Archives for October 2015

All eyes on bishops’ benches in House of Lords as first woman takes seat

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first woman to sit as a bishop in the U.K. parliament has taken her seat. Bishops have played a formal part in the U.K. parliament since before the origins of democracy in the country. Initially as advisers to the Monarch, Anglican bishops now occupy 26 seats in the upper house […]

Porvoo primates call for prayers for solution to refugee crisis

[Anglican Communion News Service] The primates and presiding bishops of the Porvoo Communion of Churches have called for prayers for political leaders, recognizing the “pressure” they face in trying to reach a solution to the refugee crisis. The church leaders made the call in a communiqué issued after their biennial meeting this week in Edinburgh […]

Sudan and South Sudan ecumenical bodies hear of churches’ role in regional peace

[World Council of Churches] Churches continue to play their role in peace building for South Sudan despite the dashed hopes of many in the world’s newest nation, the moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) said at a regional meeting. The moderator of the WCC’s Central Committee Dr Agnes Abuom was speaking at the […]

English bishops urge greater UK response to refugee crisis

[Anglican Communion News Service] Church of England bishops have called on the British government to more-than double the number of refugees it will resettle in the UK over the next five years. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, some 84 C of E bishops have called on the government to increase the number […]

South Asian church women discuss challenges and seek gender justice

[Anglican Communion News Service] Women from the Anglican and United Churches of South Asia share achievements in their work with women and girls and explore challenges in seeking gender justice in their region. An International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN) regional consultation for South Asia has brought together the Network’s Provincial Links (contacts) and a number of […]

Schools aspire to reach out to refugees

[Anglican Communion News Service] Students from Anglican schools throughout the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia have prayed through the night as part of a 24-hour vigil for the refugees streaming out from Syria across Europe, and into camps in Jordan and Lebanon. The event has been given the name ASPiRe – Anglican Schools Praying […]

Wycliffe launches training program for indigenous leaders

[Anglican Journal] Traditional seminary training has often left Indigenous theology students in a state of “befuddlement”—but a new program at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College may help break that pattern, the Anglican church’s national Indigenous bishop says. Nearly two dozen Indigenous spiritual leaders from across Canada gathered at Wycliffe College this fall for a special […]

Anglicans and Catholics partner to help refugees

[Anglican Journal] Across Canada, in small towns and major cities, there are people slowly working on projects about which they care deeply, but which even their friends and relatives and neighbours may know little about, or have little interest in. They continue to do the work because they believe it is important, and in small ways […]

Canada: New monastic project calls young women to grow in Christ

[Anglican Communion News Service] Women aged between 22 and 40 are being invited to “spend a year in God’s rhythm” while they learn to pray, serve others and study, while living in intentional community alongside the Sisterhood of Saint John the Divine in Toronto, Canada. The community is offering up to 10 places a year […]

East Asia: Young people’s message of hope on poverty, conflict, migration

[Anglican Communion News Service] A scheduled meeting of the bishops of East Asia has been canceled so that the budget can be spent instead on a gathering of young people from the region – such was the effect of the young people’s participation in the Full Assembly of the Council of Churches of East Asia […]