Archives for February 2016

Archbishops of Canterbury and York pray for evangelization of England

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a “great wave of prayer” for the evangelisation of England. In an “unprecedented step”, Justin Welby and John Sentamu have written to every parish priest in the Church of England, inviting churches across the country to take part in the focused prayer […]

New Zealand archbishops call for refugee increase

[Anglican Communion News Service] New Zealand’s two archbishops have called for a “more generous” approach to refugees and a “substantial increase” on the quota for the country’s refugee intake. They are also calling for “extra pathways” for refugees to enter New Zealand. Archbishops Brown Turei and Philip Richardson made their case in a submission to New […]

Secretary General calls for prayers for the Anglican Consultative Council

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Consultative Council will meet in Lusaka for its 16th triennial meeting in April, and the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, is asking “all our members in every province, as well as our ecumenical partners, to join us in this prayer as we prepare for the […]

Anglican Communion recognizes youth and children discipleship with new award

[Anglican Communion News Service] Successful and emerging discipleship work with and by children and young people within the Anglican Communion will be recognized with two new awards. The new Youth and Children Ministry Award will be presented for the first time at this year’s Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in April. The new […]

New Zealand working group reports on same-sex relationships

In 2014, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia passed a resolution that created a pathway towards the blessing of same-sex relationships while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriage. The motion called for the appointment of a working group to devise “a process and structure” by which this could […]

Church responds to widespread cyclone damage in Fiji

[Anglican Alliance] The largest storm ever recorded in the region struck the islands of Fiji over the weekend, after causing widespread damage in Tonga. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is already working to assess the damage and begin its response. Cyclone Winston was described as the strongest recorded tropical storm in […]

Southern Africa bishops: Same-sex couples ‘full members’ of church

Statement also says there is no change on same-sex marriage for clergy or laity

[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church. In a pastoral letter issued to Anglicans Feb. 22, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town said a […]

Ng Moon Hing installed as Archbishop of South East Asia

[Anglican Communion News Service]  The new Archbishop of South East Asia, the Most Revd Ng Moon Hing, was installed Feb.22 during a service in Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. It was an appointment that could never have been anticipated when he was born into family of Buddhist Taoists; and it wasn’t until he was […]

First all-girl cathedral choir in southern hemisphere

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first all-girl cathedral choir in the southern hemisphere has been launched at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia. The choir is made up from 18 girls from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and gave a debut performance in the cathedral last week. “Many cathedrals in Australia have mixed choirs,” the Very […]

Churches’ Ebola response is model for future epidemics

[Anglican Alliance] The response of Anglican churches and other faith communities to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa can serve as a model for addressing other epidemics, the Anglican Alliance heard this week. The Bishops of the Dioceses of Bo and Freetown in Sierra Leone and of Guinea joined representatives from partner agencies and link […]