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This page last updated 24 July 2016
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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.

Other News Centre resource pages: Newspapers Online, Official Church Publications, and Online News Sources. And of course, our News Centre Archives. If you are having trouble finding something, don't forget our search engine.

News Stories

22 July 2016: USPG backs off on cringe-worthy name change
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the United Society [once 'for the Propagation of the Gospel'] is renouncing the silly name 'Us' and returning to 'USPG', but going forward the acronym will stand for United Society Partners in Gospel. It is once again safe to refer to this organization in conversation without saying something like 'The society formerly known as USPG'. Even its web address ( was cringe-worthy, and we trust it will also change.

22 July 2016: Cumbrian church is site of Britain’s first African settlement
St Michael’s Church in Burgh-by-Sands, near Carlisle, was built on the site of a third century Roman for of Aballava, where North African troops provided part of the garrison. The Anglican Communion News Service reports that a plaque commemorating that first African community in Britain has been unveiled there, in conjunction with the BBC filming a segment of a programme on the black history of Britain.

22 July 2016: Pokémon in your parish
The Church Times noted 'PokéStops allow churches to catch gamers'. So did Anglicans Online, of course.

21 July 2016: Episcopal Divinity School to 'cease granting degrees'
The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA has announced it will 'cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year'. We're confident that there's more to this story than has been announced, but we have no idea what it might be.

20 July 2016: Paedophile ring inside Diocese of Newcastle (Australia) exposed by whistle-blowers
Do note that there are two dioceses of Newcastle, one in Australia and one in the UK. This report is about the Australian Diocese of Newcastle. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, reports the Diocese of Newcastle for years buried complaints about sex abusers, including reports of a senior priest who was part of a paedophile ring that involved priests and lay people. Huffington Post Australia claims that the Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, knew about this abuse and took no action.

19 July 2016: Evidence of New World religious dialogue found in Caribbean cave
The Guardian (London) reports that a team led by the British Museum and the University of Leicester have found evidence of an early religious dialogue between Europeans and Native Americans.

19 July 2016: Bishop of London to retire
The Diocese of London has announced the upcoming retirement of the Rt Revd Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London.


14 July 2016: Edmond L. Browning, an Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop, Dies at 87
The New York Times' coverage of the life and death of retired US Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev'd Ed Browning.

13 July 2016: Gotta catch ‘em all (in the Anglican Communion)
The world-wide craze of Pokémon Go has become a surprising source of evangelism in the past week. The Washington Post has coverage and, for those needing an explanation, the Forward Movement has resources.

13 July 2016: Vicar’s daughter brings quiet Anglican faith to Prime Minister’s post
Crux explores the faith of regular church-goer Theresa May and how her active faith influences her politics.

12 July 2016: Anglican church of Canada backs same-sex marriage, a day after rejecting it
The Guardian reports same-sex marriage received the necessary two-thirds votes in each order at the Anglican Church of Canada's Synod in Toronto which concluded on 12 July. Though initally the vote appeared to have failed by one clergy vote, it was later revealed that a clergy vote had been misfiled and several others were not counted. The resolution will require passage of a second reading to become active. Anglican Journal describes seven bishops' 'public dissent' from the decision.

12 July 2016: Cathedral provides sanctuary as thousands flee Juba violence
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals are among the many places of worship providing sanctuary for over 15,000 displaced persons.

12 July 2016: Church of England finishes Shared Conversations on LGBT issues
The C of E has completed a series of ‘shared conversations’ to address the experience of LGBT persons in the church. Thinking Anglicans has coverage, which includes a response from the LGBTI Mission.


10 July 2016: Archbishop Tutu celebrates 40 years as a bishop
The Associated Press (USA) and Africa News both reported on the celebration of four decades of service as a bishop at a mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg

9 July 2016: General Synod of the Church of England is underway
The best coverage of The C of E General Synod is Thinking Anglicans. The C of E has several such meetings per year, so any particular meeting tends to be less momentous than (say) the meetings in Canada or the USA, which are held every three years.

9 July 2016: General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada is underway
Canada's Anglican Journal provides excellent (but lengthy) coverage of Canada's General Synod, which is held every three years.

9 July 2016: Episcopal Church in Cuba is reanimating
Canada's Anglican Journal notes 'Despite the fact that the Episcopal diocese of Cuba has been in limbo for half a century, new signs of growth are sprouting up across the island nation...'


3 July 2016: New archbishop for Kenya
Tuko (Nairobi) reports the enthronement of the Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit as the 6th Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya. The Standard (Nairobi) has some interesting background information about the new archbishop.

30 June 2016: Washington church’s largest congregation is Muslim
Eight years ago, the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, DC opened the church to the Muslim community, who were in need of a place to worship. CBS News reports that the three hundred men who come there for Friday prayers now outnumber the church’s Christian congregation. Farooq Syed, who organizes the prayers, said it starts with people understanding each other, and then grows into religions understanding each other.

29 June 2016: Land mines and booby traps to be removed from site of Jesus' baptism
The Anglican Communion News Service tells us a mine clearance charity has secured permission to de-mine the area around the West Bank of the River Jordan on the approach to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism.

29 June 2016: ’Not my choice to leave'
A retired Anglican priest reflects on 60 years in the Arctic. CBC News tells the story of Fr Mike Gardener putting his wife's medical needs in front of his love for his church.

27 June 2016: Britain's earliest Christians reburied
The Anglican Communion News Service tells the story of the reburial of the remains of what are said to be some of Britain’s earliest converts to Christianity, which were excavated from sand dunes near Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland between 1998 and 2007.

27 June 2016: Anglican Church of Canada General Synod
Next week more than 250 Anglicans from across Canada will gather for the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. Canada's Anglican Journal offers this explanation and background.

26 June 2016: Holy and Great Council of Orthodox Churches concludes in Crete
The Holy and Great Council, the first global meeting of Orthodox churches since the Great Schism in 1054 has ended. The Orthodox Christian Laity website has excellent coverage of the event. The official website is somewhat more difficult for non-members to understand, but it is available in Greek, Russian, and French.


24 June 2016: Church responds to the EU Referendum
In a referedum, British citizens have voted to leave the European Union. Church leaders from around the United Kindom have responded. Thinking Anglicans has the best covereage of this.

24 June 2016: Canon Andrew White suspended in dispute over alleged payments to rescue ISIS sex slaves
Hailed as 'the Vicar of Baghdad', the Revd Andrew White has served in Iraq when most others left for safety. Ruth Gledhill, writing for Christian Today, reports that Canon White has been suspended and the Charity Commission launched an investigation into the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East regarding alleged payments used to rescue Islamic State sex slaves.

23 June 2016: Witchcraft concerns Uganda’s Anglican archbishop
A rise in reports of Christians visiting shrines and witch doctors in Uganda, as well as a rise in the murder of albinos in the region has concerned church leaders. The Religion News Service reports Archbishop Ntagali is reminding Christians to worship only the one god.

22 June 2016: Episcopal Digital Network launches French language news service
The Episcopal Digital Network (previously Episcopal News Service) (USA) launched a new Francophone news service called Actualités this week. The new service's objective is offer news and information to Francophone readers in the Episcopal Church and broader Communion.


PRIOR TO 22 June 2016: Older news stories are headlined in our Archive Pages.

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