Archives for November 2011

Archbishop of Canterbury’s video message for World AIDS Day

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day in which he talks about the part sexual violence plays in the spread of HIV, calling it “one of the most shameful facts of our day.” Williams recorded the video message during a recent visit to the eastern […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advent message

'The Communion is a gift, not a problem'

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has used his Advent letter to the Primates of the Anglican Communion and moderators of the United Churches to reiterate that the “Communion matters” to its members across the world and to the mission of God. In the letter issued Nov. 30, Williams highlighted how, over […]

Faith groups in Kenya seek to strengthen HIV/AIDS strategies

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] As new HIV/AIDS infections and related deaths decline, Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya discussed how to improve their strategies at a Nov. 23-25 conference in Nairobi titled “Doing More, Doing Better: Towards Zero New Infections.” It critically examined faith groups’ approaches and concluded that some led to increased stigma, […]

Tutu, Makgoba challenge governments on climate change

[Episcopal News Service] Governments must act to ensure that the health, livelihoods, security and existence of all people are not threatened by climate change, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town told the “We Have Faith – Act Now for Climate Justice” rally, at King’s Park Stadium, Durban, on Nov. 27. The rally was held as […]

Canterbury releases video message on climate change

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has released a video message of support at a multifaith climate change rally and concert on Nov. 27 in Durban, hosted by Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu. The rally was held on the eve of the COP 17 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011 in […]

Church Mission Society seeks new leader

[ACNS] The historic Anglican mission agency CMS (Church Mission Society) has appealed to its community to pray for the recruitment process for a new executive director following the appointment of the organization’s community leader, the Rev. Canon Tim Dakin, as bishop of the Church of England’s Diocese of Winchester. Writing to CMS members, Martyn Snow, […]

Tutu urges South Africans to attend climate change rally

[ACNS] Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged South Africans to join world faith leaders, political leaders and pop stars at an “extraordinary” mass rally on Nov. 27 at the King’s Park Stadium in Durban. The archbishop is to host the “We Have Faith – Act Now for Climate Justice” rally and concert, at which he […]

Sudan Synod condemns violence, reiterates commitment to mission

[ACNS] An outspoken statement from the Episcopal Church of Sudan’s Provincial Synod has called for an end to the executions of civilians, aerial bombings, and armed conflict – particularly the “cancer of the Western Equatoria State…the Lord’s Resistance Army.” In the statement, released Nov. 23, the synod called repeatedly called for peace, and an end […]

As Uganda re-considers anti-gay law, bishop calls for tolerance

[Ecumenical News International] As legislators in Uganda prepare to re-open debate on a bill that would harshly punish homosexuals, a church leader who campaigns for gay rights has renewed his call for tolerance and compassion. Christopher Ssenyonjo, former Anglican bishop of West Buganda diocese, said in an Nov. 18 interview with ENInews that fear of […]

Canterbury notes World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said Nov. 18 that faith communities ought to unite around the upcoming World Day of Prayer and Action for Children “for the protection and flourishing of our children.” The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children initiative is a global effort to mobilize secular and faith-based […]