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March 12 2019 By dvirtue From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group

National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished.

"Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing," Pajot said. "Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody."

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March 10 2019 By dvirtue CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA: Archbishop wallows in corruption, patronage abuse, nepotism and cronyism

It cannot be said that corruption is committed by some remote or odd individuals thus developing a comfortable perspective not to look beyond individual cases. We have heard the expression that a rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. Do we wonder how? Joe Schwarcz explains, "The ripening and subsequent rotting of an apple can be linked to its internal production of a gas called ethylene.

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March 05 2019 By dvirtue DUBAI: G19 Conference Statement

4. We gave thanks to God, as we studied St Paul's letter to the Philippians and learned from the plenary addresses and from each other of the joys and challenges of sharing the gospel in our different contexts.
5. Gafcon is a movement for the reform and renewal of the Anglican Communion by faithful Anglicans who find their beloved Communion has been devastated by those preaching and practicing another gospel (Gal 1:6-7).

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March 02 2019 By dvirtue On The Road In Dubai For GAFCON 2019

Let me share a few reflections I picked up today from Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, and a brother who shall remain nameless for reasons of security.

The authority of Bishops rests on an understanding of "apostolic succession" that has more to do with faithfulness than a mechanical "laying on of hands"

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March 02 2019 By dvirtue Statement by the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on the Arrest of Jesus Antonio Castañeda-Serna

The Anglican Diocese of SanJoaquin hired an independent third party to conduct an internal investigation. Pursuant to diocesan policy, Castañeda was notified of his right to representation at an ecclesiastical trial convened to hear the accusations. On November 24, 2017, Castañeda informed the bishop he would not contest the accusations, and he consented to be deposed from priestly ministry in the Anglican Church.

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February 28 2019 By dvirtue ST. LOUIS, MO: United Methodists Reject liberalizing Marriage Teaching

Delegates are convened in St Louis for this specially called General Conference to adjudicate the church's teaching on marriage and sexual ethics. Unlike most other historically liberal USA Mainline Protestant denominations, United Methodism teaches sex is exclusively for husband and wife.

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February 25 2019 By dvirtue Executive Council asks bishops, spouses to 'prayerfully and carefully consider' response to Lambeth decision

Council unanimously approved a resolution on Feb. 25 that says it finds the decision "inconsistent" with the positions of The Episcopal Church and with multiple statements of Anglican Communion entities that have urged the church to listen to the experiences LGBTQ persons.

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February 21 2019 By dvirtue Anglican archbishop spent $473,000 in child abuse inquiry legal fees without proper authorisation

The minutes reveal the money spent representing Herft, one of the most senior figures within the Anglican church in Australia, was not authorised through usual church processes. It came from the diocese's professional standards budget, but without a written resolution authorised by the diocesan council, which expenditure from this budget requires.

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February 17 2019 By dvirtue The Growth of the Anglican Church in North America

ACNA is reporting growth, but is that growth real? Originating primarily as an exodus of parishes and dioceses unhappy at the theological stance of the Episcopal Church (TEC), does ACNA remain primarily a reaction to TEC, or is it changing into something else as the break from TEC recedes into the past?

Put briefly, the data shows that ACNA has been growing and that it has significant reach beyond the usual Anglican enclaves in North America, but it has vulnerabilities, too.

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February 12 2019 By dvirtue FT. WORTH, TX: Court has Diocese's Petition 'under consideration'

It was the decision of the high Court in 2013 that neutral principles of law should govern disputes over church property in Texas, yet the only judge of the Fort Worth court of appeals to sign an opinion took an approach that effectively reverted to the deference standard in that opinion.

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