Archives for April 2012

New Zealand Anglicans choose unconventional bishop

[Ecumenical News International — Wellington, New Zealand] A dreadlocked priest who is usually seen in shorts and bare feet is to be the new Anglican bishop in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Justin Duckworth replaces Bishop Tom Brown who recently retired after 14 years. In announcing the appointment on April 29, Archbishop David Moxon pointed […]

Winning essayist calls for reaffirmed faith in the Anglican Communion

[Anglican Communion News Service] Faith in the Anglican Communion needs to be reaffirmed, according to the winner of a £1,000 prize (US$1,623) essay competition to explain “Why I am an Anglican and believe I shall remain so.” Natacha-Ingrid Tinteroff, a French convert from Roman Catholicism, used her essay to celebrate the best of Anglicanism and […]

Anglican Communion life impeded by insufficient communicators

Working Group says 'vital circulation of information and dialogue' needed

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion faces a shortage of qualified communicators, according to an international Working Group on communications. The group — consisting of communications professionals from five continents — concluded that the Communion life was at risk of being detrimentally affected by some Provinces’ inability to source and share their news and […]

Chair of Canterbury Crown Nominations Commission appointed

[Anglican Communion News Service] British Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed the Rt. Hon. the Lord Luce KG, GCVO to be chairman of the Crown Nominations Commission for its selection of the next Archbishop of Canterbury to succeed the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams. Williams has announced that he will stand down on […]

INDIA: National assembly of churches begins with political statements

[Ecumenical News International – Bangalore, India] The quadrennial general assembly of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) began on April 25 with an opening worship that contained unusually strong expressions of opinion on current issues such as the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. Opening worship at the assembly, which ends on 28 April, featured […]

CANADA: Sex workers with cameras project strikes a chord

[The Anglican Journal] A photography project to empower women who work in the sex trade has raised about $38,000 for the drop-in program at All Saints Church–Community Center in downtown Toronto, where the project began. Carly Kalish, a full-time social worker hired by the church, dreamed up the idea of giving 10 women disposable cameras […]

Canada primate invites Anglicans to become companions to Jerusalem

[Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has unveiled a new venture to strengthen ties between the Anglican Church of Canada and the diocese of Jerusalem. In a Lenten pastoral letter, the primate invited Anglicans across Canada to join–as individuals, parishes or dioceses–the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of […]

Church in Wales gives ‘amber light’ to Anglican covenant

[Anglican Communion News Service] The proposed covenant that seeks to define the unity of the worldwide Anglican Communion was given “an amber light, rather than a green light” by the Church in Wales on April 18. Members of the Church in Wales governing body voted to affirm their commitment to the communion and the covenant […]

KENYA: Christian Aid helps farmers adapt to climate change

[Ecumenical News International] On the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, a Christian charity is helping small farmers adapt to climate change through the use of both traditional and modern forms of weather forecasting. In the Anglican diocese of Mbeere, U.K.-based Christian Aid and the Humanitarian Futures Project of King’s College (London) are funding the pilot […]

Church groups express concern over escalating Sudan conflict

[Ecumenical News International] Reacting to some of the worst fighting between Sudan and South Sudan since the southern country achieved independence last July, two international church groups on April 17 expressed “grave concern” and called for an immediate ceasefire. Referring to the oil-well town of Heglig in Sudan, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and […]