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September 07 2018 By dvirtue Bishop Curry's "Love" Language Doesn't Halt Episcopal Decline

A loss of 13,709 attendees to a total of 556,744 resulted in a 2.4% decline in average Sunday attendance (ASA), despite occurring in a year when Christmas Eve occurred on a Sunday, which typically boosts attendance figures. The church's 10 year decline in attendance currently stands at 24%. The mean ASA is 55 persons, down from 57 in 2016.

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September 06 2018 By dvirtue UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA: The Bishop Waldo Disaster

Here is the reported trend for Upper South Carolina's average Sunday attendance (ASA).

2009: ASA 8,337
2010: ASA 8,124
2011: ASA 8,214
2012: ASA 7,812
2013: ASA 7,601
2014: ASA 7,492
2015: ASA 7,108
2016: ASA 6,959
2017: ASA 6,755

The total loss in average Sunday worshipers has been 18.9% thus far during the Waldo era.

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September 04 2018 By dvirtue NZ: Splinter group splits from Anglican church over same-sex blessing

The vote in May allowed same-sex blessings in Anglican churches across New Zealand.

The Anglican ruling body, the general Synod, voted in May to allow same-sex blessings, but only if they are authorised by the local bishop. The motion only allowed blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples who were married elsewhere. The proposal would also give each diocese's bishop and clergy immunity from complaint if they refused to conduct blessings of same-sex couples.

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September 04 2018 By dvirtue Facing a schism: A bishop, gay marriage and the Episcopal diocese of Albany

"You know, I'm the cathedral's florist," said Louis Bannister, a gay member of the Cathedral of All Saints on Elk Street. "I can arrange the flowers for anyone's wedding but my own."

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August 31 2018 By dvirtue Stonewall UK CEO offers rationale for LGBT Inclusion

"We can actually start making some progress! The Church of England should be better than this. It's how it works. It should be able to cope with dissent and disagreement - good disagreement. I spoke to Synod last year- some of you may have been there. I was slightly undercover, in that I didn't tell Stonewall I was doing it! -- and I thought 'This suits you. This indecisiveness suits how you work.' And we need to be better than that."

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August 29 2018 By dvirtue UGANDA: Archbishop Stanley Ntagali speaks out on retirement

The 63-year-old who was elected Archbishop by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda on 22nd June 2012 and enthroned on 16th December 2012 in St. Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe, Kampala, said he will leave the management of the Church of Uganda (CoU) in 2020 when he clocks the mandatory retirement age of 65.

He was addressing the CoU Provincial Assembly on 24 August at All Saints Church Nakasero, Kampala.

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August 27 2018 By dvirtue NEW HAMPSHIRE: Further sexual misconduct substantiated at St. Paul's School

Former students told investigators of a teacher who went skinny dipping with students, and one who took them for drives in his Rolls Royce. They describe vivid, disturbing memories and say, looking back, it is clear to them they were being groomed.

The new accounts substantiate some of the allegations detailed in earlier reports. Two former faculty members are named for the first time.

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August 25 2018 By dvirtue Australian Archbishop presents proposal for NZ Anglican future

However, following the recommendations of 'Report on Motion 29 Working Group' to amend the canons of ACANZP, the General Synod passed Motion 7, which authorised diocesan bishops to allow clergy in their diocese to bless same gender relationships in 'a non-formulary service'. According to the amended canon, no member of the clergy can face disciplinary action either for agreeing to bless such relationships, or for refusing to do so.

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August 21 2018 By dvirtue FT. WORTH: Bishop Iker announces plans for retirement

A Nominating Committee for the selection of a slate of candidates is to be formed in October. Provisions for the process are set forth in diocesan Canon 40, which calls for two representatives (one lay, one clerical) to be elected from each of the six Deaneries. Eight additional members (four lay, four clerical) will be elected by the Executive Council, and the Standing Committee will elect a further eight committee members (four lay, four clerical) and a chairman.

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August 11 2018 By dvirtue Barnabas Fund founder Dr Patrick Sookhdeo in unanimous "not guilty" verdict: we reveal the facts

The Snaresbrook trial, which of course took place in a secular court, took an unexpected turn. Seemingly due to a lack of evidence, the prosecution appeared to put Patrick's faith and church practises on trial. Sadly, as has been the case in many recent trials, the police documents that might have helped the defence, either were disclosed during the trial or never disclosed (as the file had been "misplaced").

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