Archives for 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas Day sermon

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is urging people to go and ‘join the human race’ this Christmas and become agents of transformation and renewal. In his final Christmas sermon in Canterbury Cathedral Dr Williams says the purpose of the Christian message isn’t to defend religion or make the church credible, but […]

Zimbabwe Anglicans celebrate return to cathedral after ‘life in exile’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Thousands of worshippers took part in an historic thanksgiving service in Harare today to celebrate the return of St Mary and All Saints Cathedral and other properties to the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) and Zimbabwe Anglicans. The special service, marked by joyful singing and praise, followed the CPCA’s […]

Bill will make same-sex marriage illegal in Anglican churches in England, Wales

[Episcopal News Service] Legislation due to be proposed next year will allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales, but will make it illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry same-sex couples, according to a British government press release. Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller said in the Dec. […]

In Central Africa, youth council to strengthen ‘backbone of the church’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) has appointed its first ever Youth and Children’s Council at a conference where young Anglicans were described as “the backbone of the church”. The Council was formed on the final day of a Provincial Youth Leaders Conference held in the Lusaka, Zambia, […]

Anglican Communion-Al Azhar Al Sherif Interfaith Dialogue

[Anglican Communion News Service] The following is the communiqué from the recent meeting of the Anglican Communion-Al Azhar Al Sherif Interfaith Dialogue. The dialogue committee composed of a delegation from the Anglican Communion and from Al Azhar Al Sherif held its 10th Annual meeting in Cairo on 20 November 2012 corresponding to 6 Moharram 1434. This […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advent letter to Anglican primates

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has sent the following Advent letter to the primates of the Anglican Communion and moderators of the United Churches. ‘Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!’ (Colossians 3.4) St Paul writes as though the reality […]

Australia: Melbourne priest named Queensland’s first woman bishop

[Anglican Diocese of Melbourne] The Venerable Alison Taylor, Melbourne’s archdeacon for international partnerships and vicar of St. John’s Anglican Church Camberwell, has been appointed to lead the Southern Region of the Diocese of Brisbane as Queensland’s first woman bishop. She will succeed incumbent Bishop Geoff Smith, who will serve as general manager of the Brisbane […]

Zimbabwe Anglicans threatened by chain-wielding thugs

[Anglican Communion News Service] Reclaiming church properties has not been as easy as Anglicans in Zimbabwe had hoped with those trying to do so being refused entry and beaten with chains. Writing to supporters around the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya said that, despite a Supreme Court order recognizing the cathedral as belonging […]

China’s ‘great visionary’ Bishop K. H. Ting dies at 97

[Episcopal News Service] K. H. Ting, an Anglican bishop prior to China’s Cultural Revolution and a pioneer in the country’s post-denominational era, died on Nov. 22 in Nanjing aged 97. Ting has been described as “an outstanding patriotic religious leader” and “a well-known social activist.” The Rev. Canon Winfred B. Vergara, the Episcopal Church’s missioner […]

Archbishop of Cape Town leads 1000 in procession of witness

Event kick-starts '16 Days of Activism'

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba on Nov. 25 led one thousand people in a Procession of Witness to kick-start South Africa’s 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children. Through joining the act of public witness — from Keizersgracht Square to St. Georges Cathedral, Cape Town — Makgoba […]