Archives for April 2016

Holding together in diversity – reflections on the ACC meeting in Lusaka

[Lambeth Palace] Having come back from Lusaka on 20 April, after 16 days in Zambia and Zimbabwe, once again the experience of a big Anglican Communion meeting has had an impact on my thinking about the Communion. As usual, the impact is largely positive. Any time the Communion gets together, especially the Anglican Consultative Council […]

Tudor mystery over cathedral’s ‘Mrs. Shakespeare’ letter

[Anglican Communion News Service] Hereford Cathedral in the English Midlands is investigating possible links between a 400-year-old letter that was found hidden in the binding of an old book; and the family of playwright William Shakespeare, who was born 50 miles to the east in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before the 19th century, when cheap machine-made paper became […]

African Anglicans look to reduce El Niño’s hunger footprint

[Anglican Alliance] Anglican churches are prioritizing advocacy and practical responses to El Niño’s increasingly devastating impact on food security in the southern and central parts of Africa, says the Anglican Alliance’s facilitator in the region. Famine and hunger have been stalking millions of people, notes June Nderitu, who is also on staff of Alliance partner […]

President Dilma Rousseff retains the support of Brazilian Anglicans

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans in Brazil are continuing to stand-by the country’s embattled president, Dilma Rousseff, claiming that attempts to impeach her are a right-wing attempt to scupper her party’s endeavors to support Brazil’s poor and marginalized. Since coming to power in 2003, Rousseff’s Workers’ Party has overseen huge improvements in the lives of […]

Australia’s Christian leaders oppose aid budget cut

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has joined the leaders of Australia’s 12 Christian denominations in a letter published in The Australian newspaper to government Treasurer Scott Morrison, in which they call on the federal government not to proceed with the scheduled $224 million Australian Dollars (approximately […]

Reformation and unity in ACC’s ecumenical resolutions

[Anglican Communion News Service] A call for Anglicans to commemorate next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the commendation of a number of new inter-denominational agreements and reports were amongst a raft of ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this month. In Resolution 16.16, the […]

Liverpool Bishop : Hillsborough is a story of ‘loss, grief and pain’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, has spoken of the “loss, grief and pain” felt by the victims of the Hillsborough disaster as a jury ruled that the 96 Liverpool FC fans who were killed in a crush at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest in April […]

Provinces urged to adopt Anglican Communion Sunday

[Anglican Communion News Service] The provinces of the Anglican Communion have been invited to set aside the Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury (May 26) as Anglican Communion Sunday, with a special focus of prayer for the communion. The invitation came in a resolution passed by assent at the recent Anglican […]

Central Africa applied ’embassy’ protocol for ACC’s visiting female priests

[Anglican Communion News Service] When the Anglican Consultative Council met for its 16th plenary meeting (ACC-16) in Zambia this month, female priests and bishops who were part of the ACC were able to celebrate the Eucharist within the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, even though the province of Central Africa does not ordain women. […]

In Zambia, cathedral indaba eases political tensions

[Anglican Communion News Service] The announcement that Zambia would go to the polls for a tripartite general election in August sparked an increase in violent incidents, of a kind rarely seen in the Central African nation. And as the tensions rose, political leaders from all the main political parties turned to the Church for help. […]