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This page last updated 13 August 2017
Anglicans Online last updated 13 August 2017

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'.

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News Stories

13 August 2017: New bishop for Kuching
The Borneo Post reports on the consecration of the Rt Revd Danald Jute as the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Kuching, which is the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei.

10 August 2017: New IT manager for Anglican Communion Office
The Anglican Communion News Service tells us that the ACO has hired a new IT manager, presumably with the goal of bringing ACO systems forward into the current century. There are not very many steam-powered computers left at the ACO, but Stephanie Taylor still has her work cut out for her.

9 August 2017: Algoma returns traditional burial ground
Canada's Anglican Journal reports on the return by the Diocese of Algoma of a traditional burial ground to Métis Nation of Ontario. When the Anglican church bought a property in Sault Ste Marie to build a church on, at the start of the 20th century, they may not have been aware that it was the site of an old Métis burial ground. But now that St John has been closed and the congregation has become part of the new Emmaus church, the diocese of Algoma has transferred the land and buildings. The Anglican Journal reports that the building will not be deconsecrated, since the Métis owners have asked the diocese to continue offering occasional services for their community. The rector of Emmaus, the Revd Pamela Rayment, and several parishioners are themselves Métis, and hope to see the relationship develop.

8 August 2017: Norwich church buys a pub to better spread the Word
The Telegraph (London) tells us about the new venture by St Thomas in Norwich, which bought the pub next door as a means of reaching out to the neighbourhood.

7 August 2017: Reactions to USA State court ruling against breakaway group in South Carolina
It is often said that a church is not the building, it's the people who worship in that building. That didn't prevent the breakaway group that still calls itself the Diocese of South Carolina wanting to take the church buildings along with people and titles. That group, whatever it might be called, was formerly part of the US Episcopal Church and is now part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The split decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned a previous lower court ruling in favour of the conservatives. The broken-away bishop has expressed his displeasure.

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4 August 2017: First same-sex wedding in Scotland
The Guardian reports the Scottish Episcopal Church held its first same-sex wedding last week for a couple whose names are reported only as ‘Mark and Rick’. The article also quotes Thinking Anglicans’ Simon Sarmiento, who said that this brings ‘the issue much closer’ to the Church of England. This has caused considerable consternation among conservative Anglicans both in England and particularly in Africa. We suspect the couple, who have been together 24 years, are simply happy to have their love acknowledged by the rites of the church.

4 August 2017:
Bishop calls for stronger rape laws in sexual offences consultation

In an article in Newsweek, two weeks ago, a coalition of church groups in Jamaica called for a stronger definition of rape in marriages. Last week Bishop Howard Gregory of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands agreed with this position, in the Anglican Communion News Service, calling for stronger definitions of rape in all cases as well as gender equality, without go as far as to condone same-sex relationships.

3 August 2017:
First woman ordained a Deacon in the Church of Ireland celebrates her 30th anniversary

The Revd Katherine Poulton, Dean of Kilkenny Cathedral in the Diocese of Cashel and Ossory, celebrated the 30th anniversary of her ordination to the diaconate in a service last week according to the diocese.

2 August 2017: Episcopal parishes that split with church can’t take property
The Associated Press (among many other outlets) reports that the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Episcopal Church on claims to the property held by breakaway parishes. The Diocese of South Carolina, which in this same ruling retained the intellectual property rights to the diocesan seal, split from the national church in 2012. The breakaway diocese sued to retain the property of its parishes and a judge ruled in their favor in 2014. The SC Supreme Court has reversed that decision, and ruled in favor of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Both parties have fifteen days to request a rehearing.

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30 July 2017: Anglican Church of Sudan formally opened
In a ceremony in Khartoum led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Anglican Church of Sudan became the 39th province of the Anglican Communion. The Middle East Monitor (London) featured a photograph of Archbishop Welby in its news coverage; the eNews Channel Africa (Cape Town) featured a photograph of celebrating Sudanese in its news coverage.

27 July 2017: Legal loophole reinstates controversial clergymen
The Northern Star (Brisbane) reports that a legal loophole within the laws of the Anglican Church has allowed a bishop and a priest to be reinstated two years after being deposed. Needless to say, their victims are angry. The Daily Examiner (Grafton) reports that they are unlikely to be licensed again by the diocese.

27 July 2017: Joint Statement by C of E archbishops on 50th anniversary of decriminalisation
The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have released this joint statement on the event of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Act of Parliament which decriminalised homosexuality in Britain.

26 July 2017: Ontario church opens doors to Muslim worshipper
Leamington is a small farming community in Ontario, and members of the church of St John the Evangelist invited Syrian refugees there to its annual church picnic. When the rector learned that the space that the Muslim community used for prayers was too small, he offered the use of the parish hall. CBC News reports that the arrangement has brought them all closer. People naturally notice the similarities to CBC comedy series, Little Mosque on the Prairie.

26 July 2017: First archbishop for South Sudan enthroned
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Anglican church in South Sudan has enthroned its first Archbishop for one of its eight internal provinces created in Nov 2013. An 'internal province' is something along the lines of York and Canterbury in the Church of England or Province VIII in the US Episcopal Church.

25 July 2017: C of E Conservative Evangelicals speak of 'alternative structures' after synod
The Church Times reports that a group of disaffected conservative Evangelicals has expressed a wish for an alternative Anglican structure. In a statement issued last week, the group — which contains members who no longer belong to the C of E — expresses dismay at recent decisions by the General Synod.

24 July 2017: New bishop for Llandaff
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the enthronement of the Rt Revd June Osborne as 72nd Bishop of Llandaff.

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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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