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General Convention will again grapple with same-sex marriage questions

“Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” was one of the rites General Convention authorized in 2015 for trial use. Photo: Church Publishing Inc.

South Sudan archbishop urges government and opposition to end violence before peace talks

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Paul Yugusuk, leader of the Church of South Sudan’s internal Central Province, has called on the government and opposition groups to declare an end to violence before the next round of peace talks. The continuation of phase two of the talks is expected to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the April 26-30. During the last negotiations, the parties discussed the formation of a transitional government and permanent ceasefire and security arrangements; but the delegates did not reach a consensus.

British government unveils $1.7 million pilot program to support listed places of worship

[Anglican Communion News Service]  Expert advisors are being recruited to help religious communities in two areas of England use their historic buildings more efficiently. The advisors are part of a pilot scheme being run by the government’s culture ministry DDCMS and the dioceses of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Manchester. The experts will work to increase community engagement and vital heritage management skills and will work with listed buildings used by all faiths and denominations.

Mothers’ Union steps in to help snow-trapped medics’ unplanned hospital stay

[Anglican Communion News Service] When the “Beast from the East” blanketed much of the United Kingdom with large amounts of snow at the beginning of March, many roads were impassable, leaving many essential services short of staff. In hospitals around the country, nurses and doctors opted remain at their hospitals in their non-working hours, to ensure they were there for the start of their next shifts.

Anglican leaders pay tribute following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

[Anglican Communion News Service] Tributes have been paid to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late South African anti-apartheid leader and President Nelson Mandela, who died April 2 at the age of 81. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, is currently in London for a meeting of the Lambeth Conference 2020 Design Group. He told ACNS: “I send my condolences to the family. I am humbled to have known her. I admired and respected her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

‘Domestic violence is always wrong’ – strong message from the Archbishop of Uganda

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of the Province of Uganda, has used his Easter message to stress that domestic violence is “always wrong.” His message was a response to comments by Member of Parliament Onesmus Twinamasiko, who said in a TV interview: “As a man, you need to discipline your wife.

Archbishop of Wales condemns ‘Punish a Muslim’ social media campaign

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Primate of the Church in Wales, Archbishop John Davies, has spoken out to condemn a social media campaign set up to encourage attacks on Muslims. The #PunishAMuslim day is being promoted on Twitter and other social media platforms. And it is being spread by an anonymous letter-writing campaign. At the time of writing, the hashtag is a top-trending topic on Twitter, with more than 28,000 separate tweets containing the search string – mostly condemning the campaign.

Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit urges political leaders to build a united Kenya

[Anglican Communion Nerws Service]  The Archbishop of Kenya, Jackson Ole Sapit, has urged political leaders in the country to build a united Kenya. Speaking to reporters after an Easter Sunday service, he urged politicians to follow the rule of law and shun tribal politics.

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