Episcopal News Service

Anglican and Lutheran leaders speak out against niqab ban

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican bishops of Montreal and Quebec have joined the bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to speak out against a new law that bans the wearing of the niqab – the Islamic face covering – in the province of Quebec from people delivering or receiving a public service. Bill 62 was passed by the Quebec National Assembly in October and is described as “an act to foster adherence to state religious neutrality.”

Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox agreement on the Holy Spirit signed in Dublin

[Anglican Communion News Service] Theologians from the Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox Churches have signed an historic agreement on the Holy Spirit. The Agreed Statement on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit was signed on Oct. 27, the end of a week of discussions by the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC) and concludes two years of work on the subject.

Church of England bishops to remain in reformed House of Lords

[Anglican Communion News Service] The 26 Church of England bishops with places in the upper house of the United Kingdom’s Parliament will retain their places under new plans to reform the House of Lords. Bishops have been part of England’s governance since absolute rule by monarchs in the days long before the emergence of democracy in the country. Today the House of Lords includes the archbishops of Canterbury and York, the bishops of London, Durham and Winchester, and 21 other diocesan bishops by seniority of service.

Archbishop Welby’s comment leads to development of African solar project

[Anglican Communion News Service] A comment made by the archbishop of Canterbury during his visit to the Holy Land in April has resulted in a pioneering green energy project for churches in Africa. During his two-week visit, Archbishop Justin Welby met Rabbi Yonatan Neril, the founder and executive director of the Jerusalem-based NGO, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD). Welby heard about ICSD’s collaborative project with the social enterprise Gigawatt Global (GWG) to deploy solar fields on church lands in Africa.

Archbishop of Cape Town says ‘the ANC’s time may have passed’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Time may be coming to an end for the “glorious movement” of the ANC, the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, said in an outspoken attack during a discussion on the Power98 radio program “Power Talk.” The ANC – the African National Congress – has its roots in the anti-Apartheid struggle. It was the party of Nelson Mandela and has formed the government in South Africa since the end of Apartheid.

In this hour of our testing: New York bishop writes to diocese after terror attack

[Episcopal Diocese of New York] 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

The news of what appears to have been a terror-related attack in Lower Manhattan comes to me as Bishop Glasspool and I are continuing our visit to Bishop Chilongani in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. How difficult it is to be away from our city when it is in crisis!

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