Australian Cathedral displays sculptures to bring notice to the plight of refugees

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Australia has it’s own situation with boat people. Australia’s Royal Navy intercepts boats full off would-be immigrants and refugees to Australia off that nation’s coasts and detains them in refugee centers. However, Australia has farmed these centers to other island nations in the vicinity of Australia. There are detention centers on Christmas Island, Manus Island and Nauru.

Seven years on the Cathedral of the Diocese of Christchurch still lies in ruin

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Christchurch Cathedral was severely damaged by major earthquakes that hit Christchurch from September 2010 to summer 2012. Other than to secure the structure from further damage and to ensure no one is injured, nothing has been done to replace or repair the building.

The Way of the Cross, a meditation for Holy Week

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By the Revd Br Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG. The video is a set of Stations of the Cross that Tobias created for his parish in 2014. The music for meditating is a Symphonic poem that Tobias wrote in 1982. The music is based on traditional music of the Passion and ends with a chorale that “looks beyond the Way of the Cross towards Easter.”

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Religious liberty vs LGBTQ citizens

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We have perhaps all seen the most vocal situations of businesses not wanting to serve LGBTQ folks. The legal argument is, that any business owner with a firmly held religious belief, should be allowed to refuse service to LGBTQ folks, if serving them would violate the business owner’s belief. The conservative law firms that fight these cases often contend that their position is that which is held by the majority of US citizens. Recent polling affirms that only one group actually supports laws legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ citizens.

The Barna Group encounters another group who don’t attend church

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The conservative research and polling group, Barna, have encountered a separate group of folks in the US who do not attend church. There is a group out there in the US who have religious beliefs and aren’t affiliating with churches. They believe in God and practice their faith on their own, apart from the Church.

One Fifth of Millennials openly identify as LGBTQ

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Most of my life I heard about the 10%. Ten percent of any given population, in any culture, were likely a sexual minority. They fell somewhere on the Kinsey scale of human sexuality other than 100% heterosexual. It has been a real shock at how quickly things have changed in the US regarding LGBTQ acceptance in the last 20 years. We moved from the US Supreme Court striking down all of the sodomy laws in the US with the 1996 decision in Lawrence v Texas to legal same-sex civil marriage in all 50 states in the 2015 decision of Obergefell v Hodges.

Bishop Jon Bruno, bishop diocesan to the See of Los Angeles, faces Title IV hearing this coming week

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The final stage of the disciplinary process of the Episcopal Church against the Rt Revd Jon Bruno, bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, begins this Tuesday, 28 MAR. The hearing runs through Wednesday & Thursday. The hearing is regarding charges of misconduct, brought against Bishop Bruno by the members of the former mission church, St James the Great in Newport Beach.

The Archbishops of the Church of England perpetuate the myth that diametrically opposed beliefs can coexist

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The Archbishops of Canterbury & York have submitted the incident of the appointment of a Bishop diocesan for the Diocese of Sheffield to Sir Phillip Mawer, who is the Independent Reviewer set up by the agreement allowing women to be bishops in the Church of England.

What is institutionalized homophobia?

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Jayne Ozanne, an Evangelical Anglican in the Church of England (CoE), tackles the topic of institutionalized homophobia as she experiences it in the CoE. Jayne has been active in leadership positions in the CoE for a few decades. She was a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council on which she served from 1999 until 2004. She came out as a lesbian in FEB 2015 after trying to “pray away the gay” for a number of years, including two attempts to end her own life. Today she is again a member of the CoE General Synod and one of the chief campaigners for LGBTQ rights/rites in the CoE.