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

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25 January 2015: Priest tells of kamikaze pilot training during WWII
Stars and Stripes reports the story told by retired Bishop of Okinawa, the Rt Revd Paul Saneaki Nakamura, about his training as a young man to be a kamikaze pilot attacking the United States.

24 January 2015: Liverpool Cathedral welcomes Ethiopian Christians for festival
The Liverpool Echo reported hundreds of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gathered at the Cathedral for a 2,000 year old festival in the Timkat tradition celebrating Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan. It was a 24-hour spectacular of singing, chanting and prayer.

23 January 2015: Archbishop of South East Asia laments 'Allah' court ruling
The Borneo Post quotes The Most Revd Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of South East Asia, describing the negative impact on Anglican life and worship in Malaysia of last year's court ruling that only Muslims may use the word 'Allah' to refer to God.

22 January 2015: RIP: Theologian Marcus Borg
The Associated Press and Religion News Services reported the death of Marcus Borg, a theologian and Bible scholar who was also a fellow with the controversial Jesus Seminar. The Oregonian published an obituary with some service details.

22 January 2015: Lichfield seeks to hire pastor for online congregations
The US Episcopal News Service reports that the Diocese of Lichfield (Church of England) is 'advertising for a lay or ordained diocesan pastor to connect and support people online'. The posted job description observes 'If Christian mission requires a commitment to going where people are and speaking the language they speak, then we cannot afford not to have a focussed and engaged online presence if we wish to reach new generations with the gospel.' We believe that the Diocese of Oxford tried something similar a decade ago, but the world wasn't ready for it.

22 January 2015: Sentamu exercises 'gracious restraint' over traditionalist bishop's consecration
The Church Times reports on the abstention by the Archbishop of York from the consecration of the soon-to-be Bishop of Burnley. Archbishop Sentamu will not lay on hands at the consecration of the Bishop-elect of Burnley, Fr Philip North CMP, in February. See the discussion on Thinking Anglicans regarding the sordid symbolism behind this seemingly small non-event.

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18 January 2015: New Testament translated into Kikamba
John Mbiti is a Kenyan Anglican priest, now living in Switzerland, where he had been director of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey. His translation of the New Testament into Kikamba has recently been launched by the Kenya Literature Bureau. The translation is unusual, in that it has been written by an African rather than by a missionary, and that it is based on the Greek rather than the English New Testament. Ecumenical News reports on the launch.

18 January 2015: Liverpool Cathedral: 11 things you never knew
The Liverpool Echo published a compilation of factoids about Liverpool Cathedral and its hidden treasures.

16 January 2015: RIP: Bishop Daniel Deng Abeil
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported the death of the Rt Revd Daniel Deng Abeil, Bishop of Yirol (South Sudan). The bishop had been fighting cancer.

16 January 2015: Two new bishops in Uganda
ACNS reported the election of two new bishops in the Church of Uganda. The Revd Canon Eridard Kironde Nsubuga will be bishop for the Luweero Diocese, and the Revd Paul Kiptoo Masaba was elected for the Sebei Diocese.

15 January 2015: Stained glass report from Australia
ABC News reported for the first time in its 130 year history the Cathedral in Grafton has its doors locked to the public. This action was taken after an incident on Monday (12 January) when a mentally ill woman threw a brick at large heritage listed stained glass windows, smashing the central panel.

13 January 2015: Stained glass report from Canada
Clarington This Week (Canada) reported on the restoration of a century-old window in Newcastle's St George's Church. The restoration was funded in part by a grant from the local government.

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9 January 2015: About the attack on Charlie Hebdo
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) published a statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Episcopal News Service (ENS) published a report entitled, Religious leaders condemn Paris terrorist attacks. ENS also posted a statement from the Rt Revd Pierre Whalon, Bishop for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. Church Times also ran a report on the incident. The Derby (UK) Telegraph published an op-ed by the Revd Alasdair Kay, known locally as 'Street Pastor', in which he says, 'As an Anglican minister, I live and work in Normanton, where large parts of the population in the parish where I serve are of the Muslim faith. This attack has deeply misrepresented the faith that my neighbours hold.'

9 January 2015: The Bishop, the Cyclist and a Death on the Road
The New York Times was one of many to report on Maryland's (US) Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook who was charged for allegedly causing a fatal car accident in which she temporarily left the scene after striking and killing a bicyclist. ENS published an account of this tragic incident as well.

8 January 2015: Losing faith in JP Morgan
Bloomberg reported two US Episcopal churches have taken legal action against US bank, JPMorgan Chase, entrusted to manage funds to support the churches' good works. The churches claim the bank put its own financial interests first leading to a 'surreptitious transfer of wealth' from the church to the bank. One of the churches involved is Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis. Declining assets and income from the trust, founded by pharmaceuticals scion Eli Lilly in the 1970s, forced the church to pare its HIV, hunger and domestic-abuse programs.

8 January 2015: Rowan Williams on preparing for one's final years
The Telegraph (UK) published a piece about Rowan Williams who is patron of the Abbeyfield Society, a charity dedicated to making the lives of older people easier.

7 January 2015: Sub-Saharan Christians face growing threats
The International Business Times reported on the 2015 World Watch List published by Open Doors, an organisation that supports persecuted Christians worldwide. For the third year in a row, the majority of African countries studied have risen in the ranks as danger zones for Christians.

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4 January 2015: Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus' trial in Jerusalem
The Washington Posts reports on the possible discovery of the site in Jerusalem where Jesus was brought before Pilate for trial. The discovery is not recent news; the archæologists have been chipping away at the site for 15 years. What is recent news is the offering of tours of the site, organized by the nearby Tower of David Museum.

2 January 2015: ABC's recovery from pneumonia
It is newsworthy when someone famous contracts a disease, but rarely newsworthy when they recover, because the recover is not so much an event as a process. We have combed the obvious websites and several days' of London newspapers to conclude, somewhat indirectly, that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has recovered from his pneumonia.

31 December 2014: On church closings and a church closing
The Christian Century (USA) published an essay on the sadness of closing churches on the very same day that the Hull Daily Mail (Yorkshire, UK) reported on the sad closure of St Matthew in Hull, in the Diocese of York. They were known as 'The Stadium Church'. Surely their choice of a .com domain for their website did not contribute to their demise.

29 December 2014: The Bermuda church that never opened
The unfinished building on Church Folly Lane is a popular visitor attraction in St George's, Bermuda. Begun in 1874, church squabbles, financial setbacks and storm damage prevented its completion. Slate's Atlas obscura features the ruins of the structure, intended to seat 650 people. Rather than build a new church, the congregation restored St Peter, which claims to be the oldest surviving Anglican church in continuous use outside the British Isles.

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28 December 2014: ABC has pneumonia
The Telegraph (London) reports the admission by Lambeth Palace that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has pneumonia. Even in this antibiotic-laced century, people still die of pneumonia, so prayers for the good archbishop would be in order.

26 December 2014: Daughter of atheists now Anglican bishop tackling poverty
The mayor of Edmonton has asked the Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Edmonton, Jane Alexander, to chair his task force on child poverty. The Edmonton Journal profiles Bishop Alexander, whose parents actively discouraged religion. She was not baptized till she was in her mid-twenties, and eventually was ordained, after teaching at the University of Alberta. Income inequality in Alberta is getting worse, with one in ten children living in poverty. Alexander is hopeful that her group can help change that, with concrete proposals on many fronts.

26 December 2014: Meet Britain's first 11-year-old female bishop
Oldham parish church in the Diocese of Manchester has a new year's tradition whereby a 'boy bishop' briefly takes the place of the diocesan bishop. This year, however, with the passage of legislation to enable female bishops in the Church of England, they have appointed a girl bishop. The Telegraph quotes Rebecca Howarth, who will take charge, until the Epiphany: 'Really women are just as good as boys I think, they're both equal to each other.'

23 December 2014: Council praises courageous leadership of Obama, Castro
The Episcopal Church of Cuba was a missionary diocese of The Episcopal Church of the United States. When the United States placed an embargo on travel and communications between the two countries in 1960, the Metropolitan Council of Cuba was established to provide episcopal direction, chaired by the Canadian primate, who did not have similar travel restrictions. The Canadian Churchman reports that the leadership of the church in Cuba and the Metropolitan Council have greeted the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States with hope and appreciation.

24 December 2014: Aboriginal Bishop announced for South Australia
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported the appointment of the Revd Chris McLeod as Aboriginal Bishop for South Australia. He is a Gurindji man who has been involved in ministry among and beside Aboriginal people in Anglican orders for more than 20 years.

22 December 2014: Financial crisis in Diocese of Bathurst leads to job loss
The Daily Liberal (Dubbo, New South Wales) notes the drastic cuts in employment required because of huge debt in the Diocese of Bathurst. The bishop cut his own position to part time and made four of his staff redundant.

22 December 2014: Pope blasts Vatican staff
The Guardian (London) reports on Pope Francis' Christmas address, which he used to deliver a 'scathing critique of the church’s highest-ranking officials, including a list of 15 "ailments" that he said plagued the Vatican’s power-hungry bureaucracy.'

20 December 2014: When a child is born...
Church Times tells us Kenya is one of the world's most dangerous places to give birth. Madeleine Davies reports from two Maasai villages where the Church is improving access to life-saving health care.

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20 December 2014: Archbishop of Jerusalem reflects on 2014
The BBC has posted a video interview with the Rt Revd Suheil Dawani, Archbishop of Jerusalem.

19 December 2014: Christmas celebrations banned due to Ebola
The Church Times reported that Christmas celebrations are being banned in Sierra Leone, as the country tries to fight back against the Ebola virus. Numbers of cases are still rising in some parts of the country.

17 December 2014: Christmas celebrations cancelled in Peshawar
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reported that the Bishop of Peshawar (Pakistan) has The Bishop of Peshawar has said that, following what he called 'another unimaginable horror', the Church of Pakistan has decided to cancel its Christmas celebrations. Bishop Humphrey Peters spoke solemnly about the aftermath of the attack by the Taliban on a school that left 132 children and nine adults dead.

17 December 2014: Suffragan Bishop of Stockport announced
We are pleased to report the email subject line from the C of E press release was the above. What is more historic is the identity of the new suffragan: the Revd Libby Lane, the first female to be named a bishop in the C of E. The press release is here. The Church Times report from 19 December is here.

17 December 2014: Top Ten Bible verses for 2014
Christianity Today reported Bible Gateway has released statistics on trends and patterns in Bible searches this year. Many of the online readers were searching for verses about love.

9 December 2014: Swaffham Bulbeck pom pom art and music fills church.
A local artist installed 840 pom poms in the church of St Mary in Swaffham Bulbeck, one for each person in the village. BBC News has photographs of the colourful work that is reported to have brought the village together.

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14 December 2014: Anglican Church of Australia proposes sex abuse reparation scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a proposed scheme for reparations to victims of child sex abuse.

12 December 2014: 'Radical overhaul' of Church of England leadership
The Church Times reports on an as-yet-unreleased document describing a new scheme for training and appointing upper management within the Church of England. Accompanying that report is a scathing opinion piece about it by the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Oxford Cathedral and this leader by the Church Times' Paul Handley. This report's title is 'Talent Management for Future Leaders and Leadership Development for Bishops and Deans: A new approach' but it is being called 'the Green Report' because of its authorship.

11 December 2014: Ding dong merrily on high: the maths of Christ Church belfry
The 19 bells of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin peal out every Sunday to call the faithful to worship. The science page of the Irish Times explores the 'melodic pandemonium' of change ringing, which helped create a form of advanced mathematics called group theory. 

8 December 2014: 30 years of partnership between Japanese and Korean churches
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the joint celebration of the 30th anniversary of their partnership by the Japanese and Korean Anglican Churches.

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6 December 2014: From politician to priest
The Herald Sun (Melbourne) reported that 'the transformation' of the former South Australian premier, Lynn Arnold, to the priesthood is now complete. The Revd Lynn Arnold was one of seven deacons ordained to the priesthood in a service at St Peter's Cathedral in North Adelaide.

6 December 2014: ABC speaks
The Independent (UK) reported the Most Revd Justin Welby spoke frankly with The Times (UK) about the conflicting views between churches within the Communion. The interview and his remarks follow the completion of his visits to all 38 provinces in the Communion.

4 December 2014: 40th year commemorative service for Tracy
Australian Broadcast Commission (ABC) reported on the service from Darwin's Christ Church Cathedral commemorating the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy wreaking her wrath on the city. A recording of the service is available via audio stream in the posted story.

4 December 2014: Inside Christchurch Cathedral
One News (NZ) reported on a group of anonymous photographers who entered the damaged cathedral and have released photos of the interior. The Press (NZ) also has a full report, and the Daily Mail (UK) picked up the story as well.

4 December 2014: Maidstone see to be revived
The Church Times reported the Church of England's suffragan see of Maidstone in Kent, vacant since 2009, is to be revived to accommodate a conservative Evangelical bishop.

29 November 2014: New bishop in Northern Territory
The Diocese of Sydney issued a press release on the consecration of the sixth Bishop for the Northern Territory, the Rt Revd Dr Gregory Anderson.
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