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June 24 2019 By virtueonline St. Silas votes to leave Scottish Episcopal Church

St Silas describes itself as a growing, welcoming, diverse church family of many nationalities and all ages. The Rector, Martin Ayers, says, "We welcome anyone and everyone to spend time with us and discover how Jesus answers the big questions of life." The church has a congregation of 225 on average each Sunday, making it one of the largest churches in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway.

The Church has made the following statement:

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June 23 2019 By virtueonline PLANO, TX: Ten Years in, Anglicans Celebrate Prayer Book and Discipleship

Discipleship "Caught, not just Taught"

Revisiting a decade of ministry together, ACNA leaders identified the hand of the Lord as present in a project providentially uniting unlikely partners in ministry.

In his opening address, Archbishop Foley Beach listed the planting of hundreds of churches, ministry among the poor and marginalized, and the sending of missionaries as key achievements, alongside building campaigns and the new BCP.

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June 13 2019 By virtueonline Episcopal Michigan Bishop-elect "very interested" to be "connected with the power structures"

Perry was elected last week on the fifth ballot from a slate of four female candidates. This was her third nomination for the episcopacy since 2006 (Mary Ann Mueller from Virtue Online has an excellent overview here).

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June 12 2019 By virtueonline Indian Christians and the Hindu Majoritarian election victory

We need to explore why Prime Minister Modi's Hindutva party, the BJP, projects a negative view of Christians. First, after the colonial period ended in 1947, some Indian academics created the myth that before the British came to India, the country was marked by religious harmony but that the British carried out a divide and rule policy to sow division between Hindus and Moslems. However, the 1000- year Muslim rule of India before British rule was not known for religious harmony.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline TASMANIA: Disciplinary action against former Anglican Bishop Philip Newell halted

The Anglican Church in Tasmania has been ordered by the Supreme Court to stop its proceedings against the Bishop.

In its 2017 report, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted failures of the church in Tasmania and criticised Bishop Newell, who allowed a now-convicted paedophile to stay in the church.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline Frances Whitehead, Secretary to John Stott for 55 Years, Goes to Glory

While Frances and he both came from privileged backgrounds, they always served with humility. There was a modesty about their Weymouth Street centre of operation which could take people by surprise. They were frugal and unpretentious, focused and exacting: a team of two, later joined by a study assistant.

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June 08 2019 By virtueonline JAMAICA: New archbishop says women bishops now a possibility

At a press reception at the NMIA, Gregory expressed appreciation for the support and advised that the synod, usually held triennially, had been productive.

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June 07 2019 By virtueonline Proud Anglicans Kick off Season of Gay Pride Parades in Canada

The Facebook page of the Anglican Parish of St. Francis has 28 photos celebrating its participation in the event. Particularly interesting is the tagline "Proud Anglicans! Marching with all of our siblings in Christ! God IS Inclusive!" These words provide a key to the mystery behind this insolent affront to orthodoxy and other expressions of traditional faith. On the other hand, they also provide the critics with ammunition to confront that affront.

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June 07 2019 By virtueonline UGANDAN PRIMATE: "We Would Rather Die Poor Than Accept Gay Money"

The Church of Uganda resolved that we are not going to Lambeth 2020 because we can't move with people we don't agree with. It is good that our brothers in Kenya have joined us, he said.

"The High Court of Kenya has also defended the laws and we want to thank them for standing firm. We thank God for that great move," he added.

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June 06 2019 By dvirtue Females continue to increase their numbers in the Episcopal House of Bishops


The election of Bonnie Perry, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago, as the XI Bishop of Michigan, generated the most media interest. As victor, she emerged from a slate of four women priests. This is Perry's third, and successful, attempt to become bishop. She is also the second partnered lesbian to be elected to the HOB.

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