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January 19, 2016



Canadian primate offers further reflection on the Primates Meeting
“Throughout the meeting of the Primates last week, I thought much about St. Paul’s teaching about the Church being the Body of Christ in the world.  It is the image at the very heart of Anglican ecclesiology. “

C of E takes climate change fight to ExxonMobil with U.S. allies
Buoyed by the success of similar actions against British oil companies BP and Shell, the Church Commissioners for England have proposed a shareholders’ motion calling on the U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil to “disclose the resilience of its business model in the wake of the Paris Agreement on climate change.” If passed at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the motion will force the oil company to be more transparent on its efforts to shift to a low-carbon economy.

Dangerous ‘horror, location transformed into refugee welcome center
A dangerous “horror” location on the Greek island of Lesbos has been turned into a 24-hour reception center offering shelter, food and medical care to vulnerable refugees. The work has been carried out by the church-based Lighthouse Refugee Relief (LRR) agency using funds provided through the Anglican mission agency United Society’s Rapid Response Appeal.

Church organizations come together to map European migration
A new publication that brings together first-person accounts with theological and sociological studies into migration in Europe has been published by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches. Mapping Migration is a revised and updated edition of three bodies’ previous joint study and explores challenges and changes in the European church landscape in light of international migration.

Canadian primate offers initial thoughts about Canterbury meeting
Having met this week in Canterbury, England, the Primates of the Anglican Communion committed–even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same sex marriage–to walk together and not apart. Our conversations reflected the truth that, while the Anglican Communion is a family of autonomous churches in communion with the see of Canterbury, we live by the long-held principle of ‘mutual responsibility and inter dependence in the Body of Christ’. While our relationships are most often characterized by mutual support and encouragement, there are times when we experience stress and strain and we know our need for the grace of God to be patient with each other. Such was the experience of the primates this

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Video: Primates Meeting press conference
Video coverage of the press conference held Jan. 15 at the conclusion of the Primates Meeting in Canterbury, England.

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Bishop of Washington writes to diocese on the Primates Meeting

Diocese of Massachusetts bishops respond to primates’ action

Long Island bishop responds to Primates Meeting call for sanctions

New Hampshire bishop’s statement on the Primates Meeting

Rio Grande bishop’s reflections on the primates’ statement

Upper South Carolina bishop’s message to the diocese on the Primates Meeting

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