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This page last updated 17 June 2018
Anglicans Online last updated 17 June 2018

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

17 June 2018: Upcoming legislative meetings for Church of England and US Episcopal Church
The triennial General Convention of the US Episcopal Church meets in Austin, Texas from 5 to 13 July. The triannual General Synod of the Church of England meets in York, England from 6 to 10 July. We are not aware of plans for a video conference (Skype or Zoom or FaceTime) between them.

17 June 2018: Church of England accused of being greedy about use of church steeples for mobile phones
Premier Media (UK) asserts Anglican churches are charging telecom companies too much money to allow them to improve broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas by installing phone masts on spires.

15 June 2018: C of E hopes to adapt to lessons from US Bishop Curry
The Times (London) reports the 'Church of England intends to capitalise on the success of the African-American bishop at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by linking with British churches in black communities that share his style of sermons.'

15 June 2018: Bishop issues ruling in Connecticut parish dispute
Sometimes these intramural parish feuds continue for weeks or months, but the Bishop of Connecticut has issued a ruling in the bitter dispute at St Paul in Darien, Connecticut. The Episcopal Café reports.

14 June 2018: Cape Town Archbishop welcomes easing of restrictions on sexual violence prosecutions
The Anglican News Service reports the Archbishop of Cape Town has welcomed the decision by South Africa's Constitutional Court that makes it easier for victims of sexual violence to seek justice.

11 June 2018: US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal by breakaway diocese in South Carolina
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the refusal by the US Supreme Court to consider a petition for overruling the South Carolina Supreme Court decision in favour of the Episcopal Church and against the breakaway group. The breakaway group has signalled that they have no intention of giving up; we don't know what this means, because the legal system in the USA has now said that they must.

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10 June 2018: New archbishop for Rwanda
KB Press (Kigali) tells us the Rt Revd Laurent Mbanda was consecrated as the fourth Archbishop of Rwanda. We haven't found an English version of the news release from the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, but if you can read Kinyarwanda, the announcement from the provincial office is here.

9 June 2018: St Andrew Abu Dhabi serves Iftar meals to Muslims
The Arab News (Abu Dhabi) reports 'St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Abu Dhabi opened its doors to serve Iftar to Muslims in an unprecedented ecumenical gesture during the holy month of Ramadan.'

8 June 2018: Bishop of Guyana urges review of discriminatory same sex laws
Stabrock News (Georgetown, Guyana) reports that Charles Davidson, Bishop of Guyana, has urged review of that country's same-sex intimacy laws, which he says are discriminatory.

7 June 2018: Bishop of Lagos fights back on corruption charges
The Premium Times (Abuja) tells us the Bishop of Lagos, Adebola Ademowo, has 'pushed back vehemently on claims that he misappropriated ₦260 million belonging to the church.' That sum is about €580 thousand.

3 June 2018: Brazilian Anglicans 'yes' to marrying same-sex couples
Ekklesia reports that the synod of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil voted (57-3 with two abstentions) to open up church marriage to same-sex couples. The move would not require liturgical changes, since gender neutral language had already been introduced into its marriage service. Civil same-sex marriages have been legal in Brazil since 2012. (This article focuses on the Brazilian context. The report in ACNS features Josiah Idowu-Fearon's response that Brazil's decision was 'a move away from the faith and teaching upheld by the overwhelming majority of Anglican provinces.')

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3 June 2018: Bishop of Haiti runoff vote
The Living Church and Mark Harris both noted that on 2 June 2018 there was a runoff election for bishop coadjutor in the Diocese of Haiti. We have heard unofficial reports that the election was controversial and will be contested. The Revd Kerwin Delicat is the announced winner of the election, but there have been protests and accusations of fraud.

2 June 2018: New bishops in Scotland
The Scottish Episcopal Church has announced the election of the Revd Canon Ian Paton as Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane, and the Very Revd Andrew Swift as Bishop of Brechin.

1 June 2018: Earliest Gospel of Mark manuscript fragment discovered
The Episcopal Café reports on the recent discovery by the Egypt Exploration Society of the earliest known papyrus fragment of the Gospel of Mark.

29 May 2018: Families fearful Tasmanian church sales will destroy cemeteries
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports on the concerns about the future of Tasmanian cemeteries as the Diocese of Tasmania prepares to sell a large number of church properties. The diocesan synod had earlier approved the sale of 108 church-owned properties (including 76 churches).

29 May 2018: Bishops in Massachusetts join declaration of climate change emergency
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the endorsement by Massachusetts bishops of the Faith and Science Joint Appeal for Climate Action.

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26 May 2018: Clergy buy cassocks recycled from bottles as Church of England joins war on plastic
The Telegraph (UK) reports fair-trade clothing manufacturer Butler & Butler 'has begun selling a men's cassock made from 100 per cent recycled polyester made from reclaimed PET bottles.'

25 May 2018: Long-time spokeswoman out at Episcopal Church (USA)
The Living Church reports Neva Rae Fox, who served for over a decade as the Public Affairs Officer and de facto spokeswoman for the US-based Episcopal Church, was abruptly relieved of her position on Wednesday. This is particular timing both due to the prominence of that province's primate following the royal wedding and the close proximity to their triennial General Convention this summer.

24 May 2018: Church of England offers prayers read by Amazon's Alexa
The BBC notes that the Church of England has created an Alexa 'skill' (a set of responses) that enables the smart speaker to read daily prayers and answer several questions, including where someone might find a church in or near their town.

23 May 2018: Archbishop welcomes ceasefire agreement as South Sudan peace talks continue
Five days of peace talks between warring parties, led by Archbishop of South Sudan drew to a close according to the Anglican Communion News Service.

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