Archives for May 2014

Welby joins calls for protection of Pakistan’s Christians

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said the Christians of Pakistan are a people under siege and joined calls for their churches to be protected and for them to be able to worship in safety. “Freedom of worship is a universal human right around the world, and all countries need to pay attention […]

Archbishop Welby receives a warm welcome in Pakistan

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Justin Welby has received a warm welcome from the Church of Pakistan on the first day of his visit there. Accompanied by his wife Caroline and two staff members, Archbishop Welby spent time with the Church’s bishop, their spouses and other members of the Church. He met Governor of Punjab […]

Communiqué from the meeting of ARCIC III in Durban

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission is the official body appointed by the two Communions to engage in theological dialogue in order that they may come into full communion. It held the fourth meeting of its current phase (ARCIC III), at the Vuleka Centre, Botha’s Hill, Durban (12–20 May 2014). This is […]

Zimbabwe Anglicans to Mothers’ Union: ‘We resource our own change’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Mothers’ Union leaders from around the world are this week meeting in Zimbabwe to learn how Anglicans there use the Community and Church Mobilisation Process (CCMP) to positively transform themselves and their communities. The team of thirteen drawn from various countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, […]

New Zealand province to divest fossil fuel shares

Synod requires 'all reasonable steps' to divest shares in companies by mid-2016

[Anglican Taonga] The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has become the first province in the Anglican Communion to pledge to divest from fossil fuels. The provincial synod May 14 passed a resolution that requires the church “to take all reasonable steps” to divest its shares in fossil fuel companies by its next […]

New Anglican university to encourage intertribal harmony in Burundi

[Anglican Communion News Service] A new Christian university planned by Anglicans in Burundi aims to promote inter-tribal harmony across the nation through the teaching of the Gospel. Burundi is one of the five poorest countries in the world with one of the lowest per capita GDPs of any nation in the world. The country has […]

New Zealand: Synod sees way forward for same-sex blessings

[Anglican Taonga] General Synod on May 14 passed a resolution that will create a pathway towards the blessing of same-sex relationships – while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriage. It will appoint a working group to report to the 2016 General Synod on “a process and structure” that would allow those clergy who wish to […]

Sewanee appoints Tengatenga distinguished visiting professor

[University of the South School of Theology press release] The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the University of the South’s School of Theology, announced May 13 the appointment of the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Ph.D., as distinguished visiting professor of global Anglicanism. Tengatenga will begin officially on July 1, 2014. He will teach […]

Primates unite in outrage, prayer for schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

[Anglican Communion News Service] Primates from countries all over the Anglican Communion have joined the worldwide outcry the abduction of more than two hundred young girls from Chibok, Nigeria. Over the past week church leaders on five continents have added their voices to the multitude of others calling for the safe return of the girls. […]

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby today condemned the abduction of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from their boarding school three weeks ago, and has asked that people join him in praying for their safe release. Archbishop Justin said: “This is an atrocious and inexcusable act and my prayers and thoughts go out to the […]