Episcopal News Service

Church of England, Methodists to consider full communion

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain are to consider proposals that would bring them into a new relationship of full communion, after a period of some 200 years of formal separation.

The proposals are presented in “Mission and Ministry in Covenant,” a joint report from the two churches’ faith and order bodies. It sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate, and how ministers from one church could become eligible to serve in the other.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury resigns from church role after historical abuse review

[Anglican Communion News Service] Lord Carey, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury for 11 years until 2002, has stepped down from his last formal role in the Church of England after being criticized in an independent review of the church’s handling of sex abuse. The review, into disgraced former Bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed two years ago, revealed Lord Carey had failed to pass information on Ball to the police back in 1992.

New primus elected for Scottish Episcopal Church

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has elected as primus the Rt. Rev. Mark Strange, bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness. Strange, 56, is the youngest member of the College of Bishops and was consecrated in his current diocese in 2007. He succeeds the Most Rev. David Chillingworth, who stepped down this month after eight years in the post.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivers sermon at 145th Niobrara Convocation

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry attended the 145th Niobrara Convocation from June 22 to 25 at Red Shirt Table, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He delivered this sermon during the Sunday worship service on June 25. You can watch a video of the sermon below.

Dean Elliott Wolfe inducted rector of St. Bart’s in Manhattan

[St. Bartholomew’s Church] In a joyous Celebration of New Ministry, St. Bartholomew’s Church marked the beginning of a new chapter on June 6, with the institution of the Rt. Rev. Dean Elliott Wolfe as the 13th rector of the storied New York church. Following a stirring sermon on Christian Witness by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Wolfe was formally instituted in a traditional service led by the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, bishop of New York.

Canadian Primate: Look beyond quarrels to church’s wider calling of working for justice

[Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, reflected on the church’s role in society in an opening address to Council of General Synod, taking place in Mississauga, Ontario. Hiltz encouraged council members to look beyond the church’s quarrels and divisions to its wider calling of bringing justice to the world in areas such as indigenous rights, poverty and human trafficking.

Anglican Holy Land pilgrimage explores reconciliation

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans from around the Communion have begun a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Five primates and Anglican Communion secretary general, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, are accompanying the pilgrims. Among the highlights of the tour are Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee.

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