Episcopal News Service

Justice Select Committee hears New Zealand bishops’ concern over proposed euthanasia law

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishops in New Zealand opposed to the legalization of medically assisted suicide and euthanasia have cited examples from Europe to warn that “safeguards” imposed when the law is first changed could later be loosened. The seven diocesan bishops in New Zealand are all opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill, which has been introduced by parliamentarian David Seymour.

Archbishop of York lays foundation stone for new priory at Whitby

[Anglican Communion News Service] There has been a monastic community in the North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby since at least AD 657. The monastery is famous as the venue of the crucial Synod that bought together the different strands of Christianity in the Saxon kingdom of Northumbria to agree the date of Easter, amongst other things. The decision to adopt the Roman calculation over the Celtic formula was eventually adopted across Britain.

Diocese of Kansas announces candidates for bishop

[Episcopal Diocese  of Kansas] The Council of Trustees, acting as the canonical Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, presents to the diocese two priests as candidates for the 10th bishop of the diocese:

Prayer service set at Texas detention center during General Convention

[House of Deputies] Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8.

Church in Wales wins contract to train British military chaplains

[Anglican Communion News Service] Chaplains serving U.K. military personnel will continue to be trained by the Church in Wales, after the Anglican province won a contract to provide training for the next five years. Britain’s Ministry of Defense awarded the contract to St. Padarn’s Institute, the Church in Wales’ new training institute. The Church in Wales has been training British military chaplains since 2001 but has to re-bid every five years.

Anglicans worldwide work to provide support, care for refugees

[Anglican Communion News Service] June 20 is World Refugee Day, when the world is called to remember the millions of individuals fleeing their countries as refugees and the millions more internally displaced people stranded within their country with no home to go to.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby released a statement calling on the church to lift up these millions of people in their prayers, and he reflected on ministry to refugees that he had seen on his travels.

Jerusalem archbishop calls for reconciliation among Anglicans

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani has stressed the need for reconciliation amongst Anglicans. Speaking to delegates at the Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON, being held in the city, Dawani spoke of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s work of reconciliation in the Holy Land and emphasized the importance of the Church being one. This message was featured in a homily delivered at an evensong in St George’s Cathedral on June 17 attended by some 200 of the GAFCON participants.

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