Episcopal News Service

Bishop of Manchester offers prayers after suicide attack

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, has issued the following statement after the attack at a concert venue in Manchester in northern England in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured:

“Today is a day to mourn the dead, to pray with their families and with the injured, and to reaffirm our determination that those who murder and maim will never defeat us.”

Fate of quake damaged New Zealand cathedral to be decided in September

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church in New Zealand has said the future of Christchurch Cathedral, which has been derelict since an earthquake six years ago, will be decided this September. The Synod of the Diocese of Christchurch will rule on whether the Cathedral should be restored – or demolished and replaced with a contemporary building. Local officials involved with the city’s regeneration have been pressing for a resolution and campaigners have called for immediate government intervention to restore the iconic Cathedral.

Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary agree on collaboration

[Episcopal Divinity School] Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary announced May 19 that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.

RIP: Katherine Elizabeth (Betty) Davis Gilmore

[Diocese Northwest Texas] It is with profound sadness that the Diocese of Northwest Texas shares news of the death of a great friend and an outstanding icon of lay servanthood. Katherine Elizabeth (Betty) Davis Gilmore, of Midland, Texas, died peacefully on the afternoon of May 9, 2017.

Two Iranian Christians face court hearing

[Anglican Communion News Service] Two Iranian Christians arrested at a Christmas celebration in 2014 have been summoned to a court hearing this Sunday. Victor Bet Tamraz was seized at his home along with Amin Nader Afshar. They were subsequently released on bail, but Amin Nader Afshar was then re-arrested last August during a picnic along with four others, including Tamraz’s son.

World Council of Churches delegation arrives in Zimbabwe for ecumenical visit

[Anglican Communion News Service] The World Council of Churches general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe, leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America. The two-day trip is an ecumenical solidarity visit to manifest Christian churches’ support for the people of Zimbabwe.

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