February 17, 2017
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to members of the General Synod of the Church of England setting out the next steps following this week’s vote at Synod not to “take note” of a report on marriage and same-sex relationships.
“First, we want to be clear about some underlying principle,” they said. “In these discussions no person is a problem, or an issue. People are made in the image of God. All of us,...
February 16, 2017
[Anglican Communion News Service] Resolving issues around human sexuality within the Anglican Communion is like threading a needle – and there is no one solution in sight at present, the secretary general of the Communion has told the Church of England Synod.
Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon said the disagreements and struggles facing the Church of England were not unique to it but could not easily be resolved in some institutional or structural fashion.
“We are not...
[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued the following statement Feb. 15 after the General Synod’s vote “not to take note” of a report by the House of Bishops on marriage and same-sex relationships:
No person is a problem, or an issue. People are made in the image of God. All...
February 15, 2017
February 14, 2017
[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, has described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations as a “naive” solution based on “generalization and discrimination.” He also criticized the decision to prioritize the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.
[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has addressed the rise of far-right politics, the election of President Trump and Britain’s decision to vote to leave the European Union in his presidential address at the start of the Church of England’s General Synod.
February 13, 2017
[Anglican Communion News Service] A commission examining allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia has delivered a damning verdict on a system that enabled a culture of abuse to flourish. The report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse comes after public hearings into how the Church of England’s Boys’ Society (CEBS) and the Anglican dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney dealt with claims of abuse.
February 10, 2017
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is shocked and saddened over a government decision to end a plan to let unaccompanied migrant children in to the UK. Archbishop Justin said the UK had a “great history of welcoming those in need” and hoped the government would reconsider its decision.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican diocese of British Columbia has called on the government of Canada to increase its targets for refugee resettlement to allow at least 7,000 more refugees to enter the country this year. In a statement, the diocese noted that Canada has set a target for 25,000 refugees to be resettled in 2017, compared to the previous year’s target of 44,800.
February 9, 2017
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to join in with a 10-day global prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” from Ascension Day to Pentecost. What began last year as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Last year more than 100,000 people joined in, and in 2017 it’s expected to be on a bigger scale. The...