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Marriage, blessings, baptism

C. Wingate writes at Tune: Kings Lynn: “Perhaps one can construct an analogy of baptism with marriage, which is the consequence of their argument; but the fact remains that one can construct from scripture a rationale for marriage that makes no reference to baptism.”
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Discuss: same-sex rites

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) of the Episcopal Church has forwarded to the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies excerpts from its report, “I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing”: Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships.
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Covenant videos on YouTube

Members of the Anglican Communion with Internet access can now watch three videos produced by the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO) in which its members speak about the Covenant.
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Msgr. Langham on Vatican Radio

Philippa Hitchen speaks with Msgr. Mark Langham, head of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, about progress in these dialogues and about the theme for this annual week of prayer.
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IASCUFO promotes the Covenant

“Aware of our mandate to promote the deepening of communion between the churches of the Anglican Communion, we emphasized the importance of being a fully representative group, and we greatly regret that some of our members were not present. We reaffirmed the significance of the Anglican Communion Covenant for strengthening our common life.”
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S.E. Asia elects fourth primate

From The Borneo Post: The Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, has been elected the fourth Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia.
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Church attorney recuses herself

Bishop Dorsey Henderson writes: “Ms. [Josephine] Hicks has withdrawn ... because unanticipated circumstances have created the possibility of a conflict arising regarding fiduciary responsibilities for members of her law firm as matters develop.”