A judge will decide who has the right to the title of Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, which broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences.
U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck heard oral arguments Thursday over the Rev. Charles vonRosenberg's effort to halt the Rev. Mark Lawrence's usage of the title. The Rev. Lawrence presently heads the theologically conservative South Carolina Diocese, which broke away from The Episcopal Church over its support for homosexuality and treatment of Lawrence.
The Rev. vonRosenberg presently heads the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the name given to those Episcopalians in the Diocese who want to remain with the national church. VonRosenberg has sued Lawrence over usage of the title of bishop, arguing that Lawrence renounced this title when he opted to leave The Episcopal Church in January. more >>
The new Anglican Archbishop of Australia, Bishop Glenn Davies, said that Christians need to show compassion and care to all who are made in God's image, regardless of their ethnic and religious affiliations, referring specifically to asylum seekers.
"What we need to do as a Christian church is call upon the Government to act with compassion and care for people who are made in the image of God, regardless of their ethnic origin, their religious affiliation," Dr. Davies said, according to ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
Davies was elected on Tuesday by the 800 member body of the church's synod. He succeeds Peter Jensen, who held the position for 12 years. The Anglican Church of Australia is the country's second largest church with close to 4 million members, second only to the Roman Catholic Church in Australia. more >>
Speaking recently at the United Nation's launch of its "Free & Equal" campaign to promote fair treatment of LGBT persons, former archbishop and South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu declared that the issue was so close to his heart that he "would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven" and instead choose "the other place."
The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former head of the South African Anglican Church and South African Council of Churches made the remarks last Friday, July 26, during the press event in his home country, where same-sex marriage is legal but where views remain antagonistic toward homosexuals.
Calling for greater protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons, Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, 81, said, "I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place." more >>
Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, recently shared his testimony with the press and said that not every "true Christian" needs to have a personal conversion experience and that for him, speaking in tongues is routine.
"It's just a routine part of spiritual discipline – you choose to speak and you speak a language that you don't know. It just comes," said Welby in an interview with The Telegraph.
Speaking in tongues, or "glossolalia," is not embraced by all Christians, as some believe that the ability to speak in other human languages or an intelligible prayer language was inspired by the Holy Spirit only among Christians of the first century Church. more >>
The head of the 85-million member worldwide Anglican Communion has officially sent his congratulations to the royal family over its most recent addition. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, sent out the message Monday after news of the birth was released by Buckingham Palace.
"I am delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy," said Welby. "Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time. May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead."
Throughout the weekend, the world was anxiously awaiting the news of the pending arrival of the child of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. On social media, the phase #royalbaby trended across the world on Twitter while news organizations streamed live footage from the Palace waiting for the results. more >>
A task force created by The Episcopal Church to investigate changes within the denomination's ecclesiastical structure has met and released a new report.
"Structural, administrative, and governance change is only one component of the renewal to which the church is being called. Our deepest hope and prayer for our work is that it will be part of, and will continue to catalyze, the renewal that is taking place in many places around the church," reads part of the report from the Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC). met last week at the Institute of Technology in Linthicum, Maryland.
"In order for structural, administrative, and governance reforms to be compelling and to effect meaningful change, they must be grounded in a coherent vision for what those structures are supposed to do in the life of the church," TREC stated in a news release provided by the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs on Tuesday. more >>