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1 November 2018: Alumnae fight Australian schools' request for exemption from discrimination laws
34 Anglican Schools in Sydney have requested an exemption from Federal laws allowing them to discriminate against gay persons. Alumnae of Australia's oldest school for girls are making a strong protest. Students at those schools are also protesting. The Sydney Morning Herald, no fan of the diocese, reports 'Anglican heads letter prompts anger and division.'

1 November 2018: Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Statement on the Holy Spirit published
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed in October 2017 after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at the 2018 meeting of AOOIC in Lebanon. 

1 November 2018: Church of England rejects heart-shaped gravestone
The Telegraph (London) reports the Diocese of Manchester turned down a request for a blue granite gravestone in the shape of a heart, etched with personal prints, in memory of a stillborn baby. In issuing the ruling, the chancellor opined it would 'over-sentimentalise the memorial in a way which is undesirable and unnecessary and would be inappropriate in this particular churchyard'.

31 October 2018: Diocese of Sydney told to apologise for marriage vote conduct
The Guardian (London) reports that the chairman of the independent New South Wales MP and Equality Campaign has stated that the Diocese of Sydney should apologise for its conduct in the marriage law postal survey, rather than 'lobby to legalise bullying'.


28 October 2018: Mass murder in Pittsburgh synagogue
You already know this, because nearly every news source in the world has reported it extensively, but we would be remiss not to join them in reporting that a hate-filled assassin killed 11 people at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh because he 'wanted all Jews to die'. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette likely has the most extensive reporting. The Bishop of Pittsburgh made this statement. The US president, to little surprise, blamed the victims. The Economist (London) notes that 'a leader without morals cannot provide moral leadership'.

27 October 2018: England and Wales might soon permit outdoor weddings
The BBC reports that the UK Treasury, citing 'anachronistic red tape', might soon permit outdoor weddings in England and Wales.

26 October 2018: Two US dioceses form partnership, will share bishop
The US Episcopal News Service reports that the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York have voted to share a bishop and a staff.

25 October 2018: Sydney vote might allow domestic violence survivors to remarry
ABC News Online reports that after 34 years of deliberation, Sydney's synod voted 325-161 in favour of a motion requesting that bishops consider approving remarriage of a divorced person, where that person has been abused physically or emotionally by their former spouse. The Revd Mark Thompson, head of Moore Theological College and chair of the Doctrine Commission, spoke against the motion, saying the issue required 'time and careful study of bible passages'. Bishop Peter Lin of the Georges River region claimed to be a slow learner, and asked for more time to consider the issue. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation called the vote a 'no-brainer'.

25 October 2018: Trendy new churches poach worshippers from stuffy ones
The Economist (London) reports that newly-planted evangelical churches in England are growing rapidly at the expense of more-traditional congregations.

23 October 2018: US Presiding bishop criticises uninvolved moderates
The Guardian (London) reports from an interview with Bishop Michael Curry, Primate of the US Episcopal Church, in which he expresses unhappiness with religious leaders who fail to protect the poor and vulnerable.

22 October 2018: Sydney backs down on proposal to ban Indigenous smoking ceremonies
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Diocese of Sydney has backed down on a controversial policy banning smoking ceremonies on any property owned by the church, following outrage from Indigenous leaders, school principals and priests who work closely with First Nations communities


20 October 2018: Several bishops elected
The Diocese of Arizona has elected Jennifer Anne Reddall as its next bishop. The Diocese of Kansas has elected Cathleen Chittenden Bascom as its next bishop. The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe has elected Mark D.W. Edington as its next bishop.

20 October 2018: Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service
The Guardian (London) reports that traditionalists in the Church of England are unhappy at an invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a Eucharist service in an Oxford church.

19 October 2018: Sydney rule against 'promotion of homosexuality' condemned
The Guardian (London) reports on widespread criticism of a new rule likely to be passed soon by the Diocese of Sydney. It would 'ban same-sex weddings in churches and school halls and clamp down on the freedom of priests to support LGBTI rights'.

17 October 2018: Melbourne budget affected by redress payments
SBS (Australia) reports that the Diocese of Melbourne expects to have its budget significantly affected over the next decade because of redress payments.

16 October 2018: US Episcopal Church admits past role in sexual exploitation
The Religion News Service reports the US Episcopal Church is officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.


11 October 2018: Matthew Shepard to be re-interred at US National Cathedral
Twenty years ago this week, a young Episcopal student was brutally murdered in Wyoming, allegedly because of his sexuality, The US Episcopal News Service reports that he will soon be re-interred at the National Cathedral.

11 October 2018: Tasmanian Government blasts Anglican Church
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports the latest salvo in the feud between church and state in the Australian state of Tasmania. The State Government has accused Tasmania's Anglican Church of "scaremongering" after it said changes to the Burial Act were effectively a $20,000 'death tax'.

8 October 2018: Melbourne consecration of sister brother bishop
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that when Kate Prowd was consecrated as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Melbourne, she and her brother, Lindsay Urwin, became the first brother and sister bishops in the communion. Bishop Lindsay, who now works in Melbourne, had been consecrated Area Bishop of Horsham. Because of his position on women's ordination, he did not join other bishops in the act of consecration. But he presented her with the pectoral cross that their parents had given him at his consecration almost 25 years earlier.

8 October 2018: Hong Kong province celebrates 20th anniversary
The Anglican Province of Hong Kong – the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The Anglican Communion News Service reports.

8 October 2018: Diocese of Nevada suspends bishop search
The Episcopal Café reports the announcement from the Diocese of Nevada that the Diocese of Nevada has decided to suspend its bishop search process.

8 October 2018: London parish church to reopen 78 years after blitz bombing
The East London Advertiser reports the imminent opening of a new building for St Luke Millwalls 78 years after WWII blitz bombing destroyed its church. The new building looks nothing like the old, but it has the same name.


5 October 2018: Anglicans, Lutherans gather at Niagara
The Living Church reports representatives from four Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Canada and the United States gathered to continue the work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission.

3 October 2018: Anglican Church of Southern Africa adopts safeguarding measures
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Province of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa will require those seeking ordination to obtain a police clearance certificate, and have set up a new national email contact point for reporting allegations of abuse. The new safeguarding measures are a response to charges of abuse earlier this year.

1 October 2018: Archbishop of York to retire in 2020 after Queen extends tenure
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will retire in June 2020, three days shy of his 71st birthday. Church of England clergy are required to retire at the age of 70, but the Queen, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, has the power in her discretion to extend that for up to one year if she considers that there are special circumstances making it desirable.

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