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October 26 2020 By dvirtue SOUTH SUDAN FACES FLOODS, VIOLENCE AND SCHISM

Pastor and 32 others murdered

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October 26 2020 By dvirtue The actual number of Christians are few

When confronted by numbers showing Christianity being the number one religion in the world, atheists and skeptics will oftentimes counter by saying that's mostly people checking off a religion box on a survey based on their family history.

Much as we may hate to admit it, they're right.

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October 25 2020 By dvirtue Episcopal Church Marriages Plunge by Two-Thirds

Gradual decline of attendance and membership in the 1.6 million-member denomination is "no news" news, but (paired with the release of Presbyterian Church (USA) statistics in the spring) is one of two sure-fire blog entries that annually draws readers.

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October 25 2020 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury condemns killings in Nigeria

The Nigerian Army, however, denied deploying soldiers to attack EndSARS protesters who assembled at the Lekki Toll Plaza.

Apart from the Archbishop of Canterbury, many people from all over the country have condemned the act.

Police and soldiers in Nigeria on Tuesday, October 20th 2020 opened fire on protestors against police brutality.

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October 22 2020 By dvirtue Pope Francis backs civil unions for gay couples, in shift for Vatican

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They're children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it," Pope Francis said in a new documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival this week, according to the Catholic News Agency and other outlets.

"What we have to create is a civil-union law. That way they are legally covered," the pope said, according to CNA. "I stood up for that."

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October 20 2020 By dvirtue Uganda's President donates to Anglican Church

The first phase of the construction will comprise an Out-Patient wing and administration block at a cost of 1.6 billion shillings.

During the ceremony, the president toured other projects including the Anglican Church's Rushere Primary School and Rushere Bishop's Girls' School, a complex guesthouse with conference hall and spacious outdoor area for parties as well as dairy farm and other income generating activities for the diocese.

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October 20 2020 By dvirtue Why China might have had the largest unknown modern Calvinist revival movement in recent history

That theology is Chinese-style "New Calvinism".

Western Revival

Calvinism in the West has recently enjoyed a certain resurgence under the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement. It is a mostly urban and aggressively evangelistic movement which seeks to change the culture and return conservative Christianity to a "meatier, more substantive and biblical Christianity".

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October 17 2020 By dvirtue 2019 parochial reports show continued decline and a 'dire' future for The Episcopal Church

The decline is, of course, nothing new. The Episcopal Church has seen declining membership, to varying degrees, since the 1960s, when it counted 3.4 million members. As of 2019, it had about 1.8 million. Membership is down 17.4% over the last 10 years.

After some fluctuation -- including a period of stagnation and minor growth in the early 2000s --the statistics seem to have settled into a trajectory of steady, gradual decline.

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October 09 2020 By dvirtue NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR: Anglican diocese running out of cash, selling assets in 'hemorrhage situation'

"While a number of our parishes continued to receive offerings and donations via drop-off collections and electronic means, it is clear that COVID-19 has negatively impacted our stewardship," the letter says.

Archdeacon Sam Rose told CBC the pandemic has exacerbated previous financial struggles resulting from a reduction in church attendance.

"Like most organizations the onset of COVID accelerated this rapid decline," he said Thursday.

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October 09 2020 By dvirtue No Relief for Shrinking Episcopal Church in 2019

Across the denomination, three-quarters of Episcopal parishes now have an average attendance of fewer than 100 persons. Median attendance across the church has dropped from 53 to 51 in the past reporting year. During the past five years, 61% of congregations have seen attendance declines of 10% or more, up from 59% the prior year.

The statistics cover the year 2019 and are unaffected by expected attendance drops due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

Emptying Pews

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