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May 01 2019 By dvirtue Nonstop Decline: Presbyterian Church (USA) Doesn't Hit Brakes in 2018

The drop of nearly 5 percent is consistent with an accelerating exodus of members since the denomination redefined marriage as between any two persons in 2014.

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April 26 2019 By dvirtue REC Bishop David Hicks Resigns as Ordinary of the Diocese of Northeast to be rector in Butler, PA

As the saying goes, "Once ordained always ordained." This call even comes in the middle, not the end of his life's service. At the same time the sense of finishing what God has called us to do in one specific endeavor, much earlier than expected, sometimes comes along the road of ministry. This kind of occurrence appears at all levels of service both lay and clergy.

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April 25 2019 By dvirtue SRI LANKA: Christians In South Asia Pay Heavy Toll for claims of Islamophobia around The Globe

The streets turned into rivers of blood. A survivor told the BBC, "Everyone just started to panic, it was total chaos," he said. "I looked to the room on the right and there's blood everywhere. Everyone was running and a lot of people just don't know what was going on. People had blood on their shirt and there was someone carrying a girl to the ambulance.

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April 22 2019 By dvirtue United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBT-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBT-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.

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April 20 2019 By dvirtue VANCOUVER, BC: Anglican Church sign vandalised

St. Alban's blesses same sex marriage and has had a lesbian priest, so the sign is not out of character for the church. Indeed, it qualifies as a suitable epitaph to be inscribed on the tombstone of the Anglican Church of Canada once it has fully expired.

The diocesan communications officer, Randy Murry, seems to approve of the sentiment; he expressed admiration for the sign's "pithiness".

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April 18 2019 By dvirtue Four Toronto Anglican Priests write an Open Letter about Marriage

An Open Letter to the House of Bishops Tuesday in Holy Week

On March 29, The House of Bishops released a call to prayer which included their hope for the upcoming General Synod. From the bishops' point of view, there will be two doctrines of marriage in the church, and for both there ought to be support and protection.

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April 18 2019 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby to Archbishop Beach: You are not welcome to Lambeth Conference 2020

Asked by Sir John Hayes
(South Holland and The Deepings)
Asked on: 04 April 2019
Church Commissioners
Lambeth Conference
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Archbishop of Canterbury will invite bishops from the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Church in Brazil to the Lambeth 2020 conference.

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April 17 2019 By dvirtue The Book of Common Prayer 2019 Final Texts Released

In 1549, The Book of Common Prayer was a revolutionary addition to the life of the Church. During the Reformation, as the movement sought to make Scripture more accessible for the lay person, Archbishop Cranmer also sought to make the prayers and liturgy more accessible. He did so by creating The Book of Common Prayer -- a compilation of prayers and liturgy based on Scripture in the language of the English people.

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April 17 2019 By dvirtue A phoenix will rise from the ashes of Notre Dame

Yet they are iconoclasts. They care little for our Christian foundations, and religious edifices such as Notre Dame are regarded not as profoundly humbling places of worship and magnificent devotions to God, but as a selfie backdrop on a tourist tick-box.

Douglas Murray, author of the The Strange Death of Europe, was one of the first to realise the full meaning of this loss. An atheist, he reminds us of the importance of preserving our Christian monuments and mores:

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