Archives for March 2012

ENGLAND: Anglican Covenant defeated in majority of dioceses

[Episcopal News Service] A majority of dioceses in the Church of England have voted down the proposed Anglican Covenant, a set of principles intended to bind the Anglican Communion provinces despite theological differences and cultural disputes. The six diocesan synods meeting and voting on the covenant this past weekend brought the current figures to 23 […]

U.K. government launches consultation on same-sex marriage

[Ecumenical News International] The U.K. government on March 15 launched a 12-week consultation in England and Wales that is widely expected to lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage, despite strong opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and conservative elements within the Church of England. “Should two people who care deeply for each other, who […]

Ugandan faith leaders critique viral Internet video on Kony

[Ecumenical News International] A film detailing atrocities committed by the Northern Uganda rebel leader Joseph Kony has become an Internet sensation, but faith leaders in the region said they fear the production will cause further trauma to the population who are recovering from a 23-year brutal war. The 30-minute film, titled “Kony 2012,” was released […]

Australian Aboriginal archdeacon supports reconciliation

[Ecumenical News International] The Anglican Church in Australia’s first female indigenous archdeacon, Karen Kime, said she sees her role as improving communication with the nation’s aboriginal communities and supporting reconciliation with the church and the wider society. “All clergy have a responsibility to indigenous people,” Kime said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. […]

CANADA: Church joins First Nations to challenge mining stake

[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada has joined forces with a First Nations community 370 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, to challenge a stake made at Sherman Lake by God’s Lake Resources (GLR), a Toronto-based gold mining company. The conflict erupted in October when a mining exploration camp was set up by Sherman […]

In Scotland, first female dean to serve Edinburgh diocese

[Episcopal News Service] History will be made in the Scottish Episcopal Church in May when the Rev. Susan Macdonald, 61, becomes the first female dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh. The Very Rev. John Armes, incumbent dean and bishop-elect of Edinburgh, intends to make the appointment following his May 12 consecration, according to a press […]

South Sudanese face deadline to leave the north

[Ecumenical News International] Sudanese Christians who have barely a month to leave the north or risk being treated as foreigners are starting to move, but Christian leaders are concerned that the April 8 deadline set by Islamic-majority Sudan is unrealistic. “We are very concerned. Moving is not easy … people have children in school. They […]

In Congo, Boga diocese appeals for support to avert militia attacks

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop William Bahemuka, of the Diocese of Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has issued a call for emergency support to avert increased militia attacks in the region of Bukiringi, 15 miles north of Boga, the seat of the diocese. On Feb. 24, as the bishop traveled from Bunia to […]

Southern Cone Synod proposes one province becomes two

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America’s Synod has proposed that its province becomes two. According to a statement issued on March 6, the two provinces would be one comprising Peru, Bolivia and two dioceses in Chile (one to be formed) and another comprising Argentina, Northern Argentina, Paraguay and […]

New Zealand: Quake-crippled ChristChurch Cathedral to be demolished

[Taonga News] Quake-crippled ChristChurch Cathedral will be brought down to a “safe level” – between 2 and 3 meters high. Some walls may be lowered even further, for safety reasons, while none of the walls will be left intact. But the footprint will remain, and no bulldozers or wrecking balls will be used in the […]