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21 May 2017: Australian bishop given standing ovation at service of thanks for whistle blowing
The Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) reports that the Rt Revd Greg Thompson, retiring Bishop of Newcastle, received 'thunderous applause' at a service held to thank him for exposing and stopping the rampant child sexual abuse that had been plaguing the Diocese of Newcastle for decades. Bishop Thompson was systematically vilified by friends and colleagues of the abusers, but had the courage to stand up to them. Please note that there are two Dioceses of Newcastle in the Anglican Communion, one in Australia and one in England.

21 May 2017: Diocese of Christchurch announces deadline for cathedral decision
Taonga News (NZ) reports that the Diocese of Christchurch has announced it will make a decision on Christchurch's cathedral in the square at its synod in September this year.

18 May 2017: New Primate for Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Diocese of Jerusalem has been elected as the next Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

18 May 2017: Church of England stats: 'Nones’ numerous but a committed Anglican core is flourishing
The Church Times reports on the latest data about British church attendance. More people list 'none' as their religion, those who do attend church seem more committed. The Christian Post notes the survey's recording the proportion of those who say they are Church of England worshippers has risen from a low of 16.3 percent in 2009 to 17.1 percent in 2015.

16 May 2017: New Primate for Philippines
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the Rt Revd Joel A Pachao has been elected as the 6th prime bishop of The Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Note that although the US Episcopal Church calls itself 'The Episcopal Church' and favours the abbreviation 'TEC', the Episcopal Church in the Philippines is not part of the US church.

15 May 2015: Worley will not serve as bishop of Caledonia, rules Canada House of Bishops
In April the synod of the Diocese of Caledonia in northern British Columbia elected the Revd Jake Worley as bishop. But Mr Worley’s past concerned some of the members of the provincial house of bishops. Born and raised in the United States, he had planted a church in New Mexico as a missionary of the province of Rwanda, and served in the Anglican Mission in America. The Anglican Journal reports that this activity, in the jurisdiction of the Episcopal Church and without the permission of that church, was considered to be contrary to the discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada. After reviewing his past actions and meeting with him, the majority of the house declined to approve the election. Thinking Anglicans provides some background. The Living Church talked to Fr Worley afterwards about his feelings on the rejection.

13 May 2017: Bermuda celebrates Black Anglicans
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) reports on the efforts of the Rooted in Faith Committee, under the direction of the Rt Revd Nicholas Dill to highlight the work of Black Anglicans. They have previously brought the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin to lecture and are now holding an evensong in celebrating the ministry of the Revd William C. Trott, likely the first Bermudan ordained priest. The committee is also working with individual congregations to explore works in the individual congregations.

11 Month 2017: Archbishop Welby Visits Middle East
The BBC and Guardian, among many other outlets, report on the Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to Israel and Palestine. Aside from meetings with refugees from Syria, Israeli PM Netanyahu, and an unannounced visit to Gaza after previous criticism that his previous trip to the region did not highlight the plight of Palestinian Christian, the Most Revd Justin Welby also took time out to play sweeper in a friendly game of football between Muslim, Jewish, and Christian children in Jaffa. The score, for those who are curious, was 0-0.

10 May 2017: Joel Pachao elected Episcopal Church in the Philippines prime bishop
The Episcopal News Service (USA) reports the Rt Revd Joel A. Pachao was elected the 6th†prime bishop of†The Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Panchao currently serves as bishop of the Diocese of North Central Philippines, based in Baguio City in Benguet Province.

9 May 2017: Primate announced for Sudan
The Anglican News Service reports the Archbishop of the Internal Province of Sudan and Bishop of Khartoum, the Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, has been appointed as the Primate of the newly created separate Province of Sudan.

9 May 2017: Former Bishop Heather Cook denied early parole
According to Associated Press, Heather Cook, former suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Maryland who was sentenced to seven years in prison after killing a bicyclist during drink driving crash in 2014, was denied early parole. The Chair of the Maryland Parole Commission claimed the descision was based in part that Cook 'took no responsibility for her actions' and 'displayed no remorse'.

8 May 2017: Jesmond Vicar warns against trying to discipline curate ordained bishop by breakaway Church
The Church Times (UK) reports of the ordination of the Revd Jonathan Pryke to 'bishop in the church of God' by the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa (REACH-SA), a breakaway group, on 2 May. Pryke serves as curate of Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle. Thinking Anglicans(UK) has a more thorough report, including statements from GAFCON and EMiE.

5 May 2017: Jordan assures ABC it will protect Christians
The Church Times (London) reports that the Kingdom of Jordan has told the Archbishop of Canterbury it will continue its efforts to retain and protect Christians in that country and the Middle East.

5 May 2017: Igloo cathedral finishes paying off its debt
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Diocese of the Arctic has finally paid off the debt accrued in the rebuilding of its cathedral, which was destroyed by arson a dozen years ago. During the decade of fundraising there were many gloomy moments when diocesan staff almost lost hope that they would ever raise enough money. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation also reported this joyous event.

4 May 2017: Most C of E bishops afraid to back gay clergy
The Guardian (London) tells us a London vicar has resigned his post in despair because 'bishops are being cowed by a small group of "super-conservative puritans" who believe homosexuality is a sin, leaving most bishops too scared to speak out.

4 May 2017: New bishop for Sodor and Man
The UK government has announced the nomination of the Ven Peter Eagles as next bishop of Sodor and Man. He appears to be the only candidate, so he will probably be elected.

2 May 2017: ABC visits refugees in Jordan
The Associated Press reported a recent visit by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to refugees in Jordan. The Middle East is home to the oldest Christian communities in the world, but many have fled in recent years to escape war and Islamic extremism. Archbishop Welby later spoke in Jerusalem about his experiences visiting refugees.

1 May 2017: New bishop for Indianapolis
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the consecration of the Rt Revd Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows as 11th Bishop of Indianapolis. The US-ENS published a companion article describing the aspects in which this consecration is history-making.

30 April 2017: Zimbabwe tightening the screws on ex-bishop Kunonga
The Zimbabwe Daily (Harare) reports the Church of the Province of Central Africa has instructed its lawyers, following the Supreme Court ruling last month, to recover everything that ex-communicated bishop Dr Nolbert Kunonga stole from the Diocese of Harare.

27 April 2017: New bishop for Llandaff
Thinking Anglicans reports that June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, has been appointed the next Bishop of Llandaff. Here is the press release from the Church in Wales. Ruth Gledhill reports in depth for Christian Today.

25 April 2017: Casting aspersions on asparagus
The Telegraph (London) reports the kerfuffle that ensued when the Precentor of Worcester Cathedral was criticized for a ceremony to bless the asparagus crop. Asparagus is an economically important crop in that diocese, and the blessing of crops and livestock has been a custom for centuries. The annual asparagus festival begins on St George's day, and St George appeared in the procession at the service, along with Gus (asparaGus), dressed to represent the vegetable itself. Evidently some traditionalists felt that the blessing was inappropriate. The Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, the Very Revd Kelvin Holdsworth, has outlined the possible consequences for the wider Anglican communion. The complaints seem to be in the same style as a Washington Post story about a mother who was asked to leave a church in Virginia because she was nursing her baby.

25 April 2017: Iraqi refugee becomes Anglican priest in Canada
Fr Ayoob Shawat Adwar was ordained as a Chaldean priest in Mosul. He followed his family to Surrey, British Columbia when he was granted refugee status, and soon led a group of Chaldeans who had been given permission to worship in the Church of the Epiphany. The Anglican Communion News Service reports that Anglicans and Chaldeans began attending each other’s services and learning more about one another. That led to his being received by Bishop Melissa Skelton as an Anglican priest. He is thought to be the first Chaldean priest to be received as a member of the Anglican clergy.

23 April 2017: Half of England's Anglican cathedrals could close amid funding crisis
The Telegraph (London) reports that half of the Anglican cathedrals in England could be forced to close unless there are radical changes in their budgets and funding models. In a related story, Christian Today reports that staff of the fortress-like and impoverished Guildford Cathedral insist will not close. The writer notes that Westminster Abbey charges £20 for entry, though we note that the last time we went to visit (13 March), we annoyingly weren't allowed inside because the building was in use for some religious ceremony. As an interesting counterpoint, the Guardian (London) points out that by Church of England policy, church weddings are public events even if the people being married are celebrities. This in reference to the upcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton in that same venue.

23 April 2017: Lambeth Palace to get its first new building in centuries
The Guardian (London) reports that a new library at Lambeth Palace will house the biggest collection of religious works outside the Vatican after planning permission was granted for the first new building at the historic site for 200 years.

23 April 2017 Death of Rachel Boulding, Deputy Editor of the Church Times
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has confirmed (via Twitter) the death of Rachel Boulding, liturgist, book author and editor. The SPCK and Church House Publishing liturgy editor had influence far beyond the Church of England. We expect next week's Church Times to have a detailed report on her life and works.

21 April 2017 Anglican University to open in South Sudan
The Church Times reports that the first Anglican University in South Sudan is being planned, under the direction of Dr Eeva John, director of pastoral studies at Ridley Hill, Cambridge, who chairs the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan University Partnership. It is expected to open within the next two years. Currently only three of the five state universities in South Sudan are functioning, and the Anglican colleges are facing issues as well amid the nation's crisis. Dr John hopes the university will be 'a place in which the next generation escapes warring factions and prepares to build a peaceful nation.'

21 April 2017: Bishops defend immigration
The Living Church reports that 14 bishops of the US Episcopal Church have filed an amici curiae brief which opposes their president's order restricting immigration. The order was filed in the 9th circuit court, in San Francisco. This follows a February lawsuit by the Diocese of Olympia over the issue of whether this order impedes the diocese's religious freedom, as several participants in their resettlement programme were banned from entering the United States.

18 April 2017: Obituary: Frederick Borsch, bishop who worked to empower minorities
The New York Times has published the obituary of the Rt Revd Frederick H Borsch, once Bishop of Los Angeles.

18 April 2017 Kenya Bishop stops politicians from addressing mourners
According to, Bishop Robert Magina of Nambale (Kenya) warned politicians not to make the burial of the mother of an MP part of their campaign. Several politicians, including a candidate for governor, tried to speak, but the bishop pulled away the microphone.

17 April 2017: Tolerance in action
The Living Church tells how the Anglican church in Abu Dhabi is working to become a beacon of hospitality. On Fridays, the main day off in the emirate, St Andrew's Church is packed with worshippers from sunrise to evening. Some are Anglicans, and many are members of the more than forty guest congregations that use the church. It is in a fairly affluent area, and Urban Christian News reports that a new church — All Saints — is being built in the Musaffah industrial district, where foreign workers will find it easier to attend. The church is two-thirds complete. It will accommodate 4200 people, and will include a centre for dialogue with people of other faiths, especially Muslims.

16 April 2017: Builders stumble across tomb of 5 former archbishops of Canterbury
The Mail (London) reports the accidental discovery of a hidden vault in Lambeth containing 30 lead coffins, 5 of which belonged to 17th- and 18th-century archbishops of Canterbury. The discovery was made by workers refurbishing a museum.

15 April 2017: Anglican cemetery in Diocese of Cape Town deconsecrated; graves to be moved
The Independent Online (South Africa) reports that the Diocese of Cape Town held a deconsecration ceremony for a 150-year-old cemetery in Athlone in order to exhume the remains to make way for future developments on the site.

13 April 2017: Abandoned Anglican church in Russia to become concert hall
RBTH (Moscow) reports that the former Anglican church building on St Petersburg's English Embankment is to be renovated and repurposed as a concert hall. The congregation, part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe, still calls itself The Anglican Church in St Petersburg, but meets in a Lutheran facility.

12 April 2017: England's largest parish church to be reclassified as minster
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the upcoming ceremony (12 May 2017) in which England's largest parish church (Holy Trinity, Hull) will become Hull Minster. The church was created by King Stephen in 1295.

12 April 2017: You can't be Christian if you don't believe in the resurrection
The Telegraph quotes a former chaplain to the Queen, the Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden: 'Those people who neither believe in the Resurrection nor go anywhere near a church cannot be "Christians".'

11 April 2017: Alabama churches will be permitted to have their own police forces
The Guardian (London) reports that the Senate of the US state of Alabama has voted to allow a church to form its own police force. Briarwood Presbyterian Church has said it needs its own police force to keep its school and congregation safe.

8 April 2017: Anglicans launch rescue bid as Englandís finest cathedrals battle a financial crisis
The Guardian reports on a Church of England investigation into the finances of its cathedrals. They note that this Monday 'the church will announce the 12 members of a working party ordered by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, to look into the way cathedrals are governed, their accountability and how financial decisions are made.' The panel will include 'financial specialists and other experts' and will be chaired by the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney.

7 April 2017: Anglican Secretary General Backs El-rufaiís Peace Moves
The Anglican Secretary General, the Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon, supported Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s efforts to end violent conflict in Kaduna State according to Leadership Nigeria (Abuja). The remarks were made at the graduation ceremony of†Diploma and Certificate students of the Kaduna Centre for the Study of Christian Muslim Relations.

7 April 2017: Dean of Liverpool named as the next Bishop of Sheffield
The Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has been appointed Bishop of Sheffield following the withdrawing of acceptance for the position by the Rt Revd Philip North, according to the Church Times. The change occured because concerns were raised over North's archaic views on women's ordination.

7 April 2017: 7 April 2017: Air strikes on Syria pour gasoline on a fire
The Church Times reports a conversation with the Revd Nadim Nassar, the only Syrian priest in the Church of England, and the director of the Awareness Foundation, an ecumenical group that seeks to build understanding between the east and the west, and to sustain Christians in the middle east. Mr Nassar compared the missile strikes on Syria in response to a chemical attack in that country to trying to put out a fire with gasoline. In an interview on CBC radio, he called on world leaders to use dialogue and diplomacy to end the crisis in Syria, rather than military might.†

4 April 2017: Anglican Church in Peru calls for aid
Following the flooding and mudslides, the Anglican Church of Peru has established the 'Help us to help Others' commission, according to the Anglican Communion News Service. The church has established a plan of action to ensure help goes to small communities that have been impacted particularly badly by the floods. Anglican Journal reports the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (Canada) has contributed $20,000 to the cause.

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