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Weekly roundup for June 8th

Weekly roundup for June 8th

Episcopal Church
From ENS, an interesting look at the Episcopal Church’s relationship the church in Sudan. I’ve become more aware of this recently as there is an active Sudanese congregation here in Syracuse.
https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/05/31/south-sudanese-in-diaspora-and-in-africa-garner-renewed-episcopal-church-attention/

 

The Lewis Center for Church leadership has an article on a survey that shows a “welcoming” community as the most important factor for 25-49 yo’s in choosing to go to church.
https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/welcoming-is-the-top-factor-in-church-choice/?id=li20190605

 

Related to the above item, ECF has a series of article on reaching out to the millennial demographic
https://www.ecfvp.org/vestry-papers/108/millennials-and-the-church

 

Feature story  from a local paper focusing on a delegation from the diocese of Vermont that travelled to El Salvador recently to understand how they might be partners in improving things on the ground there.
https://www.stowetoday.com/news_and_citizen/news/local_news/group-aims-to-keep-central-americans-safe-at-home/article_8fc34784-886d-11e9-a3ca-474fa6510b9a.html

 

 

All About Bishops
Texas consecrated their new suffragan bishop
https://www.epicenter.org/article/kathryn-mccrossen-ryan-consecrated-as-bishop-suffragan/

 

Province of West Indies has decided that women can be bishops there too.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/new-archbishop-says-women-bishops-now-a-possibility-arrives-to-fanfare-at-the-nmia_166387?profile=1373

 

El Camino Real elected a new bishop, Lucinda Ashby.
https://www.realepiscopal.org/canon-lucinda-ashby-elected-next-bishop-of-el-camino-real/

 

The bishop of Masvingo in Zimbabwe is visiting the diocese of Fond Du Lac (Wisconsin)
https://doorcountypulse.com/zimbabwean-bishop-visits-episcopal-diocese-of-fond-du-lac/

 

Michigan elected Bonnie A. Perry as their next and 11th bishop
https://www.edomi.org/electing-convention-recap/

 

 

Upcoming General Synod in Canada
Profiles of the five candidates to succeed Hiltz as Primate
https://www.anglicanjournal.com/get-to-know-the-primatial-candidates/

 

A Primer for the upcoming General Synod
https://www.anglicanjournal.com/general-synod-a-primer/

 

 

UK
A priest in the UK is suing to be able not to retire, hoping presumably to drop dead in office like the priest in the first episode of the Vicar of Dibley.
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/31-may/news/uk/priest-takes-diocese-of-london-to-employment-tribunal-over-age-of-retirement

 

 

 

Anglican Communion
Apparently, some scammers in the UK have been pretending to be the Secretary General of the Communion to solicit gift cards
https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/05/criminals-impersonate-anglican-communion-secretary-general-in-itunes-gift-card-fraud.aspx

 

Police in Nigeria have arrested someone for the murder of a diocesan treasurer there who was murdered on the steps of the diocesan offices.
https://tvcnews.tv/police-arrest-suspected-killers-of-anglican-bursar/

 

An opinion piece calling on the Anglican Communion to take action against Nigeria’s homophobia and draconian, anti-LGBT laws
http://news.trust.org//item/20190606081111-h7rey/

 

Related to the above, Thinking Anglicans has a good roundup of coverage and reaction to a recent video from Archbishop Welby and the Primate of Kenya talking about LGBT+ inclusion (or not)
https://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/kenyan-anglicans-support-continued-criminalisation-of-homosexuals/

 

The church and environmental stewardship
https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/06/international-anglican-environment-network-encourages-churches-to-tackle-air-pollution.aspx
and
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/7-june/comment/opinion/this-is-the-moment-to-put-climate-change-back-on-the-political-agenda

 

Priests from the Anglican Church in Japan shared stories of parishioners affected at a recent anti-nuclear rally in Sendai, Japan
https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/06/voices-of-fukushima-power-plant-explosion-victims-strengthens-call-to-ban-nuclear-energy.aspx

 

 

 

And the Rest
ABC News has a story of the growing number of churches paying off medical debt for pennies on the dollar
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/churches-find-calling-paying-off-peoples-medical-debt/story?id=63488795

 

A feel-good story of ecumenical partnership between a diocese in Wales and one in Finland. I’m not aware of any ecumenical diocesan relationships here in TEC, but I wonder if there are any?
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/17684921.new-partnership-agreement-for-welsh-and-finnish-churches/

 


 

image: The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, with the five bishops nominated to stand in the election to select his successor. (Anglican Church of Canada)

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We also have an active and vibrant South Sudanese congregation in Alexandria, VA and our church has had a relationship with the Diocese of Renk for many years. My wife and I visited South Sudan in February/March at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Garang Atem of the Diocese of Renk. It is an amazing place with so much potential and so many problems. It has been my experience that most South Sudanese will correct you if you refer to them as Sudanese. They are South Sudanese since achieving their independence in 2011.

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