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July 02 2018 By dvirtue Seven TEC Bishops bow to DEPO to accommodate same-sex marriage

"In the circumstance of disagreement regarding the actions of the (2003) 74th General Convention on issues of human sexuality, we commit ourselves to providing and to making provision for pastoral care for dissenting congregations, and we recognize that there may be a need for a bishop to delegate some pastoral oversight," the Episcopal bishops said in their 2004 document entitled 'Caring for all the Churches.' "Oversight means the episcopal acts performed as part of a diocesan bishop's min

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June 30 2018 By dvirtue The Vocation of Anglican Communion - A Statement of TEC Communion Partner Bishops

As Communion Partner bishops in the Episcopal Church, we seek to "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" with our brothers and sisters here at home and throughout the Anglican Communion (Eph. 4:3). We believe that we all are joined together indissolubly by the waters of baptism, and that we all are called to share one bread and one cup in the Eucharist as the principal sign of our common faith and full communion in the Lord.

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June 28 2018 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: Report on GAFCON

A sizeable cross stands on the stage, following delicate negotiations with the ICC management. "We will proclaim" with the congregational response "Christ faithfully to all nations" is the watchword of the gathering. The role of the African church in the movement and the Communion was silently stated by the background of the first Bible Reading by Bishop Alfred Olwa from Uganda and the Keynote address by the GAFCON chairman, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria.

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June 26 2018 By virtueonline Church of Ireland bishop defends attendance at conservative forum

Bishop of Down and Dromore Harold Miller said, at the event, he "saw a spirit of forgiveness, love and blessing of others, alongside a determination to stand firm in what they believe. This for me was one of the most powerful experiences of the week".

Bishop Miller and Bishop Ferran Glenfield of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh diocese attended the meeting with other senior clergy from the Church of Ireland and members of Gafcon Ireland which was set up last April.

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June 25 2018 By virtueonline IRELAND: Bishops' presence at Gafcon an 'absolute disgrace'

They have described it as "an absolute disgrace", "schismatic", and as illustrating "how utterly out of touch some senior clergy" were with church membership.

Bishop Harold Miller of Down and Dromore and Bishop Ferran Glenfield of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh attended the meeting with other senior clergy from the Church of Ireland and members of Gafcon Ireland set up last April.

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June 24 2018 By virtueonline ACNA primate gets top GAFCON post

Taking the General Secretary's slot is to be Archbishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria). He is to be assisted in his task by five newly-created regional deputies, including two from ACNA.

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June 23 2018 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: Letter to the Churches - GAFCON Assembly 2018

We met together around the theme of "Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations". Each day began with common prayer and Bible exposition from Luke 22-24, followed by plenary sessions on God's Gospel, God's Church and God's World.

PROCLAIMING GOD'S GOSPEL

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June 21 2018 By virtueonline Anglican Consultative Council in a snit over GAFCON III's success

They came. Some 1,966 came from 52 countries spanning the globe. Nigeria sent 472 Anglican sons and daughters; the United States sent 367; Uganda sent 232; Australia sent 218; and the United Kingdom, where Anglicanism was founded, sent 204. They also came from Argentina (2); Bermuda (4); Brazil (15); Burundi (1); Cambodia (1); Canada (58); Chile (15); the Congo (34);

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June 21 2018 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: GAFCON III - A truly global gathering

It is all the more remarkable given that much of GAFCON’s support comes from areas of the majority world with only limited access to the web, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

So special is the global engagement that it cries out to be shared, for example, Robert M posted,

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June 20 2018 By virtueonline GAFCON Primates Clarify Remark of Chilean Bishop Tito Zavala to Stay in Communion

The position of GAFCON was clearly stated yesterday by South American Primate Greg Venables who said "we are not leaving the Anglican Communion, we are the Anglican Communion."

Zavala clarified his comment and said that the Diocese of Chile was in the final stage of being a province and reiterated that, "We belong to GAFCON and we have signed the Jerusalem Declaration."

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