Day: May 11, 2016

Aotearoa, New Zealand, Polynesia: No to same-sex blessings

The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia opened last Friday in Napier, with planned discussion topics including environmental concerns, childhood poverty, gender-based violence, confirmation – and the blessing of same-sex marriages. A report prepared by the Way Forward Working Group was specifically liturgical in nature, according to the Episcopal …

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Fort Worth Bishop among the voices in school bathroom debate

In Texas, the Fort Worth school district has put into words what its superintendent already says is practice – the requirement that all schools provide “access to restrooms consistent with ‘the gender identity that each student consistently and uniformly asserts’” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 6). The formal statement of the requirement has drawn a harsh …

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“Relinquishment of Self”: The Citadel and a student’s hijab

A Muslim student admitted to the Citadel has requested to wear her hijab, but that request has been turned down, according to Religion News Service: “Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model,” [Citadel president John] Rosa said in a statement Tuesday (May 10). “This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during …

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