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Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Reformed and Anglicans ‘drawn into deeper communion’

[Anglican Communion News Service] An agreement between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches, which settled one of the historic disagreements at the centre of the Reformation, was the focus of a special service at Westminster Abbey on Oct. 31. On this day 500 years ago, Martin Luther kickstarted the Reformation by posting his 95 theses on the door of All Saints’ Church – the Schlosskirche – in Wittenberg, Germany.

Anglican Communion appoints director for theological education

[Anglican Communion News Service] The vice principal of St. Hild College in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, the Rev. Stephen Spencer, has been appointed as director for theological education in the Anglican Communion. Spencer will work to build up companionship links between theological colleges and courses in the Global North and the Global South. “There are resources and inspiration which can be shared in both directions, for the benefit of all,” he said, “and the director will need to be a kind of matchmaker facilitating this.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s pain at broken communion

[Anglican Communion News Service] The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken of the pain caused by the broken communion between Christians brought about as a result of the Protestant Reformation. But, as the churches mark tomorrow’s 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the door of the Schlosskirche (All Saints/Castle Church) in Wittenberg, Welby said that “we have learned once again to love one another — and to seek to bless and love the world in which we live.”

The Rev. Ronald Byrd named Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Rev. Ronald Byrd of Haslett, Michigan, has been named the Episcopal Church  Missioner for Black Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

‘Fantabulous’ news as West Yorkshire church re-opens two years after flood

[Anglican Communion News Service] A church in West Yorkshire is to be rededicated by the archbishop of York, John Sentamu, next weekend, almost two years after it was severely damaged after being engulfed in 1.2 meter-high flood water. Saint Michael’s Church in Mytholmroyd was one of 3,000 buildings – including more than 2,000 homes – in the Calder Valley damaged when the area was flooded on Boxing Day in 2015. The damage caused by the flood was estimated at £150 million GBP.

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi installed as director of Anglican Centre in Rome

[Anglican Communion News Service] The former primate of Burundi, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, has been installed in his combined role director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the archbishop of Canterbury’s personal representative to the Holy See. The installation as director of the Anglican Centre took place the evening of Oct. 26, during Anglican evensong at the Caravita  – the Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita – a Catholic church that is often used by the Anglican Centre in Rome. The morning of Oct.

Church Pension Group’s ‘centennial conversations’ begin dialogue

[Episcopal News Service – New York, New York] The implications of declines in churchgoing and the aging trend of people who do go to church do not all have to be gloom and doom. Instead, they can prompt Episcopalians to be agents of change in the church and in the world.

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