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August 18 2017 By dvirtue ACNA Archbishop Calls for Prayer. Condemns Racism

I want to draw your attention to two statements from the Anglican Church in North America over the weekend. These were shared on social media, but deserve as wide a distribution as possible. The first is a Call to Prayer from Bishop John Guernsey, Dean of Provincial Affairs, whose diocese includes Charlottesville, Virginia. I encourage you to pray this prayer with me this week. The second statement comes from the Anglican Church in North America's Anglican Multiethnic Network.

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August 18 2017 By dvirtue Virginia Seminary Labyrinth to Commemorate 1880s Black Chapel

"There was really strong sentiment in favor of commemorating the St. Cyprian's Chapel," said organizer Serina Sides in an article about the installation featured in the summer 2017 edition of the VTS journal News from the Hill. "Race relations, racial justice, racial reconciliation -- all have been a point of discussion ever since we arrived on campus."

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August 15 2017 By dvirtue St. James, Newport Beach will lose their church

On July 31, the Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, wrote to Dr. Nyback and me that he had concluded that Bishop J. Jon Bruno "is not in a position to exercise pastoral oversight of St. James." He said he wished to give us episcopal jurisdiction over St. James-related matters. He continued:

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August 15 2017 By dvirtue Spiritualizing Charlottesville?

"Our purpose will be to bear visible witness to the entirety of the beloved community in which people of all races are equal," the Virginia Episcopal bishops continued. "To make the most visible witness, clergy have been asked to wear clerical street clothes or a cassock (a stole is optional)."

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August 10 2017 By dvirtue DELAFIELD, WISCONSIN: St. Michael's Anglican Church to get its own home

"We're fortunate to have some properties to look at. It's very, very difficult to find space suitable for a church, particularly one of our size," said Dick Schwaab, the chairman of the church's vestry, or board. "This one came into the picture later in the game of looking around, and because it had been a church, and used as a church, it really was a great opportunity for us, which we took advantage of as quick as we possibly could."

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August 09 2017 By dvirtue Nashotah House is again undergoing transition

Concern was raised about six weeks ago when word leaked out that there was an apparent misunderstanding on disbursement of funds at the hands of Dean Peay concerning seminarians from Resurrection Episcopal Church in Sarasota, Florida.

That erroneous information was bogus but it did cause a stir and started rumors flying about misappropriation of funds.

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August 09 2017 By dvirtue First same-sex wedding deepens Anglican divide

Mark and Rick had been together 24 years, he said, and were keen to have a service with holy communion. The couple are from the US, but with strong Scottish connections. A copy of their order of service, posted on Facebook, described the wedding as "the solemnisation of marriage ... with the celebration of holy communion".

"It was a small, intimate occasion," said Dunzkofer. "This was not some pretty, fancy occasion. They wanted a religious ceremony."

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August 08 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina: Standing Committee will file for Rehearing

Finally, while we cannot tell you what tomorrow brings, we want to reiterate three things that you already know. First, again, the legal process continues. Second, we are stronger together. Third, we will continue in all circumstances our God-given mandate of making biblical Anglicans for a global age. Know that we love you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and that we remain,

Yours in Christ Jesus,

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina

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August 08 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Church schism enters new chapter of uncertainty after court ruling - UPDATED

The Diocese of South Carolina under the leadership of Bishop Mark Lawrence was granted an extension on Friday for filing a request for a rehearing, giving lawyers 30 days to submit their petition with the S.C. Supreme Court.

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August 07 2017 By dvirtue Unity and division as Justin Welby visits Africa

Despite their desperate circumstances, as soon as the Archbishops of Canterbury and Uganda disembark near the first camp in Moyo, the reception is joyous.

Justin Welby met a teacher in the refugee camp who has nearly 800 pupils

"These people are living through the most horrendous suffering," says the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as he tours the camp. "Their sense of endurance and perseverance is incredible."

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