Archives for August 2012

Canada: PWRDF pledges post-Isaac help for Haiti

[Anglican Journal] The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has pledged $25,000 for relief efforts in Haiti, where at least 24 people have died after tropical storm Isaac hit the Caribbean country on Aug. 24. PWRDF, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, is working with the Lutheran World Federation […]

WCC statement invokes new understanding of mission

[Ecumenical News International] The World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Central Committee on Aug. 30 approved the first ecumenical affirmation of mission since 1982, invoking a new understanding of mission and evangelism in a changing world and ecclesial landscape. The statement draws on insights from Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox and Roman Catholic mission theologies, and will be […]

Sydney Anglicans accused of sexism over new marriage vows

[Ecumenical News International] An Australian Anglican diocese has been accused of sexism over proposed new marriage vows requiring a wife to “submit” to her husband. Introduced as an alternative to the traditional vows that use the word “obey,” the wording is expected to be considered at the Sydney diocese’s synod in October. But some parishes […]

New Zealand lawmakers back same-sex marriage

[Ecumenical News International, Wellington, New Zealand] A bill to legalize marriage for same-sex couples on Aug. 29 passed the first of three readings in the New Zealand parliament by a margin of two to one, creating the likelihood of passage into law early next year. Faith groups stated their positions on the issue after the […]

Kenyan faith leaders urge calm after Mombasa riots

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] Kenyan Christian and Muslim leaders are calling for calm in the coastal city of Mombasa after two days of violence over the killing of a militant Muslim cleric. Churches were torched, vandalized and looted by Muslim youths who were protesting the 27 August killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo, a cleric […]

Indian Ocean province re-elects primate

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Most Rev. Ian Ernest has been re-elected as the primate of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. The announcement was issued by the Rev. Can Samitiana Jhonson Razafindralambo who was himself re-appointed as provincial secretary. The Church of the Province of Indian Ocean comprises the dioceses of […]

South African religious leaders launch campaign to end corruption

[Ecumenical News International, Cape Town, South Africa] An inter-faith group of religious leaders in South Africa has embarked on a national campaign to fight bribery, patronage, nepotism and abuse of public funds. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Baha’i and African traditional leaders launched the “Call to End Corruption” on Aug. 22 in the impoverished suburb of […]

Archbishop of Cape Town condemns Lonmin mine deaths

Thabo Makgoba calls for strong, measured intervention

[Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town] Condemning the rising violence and deaths at Lonmin’s Mine, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town has called for “strong, but measured and proportionate” interventions from government, police and unions, to end the “senseless loss of life.” “Our fervent prayers are with all the bereaved and injured,” said […]

Malawi churches unite to promote better management

[Ecumenical News International, Blantyre, Malawi] Several Christian denominations in Malawi, including Anglicans, Presbyterians and pentecostals, have established an organization to help improve management, financial and administrative skills of churches in the southern African nation. It is called the Institute of Church Management and was initiated by concerned church members, according to a statement from the […]

Canada: Let’s help aboriginal families heal, says Hiltz

[Anglican Journal] First, the church played a role in tearing aboriginal families apart. Now, it needs to help put them back together, says the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Referring to the ongoing inter-generational impact of residential schools, Archbishop Fred Hiltz emphasized that the church “needs to play a role in nurturing and […]