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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

19 February 2017: Government, church at odds over Christ Church Cathedral
Stuff NZ reports on the standoff between the city government of Christchurch New Zealand and the Diocese of Christchurch about the future of the earthquake-ruined cathedral in that city. In the meantime, the temporary 'Cardboard Cathedral' built as a stopgap is serving wonderfully in its stead.It is common now, 6 years after the earthquake, to hear them referred to as the cardboard cathedral and the stone cathedral.

17 February 2017: Archbishops of Canterbury and York issue letter after Synod vote
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to members of the General Synod of the Church of England setting out the next steps following this week’s vote at Synod not to 'take note' of a report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships. To understand what this means, read this article in The Guardian, read the above-mentioned ACNS release, read the actual letter, or read the coverage in Thinking Anglicans.

17 February 2017: Egypt’s Anglicans Face 'Existential Threat' from fellow Protestants
Christianity Today (USA) reports 'Egypt's top Anglican leader is accusing its top evangelical leader of attempting a 'hostile takeover' to prevent Egyptian Anglicans from achieving state recognition as an independent national church.'

13 February 2017: Anne Germond the 11th bishop of Algoma
Bay Today (Ontario) reports that South Africa-born Anne Germond was installed as the first woman to serve as bishop of Algoma. She had not been an official candidate at the electoral synod last October, and the Anglican Journal reported on her unusual career path. She had been a Sunday school superintendent and warden, and was studying theology at Thornloe University in Sudbury, when the bishop offered her a lay incumbency at the Church of the Ascension while she finished her degree. She had served that parish for sixteen years when she was elected. 

13 February 2017: Damning verdict on response to child abuse in Australia
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the Royal Commission examining allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia has delivered a damning verdict on a system which enabled a culture of abuse to flourish. You can read the report here.

13 February 2017: New bishop for US armed services
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the ordination and consecration of the Rt Revd Carl Wright as the seventh bishop suffragan for the US armed forces.


12 February 2017: Anglican church tipped to reveal Western Australia abuse allegations
PerthNow reports on the ongoing investigations into sexual abuse complaints from 1980-2015 and a report expected to be made public later this week. Earlier this week, former priest Raymond Sydney Cheek was sentenced to two years in prison for offenses against five boys over the course of thirty years.

11 February 2017: Church faces new split over attitude to gay relationships
The Guardian reports on an open letter sent by fourteen retired Church of England bishops to their successor bishops over managing conflict rather than providing leadership on issues of LGBT persons and the continued marginalisation of the same.

9 February 2017: The Most Rev David Chillingworth announces his retirement
The Scottish Episcopal Church has announced that the Most Revd David Chillingworth will retire this July as Primus and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane after eight years as Primus.

8 February 2017: Former Chief Operating Officer of Episcopal Church (USA) sues church
The Rt Revd Stacy Sauls, former Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church (USA) has filed suit over concerns regarding 'tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job' according to The Living Church. The full text of the complaint is also available.

7 February 2017: St Peter’s Basilica to host Anglican Evensong for the first time
The Catholic Herald reports regarding the first Anglican Evensong to be held at St Peter's Basilica. In conjunction with the Anglican Centre in Rome, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford will sing the service led by the Most Revd David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome with Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican preaching.

6 February 2017: Archbishop of the two Sudans to retire
Radio Tamazuj (Sudan) reports the Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul will step down as Primate and Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan in November of this year, having served since 2008.


4 February 2017: US Episcopal diocese proposing private dormitory surrounded by campus
As reported by the Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia, USA), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is proposing a novel approach to college chaplaincy at the University of Georgia. The 'multi-story mixed-use residential, retail and institutional structure' plans to replace the current property used for the campus chaplaincy with a structure that combines the chaplaincy with a private dormitory open to all students. Despite some zoning concerns from the county, the diocese is aiming to move forward with the complex not 'as a money-making proposition, but as an extension of its ministry', according to the attorney working on the rezoning.

3 February 2017: Critics call C od E Bishops' sexuality report 'ungodly'
As reported by the Church Times (London), LGBT Christians, gay-rights campaigners, liberal clerics, and members of the General Synod have reacted with anger and frustration to the conclusions and tone of the report on human sexuality from the House of Bishops, while conservative Anglicans, and campaigners against gay marriage in the C of E, have expressed concern about its 'ambiguous' recommendations. The Church Times has summarised the results and effect of the Shared Conversations on church doctrine.

1 February 2017: ABC sets out vision for 2017 Primates Meeting
The Anglican Communion News Service announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has written to every primate in the Anglican Communion to set out his hopes for the next Primates' Meeting, which will take place in Canterbury in October. He also gave details of last week's report by the Church of England's House of Bishops on human sexuality.

1 February 2017: ABC issues apology over Church of England links to child abuser
The Independent (London) reports on the apology issued by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for not reporting the head of a Christian charity accused of carrying out sadomasochistic attacks on young boys. Justin Welby issued an 'unreserved and unequivocal' apology on behalf of the church after admitting he had worked at the holiday camps where the teenage boys were groomed. Thinking Anglicans has gathered quite a number of reports and commentary on this sorry episode in the church's past.


29 January 2017: Wales is about to lose a radical archbishop as Barry Morgan retires
One of the longest serving archbishops in the Anglican Communion is set to retire, on 31 January according to Wales Online. Dr Morgan, who witnessed many changes to Wales and the Church in Wales, will have spent 24 years as a bishop and nearly 14 as Archbishop. He reflects to the BBC on his tenure as bishop.

29 January 2017: Sydney Anglican Church rife with abuse, recent synod acknowledges
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) reports on a 'shocking admission' by the Diocese of Sydney that domestic abuse is rife within its ranks. At the recent synod, a motion was passed that acknowledged domestic abuse as a major problem within the church.

28 January 2017: Perth sex abuse reparations to cost diocese more than AUD $1 million
Perth Now states 'Child sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.'

25 January 2017: Presiding Bishop, other Episcopal leaders call on Trump to maintain refugee resettlement efforts
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church (USA) has called for newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump to continue 'the powerful work of our refugee resettlement program without interruption', following president's executive order forbidding the entry of citizens of certain countries from entering the US.

24 January 2017: Liberia: new Trinity cathedral dean opposes Christian state
The National Christian Council of Liberia was launched last year, calling for a return to the 1947 constitution, which prescribed Christian principles as the foundation for Liberia. The Liberian Council of Churches disagreed, feeling that peace in the nation would be better attained through interfaith collaboration. When Canon James Sellee was installed as dean of Trinity Episcopal cathedral, he stated his opposition to the movement to declare Liberia a Christian state. The Daily Observer (Monrovia) reports that Dr Sellee urged people of all faiths to work together for peace, rather than seeing each other as warring factions on a battlefield.

23 January 2017: Canada's Indigenous Affairs minister says Anglican apology is vital
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation quotes Carolyn Bennett, Canada's Minister of Indigenous Affairs: 'A long-awaited public apology from the Anglican Church for the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated by former priest Ralph Rowe in the 1970s and 1980s will be vital in helping victims heal.' The Anglican Church of Canada acknowledged last week the tragic legacy of Rowe, a former Boy Scout leader, who abused countless children during the two decades he spent travelling amongst remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario.

23 January 2017: Warring Anglican Primates Summoned to New Meeting in October
Christian Today reports Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has quietly called for the Primates of the Anglican Communion to meet 2-6 October 2017 for what will be called 'only as Primates of the Communion in 2017' rather than a 'Primates Meeting'. The letter itself was dated November 2016.

22 January 2017: Queen's chaplain resigns over cathedral Koran reading row
The Telegraph reports the resignation of the Revd Gavin Ashenden, one of the Queen's 33 special chaplains, over the reading from the Koran at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow during an Epiphany service.


22 January 2017: It all started with a pizza
This Sunday the Revd Rebecca Osborn will deliver her first sermon in Inuktitut. She and her husband went to an information session on the north at the Pittsburgh seminary where they were studying. She told CBC News that they went for the pizza, but the idea of working with the Inuit stuck in their heads. She has been in Iqaluit for a year and a half, learning to read and write and speak her new language. She believes that will make it easier for her in heaven, where she is confident that Inuktitut will be spoken.

21 January 2017: First woman bishop consecrated in Wales
The Church in Wales announced and reported the consecration of the Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy as the 129th Bishop of St Davids. Probably we should also say Cyhoeddodd yr Eglwys yng Nghymru gysegru fel Esgob Gwir Barchedig Joanna Penberthy 129eg Tyddewi.

20 January 2017: Egyptian Anglicans building partnership with Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Diocese of Egypt has announced a landmark partnership with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library) to advance cooperation in art, science, culture, peace-building, dialogue and the combating of extremism.

20 January 2017: Church of England synod papers published
Thinking Anglicans reports on the publication of General Synod papers for the upcoming Church of England General Synod.

18 January 2017: New moderator for Church of South India
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the election of the Rt Revd Thomas Comment as the new moderator of the Church of South India.

18 January 2017: Australian Anglican leaders 'feel silenced' by their church about same-sex marriage
Buzz-feed reports on the submission by Dr Muriel Porter to Australia's Senate inquiry into marriage equality. She says most ordinary Anglicans have no problem with same-sex marriage, and that progressive Anglican leaders feel silenced on the issue. Her comments are in stark contrast to a submission from the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, written by Reverend Dr Michael Stead, which says the proposed exemptions do not go far enough and are “manifestly insufficient” to protect religious freedom.

For news older than 18 January, please refer to our News Archives.

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