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June 27 2019 By virtueonline Gay Maine Episcopal Bishop Unilaterally Transitions Holy Spirit to "She"

The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown was consecrated Saturday as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Maine at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland. The service was led by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

A video posted on the diocese's YouTube channel showed participants, including Brown, calling the Holy Spirit a "she" during the recitation of the Nicene Creed. It is unclear if Curry said "she."

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June 26 2019 By virtueonline BURUNDI: THE ADVANCING ROLE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH

The Anglican Church has been involved in building up Burundi in many ways in response to the different challenges caused by many years of instability and civil war.

The Church has been able to contribute through the following major activities:

1. PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD

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June 26 2019 By virtueonline AUSTRALIA: Grafton Synod Indicates Rejection of Both National Constitution and Bishops' Agreement on Same-Sex Marriage

27. Standard of Worship and Doctrine

That this Synod affirms the authorised standard of worship and doctrine of the Anglican Church of Australia as set out in the Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles of the Constitution.

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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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