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The News Centre
Editors: Helen Gordon and Brian Reid
Contributors: Richard Ruggle

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 phraes such as 'youth gather', 'bishop calls for', 'releases report on', 're-envisions', or 'synod debate'.

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News Stories

27 June 2015: Presiding Bishop elected
The Episcopal Church (US) is in the midst of its General Convention. The Rt Revd Michael Bruce Curry (Diocese of North Carolina) was elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of the province on the first ballot. The press release is here.

24 June 2015: Prayers requested for Sindh Province
Anglican Communion News Service reported the Bishop of Hyderabad of the Church of Pakistan (United), the Rt Revd Kaleem John, yesterday asked for prayer for the people of Pakista's Sindh Province, which is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave.


21 June 2015: Corrupt politicians should be killed - Anglican bishop
The Daily Post (Lagos) reports that when the bishop of Wusasa, the Rt Revd Ali Buba-Lamido spoke to his synod, he advocated the death penalty for public office holders found to be corrupt. Bishop Lamido is the only Faluni (a traditionally Muslim tribe) bishop in Nigeria, and has frequently been attacked by militants. In the past he has joined with Muslim leaders in advocating an amnesty for Boko Haram if it would lead to lasting peace.

19 June 2015: US Episcopal Church to elect new primate
The Church Times (London) reminds us of next week's General Convention of the US Episcopal Church, at which a new Presiding Bishop will be elected.

19 June 2015: Agenda and Papers for Church of England General Synod now online
Thinking Anglicans has provided an agenda and a list of the papers that are online (and expected soon to be online) for the July 2015 General Synod of the Church of England.

19 June 2015: English ecclesiastical court dismisses legal challenge to women bishops
The Court of the Vicar-General of the province of Canterbury dismissed a legal objection to the election of the Archdeacon of Hackney, the Ven Rachel Treweek, as Bishop of Gloucester, according to the Church Times.

16 June 2015: Richard III fan prosecuted for York Minster rant
David John Smith is a retired accountant who believed that Richard III should be reburied in York, not in Leicester, where his body was found. At a packed cathedral service in York, he confronted the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, saying she would 'burn in the hell fires forever' for allowing the reburial in Leicester. The Telegraph reports that a contrite Smith won a conditional discharge, and had to pay court costs.

15 June 2016: Beloved hagiographer James E Kiefer passes away
The Episcopal Café has reported the death, in April 2015, of James E Kiefer, famous for writing most of the 'Biographical sketches of memorable Christians of the past'.


12 June 2015: Another UK woman bishop and a conservative change of view
The Church Times (London) reports that with the appointment of the Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally as Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham and past opponent of women bishops, has said that he would now accept the ordination of women as priests and bishops.

11 June 2015: US General Convention materials published
The Office of Public Affairs of the US Episcopal Church has announced the online availability of all reports for the upcoming General Convention of that church. The US Episcopal Church holds its General Convention every 3 years; this one will be in Salt Lake City from June 25 to July 3.

10 June 2015: Vicar loiters in Norfolk Square
The Diocese of Derby tells us that the Revd Andrew Hargreaves, Vicar of Whitfield Parish, will be sitting under his gazebo in the square to give an opportunity to the people of the town to talk to a Christian leader about anything that bothers or puzzles them.

10 June 2015: Australian diocese to give sex-abuse survivors a clear target
The Guardian (London) tells us the Diocese of Wangaratta has voted to become a company so child abuse survivors will know exactly who to sue if they launch a case against the church. Wangaratta is the third Anglican diocese in Victoria to make the decision to incorporate.

9 June 2015: NZ diocese helps rescue Melanesia library
Anglican Taonga (New Zealand) reports on the support by the Diocese of Auckland in replacing books eaten by white ants (termites) at the Bishop Paterson Theological College in Melanesia.

4 June 2015: NZ Archbishop and the upcoming Missions Conference
Anglican Taonga (New Zealand) reports the eagerness of Archbishop Philip Richardson to get started on a 10-year project for regional collaboration in mission across several provinces.


7 June 2015: Decline in C of E heralds calls for innovative use of church buildings
According to the British Social Attitudes survey, in the two years between 2012 and 2014 the number of people describing themselves as Anglican fell from 21% to 17%, a loss of 1.7 million people. The Guardian looks at how the vicar of the churches in Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tinwell and Tickencote, the Revd Jo Saunders, cares for her congregations. Each has an ancient church (though Pickworth is merely Georgian), and attendance that varies from 50 each Sunday to six once a month. One suggestion is to make the buildings work harder, with other uses in their rural communities.

6 June 2015: New Bishop for Montreal
The Anglican Journal reported the election of Mary Irwin-Gibson, dean and rector of St George's Cathedral in Kingston, has been elected the first female bishop of the Anglican diocese of Montreal in its 165-year history. The International Business Times report is here. Irwin-Gibson holds an MBA from the Université de Québec à Montréal with a study based on the church and its future. One of the other candidates was the bishop of Quebec, who sought to promote a merger between the two dioceses.

5 June 2015: Researchers say UK Anglicans in serious decline
The Church Times report by Madeleine Davies examines the outcomes of the British Social Attitudes survey.

5 June 2015: Digital evangelism
The Church Times writes about the evangelism efforts of

4 June 2015: Heather Cook's trial date postponed
Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported the criminal trial of the Diocese of Maryland's former Bishop Suffragan, Heather Cook, has been postponed until early September.

4 June 2015: Church in Brazil celebrates 125 years
Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported on the celebrations planned and underway in the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil.

2 June 2015: WCC conference renews call for just peace in DRC
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported on the recently concluded World Conference of Churches (WCC) conference on peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has issued an invitation for churches and partners to establish 'a suitable structure or process for the purpose of sharing and consolidation of existing initiatives by the churches and related organizations or networks, and in order to consider new ecumenical initiatives' in the DRC.


30 May 2015: Bishop of Guyana dies while recovering from heart surgery in Miami
Carib News Desk and the Bahamas Press both report the sad and unexpected loss of the Rt Revd Cornell Moss, Bishop of Guyana, in recovery from heart surgery, in Miami.

29 May 2015: Perhaps all water is holy?
The New Vision (Kampala) tells us the Anglican Church has decided to start bottling safe drinking water from springs at the Anglican Martyrs’ Shrine in Namugongo.

27 May 2015: Manchester vicar refuses to baptize infant with unmarried parents
The Manchester Evening News reports that when the parents of young Roman Lawrence asked for him to be baptized at Saint John’s Church Dukinfield, the vicar refused because the parents had not yet married.


23 May 2015: Church of Ireland issues statement on same-sex marriage
The referendum in Ireland legalizing same-sex marriage in that country has had widespread international publicity. Today the Church of Ireland issued this press release reminding us that it 'defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and the result of this referendum does not alter this'.

22 May 2015: Mothers' Union president speaks
Anglican Communion News Service posted Anglican Taonga's story on the Mary Sumner Lecture given by the Worldwide President of the Mothers' Union, Lynn Tembey. The report provides an overview of what former ABC Rowan Williams described as "the Communion's fifth 'instrument of Unity'".

19 May 2015: Installation of the first indigenous bishop in Sabah
The Daily Express (Kota Kinabalu) and the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported the Rt Revd Melter Jiki Tais is the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Sabah and the first native of Sabah to be installed as bishop.

18 May 2015: Church bell ringers in Kent told to fill out US tax form to open bank account
St Mary's Church, Chartham boasts the oldest peal of bells in Kent, dating back to 1605. 76-year-old Neil Campbell is treasurer for the bell ringers, and applied to open a bank account for them. He filled out the 18 page application form, affirming that they were not involved with the nuclear power industry, and outlining details of the groups income and expenses. That, however, was not sufficient for the bank, which wanted further details required by an American law, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. The Telegraph reports that they were asked for detailed personal identification and bank details, not just for the signing officers, but for every member of the group. Their dilemma has been widely reported, but we have not seen any account of a solution.


17 May 2015: New Dean for Sydney
The Diocese of Sydney reported the Revd Kanishka Raffel has been appointed the new Dean for Sydney, the first person from a non-European background to hold the position.

16 May 2015: Bishop elections in Texas
The Living Church reports the Diocese of Dallas has elected the Very Revd George R Sumner as its seventh bishop. The publication also reports the election of the Rt Revd J Scott Mayer as the next Bishop Provisional for the Diocese of Fort Worth.

15 May 2015: Nepal: second earthquake update
The Church Times reported on the situation in Nepal after the second earthquake struck last week. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported on the renewed appeals for support from Anglican agencies providing emergeny assistance in Nepal.

15 May 2015: Church of England Commissioners 2014 annual report
The Church of England issued a press release on the 2014 Church Commissioners annual report. Some highlights include: a reported 14.4% return on investments; an amount of charitable expenditure that suggests they were one of the largest charitable givers in the UK and the eighth largest globally. The Church Times, in their article on the report, said the report reveals the Church Commissioners used their clout as shareholders to oppose two-thirds of the executive pay deals in companies in which they have a holding.

14 May 2015: New bishop consecrated in Southeast Florida
Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported on the consecration of the Rt Revd Peter David Eaton as bishop coadjutor in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

12 May 2015: Yemen update
The bishop of the Diocese of Cyprus & the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Augustine Owen Lewis, posted an update (12 May) on the diocesan website on the situation in Aden, Yemen. He writes it remains 'very difficult' due to damage from blast waves from shelling in the area. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) also published the bishop's message. On 14 May, Christian Today posted a more in-depth article on the situation.


7 May 2015: ABC voices fears about 'dishonest unity'
The Christian Post reports on The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, who has warned that pretending all faiths are the same or united is 'dishonest', and may be helping to fuel religious extremism.

5 May 2015: ARCIC issues communiqué, schedules next year's meeting
The Anglican Communion News Service has published the 2015 communiqué from the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, and announced that ARCIC's 2016 meeting will be held in Toronto.

5 May 2015: Leader of C of E campaign against women bishops is made a bishop
The British Prime Minister's Office has announced the appointment of the Revd Prebendary Roderick Thomas as Suffragan Bishop of Maidstone. The Telegraph (London) offers an explanation of who he is and what this appointment means.

1 May 2015: Dean of Westminster defends inclusion of Muslim prayer in abbey service
Christian Today reports on the Dean of Westminster's defence of the choice of a prayer in which the prophet Muhammad was described as 'The Chosen One' at the Abbey as 'within orthodox Christian worship'.

1 May 2015: Bishop frees 25 prison inmates in Kaduna
Leadership (Abuja) reports that the Rt Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna, has secured the release of 25 prison inmates from Kaduna Central Prison as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of his consecration as bishop by paying fines that the prisoners had been unable to pay. Because of a strike by the local courts, the actual physical release of these inmates has not yet occurred.


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