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RIP: Gregory Michael Howe, eighth custodian of the Book of Common Prayer

The Rev. Gregory Michael Howe, eighth Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer, died on Jan. 12, 2019, nine days after his 80th birthday, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Sleeping pods to be installed in Welsh churches for SpiritCymru cycle tourism campaign

[Anglican Communion News Service] Special sleeping pods will be installed in a number of remote churches and chapels in Wales for use by cycling tourists. The SpiritCymru project is the brainchild of Ceredigion businessman James Lynch, who runs a sustainable holiday company. It is being launched as part of the Welsh Government’s Year of Discovery tourism campaign.

Anglican Church of Chile trains young people to exercise leadership in local churches

[Anglican Communion News Service] Fifty young people from the Anglican Church of Chile (Iglesia Anglicana de Chile – IACH) have attended a training camp this month to learn how to make disciples in their local churches. This year’s El Campamento de Formación (Formation Camp – CDF) was organised by the province’s Centro de Estudios Pastorales (Centre for Pastoral Studies – CEP) as part of a program that is now in its 14th year.

New abuse allegations against the late Bishop George Bell are ‘unfounded,’ inquiry finds

[Anglican Communion News Service] An independent inquiry carried out by a senior ecclesiastical lawyer has ruled that fresh allegations against the late Bishop George Bell are “unfounded.”  Bell, the former bishop of Chichester, was described Jan. 24 by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as a “highly esteemed bishop who died over 60 years ago.” Welby apologized for the way the church handled allegations against  Bell, which were first made public in October 2015.

Anglican Communion appoints Jillian Abballe to UN advocacy officer in New York

[Anglican Communion News Service] The team at the Anglican Communion Office at the U.N. has been strengthened with the appointment of Jillian Abballe as advocacy officer and head of the New York office. Abballe has extensive experience at the United Nations in New York and joins the Anglican Communion from a similar position with the international ecumenical organization the World Council of Churches and before that with the United Methodist Church.

Church of England announces major investment in new churches, outreach

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new congregation in a nightclub area and the Church of England’s first weekday-only church are two of several new worshipping communities to receive a share of £35 million in funding. The money – the biggest investment so far by the church’s Renewal and Reform initiative – is intended to help it reach tens of thousands of people including in city centers, outer estates and rural areas, the church said.

Episcopal camps, conference centers offer free meals to federal workers struggling during shutdown

[Episcopal News Service] The public normally isn’t invited to breakfast, lunch and dinner at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, its dining hall typically only catering to people attending retreats or conferences. That changed this month when the center launched a kind of pop-up feeding ministry for certain struggling members of the local community: federal employees.

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