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This page last updated 12 August 2018
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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

12 August 2018: Anglican Church of Ghana asked to stop praying for the dead
Modern Ghana reports that a former President of Anglican University College of Technology, Prof. Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaa, has asked the church to reform its liturgical practices, including praying for the dead. He proposed that instead of spending time pleading with God to have mercy for a dead person during a burial service, the church should be more concerned about people's salvation while they are alive.

12 August 2018: Nigerian Diocese of Ukwa wars with its bishop
The Vanguard (Lagos) reports on the conflict between the Bishop of Ukwa and its parishes and worshippers. Members of the diocese have petitioned the Primate of Nigeria with numerous grievances about their bishop, including polygamy, neglect, and maladministration. In our experience it is hard to find a bishop who is a good administrator, but charges of polygamy and pastoral neglect are unusual.

10 August 2018: Hong Kong concern group fails in bid to stop Anglican church's plan
The South China Morning Press reports that the Town Planning Board on Friday rejected an application submitted by a group attempting to block construction, which sought a rezoning of two neighbouring sites into a heritage precinct, including the compound, as well as the imposition of height restrictions for any new developments or redevelopments in the area. The rejection of this proposal effectively green-lights the construction plans.

10 August 2018: Confederate symbols wear out welcome at Ohio cathedral
US television station WKYC reports that the vestry of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati has decided to remove a stained glass pane honouring Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and a plaque depicting Leonidas Polk, who resigned as bishop of Louisiana to become a major general in the Confederate army. They will be replaced with images of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.

10 August 2018: Famous cat getting her own stone sculpture inside a cathedral
Huffington Post reports that Doorkins Magnificat, the beloved, long-time resident of Southwark Cathedral, is being commemorated in stone in the building. Four eroded corbels are being replaced. The dean expressed that hope that visitors will hear the story of a little lonely stray cat who wondered into a church and found herself at home. 'And maybe they'll wander in and find themselves at home as well.'

10 August 2018: New primate for Anglican Church of Korea
The Anglican Communion News Service has reported the election of a new primate for the Anglican Church of Korea. The new primate is Moses Nak Jun Yoo, Bishop of Daejon. If you can read Korean, the web site for the Diocese of Daejon is at

9 August 2018: Official summary of the Actions of General Convention from the USA
The US Episcopal Church has released a 55-page PDF file summarising the outcomes of its recent General Convention..


1 August 2018: Anglican Church in Barbados 'at a crossroad'
The Barbados Advocate reports that the Anglican Church of Barbados is in crisis, as evidenced by its continuing inability to elect a new bishop.

31 July 2018: Cancer surgery for US Presiding Bishop 'went well'
The US Episcopal News Service reports that cancer surgery for the Presiding Bishop was completed without incident.

30 July 2018: Diocese of Leeds has big money troubles
In 2014, the Church of England dissolved three dioceses (Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield) to create what is now called the Diocese of Leeds. It is the largest diocese in the Church of England, and has 356 paid clergy and 110 non-clergy employees. Now The Guardian (London) reports that the diocese is is facing a serious financial crisis and must take 'drastic' action.

29 July 2018: C of E bishops 'turn on each other' over Carey abuse scandal
The Telegraph (London), reporting further on last week's revelations about former Archbishop Carey, has said 'bishops are turning on each other after the lead figure on safeguarding was locked out of discussions about a former archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse'. The Guardian reports that the Church of England will review its decision to allow him to resume an official church role.

28 July 2018: Summary of what happened at the US General Convention
The US Episcopal News Service has released this summary of what happened at the General Convention of the US Episcopal Church last month.


27 July 2018: Online church for gamers draws thousands
The Washington Post reports on the GodSquad Church, which appears to be the world’s first online-only church for video gamers and is said to have thousands of followers.

27 July 2018: Bishiop of Oxford issues statement about Lord Carey resuming ministry
Earlier this month The Guardian (London) reported that George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse, had been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England. Some furore ensued, made more turbulent because the bishop who granted Lord Carey that Permission To Officiate is among those under police investigation for his own involvement in the cover-up. That bishop, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, issued this statement today.

26 July 2018: US Presiding Bishop Michael Curry diagnosed with prostate cancer
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has chosen surgical treatment. 

26 July 2018: Anglican church defends high-rise hospital plan for heritage site in heart of Hong Kong
The Sheng Kung Hui, the Anglican Church in Hong Kong, is the only body in Hong Kong other than the government that owns land on a freehold rather than a leasehold basis. The South China Morning Post reports on the complicated real estate dealings of the diocese, which plans to erect a 25-storey private hospital on its heritage properties.

24 July 2018: Claims of episcopal election fraud in Haiti
The US Episcopal News Service reports that a significant number of electors have contested the recent election for a coadjutor bishop in the Diocese of Haiti, and questioned the moral character and actions of the diocesan bishop. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has asked for a fact-finding commission to report on the allegations of an 'electoral coup d'état'.

24 July 2018: UK cathedrals advertise respite from the heat
The Telegraph (London) tells us about churches, especially cathedrals, taking advantage of Britain's heatwave as they advertise themselves as places to cool off.

23 July 2018: Crafting liturgy for times of disaster
Canada's Anglican Journal reports on the recent National Anglican and Lutheran Worship Conference in British Columbia.

22 July 2018: St Paul's stops preacher from reading the bible aloud outside cathedral
The Telegraph reports that a bus driver from East London, Alan Coote, had been reading the bible aloud outside St Paul's cathedral in London when he was asked to move on by security staff. When he refused, the police were called in, but seemed reluctant to act. Cathedral staff now say he will be allowed to read for half an hour a week, but Mr Coote is not satisfied with the limit.


22 July 2018: Anglicans and Catholics may open joint Māori boarding school
The New Zealand Herald explains that several existing, but no longer used, educational facilities are being considerered for a joint Anglican-Roman Catholic school which would serve students who are unable to be accomodated in crowded existing Christian schools.

20 July 2018: Disability awareness for Anglicans in both UK and US
The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted adisability conference at Lambeth Palace last week, according to the Anglican Communion News Service. The conference explored "how people with disabilities can participate fully in the life of the church." It also marked the launch of a new resources called 'More Than Welcome.' In a move covered by almost no news service, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church (USA) voted to create a Task Force dedicated to Accessibility and Inclusion by passing resolution D097.

18 July 2018: Archbishop Justin Welby speaks out on Nigerian violence
Episcopal Cafe reports of the archbishop's statement on the conflict that has displaced over 3000 and led to an unknown number of deaths. It also provides background into this conflict between settled farmers and nomadic herders.

17 July 2018: Anglican church opposes hasty decision to hang
The government of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has decided to resume executions of repeat drug offenders. The Island Online reports that the country's two Anglican bishops have objected to the move, noting that it is the sprats who are being caught and punished, while the sharks remain free to carry on their business.

16 July 2018: Violence flashes around new GAFCON leader
The Diocese of Sydney reports that a worker at the home compound of Nigerian Archbishop Ben Kwashi (the incoming GAFCON secretary) has been killed as the archbishop was confronted by violence on his return from Jerusalem.

For news older than 16 July, please refer to our News Archives.

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