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This page last updated 15 July 2018
Anglicans Online last updated 15 July 2018

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.

Other News Centre resource pages: Newspapers Online, Official Church Publications, and Online News Sources. And of course, our News Centre Archives. If you are having trouble finding something, don't forget our search engine.


News Stories

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.

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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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30 June 2018: Denmark's first female Anglican vicar
Copenhagen Post Online reports that the new chaplain at St Alban's church, the Revd Smitha Prasadam, is the country's first female Anglican chaplain. Ms Prasadam was born in South India, and has been ordained for eleven years.

28 June 2018: Global South theologians reflect on evangelism throughout the Anglican Communion
According to the Anglican Communion News Service 'a group of 10 theologians from five continents have met to discuss insights on evangelism and how the Anglican Communion engages in evangelism in different contexts. The group, from the Global South, met in Dallas this month for the event hosted by Bishop George Sumner and the Diocese of Dallas'.

28 June 2018: Episcopal Church’s General Convention to meet this week
The triennial General Convenion of the US-based Episcopal Church will begin its two-week meeting of bishops and lay and clerical deputies this Thursday in Austin, Texas. A media hub is available tracking legislation and giving daily briefings. A wide variety of topics are expected to be discussed, ranging from prayer book revisions to environmental concerns.

26 June 2018: Anglican bishop riding for reconciliation
SOOToday reports of retired Canadian bishop, the Rt Revd Rob Hardwick's cross country bicycle ride in the name of unity, healing and reconciliation. Along his trip he has spoken with indigenous and church groups.

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22 June 2018: C of E's 2010 abuse inquiry declared 'flawed' and 'failed'
The BBC reports on an inquiry into a past inquiry: a review in 2018 of the actions and findings of the 'Past Cases Review' in 2010 has found that the Review did not present an accurate picture of the abuse being investigated, calling that Review 'botched' and 'flawed'. Protecting the interests of the church was found to have been given a higher priority than uncovering the truth. Abuse survivors have in the past accused the Church of a 'wholly inadequate' response, and this review has found that they were right. The Guardian assures us that although the PCR's negative aspects were downplayed by the review board, there was 'no evidence of a planned and deliberate attempt to conceal information'. The full text of the 2018 review, referred to as 'The Singleton Report', is here on the Church of England website.

21 June 2018: US Episcopal Church hosts vigil to protest immigration policies
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports the US Episcopal Church is holding a vigil in Washington DC to protest against immigration policies which have seen children separated from their parents.

19 June 2018: GAFCON participants lay claim to Anglican orthodoxy
The Church Times, reporting on the third GAFCON meeting held recently in Jerusalem, notes that those who attended the meeting have laid claim to being the keepers and standard-bearers of Anglican dogma. The Anglican Communion News Service filed this initial report on the meeting. As is GAFCON's custom, they issued a communiqué at the end of their meeting.

18 June 2018: Major financial boost for 2020 Lambeth Conference
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the organisers of the 2020 Lambeth Conference have received a major boost with the announcement that Allchurches Trust have made a £750,000 grant to help fund attendance by bishops from developing countries.

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


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