Episcopal News Service

Southwest Florida’s first bishop to ordain women passes away

[Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida] The Rt. Rev. Rogers Sanders Harris, whose call to Southwest Florida came at a critical time for the diocese, died Nov. 15, in South Carolina. His predecessor, the Rt. Rev. Emerson Paul Haynes, had served a 13-year episcopate and died while in office in 1988, which left the diocese without a bishop.

Becas episcopales para la evangelización disponibles para esfuerzos locales y regionales

El proceso de solicitud ya está abierto para el nuevo programa de Becas Episcopales para la Evangelización diseñado para financiar esfuerzos de evangelización local y regional en la Iglesia Episcopal.

Anglican commission begins work to develop global safeguarding procedures

[Anglican Communion News Service] An international commission established to make the Churches of the Anglican Communion safe places for children, young people and vulnerable adults has begun its work. The Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission was established by the Anglican Consultative Council at its meeting last year in Lusaka, in one of four resolutions on safeguarding.

Call for protected freedom of speech after Australians vote ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] Australia’s Parliament has begun the process of legalizing same-sex marriage after a resounding “yes” to the proposal in a plebiscite. Just under 80 percent of eligible voters participated in the voluntary postal vote, with 61.6 percent voting in favor. Within hours of the result being declared, legislators began the process of considering a private members bill tabled by Sen. Dean Smith. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he wants the bill to become law by Christmas.

Between a crisis and a ‘kairos’: Zimbabwean church leaders call for national dialogue

[Anglican Communion News Service] An ecumenical group of Christian leaders in Zimbabwe have said that the country is “between a crisis and a kairos” (opportunity) and have called for a national dialogue. The Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations, chaired by the Anglican bishop of Central Zimbabwe, Ishmael Mukuwanda, brings together the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe. In a statement released to ACNS Nov.

Religious, community and school leaders train to tackle Burundi’s biggest killer

[Anglican Communion News Service] Four-hundred people representing the faith, community and education sectors in Burundi have been trained to combat malaria, the main cause of death in the country. So far in 2017, more than six million cases of malaria have been registered; and more than 2,600 people have died. The training took place in Bururi and Mwaro districts – two of the four worst-hit areas of the country.

Nashotah House announces passing of the Rev. Rick Hartley

[Nashotah House Theological Seminary — Nashotah, Wisconsin] It is with great sadness that Nashotah House Theological Seminary announces the unexpected passing of the Rev. Richard (Rick) S. Hartley, associate dean for student services, affiliate professor of ascetical and pastoral theology and a Nashotah House alumnus.

Jamaica and Cayman Islands launch season of intentional discipleship

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, in the province of the West Indies, have launched a season of intentional discipleship, following the call of last year’s Anglican Consultative Council. About 1,500 clergy and laity gathered at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Jamaica, Nov. 12, to hear Bishop Howard Gregory explain the importance of discipleship.

Church of England publishes guidance for schools on homophobic, bi-phobic, transphobic bullying

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has today published revised guidance to help its 4,700 schools tackle homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. The Church said that the guidance will help prevent children in its schools “having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.” It is an updated version of 2014 guidance, Valuing All God’s Children, which tackled homophobic behavior.

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