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This page last updated 21 October 2018
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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.

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News Stories

20 October 2018: Several bishops elected
The Diocese of Arizona has elected Jennifer Anne Reddall as its next bishop. The Diocese of Kansas has elected Cathleen Chittenden Bascom as its next bishop. The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe has elected Mark D.W. Edington as its next bishop.

20 October 2018: Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service
The Guardian (London) reports that traditionalists in the Church of England are unhappy at an invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a Eucharist service in an Oxford church.

19 October 2018: Sydney rule against 'promotion of homosexuality' condemned
The Guardian (London) reports on widespread criticism of a new rule likely to be passed soon by the Diocese of Sydney. It would 'ban same-sex weddings in churches and school halls and clamp down on the freedom of priests to support LGBTI rights'.

17 October 2018: Melbourne budget affected by redress payments
SBS (Australia) reports that the Diocese of Melbourne expects to have its budget significantly affected over the next decade because of redress payments.

16 October 2018: US Episcopal Church admits past role in sexual exploitation
The Religion News Service reports the US Episcopal Church is officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.


11 October 2018: Matthew Shepard to be re-interred at US National Cathedral
Twenty years ago this week, a young Episcopal student was brutally murdered in Wyoming, allegedly because of his sexuality, The US Episcopal News Service reports that he will soon be re-interred at the National Cathedral.

11 October 2018: Tasmanian Government blasts Anglican Church
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports the latest salvo in the feud between church and state in the Australian state of Tasmania. The State Government has accused Tasmania's Anglican Church of "scaremongering" after it said changes to the Burial Act were effectively a $20,000 'death tax'.

8 October 2018: Melbourne consecration of sister brother bishop
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that when Kate Prowd was consecrated as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Melbourne, she and her brother, Lindsay Urwin, became the first brother and sister bishops in the communion. Bishop Lindsay, who now works in Melbourne, had been consecrated Area Bishop of Horsham. Because of his position on women's ordination, he did not join other bishops in the act of consecration. But he presented her with the pectoral cross that their parents had given him at his consecration almost 25 years earlier.

8 October 2018: Hong Kong province celebrates 20th anniversary
The Anglican Province of Hong Kong – the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The Anglican Communion News Service reports.

8 October 2018: Diocese of Nevada suspends bishop search
The Episcopal Café reports the announcement from the Diocese of Nevada that the Diocese of Nevada has decided to suspend its bishop search process.

8 October 2018: London parish church to reopen 78 years after blitz bombing
The East London Advertiser reports the imminent opening of a new building for St Luke Millwalls 78 years after WWII blitz bombing destroyed its church. The new building looks nothing like the old, but it has the same name.


5 October 2018: Anglicans, Lutherans gather at Niagara
The Living Church reports representatives from four Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Canada and the United States gathered to continue the work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission.

3 October 2018: Anglican Church of Southern Africa adopts safeguarding measures
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Province of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa will require those seeking ordination to obtain a police clearance certificate, and have set up a new national email contact point for reporting allegations of abuse. The new safeguarding measures are a response to charges of abuse earlier this year.

1 October 2018: Archbishop of York to retire in 2020 after Queen extends tenure
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will retire in June 2020, three days shy of his 71st birthday. Church of England clergy are required to retire at the age of 70, but the Queen, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, has the power in her discretion to extend that for up to one year if she considers that there are special circumstances making it desirable.


28 September 2018: African bishops call for ecological justice to top agenda at Lambeth Conference
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that a number of African bishops have said that 'Good News for creation and ecological justice' should be placed at the top of the agenda for the Lambeth Conference in 2020. 

27 September 2018: The Murder Wall of St Anna's Episcopal Church
New Orleans has the third highest murder rate per capita in the United States. Television station WGNO reports that since 2007 St Anna's Episcopal Church has been displaying the names of those — mostly poor black men — murdered in the city. The Very Revd William Terry remarked, 'Every year we put up a new outside board and we have to handwrite them because a printer can't keep up.'

27 September 2018: Diocese of Oxford publishes advert for male vicar
The BBC reports that a recent advert on the Diocese of Oxford website is generating criticism. The job advert states that St Barnabas and St Paul with St Thomas the Martyr Parish, in the Diocese of Oxford, is seeking a male priest. The diocese has since removed the advert and its supporting material from its website, but we saw it and read it.

26 September 2018: Church of England to send refugee chaplain to Calais
A rising number of migrants are settling around ports in northern France. Premier reports that the Church of England will station in Calais a chaplain ministering to refugees.

26 September 2018: Floating church launched in London
The Diocese of London has launched another new church in its programme to develop 100 new worshipping communities by 2020 – this time on a floating barge in the River Lea Navigation. The River Lea Navigation is a short canal between the River Lea and the Thames. Anglican Communion News Service reports.

26 September 2018: Changes to Burial Act backed by Tasmanian mayors
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports several mayors across Tasmania have embraced proposed changes to Tasmania's Burials Act, as many Tasmanian families face uncertainty over the planned sale of Anglican churches and cemeteries around the state. Currently, a cemetery cannot be closed until 30 years have passed since the last burial, but the proposed amendments would change that to 100 years.

24 September 2018: Cree priest made first suffragan bishop for northern Manitoba
Larry Beardy was born in Tataskweyak, or Split Lake, Manitoba, attended a residential school, and was a teacher before being ordained. Anglican Journal reports that he was acclaimed as the first indigenous suffragan bishop of the new Northern Manitoba Area Mission, a new grouping of parishes within the indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, and was consecrated at Sagkeeng First Nation.


21 September 2018: Immigration judge may deport retired US priest
The Revd David Boase, an English priest, was called to St Paul's church in Alton, Illinois in 2004. He retired four years ago and continues to live in the community. After he applied to become a naturalized citizen, he was notified that he had passed his test. But then he received a notice of removal instead. The Alton Telegraph reports that when he first arrived and obtained a driver's licence, he was asked if he wanted to register to vote. He voted once, but when he learned he was ineligible, never voted again. That mistake places his future in his would-be adoptive country in jeopardy.

21 September 2018: 'Grave' concerns for future of Tasmanian small-town cemetery
A small town in Tasmania is fearful that graves at its local cemetery will be damaged or destroyed if the Anglican Church sells it off, but the church says it is the responsibility of government to protect cemeteries. The Australian Broadcasting Company reports.

21 September 2018: ABC's views on Brexit and welfare opposite to most C of E members, poll suggests
The Telegraph (London) reports that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's views on welfare and Brexit do not reflect those of ordinary Anglicans. A study found, sho ckingly, that the majority of Church of England Christians supported Brexit.

17 September 2018: C of E appoints independent Chair for National Safeguarding Panel
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Church of England's National Safeguarding Panel now has an independent chair, former MP Meg Munn, who is a member of the Methodist Church.

For news older than 17 September, please refer to our News Archives.

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