December 2, 2014
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Standing Committee met in London from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. The following is a bulletin issued for days 2 to 4 of the meeting. The bulletin for day 1 is available here.
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Stephen Lyon began the day by sharing with the Standing...
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Welcome and general business
The Anglican Communion Standing Committee’s annual meeting, originally scheduled for April 2015, was moved forward to this weekend because of the need for members to consider the question of a successor to the current secretary general.
The short notice of the meeting meant that neither all Committee members, nor all the...
[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joined world Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders in Rome Dec. 2 to sign a historic declaration to end modern slavery.
The ground-breaking Global Freedom Network – which launched with backing from Welby and Pope Francis in March 2014 – brings together faith leaders in a commitment to eradicate modern slavery by 2020 throughout the world and for all time.
The Joint Declaration of Religious...
December 1, 2014
[Lambeth Palace] The Ebola virus “strikes straight into the heart” of what it is to be human, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said.
In a video recorded for a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation on the Ebola response held last week in Geneva, the archbishop also stressed the “absolutely crucial” contribution of...
November 25, 2014
[Anglican Communion News Service] Christians in Pakistan worry that the persecution they have experienced to date may be “just the tip of the iceberg.”
In the latest newsletter from the Diocese of Peshawar, a list of 22 incidents of violence against Christians in the country since 2013 accompanied a warning that “things are likely to get worse” because of the possibility of the presence of an extremist group called...
November 17, 2014
[Church of England] The General Synod has today enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as bishops in the Church of England.
The formal enactment of the legislation – Amending Canon 33 – followed the vote on final approval by the synod at its meeting in July of this year. Since that time the legislation has been approved in the U.K. Parliament and received Royal Assent.
The final legislative requirements took place during...
November 14, 2014
[Anglican Communion News Service] Leading figures from the Anglican Communion are speaking out before and during this weekend’s G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, on a range of economic and development issues.
The G20 is a forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies that are said to account for about 85% of the gross world product, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population.