Episcopal News Service

South Carolina bishops join ecumenical letter to lawmakers urging action on education equity

[Episcopal News Service] The bishops of the two Episcopal dioceses in South Carolina have joined four of their counterparts from other Christian churches in signing a letter to the state’s General Assembly urging lawmakers to join with the educators, advocates and the faith community in working to improve public education.

Church of Ireland archbishops join ecumenical delegation to Irish government

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican leaders have taken part in an ecumenical meeting with Irish government ministers to discuss a number of “pressing social and ethical matters.” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar invited senior clergy and lay representatives from the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland to the meeting in Dublin.

Christians worldwide invited to pray for evangelism in Thy Kingdom Come initiative

[Anglican Communion News Service] Tens of thousands of Christians from churches around the world are expected to take part once again in a global wave of prayer for evangelism between Ascension and Pentecost. Thy Kingdom Come began two years ago as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the parishes of the Church of England. But from the start it was adopted by Christian leaders from different denominations and from Anglican primates around the world. This year, Thy Kingdom Come runs from May 10 to 20.

Archbishop of Cape Town’s tribute to anti-apartheid hero and trumpeter Hugh Masekela

[Anglican Communion News Service] The archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has paid tribute to the legendary trumpeter and anti-apartheid campaigner Hugh Masekela, who died Tuesday. He was 78. Masekela was described in one obituary as “one of the world’s finest and most distinctive horn players, whose performing on trumpet and flugelhorn mixed jazz with South African styles and music from across the African continent and diaspora.” But he will also be remembered for his 30-year campaign against apartheid during his exile from South Africa.

A summary of Executive Council resolutions

[Episcopal News Service] During its Jan. 22-24 meeting at the Maritime Institute Conference Center outside Baltimore, Maryland, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted multiple resolutions that are summarized below.

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Quebec Anglicans remember victims of city mosque shooting on first anniversary of attack

[Anglican Communion News Service] Quebec City’s Anglican community will be one of six spiritual groups gathering to offer reflective song and prayer to the public Jan. 28, at a commemoration of the mass shooting at the city’s Grand Mosque a year ago. Meanwhile, Anglicans in the city have been supporting efforts to provide a new home for a member of the mosque, whose heroic actions during the attack left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Brazil takes ‘decisive steps towards gender equality’ with election of its first female bishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil – the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil – has elected its first female bishop, some 34 years after the province first paved the way for women to serve in all three orders of ministry. The Rev. Canon Marinez Santos Bassotto was elected Jan. 20 as the next bishop of the Amazon during a meeting at Belém, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará. She will succeed Bishop Saulo Mauricio de Barros, who retired in November.

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