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[World Council of Churches press release] In a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, participants reflected on “Asia’s human security challenges” today and how to strengthen efforts of working towards “sustainable peace with justice in Northeast Asia.” In a communique issued at the end of the consultation, participants affirmed the [...]
[World Council of Churches press release] “Uganda is a country of strong Christian witness. It is a country of Christian martyrs like Archbishop Janani Luwum, who lost his life at the hands of Idi Amin. It is therefore natural that we get together in Uganda to see what peace, justice and dignity mean to the [...]
[Anglican Communion News Service] The search is on for women education leaders to take part in the 2014 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship scheme being run by the Anglican Alliance. The seven week course will include: an induction week in London with visits to the Office for Standards in Education, the UK’s Department for Education and a [...]
[Historical Society of the Episcopal Church press release] The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Holds Annual Meeting in San Antonio The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC) held its annual meeting 10-11 June 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. On Monday night the Society’s members re-elected the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard (President), the [...]
[11 de junio de 2013] La Ofrenda Unida de [Acción de] Gracias ha concedido 48 subvenciones por un total de $1.517.280,91 para la misión y el ministerio de la Iglesia Episcopal y la Comunión Anglicana. Las subvenciones de 2013 se les concedieron a proyectos en 38 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal, seis provincias internacionales y las oficinas de [...]
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church has awarded 48 grants for a total of $1,517,280.91 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The 2013 grants were awarded to projects in 38 Episcopal Church dioceses, six international provinces and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) [...]
[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] This blog is the first in a series from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on LGBT and faith topics in honor of LGBT Pride Month. I was recently talking to a friend about summer plans, now that June is upon us. He asked if my church would be marching in the [...]
[Episcopal News Service] With the rap of his crosier on the church door and a trumpet fanfare, San Joaquin Bishop Chet Talton on June 9 formally ushered in the future of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Turlock. “We’re moving forward with mission, ministry and the work of reconciliation,” he said. The standing-room-only gathering of about [...]
[Episcopal Church Foundation -- Press Release] The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is extremely pleased to announce that Nancy Davidge has been named Associate Program Director, and will be chiefly responsible for developing leadership tools and resources for Episcopal congregations.  Further, Nancy will continue in her capacity as editor of ECF Vital Practices. “Nancy has done [...]
[Episcopal Church in South Carolina -- press release] The lawsuit filed by a breakaway group against the Episcopal Church and its local diocese in eastern South Carolina will be heard in state court, not federal court, U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck ruled June 10. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina had sought to [...]
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The search is on for women education leaders to take part in the 2014 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship scheme being run by the Anglican Alliance.
An urgent appeal for funds to help women who have been raped by combatants in the conflict in DRC is being made by the Church of Goma Diocese of Bukavu.
Some people walked two days to take part in the service By Bellah Zulu, ACNS More than 2000 people in the three archdeaconries of Tonj east area in Wau Diocese of South Sudan were confirmed by the bishop during his recent trip around the diocese.
Thousands of pilgrims from Zimbabwe and beyond are expected to gather in Harare next week to commemorate the life of Bernard Mizeki, a lay African catechist and missionary martyred in 1896.
The leader of Kenya’s Anglican Church has reprimanded the country’s parliamentarians for demanding a pay increase 100 times the minimum wage.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said today that the Queen’s coronation in 1953, and her public service ever since, have symbolised “the very nature of being British”.
Read the Archbishop's speech today during the Lords' debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 
Members of four Melanesian religious orders visited Archbishop Justin at Lambeth Palace on Thursday last week. Amid prayer, worship and song, the Brothers and Sisters pledged their desire to work for "peace and reconciliation in the Anglican Communion". Scroll down to watch a video of them singing to Archbishop Justin 
"A catalyst for change" across the Communion is how Archbishop Albert Chama of Central Africa describes the Alliance, as he takes on the position of Chair of the new Board of Trustees.
From BBC News online The Archbishop of York has confirmed he is receiving treatment for a locally advanced form of prostate cancer.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS Anglicans from across Africa this week joined governments, civil society and other Christians on the continent to commemorate Child Protection Week.
The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, the chair of the Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN), is encouraging the 85 million Anglicans in 38 Provinces to use new ACEN prayers and resources from South Africa and England in church services on or around Environment Sunday (2nd June) and World Environment Day (5th June).
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said today that "all our prayers and mine" are with the family of Lee Rigby, the British soldier killed in Woolwich on Wednesday. In a joint press conference in Leicester with Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, the Archbishop praised the responses of different faith groups to the incident and said this is "very much a time for communities to come together".
The Church of England has published, today, new legislative proposals to enable women to become bishops which will be debated by the General Synod in July.
A major conference on the relationship between Faith, Health and Healing was held in Birmingham, England, at the end of April under the auspices of the Anglican Health Network. Provinces were invited to send representatives to the conference and to an AHN provincial representatives’ meeting immediately following.
Rana Plaza, a multi-story building where five major factories employed more than 4000 people collapsed in Dhaka on the 24th April leaving over 1100 dead and around 1000 injured.
Around 3,000 people from Tanzania, other parts of Africa and beyond gathered at Dodoma’s Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Saturday (18 May) for the installation of the Anglican Church of Tanzania’s new Primate.
The Archbishop of Myanmar, Stephen Than Myint Oo has revealed that, during his time in prison, he planned to kill himself and that it was God's intervention that stopped him.
Anglicans and Episcopalians are being encouraged to inform themselves and join in the debate about the controversial and growing practice of drilling for natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  
Adelaide’s Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver has urged the Federal Government to ensure children are not housed at a new permanent detention facility on Manus Island.
The Anglican Communion’s Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN) has launched a worldwide survey to gather the experience of Anglicans and Episcopalians who have taken part in national or local truth and reconciliation commissions.  
From the Church of England Prayers and liturgical resources for the nationwide celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen are released online today, at http://www.coronation.churchofengland.org.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Zambia, the Rt Revd William Mchombo has challenged Zambian politicians to stop practicing “politics of the belly if they genuinely care for the electorate”.
Former Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses, the Most Revd David Moxon, has become the new Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See
The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, the official body appointed by the two Communions to engage in theological dialogue, has held the third meeting of its new phase (ARCIC III), at the Mosteiro de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (29 April – 7 May 2013).
From the Anglican Alliance The Northern region of Ghana has been hit by several storms during March and April and the Government has declared the affected areas a disaster zone.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS The President of South Sudan has appointed the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan to chair the national reconciliation committee "trying to heal the mental wounds"’ in the world’s newest nation after 40 years of war.
By Bellah Zulu The Diocese of Botswana in the Church of the Province of Central Africa has elected Fr Metlhayotlhe Rawlings Belemi, a priest working in South Africa, as the bishop-elect of the diocese.
The 9,000 Church of England Readers are being refreshed! To reflect current trends, their badge and logo has been given a make-over and is being launched at the annual meeting of the Central Readers’ Council in London in April.
The Archbishops’ Council has linked with Durham University in an historic partnership to provide a suite of higher education awards for ordinands, lay ministry students and others studying in colleges, courses and dioceses in England.
Since the very first days of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, we have prayed as we watched in horror and sorrow the escalating violence that has rent this country apart. We have grieved with all Syrians - with the families of each and every human life lost and with all communities whose neighbourhoods and livelihoods have suffered from escalating and pervasive violence.  
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS A not-for-profit, self-sustaining road safety organisation known as The Ministry of Safety has urged higher participation from the church and all its networks in the prevention of road traffic accidents in Africa.
Churches and Christians are being urged to mark Sunday 12th May 2013 as a special day of prayer for the media – and to contact their local newspaper, radio and TV station to find out what they would like prayer for.
After its diocesan synod, Malawi Church warns its political leaders: "Being a politician is a calling from God"  
Members of the Anglican Communion are being asked urgently to pray for an end to the violence in Syria.
Nearly 200 church leaders and medics will gather in Birmingham, England, this week to plan new initiatives in health care. Against the backdrop of rising chronic illness in the UK, churches and Christian general medical practitioners (GPs) will outline their initiatives to reverse this trend.
Almost 6 million people were reached by the Church of England's (@c_of_e) Easter 2013 twitter campaign according to figures released today. Official figures from Twitter showed a cumulative reach of 5.8m users from the 8,527 tweets sent over the Easter period, from Good Friday to Easter Day, using the hashtag #EverythingChanges.
The Rededication of St John The Baptist Cathedral in Zimbabwe Report by the Revd Fr Abel Joseph Waziweyi, Rector of Mufudzi Wakanaka Parish in the city of Mutare. Fr. Waziweyi and Communication Officer of the diocese of Manicaland. On the April 6, 2013, all roads in the Zimbabwean city of Mutare led to the cathedral of St John the Baptist in the center of the city, as over 3,000 Christians marched to witness the cleansing and rededication of the cathedral after years of defilement and abuse by the excommunicated bishop Mr Elson Madhodha Jakazi.
From the Diocese of Portsmouth The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth will make his second visit to Ghana in two years when he flies out today.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS Bishop of the Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique, the Rt Revd Mark Van Koevering, has called for peace in the country following the violence and death of at least five people, after members of the opposition party, RENAMO, attacked a police post in the Mozambican town of Maxungue Thursday (4 April).
Young Anglicans from the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) have called for urgent training of Sunday School and youth leaders to enhance leadership skills among youths in the Province.
[Anglicantaonga] Insurance money from quake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral cannot be used to fund the transitional cathedral in nearby Latimer Square, a judge has ruled.
The Church of England's view of the long-established meaning of marriage has been outlined in a new report - "Men and Women in Marriage" - published this week by the Church's Faith and Order Commission.
[The Chronicle by Genevieve Kennedy] With legs of jelly, a team of cyclists pedalled into Toowoomba this afternoon.
[Anglicantaonga] A special evening service will be held in Hastings for Archbishop David Moxon, who leaves New Zealand next month to become the chief Anglican representative to the Catholic Church in Rome.
[The Monitor by Maureen Odubeng] The Anglican Women's Fellowship (AWF) under the Anglican Diocese of Botswana, hosted a conference themed 'Revive, Relate, Rejoice Women of God' to mark AWFs 20th Anniversary.
The following statement was released on 8 April by Mr Rob Rogerson, Provincial Treasurer, on behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA). 
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has congratulated Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on winning the Templeton Prize.
Desmond Tutu, a clarion voice from the pulpit during South Africans' struggle against racial apartheid, has won the £1.1m Templeton prize for advancing the "spiritual liberation" of people around the world.
An unexpected, but very pleasant, surprise for ten members of Lyon Anglican Church who visited Israel recently was an invitation to dinner with young people from Kids4Peace, a Jerusalem based organisation which attempts to break down the barriers of fear and mistrust between Christians, Muslims and Jews. 
Just short of £400 was raised by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Right Reverend John Davies, who spent three hours ‘on his knees’ last Thursday, Maundy Thursday, cleaning the shoes of passers-by in Swansea Market.
Archbishop Justin has said in his Easter sermon that pinning hopes on individuals in politics and public life is "always a mistake". But he said Holy Week and Easter remind us of the power of God and the fallibility of human beings - lessons which liberate us to be merciful with each other.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS An agriculturalist in the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has encouraged farmers in Africa to adopt a biblically-based version of conservation agriculture known as “Farming God’s Way”, to successfully curb food insecurity on the continent.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania has published a full account of the recent election of the Archbishop-elect.
The final day of the Standing Committee began with a presentation on the Anglican Alliance – Development, Relief and Advocacy’s new status as a charitable company. The committee was told that primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa Archbishop Albert Chama is to be the Chair of Trustees of the company
Church of England Bishops will be taking Easter to the streets of towns and city centres as they get on their knees to shine the shoes of passers-by on Maundy Thursday (March 28th).
[Anglican Taonga by Silke Hendel] Thirteen years in the making, a new edition of Te Paipera Tapu (the Holy Bible in M?ori) has been launched at Te Rau College in Gisborne.
“Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!” The wonderful ancient greeting for Easter that the western liturgical traditions have retrieved from the Orthodox churches – which have maintained it over many centuries as a greeting not simply for inside the church building, but between neighbours and friends in the street - captures the immediacy of the Easter event. It is real and it is present, and it is for proclaiming boldly and confidently to all around us.
The Core of Group of Anglican Witness: evangelism and church growth initiative in the Anglican Communion, representing nine regions of the Anglican Communion and five specialised ministries, met recently in London to receive and consider the implementation strategy of the ACC-15 evangelism mandate.
[BBC] Restoration workers have discovered nine secret crypts hidden under the ruins of Coventry's bombed cathedral.
Rain, snow, and temperatures that were barely above freezing did not deter a group of about 400 Episcopalians from taking to the streets of the nation’s capital March 25 to transform the traditional re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and the tomb into a prayer procession meant to challenge what they called a culture of violence.
The day began with a presentation on the work of the Communications Department. Director for Communications Jan Butter said the biggest challenges for the Communion included communicating all the good ministry and mission work of churches above the noise of controversial issues, plus enabling Communion members to connect and talk with one another.
Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer, according to a new ICM survey in the run-up to Easter. Holy Week and Easter are the most important period in the Christian calendar, marking the last days of Jesus' ministry, his death on the Cross and resurrection to new life.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has invited Headteachers from schools and academies across the North of England to Bishopthorpe Palace on Wednesday 24 April 2013 to hear about the Young Leaders Award, which has been developed by his Youth Trust.  The Archbishop will also address Headteachers on the importance of enabling community regeneration.
Members of the Anglican Communion are being asked to sign a petition asking the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa - to urge Syria’s leadership to allow humanitarian aid to civilians.
Day 1 of the 2013 Standing Committee meeting
Women from around the Anglican Communion have called for clergy and laity to receive training to "recognise violence and to address it effectively".
A retired Ugandan bishop arrested for distributing pamphlets calling for an end to high-level corruption has avoided going to jail.
From the Diocese in Europe The Rt Rev Dr Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, is to retire before the end of this year. Bishop Geoffrey, who is 70, will leave office on 8 November 2013 and says The Friends of the Diocese service on October 23rd will he his formal farewell to the Diocese, followed on All Saints Day by a farewell visit to the Cathedral in Gibraltar, where he was enthroned as Bishop 12 years ago.
From the Office of the Archbishop of York The Archbishop of York Welcomes Appointment of New Archbishop of New Zealand
Christians are calling for prayers and for peace and reconciliation in Tanzania following a horrific attack on the residence of Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa – the Bishop of Dar Es Salaam and Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
New Zealand’s Anglican community has chosen the Rt Rev Philip Richardson, Bishop of Taranaki, as its new Archbishop.
An announcement from Downing Street has confirmed the appointment of the Reverend Christopher Goldsmith as the new Bishop of St Germans. He will be installed as a Bishop by Archbishop Justin Welby at a service in Southwark Cathedral at 11am on Tuesday 14 May.
The Most Revd Justin Welby was today enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in a service that celebrated the diversity of the Anglican Communion.
Preaching to 2,000 people inside the cathedral and millions more watching and listening around the world, Archbishop Justin said that fear imprisons us and stops us from being fully human.  
A selection of Photographs from the Service for the inauguration of Archbishop Justin Welby, Canterbury Cathedral, Thursday 21 March 2013
The Rev Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis was able to get a first hand view of the new development at Orchard Grove in Darwen.
The Order of Service for the inauguration of Archbishop Justin Welby, Canterbury Cathedral, Thursday 21 March 2013 is now available online
As Archbishop Justin Welby prepares for his inauguration in Canterbury today, the 85 million members of the Anglican Communion are being invited to pray for him and his ministry.
Members of the worldwide Anglican Communion are gearing up for tomorrow’s inauguration of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Canterbury Cathedral.
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has urged Anglicans in Africa and around the world to support Earth Hour by "switching off your lights" and "switching on to saving the world".
The modern term would be inauguration, but 'enthronement' remains appropriate: this ceremony is all about the Archbishop of Canterbury 'taking his seat' - in fact, two seats.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said today he was "overwhelmed" by the support of Cornish people on the fourth day of his prayer pilgrimage.
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS As I walked into the Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone, Botswana, I was greeted with charming smiles and the sweet aroma of food emanating from the kitchen. The environment was so full of life and welcoming. This is not exactly what I expected.
Despite a century-long decline, religious affiliation has shown a marked resurgence globally since 1970. Both Christianity and Islam make up growing segments of the world’s population. Africa and China have witnessed the most marked religious change.  
Anglicans in Japan are considering the next phase of a key project set up to help the most vulnerable following the country’s triple disaster two years ago.  
Chief executives from ten leading Anglican Mission agencies this week recommitted to a work together “in join action and reflection within the framework of the Five Marks of Mission”.
The news that the leader of the Orthodox Church will attend the inauguration of the new Pope is being described as an historic moment for Christianity.
From The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) hosted an inter-faith peace mission to Kenya for religious leaders from the Great Lakes Region from 19th to 21st February 2013. The mission was led by Ps. Dr J B Kadembo, the co-president of Inter-Religious Council of Uganda who is also the President Seventh-day Adventist Uganda Union.
From The Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa The African Network of Institutions of Theological Education Preparing Anglicans for Ministry (ANITEPAM) and the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) have agreed to a merger in which ANITEPAM would – as envisioned by the Most Revd Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, when he served as the Chair of CAPA – become CAPA’s ‘theological arm.’ With the final transfer of funds, and the completion of a transitional issue of the ANITEPAM Bulletin, this important step has now been finalized.
A year-long ecumenical initiative backed by leading figures from the Catholic, Anglican and Free churches in the UK launches today to explore how faiths can work better together for social justice amidst unprecedented economic crisis and inequality.
The upcoming 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, Republic of Korea, will present an opportunity for sustained ecumenical formation and theological education.
Five different churches in Egypt including the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church have joined together to form the Egypt Council of Churches after one year of deliberations and meetings between the churches.  
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby, is to be represented by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, at the inauguration of the ministry of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome.
As it announces the appointment of the Revd Robert Heaney, Ph.D. as the new Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Assistant Professor of Christian Mission, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), is also advertising for a new Director of Communications.
Visiting the capital on his prayer pilgrimage today, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, prayed with shoppers and thanked God for "the life and fire" of London's Borough Market.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, continued his ‘Journey in Prayer’ today, arriving in Coventry where he led prayers for hope, friendship and reconciliation.
Places of worship in one of the most culturally diverse parts of Wales are inviting visitors on an interfaith tour next week.
Over a thousand people came onto the streets of Norwich today to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as he began his five-day prayer pilgrimage leading up to his enthronement next Thursday. 
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