Episcopal News Service

Young Africans urged to take leadership roles in churches

[Anglican Communion News Service] Young people from across Africa have been urged to take leadership roles in their churches and communities and be active voices in the continent’s development. The call came at last week’s Continental Youth Congress organized by CAPA – the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.

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Archbishop of Canterbury convenes high-level Commonwealth freedom-of-religion discussion

[Anglican Communion News Service] Parliamentarians and senior religious leaders from 11 Commonwealth countries gathered at Lambeth Palace, the London official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, for two days of discussions on freedom of religion or belief. The event was convened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in partnership with the Commonwealth Initiative on Freedom of Religion or Belief project director, Baroness Berridge.

Episcopal delegation participates in UN conference on indigenous issues

[Episcopal News Service] A seven-member delegation of Episcopalians from Native tribes across the U.S. represented Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in New York this week during the opening days of the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The delegation included the Rev. Bradley Hauff, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries, as well as clergy and lay leaders from Alaska, Idaho, South Dakota, Oklahoma and the Navajoland Area Mission.

Faith leaders call for urgent climate change action at Commonwealth leaders’ meeting

[Anglican Communion News Service] Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has joined more than 170 other leaders from across the Commonwealth urging the 53 member-nation governments to turn “words into action” on climate change. The heads of government are meeting in London this week for their biennial CHOGM summit. The Anglican Communion is playing a significant role in official Commonwealth youth, women, business and citizens forums; and in a parallel program of events.

Funerals held as 157 victims of the genocide in Rwanda buried in Ruhanga memorial

[Anglican Communion News Service] The recently discovered bodies of 157 victims of the Rwandan Genocide have been laid to rest in a former Anglican Church, alongside the bodies of 36,700 victims already buried there. On April 15, 1994, more than 25,000 people seeking refuge and sanctuary at the Ruhanga Episcopal Anglican Church were slaughtered. The church is now a memorial for the victims. The scenes at Ruhanga were repeated at other churches across Rwanda.

Beloved Episcopal priest, 87, mourned as New York police seek his attackers in home invasion

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in the Diocese of Long Island are mourning a beloved priest, the Rev. Paul Wancura, who died this week at age 87 from injuries suffered during a home invasion last month at his home.

No suspects have yet been identified in the attack on Long Island’s East End, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Fueron anunciados los miembros del Equipo de Planificación del Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales 2019 (EJE19)

Ya fueron anunciados los 14 miembros del Equipo de Planificación del Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales 2019 (EJE19).

Tentativamente, EJE está programado para ser celebrado durante el mes de julio de 2019. El lugar aún no ha sido confirmado.

EJE19 está siendo planificado conforme a la resolución #1982-D079 de la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal que convoca a un evento internacional para los jóvenes de tal manera “que la energía de la juventud de la Iglesia Episcopal pueda continuar siendo utilizada de manera activa en el ministerio como miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo”.

World Council of Churches reiterates calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

[World Council of Churches] The World Council of Churches, or WCC, has urged the international community to find a way to break the cycle of violence in Syria. A WCC statement issued April 16 came two days after the U.S., France and the U.K. carried out missile strikes following a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack.

“A just and sustainable peace for all Syrians can only be brought about through a political solution,” the WCC statement says.

Archbishop of Kenya urges electoral reform and new commissioners

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, has called for the speedy appointment of new electoral commissioners and electoral reforms in the country. He made his remarks as three members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission stepped down.

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