Episcopal News Service

Australia: Vigils held for asylum seeker who died on Manus Island

[Diocese of Melbourne] An estimated 15,000 people took part in candlelight vigils around Australia on Feb. 24 for Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati, who died as a result of violence at the Manus Island detention center on Feb. 17.

Melbourne Anglican priest the Rev. Jasmine Dow was among the 5,000 people gathered in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Two bombs detonated outside Zanzibar’s Anglican cathedral

[Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar press release] During the mid-afternoon of Monday, Feb. 24, two small explosive devices detonated sequentially near the main entrance to Christ Church Cathedral and the Former Slave Market in Mkunazini. The Cathedral is a First Class World Heritage Monument and the Former Slave Market an International Site of Conscience. The entire site is presently undergoing significant renovation through a generous grant from the European Union.

Hydroelectric projects to blame for Brazil flooding, primate says

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Episcopal Church of Brazil has blamed hydroelectric projects for major flooding that has left people isolated without access to food, water or medical supplies.

The Most Rev. Francisco de Assis da Silva, also bishop of Santa Maria diocese, wrote to supporters asking for international prayer and local help for those affected by flooding in Rondônia.

Two candidates added to Massachusetts bishop slate

[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts announced today two additional candidates for election as bishop, having verified proper petitions and satisfactory background checks for both.  They are:

• The Rev. Timothy E. Crellin, vicar, St. Stephen’s Church, Boston; and
• The Rev. Canon Margaret (Mally) Ewing Lloyd, canon to the ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Crellin and Lloyd join the slate of nominees announced by the Standing Committee on Jan. 15:

Australia: Bishop speaks out after asylum tragedy

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Australia has called for a review of the country’s asylum and refugee policies after a violent break-out at a regional processing facility on Manus Island resulted in the death of an Iranian asylum seeker.

Anglican Church in Burundi provides aid to flood disaster victims

The Anglican Church in Burundi distributes charcoal so flood victims can cook food. Photo: Nasasagare Guy/Anglican Church of Burundi

Canadian parish on ‘companion journey’ with First Nations people

[Anglican Church of Canada] More than a decade ago parishioners at North Saanich’s Holy Trinity Anglican Church began responding to challenges faced by nearby Tseycum, Tsawout, Pauquachin, and Tsartlip First Nations. In discrimination and need they saw opportunity for new relationship and a new way of being church in this Vancouver Island community. With the blessing of then-rector, Archdeacon Bob Baillie, Holy Trinity launched what would become its Companion Journeying ministry.

25 years after consecration of Bishop Barbara C. Harris

[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] The world was watching on Feb. 11, 1989, when Barbara C. Harris was consecrated before a congregation of nearly 8,000 at Hynes Auditorium in Boston, thus becoming the worldwide Anglican Communion’s first female bishop.

The historic and, at the time, controversial nature of that event signalled for many a hoped-for sea change toward church leadership that looks more like the church’s actual membership, a majority of which is women.

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