News: Episcopal News Service March 11, 2016


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March 11, 2016


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry discusses emerging plans for racial reconciliation work while House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings listens during the recent Executive Council meeting in Fort Worth. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

Making reconciliation and evangelism the church’s new normal
The General Convention last summer set a bold agenda for Episcopalians to work for racial reconciliation and evangelism; work that now has begun in some unexpected ways.

For instance, church leaders have begun the work of racial reconciliation by deeply listening to each other rather than immediately asking staff members to develop new programs. And, the church’s new and continuing evangelism work includes plans, for example, to gather and support the church’s hidden evangelists and to revive revivals.

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Southwest Florida seeks larger church role for Episcopal Center
The Diocese of Southwest Florida is expanding its DaySpring Episcopal Center, with new programs, a new 10-year master plan and a $3.6 million program center and pool complex. The investment in the 97-acre camp is the largest ever for the retreat and conference center located along the Manatee River south of Tampa Bay.

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Archbishop of Canterbury on the EU, refugees and religious violence
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has made front page news in the UK with an interview given to The House magazine which covers political affairs. The interview, which was conducted in the House of Lords, addressed the forthcoming UK referendum about whether or not the UK should leave or remain a member of the European Union; the refugee crisis, and tackling religious violence.

Welsh churches to mark Earth Hour
Churches across Wales are being urged to switch off all lights or hold candlelit vigils to mark Earth Hour at 8.30 pm on Saturday 19 March. In doing so, they will join in with people across the world in what has been described as “a symbolic act to shine a light on climate change and the need to protect our environment.”

Archbishop of Congo steps down
The Archbishop of Congo, the Most Revd Henri Isingoma, has stepped down, the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (Anglican Church of Congo) announced today. Archbishop Henri, who is also Bishop of Kinshasa, has taken the decision to have a health improvement break and return to theological academia.

Canadian bishops explain same-sex marriage statement to Council of General Synod members
As Council of General Synod (CoGS) members gathered March 10 for their last meeting of the triennium, the question of how they will prepare the 2016 General Synod for its upcoming vote on same-sex marriage hung heavily over the proceedings.

Christians and Muslims protest continued Dalit discrimination
The protest was organized by the National Council of Dalit Christians and supported by the Church of North India, and the Church of South India, along with other Christian churches and bodies, including the Mar Thoma Church and the National Council of Churches in India. The churches of North India and South India are members of the Anglican Communion, and the Episcopal Church has been in full communion with the Mar Thoma Church since 1976.

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Society of Saint John the Evangelist elects James Koester as superior

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