Archives for April 2014

Conservative Anglican leaders back Uganda anti-gay law

[Religion News Service] Leaders of the conservative wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion equate the experiences of Ugandans who support a new anti-gay law with those of victims of an earthquake or a terror attack. The Global Anglican Future Conference — made up chiefly of Anglican archbishops in Africa, Asia and Latin America — concluded a […]

Canada: Anglican, Lutheran leaders issue environmental statement

[Anglican Church of Canada] The Primate of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, and the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, issued a joint statement to mark Earth Day on April 22 – an international focus on environmental concerns. “This fragile Earth, our island home” At your command all things came to be: The […]

Anglican Church of Canada launches ‘Jerusalem Sunday’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Canada has announced a new annual church observance “to celebrate companionship in God’s mission with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria”. Starting from this year, June 1 will be known as Jerusalem Sunday in Canada. To help Canadians to prepare […]

Award recognises Vicar of Baghdad’s reconciliation work

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, will receive this year’s annual William Wilberforce Award in recognition of his outstanding service to Christianity internationally and his service to the Middle East. The judges stated that he, like Wilberforce, had taken great risks to bring about radical change in some of the […]

Zimbabwe bishop celebrates growth in Harare diocese

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Harare is celebrating peace and growth in his diocese two-and-a-half years after Anglicans in Zimbabwe won back their churches. In a recent update to supporters around the world, Bishop Chad Gandiya said that hard work and generosity of parishioners the diocese is going from strength to strength. “The diocese has […]

Church Army Africa aims to bring healing, hope to communities

[Anglican Communion News Service] Church Army Africa, a community of evangelists in Africa, has embarked on an ambitious program to “positively transform society” by setting up 1,500 Anglican churches by 2015. The organization’s general secretary, the Rev. Capt. Richard Mayabi, told ACNS that they plan to achieve the goal through a program called Heal Africa. […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Day sermon

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop Justin has said in his Easter sermon that “the announcement that Jesus is alive changes everything. . . It gives us hope where we were in despair, faith where we were lost, light where we were in darkness, joy where we were entirely in sorrow.” Jeremiah 31: 1-6, Acts 10: 34-43, John […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s ecumenical Easter letter

[Lambeth Palace press release] “I pray that our Christian hope and the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ will heal relationships between individuals, communities and nations,” Archbishop Justin Welby says in his Easter letter to partners and heads of other churches around the world. The full text of the letter is published below: “Looking […]

Procession of witness marks 20 years of South Africa’s democracy

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) held a “procession of witness” to mark the 20th anniversary of the birth of South Africa’s democracy and also express concerns over current issues affecting the country. The procession, which is being supported by both Muslim and Jewish leaders, was held on Holy Saturday, […]

Ecumenism must involve dialogue and social action, says Welby

[Anglican Journal] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has underscored the value of continuing ecumenical dialogue at a “passionate theological level” while at the same time having “a closer relationship of action” that addresses the needs of the world in such areas as poverty and social justice. Ecumenism must be “something that is our burning desire,” […]