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September 11 2017 By dvirtue Australian Anglicans brand Scottish Episcopal Church 'contrary to the teaching of Christ'

The vote on Thursday sets up a showdown next month as global Anglican leaders, including the Scottish and Australian leaders, will gather in Canterbury for the second time in less than two years.

Archbishop Freier faces a tense encounter with his Scottish counterpart at a primates meeting in Canterbury next month.Reuters

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September 10 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Bruno pushes back on Title IV disciplinary measures against him

The Hearing Panel also strongly recommended that "as a matter of justice", the Diocese of Los Angeles "immediately suspend its efforts to sell the St. James property, that it restore the congregation and vicar to the church building and that it reassign St. James the Great to appropriate mission status."

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September 09 2017 By dvirtue ACNA College of Bishops Statement on the Ordination of Women

I write to thank you for your prayers for our meeting. Each bishop shared his personal position on the ordination of women, and the position of his diocese. We spent time listening to each other and to the Lord. The deliberation was frank and, at times, poignant and painful.

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue AUSTRALIA: ACNA Consecration Fallout

The letter of complaint is signed by Bishops Andrew Curnow (Bendigo), Kay Goldsworthy (Gippsland, recently elected Archbishop of Perth), Bill Ray (North Queensland), and John Stead (Willochra).

"Archbishop Glen Davies and Bishop Richard Condie participated in the consecration of a bishop for Europe in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), a church that is not a member of the Anglican Communion and is not in communion with the Anglican Church of Australia," they wrote.

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September 03 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina and 29 Parish Churches File Motion for Rehearing in State Supreme Court

In a decision that partly reversed the February 2015 Circuit Court ruling of Judge Diane Goodstein, the Supreme Court significantly changed court precedents in multiple areas and divested the property rights of at least 28 congregations and over 20,000 church members.

Grounds for Rehearing

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue WALES: Bishop Joanna makes history by leading worship at Pride Cymru

Pride Cymru's Big Weekend began on Friday and took place on the lawns of Cardiff City Hall, in the heart of the capital city.

The #FaithTent was run by the Gathering -- an LGBT+ church for everyone -- in partnership with the Christian group, CATAC -- Changing Attitude Cymru.

Other Church in Wales leaders also took part in events at the #FaithTent, which this year focused on welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue PERTH: The Dean of St George's Cathedral backs a Yes vote in same-sex marriage postal survey

Stressing he is fronting the campaign as an individual Christian, rather than his position as a senior Anglican, Mr Pengelley said that he had real experience of the struggles faced by same-sex attracted people.

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue Hurricane Harvey brings out the best and worst in people

Even though I come from northern Wisconsin, I have lived through hurricanes in five states: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Maine. This is my third in Texas -- Rita, Ike and now Harvey. I rode out Hurricane Andrew in the Courthouse of New Iberia Parish for USA Today. I know how strong a hurricane can be. During the height of Andrew's fury, the courthouse shook!

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August 30 2017 By dvirtue Seminaries Reflect Struggles of Mainline Churches

"We're going to see a bunch of seminaries close in the next 50 years," said Gary Hall, the chair of EDS's board of trustees. "The church is shrinking. The need for clergy is shrinking. And the institutional support is shrinking."

Mainline Protestant seminaries are facing an existential crisis after a decade of mounting red ink.

Enrollment has fallen by nearly 25% over the past decade, according to the Association of Theological Schools, an accrediting agency.

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August 29 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Camp Allen flooded, 30 people trapped with three days of food

On Thursday (Aug. 24) two things happened. Cursillo started at Camp Allen and a weakened and disorganized Harvey decided to intensify in the bath-warm water of the Gulf of Mexico and zero in on the south Texas coast with 130 mph winds. By Thursday evening, feeder band clouds were starting to swirl and the first few drops of rain fell. That was just a hint of what was to come.

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