Episcopal News Service

Ex-vicar of Baghdad not charged after allegations he paid Islamic State to free girls

[Anglican Communion News Service] The former vicar of Baghdad, the Rev. Andrew White, has said that he faces no charges after police concluded an investigation into allegations that he paid money to Daesh – the so-called Islamic State or ISIS – to secure the release of girls held as sex-slaves.

‘Even the word ‘help,” I didn’t know how to say it’ – abuse survivor tells her story

[Anglican Communion News Service] Survivors of abuse have been telling their stories to members of the Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission. The commission was set up to promote the safety of people within churches of the Anglican Communion throughout the world, with a particular focus on children, young people and vulnerable adults. It met last month in South Africa to plan the next step of its work, and to meet with abuse survivors.

Diocese of London passes half-way mark in target for 100 new worshipping communities

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Diocese of London, which covers a large part of Britain’s capital city, has reached the half-way mark in its ambitious plan to open 100 new worshipping communities. Capital Vision 2020 was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2013. The new worshipping communities are a mixture of new churches and new congregations in existing churches.

Archbishop of Canterbury says reconciled church can dispel “fear of the ‘other’”

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has spoken of the danger that “fear of the other” poses to “Christian witness and presence.” Speaking to the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, he said that churches working together can help to break down the walls that others seek to build. “The church breaks across boundaries and frontiers as if they did not exist,” he said.

Seminarians, clergy from around world visit Anglican Communion Office in London

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Office in London on June 5 welcomed 31 Anglican seminarians and recently ordained clergy from across the world to learn more about the Communion and to network with each other. The group represents 18 countries, and a variety of cultures and languages.

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Two new bishops elected for Scottish Episcopal Church

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Scottish Episcopal Church has elected new bishops to serve two of its seven dioceses. Following the installation of Anne Dyer as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney earlier this year, the election of the Rev. Ian Paton as bishop of St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, and Dean Andrew Swift as bishop of Brechin amounts to a change of just under 50 percent in the Province’s Episcopal leadership this year.

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