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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

14 December 2018: US Episcopal Church might invest in gun manufacturers to gain a voice
The news service of the US Episcopal Church has released an explanation of its plans to invest in gun manufacturers to gain a voice in shareholder decision-making. These plans result from its General Convention in July 2018.

13 December 2018: Archbishop of Burundi leads march against gender-based violence
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports on the march by hundreds of people, led by the Primate of Burundi, Martin Blaise Nyaboho, in a protest against gender-based violence.

12 December 2018: US Episcopal Church suspends statute of limitations for Clergy Sexual Misconduct
The US Episcopal Church has released a 'Letter to the Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies' announcing a 2-year suspension of the statute of limitations for sexual misconduct. This means that anyone wishing to bring a case of sexual misconduct against a member of the clergy will be able to do so, regardless of how long ago the alleged misconduct occurred.

12 December 2018: Two vibrant Anglican congregations in Winnipeg
The Christian Century visits St Margaret, a low-church evangelical parish, and Saint Benedict's Table which has been open to expressions of theological doubt in its liturgy. The two rectors are friends, and despite the apparent differences in the congregations, both are attracting young people and resisting the decline that threatens many of their urban neighbours.

11 December 2018: CofE publishes pastoral guidance on gender transition liturgy
Thinking Anglicans (UK) reports the publication by the Church of England of 'Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition'

10 December 2018: Hertfordshire church destroyed by arson
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the near-total destruction of St John the Baptist Church in Royston. Hertfordshire, England. Constabulary said that they are treating the fire as arson.

8 December 2018: UK Opera star says King's College Choir must accept girls
The Guardian (London) reports the statement from UK opera star Lesley Garrett that it is time for all-boys choirs to admit girls.

8 December 2018: New bishop for Barbados
Anglican Ink (USA) reports on the appointment of a new bishop for Barbados, the Revd Michael Maxwell. It has been reported since the publication of that article that the new bishop's consecration is scheduled for Barbados on Saturday January 26, 2019. The Senior bishop, the Rt Revd Errol Brooks, has been in charge of the province (CPWI) since the retirement of Barbados bishop John Holder who was also the Archbishop of the West Indies. A new archbishop can be elected after the Barbados diocese has a bishop in place.


8 December 2018: Brisbane ordaining more women than men
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that in the last ten years, more women than men have been ordained in the Diocese of Brisbane.

7 December 2018: Bishop turnover in US Episcopal Church fuels talk of 'unprecedented' challenges
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the large number of bishop searches worldwide, especially in the US.

6 December 2018: New Bishop of St Helena
Until 2016, the only way to get to the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena was by boat. Now there is an airport, and this week, three bishops flew in to consecrate the Rt Revd Dale Bowers as Bishop of St Helena. This was the first-ever on-island consecration. The Anglican Communion News Service reports.

5 December 2018: US Presiding Bishop postpones ordination and consecration in Haiti
The US Episcopal News Service reports that US Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has postponed the already-scheduled ordination and consecration of a new bishop in the Diocese of Haiti. This is not a Draconian act; the required majority of consents has not yet been received.

5 December 2018: Anglican funeral for George H W Bush
The US Episcopal News Service reports on the funeral held for former president George Bush at the US National Cathedral. Despite its nickname and use for national events, it is the See of the Diocese of Washington. Its real name is 'The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul', but almost no one uses that name.

3 December 2018: New life in Diocese of San Joaquin
The US Episcopal News Service reports a new cathedral dean and the first diaconal ordinations at St James Cathedral since the schism in 2007. The breakaway group tried to take the cathedral, but 'a series of court battles ensued and ... all but one property has been returned to the Episcopal Church'. The name is pronounced 'san wah-KEEN'.


1 December 2018: Diocese of Tasmania pulls properties from sale after backlash
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Diocese of Tasmania has backed down somewhat on its plans to sell church buildings. Of the 108 buildings originally earmarked for sale, a third will now be exempt.

1 December 2018: Historic NZ church apology takes place in Tauranga over land lost 151 years ago
The Herald (New Zealand) reports on the apology by senior clergy of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa for dirty deeds done to the Maori by the church beginning 150 years ago. The government of New Zealand was complicit, but does not seem to have been included in the list of those apologising.

29 November 2018: New bishop for Harare
The Diocese of Harare, in Zimbabwe, had been plagued with corruption and crime for years. A former bishop was excommunicated for crime and immorality. A new bishop, Chad Gandiya, managed to restore a certain amount of normalcy to the diocese, but he is set to retire at the end of 2018. A very contentious selection process has concluded. According to the diocese's Facebook page, the new bishop will be the Revd Dr Farai Mutamiri. We expect Western media to have analysis and commentary later this week.

30 November 2018: Enormous angel made of more than 100,000 knives arrives at Liverpool Cathedral
Rob Jackson, a lay clerk at Liverpool Cathedral and a nurse at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, has been speaking with young people's groups about the realities of knife crime. The Liverpool Echo reports that he was instrumental in bringing the Knife Angel to the cathedral over the Christmas period. The imposing figure was made of knives turned in to police forces across the country during an amnesty. It is hoped that the angel will prompt discussion about knife crime.

26 November 2018: Planning continues for 2020 Lambeth Conference
The Anglican Communion News Service has issued a status report on the planning for Lambeth 2020, including a press-release-style quote from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Lambeth Conference's own website is filling out with more content.


23 November 2018: Canada Council of General Synod meeting in Ontario
Canada's Anglican Council of General Synod (CoGs) is meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, with clergy and laity from across Canada gathering for three days of discussion. Find coverage via the Anglican Journal. An opening address from the treasurer summarized major issues.

23 November 2018: CMS-Africa celebrates anniversary with new mission hub
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that CMS-Africa (the sister organisation to the Church Mission Society) has celebrated its tenth anniversary by opening a new international base in Kenya as part of its vision to reach 50 million African families by the middle of the century.

23 November 2018: Diocese of Tasmania to close five cemeteries
The Mercury (Hobart) reports that the Diocese of Tasmania will close five old cemeteries before new laws come into effect that significantly expand the length of time after the last burial before a graveyard can be shut. Because The Mercury is a Murdoch newspaper, you must buy a subscription to read the article. So we don't have a link to it. We've given you the summary information, which is probably enough.

19 November 2018: Border Ministries Summit brings together US and Mexico dioceses
The US Episcopal News Service reported on an Anglican summit near a busy point on the US/Mexico border. This first-ever Border Ministries Summit heard presentations from the dioceses of Northern Mexico, West Texas, Arizona, San Diego, Western Mexico and the Rio Grande. There is a great pastoral need during this widely-publicised border conflict.


16 November 2018: New Bishop for West Tennessee
The Episcopal (USA) Diocese of West Tennessee has announced the election of their new bishop. Phoebe Roaf was elected on the first ballot.

16 November 2018: Blackburn Cathedral releases its own brand of gin
The Church Times reports that Blackburn Cathedral has partnered with the Brindle Distillery to produce its own gin, Cathedra. The cathedral is hoping to redevelop its crypt into a community conferencing facility, and an exhibition and heritage space that tells the history of Lancashire's cotton towns and the faith that underpinned them. The gin is one of the fundraising ventures to achieve this goal.

12 November 2018: New Archbishop for New Zealand
The Anglican Communion News Service reports Fijian priest Fereimi Cama was elected Archbishop of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. He will be one of three primates for the province.

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

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