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13 July 2018: Church of England's General Synod is done
The recent General Synod of the Church of England has finished. Thinking Anglicans covered it day-by day; you can read it (in inverse time order) here. The Church Times has published more detailed reports here, but unless you are a subscriber you won't be able to read all of it just yet.

13 July 2018: US Episcopal Church's General Convention is done
The General Convention ended after debating 517 resolutions. It's too soon for any deep analyses. Most of the bishops and deputies who attended and debated and voted are still on their way home. The unedited collection of official news reports is here (also in inverse time order). Episcopal Café's final-day round-up is here. Perhaps the least controversial vote was to re-admit the Diocese of Cuba to the US Episcopal Church, from which it was ejected in 1966 amidst Cold War tensions.

12 July 2018: Kenya judge threatens bishop, orders reinstatement of exonerated priests
The Anglican Church of Kenya defrocked three priests when they were accused of the crime of being gay. The court found them not guilty, and in 2016 ordered their reinstatement with lost pay. The bishop ignored those court orders until he was threatened with jail time, but has finally agreed to obey the court orders. This week's report in The Nation contains links to reports on the earlier events. This situation, and earlier events in Zimbabwe's Diocese of Harare, bring to mind a very different interpretation of the phrase 'separation of church and state'. The next day, The Nation reported that the exonerated and reinstated clergy were forcibly rejected by members of the congregations they had been sent to lead.

11 July 2018: C of E to create 100 new churches as number of Anglicans hits new low
The Guardian (London) reports that the Church of England will create more than 100 new churches to 'revive the Christian faith in coastal areas, market towns and outer urban housing estates' in the face of a record low number of people identifying as Anglicans.

8 July 2018: Synod and convention in full swing
As we noted on our front page last week, the General Convention of the US Episcopal Church and the General Synod of the Church of England are both meeting now. We'll report on them after they have evolved from 'current events' to 'history'. One side effect of this onslaught is that almost all of the world's Anglican news reporting organisations are focused on the governance meetings to the exclusion of everything else.

4 July 2018: Episcopal Churches of Cuba, US reunification discussed
The US Episcopal News Service tells us: after half a century apart, the US Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Cuba may once again unite. This reunification might also help encourage ECUSA to stop referring to itself as The Episcopal Church.

3 July 2018: Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis detains Jesus, Mary, Joseph
The Indy Star (Indianapolis) reports that nativity statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were incarcerated on the lawn of Christ Church Cathedral behind a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. The dean of the cathedral says the caged holy family is a protest against President Trump's policy of holding families in detention centres at the border. People walking by said the display was a powerful way to bring awareness to the situation at the border.

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