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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'.

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News Stories

4 December 2016: New bishop for Los Angeles
The US Episcopal News Service has announced the election of the Revd John Taylor as coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Fr Taylor is currently the Rector of St John Chrysostom in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

4 December 2016: New bishop for Bunyoro Kitara
The Sunday Vision (Kampala) has announced the ordination and installation of the Revd Canon Sam Nkrumah as the next Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara in the Anglican Church of Uganda. That newspaper also published these photographs of the ceremony.

3 December 2016: New archbishop for Adelaide
The Australian Associated Press has announced the election of the Rt Revd Geoffrey Smith as the new Archbishop of Adelaide. Bishop Smith is currently the assistant bishop, general manager and registrar of the Diocese of Brisbane. We found this brief announcement on the website of the Diocese of Adelaide. Not that it's relevant to today's news, but we note that the Diocese of Adelaide is one of the few dioceses in the world still to have a local name in dot-com:

3 December 2016: Kansas bishop to become New York rector
St Bartholomew, a major parish church in New York City, has announced that the Rt Revd Dean Wolfe will not be in Kansas any more, beginning in February 2017. He is currently Bishop of Kansas.

3 December 2016: Non-denominational evangelical minister and Episcopal priest
Conservative parishioners left the former St Timothy’s church in Catonsville, and two congregations now worship there, both led by the same minister. The Revd Jason Poling celebrates the Eucharist in alb and chasuble at the newly-formed St Hilda's Episcopal church. Then, like a clerical Clark Kent, he exchanges his vestments for a black Joe Flacco jersey to lead the evangelical New Hope Community Church. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Bishop of Maryland, Eugene Taylor Sutton, hopes people on both sides of the theological spectrum can work together. Fr Poling says it’s too early to tell whether the experiment will thrive, 'or whether God wants me to be a cautionary tale.'

2 December 2016: Anglican Church of Canada supporting Standing Rock protesters
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod (COGS) passed a resolution by consensus in which they expressed their support for those protesting against the oil and gas pipeline proposed to be run through lands belonging to indigenous peoples.

28 November 2016: Uruguay bishop demands more engagement with evangelism
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports the Bishop of Uruguay has delivered a critical presidential address to his diocesan synod, in which he said that parishes had failed to engage with 'the basics' of mission and evangelism.


25 November 2016: IARCCUM statement admits failure to protect vulnerable
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on a statement issued by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) following the group's recent historic meeting in Canterbury and Rome. 'We lament our failures and share the brokenness of our church communities. We failed to protect vulnerable people: children from sexual abuse, women from violence, and indigenous peoples from exploitation.'

25 November 2016: Independent reviewer for Church of England's handling of George Bell case
The Church Times (London) has announced and commented on the appointment of Lord Carlile as the leader of a formal review of the child-abuse charges filed against the late George Bell, one-time Bishop of Chichester.

25 November 2016: Archbishops' Council Secretary General rebukes GAFCON
The Church Times reports on a letter from the secretary general of the Archbishops’ Council, William Nye to the chairman of GAFCON UK Task Force, Canon Andrew Lines, calling the GAFCON briefing paper 'significantly misleading'. Thinking Anglicans reported GAFCON's response.

24 November 2016: 'Anglican house is burning', bishop tells abuse inquiry
The Guardian (London), reporting on the continuing progress of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, quotes an Anglican bishop who says he received warnings from parishioners that he is not safe in his own diocese after he revealed claims of his abuse as a young man by senior church clerics. As bishop of a community plagued by systematic child sexual abuse over decades, he says a national church response is needed, as the 'Anglican house is burning'. The Australian Broadcasting Company has reported the statement by the former dean of Newcastle 'vehemently denying' his participation.

22 November 2016: Chester Cathedral Zumbathon
The Revd Helena Roulston is the curate at St Chad’s church, Winsford, and she is also a Zumba instructor. She organized a two hour Zumbathon in Chester Cathedral that attracted more than 500 people in brightly coloured clothes. The Chester Chronicle reports that the event raised £6,000 for children’s charities.

21 November 2016: New offices for the Diocese of Christchurch
Anglican Life, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Christchurch in New Zealand, has announced the opening of new offices after years of temporary accommodations after their offices were destroyed in New Zealand's 2011 earthquake. The new offices are about 11km north-west of Cathedral Square.

21 November 2016: 'In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS'
The US-based Cable News Network reports on the pessimism and gloom in Iraq after the aggressive destruction by ISIS of so many Christian churches and communities (a number of which were Anglican).

21 November 2016: Diocese of Huron cathedral closed over structural concerns
The London Free Press (Ontario) reports the closure of the Cathedral of St Paul 'until further notice' because the main part of the 170-year-old building is unsafe.


20 November 2016: Anglican church seeks 'reconciliation animator'
Anglican Journal reports the Anglican Church of Canada is seeking to fill this positions to 'help continue its work on reconciliation and justice with Indigenous peoples, and to support the work of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.'

18 November 2016: Justin Welby: It's time to stop saying Isil has 'nothing to do with Islam'
The Telegraph (London) summarizes Archbishop Justin Welby's lecture at the Catholic Institute of Paris which included the above quote as well further theological critiques of international and economic issues.

17 November 2016: Caring for a 154-year-old matriarch
Asia One reports on the structural working being done on St Andrew's Cathedral in Singapore and some of those involved in the restoration.

16 November 2016: Millions face starvation as famine hits southern Africa
Anglican News (London) discusses the food shortages facing the people of Madagascar, Malawi and Zimbabwe and invites readers to participate in USPG's emergency appeal.

14 November 2016: Row Over Release Of Gay Clergy List
Earlier this week Christian Today reported on the release of a partial list of clergy known to be in same-sex relationships or who have officiated over gay unions last Sunday by GAFCON UK. Following this release a new website was started to be 'A Proud List of Violators and Supporters'. In the Church Times, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam is quoted as calling the original list 'outrageous.' Continuing 'to name individuals in this statement is wrong, creates a climate of fear, and opens them to personal abuse.'


12 November 2016: Former Anglican bishop sues church
Julius Makoni had taken a break from his banking career to study theology at Westcott House in Cambridge, and two weeks after he was ordained priest, he was appointed bishop of Manicaland. In 2014 the Church Times reported that he ignored an order by his archbishop to reinstate two priests who complained about his behaviour. His predecessor had lost a protracted legal battle with the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), and Bishop Makoni may have lent the Province funds to cover its legal costs. He has since resigned, but now, Newsday (Zimbabwe) reports, he is suing CPCA to recover the money he allegedly paid in legal fees on behalf of the diocese.

11 November 2016: I’m in charge, says Ntagali as Christians apologize
The Daily Monitor (Kampala) reports that the High Court of Uganda has ruled that the archbishop had the right to appoint commissaries in the diocese of West Ankole after the retirement of the bishop. Though leaders of the diocese have apologized, some of the lay canons who launched the suit remain unsatisfied.

6 November 2016: Mosques and churches bathed in yellow paint
Muslims and Christians came together to paint the Jeddah Mosque in the Kibera slum of Nairobi yellow, to denote light and neutrality. When they finished, World Bulletin (Istanbul) reports, they went to the neighbouring Anglican church, Holy Trinity, to give it a fresh coat of paint, which you can see in this post on Mikke Zeyya (Nairobi). The organizers wanted to express solidarity between Muslims and Christians, after a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants drove a wedge between the two groups.


6 November 2016: ABC says Christianity in Middle East under threat as never before
The Ecumenical News reports a speech given by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in which he says that Christianity has never felt as threatened as it does in its historic birthplace, the Middle East.

5 November 2016: Half century of sexual abuse at elite Anglican school in Brisbane
The Courier Mail (Brisbane) reports one of Queensland’s most prestigious private schools has had at least one paedophile on staff at any given time over the past six decades.

4 November 2016: New bishop for Algoma
The Manitoulin Expositor (Northern Ontario) reports that the Diocese of Algoma (Canada) has elected the Revd Anne Germond as its next bishop.

3 November 2016: New bishop for Indianapolis
Anglican News (London) reports that the Diocese of Indianapolis has elected the Revd Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows as its next bishop.

2 November 2016: New bishop for St Davids
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports that the Diocese of St Davids has elected the Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy as its next bishop.

1 November 2016: Recovering the autonomy of the Anglican Church in Egypt
Christian Today reports on the continuing struggle in Egypt to reverse the decision by a civil court to subsume the Anglican Church in Egypt into the Central Office of Protestant Churches (COPC) in Egypt. The Anglican Communion News Service reports that a court in Egypt has postponed a hearing to determine whether the province can regain its independence.

For news older than 1 November, please refer to our News Archives.

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