Archives for June 2012

London Paralympics involve churches

[Ecumenical News International] Churches in Britain are organizing celebrations and activities in the runup to the London Paralympic Games, which take place after the Olympics, but critics are also wondering whether churches will be inspired to improve their own facilities for the disabled. The Paralympics — sports competitions for athletes with a range of disabilities […]

Archbishop of Canterbury slams those `disgusted’ by homosexuality

[Religion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams criticized some Christians for feeling so “embarrassed and ashamed and disgusted” over homosexuality that they seem unwelcoming to outsiders and convey a lack of understanding. Addressing a group of Christian teenagers at his Lambeth Palace residence in London, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion said Anglicans […]

Britain sets out interfaith principles concerning international aid

[Ecumenical News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on June 26 hosted the launch of a British government initiative called “faith partnership principles” that will guide the Department for International Development’s relations with religious organizations. The department said it will work with faith groups to identify three priority countries for collaborative learning and action; facilitate […]

CANADA: Primate asks prime minister to restore Gaza hospital funding

[Anglican Church of Canada] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to re-commit funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency so it can continue to support Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. The hospital is run by the Episcopal Diocese of […]

Anglican mission agency USPG announces plans to change its name

[Anglican Communion News Service] At its annual conference which began June 25, the 311-year-old Anglican mission and development agency USPG announced it will be changing its name. The decision was taken by USPG’s trustees following a lengthy consultation with churches and supporters of the charity. Delegates attending USPG’s annual conference were given a preview of […]

In Australia, churches speak out on gay marriage

[Ecumenical News International] Heads of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches in Australia used the pulpit to pressure politicians to oppose same-sex marriage ahead of a federal parliamentary debate. Two separate bills, from the Green and Labour parties, were tabled in parliament on June 18, along with a standing committee report which made […]

Landmark Christian-Muslim Peace Summit opens in Beirut

Episcopalians attend event organized by Washington National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service, Beirut] The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, a former Episcopal bishop of Washington and four Iranian Shi’ite Muslims, two holding the rank of ayatollah, are among the religious leaders who’ve traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, for the second Christian-Muslim peace summit organized by Washington National Cathedral. The three-day conference, which opened June 18, is […]

Council meeting looks at freedom of religion in China

[Ecumenical News International] Christianity is growing in China, but continues to face difficulties and an increasing need for resources, according to the head of a major Christian organization. “The church  …  presents four characteristics: independent and autonomous, post-denominational, fast growing and faced with lots of challenges and emerging difficulties,” said the Rev. Gao Feng, president […]

Canada: New First Nation diocese for Rupert’s Land

[Anglican Journal] In the fulfillment of an aspiration long held by indigenous Anglicans in the north, the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land is poised to have a new diocese by 2014. The 47th session of the provincial synod, held in Brandon, Man., June 7 to 10, unanimously approved a resolution from the diocese of Keewatin […]

Danish Lutheran church proposes same-sex marriage rite

[Ecumenical News International, Oslo] Eight of the ten bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark on June 11 presented a ritual for same-sex marriage to the country’s Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs. Their action came in response to the Danish Parliament’s decision on June 7 to change the marriage legislation so that from June 15 […]