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Chaplaincy in UAE marks Christ Church’s 15th anniversary with road trip

[Anglican Communion News Service] To celebrate 15 years since the consecration of Christ Church in Jebel Ali, to the southwest of Dubai, the Rev. Tim Heaney and chaplaincy staff made a 150-mile round trip, visiting several other Anglican churches.

Heaney is responsible for a chaplaincy that covers six of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. (Abu Dhabi in the south is a separate Chaplaincy).

Anglican leaders in Ireland react to death of Irish politician Martin McGuinness

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican leaders of the Church in Ireland have issued statements on the death of Martin McGuinness, the ex-IRA leader-turned-politician who has died aged 66. McGuinness worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the 1998 peace settlement.

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Anglican Church in Canada challenges senator’s comments on residential schools

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church in Canada has sent a strongly worded open letter, expressing dismay over a Conservative senator’s recent defense of the Indian Residential Schools system. Earlier this month, Sen. Lynn Beyak criticized the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for letting the negative aspects of the schools system overshadow the “good deeds” of “well-intentioned” teachers.

St. Jame’s in Austin informs, empowers Hispanic community

[Diocese of Texas] Lawyer Jim Harrington doesn’t mince words as he assists a family comprised of legal and undocumented immigrants in filling out power of attorney and caregiver affidavits.

“These forms need to be clear and correct, or they’ll find any reason to separate you from your children,” said Harrington, founder Proyecto Santiago, a community outreach program that meets at St. James’ Episcopal Church to inform families on issues facing the Hispanic community.

Anglican Church of Australia makes twin track Easter appeal

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Board of Mission, which is the national mission agency of the Anglican Church of Australia, has called on Anglicans to support partners in Jerusalem and Australia to give the gifts of health and education this Easter.

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Australian primate issues statement on Royal Commission

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has issued a statement as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse begins its final hearing with the Anglican Church in Sydney.

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Bishop of Newcastle in Australia announces resignation

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson of the Diocese of Newcastle, in Australia, has announced his resignation. Bishop Thompson served the diocese for three years and has been a strong advocate for survivors of child abuse during his tenure.

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Closing the loop on racial reconciliation

[Episcopal News Service] He felt attacked, and says so, specifically choosing the word to convey his strength of emotion. Yes, he felt personally attacked. But A.W. “Buster” Lewis also felt that R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia–his parish–“as I knew it, was being attacked and that we needed to do something about it.”

Canada: Faith groups stand together against politics of hate and fear sparked by US administration

[Anglican Journal] People of many faiths met twice early in March in Vancouver to show support for one another at two well-attended public meetings that celebrated diversity and took a stand against acts of hatred.

Both gatherings were in reaction to concerns about an upsurge in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of social conflict that seem to have accompanied the inauguration of the new administration in the United States.

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