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February 21 2018 By dvirtue Historic Churches: Six Cases

Historic church buildings tend to give value to the community beyond the members of the congregation. Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit agency that provides consulting and grants to churches, has identified an "economic halo effect" of historic church buildings.

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February 14 2018 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina Asks US Supreme Court for Review

Nearly 40 years after this Court last addressed the neutral-principles approach in Jones, the courts are deeply divided about what "neutral" means. For many courts, "neutral" means just that--"neutral": the high courts of seven States, plus the Eighth Circuit and three intermediate state courts, follow Jones' clear guidance and resolve property disputes between religious organizations by applying well-established state trust and property law.

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February 14 2018 By dvirtue Australian Anglican Bishops Will Not Face Disciplinary Procedure for Attending GAFCON Consecration

The Registrar of the Appellate Tribunal, Anne Hywood, wrote to all Diocesan Bishops, Administrators and Chancellors to report that the Primate's previous referral of Bishop Glenn Davies, Richard Condie and Gary Nelson for their attendance at the ACNA consecration has now been discontinued.

No further action will be taken on the Reference by the Appellate Tribunal.

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February 02 2018 By dvirtue Unborn babies lose in US Senate

The latest bill for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was introduced to the 115th Congress in January 2017 by Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-R). His House Bill HR 36, had 182 co-sponsors. Franks, a Baptist, stepped down from Congress on Jan. 31 amid allegations of alleged sexual harassment. Franks is the fourth US legislator to leave Congress under a cloud of suspicion.

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February 02 2018 By dvirtue TALLAHASSEE, FL: St. Peter's named Anglican Cathedral as leadership role grows

So it should come as no surprise that significant leadership for the young Anglican Church in North America has risen from the modest-sized city of Tallahassee.

This week, it has been my great pleasure to designate St. Peter's Anglican Church as the Cathedral of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the ACNA.

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February 02 2018 By dvirtue "We want a local bishop" say Ethiopian Anglicans

The Church in the Gambella region is possibly the fastest-growing part of the Anglican Communion, much of it sparked by the arrival of refugees from South Sudan. The first Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa was Andrew Proud, who served from 2007 before being appointed Area Bishop of Reading in the Church of England's Diocese of Oxford. His successor, Bishop Grant Grant LeMarquand, an American, served the area with his wife Wendy, a medical doctor.

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January 30 2018 By dvirtue DC Episcopalians Opt for Open Borders and Transgenderism, Eschew Gendered Pronouns for God

According to statistics made available by the Episcopal Church, St. Thomas has declined precipitously in the past five years, shrinking from a weekly attendance of 150 down to 75 (-50%). St. Margaret’s has similarly declined from approximately 240 attendees in 2006 down to 130 (-46%).

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January 26 2018 By dvirtue CHENNAI: Church of South India Moderator Arrested for Embezzling $2.5 million

Now, first place, for being the most corrupt province in the Anglican Communion is the Church of South India, where a battle rages over the Moderator's inordinate use of power to control everything, taking funds and using them for his own personal use. It's a nightmare story that seems never to end. Over the past two years VOL has run several stories on the emerging corruption in the CSI. The courts are now beginning to rule against CSI leaders.

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January 25 2018 By dvirtue Justin Welby under fire over refusal to say sorry over 'trashing' of Bishop George Bell's name

Archbishop Welby has been under pressure to say sorry following the publication of an independent report which concluded Bishop Bell's reputation had been wrongly destroyed.

Senior academics had written an open letter to the Telegraph complaining that the archbishop had shamed his office with "irresponsible and dangerous" claims that Bishop Bell may have been a paedophile.

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January 21 2018 By dvirtue Same-sex marriage ban divides Middle Tennessee Episcopalians

Lay and clergy delegates of the diocese approved a resolution Saturday afternoon to send that message to the triennial General Convention, the Episcopal Church's governing body that is meeting in July in Austin, Texas. It was approved nearly unanimously during the diocese's Annual Convention at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro.

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