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February 22, 2016


One February day, a worker hand watered the seedlings in the greenhouse at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture in Terrier-Rouge, Haiti. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Haiti Episcopal college prepares students for agriculture, agribusiness
On a recent February morning a young Haitian man riding high on a John Deere tractor tilled the fields, readying them for the first planting of the year at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture, an Episcopal college located on 475 acres of fertile coastal plain in northern Haiti.

Miguelina Howell becomes first Latina Episcopal cathedral dean
The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell became the first Hispanic woman to be a cathedral dean in the Episcopal Church when she was installed Feb. 18 as the 10th dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Howell, an Episcopal priest born and raised in the Dominican Republic, was elected last November after serving as the cathedral’s vicar since fall 2013.

Presiding Bishop celebrates Feast of Absalom Jones in Detroit
Celebrating the Feast of Absalom Jones on Feb. 20, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry touched on his ongoing theme of the “Jesus Movement,” a message enthusiastically received at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.

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New Zealand working group reports on same-gender relationships
A working group of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia tasked with proposing a pathway towards the blessing of same-gender relationships while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriagehas usggested two rites of blessing to be considered by this year’s General Synod.

Church responds to widespread cyclone damage in Fiji
The largest storm ever recorded in the region struck the islands of Fiji over the weekend, after causing widespread damage in Tonga. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is already working to assess the damage and begin its response.

Southern Africa bishops: Same-sex couples “full members” of church
Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church.

Ng Moon Hing installed as Archbishop of South East Asia
The new Archbishop of South East Asia, the Most Revd Ng Moon Hing, was installed Feb.22 during a service in Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. It was an appointment that could never have been anticipated when he was born into family of Buddhist Taoists; and it wasn’t until he was aged 20 that he discovered Christ and became the first person of his family to convert to Christianity.

First all-girl cathedral choir in southern hemisphere
The first all-girl cathedral choir in the southern hemisphere has been launched at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia. The choir is made up from 18 girls from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and gave a debut performance in the cathedral last week.

Churches’ Ebola response is model for future epidemics
The response of Anglican churches and other faith communities to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa can serve as a model for addressing other epidemics, the Anglican Alliance heard this week.

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Faith leaders unite in opposition to Oakland coal exports

Episcopal Health Foundation invests in 15 new grant partners

Anglican Church takes the lead on cross border malaria elimination

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Diocese of Maryland cathedral calls new dean

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