3. We were encouraged by the warm welcome given by the President of Egypt, His Excellency, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the Primates and the generous gift of his time. He affirmed the important role religious leaders play in bringing peace. The Primates were encouraged by his commitment to affirm common citizenship and promote freedom of religion.Read more
Speaking on behalf of his holiness Anba Tawadros II Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Metropolitan Bishoy said that in spite of some serious disagreements related to issues like women priesthood, same sex marriage, the ordination of homosexuals, and the salvation of non-believers, the Orthodox leader encouraged Anglican conservatives "to continue to abiding to the true and genuine biblical principles."Read more
While he affirmed the bishops' commitment to offer "pastoral care and loving service to all irrespective of sexual orientation," he noted that for many LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Anglicans, "pastoral care" would include the solemnization of their marriages--which the bishops have expressly said they will not do. "For me, my brothers, the question you ask is really a question for all members of the church.Read more
That meeting was followed up by the 1997 conference in Malaysia, which galvanized the conservative primates of the Global South to achieve Resolution 110 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with scripture.
Building on this history, he asked the delegates to reflect with him on Ezekiel 37's valley of dry bones. "Can these bones live?" asked God to the prophet, to which Ezekiel wisely responded, "Lord, you know."Read more
Wales makes up just part of Britain's picture of apathy, with Church of England Sunday worshipers dropping to its lowest ever levels of 760,000.
In a stark warning the Revd Steven Bunting told the annual meeting of the governing body of the Church in Wales that unless the Church wakes up to the reality the planned celebrations for the Church in Wales's centenary in 2020 will be "just a few cucumber sandwiches at a wake".Read more
Expected participants include archbishops from the provinces of Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and South East Asia. Joining them from outside the Global South will be archbishops from North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom.Read more
I thank God that we are taking this step because the potential of leadership, for good or for bad, is very great. We see this truth in the life of Jesus. Much of his earthly ministry was devoted to teaching and training disciples and his most severe warnings of future judgement were spoken to religious leaders who twisted the Scriptures and served their own interests.Read more
Opposition to the proposal was strongest among bishops, with 16 voting against and six in favor. Sixty-two percent of lay representatives to the synod voted against it (41 votes to 25), and 55 percent of clergy (42 to 34).
The church includes Anglicans in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and on the island of St. Helena. Same-sex marriage is allowed only under South African civil law.Read more
Then later, he modified his sitting position, by taking a knee while the Star-Spangled Banner is played before any Forty-Niners' games. Dressed in his bright red and muted gold NFL uniform and sporting a 1970's style full Afro, Kaepernick's very visible protest is against what he considers systemic racism plaguing the United States, as highlighted by the growing trend of African American males being killed by mostly white police officers.Read more
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