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Alabama cathedral agrees to use 1979 BCP and stop withholding funds (updated)

In reliance upon the representations of the Diocese that it will not compel parishes like the Advent to move from or change Rite I, the Advent commits to an orderly transition from its current liturgy to the use of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer for its principal worship service. – from the Covenant between the Cathedral Church of the Advent Birmingham, and the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama

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Drop “The Rev.”?

The motion quotes Peter Hancock, who was the C of E’s lead bishop on safeguarding until last year, who told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) that “issues of clericalism and deference have allowed abuse to be covered up and the voices of the vulnerable to be silenced”.

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Bishop of Liverpool: Church of England should adopt “a gender-neutral marriage canon”

I want to see a gender-neutral marriage canon, such as they have in the Episcopal Church or in the Scottish Episcopal Church. And as a necessary but not sufficient first step I want to see conscientious freedom for the Church’s ministers and local leaders to honour, recognise and, yes indeed, to bless same-sex unions whether civil partnerships or civil marriages. – Paul Bayes

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TEC ran 18 Native-persons boarding schools – where is the apology, the examination?

May this be a time for the Episcopal Church to take the lead and work with the state, local, tribal, and federal authorities to examine and compile all records and sources related to residential schools in the United States, and to begin processes of apology, acknowledgment, and reparations for the Church’s complicity in literal and cultural genocide of Native peoples. – Tom Ferguson

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His ancestor enslaved his

Johnson, an Episcopal priest, retired in 1998. Stewart, who retired from the military in 2003, used his life savings to start a museum dedicated to Black history.

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Take survey on lasting impact of pandemic on Episcopal Church

TryTank Experimental Lab, a joint project of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, and the General Theological Seminary in New York, in collaboration with York St. John University in York, England,  launched a survey on June 4, 2021, to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Episcopal Church.

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