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This page last updated 17 March 2019
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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

16 March 2019: Bishops and spouses respond to Lambeth (dis)invitations
Episcopal Cafe reports of US Bishop Mary Glasspool's statement on the lack an invitation for her wife (and the husbands of two others) to the Lambeth Spouses' Conference.

15 March 2019: Church leaders offer prayer and solidarity after New Zealand mosque attacks leaves 50 dead
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on some of the responses to the New Zealand mosque attacks from Christchurch and around the globe.

14 March 2019: Being empowered to lead: The women in northern Argentina who are finding their voice
Women in rural Argentina are coming together for action, empowerment, education, and support, according to this piece which originally appeared in Anglican World, republished by the Anglican Communion News Service.

11 March 2019: Celebrations mark 25 years of women's ordination to the priesthood
The Church of England lists and reports on some of the many events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of women's ordination to the priesthood in that province.


10 March 2019: Mystery of medieval altar stone found in Toronto church
Canon Peter Walker was curious about a black marble slab under a lamp in his office, at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto. A note in crayon said it came from the altar of La Neuve-Église, Belgium in 1915. CBC News reports that the rector discovered it had been rescued from a bombed out church by a famous Canadian chaplain, Canon F G Scott, and that it probably came to Grace when one of Scott's sons assisted at the church. Many of the church's windows are tributes to young parishioners who died in Flanders Fields. The Belgian church had been rebuilt in 1925, and on the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, a delegation from Grace returned the altar stone to La Neuve-Église.

9 March 2019: Landmark case in NZ seeks to make Church responsible for abusive priests
The Herald (NZ) reports that a case brought to the Human Rights Commission in New Zealand is attempting to hold the Anglican Church legally accountable for abuse committed in the Diocese of Nelson by one of its clergy. In addition to reporting the news, the newspaper published this editorial about the case.

8 March 2019: Ultra-wealthy NYC parish church buys Church Divinity School of the Pacific
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the purchase of CDSP by Trinity Church Wall Street in New York. Even people who are aware of how Trinity became so wealthy seem to be happy with this merger. The crypt and sub-basements of Trinity Church are the (fictional) locale for the film franchise National Treasure.

8 March 2019: New archbishop for South Sudan
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Bishop of Nzara, Samuel Peni, has been elected Bishop of Yambio and Archbishop of the Church of South Sudan's Internal Province of Western Equatoria. He will be installed soon.

8 March 2019: Cathedral instructed to help conservative worshippers avoid women-led services
Dennis Belk complained when Wakefield Cathedral stopped publishing the names of those who would be presiding over Holy Communion, since he no longer knew which services to avoid. The Premier reports that an independent review agreed with the complaint and the cathedral has been requested to make it easier to discriminate.

6 March 2019: Church in Vancouver offers drive-thru ashes
Extending the concept of 'ashes to go' in the best North American style: the Global News (Toronto) reports on a church in Vancouver, British Columbia, that offered ashes to people who drove through their car park during the day, before its traditional indoor Ash Wednesday service in the evening.

4 March 2019: Diocese of Michigan chooses four women as nominees for bishop
The US Episcopal News Service reports that a slate of four women has been put forward as candidates for election as the next Bishop of Michigan.


3 March 2019: Church of England to hold first service in Farsi
The Telegraph reports that hundreds of Persian Christians from all over the UK attended a service in Wakefield Cathedral in Farsi and English. The service was led by the Bishop of Loughborough, Guli Francis-Dehqani, who was forced to leave Iran in 1980 because of religious persecution. Many churches have been looking for help to serve the increasing number of Persians turning up for Sunday service. Loughborough is an archdeaconry in the Diocese of Leicester.

2 March 2019: Malawi diocese battling to oust its bishop, citing corruption
The Nyassa Times (Malawi) reports that members of the Diocese of Upper Shire are fervent in their attempts to remove their bishop, Brighton Vita Malasa for mismanagement of funds and dictatorial behaviour.

1 March 2019: Diocese of Birmingham seeks to undo parish system
The Church Times (London) reports on the plans in the Diocese of Birmingham to dissolve parish boundaries and serve them with fewer clergy, noting that the 'pattern of a stipendiary minister for every parish has been deemed "no longer sustainable, fair, or a good fit" for Birmingham. That diocese is the least wealthy in the Church of England and 44% of its parishioners are in that country's economic bottom 10%. An opinion piece in that same issue of the Church Times notes that 'A middle-class culture dominates the Church'.

1 March 2019: New bishop for Kootenay
The Columbia Valley Pioneer (British Columbia) reports on the election of the Revd Dr Lynne McNaughton as tenth Bishop of Kootenay.

28 February 2019: British MP calls for legal action over Lambeth same-sex partner ban
The Telegraph (London) reports that a British MP has asserted that the ABC's ruling about same-sex spouses and the upcoming Lambeth Conference constitutes workplace discrimination and should be taken to court. The US Episcopal News Service reports on intentions to ignore the archbishop's mandate.


24 February 2019: General Synod continues
The General Synod of the Church of England continues to meet in London. Our partner, Thinking Anglicans, has full coverage.

21 February 2019: Leading Episcopal (USA) cleric responds to Welby decision
At a meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church (USA) President of the House of Deputies the Revd Gay Clark Jennings responded to Archbishop Welby's decision to not invite the same-sex spouses of three bishop (two US, one Canada) to the 2020 Lambeth Conference.

20 February 2019: Janani Luwum’s family and Idi Amin’s kinsmen reconcile on 42nd anniversary of martyrdom
Forty-two years ago the Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum, protested the excesses of the country's dictator, Idi Amin, and was killed in retaliation. The Anglican Communion News Service reports that this year, at the annual commemoration of his death in his home village of Wii Gweng, Amin's relatives asked forgiveness of Luwum's widow and family. Tearful hugs and handshakes were exchanged in an act of Christian reconciliation.

19 February 2019: Anglican Bishop of Newcastle to be defrocked
The Herald (Newcastle, Australia) writes of the recommendation of former assistant bishop of Newcastle, Richard Appleby to be deposted following allegations of child abuse.


16 February 2019: Married gay bishops told: don’t bring your spouse to Lambeth
The Sunday Times (London) reports that married gay bishops will be invited to the 2020 Lambeth conference, but have been told not to bring their spouses. Naturally, there is discord.

16 February 2019: Scottish Episcopal church considers ditching ethical investments over poor returns
The Sunday Times (London) reports that the Scottish Episcopal church is proposing to abandon ethical investments, in a move that could see it benefit financially from companies that reap huge profits in armaments, gambling and pornography. One observer suggested that it appears that ethical investments are a luxury the church can no longer afford.

15 February 2019: Status update on 2020 Lambeth Conference
The Episcopal Café has published a brief update on the status of the 2020 Lambeth conference.

15 February 2019: Complex confirmation logistics in world's most southerly Anglican cathedral
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) has published a report on what might have been an ordinary confirmation service at Christ Church Cathedral in the Falkland Islands, except that the bishop is based in London, 8000 miles away.

13 February 2019: Kidnappers murder Nigerian priest and demand ransom for his family
The Anglican Communion News Service tells us 'Reports from Nigeria say that a priest from the Diocese of Sokoto has been murdered by kidnappers who are continuing to hold his family.'

12 February 2019: US diocese, shareholder in firearms manufacturer, aims to influence
The Episcopal Café (USA) reports that the Bishop of Western Massachusetts, whose diocese now owns shares in Smith and Wesson, is planning shareholder advocacy to help force that gun manufacturing company to be more responsible.

For news older than 12 February 2019, please refer to our News Archives.

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