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Anglican and Reformed/Presbyterian theologians meet in South Africa

[Anglican Communion News Service] Theologians from the Anglican and Reformed/Presbyterian traditions gathered in the South African city of Durban last week for the third International Reformed-Anglican Dialogue (IRAD). Their focus was to seek ways to grow closer in unity and mission around the world.

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South Africa is sitting ‘on a powder keg’ of poverty, bishop says

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Johannesburg Steve Moreo has warned that the high levels of poverty in South Africa pose a great danger to the country.

“This country is sitting on a powder keg of hopelessness,” he said, citing the figures recently released by Stats SA that showed that the number of poverty stricken people in South Africa had increased by 53.2 percent between 2011 and 2015.

Christchurch diocesan synod has voted to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral in the Square

[Anglican Taonga] The New Zealand Diocese of Christchurch’s synod has voted to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral in the Square rather than replace or give away the historic building.

Bishop Victoria Matthews expressed delight Sept. 9 that the synod came to a clear decision. “Where there could have been rancour and name-calling, instead there was deep respect,” she said. “Synod members with very different opinions spoke to one another with grace and dignity.”

Anglican Communion Office directors update Standing Committee on range of work

[Anglican Communion News Service] Mission; women and gender issues; ecumenical dialogues and the work of the Anglican Alliance topped the agenda earlier this week as the Anglican Consultative Council Standing Committee gathered in London.

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Group to examine possible changes to Anglican Consultative Council

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new group is being set up to look at broadening the composition of the Anglican Consultative Council – and to re-examine the financial contributions made by provinces.

The ACC Standing Committee, which is establishing the group, said it would comprise primates, bishops, clergy and laity. The aim would be to recommend how the ACC could better reflect the make-up of Anglican churches around the world.  The recommendations would go to the next meeting of ACC in 2019.

Le diocèse anglican de Montréal autorise désormais le mariage gai

[Présence – information religieuse] À deux ans du Synode général qui tranchera la question du mariage gai à l’intérieur de l’Église anglicane du Canada, l’union sacramentelle des couples gais demeure un sujet délicat, sous étroite surveillance. Mais certains évêques ont d’emblée choisi de ne pas attendre et ont déjà commencé à autoriser des mariages gais chez eux.

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