News: Episcopal News Service January 29, 2016


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January 29, 2016


Five people nominated to become next bishop of Pennsylvania
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has announced a five-person slate of nominations for the next diocesan bishop.

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‘Action’ call as 26 refugees drown off Greece
Ten children are amongst 26 Kurdish refugees from Iraq who have been confirmed to have drowned off the coast of Samos Island in Greece yesterday, the Anglican mission agency United Society (formerly USPG) say.

England-Scotland ecumenical agreement published
A proposed ecumenical agreement between the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland is not about “novel doctrinal statements or additional institutional structures, but about growing in communion and partnership in mission, so that people may be drawn to the good news of peace, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the co-chairs of the talks say in the introduction to their full report, Growth in Communion – Partnership in Mission, which was released today.

South Sudan bishops appeal for support as new areas hit by conflict
Bishops from Equatoria, South Sudan, have given harrowing accounts of how recent conflict is affecting local communities and urged the Anglican Alliance and Anglican partners to advocate for relief assistance.

New Zealand churches oppose physician-assisted suicide
The ecumenical body which advises church members of the “spiritual, ethical and cultural issues connected to biotechnology and related issues” in New Zealand has responded to a government consultation by stressing its opposition to the introduction of “physician-assisted suicide.”

Church of England launches primary school savings club
The Church of England has launched a savings scheme aimed at helping primary school children to learn about saving while building up a small nest-egg. The LifeSavers programme has been piloted in schools across south-east London, Nottinghamshire and Bradford and is now being rolled out across the country.

Seafarers’ ministry goes digital
The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has teamed up with the North American Maritime Ministry Association to launch a new international digital center for Seafarers’ Ministry. The MARE project (pronounced mar-a) will bring together a number of seafarers’ ministry organizations to deliver support, information and professional development using social media.

Pope Francis apologizes for treatment of non-Catholic Christians
Pope Francis has apologized for behavior towards Christians from non-Roman Catholic churches that “has not reflected Gospel values.” The Pope made his comments during a Vespers service in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome last night attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, Archbishop Sir David Moxon.

Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman takes seat in House of Lords
Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman on Jan. 26 become the second female bishop in the Church of England to take her seat in the U.K.’s House of Lords – the upper house of the U.K. Parliament. The ceremony took place the day after her neighboring bishop secured a Lords’ victory over the government on child poverty reporting.

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Presiding Bishop to address National Press Club Newsmaker news conference

Holy Innocents School students package food to help ‘Stop Hunger Now’

CARAVAN interfaith art exhibition opens at St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC

EPPN: Time to permanently protect the Arctic

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