British MP challenges Church Commissioners on climate change

[Anglican Communion News Service] A British parliamentarian has challenged the Church Commissioners’ stance on climate change and urged them to “read the Bible”. David Davies, the Conservative MP for Monmouth, told MPs that the parable of the oil lamps and 10 virgins in Matthew 25 supported the “cheap and ready supply of this much-maligned fossil […]

New Zealand debates ‘way forward’ on same-sex relationships

[Anglican Communion News Service] The week-long biennial meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia gets underway tomorrow (Friday) and amongst the items for debate is the report by the “Way Forward Working Group” on the blessing of same-sex marriages. The report, which was requested by the last meeting […]

Anglicans reach out to victims of Fort McMurray wildfire

[Anglican Journal] As accounts of chaos and destruction emerge from firestorm-stricken Fort McMurray, Alberta, Anglicans across Canada are responding with help including financial aid, practical assistance and prayers. “We’ve had offers of prayers and support from across the country,” Bishop Fraser Lawton, of the diocese of Athabasca, said  May 4. Parishes in the nearby towns […]

Bishop laments murder of minister for religious minorities

[Anglican Communion News Service] A Pakistani provincial government minister for minority religious affairs has been shot and killed in the northwest of the country. Sardar Soran Singh was a member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly; holding one of the seats reserved for religious minorities. In 2013 he was appointed special advisor on minorities affairs to […]

Church praise for Leicester City Premier League success

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop and dean of Leicester have added their voices to a growing international chorus of praise for Leicester City Football Club after their unlikely success in winning this season’s English Premier League title. Victory was confirmed when nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Chelsea last night; but the team […]

Gongs and plaudits for Church of England’s ethical investment stance

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church Commissioners for England have been ranked joint tenth out of 500 of the world’s largest investment funds and given an AAA rating over their performance in tackling climate change. The list was produced by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) for its 2016 Report on the world top 500 […]

Consultative Council emphasized common goals, Canadians say

[Anglican Journal] The April 8–19 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia, was marked by a sense of unity and common purpose, according to Canadian delegates Bishop Jane Alexander and Suzanne Lawson. “There was a definite sense of being together as a family of churches,” said Alexander, “[and] a real desire to talk […]

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 […]