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Author: Jordan Trumble

In Canada, former bishop’s residence is repurposed as homeless shelter

This past fall, the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Fredericton offered the six-bedroom residence to use as an overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness in their city, which is the capital of the province of New Brunswick.  At the time, they estimated that there were 35 people sleeping on the streets in the city of approximately 60,000.  

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How2charist: Digital Instructed Eucharist premieres at Forma conference

“Being at Forma has been so fantastic because this was always meant to be a communal resource for formation and evangelism, and that’s been evident here: folks have come up to me beaming with pride because they were one of the project backers, or bubbling with excitement about the ways in which they’re dreaming of using it.”

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Church of England publishes pastoral guidance on gender transition liturgy

““For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service. Some trans people may not wish their former name or gender to be mentioned. It should be noted that the giving or adoption of a new name has a long history in the Judeo-Christian tradition as may be evidenced from Scripture. In some Christian circles, for example, it is customary for candidates to adopt an additional or saint’s name at their confirmation. In monastic communities it is not unusual for a person, either on receiving the habit or at profession, to take a new name.”

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Diocese of Texas announces slate for next bishop suffragan

The Rev. Chuck Treadwell, Search Committee Chair and Rector of St. David’s, Austin, stated, “Each person brings unique gifts and disposition, and each has secular and church experience that makes them qualified to do the work of this particular office…Each would work well with Bishop Andy Doyle and complement the gifts of our other bishops and diocesan staff.”

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Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in Colorado diagnosed with stage 1 cancer

Lucas writes: “As Breast Cancer Awareness Month winds down, I find myself grateful: grateful that the Episcopal Church prioritizes preventative care for its employees, grateful that my primary care doctor is diligent in her care for me, grateful that technology makes stage 1 cancer detection possible, grateful for the medical team that cares for me, and grateful for all the encouragement from friends and colleagues who are survivors. I am blessed beyond measure for all of the people in my life who make carrying this load easier.”

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Christian Left gains attention following interment of Matthew Shepard at Washington National Cathedral

“Robinson’s words, like Curry’s, offer a vision of a religious tradition that marries a commitment to fight social injustice with a theologically robust account of why that fight is so important. For Robinson and Curry alike, a commitment to inclusion and justice isn’t just part of political progressivism, but part of the Christian message itself.”

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