Archives for May 2012

World Council of Churches to hold first meeting in China

[Ecumenical News International] The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) said it will hold its first meeting in the People’s Republic of China, focusing on “the unique situation of Chinese churches and ecumenical relations” in the region. The meeting will take place from June 9-16 in Shanghai and Nanjing, according to a WCC news release. […]

Faith groups and United Nations condemn massacre in Syria

[Ecumenical News International, Geneva] The World Council of Churches joined the international community in condemning the massacre of at least 108 people, including 49 children, on 25 May in the villages of Taldou and Kall Laha in the El Houleh area of Syria. “I express my deep pain over the massacre of innocent people and […]

Canada: Dialogue renewed with the United Church

[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada has entered a new round of dialogue with the United Church of Canada. The aim is to explore ways in which the two churches can work together for more effective ministry and mission. “Much of the impetus for these conversations is coming from the grassroots of our two […]

Canada: What would happen if we say ‘no’ to the Anglican Covenant?

[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada needs more clarity around what the “relational consequences” would be for not adopting the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. This is one of the key messages that Council of General Synod (CoGS) members said the church must convey when the 15th Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meets in New Zealand […]

Continuing Indaba is celebrated as ‘a wonderful gift to the communion’

[Anglican Communion News Service] An initiative to enable mission by strengthening relationship between parishes, dioceses and provinces has been celebrated by participants and evaluators as “an important tool” and “wonderful gift” for the Anglican Communion. Continuing Indaba, an official ministry of the Communion, has, for three years, been promoting cross-Provincial/diocesan dialogue, visits and the production […]

Canada: Bishop calls Mississauga Declaration a ‘threat to stay’

[Anglican Journal] At the May 24-27 meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald sought to clarify “misperceptions and misunderstandings” about the Mississauga Declaration. “We’re not threatening to leave,” MacDonald told members. “It is a threat to stay. “We want to work with all of you,” he added. “We’re […]

ChristChurch Cathedral suffers further damage in latest quake

[Anglican Taonga] ChristChurch Cathedral in New Zealand has suffered further damage from the magnitude-5.2 aftershock on May 25, according to a statement from the diocese. “Since Friday there is more noticeable bowing in the walls, especially towards the southern end of the cathedral, and more stone has fallen,” the diocesan communications officer, Philip Baldwin, said. […]

Decline in revenues leaves Anglican Church of Canada with deficit

[Anglican Journal] General Synod, the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada, ended 2011 with a deficit of CAN$65,000 (US$63,414), due to a decline in expected revenue of CAN$808,000 (US$788,288), according to Treasurer Michele George. Reviewing General Synod’s financial results for 2011 at the spring meeting here of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), […]

Canada: Fresh ideas for church structure, finances elude church council

[Anglican Journal] Emerging from daylong discussions on May 25 about the future of the Anglican Church of Canada, members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) appeared to lack ideas about what the next steps should be. In fact, members expressed feeling “overwhelmed” by the question of how to renew church structures. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, […]

Ratification of Canadian bishop for Uruguay fails

[Anglican Journal] The House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone has voted not to ratify the election of Archdeacon Michael Pollesel as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Uruguay. Pollesel, who was formerly the general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, was elected to the position by the Uruguay synod […]