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This page last updated 19 November 2017
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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

18 November 2017: South Carolina Supreme Court rejects motion by breakaway faction
The state Supreme Court of South Carolina announced that it would not rehear the appeal of a 2015 lower court ruling against the breakaway faction. This contentious situation is unusually complex, and there will continue to be court cases and rulings in this matter for years to come. In particular, there is a case in US Federal Court concerning ownership of the name and seal of the diocese. The Charleston Post and Courier has a good summary article on this recent decision and the long legal process leading up to it. The South Carolina diocese that is part of the US Episcopal Church but which is prevented by South Carolina law from calling itself the Diocese of South Carolina, had this to say.

15 November 2017: Former bishop-elect of Caledonia fired from parish position
Canada's Anglican Journal reports that the Revd Jacob Worley has been terminated without cause as rector of the Bulkley Valley parish in the Diocese of British Columbia. Normally the firing of a rector is not global news, but earlier this year, Mr Worley had been elected bishop of Caledonia; the election was not confirmed by the House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon, because of his previous involvement with the Anglican Mission in America. In October the diocese elected as bishop the Revd David Lehman, a priest in the Diocese of the Arctic. The decision to fire Mr Worley was made by the Metropolitan, Archbishop John Privett, who has episcopal authority during the vacancy. Mr Worley is an American citizen, whose work permit to remain in Canada depends on his employment.

15 November 2017: New website for Church of England
Thinking Anglicans reports on the new website launched recently by the Church of England. As with all large-scale revisions of important websites, there have been many optimistic predictions about the positive effects that will derive from the new site. We shall see.


11 November 2017: New bishop for Aberdeen and Orkney
The Church Times (London) reports that the Scottish Episcopal Church has elected Canon Anne Dyer as the new Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney.

11 November 2017: First report on fate of Canada's Anglican Journal expected in spring
A group looking into whether the Anglican Journal should continue to exist in print form and be free to determine its own content is expected to release its preliminary results next spring. That very Anglican Journal reported that the announcement came at the recent meeting of Canada's Council of General Synod (CoGS).

11 November 2017: Discord over fee discrepancies for boys and girls in C of E choirs
It has been 20 years since the Church of England began ordaining women priests, but a recent report in The Times reveals that in 2017, choirboys are treated better than choirgirls.

9 November 2017: Church of England has released its Cathedral Statistics for 2016
The Church of England has released its annual statistical report on its cathedrals. The report is optimistic about the future of cathedrals in that country's social fabric, but not quite as upbeat about their role as places of worship. It is a fascinating thing to read.

9 November 2017: New area bishop for Ripon, from Waikato
It has been announced that the Rt Revd Helen-Anne Hartley, Bishop of Waikato, has been named area bishop (suffragan) of Ripon. This appears to b e much bigger news in New Zealand than in England. Until the 2014 creation of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (which was quickly renamed the Diocese of Leeds), Ripon was an independent diocese and its bishop was an ordinary.

9 November 2017: Diocese of Los Angeles announces plan to resume use of Newport Beach church
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the announcement by the Diocese of Los Angeles of a plan for future use of a disputed church property in Newport Beach, California, including the eventual resumption of worship services there by the St. James the Great congregation.

4 November 2017: Auckland cathedral completed after 174 years
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports the completion of Holy Trinity cathedral in the Diocese of Auckland 174 years after the land for it was purchased. The cathedral’s foundation stone wasn’t laid until 1957 – some 114 after the land was purchased. Work on the cathedral finally came to an end this year, and it was consecrated at the end of October 2017.


4 November 2017: 89 Years Of Anglican Church In Rwanda
Kigali Today reports of the achievements of the church in Rwanda since being founded in Rwanda in the 1930s.

2 November 2017: Historic Anglican – Oriental Orthodox agreement on the Holy Spirit signed in Dublin
The Anglican News Service reports 'theologians from the Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox Churches have signed an historic agreement on the Holy Spirit. The Agreed Statement on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit was signed on Friday at the end of a week of discussions by the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC) and concludes two years of work on the subject.'

2 November 2017: New look and domain for the Episcopal News Service
The Episcopal Church (USA) has rebranded its news service. According to the Anglican Communion News Service, the award-winning online news service of the US-based Episcopal Church has relaunched with a new look, structure, facilities and domain, and can be found at

31 October 2017: 'Niqab ban' could put Quebec Muslims at risk, say province's bishops
Anglican and Lutheran bishop's in the Anglican Church of Canada have voiced concern reguarding the region's new ban on the Muslim clothing, according to Anglican Journal.


27 October 2017: Sri Lankan congregation swaps old tea shed for new church
In the nineteenth century, colonial authorities brought Tamil people from South India to work in the tea industry of what was then Ceylon and is now Sri Lanka. Some of their descendants are among the 45 Anglican families in Galloola. The Church Times reports they had worshipped in a Roman Catholic church, and since the end of the 1990s in an abandoned muster shed, where tea leaves had been weighed after picking. The Diocese of Colombo purchased land behind the shed, and the people have built a new church, St John, there. It is served from St Mark, Badulla.

26 October 2017: Rural Church of Ireland building destroyed by vandals
The Irish Times reports on the near-complete destruction by vandals of the interior of a seasonal Church of Ireland building in County Galway.

25 October 2017: Nepal criminalizes Christian conversion
Christianity Today reports that Nepal has enacted a law to curb evangelism by criminalizing religious conversion, joining neighbouring countries like India and Pakistan, where the region’s small-but-growing Christian minority faces government threats to their faith.

25 October 2017: UK hospital hires atheist chaplain to minister to atheists
The Guardian (London) reports on the hiring by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust of a 'humanist chaplain'. NHS England defines chaplaincy as a service and profession 'focused on ensuring that all people, be they religious or not, have the opportunity to access pastoral, spiritual or religious support when they need it'. 

25 October 2017: Diocese of Caledonia elects Arctic priest as new bishop
Canada's Anglican Journal reports that the Revd David Lehmann, a regional dean in the diocese of the Arctic, has been elected bishop of the neighbouring diocese of Caledonia.

23 October 2017: One quarter of Church of England congregations have no children
It is said that every church is one generation away from extinction. The BBC has reported that there are no children in the smallest 25% of the Church of England's congregations reported in this year's survey. But the Church says it is now reaching 1.2 million people online every month, which is more than those who make it to the pews.

23 October 2017: Church of England appoints new Director of Communications
You might not care that the C of E has appointed a new Director of Communications. But we do. That is such an important role in the modern church (see, for example, the news item immediately above this one). After reading about Tashi Lassalle, the new appointee, we are hopeful.

For news older than 23 October, please refer to our News Archives.

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