Many stories from around the Episcopal/Anglican world emerge in any given week that we aren’t able to develop further here at the Cafe. So, here is a roundup of stories you might have missed.
A moving story about a vigil service remembering the Pulse shooting in Orlando
In its Mutual Ministry Review, TEC’s Executive Council says its moving in the right direction, plus some other updates from their most recent meeting.
Resolutions from the meeting outlined here: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/06/13/a-summary-of-executive-council-resolutions-11/
A closed church in Belmont, NY is being bought by the County Government and repurposed for public benefit
Mary Frances Shjonberg, long time editor and reporter at ENS was given the House of Deputies medal at the recent Executive Committee meeting.
From Church Times: The church in South Sudan is consecrating a priest from Wisconsin in part to deepen ties to TEC
On pension equity for lay and ordained
from CPG: https://www.cpg.org/global/about-us/press/perspective/spring-2019/lay-employees-retirement/
from 815: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/06/13/executive-council-moves-toward-lay-clergy-pension-parity-for-members-of-churchwide-staff/
A reflection featured in the Hutchison News (Kansas) inspired by the Presiding Bishop
Bishop Curry also inspired a reflection featured in the Walla-Walla Union-Bulletin (Washington state)
Britain and Ireland
Church of England Pensions Board at the forefront of effort to get mining companies to clean up their processes
An editorial from Ireland that is critical of the church, but also offering some interesting food for thought.
The Agenda for the upcoming General Synod of the Church of England is now available
other GS info is here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/work-general-synod/agendas-papers/general-synod-july-2019
Interesting article on the church’s role in the Hong Kong protests
The archbishop has also issued a statement calling for the protests to end
Some background on the upcoming election of a new primate for Nigeria
Representatives from the Anglican Communion spoke to the United Nations about the church’s role in confronting climate change
Another sign of a growing rift within the GAFCON movement; the reactionary Anglican website Anglican Ink has a report on an ACNA priest who has levelled a charge of heresy against one the Nigerian priests recently selected as a bishop for CANA (CANA is Nigeria’s missionary effort in the US and a ministry partner of ACNA).
Image: The former St Philip’s Church in Belmont, NY (Chris Potter/ the Spectator)