Church of England makes history with online pastor role

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England’s Lichfield Diocese has broken new ground by advertising for a lay or ordained diocesan pastor to connect and support people online. According to Bishop of Stafford Geoff Annas, the Diocesan Online Pastor is “a brave new role” with a focus on enabling teenagers and young people to […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas Day sermon

Christmas celebrations canceled in Peshawar after school attack

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Peshawar has said that, following what he called “another unimaginable horror,” the Church of Pakistan has decided to cancel its Christmas celebrations. Peshawar Bishop Humphrey Peters spoke solemnly about the aftermath of the recent attack by the Taliban on a school that left 132 children and nine adults […]

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visited Sierra Leone this week with a message of hope and solidarity for all those suffering amid the Ebola outbreak across West Africa. The archbishop preached at St George’s Cathedral in the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown before visiting a church-run therapy clinic for children affected by Ebola. He also […]

Video: Mozambique partnership addresses malaria, intense flooding

[Episcopal News Service] With picture postcard landscapes, rich agricultural possibilities, and a people committed to a sustainable future, Mozambique is a place of great beauty and potential. But intense seasonal flooding, periodic droughts and the burden of malaria and other communicable diseases continue to bring suffering to much of the population. Responding to these crises […]

Libby Lane named as Church of England’s first female bishop

Editors’ note: Story updated at 11:40 EST Dec. 17 with statement from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori [Church of England press release] Downing Street has announced that the new bishop of Stockport – and the first female bishop in the Church of England – will be the Rev. Libby Lane, currently vicar of St. Peter’s, […]

Bishop Tengatenga on faith, controversy and the Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service – Charleston, South Carolina] Former Southern Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga, who chairs the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), says the Anglican Communion is still in the middle of painful struggles, but those struggles have made its members “think about who we are, what we are about, and not only think about it but […]

Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order met at the Ecumenical Centre, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, 3 to 10 December 2014. For the first time an Anglican Communion Commission met in the ecumenical context of the historic city of Geneva. IASCUFO met with staff leadership of the World Council […]

Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee Communique

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee (ALICC) held its second meeting at the Mariners’ Club, Hong Kong, 19 to 25 November 2014, under the leadership of the Rt Revd Dr Tim Harris of the Anglican Church of Australia (acting co-chair as Archbishop Mauricio was unable to attend), and of Bishop Michael Pryse of […]

Anglican Communion Standing Committee bulletin – Day 1

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Standing Committee met in London from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. The following is a bulletin issued for day 1 of the meeting. The bulletin for day 2 to 4 is available here. Welcome and general business The Anglican Communion Standing Committee’s annual meeting, originally scheduled for April 2015, was […]