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October 21 2017 By dvirtue Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'

Brown Memorial Woodbrook, about two miles from Govans on North Charles Street, has been running its busy Sunday school and community garden and working on LGBT equality and other social justice issues.

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October 21 2017 By dvirtue Anglican bishops under pressure to act as Hereford Diocese calls for official services for gay couples

The Hereford vote stops short of full-blown gay weddings in church but bishops warned beforehand it will increase pressure for a wholesale change in the CofE's definition of marriage.

'Given that the Church of England in part defines its doctrine through its authorised liturgies, even if this service did not amount to a change in marriage, it would increase pressure towards such a change,' Hereford Bishop's Council warned delegates in a briefing paper before the vote.

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October 19 2017 By dvirtue CANADA: Anglican bishops and human rights

Here is what the bishop said reported in the Anglican Journal:

An Anglican bishop, along with a coalition of leading anti-poverty and housing advocates, has urged the federal government to adopt a "rights-based" approach in its upcoming National Housing Strategy and poverty reduction strategies.

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October 19 2017 By dvirtue MYANMAR: Communique from the Council of the Church in East Asia meeting in Rangoon

Besides reflecting on the theme of the conference, delegates also shared from the contexts in which their churches are ministering so that there can be mutual encouragement and prayer for the work of the churches across East Asia. The delegates were also given the opportunity to worship with local Anglican churches in the Yangon area and were greatly encouraged by the devotion of the congregations and their warm welcome.

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October 17 2017 By dvirtue MARTHA'S VINEYARD: Anglican Leadership Institute Reaffirms Faith in Scripture, Creeds & Great Commission

We also reaffirm our ordination vows to be diligent in prayer, to faithfully preach the Word of God, to administer the sacraments and to live holy lives.

We commit ourselves to stand firm on the teaching of the historic creeds, the Thirty-Nine Articles and especially on the clear teaching of Scripture on human sexuality.

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October 16 2017 By dvirtue Reformed Episcopal Church Pastoral Letter on the Ordination of Women

Among the topics discussed was the recent statement issued by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), regarding the ordination of women. This statement arose from the conclave held in Victoria, British Columbia, September 5-7, 2017, and represents the first attempt by the ACNA College of Bishops, since the completion of the study by the Task Force on Holy Orders, to address the differing positions on this issue among the dioceses of the ACNA.

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October 15 2017 By dvirtue Hiltz expects sanctions on Canadian church if it approves same-sex marriage

Hiltz had recently returned from the 2017 meeting of primates from across the Anglican Communion held in Canterbury, England., October 2-6. On the second day of the meeting, the Scottish Episcopal Church, which voted in June to allow same-sex marriages, agreed to accept the same "consequences" that the primates had imposed on The Episcopal Church (TEC) in 2016 after its decision to allow same-sex marriages.

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October 12 2017 By dvirtue Sale of Newport's St. James church called off; long-locked doors will reopen

The Right Rev John Taylor, bishop coadjutor for the diocese and the successor to Bruno, who is retiring soon, said in an interview Wednesday that the church's reopening date is to be determined but that it will be as soon as pastorally and practically possible.

"These matters are sensitive and involve the feelings and prerogatives of a lot of folks," he said.

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October 11 2017 By dvirtue Anglican Diocese of Sydney donates $1 million to 'no' campaign in same-sex marriage poll

'The stakes are high and the cost is high,' he told a meeting of all the churches in Sydney on Monday. 'Yet the cause is just and it is a consequence of our discipleship to uphold the gift of marriage as God has designed it -- a creation ordinance for all people.'

He added he would 'make no apology' for urging Australians to vote 'no' in the poll, which was commissioned by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to advise parliament but is not legally binding.

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October 10 2017 By dvirtue Concord NH police, St. Paul’s School review their understanding on crime reporting

Both Saint Paul’s and Phillips Exeter made national headlines in recent years for their handling of sexual misconduct allegations against students and former teachers. The boarding schools also independently hired law firms to investigate claims brought by students against former faculty and staff spanning decades.

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