Episcopal News Service

Episcopalians dive into local voter mobilization efforts leading up to November elections

[Episcopal News Service] The election in November will catch no one by surprise at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dozens of church members are participating in voter education drives, and the congregation’s goal is 100 percent parishioner turnout on election day.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby set to address UN Security Council

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Justin Welby will become the first archbishop of Canterbury to address the U.N. Security Council when he takes part in an open debate later this month. The archbishop has been invited to brief an open debate on “mediation and its role in conflict prevention” by the U.K.’s Ambassador to the U.N., Karen Pierce. The event, on Aug. 29, is one two big “discretionary events” being organized by the U.K. during their rolling presidency of the U.N. in August.

Christchurch Diocese in New Zealand to end residential elderly care provision

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Care, the social action agency of the New Zealand Diocese of Christchurch, is to close its two residential elderly care centres. The agency cited “exponential growth in the aged care sector” as one of the reasons behind its decision to gradually wind down operations at Bishopspark and Fitzgerald residential centres. Currently, both sites offer independent living and rest home care. Fitzgerald also offers hospital and dementia care.

Jamaican government office apologizes to bishop over marriage form mixup

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Registrar General’s Department in Jamaica has apologized to Kingston Bishop Suffragan Robert Thompson after a bureaucratic mixup left him stripped of the right to conduct marriages. The mixup comes amid an ongoing controversy over a new registration system and annual fees for wedding celebrants.

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Anglican cathedral damaged by World War II bomb to get repairs

[Anglican Communion News Service] A bomb or shell dropped on Malta during World War II struck the tower of the Anglican cathedral and “in all likelihood affected the structural integrity of the tower and spire,” the Diocese in Europe said. Both will be “painstakingly repaired and restored” as part of major restoration project planned for the 175-year-old building, which is a dominant feature of the Valetta skyline.

Wales archbishop to highlight child poverty at cultural festival

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Wales John Davies will use an appearance at the National Eisteddfod, the annual Welsh cultural festival, on Aug. 8 to highlight increasing levels of child poverty in the country. The Church in Wales will lead the event alongside the Children’s Commissioner for Wales as part of a week of activities organized by Cytûn, the ecumenical group Churches Together in Wales, at the Eisteddfod.

Sydney archbishop launches emergency appeal following crippling drought

[Anglican Communion News Service] The archbishop of Sydney’s development agency, Anglican Aid, has launched an emergency appeal to help communities hit by a crippling drought in Australia’s Western New South Wales. The state government says that 99 percent of New South Wales is now in drought and it has launched its own emergency aid package.

Las nominaciones para los nombramientos a los Organismos Interinos vencen el 20 de agosto

[6 de agosto de 2018] El Reverendo Canónigo Michael Barlowe, secretario de la Convención General, invita a los episcopales de toda la Iglesia a solicitar su participación como miembros de los diferentes Organismos Interinos creados por la Convención General. Estos comités, comisiones y grupos de trabajo llevan a cabo la labor de la Iglesia Episcopal entre convenciones.

Asian ecumenical leader expresses ‘profound grief’ after 100 killed in Indonesia earthquakes

[Anglican Communion News Service] The general secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia has expressed his “profound grief” and condolences following the deaths of more than 100 people in a series of earthquakes in Indonesia. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Lombok, a popular international tourist destination, on July 29. It resulted in the deaths of 16 people. On Aug. 5, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake 19 miles damaged thousands of houses and buildings and caused the deaths of at least 98 people. There have been at least 130 aftershocks.

Nominations for appointment to interim bodies due Aug. 20

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Michael Barlowe, secretary of General Convention, invites Episcopalians from across the church to apply for appointment to the various interim bodies created by General Convention. These committees, commissions, and task forces carry out the work of the Episcopal Church between conventions. A list of the interim bodies and the scope of their work is here.

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