugurated as the latest province of the Anglican Communion. It had been part of the province of South America but was given permission to have provincial status after sustained growth.


1 November 2018: Alumnae fight Australian schools' request for exemption from discrimination laws
34 Anglican Schools in Sydney have requested an exemption from Federal laws allowing them to discriminate against gay persons. Alumnae of Australia's oldest school for girls are making a strong protest. Students at those schools are also protesting. The Sydney Morning Herald, no fan of the diocese, reports 'Anglican heads letter prompts anger and division.'

1 November 2018: Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Statement on the Holy Spirit published
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed in October 2017 after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at the 2018 meeting of AOOIC in Lebanon. 

1 November 2018: Church of England rejects heart-shaped gravestone
The Telegraph (London) reports the Diocese of Manchester turned down a request for a blue granite gravestone in the shape of a heart, etched with personal prints, in memory of a stillborn baby. In issuing the ruling, the chancellor opined it would 'over-sentimentalise the memorial in a way which is undesirable and unnecessary and would be inappropriate in this particular churchyard'.

31 October 2018: Diocese of Sydney told to apologise for marriage vote conduct
The Guardian (London) reports that the chairman of the independent New South Wales MP and Equality Campaign has stated that the Diocese of Sydney should apologise for its conduct in the marriage law postal survey, rather than 'lobby to legalise bullying'.


28 October 2018: Mass murder in Pittsburgh synagogue
You already know this, because nearly every news source in the world has reported it extensively, but we would be remiss not to join them in reporting that a hate-filled assassin killed 11 people at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh because he 'wanted all Jews to die'. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette likely has the most extensive reporting. The Bishop of Pittsburgh made this statement. The US president, to little surprise, blamed the victims. The Economist (London) notes that 'a leader without morals cannot provide moral leadership'.

27 October 2018: England and Wales might soon permit outdoor weddings
The BBC reports that the UK Treasury, citing 'anachronistic red tape', might soon permit outdoor weddings in England and Wales.

26 October 2018: Two US dioceses form partnership, will share bishop
The US Episcopal News Service reports that the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York have voted to share a bishop and a staff.

25 October 2018: Sydney vote might allow domestic violence survivors to remarry
ABC News Online reports that after 34 years of deliberation, Sydney's synod voted 325-161 in favour of a motion requesting that bishops consider approving remarriage of a divorced person, where that person has been abused physically or emotionally by their former spouse. The Revd Mark Thompson, head of Moore Theological College and chair of the Doctrine Commission, spoke against the motion, saying the issue required 'time and careful study of bible passages'. Bishop Peter Lin of the Georges River region claimed to be a slow learner, and asked for more time to consider the issue. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation called the vote a 'no-brainer'.

25 October 2018: Trendy new churches poach worshippers from stuffy ones
The Economist (London) reports that newly-planted evangelical churches in England are growing rapidly at the expense of more-traditional congregations.

23 October 2018: US Presiding bishop criticises uninvolved moderates
The Guardian (London) reports from an interview with Bishop Michael Curry, Primate of the US Episcopal Church, in which he expresses unhappiness with religious leaders who fail to protect the poor and vulnerable.

22 October 2018: Sydney backs down on proposal to ban Indigenous smoking ceremonies
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Diocese of Sydney has backed down on a controversial policy banning smoking ceremonies on any property owned by the church, following outrage from Indigenous leaders, school principals and priests who work closely with First Nations communities


20 October 2018: Several bishops elected
The Diocese of Arizona has elected Jennifer Anne Reddall as its next bishop. The Diocese of Kansas has elected Cathleen Chittenden Bascom as its next bishop. The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe has elected Mark D.W. Edington as its next bishop.

20 October 2018: Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service
The Guardian (London) reports that traditionalists in the Church of England are unhappy at an invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a Eucharist service in an Oxford church.

19 October 2018: Sydney rule against 'promotion of homosexuality' condemned
The Guardian (London) reports on widespread criticism of a new rule likely to be passed soon by the Diocese of Sydney. It would 'ban same-sex weddings in churches and school halls and clamp down on the freedom of priests to support LGBTI rights'.

17 October 2018: Melbourne budget affected by redress payments
SBS (Australia) reports that the Diocese of Melbourne expects to have its budget significantly affected over the next decade because of redress payments.

16 October 2018: US Episcopal Church admits past role in sexual exploitation
The Religion News Service reports the US Episcopal Church is officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.


11 October 2018: Matthew Shepard to be re-interred at US National Cathedral
Twenty years ago this week, a young Episcopal student was brutally murdered in Wyoming, allegedly because of his sexuality, The US Episcopal News Service reports that he will soon be re-interred at the National Cathedral.

11 October 2018: Tasmanian Government blasts Anglican Church
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports the latest salvo in the feud between church and state in the Australian state of Tasmania. The State Government has accused Tasmania's Anglican Church of "scaremongering" after it said changes to the Burial Act were effectively a $20,000 'death tax'.

8 October 2018: Melbourne consecration of sister brother bishop
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that when Kate Prowd was consecrated as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Melbourne, she and her brother, Lindsay Urwin, became the first brother and sister bishops in the communion. Bishop Lindsay, who now works in Melbourne, had been consecrated Area Bishop of Horsham. Because of his position on women's ordination, he did not join other bishops in the act of consecration. But he presented her with the pectoral cross that their parents had given him at his consecration almost 25 years earlier.

8 October 2018: Hong Kong province celebrates 20th anniversary
The Anglican Province of Hong Kong – the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The Anglican Communion News Service reports.

8 October 2018: Diocese of Nevada suspends bishop search
The Episcopal Café reports the announcement from the Diocese of Nevada that the Diocese of Nevada has decided to suspend its bishop search process.

8 October 2018: London parish church to reopen 78 years after blitz bombing
The East London Advertiser reports the imminent opening of a new building for St Luke Millwalls 78 years after WWII blitz bombing destroyed its church. The new building looks nothing like the old, but it has the same name.

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