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January 06 2021 By dvirtue NIAGARA: Bishop Authorizes New Gender Identity Liturgy

Canon Penny Anderson, who helped to craft this liturgy, says that "feeling free to live their authentic gender identity is central to the faith journey of a growing number of people in our diocese. This new liturgy allows our congregations to affirm these people and surround them with love. Coming out can be terrifying for many trans and non-binary people.

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January 06 2021 By dvirtue Episcopalians Line Up Mainline Protestant Support in Fort Worth Legal Brief

Presbyterian Church (USA) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II on behalf of the PCUSA General Assembly and Bryan Mills of the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) are listed as additional counsel on the brief. They are joined by officers of the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church in America and the Moravian Church in America.

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January 06 2021 By dvirtue Nigeria Christmas Sorrow and Hope

Boko Haram also attacked Garkida in Adamawa State at the same time on Christmas Eve. They were driven out by the Nigerian Army as residents fled from their homes into the bush. But the governor of Adamawa State told Morning Star News that they had killed two people, including a five-year-old boy, before the Army chased them out.

One of the Christians from Garkida, Markus Bulus, wrote a Christmas Day text that was shared by Morning Star News:

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January 02 2021 By dvirtue Episcopalians Celebrate Gender-Inclusive, Quran Christmas

This year, All Saints' online-only Christmas service included a reading of Psalm 103:1--17 in which "The Lord" is substituted with a female "Fount of Wisdom" in which "WISDOM'S womb is full of love and faithfulness."

"SHE WHO IS WISDOM executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppressed," parish Junior Warden Monique Thomas read in the service. "But the faithful love of SHE WHO IS WISDOM endures forever on those who revere her."

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December 25 2020 By dvirtue FT. WORTH: Diocese, Corporation respond to TEC Petitions of U.S. Supreme Court

The plaintiff (TEC) parties will have until early January to submit their responses to today's filings. It is expected that the submissions from both sides will be considered by the Justices in the latter part of January. The Justices could dismiss the case or ask for further briefing on one or more questions raised by the Petitions.

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December 24 2020 By dvirtue Intermediate Response: Allegations Against Ravi Zacharias

This misconduct is deeply troubling and wholly inconsistent with the man Ravi Zacharias presented both publicly and privately to so many over more than four decades of public ministry. We are heartbroken at learning this but feel it necessary to be transparent and to inform our staff, donors, and supporters at this time, even while the investigation continues. We will speak more comprehensively to all concerned after the completion of the investigation.

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December 23 2020 By dvirtue CHINA'S THREAT TO THE BIBLE

The supply chain was tested in 2019, when the Trump administration proposed broad trade tariffs to better balance U.S.-China trade relations. As the plan included tariffs against Bibles, America's Bible publishers found themselves alongside Beijing vociferously lobbying Washington against the measure.

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December 23 2020 By dvirtue UGANDA: Anglican Church Calls for Reconciliation as Country Faces Elections

Dr Kaziimba adds that the national dialogue and reconciliation process will kick off after the country holds general elections which will bring together people from all divides.

The faithful have also asked presidential candidates not to continue attacking each other while campaigning, rather preach what their manifestos state.

They added that attack language breeds divide and hatred among voters which is very dangerous for the process and future of the nation.

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December 21 2020 By dvirtue Church in Wales issues draft Bill on same-sex blessings

"However, with new social, scientific and psychological understandings of sexuality in the last one and a half centuries, we believe that same-sex relationships can be understood in a radically different way, and that the teaching of Scripture should therefore be re-interrogated," the Bishops write.

The move is the latest in a long debate within the Church. In 2015, the Governing Body voted in a non-binding indicative poll in favour of allowing same-sex weddings in church.

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December 21 2020 By dvirtue AUSTRALIA: Church wrestles over transgender Anglican reverend

Reverend McMahon's coming out as a transgender woman, only the second in this country licensed to conduct services and celebrate the sacraments, intensifies the civil war between progressives and conservatives that threatens to split the Anglican communion.

The standard-bearer of the ¬traditionalists, Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies, insists she should go for the good of all ¬concerned.

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