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This page last updated 25 June 2017
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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


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.

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.


18 June 2017: Episcopal Church panel prohibits local bishop from selling Newport Beach church
A panel of officials from the Episcopal Church USA has halted the sale of building that was closed two years ago, according to the Orange County Register (USA). The Rt Revd Jon Bruno, Bishop of Los Angeles, has been been under investigation following the abrupt closing of the congregation of St James the Great, which reopened following the leaving of a large percentage of members to join a 'continuing Anglican' congregation. The chair of the hearing panel said 'someone made what appeared to be a valid claim that the diocese or Bruno may have entered into an agreement to sell the Newport Beach property' while the investigation was ongoing. Bruno is expected to retire early next year.

17 June 2017: Mosque renaming a grand gesture
Gulf News (Abu Dhabi) reports that Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed ordered the name of a mosque in the capital to be changed to Mariam Umm Eisa or Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque. It is just steps away form St Andrew’s church, where Canon Andrew Thompson hailed the renaming as a lovely gesture.

16 June 2017: Funeral details and tributes for Geoffrey Rowell
The Diocese in Europe has posted funeral details for Geoffrey Rowell, former Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, and has gathered some tributes. Every formal obituary that we have been able to find is behind a paywall.

13 June 2017: Sydney church to ban yoga classes because of ties to Buddhism
Yahoo News Australia reports that the Erskineville Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney has banned yoga classes (by instruction from the bishop) because 'Church officials believe some of the chants used in yoga may lead to "spiritual confusion".'

13 June 2017: Christchurch citizenry believe future of the cathedral is too important to be left to the church
The Press (NZ) reports the results of a survey taken by the Diocese of Christchurch, which revealed that 59% of the respondents believe that decisions about the future of the diocesan cathedral are too important to be left to the church.

12 June 2017: New bishop for Guatemala
The Diocese of Massachusetts has announced that one of its clergy, the Revd Silvestre Romero, currently rector of St. Peter’s-San Pedro Church in Salem, has been elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Guatemala.


11 June 2017: Obituary: Geoffrey Rowell
The Diocese in Europe has announced the death of its former bishop, Geoffrey Rowell. The obituaries will appear over the coming week; we will link to them here next week.

8 June 2017: GAFCON announces 'missionary bishop' to the UK
In response to the vote by the Scottish Episcopal Church, the conservative organization GAFCON announced the identity of its promised 'missionary bishop' for the UK. Christian Today (London) has details.

8 June 2017: Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage
The Scotsman (Edinburgh) reports the result of a vote at the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church in favour of allowing its clergy to preside over same-sex weddings. Christians from any Anglican Church can ask to be married in Scotland. That newspaper's Leader comment is headlined 'Churches take the only viable option on gay marriage'. The US Episcopal News Service reported the response of the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Dozens of newspapers around the world had something to say about this event.

3 June 2017: Uganda Martyrs commemoration largely uneventful
There were fears of violence and significant police preparation, but this year's annual memorial service at Namugongo was calm and non-violent. The Monitor reports the non-exciting details, and a reflection in the Malaysia Herald notes that the 45 martyrs were 'just ordinary people'.


1 June 2017: Church of England wins ExxonMobil climate change battle
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that a motion by the Church Commissioners and the New York State Comptroller was tabled at the annual meeting of ExxonMobil, which would require the company to provide annual reports showing how the business will be affected by global efforts to reduce climate change. A similar motion last year failed to pass, but this year's resolution was supported by 62.3% of the shareholders, despite opposition from the Board of Directors. The company has a long history of supporting climate change denial.

31 May 2017: The great turkey pot pie heist
The parishioners at St James church in Ingersoll, Ontario make turkey pot pies, which they sell to support local charities. The National Post reported that someone stole 200 of them, valued at a thousand dollars, from the church's freezer. The thief was found, but not the pies. Heartfm reports that the community has responded by bringing together volunteers and ingredients to make new pies.

30 May 2017: Anglicans and Roman Catholics agree on ecclesiology
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the latest communiqué from ARCIC, the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, in which a joint statement on ecclesiology was signed.

26 May 2017: New Primate for Church of Pakistan
The Daily Times (Lahore) reports the election of the Rt Revd Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters as the next Primate of the Church of Pakistan. The Church of Pakistan is the union of Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans and has 8 dioceses.


26 May 2017: English cathedrals respond to 'critical threat' status
The Church Times (London) reports that many churches and cathedrals are responding to the national terror threat level declared this week because of the Manchester bombing. As an example, it notes that Birmingham Cathedral would be closed for 24 hours.

25 May 2017: NZ mayor urges Government to buy and restore Cathedral if deal falls through
The Press (NZ) reports that Christchurch Mayor Lianne Daniel wants the New Zealand Government to buy and repair the Christ Church Cathedral if the Anglicans reject a restoration deal. Elsewhere it reports significant pro-restoration PR spending by a private trust.

25 May 2017: Kunonga henchmen disown him in Zimbabwe
The Herald (Harare) reports that the four men who served as thugs for disgraced former bishop Nolbert Kunonga are working hard to distance themselves from him, perhaps in part because they were included in the judgement against him. The Zimbabwe Supreme Court upheld a prior High Court decision ordering Kunonga and his allies to repay $427,892 that they stole from the Diocese of Harare, plus interest and court costs.

25 May 2017: Beautiful de-consecrated Ontario church building offered for $1 CDN
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports the offering of St Jude in Brantford, Ontario, closed for several years, for a (Canadian) dollar. The church is a few years shy of its 150th birthday and is a national heritage site, 'a prime example of the 1930s-era Arts-and-Crafts decor style'.

21 May 2017: Episcopalians, United Methodists propose full-communion agreement
The Episcopal News Service reports that a suggestion for full communion between Episcopalians and United Methodists has emerged after lengthy dialogue between the two denominations. The proposal is the culmination of fifteen years of exploration and more than fifty years of formal talks.
For news older than 21 May, please refer to our News Archives.

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