Archives for November 2013

UK church leaders call on rich nations for food security

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan and Bishop of Derby Alastair Redfern have written to the U.K. Government to press their political Australian counterparts to ensure that a priority for the G20 in Brisbane next year will be ending the scandal of 1 billion people going hungry every day. Morgan and Redfern, who is […]

England: Synod approves next steps for women to become bishops

[Church of England press release] The General Synod of the Church of England has Nov. 20 approved a package of measures as the next steps to enable women to become bishops. In the debate in the morning session the synod welcomed the package of proposals outlined in the report of the Steering Committee for the […]

Francisco de Assis da Silva elected as primate of Brazil

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva of the Diocese of Southwest Brazil was elected on Nov. 16 to serve as the next primate of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil). The election was held in Rio de Janeiro as bishops, clergy and lay delegates, as well as […]

Anglican women’s organizations not sufficiently valued, network says

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Steering Group of the International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN) has said that in many parts of the Communion full value is not yet given to Anglican women’s organizations that contribute to God’s mission among marginalized women and girls. In a communiqué issued after their UK meeting, Steering Group members reflected […]

Australia: Sarah Macneil appointed first female diocesan bishop

[Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn] Australian church history has been made with the election of the Rev. Sarah Macneil as the first female diocesan bishop of an Anglican diocese. Macneil, who is from Canberra, has accepted her appointment as 11th bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton. She will be consecrated and installed early next […]

Synod supports call to ‘re-evangelize’ England

[Church of England press release] The Church of England’s General Synod on Nov. 18 approved a motion, moved by Archbishop of York John Sentamu, to “re-evangelize” England, including the creation of a new Task Group. Sentamu , introducing a debate on intentional evangelism, called on synod to put evangelism at the top of its agenda, […]

El Salvador: Human rights, justice organizations weary in face of attack

[Episcopal News Service] In the aftermath of a Nov. 14 attack on a human rights organization that has worked to find children separated from their families during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war and the abrupt closure in October of the country’s largest war-crime records depository, organizations engaged in social justice and human rights fear a […]

Canada: Anglicans pay tribute to Peers for landmark apology

[Anglican Church of Canada] A hush fell in the room as aboriginal bishops, clergy and elders wrapped a sunset red Pendleton blanket over Archbishop Michael Peers, former primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and prayed over him.Each iconic woolen blanket traditionally made by the native people of Oregon has a story, and that given […]

Bp Tengatenga named presidential fellow of Episcopal Divinity School

[Episcopal Divinity School press release] Citing a strong record of human rights activism and pastoral leadership, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announced Nov. 18 that the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, bishop of Southern Malawi, will serve as a presidential fellow for six months beginning January 2014. The fellowship was made possible with the support of the […]

Swaziland: An interview with the first female bishop in Africa

[Anglican Communion News Service] A year after her consecration, on November 17, 2012, Africa’s first female Anglican bishop speaks to ACNS’s Bellah Zulu. The Rt. Rev. Ellinah Wamukoya is the bishop of Swaziland. She was born in 1951 in Swaziland though she spent a good part of her childhood in South Africa. She completed her […]