The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church has sent a pastoral letter to the members of a diocese whose leadership is defecting from the denomination.
The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori sent the letter to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina on Thursday, writing that she wants the Diocese to remain part of the Church.
"Your presence adds to the ability of this community to discern the will of God, even if you disagree vehemently with one or another resolution passed by a particular General Convention," wrote Schori. more >>
A Virginia congregation that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences has been notified that its appeal was granted by the State Supreme Court regarding issues surrounding funds and property.
The Falls Church Anglican, a large congregation in Fairfax County that left the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia years ago along with several other conservative churches in the Commonwealth, was granted its appeal on Friday.
Jeff Walton, Anglican program director at the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told The Christian Post that the Va. Supreme Court's decision was a "positive development." more >>
A Southern diocese of The Episcopal Church has announced their intention to leave or defect from their denomination in response to disagreements over theological differences between the diocese's bishop and the denomination.
The Diocese of South Carolina, headed by Bishop Mark Lawrence, made the announcement Wednesday, making it the fifth diocese to secede from the mainline Protestant denomination since 2006.
The Rev. Dr. Kendall S. Harmon, Canon Theologian with the Diocese of South Carolina, told The Christian Post that the decision to defect was based off of The Episcopal Church's actions against Bishop Lawrence. more >>
Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Communion, is making one final push for the ordination of women bishops before he officially retires from his position as the Archbishop of Canterbury in December.
"No-one is likely to underrate the significance of November's debate on women bishops in General Synod," Williams wrote in an article for the Church Times published on Friday. "It will shape the character of the Church of England for generations – and I'm not talking only about the decision we shall take, but about the way in which we discuss it and deal with the outcome of it."
Although women can serve as deacons and priests in Anglican churches, they are still fighting for ordination into the highest echelons of the clergy. Many from the more liberal side of the Communion have insisted that the law should change to allow women to be ordained as bishops, but conservatives maintain that Christ's disciples were all men, which is an example they should follow. more >>
A 16-member committee has failed to agree on a successor to Dr Rowan Williams as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Despite deliberating for a scheduled three days the group was unable to make a choice for the next spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
It was hoped that the committee would be able to come up with two names - a "preferred candidate" and a "runner-up" - to send to the British Prime Minister and then the Queen for approval.
The search for the new Archbishop of Canterbury has been unique in that there has been no clear outstanding candidate for the job, as well as the fact that for the first time ever candidates have been interviewed by the Crown Nominations Commission. However, despite the unprecedented move to question candidates face-to-face the committee has been unable to come to a conclusion. more >>
Ahead of the official departure of Dr. Rowan Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury, officials are meeting to decide who will serve as the successor to Dr. Williams and become the spiritual leader of 77 million Anglicans.
The grouped tasked with recommending an appropriate candidate is known as the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). Members of the CNC, who are also responsible for appointing senior Church of England officials, will begin a 3-day meeting today to choose a candidate that will fill the position that has been held by the Archbishop for the last decade.
The CNC will continue its deliberations at a secret location. The commission, which has 16 voting members, is chaired by former Conservative arts minister Lord Richard Luce. Once the members have decided on a candidate and a second-in-line candidate, a formal submission will be delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron. more >>