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20 October 2017: Church of England to debate services for same-sex couples
The Telegraph (London) reports that the Church of England will debate blessings for same-sex couples, after a motion was passed by the Diocese of Hereford (with the support of its bishop) calling for a formal liturgy.

18 October 2017: New primate for Church of North India
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the Bishop of Jabalpur, Dr Prem Singh, has been elected as the new Moderator of the united Church of North India. As such, he becomes the new primate of the Church’s Anglican province.

18 October 2017: Break-in at Anglican Church of Canada national office
Canada's Anglican Journal reports on the recent break-in to the national office in Toronto of the Anglican Church of Canada. This was not a Nixon/Watergate sort of break-in; the thieves reportedly took money and laptops rather than documents.

17 October 2017: UK school cuts ties with Christian group after parent complaints
The Guardian (London) reports that St John's Church of England primary school in Tunbridge Wells has cuts its ties with Christian group CrossTeach after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a 'demonstration of God’s power' in assemblies. The group of parents said in a statement: 'We recognise and respect the school’s Christian values but think there is a brand of Christianity that is abusing that respect.'

15 October 2017: Joint Communiqué from US Episcopal Church and United Methodist church
The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue met recently in Washington DC and issued a communiqué. Normally we find communiqués so boring we can't stay awake long enough to write sentences about them, but we found this one interesting (and short) enough to report.

14 October 2017: Doubts grow over ABC's account of when he knew of abuse
The Church of England has been embroiled in a scandal involving decades-old abuses that occurred in holiday camps for boys where Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby worked in his 20s. The archbishop has said that he knew nothing of the abuse until 2013. But now the New York Times reports the men who were victims of the abuse as boys are coming forward to challenge the archbishop's version of events, casting doubt on his claims of ignorance.

13 October 2017: Plans forming for 2020 Lambeth Conference
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the state of planning for a Lambeth Conference in 2020. Several years ago there were widespread rumours that no more Lambeth Conferences would be held. Many newsworthy things happen at these conferences, so we at Anglicans Online look forward to the event even if we aren't sure that it would be worth the considerable expense.

12 October 2017: Retired Bishop of London made a 'life peer'
The Diocese of London has announced the Prime Minister's intention of naming Richard Chartres, retired Bishop of London, a life peer.

11 October 2017: Sydney archbishop defends diocese's $1M political donation
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports on the Archbishop of Sydney using the platform of his presidential address at the diocesan synod to justify his decision to donate a million dollars to the 'vote no' campaign in Australia's upcoming national vote on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, The Guardian (London) reports the Diocese of Perth, on the other side of the country, has offered a 'heartfelt apology' to Australia’s gay and lesbian community, saying the church was 'deeply sorry for any harm we have done'. The Diocese of Sydney has a lot of money, while the Diocese of Perth does not, so we aren't expecting an announcement of Perth's having made a contribution to the 'vote yes' campaign.

11 October 2017: Atheists join the fray over Christchurch's cathedral
Newstalk ZB (New Zealand) reports that country's atheists are objecting to government subsidy of cathedral restoration because 'the church is a very wealthy organization'.

7 October 2017: Santa Claus's tomb may have been uncovered beneath Turkish church
The Guardian carried the fascinating story of the discovery of what might be the remains of Saint Nicholas beneath the church in his hometown of Antalya.

6 October 2017: Primates conclude Canterbury meeting 'renewed in their ministry'
Anglican Journal covers the recent Primates' meeting attended by thirty-three of the thirty-nine of the heads of Anglican provinces worldwide in Canterbury, England.

5 October 2017: Rise in Glory: Bp. Walmsley
The Living Church (USA) writes of the death of the Rt. Revd Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th Bishop of Connecticut.

3 October 2017: Anglicans sanction Scottish Episcopal Church over same-sex marriage
The BBC reports the sanctions include exclusion from ecumenical and leadership roles in the Anglican Communion, similar to those on the US Episcopal Church.

2 October 2017: Coptic Pope opens new Anglican media centre
The Anglicans News Service explains the media centre, which has recording and editing technology, will increase accessibility and community among Anglicans and Coptics.

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