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LDS Church reverses ban on baptisms of children of LGBT parents

Although this move is a shocking policy reversal in the eyes of many, the reversal does not officially change the LDS Church’s stance or teaching against same-sex marriage. Rather, this change in policy simply offers a venue for the inclusion of children and youth who would have otherwise been excluded until legal adulthood.

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Anglicans and Episcopalians respond to devastation left by Cyclone Idai

“People live such precarious lives already and there’s very little safety net so when something like this happens, the level of destruction is so much worse than it is for us here.  People are living on the edge.  Five days later, people are still living on rooftops waiting to be rescued,” stated the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional of Lexington and former Bishop of Niassa (Mozambique).

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Washington National Cathedral announces investigation into any past reports of sexual misconduct

Hollerith writes, “We find ourselves in a moment in which schools, churches, universities and others are reckoning with painful cases of abuse, assault or harassment from years past. Of all the institutions in our public life, the church must be held to the highest standards of accountability, protection and justice, particularly when it involves situations involving children or minors.”

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The Diocese of the Internet: the ministry of bishops in the social media age

The Rt. Rev. Susan Bell, Bishop of Niagra, sees social media use as a way of reaching new people and noted, 

“For Anglicans in particular, the Reformation taught us that communicating the gospel in the vernacular was a core value…Well, social media is the vernacular now, and we are bound by our polity, tradition and the Great Commission to preach the gospel to the whole creation using whatever tools the Lord makes available to us.”

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The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson analyzes and explains UMC GC2019

“I served as ecumenical officer of the Episcopal Church and have been to a number of General Conferences. I’ve told Episcopal Church colleagues that what was coming in the United Methodist Church would make the conflict the Episcopal Church had over Gene Robinson look like the Council of Nicaea by comparison. I knew it would be bad. But the Special General Conference was even worse than I imagined, with a level of hurt, anger, vitriol, and despair that was truly hard to witness. Many people are shocked, angry, hurt, and feel abandoned by their church.

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Archbishop’s Task Group plans Season of Repentance and Prayer

“We’ve been very clear when we first proposed a season of repentance that this is about the biblical admonition that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that every one of us has areas in our lives individually, and corporately that require repentance…some of that repentance is around how we treat one another, how we have worked with, or not with one another. And that we believe that all of us can examine ourselves in the season of Lent,” says Bishop Linda Nicholls of the Diocese of Huron.

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