By Zachary Guiliano The first day of General Synod was dominated by three matters: routine business, addresses on evangelism, and the church’s recently released “guidance for the affirmation of baptismal faith in the context of gender transition.” The Synod engaged in its usual, staid debates about setting its current agenda and future dates, with a little fire and light on the … [Read more...] about Synod Discusses Transgender Guidance
Archives for February 21, 2019
‘This Is Not the Way of Love’
Deputies’ president denounces Archbishop Justin Welby’s decision on same-sex bishops’ spouses at Lambeth. By Kirk Petersen A top official of the Episcopal Church opened a four-day meeting of Executive Council Feb. 21 with a passionate denunciation of Archbishop Justin Welby’s declining to invite same-sex spouses of bishops to the 2020 Lambeth Conference. If Archbishop … [Read more...] about ‘This Is Not the Way of Love’
Lenten Series: What Is Truth?
Six speakers will engage with the question of truth for the annual Lenten preaching series at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. “Hearing a wide range of voices from a variety of social locations is a critical aspect of living into our promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons,” said the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath. The series is … [Read more...] about Lenten Series: What Is Truth?
The family of Ugandan Archbishop Janani Luwum have reconciled with kinsmen of dictator Idi Amin, who ordered his killing. Uganda’s Black Star News reports that the Rev. Canon Stephen Gelenga, from the same Kakwa tribe of Amin, delivered an emotional apology to Luwum’s family and the people of Acholi tribe during events honoring the archbishop’s legacy. “What happened during … [Read more...] about Luwum Reconciliation
Research on Evensong Numbers
Cathedral services of choral Evensong in England appear to be burgeoning. Now a research project launched in Oxford is set to try to find out why. While church attendance is declining generally, that is not so for cathedral attendance, especially at Christmas. The research project to be led by musicologist Kathryn King of Magdalen College, Oxford, will study what people … [Read more...] about Research on Evensong Numbers
Abp. Prays for Priest’s Survivors
Faluni herdsmen who killed a Nigerian priest are demanding a ransom of nearly ₦10 million for the release of his family. The Rev. Anthony Jata’u of the Diocese of Sokoto was abducted Feb. 7 and his corpse was dumped by the roadside. He was taken along with his wife, three children, and two sisters-in-law. Sources say bandits shot at the car the priest was driving and … [Read more...] about Abp. Prays for Priest’s Survivors
Retired Bishop May Be Defrocked
An Australian bishop may be defrocked for taking no action in response to a man who had been abused by a priest. The Rt. Rev. Richard Appleby, 78, was Assistant Bishop of Newcastle from 1983 to 1992. He was referred to the Diocese of Newcastle’s Professional Standards board after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard evidence. At … [Read more...] about Retired Bishop May Be Defrocked