Anglicans Urge Leaders to Push Ahead with Action on Climate Change
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is joining Anglicans from around the world in urging world leaders to take action on climate change. Representatives from 197 nations are gathered in the German city of Bonn this week for the latest round of climate change talks at the UN’s Cop23 conference. They are discussing ways to implement the agreement signed in Paris at the Cop21 talks 2015. It is the first Cop meeting since President Donald Trump announced that the US was pulling out of the agreement.
Anglican Commission Begins Work to Develop Global Safeguarding Procedures
An international commission established to make the Churches of the Anglican Communion safe places for children, young people and vulnerable adults has begun its work. The Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission was established by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its meeting last year in Lusaka; in one of four resolutions on safeguarding.
“Urgent Need for Discipleship,” Conference Told
The Church needs to change its mindset and focus with more urgency and passion on what will last forever – that was the key theme in the opening address by Archbishop Moon Hing to the Diocese of Singapore’s Mission Consultation Roundtable. “When I talk about church planting, I’m not talking about buildings, I’m talking about people,” he said. “The cathedral will not last forever – the people in the cathedral will last forever.”
Ugandan Mothers’ Union Leader Helps Overcome HIV
A lay Anglican woman in Uganda is helping to build an HIV competent community and church, in a country where the epidemic is still a big challenge. Josephine Kasaato is president of the Mothers’ Union in the Namirembe Diocese in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. She is using her position to create awareness and educate the community about HIV and Aids. Her voice is often heard across the diocese’s 65 parishes where she censures stigma, discrimination and denial – key challenges in the struggle against the virus.
Archbishop Welby’s Comment Leads to Development of African Solar Project
A comment made by the Archbishop of Canterbury during his visit to the Holy Land in April, has resulted in a pioneering green energy project for churches in Africa. During his two-week visit, Archbishop Justin met Rabbi Yonatan Neril, the founder and executive director of the Jerusalem-based NGO, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD). He heard about ICSD’s collaborative project with the social enterprise Gigawatt Global (GWG) to deploy solar fields on church lands in Africa. In Rwanda, GWG installed Africa’s first commercial scale solar field on land belonging to the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village for orphans from the genocide. Archbishop Justin suggested that Rabbi Neril contact the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), which gives a significant priority to environmental action.
Gulf Anglican Leaders Attend Middle East Co-Existence Conference
Anglican clergy from Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi accompanied the United Arab Emirates’ minister for tolerance at an international conference discussing religious tolerance in the Middle East. The Athens International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East bought together Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives in the Middle East to the Greek capital for the second-such conference in two years.
New Bells Dedicated at Ypres Memorial Church
A church built in the 1920s in memory of the 500,000 British and Commonwealth troops who died during the battles for Ypres during the first World War has finally been completed with the installation and dedication of a ring of eight bells. St George’s Memorial Church was built in the Belgium town of Ypres, which was all-but flattened during the war. The church’s bell tower was given by the Knott family in memory of their two sons who were killed in the war, but there was insufficient funds to buy bells. On Sunday, the Bishop in Europe, Robert Innes, dedicated the new ring of eight bells.
Gender Justice on Agenda as Anglican Women’s Network Meet in London
Last week, the steering group for the International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN) met in London to discuss the many issues facing women throughout the world. Hailing from around the Anglican Communion, these women used theological and biblical perspectives to discuss far reaching issues such as gender-based violence, human trafficking, and sustainable economic empowerment.
Churches Urged to Set Aside Day for Beach Clean-Up
Anglicans and other Christians throughout the world are being encouraged to take part in a coordinated beach-clean-up project in September 2018. The third Saturday in September is recognised by the conservation community as International Coastal Clean-up Day. The Environmental Network of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa is joining forces with the Christian environment network A Rocha International and other partners to encourage Christians around the world to take part in next year’s Coastal Clean-up Day, on Saturday 15 September 2018.
Church of England Anti-Slavery Initiative Wins Government Backing
The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has given her backing to the Church of England’s new anti-slavery programme. The Clewer Initiative was launched today at Lambeth Palace, the London home and headquarters of the Archbishop of Canterbury. “Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society,” Prime Minister May said. “I value the work that the Clewer Initiative will be doing to enable the Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies to tackle modem slavery.”
Feeding of the Thousands, as Church of South India Celebrates its Platinum Jubilee
The Diocese of Madras laid on a fellowship lunch for several thousand people last month as the Church of South India (CSI) celebrated the 70th anniversary of its formation. The Church of South India was formed on 27 September 1947 when the Church of England in southern India and the Methodist Church in South India joined the Congregational, Presbyterian and Reformed churches in the already-united South India United Church. As a united church, in addition to being a full member of the Anglican Communion, the Church of South India is also a member of other global Christian communions, including the World Methodist Council and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
Church Called to be “Reconciled Reconcilers” at Launch of International Peacemakers Movement
Christians should be “reconciled reconcilers”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week as he launched the Reconciling Leaders Network (RLN) – a new international movement of peacemakers. The RLN will train “the next generation of leaders to be reconcilers within their churches, communities and nations,” Lambeth palace said.
Archbishop’s “Profound Sense of Shame” Over Church Abuse Failings
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of his “profound sense of shame” over church-based abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Archbishop Justin Welby made the comments at a press briefing during the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury Cathedral. He had been asked about planned visits to Canterbury by groups of survivors on Friday, who want to ensure that their concerns are heard by the Church leaders gathered for the meeting.
CSI Pushes for Gender-Equal Society in India
A Gender Conclave held by the Church of South India at its centre in Chennai was “another significant milestone in the journey towards a gender equal society beginning with the church,” the CSI said. The conclave was one of a number of events held as part of the Church’s 70th anniversary.
Growing Church Leads to Double-Ordination in UAE
A double-ordination has taken place in the United Arab Emirates to serve the growing church in the country. The UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, attended the service as a special guest, as did the British Consul General to Dubai, Paul Fox.
Church Provides Driver Mentoring for Refugees
An Anglican church in Sydney is giving local refugees experience of driving on Australia’s roads. The scheme, run by the Chester Hill Church, to the west of Sydney, enables people who had experience of driving in their former homes to get used to the different road conditions in the country.
Celebrations as Tonga’s First Bishop Symbolises “A Bird That Has Begun to Fly”
The Pacific island nation of Tonga has its first official bishop. But Dr ‘Afa Vaka, who was consecrated and installed on Sunday, is actually the third bishop to serve the 169 islands – or the 36 inhabited islands – that make up Tonga. The first Anglican missionary to Tonga was Bishop Alfred Willis, who arrived in 1902. And in the mid-1960s, Bishop Fine Halapua, the father of Archbishop Winston Halapua, lived in Tonga as he served as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Polynesia. But now, after a gap of 50 years, Tonga has its third bishop – this time the first bishop of the newly constituted episcopal unit of Tonga.
Reaching the Traumatised After Hurricane Irma
Christian agencies are working desperately to help communities across the Caribbean and South-eastern United States devastated by Hurricane Irma. More than 40 have died and tens of thousands have been left without homes by the storm.