Keeping up to date with recent news about our parishes, organisations and the wider church.
Local & Wider News
Anglican church splits: conservatives form Australian breakaway - Australia’s Anglican church has split, and conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage have launched a breakaway movement led by former Sydney archbishop Glenn Davies aiming to lure Anglicans who are unhappy with progressive bishops (Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Aug 2022)
Mission in Europe and the Future of Anglicanism: In 1990 the adult membership of the Church in Wales was 98,900, but in 2016 it had dropped to 45,800. At the same time, in the Church of England’s Diocese of London adult membership rose from 45,100 to 73,900. British Anglicanism has changed significantly in the last 30 years (Covenant, Living Church Foundation, 2018... but worth a read!)
Happy 100th for league member: Barbara Gillies’ 100th birthday was celebrated by the Victoria League on Tuesday with an afternoon tea function that attracted league members from as far away as Invercargill (Barbara is a member at the Otago Peninsula Parish) (Star, 4 August 2022).
Snippets shared from Christchurch
- As Lambeth winds up, video highlights of Day 12 can be seen here. (7:43)
- 85 year old message in a bottle.
National Anglican News at Taonga
Bishops sign LGBT+ affirmation
Archbishop Don Tamihere, Archbishop Philip Richardson and Bishop Ross Bay have joined more than 170 Episcopal and Anglican bishops in a statement that affirms and celebrates LGBT+ people and their full inclusion in the Church.
Bishops launch ‘Communion forest’
Bishops gathered at the Lambeth Conference travelled to Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, where they planted the first saplings in the “Communion Forest”– a project that asks Anglicans around the globe to plant trees to mark their faith milestones.
Book turns to Aotearoa faith heroes
Archbishop David Moxon's new book highlights heroes of the faith whose ministry crossed the cultural boundaries of Māori and Pākehā in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Wider World
- Fire at Cairo Coptic Church kills 41 people
- Eight injured in shooting in Jerusalem
- The last place left for real online conversation
- S.Mary's Timaru reaches pinnacles of restoration
- 'Abuse survivors: 'NZ Catholic redress not fit for purpose'
- Akld City Mission HomeGround wins architecture award
- Stuff scrutinises 'Light of Nations' church finances
- Pope Francis meets transgendered Catholics
- Japan's cabinet reshapes after "Moonies" revelations
- Church removes mural due to Grenfell tragedy
- Scottish bishop stood down amid bullying claims
- Surveys test US millennials' digital religion habits
- US Episcopalians respond to Kentucky floods
- Living with and forgiving our imperfections
- How 2 Japanese religions came to terms with Hiroshima
- London diocesan manager siphons £5.2M church funds
- Commissioner finds migrant exploitation in Blenheim
- Ex-Celebration Church folk tell of 'deliverance' harms
- Gloriavale school closes due to abuse allegations
- Brian Tamaki plans protests as others counterprotest
- Wellington bishops' spouses reflect on Lambeth
- Sri Lankan Catholics warn of Govt crackdown
- Evidence of Moonies' reach in Japan emerges
- Lambeth hears indigenous perspectives from AIN
- Sexuality questions will not be solved at Lambeth
The Diocese of Waiapu have created YouTube channel for discussion around the topic of Church in todays society. Thinking about key issues, reimagining ancient traditions, and what does it mean to be a missional light in the darkness. Each video is 10 minutes long and introduces a key theme to explore with discussion questions included. You can access (and sign up to) this channel here.