Episcopal News Service

Georgia bishop announces retirement plans, calls for a successor

[Diocese of Georgia] Bishop Scott Benhase announced plans to call for the election of his successor during the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. He told the convention of ongoing, significant health setbacks that leave him unable to keep up with the demanding schedule needed to oversee the 70 Episcopal congregations in central and south Georgia.

Anglican mission agency Mothers’ Union admitted to Community of the Cross of Nails

[Anglican Communion News Service] The work of the Mothers’ Union in reconciliation and peace-building has been recognized by the Community of the Cross of Nails. The group is part of the work of Coventry Cathedral’s international reconciliation ministry team. Membership of the community is given to churches, peace-building centers and educational and training organizations in recognition of their reconciliation work.

New Zealand church leaders reject Sydney proposal catering to opponents of same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] A proposal by the archbishop of Sydney for an overlapping Anglican diocese or province to cater for Anglicans in New Zealand opposed to the blessing of same-sex marriage has been rejected by the leaders of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In May, the General Synod in New Zealand passed a “compromise” resolution on the blessing of same-sex civil marriages in a move that was designed to allow both theological conservatives and those campaigning for change to stay in the same church.

Fijian priest elected archbishop of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Rev. Fereimi Cama, vicar of St. Peter’s in Lautoka on the Fijian island of Viti Levu, has been elected bishop of Polynesia. When he is consecrated and installed, he will also become one of the three archbishops and primates of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The election was announced Nov. 12 by the church’s two existing primates, Archbishop Don Tamihere and Archbishop Philip Richardson, who have responsibility for the church’s Maori and Pakeha tikangas, or cultural streams.

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