Episcopal News Service

Presiding Bishop in Jerusalem: Jesus came to the Holy City to show us a new way

[Episcopal News Service — Jerusalem] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is on a Holy Week pilgrimage in the Holy Land, preached March 25 at the Palm Sunday Eucharist at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral here.

Curry told the congregation that Jesus deliberately entered Jerusalem at the same time as Pontius Pilate to point to a different way of life, one that is grounded in love and not tyranny.

Faith leaders discuss gender justice at UN gathering on women

[World Council of Churches] As the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women was underway through this week in New York City, the Rev. Terrie Robinson encouraged faith leaders to see their positive role in speaking out for gender justice in their communities.

When it comes to living and working with a sense of justice, “faith leaders and faith groups – at least where they are adequately equipped – have huge potential,” she said.

Lambeth Palace gathering aims to strengthen religious liberty in British Commonwealth

[Anglican Communion News Service] Parliamentarians and religious leaders from around the British Commonwealth will gather at Lambeth Palace next month to discuss ways to strengthen religious liberty. Details of the event were given by Bishop of Rochester James Langstaff during a debate in the House of Lords on March 22.

Archbishop of Canterbury’s relationships task group plans season of repentance and prayer

[Anglican Communion News Service] Provisional plans for a season of repentance and prayer across the Anglican Communion next year have been put forward by the task group, which was set up after the Primates’ Meeting in 2016.

Social media updates from Episcopalians at March for Our Lives events

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians and Episcopal leaders from across the U.S. were in Washington, D.C., to participate in March for Our Lives on March 24, while others attended corresponding local rallies.

Presiding Bishop, others begin campaign to ‘reclaim Jesus’ in US culture

[Episcopal News Service] A group of Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders, including Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, have begun what they call a campaign to “reclaim Jesus” from those who they believe are using Christian theology for political gain.

Priest in same-sex marriage loses legal challenge to bishop’s ‘discriminatory’ response

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England did not unlawfully discriminate against a priest by refusing to grant a license after he entered a same-sex marriage, London’s Court of Appeal said March 22. The Rev. Jeremy Pemberton married his partner, Laurence Cunnington, in 2014 shortly after same-sex civil marriages were legalized in England and Wales.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa asks bishops to step up response to abuse allegations

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of Southern Africa, Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has written to the bishops of the province asking them to establish diocesan advisory teams to handle allegations of abuse. He is also “urgently consulting more widely on how the Church can not only act more effectively, but be seen to act effectively in cases of sexual abuse,” he said in a statement released March 22.

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