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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.

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

22 July 2017: Bishop of Los Angeles faces 3-year suspension
The Los Angeles Times, reporting the recent announcement of results of a disciplinary hearing held in March, tells us a 3-year suspension has been recommended. We find this article in The Living Church to be the best in-depth coverage available, including an explanation of why the hearing was even controversial.

21 July 2017: Cambridge dean to lead USPG
The Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) reports the announcement that the Revd Duncan Dormor, Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, has been appointed as the next CEO (General Secretary) of USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel). As we see it, USPG took leave of its senses in 2012, and in that altered state might well have appointed Woody Woodpecker as General Secretary. We are relieved that in 2016 the (presumably drug-induced) name change was undone; this appointment is further evidence of USPG's health.

21 July 2017: New edition of NIV has more beer and no more aliens
The Church Times (London), reporting on the recent meeting of the NIV's Committee on Bible Translations, notes that the next edition of this top-selling Bible translation will have 'a lot more beer' and will use the word 'foreigner' instead of 'alien'.

20 July 2017: Professor says Australian churches risk becoming 'haven' for abusers
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports on the assertion by an Australian woman who is now a seminary professor in the ISA that she is concerned about the response of some of the Australian church hierarchy to reports of domestic abuse and that if, unchecked, Australia could become a haven for abusers. A recent ABC News investigation found churches failing to sufficiently address domestic violence. ABC News also published a research report showing that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically. The Herald Sun (Melbourne) reported the ABC News reports as news in its own right, with the headline 'ABC attacks Christians as wife beaters'.

17 July 2017: First-ever meeting of Mexico's ordained women
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on a recent meeting, in Cuernavaca, of about three fourths of the women priests and deacons in the Anglican Church of Mexico.

17 July 2017: Official launch of Oxford History of Anglicanism
The Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) notes the official launch of the first ever multi-volume history of worldwide Anglicanism to be published by a major university press. Three of the proposed five volumes are already in print; the rest are expected this year. Any or all of the volumes can be purchased from Oxford University Press.

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16 July 2017: New bishop for North Carolina
The Diocese of North Carolina has consecrated the Rt Revd Samuel Rodman as its next bishop. Details are here on the diocesan website, and here in a report by the Charlotte Observer.

16 July 2017: New bishop elected in Delaware
The Living Church reports on the election of the Revd Kevin S Brown as the next Bishop of Delaware. He will be consecrated on 9 December.

14 July 2017: Carbon dating test supports identity of St Columba's cell
The Church Times reports on the results of an archaeological study that supports the belief that a 20th-century dig did indeed uncover the cell in which St Columba did his writing. The BBC report on that study has more depth and more pictures.

11 July 2017: New suffragan bishop for Loughborough in the Diocese of Peterborough
Number 10 Downing Street has announced the appointment of the Revd Canon Gulnar Eleanor Francis-Dehqani, a native of Iran, as the first bishop of the suffragan see of Loughborough.

10 July 2017: C of E clergy have looser dress code
The Telegraph (London) reports on a vote at the most recent General Synod of the Church of England, which permits clergy to wear less formal clothing in many circumstances. No longer will it be necessary to wear a cassock while skateboarding. 'Priests should be allowed flexibility to wear what they want to make the church more accessible and relevant to the modern world, members said.' In ChristianToday, Ruth Gledhill wonders if this means that bishops' mitres will go the way of gaiters.

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9 July 2017: Anglican Church of Trinidad and Tobago wants out
Following years of management issues and now legal battles, the Anglican Church of Trinidad and Tobago hopes to opt out of the care of the St. Michael's Home for Boys, according to the Trinidad and Tobago News. The diocese, which is part of the Province of the West Indies, established the home as a 'humanitarian gesture'. Bishop Berkley and the Prime Minister met to discuss these (and other) issues.

8 July 2017: Church of England demands ban on conversion therapy
The Guardian reports the Church of England has called for a ban on conversion therapy and 'has condemned the practice, which aims to change sexual orientation, as unethical and potentially harmful.' Major medical and psychiatric organisations throughout the UK have discredited the process which aims at changing sexual orientation or identities of those in the LGBTI communities. Synod also decided to explicitly welcome transgendered people.

7 July 2017: Archaeologists' dig reveals ancient Lindisfarne church
The Church Times reports that archaeologists excavating the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast, have discovered what may be one of the oldest churches in Britain. The site is on an exposed rocky promontory, often buffeted by storms and high winds. It faced Bamburgh, the palace of St Oswald of Northumbria, a significant early Christian king, who gave the island of Lindisfarne to St Aidan as his episcopal see. 

7 July 2017: Synod members threaten to walk out if Scottish pro-gay marriage bishop present at York meeting
The Church Times reports that some members of the Church of England's General Synod have said they will walk out if the Rt Revd John Armes, the Bishop of Edinburgh, attends the body's meeting in York. The group, headed by Susie Leafe (Truro) and 14 other members stated in a letter appearing in Friday's Church Times that they are considering withdrawing because the 'entirely wrong' invitation appears to be an endorsement of the Scottish Episcopal Church's recent canonical change to allow same-sex marriage. Bp Armes was jointly invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

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29 June 2017: George Carey resigns as requested
See our news item of 22 June for background details. The Guardian (London) reports George Carey's resignation as honorary bishop.

29 June 2017: This day in history
Now Grenada remembers the founding of St Patrick’s church in 1830, on the site of a coastal battery overlooking the sea. It was built in a style described as Caribbean Georgian. The parish website indicates that the congregation has been worshipping with St Mary’s church in Hermitage, since the damage done to the building by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but that monthly open-air services have begun at the old church. 

28 June 2017: Diocese of Enugu urges its bishop to resign if he is in bad health
Various Nigerian publications including OnPoint have published the same uncredited story that the Diocese of Enugu has asked its bishop to resign if he is too sick to do his job.

27 June 2017: New Primus for Scotland
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the election by the Scottish Episcopal Church of a new Primus. The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has elected the Rt Revd Mark Strange, currently Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, as Primus.

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25 June 2017: Upcoming C of E synod to address human sexuality
As always, Thinking Anglicans has the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the General Synod of the Church of England, which will meet in York from 7 to 10 July 2017.

23 June 2017: Confessed kidnapper says he is a good person because he is an Anglican
The News Guru (Lagos) quotes arrested and confessed kidnapper Chikwudidume Onuadike, who used the name 'Evans' in his kidnapping business, as saying 'I am not a bad person, you can go and ask about at the Anglican church at Ikosi-Ketu how I have helped so many indigent students pay their school fees, I give money liberally to the widows in the church, paid their house rents and even donated hugely for the renovation of the church and any church project.' The Rt Revd James Odedeji, Bishop of Lagos West, denied those claims in an interview with Vanguard (Lagos). 'We have verified it, and we are very certain that Evans is not a member of any elements of our church. We don’t know him and we have no affiliation with his person.'

22 June 2017: Justin Welby asks George Carey to quit over church abuse report
The Guardian (London) reports that the archbishop of Canterbury has asked his predecessor George Carey to step down as an honorary assistant bishop after a damning independent report found that senior figures in the Church of England colluded over a 20-year period with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men. The Church of England has issued a press release quoting Archbishop Welby that the church must learn lessons from that report. Thinking Anglicans has gathered a sample of the extensive press coverage, most of which has been condemnatory. Some of the press coverage quotes Lord Carey as believing that an apology is enough. Update 29 June: George Carey has resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford.

22 June 2017: Auctions begin of Kunonga assets
NewsDay (Harare) reports that auctions are beginning of property stolen by disgraced former bishop Nolbert Kunonga, as part of an attempt to recover as much of the stolen wealth as possible.

22 June 2017: Director of next Lambeth Conference appointed
The Anglican Communion News Service has announced the appointment of Phil George as CEO of the 2020 Lambeth Conference. This is excellent evidence that there will actually be a 'next Lambeth Conference'.

19 June 2017: Bishop says church buildings are powerful evangelism tools
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on a study in the Diocese of Worcester revealing that church buildings are powerful for all sorts of reasons: 'They give a sense of stability and also the sense that the Christian faith has inspired people to build these extraordinary buildings.' We at Anglicans Online recently published a reflection on the power of church buildings but didn't evaluate them as tools of evangelism.

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