First female diocesan bishop in Church of England consecrated

[Anglican Communion News Service] A wave of clapping and cheering greeted two newly consecrated bishops as they processed down a packed Canterbury Cathedral on a historic day. The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, and the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, made history as the first women to be consecrated and ordained […]

Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will train young Christians

[World Council of Churches]  A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC general secretary met with organizers, students and faculty […]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada approves lay communion presiders

[Anglican Journal] The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has voted to authorize temporary lay ministers, under very restricted circumstances, to “proclaim the Word and preside at Holy Communion” in underserved areas. The ELCIC National Convention, held in Edmonton July 9-12, gave 95% approval to a motion that allows lay persons with “an aptitude for […]

Zimbabwe: Anglican churches help launch Gender and Faith Network

[World Council of Churches press release] To strengthen the work of churches in achieving gender justice, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has launched the Gender and Faith Network. The network is a movement of faith leaders in Zimbabwe committed to build a church that understands the cause of gender justice and supports local communities […]

Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar joins fight against modern slavery

[Anglican Alliance] The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar’s plans to create a center at its renovated Christ Church Cathedral to raise awareness about the history of slavery in Zanzibar and current human trafficking realities in East Africa and worldwide. Part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the diocese embarked on the cathedral refurbishing project on Oct […]

Church of England synod welcomes climate change policy

[Church of England] The General Synod of the Church of England has overwhelmingly welcomed the new climate change policy adopted by the church’s investing bodies. Speaking during a July 13 afternoon debate, titled “Climate Change and Investment Policy,” Bishop of Manchester David Walker said: “Climate change calls for an urgent response from all of us – […]

Archbishop’s remarks on climate change at General Synod

[Lambeth Palace] The church must ‘look outwards’ to tackle climate change, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said July 14 during a debate at the General Synod in York. Welby spoke in a debate on a background paper from the Environment Working Group, Combating Climate Change: The Paris Summit and Mission of the Church, presented to the […]

Liberian churches honored for their services during Ebola outbreak

[World Council of Churches press release] Prayers and action undertaken by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 will be honored by the Liberian government with distinction of “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa.” The distinction will be conferred upon the LCC in an official ceremony on July 17. […]

Archbishop calls for peace as South Sudan marks fourth anniversary

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “our prayers around the world” are for an end to violence in South Sudan as the country marks four years of independence. Archbishop Justin Welby said: “As South Sudan celebrates the fourth anniversary of its hard-won independence, our prayers around the world are for an immediate end […]

Archbishop of Canterbury responds to resolution on marriage

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on June 30 expressed deep concern about the stress for the Anglican Communion following the Episcopal Church House of Bishops’ approval of a resolution to change the definition of marriage in the canons so that any reference to marriage as between a man and a woman […]