"We are committed to keeping God's children safe, and we are heartbroken when we fail," Scanlan said. "My hope is that the appalling events documented at St. George's School will lead our church to intensify its efforts to protect young people in every setting, and continue our commitment to preventing abuse with thorough training for clergy, staff and volunteers who work with children."Read more
We hold that the election is out of order insofar as its slate included a candidate whose lifestyle is contrary to the teaching of the historic and universal church on chastity and marriage, and contrary to the present doctrine and discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada. According to the Constitution and Canons governing episcopal elections this candidate is, therefore, not duly qualified for the office of bishop and the election as a whole was irregular.Read more
It expresses our collective frustration, hope, and counsel to the Anglican Communion leadership on the state of our communion. It shows our faith, determination, and effort to restore this communion to wholeness. And it shows we are getting ready for the possibility of further deterioration, that we should be able to speak and act decisively.
- Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Province of Nigeria
Accordingly, I am writing to assure you again of our sadness at these developments and the challenge they present to ordinary Anglicans -- both clergy and laity -- in living out the gospel and making disciples as Anglicans.
We pray much for you and feel that perhaps we understand something of how difficult it is for you now because of what we ourselves went through just a few years ago.
Beyond praying, we are willing and eager to stand with you in any way we can.Read more
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
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