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Church leaders welcome Northern Ireland political agreement

Sun, 12/01/2020 - 00:35

The leaders of Ireland’s main Churches have welcomed the agreement reached between Northern Ireland’s political parties, the UK and Irish Governments.

In their statement the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches said: “Throughout this long journey we have sought to encourage everyone involved to go the extra mile, to work creatively and courageously towards a deal that would see Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions up and running again.

“We believe that the agreement, New Decade, New Approach, is ambitious in its content and reflects a balanced accommodation that is focused on the common good; and one that we hope can begin to address the political and social crisis that has developed due to the prolonged absence of a functioning Executive and Assembly.

“The principles of accountability, transparency and responsibility, identified in the agreement are crucial to underpinning sustainable government and ensuring that the experience of the last three years cannot happen again. Along with the development of trust and generosity of spirit, these measures offer an opportunity to build a peaceful and just society that is centred around respect and recognition of each other’s cultural identity.

“As Church Leaders, we also welcome the renewed focus on reconciliation, which will be central to the Executive’s approach, and welcome practical commitments to extend welfare mitigations, address significant challenges in education and health, tackle the mental health crisis, and deal with the continued scourge of paramilitarism and sectarianism.

“Last year we initiated a civic dialogue between political parties and representatives from key sectors in civil society across Northern Ireland. Reflecting on that engagement we noted that ‘when politics is broken the responsibility for fixing it does not rest with the politicians alone.’ We therefore renew our commitment to supporting the new Executive as it begins its work, and along with others in civic society, recognise our collective responsibility for the common good.

“Today is a sign of welcome progress that provides an opportunity for a new start for Northern Ireland’s political institutions and one that can also offer fresh hope. The story of the Christian faith is one of new beginnings, where failure is never final, second chances abound, and all things can be renewed. We will continue to offer our prayers for all involved in making this agreement work, encouraging them, for the sake of the whole community, to grasp fully this new opportunity.”

The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke
Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All Ireland

The Rt Rev Dr William Henry
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

The Most Rev Eamon Martin
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all Ireland

The Rev Sam McGuffin
President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

The Rev Brian Anderson
President of the Irish Council of Churches

Church Leaders Group

The Church Leaders Group comprises the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Primates of All Ireland, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, and the President of the Irish Council of Churches.

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Wescott House appoints interim acting principal

Sat, 11/01/2020 - 01:24

The trustees of Westcott House have announced the appointment of the Rt Revd Tim Stevens CBE as interim Acting Principal of the college with immediate effect.

The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, chair of the Council of Westcott House, said:  ‘I am delighted that Bishop Tim has accepted our invitation to be interim Principal.  He brings immense experience and wisdom, as well as long-standing familiarity with Westcott.  I know that Westcott will be a confident and purposeful place, and that our students will be greatly helped in their preparation for ministry among Christ’s people, under Bishop Tim’s care and guidance.’

Tim Stevens was Bishop of Leicester from 1999 to 2015. He was convenor of the Bishop’s bench in the House of Lords and spoke regularly on welfare reform, social justice issues, inter-faith relations and parliamentary reform. He was a member of the Archbishops’ Council 2005 to 2010, chair of the Westcott Council 2006 to 2011 and chair of The Children’s Society 2004 to 2010. He chaired the partnership board which designed and delivered the events surrounding the re-interment of Richard III in 2015. He was appointed CBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours.

Since retiring in 2015 he has been a board member of the Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust, a trustee of the Woolf Institute and Prelate of the Order of St John. He has travelled widely lecturing in Europe and the Far East on Viking Ocean cruises.

Previously he was Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich, Archdeacon of West Ham, Team Rector of Canvey Island and Team Vicar in East Ham Team.

Before ordination he was a graduate management trainee with BOAC and a second secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and read Classics and English at Selwyn College Cambridge.

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The competing ethics of duty v self-interest misread by Harry and Meghan

Fri, 10/01/2020 - 15:20

The announcement from Harry and Meghan will cause a variety of responses from the public.One of them will be sadness. There is a tragic element to the blinkeredness and immaturity that mistakes a bid for independence as ‘carving a progressive role.’It isn’t that at all of course. In reality it is choosing between two competing philosophies or ethics. One, which the monarchy is founded on and depends on, is a Christian one in which doing one’s duty on behalf of others takes priority over self-interest. The other is a concentration on self-interest and self expression (however it is justified) at the expense of self-sacrifice and duty.The problem for the Sussexes is that they  have chosen to put their own self-interests before their public  duty and family. It has been tried before both by ordinary people and by prominent people like Edward 8th. The tragedy is that it almost always ends in a growth of self-pity and sadness.

Although they are banking on a degree of public support, a narrative that includes make Kate Windsor cry and cold-shouldering a beloved grandmother, may not elicit as much public sympathy as they hope.

The tragedy is that they have undoubtedly underestimated the cost of an independence that sits badly with the wealth and privilege they appear to feel they have a right to.

We can only pray for them; praying particularly for wisdom to make better choices and charity to mend the relationships they have broken as the price of pursuing their own interests.

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Statement from the Archbishop of Canada concerning Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Fri, 10/01/2020 - 01:13

Once again we are dismayed by the enormity of destruction caused when an airplane crashes and takes the lives of dozens of people in a moment. This tragedy takes on even more poignancy when those who have died lived in our communities and were our friends and neighbours.

We have all been touched by the stories and photographs of Canadians and students studying in Canada who were on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 that crashed outside of Tehran. Children, families, students and professors were among the victims and our hearts grieve their loss.

The darkness of grief invites us to look to Epiphany, the revelation of the light of Christ in our midst, for the possibility of hope. That hope is seen when we come together to remember, to grieve and to pray. It is seen when people of all faiths stand in solidarity across Canada especially in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia where the victims lived.

It is seen when we offer and remember the victims and their families in our prayers, not only now but in the weeks to come as their loss is fully realized. We especially pray for the Iranian community across Canada, from among whom came many of those who died.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding hold our hearts and may the light of Christ shine in the darkness of grief reminding us of God’s presence in our midst.

+Linda Nicholls

Linda Nicholls
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

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Manila orders Filipinos out of Iraq, Iran and Lebanon

Fri, 10/01/2020 - 00:40

Church leaders in Manila have urged Filipinos to pray for peace in Iraq and Iran. The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Cardinale, told Catholics attending mass on the feast of the Black Nazarene on 9 Jan 2020 to pray intensely so that “an escalation of revenge will not occur between the USA and Iran.” In his 6 Jan 2020 Epiphany Letter the Episcopal Bishop of the Central Philippines, the Rt. Rev. Rex Reyes, Jr., asked Christians to “pray for peace” in light of “tensions brought about by the US military action against Iran and the counteraction of Iran. May peace not war be our language.”

The Manila prelates call for peace follows a mandatory evacuation order of Filipino workers in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran due to rising tensions. “We will go there to convince and compel Filipinos there to head back to the Philippines,” said Bernard Olalia, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency told reporters.

“Our marching orders were mandatory repatriation,” the charge d’affaires at the Philippine embassy in Baghdad, Jomar Sadie, wrote on the embassy’s website. “I’m nervous. Iran seems to be hell-bent on retaliation, which I think will come. It’s a matter of time … The cry for blood is there,” said President Roderigo Duterte. The Philippine Defense Secretary announced two battalions of troops had been sent to iraq to assist with the repatriation of Filipinoes.”They will not be there to fight … but they must be able to defend themselves,” said Delfin Lorenzana.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle told worshippers at the midnight mass at the Feast of the Nazarene in Manila: “We are concerned about what happens in some parts of our world. There is the danger that violence will degenerate into open conflict,” Cardinal Tagle said, according to UCANews.  

“Let us pray for the safety of our fellowmen in the Middle East, to dispel the desire to destroy one’s neighbor, to dispel the desire to take vengeance, and let us pray for our fellow Filipinos and their families here who are anxious,” said Cardinal Tagle.

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Philippine Supreme Court rejects gay marriage

Thu, 09/01/2020 - 05:31

The Philippine Supreme Court has denied “with finality” a petition seeking judicial recognition of same-sex marriage, upholding its September decision that the definition of marriage was the prerogative of the legislature.

On 6 Jan 2020 the court published a decision dated 10 Dec 2019 rejecting the appeal of its September ruling rejecting gay marriage. The opinion written by Associate Justice Marvice Leonon noted that while sexual minorities had faced discrimination and marginalization in Philippine society, the court was guided by the text of the constitution, which did not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.  Congress, not the courts, made law, he noted.

In 2015 Jesus Falcis, a gay activist, asked the high court to declare as unconstitutional a portion of the Family Code of the Philippines which “define and limit marriage as between man and woman”, arguing the law violated his human rights.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressman Eddie Villanueva, an evangelical Protestant minister, told reporters: “The Family Code was crafted to mirror the historical, traditional and religious values of Filipinos on marriage. Marriage, as an inviolable social institution in Filipino life, has always been conceived between a man and a woman. Hence, to nullify such law which bears our values on marriage is tantamount to denying our identity as a people and betraying our deep-held morals. It is not only against God, it is also against ourselves as a people.” 

The Roman Catholic Church has voiced strong opposition to changing the law, while the Episcopal Church of the Philippines has not adopted an official stance on the case — though it does not permit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriages.

In August 2017, the bishops of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan Church — a church in full communion with the Anglican Communion — released a statement asking for forgiveness from the LGBT community for having “shown indifference, and [having] made the LGBT people feel less human, discriminated against and stigmatized.” The Aglipayan statement – dubbed “Our Common Humanity, Our Shared Dignity” – stated the church “must openly embrace God’s people of all sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.” However, it does not yet permit its clergy to perform same-sex weddings.

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Harare seminary dean steps down — Bishop Chad Gandiya appointed acting principal

Thu, 09/01/2020 - 04:17

The former Bishop of Harare, the Rt. Rev. Chad Gandiya has been appointed acting principal of Bishop Gaul Theological College in Harare effective 31 Dec 2019, following the resignation of the Rev. Joshua Musiyambiri following ten years of service to the school. He is credited with restoring the schools fortunes following the difficult years under Dr. Nolbert Kunonga, the former diocesan bishop and ally of strongman Robert Mugabe who sought to withdraw the diocese from the Church of the Province of Central Africa to form his own denomination. Within the Diocese of Harare, Dr Musiyambiri served as Rector at St Michael’s and All Angels Mbare and lately at St Matthias Eastview. He will take up a post at Holy Spirit Monastery in Gweru.

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Kenyan diocese commits to day of prayer and fasting

Thu, 09/01/2020 - 03:58

Launch of the ‘Diocese in Prayer’ Movement in Kirinyaga Diocese by the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Joseph Kibucwa. This is a wake up call to pray where members of the Diocese will have a day within the week to pray and fast. Every Archdeaconry will have a day where they will intercede for the Diocese and pray for Various needs.

While launching the program, the Bishop urged the Clergy and the Christians to pray and fast throughout the year. as it will support the servants of God in their service and ministry.

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Kinkiizi bishop and archdeacon summoned to Kampala

Thu, 09/01/2020 - 03:36

The Archbishop of Uganda has brought the warring factions within the Diocese of Kinkiizi to the Archbishop’s Palace in Kampala in attempt to resolve the dispute that has left the Archdeacon of Kihihi suspended and the Bishop of Kinkiizi accused of misconduct.

In a statement released on 7 January 2020, the Ugandan provincial secretary the Rev. Canon William Ongeng stated the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali and his successor, the Most Rev. Stephen Kazimbi Mugalu, along with the provincial secretary and chancellor and heads of the House of Laity and Clergy, and Kinkiizi  elders met with the Rt. Rev. Dan Zoreka, the Bishop of Kinkiizi, and the Ven. Justis Tibesigwa, the Archdeacon of Kihihi.

The statement reported the meeting was “amicable and a process of attending to these issues agreed and will commence soon”. The archbishops asked members of the diocese to “remain calm” as the church conducts its review.

Archdeacon Tibesigwa was suspended on 26 Dec 2019 for misconduct, accused of conducting a wedding outside of church grounds, and for soliciting funds from overseas donors in the name of the diocese, but then misappropriating the funds.

The archdeacon’s suspension follows two petitions submitted to the archbishop by diocesan elders accusing the bishop of suborning perjury and financial misconduct. 

On 10 Nov 2019 the Command 1 Post news website eported that aides of Bishop Zoreka had approached Archdeacon Tibesigwa’s maid and bribed her to claim falsely that her employer had poison in his home that was to be used to kill the bishop. However, when interrogated by police the maid admitted she had been paid to make the false claim. 

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Christmas message by Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 23:38
[6 Jan 2020] Beloved in the Lord archpastors, all-honourable priests and deacons, God-beloved monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters,

From the depths of my heart I congratulate you all on the radiant feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The wondrous miracle of the incarnation of God, which was accomplished more than two thousand years ago, today fills our souls with ineffable joy. “Today God has come upon the earth and man ascends to the heavens” (Verse for Festal Vespers). The Maker and Provider of all things has appeared in the world, for by his grace he could not “behold mankind oppressed by the devil” (from the Office for Baptism); “overcome by love, he who has no beginning and who is beyond expression came to seek out his lost creation” (Kontakion for the Parable of the Lost Coin by St. Roman the Melodist).

The amazing prophecies of the great heralds of the Word of God have come true, and before humankind, which for thousands of years has awaited salvation and deliverance, exhausted by the burden of sin, suffering from a curse not only during its earthly life but also in the world beyond, the gates of heaven have now been opened. “From the ever-blossoming Virgin there received flesh” our Lord Jesus Christ (Canon for the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God), and the cherubim, guarding the entrance to paradise with a sword of fire, “withdraw from the tree of life” (Verse for Festal Vespers). The Divine Infant has been born for the salvation of the world, who was “born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children” (Gal 4:4-5).

Inconceivable is the Lord’s humility: in being the omnipotent Master, he appears to people as a helpless infant; in being God, he assumes corruptible flesh and endures the afflictions of earthly life; in being the Immortal One, he goes voluntarily to his tortuous and shameful death. And he does all of this not for the select few – the prophets, righteous and his faithful servants. Christ comes for each one of us, he desires salvation for all without exception – the sinners and the evildoers, the indifferent and the neglectful, the cowardly and the angry, even his murderers!

The Lord turns nobody away, never disdains anyone; on the contrary, he assumes our human flesh, renews it through his divine incarnation, his sufferings on the cross and his life-bearing resurrection; he raises it up into the bosom of the Holy Trinity and sanctifies it by his presence rightward the throne of God. And it is of the life-creating body of Christ, his most pure blood shed for each one of us that we partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist – and we become one with the same body and the same blood of not only with the Saviour but also with each other.

However, today we unfortunately see the waves of discord rocking the ship of the Church, the storm of arguments and contradictions undermining the unity of the Orthodox faithful, people, overpowered by the darkness of the enemy and tempter, discarding the Fount of living water in favour of the “the murky fount of ungodly heresies that is unfit to drink from” (Canon to the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council). At this difficult time, we must all recall that the Lord was born, crucified and rose from the dead for each one of us, that he founded on earth the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In belonging to the Church, we are called upon to overcome discord, confrontation and conflict, to heal divisions, to help those who endure the horrors of war and suffer from oppression and injustice.

The Lord was born not in a royal palace but in a lowly cave in “abject poverty”. What, it would seem, could be worse than a cavern and poorer than a manger for cattle? Yet such a place does exist – it is the desert of the human heart scorched by sin, alienated from God, neither cold nor hot, wasted and enslaved by the passions. It is, however, within our power to make our soul a dwelling-place for God, to remember that the Lord is near, at the very gates, and that he humbly waits for us to finally see him with the eyes of faith, admit him into our lives, hear his words and respond to his love and allow him to act within us.

The whole world rejoices in the most glorious nativity of the Saviour: the angels sing hymns of praise, the shepherds are exultant, the magi worship and bring gifts to him, and it is only the embittered heart of Herod, full of envy, that does not wish to accept the divine truth, does not rejoice, yet trembles not from the fear of God but from cowardice. Let us ponder whether we too are not like him in our deeds, whether we do not make our priority our own well-being and comfort, whether we are not afraid that someone may be better than us, more talented, kinder, whether we do not do evil to such a person in trying to hurt or humiliate him before others, cast him down from his pedestal so that we may raise ourselves up a step higher. Is it not the case that the source of truth for us is not the Lord and his sacred commandments, but our very own selves? Do we not tempt others in passing off as truth our own self-serving fantasies, do we not rend asunder Christ’s robe through our ambitious actions, do we not sow the seeds of discord and discontent among our brothers and sisters in the faith?

As we gaze now upon the Divine Infant Christ and stand face to face with the divine truth, let us cast aside the “weight” of passions and “sin that clings so closely” (Heb 12:1), let us send up our ardent prayers for the strengthening of the unity of Orthodoxy and the increase of love, recalling that “love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

The liturgical texts for the feast glorify not only the Lord who has been born for our salvation, but also those thanks to whom his incarnation became possible – the Most Pure Virgin Mary, the righteous Joseph the Betrothed and the holy forefathers. Let us also remember on this solemn day those who are close to us: let us visit our parents and friends, devote our attention to them, find kind words, and thank them for all they do for us. May our hearts, filled with love of God and neighbour, become the abode for the All-Merciful Christ, who is “Pre-eternal and Inconceivable, and Co-eternal with the invisible Father” (Sessional Hymn for Festal Vespers). Amen.

+ KIRILL
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

Nativity of Christ
2019
Moscow

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Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 23:32
[3 Jan 2020] As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.

Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent conflict is a path of mutual destruction.

Instead, all actors must move forward in a way that upholds our shared, sacred human dignity:
● All parties must begin by re-humanizing each other without excusing unjust and violent
actions.
● The U.S. Administration must halt violent attacks and military escalations. It must return
to a diplomatic process, recognizing that lasting peace requires a commitment to the
shared well-being of every human, from Iran to the United States and everywhere in
between.
● The U.S. Congress must act to reassert its war powers by refusing authorization for war
with Iran and related attacks, and to block funding for war with Iran.
● U.S. actions and strategy in the region must address the root causes of the conflict, such
as distrust, trauma, economic resources, and political influence.
● All of us must support nonviolent creative actions of resistance to any unjust and violent
actions.

As communities of faith, we renounce the escalation of violence, and call on the United States to work towards lasting peace with Iran.

Signed,
American Friends Service Committee
Center on Conscience and War
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
Churches for Middle East Peace
Coalition for Peace Action
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic) , US Provinces
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Faith in Public Life
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas- Institute Leadership Team
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

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Episcopal Church urges peaceful solution to U.S.-Iran conflict

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 23:20

The military conflict between the United States and Iran that began when President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of a top Iranian general on Jan. 3 escalated on Jan. 7, as Iran retaliated with missile strikes on military bases housing American troops in Iraq. On Jan. 7, The Episcopal Church released the statement below in response:

“Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States following the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, The Episcopal Church continues to be guided by the teaching of Jesus Christ, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ We affirm that ‘It is crucial in this time of instability and threat of violence that our government and our neighbors seek diplomatic and humanitarian solutions rather than violence.’ We pray for wisdom, restraint, and divine guidance for our leaders and decision makers, that they can move us away from violence and conflict and towards mutual understanding.”

The statement updates one issued in July 2019 at a time of heightened tension over over attacks on shipping vessels and the shooting down of a U.S. surveillance drone.

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Puerto Rico earthquakes severely damage churches

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 23:13

Several churches in the Diocese of Puerto Rico have suffered severe damage from the series of earthquakes that have struck the island in recent days, killing at least one person and injuring at least eight.

Hundreds of minor earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southwest coast since Dec. 28, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but a 5.8-magnitude quake on Jan. 6 and a 6.4-magnitude one on Jan. 7 destroyed buildings and shut down the island’s power grid, leading to a state of emergency declaration.

Two of the diocese’s churches – Santa Cecilia in Guánica and San Juan Apóstol in Yauco – appear to be in danger of collapsing, according to the Very Rev. Mario Rodríguez, dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in San Juan and the diocese’s canon to the ordinary. Santo Nombre in Ponce and the Quinta Tranquila retreat center in Yauco also suffered major structural damage, Rodríguez told Episcopal News Service. Other church buildings had minor damage.

“We have been monitoring the situation closely and tomorrow (Wednesday) a team from the Diocesan Center, including a structural engineer, will go to the affected areas to carry out a formal damage assessment and to coordinate relief efforts,” Rodríguez said by email. “Today, local teams began to distribute water and meals in affected areas. These efforts will be reinforced tomorrow by the team from the Diocesan Center.”

Puerto Rico has endured a string of crises in recent years, from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017 to a massive political scandal in 2019.

“Today our Puerto Rico faces again the challenge of keeping calm and moving forward with faith and hope,” Rodríguez posted on the cathedral’s Facebook page. “Certainly, we are not newbies in this, but yes, vulnerable sons and daughters of God. We face with faith this expression of our nature and trust in the God who loves us and who we call father.”

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Election of Bishop of Monmouth confirmed

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 21:13

The election of Cherry Vann as Bishop of Monmouth was confirmed at a Sacred Synod meeting this afternoon (Jan 5).

Ms Vann was elected in September by the Electoral College of the Church in Wales. She was previously Archdeacon of Rochdale in the Diocese of Manchester.

The Constitution of the Church in Wales requires all episcopal elections to be confirmed by the serving diocesan bishops meeting in Sacred Synod. This took place during Choral Evensong at Brecon Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies.

Bishop Cherry will consecrated on January 25 at Brecon Cathedral.

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Archbishop of Wales urges restraint in US – Iran relations

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 21:10

The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, is calling for ‘calm and wisdom’ to prevail as tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.

In a statement today (Jan 5), Archbishop John says:

“At a time when the Christian world continues to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counsellor, we must all view with a sense of some alarm, the escalation in tensions between the United States and Iran. The recent action on the part of the US, taken, it would appear, in the total absence of any consultation with its closest allies, has raised the danger level significantly, and the response has begun. It is right that leaders of the world’s nations who are of a good heart and a calm mind should counsel care and wisdom. I urge the government of the United Kingdom to make the strongest representations that such calm and wisdom should prevail in the cause of the peace which Christ came to bring and which the world, in so many places, so desperately needs.”

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First women Anglican clergy for Mozambique

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 20:58

The first Anglican women clergy in Mozambique have been ordained by the Bishop of Libombos. On 7 Jan 2020 the Revs. Joana Chilengue, Lina Maria dos Santos and Fatucha Rosemary were ordained to the diaconate at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Maciene by the Rt. Rev. Carlos Matsinhe.

The Anglican Church in Southern Africa authorized the ordination of women in 1992, but each diocese was given the discretion of accepting or rejecting the innovation. In 2015 the Maputo synod — covering the southern portion of Mozambique — voted to permit the ordination of women and the three entered seminary  the following year to begin three years of training.

Bishop Matsinhe told MMO, a Mozambiquean newspaper, the ordination of the three transitional deacons was a  “very big milestone” for the diocese as it made plain the church’s appreciation of the ministry of women and lived out the principle of “gender equity that the Bible preaches and we also preach. And, in fact, there was no question of having men and women on an equal footing who could serve God on the altar.”

The bishop went on to say: “We will continue to encourage women to enter the priesthood. The ones we have ordained today are capable of serving the church, and in fact in our seminary we now have nine women and surely these will be next in this path of ordination, which is an irreversible path and will be a gain for the church in general. . We will continue to help those who choose to follow this path, which is good for the church and good for society as well.”

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Feminist group firebombs evangelical church in Germany

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 01:41

Police in Germany are investigating an arson attack on an independent evangelical church in Tübingen. A self-described “autonomous feminist cell” claimed responsibility for the 26 December 2019 attack on the TOS church in the Baden-Württemberg university town. The Rev. Guido Kasch, pastor of TOS Church in said: “We are shocked by this attack, but unfortunately not surprised in view of the increasingly hostile climate against evangelical Christians. In recent months we have seen aggressive threats against TOS church in Tübingen, especially from the left-wing scene.“

TOS posted the following statement on its website after the attack,

During the night after Boxing Day, at about 2:30 am, there was an obviously planned attack on the TOS Church and Conference Center in Tübingen. The entrance area of the church was sprayed with purple paint over a large area and the church bus, which was parked in the parking lot, was set on fire. No persons were injured. The criminal police has begun its investigations.

Guido Kasch, pastor of TOS Church in Tübingen, said: “We are shocked by this attack, but unfortunately not surprised in view of the increasingly hostile climate against evangelical Christians. In recent months we have seen aggressive threats against TOS church in Tübingen, especially from the left-wing scene. We do not yet know who is responsible for this attack, but we will not let this stop us from continuing to proclaim the reconciliation message of the Gospel: through our weekly church services, our regular meals for people in need in Kronenstraße, or even our weekend church services, to which everyone is welcome. At the same time, we hope and pray that a peaceful coexistence and non-violent discourse of opinions and world views will again be possible in Tübingen.”

The TOS Church and Conference Centre at Eisenbahnstraße 126 in Tübingen is ready for use again! Thanks to all who helped with the cleanup after the attack.

Invitation to the service on Sunday 29th, December at 4pm followed by a Hanukkah celebration in the courtyard together with the Jewish community of Reutlingen.

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Islamic State circulates video of militants beheading 11 Christian captives in Nigeria

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 01:28

Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) posted unverified video footage on 26 December of its militants beheading ten Christian men and shooting an eleventh dead in north-east Nigeria.

The footage showed eleven blindfolded Christian captives wearing orange jumpsuits in a line on their knees, with militants in light brown uniforms and black masks standing behind them. The killings are believed to have taken place on Christmas Day.

The captives, thought to have been abducted from Maiduguri and Damaturu in Borno State, pleaded in the video for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and the Christian Association of Nigeria to save them.

Buhari later condemned the killings saying he was “profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers …” He continued, “We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.”

The terrorist group claimed that the killings were to revenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and spokesman Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir, killed in US military actions in Raqqa and Ain al-Baydah, Syria, in October 2019.

The faction that split from Boko Haram to align with IS in 2016 became known as Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and has since become the region’s dominant jihadi force.

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Anglican Unscripted 564 – Magi Unscripted

Tue, 07/01/2020 - 18:19

Kevin Kallsen, George Conger, and Gavin Ashenden talk about Ricky Gervais, The evils of Ecumenicism, The Billion ways to the Father, and God is on our Side :).

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