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November 25 2018 By dvirtue CMS-Africa celebrates anniversary by opening new hub for Africa mission

CMS Africa House in Nairobi was opened by the former Archbishops of Tanzania and Rwanda, Donald Mtetemela and Onesphore Rwaje. Two hundred guests attended the ceremony including key church leaders from across Africa -- among them the outgoing international director of CMS-Africa, Dennis Tongoi, and his successor, Canon Moses Bushendich.

Canon Moses described the building as a "miracle of faith, belief and trust in God.

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November 22 2018 By dvirtue ACNA: New England Elects Next Bishop

Since October 2009, the Rev. Andrew Williams has been the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, with an area of focus in developing and overseeing a new outreach strategy through the creation and support of Mission Shaped Communities (MSC's). These communities are led by lay-persons and have broadened and multiplied the ministry of his congregations, leading to significant growth in depth and multiplication in numbers.

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November 20 2018 By dvirtue SOUTH CAROLINA: Judge Dickson Will Determine What the Supreme Court Opinions Mean

Alan Runyan argued for the Diocese that given the lack of clarity in the five separate opinions, Judge Dickson had to first decide, what, if anything, the Supreme Court decided. The slide presentation summarizing his argument may be found here.

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November 14 2018 By dvirtue New Zealand Church leaders rejects Sydney proposal for overlapping Anglican jurisdiction

The motion passed by the Anglican Church in ANZP explicitly states that there should be no change to "the Church's teaching on the nature of marriage [which] is to affirm marriage as between a man and a woman"; but it went on to say that that individual bishops should be free to use provisions already within the province's canons for "a non-formulary service" to allow for the blessing of same-sex relationships.

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November 13 2018 By dvirtue GEORGIA: Bishop Benhase to bow out. Cites health concerns

A rare honest moment for a bishop who once said this; "The unmerited grace of the Gospel of Jesus is the only medicine that can cure this socio-economic disease. That Gospel tells us that we're not valued for what we produce. We're valued because God graced humanity in Jesus and the imputed righteousness of his cross declares we all have infinite worth. But such a Gospel can only be taught by a church that sees our "performacist" culture clearly. And our culture is literally killing us."

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November 13 2018 By dvirtue Presiding Bishop Weighs in on Bishop William Love's November 10 Pastoral Letter and Directive

As members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12), we also are committed to respecting the conscience of those who hold opinions that differ from the official policy of The Episcopal Church regarding the sacrament of marriage. It should be noted that the canons of The Episcopal Church give authority to all members of the clergy to decline to officiate a marriage for reasons of conscience, and Resolution B012 of the 79th General Convention does not change this fact.

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November 09 2018 By dvirtue Diocese of Huron faces civil lawsuit over sex abuse

Here are excerpts: The former Anglican priest who was convicted Tuesday of four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault of boys from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation already is facing civil action from another victim in London and a counter-claim from the Diocese of Huron.

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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Sydney Anglicans back down on proposal to ban Indigenous smoking ceremonies

The reports have also shocked principals who have regularly held smoking ceremonies on school grounds and infuriated local ministers who told ABC News that there had been no consultation and that it would be deeply embarrassing and offensive to Indigenous friends and parishioners.

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November 06 2018 By dvirtue Baltimore judge denies ex-bishop Heather Cook's request for immediate release from prison in fatal DUI crash

He said if he granted the terms Cook requested -- that two of her four sentences be changed from consecutive to concurrent status -- it would amount to ruling that she spend no time behind bars on one of those counts: the crime of leaving the scene of a collision.

If approved, would have cut two years off Cook's time served, leaving her eligible for almost immediate release.

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue HOB to see an increase in the number of female bishops joining its ranks

This year (2018) many bishops have been throwing their miters into the retirement ring sending their dioceses into a search mode for a new bishop.

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