The second-most senior figure in the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of York, has recorded three video messages to mark Easter this year.
The videos include short reflections by Dr. John Sentamu for Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, and have been added to social media website YouTube.
The Archbishop said it was important that the Church gets the good news of Easter out to as many people as possible. more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron has pleaded for Christians in the country to stick by him despite his attempts to legalize same sex marriage in the U.K., prompting the question how much support can he really enjoy from the Church?
Cameron, in his bid to repair and strengthen his relationship with Christians, has welcomed attempts by religious leaders to fight secular efforts to remove references of faith from public life. The British PM has also tried to assure Churches that they would not be forced to marry same-sex couples even if gay marriages were accepted by law.
The British government's current objective is to facilitate legal civil marriage for same-sex couples by 2015, though the nation's Catholic Church leaders have remained firm in their defense of the current definition of marriage, and have staunchly rejected any attempts to redefine it. more >>
The Church of England has voted down a "unity covenant" that was intended to help keep together the Anglican Communion, which is experiencing fierce divisions over theological differences among its member churches.
First proposed in 2004 amid the controversy surrounding some member churches' acceptance of homosexuality and female clergy, the covenant laid a process to deal with any church seen as possibly disrupting the unity of the 77 million member Anglican Communion.
Championed by outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, the covenant was declared defeated after the 23 nay votes had been cast out of the 44 Dioceses of the Church of England. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who announced last week that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of December, is facing up to both public support and criticism of many of the decisions he made as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion during his 10-year reign.
For years, Williams has tried to keep the global communion together and prevent the estimated 80 million-member body from splitting.
While the Episcopal Church – the U.S. body of Anglicanism – has seen thousands of members leave over the ordination of openly homosexual bishops and departure from traditional Anglicanism, those breakaway parishioners and parishes have remained aligned with the Anglican Communion. A number of disaffected bishops in the Church of England have, meanwhile, left and joined the Catholic Church. more >>
Ten of the 22 members of Trinity Church's board of directors have been forced out or quit over alleged subversion of the institution's mission and extravagant spending by the rector of the Episcopal church in Lower Manhattan, the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper.
Former directors accuse 67-year-old Cooper, who heads the world's richest Anglican parish with over $1 billion in Manhattan real estate, of departing from Trinity's original mission and wasting money, New York Post reported Sunday.
Accusations against Cooper include misreporting of numbers of worshippers on Sunday services; demands for a $5.5 million SoHo townhouse; an allowance for his Florida condo and a fat salary; trips around the world at church's expense; wasting more than $1 million on development plans for a luxury condo tower; and spending $5 million on a publicity campaign. His compensation was worth $1.3 million in 2010 and it included a salary of $346,391 and deferred compensation of $507,940. more >>
A feminist theologian is claiming that Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite.
Dr. Susannah Cornwall, a professor at Manchester University's Lincoln Theological Institute, wrote in a recent paper that the idea that Jesus was male is "simply a best guess."
She made the comments in response to an ongoing debate in the U.K. over having women bishop in the Church of England. more >>