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This page last updated 13 January 2019
Anglicans Online last updated 13 January 2019

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 January 2019: Conflict intensifies over same-sex rites in Diocese of Albany
The Episcopal Café reports that USA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued a 'partial restriction' on the ministry of the Bishop of Albany, William Love. It forbids the bishop 'from participating in any manner in the Church's disciplinary process in the Diocese of Albany in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage'. The US Episcopal News Service reports Bishop Love intends to appeal, and that part of his appeal will be a challenge to the legitimacy of the US General Convention resolution he is disobeying. Episcopal Café also reports the ongoing conflict over this issue in the Diocese of Tennessee and six other dioceses.

10 January 2019: ACNS reports 15% increase in use of its website
The London-based Anglican Communion News Service reports a 15% increase in page views on its website  over the past 12 months. Long-time readers ourselves, we congratulate Gavin Drake and his capable team.

9 January 2019: Oxford diocese 'in meltdown' as clergy reject bishops' view on sexuality
Christian Today (London) reports 'The Church of England's Oxford diocese is facing an uncertain future after a large group of its serving clergy publicly rejected their bishops' views on sexuality.' Whether this is as dire a problem as that publication suggests, and just how large is a 'large group' is not immediately clear. It might not be a real crisis but it is definitely a real argument. When similar events occurred in some US dioceses a decade ago, the most notable result was the spending of far too much time and money fighting about it.

8 January 2019: Anglican Church of Zimbabwe to sponsor football club
It is so refreshing to see Anglican news from Zimbabwe that is not about corruption or violence. Zim Eye (Harare) reports the Anglican Church of Zimbabwe is set to sponsor a division two club, Anglican Saints. Coach Tumo said 'Our club is a newly formed club, being run by the Anglican Church. So we have been registered in the Mashonaland East Division two and we holding trials so that we can assemble a team.' Zimbabwe's Nehanda Radio reported that recently the Rt Revd Dr Farai Mutamiri was consecrated as the new bishop of the Anglican Church’s Diocese of Harare.


4 January 2019: Consents not gathered in Haiti bishop election
Following a controversial election, the requisite number of approvals by other bishops and dioceses within the Episcopal Church (USA) was not gathered by the deadline for the bishop coadjutor of the province's largest diocese, according to the Episcopal News Service.

3 January 2019: Research finds 10% of Anglican clergy have experienced violence
News Medical (UK) reports of the research of law faculty at Royal Holloway, Univesity of London regarding threats of violence toward clergy.


30 December 2018: Average C of E church 'held just one wedding last year'
Premier Christian Media (London) reports that the average Church of England church hosted only one wedding last year. Statistics also show an average of four baptisms and five funerals.

27 December 2018: US Episcopal Church buys shares in gun manufacturers
2018 has been by far the worst on record for gun violence in US schools. When high school students held a rally outside the headquarters of Smith & Wesson, the bishop of Western Massachusetts, Dr Douglas Fisher, joined them (the headquarters is in his diocese). The Church Times reports that Dr Fisher is a member of Bishops against Gun Violence, and is becoming chair of the Episcopal Church's committee on corporate social responsibility in January. The church is buying stock in gun manufacturers to try to minimize the criminal and lethal use of their products.

27 December 2018: Florida church demolished before it could be listed
The Gainesville Sun reports that the Diocese of Florida demolished a deconsecrated church building a week before a hearing at which it might have been given historic (listed) status. The diocese would receive a substantial sum if the land were sold to a developer. The local Historic Preservation Board had nominated the building for inclusion in the Local Register of Historic Places, due in part to its having been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


21 December 2018: Archbishop Ntahoturi to leave Rome after sexual misconduct allegation
The Church Times (London) reports the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, has resigned over an allegation of sexual misconduct.

20 December 2018: Gunmen Kidnap Nigerian Bishop, later freed
Sahara Reporters (New York) reports that gunmen on Tuesday night stormed the residence of the Bishop of Ahoada, the Rt Revd Clement Ekpeye, and took him away to an unknown destination. Three days later Vanguard (Lagos) reported his release.

18 December 2018: Two decades of women's ordination celebrated in the Nippon Sei Ko Kai
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the celebration in Tokyo of 20 years of of women's ordination to the priesthood in that province.

17 December 2018: Christmas messages from Anglican primates
The Anglican Communion has gathered a collection of Christmas messages from various primates around the Anglican world. We must confess that we didn't manage to read every word of all of them.


14 December 2018: US Episcopal Church might invest in gun manufacturers to gain a voice
The news service of the US Episcopal Church has released an explanation of its plans to invest in gun manufacturers to gain a voice in shareholder decision-making. These plans result from its General Convention in July 2018.

13 December 2018: Archbishop of Burundi leads march against gender-based violence
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports on the march by hundreds of people, led by the Primate of Burundi, Martin Blaise Nyaboho, in a protest against gender-based violence.

12 December 2018: US Episcopal Church suspends statute of limitations for Clergy Sexual Misconduct
The US Episcopal Church has released a 'Letter to the Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies' announcing a 2-year suspension of the statute of limitations for sexual misconduct. This means that anyone wishing to bring a case of sexual misconduct against a member of the clergy will be able to do so, regardless of how long ago the alleged misconduct occurred.

12 December 2018: Two vibrant Anglican congregations in Winnipeg
The Christian Century visits St Margaret, a low-church evangelical parish, and Saint Benedict's Table which has been open to expressions of theological doubt in its liturgy. The two rectors are friends, and despite the apparent differences in the congregations, both are attracting young people and resisting the decline that threatens many of their urban neighbours.

11 December 2018: CofE publishes pastoral guidance on gender transition liturgy
Thinking Anglicans (UK) reports the publication by the Church of England of 'Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition'

10 December 2018: Hertfordshire church destroyed by arson
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the near-total destruction of St John the Baptist Church in Royston. Hertfordshire, England. Constabulary said that they are treating the fire as arson.

8 December 2018: UK Opera star says King's College Choir must accept girls
The Guardian (London) reports the statement from UK opera star Lesley Garrett that it is time for all-boys choirs to admit girls.

8 December 2018: New bishop for Barbados
Anglican Ink (USA) reports on the appointment of a new bishop for Barbados, the Revd Michael Maxwell. It has been reported since the publication of that article that the new bishop's consecration is scheduled for Barbados on Saturday January 26, 2019. The Senior bishop, the Rt Revd Errol Brooks, has been in charge of the province (CPWI) since the retirement of Barbados bishop John Holder who was also the Archbishop of the West Indies. A new archbishop can be elected after the Barbados diocese has a bishop in place.


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