Archives for February 2013

Botswana diocese celebrates 40th anniversary, bids farewell to bishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans from the Diocese of Botswana on Feb. 24 celebrated the diocese’s 40th anniversary and bade farewell to their bishop in a special thanksgiving service held at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. Thousands of jubilant Christians and many high level dignitaries, including the president of Botswana, His […]

Zimbabwe: Victory for Manicaland in long-awaited judgment

Anglican province regains properties from breakaway bishop, followers

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has ruled in favor of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) in a legal case involving the province and breakaway former bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland Elson Jakazi. “We are glad to share with you the good news that the […]

New archbishop elected by Anglican Church of Tanzania

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of the Province of Tanzania has elected Jacob Chimeledya, bishop of Mpwapwa Diocese in Tanzania, as its new archbishop and primate. The announcement was made after elections held during an extra-ordinary meeting convened by the General Synod of the province on Feb. 21. “I am pleased to let you […]

UN ambassador to tell Anglicans: ‘Ensure women’s equality’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Renowned Bangladeshi diplomat Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury will be telling Anglican women from around the world that the end of violence against women is only one step in ensuring gender equality. The former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and United Nations Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed […]

Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land available

[Anglican Communion News Service] A document to help Anglicans around the world to engage more deeply with and become more informed about the issues surrounding the situation in the Holy Land is online and will soon be available to buy as a book. Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy […]

Central Africa’s Anglicans helping women tackle violence

[Anglican Communion News Service] “The statistics on gender-based violence in Zambia are appalling,” says Grace Mazala Phiri, national programmes director for the Anglican Church in Zambia. As an example she cited a survey conducted in Chipata, a town in Eastern Zambia, from January to March last year. “[This] revealed that within three months alone more than […]

Pray ‘fervently’ for peace in elections, says Kenya archbishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has called on all Kenyans to pray “fervently” for peace during the forthcoming general elections. His appeal came in a statement released after a meeting convened by the Anglican Church of Kenya to “consult and reflect” on “healing and reconciliation” as the country approaches its […]

New Zealand: Doctrine commission will examine same-sex blessings

[Anglican Taonga] A doctrinal commission will be set up to look at a theological rationale for the liturgical blessing of people in permanent, faithful same-sex relationships. This “Commission on Doctrine and Theological questions” is being convened at the instruction of General Synod Standing Committee, which met in Auckland last week. The commission, which flows directly […]

Archbishop of Canterbury faces ‘a challenge for the imagination’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that in his new role he, with the rest of the Anglican Communion, is faced with “a challenge for the imagination.” Speaking in an interview with the communion’s official magazine Anglican World, he said, “What do we mean by the Anglican Communion, and how […]

Wales: Bishops take up Lent talk challenge

[Church in Wales] Three Welsh bishops are taking up a tough Lent challenge which will see them give 40 talks over five weeks at eight different venues. The Archbishop of Wales, the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff and the Bishop of Monmouth will be out and about in churches across South Wales almost every weekday night […]