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September 12 2018 By dvirtue NEW ZEALAND: Anglican church leaders resign over Anglican decision on same-sex blessings

"It's not easy to be a Christian in today's society, so if you're actually going to be a Christian you may as well hold onto what you believe rather than running with the crowd," Anderson said.

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. Former Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews discusses the regional synod vote in March.

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September 11 2018 By dvirtue Anglican bishop among dead in South Sudan plane crash

The Rt Rev Simon Adut was among the dead, Abel confirmed.

One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with a charity, was in stable condition and flown to Juba having undergone surgery in Yirol, the minister said.

The plane crashed by a river and an eyewitness had earlier said bodies were recovered from the water.

There were three children among the 22 passengers, another source said.

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September 10 2018 By dvirtue ALBANY: Resolution B012 given wide hearing at clergy retreat

I invited the clergy to reflect and share their thoughts regarding B012, particularly as it impacts them individually and their ministry as deacons and priests; the potential impact on their parishes; and the potential impact on the Diocese as a whole. I also asked what they would like to see from the Bishop prior to December 2nd (the first Sunday of Advent and the effective date of all General Convention Resolutions).

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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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