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June 27, 2016


Companions from the Diocese of Tennessee pose for a photo with the Rev. Francisco Orrala and his wife Claudina Pacheco outside St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Guayaquil, Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

For Ecuador Litoral, Tennessee companion relationship stays the course
Like all relationships, companion diocese and parish-to-parish relationships ebb and flow, but for the parishes in the dioceses of Tennessee and Ecuador Litoral, their long-standing relationships have stayed the course and have continued to evolve.

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José A. McLoughlin elected as seventh bishop of Western North Carolina
The Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin was chosen from among four final candidates to lead the Episcopal Church in Western North Carolina, representing 15,000 members in 63 year-round congregations, six summer chapels and two conference centers, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

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Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue finds unity in diversity
Introduced by the Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante as an ecumenical contribution from the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Akan concept of sankofa served as a guiding framework for the Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, which took place from May 25-29 in Accra, Ghana. The gathering brought together bishops from Canada, Ghana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, England, and the United States.

Britain’s earliest Christians reburied
The remains of what is said to be some of Britain’s earliest converts to Christianity, which were excavated from sand dunes near Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland between 1998 and 2007, have been re-interred in the crypt of St Aidan’s Church after the completion of a research project led by Durham University and the Bamburgh Heritage Trust.

Philippines church leaders undergo public HIV test to battle stigma
The Rev. Rex Reyes Jr, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), told a press conference at the World Council of Churches’ Central Council meeting in Trondheim, Norway, June 27 that the leaders’ participation was part of an “aggressive educational awareness program.”

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Philadelphia’s St. Thomas Gospel Choir claims 2 major music awards

Presbyterians re-evaluate support of two-state solution in Israel/Palestine

Presbyterians turn back move to divest from fossil-fuel firms

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Rochester calls Johnnie Ross to be canon to the ordinary

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