Episcopal News Service

Bishop Victoria Matthews bows out with attack on cathedral preservation campaign

[Anglican Communion News Service] The outgoing bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, has said goodbye to her diocese with an attack on civic authorities over their handling of the future of Christchurch Cathedral. The cathedral was all-but destroyed in a 2011 earthquake. The diocese’s property trust wanted to replace the building with a modern purpose-built construction; but faced a series of unsuccessful legal challenges from campaigners who wanted the old building reinstated.

Archbishop of Canterbury urges Commonwealth to put words into action

[Anglican Communion News Service] The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that the Commonwealth of Nations will last and be a blessing to the world – if it continues to put its word into action. His comments came in a sermon during a special evensong service at Westminster Abbey April 15, in advance of this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London and Windsor.

Episcopal Church joins call for end to Gaza violence and measures to protect Palestinians

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who visited Gaza City days before protests began along the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, has added the Episcopal Church’s name to a joint statement protesting Israel’s deadly response to the violence.

Seminary of the Southwest cites church’s racial reconciliation efforts in announcing black scholars partnership

[Episcopal News Service] Seminary of the Southwest is working with the Black Religious Scholars Group on a five-year partnership that will bring black scholars to the Episcopal seminary as visiting professors to improve racial diversity on the faculty and strengthen clergy formation on racial reconciliation issues.

Archbishop of Kenya speaks out against politician’s polygamy suggestion

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, has said the church would resist moves to promote polygamy in the country. The subject hit the headlines in Kenya after Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba called for men to marry several women to ensure children in single-parent families had a father-figure. “We give birth to these children, and we do not want to own up to them,” she is reported as saying.

Young English adults still value church weddings, survey shows

[Anglican Communion News Service] Research conducted for the Church of England suggests that almost three-quarters of unmarried adults younger than 35 still dream of getting married. The figure is taken from a survey conducted by 9Dot-Research for the Church of England’s Life Events team.

Bishop welcomes New Zealand government announcement on offshore oil drilling

[Anglican Communion News Service] The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has announced a ban on new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration.

Nigerian university investigating ‘sex for pass’ claims against Anglican professor

[Anglican Communion News Service] A university in Nigeria on April 11 set up an investigation into claims that an Anglican priest who works as a university professor demanded sex from a female student in order to guarantee she passes the course. Nigerian media has named the man as a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Ife.

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‘Service of cleansing and celebration’ to be held following nerve agent incident in Britain

[Anglican Communion News Service] Sites across the center of Salisbury remain cordoned off more than a month after Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in the city center. They were later found to have been poisoned by Novichok, a nerve-agent linked to the Russian government.

On April 15, Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam will lead a “service of cleansing and celebration” in the parish church of St. Thomas’, not far from where the Skripals were found.

Nigeria’s president meets Archbishop of Canterbury in London

[Anglican Communion News Service] The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, held a meeting April 11 with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Josiah Idowu-Fearon. The two Anglican leaders were received by Buhari at Abuja House in London, Nigeria’s High Commission. A presidency spokesman had earlier said that Buhari would be discussing “inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and the world” with the archbishop, who was described as the president’s “good friend.”

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