The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firth, the daughter of former Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has revealed that she is giving up her church license over her decision to marry a woman.
"Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa," Tutu-Van Firth said in a statement, according to The Telegraph.
"The bishop of the (Cape Town) diocese was instructed to revoke my licence. I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it." more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is advising Christians not to talk about their faith unless they're asked to do so.
As head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion, Welby was asked at an interfaith event where he draws the line between evangelism and proselytization.
"I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph. more >>
The Church of Scotland's general assembly has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages by making a provision for individual congregations to "opt out" of the Church's traditional view of marriage as between a man and woman.
Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favor of the move on the first day of the annual general assembly meeting in Edinburg on Saturday, according to BBC.
"We had a debate which made very clear that we were not interfering with our theological definition of marriage and were not going to the place where ministers or deacons could themselves be conducting same-sex marriages," the Very Rev. John Chalmers, principal clerk to the general assembly, was quoted as saying. "It is an entirely different discussion." more >>
The head of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion says he accepts that his biological father was not who he thought he was, stating that his ultimate identity is in Christ.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently learned via a DNA test that he is the illegitimate son of the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne, the last private secretary of Sir. Winston Churchill.
In a statement released Friday, Welby said while he was surprised by the news he did not find his identity in his biological inheritance. more >>
The Archbishop of Wales said in an open letter to the LGBT community that while the Church can't support same-sex marriage, he apologized for what he called the persecution and prejudice they have faced.
"We, as bishops of the Anglican Communion, mindful of the results of our consultation and the Statement of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, and of all our members, including those who are gay and lesbian, do not feel that we can support at this time a move to change the discipline of the Church in Wales with respect to the teaching on marriage, nor can we permit the celebration of public liturgies of blessing for same-sex unions," Barry Morgan said in a statement released Wednesday.
His comments refer to the major Anglican Primates meeting in January, which upheld the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman, and decided to suspend The Episcopal Church in America from moving away from that tradition. more >>
The Episcopal Church announced Monday that it has fired two high-ranking officials and will demote another following an independent internal investigation for inappropriate workplace behavior. Church officials did not elaborate.
Last December three Episcopal Church officials, Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission Sam McDonald, and Director of Public Engagement and Mission Communications Alex Baumgarten, were placed on administrative leave.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, released a statement yesterday providing an update on the investigation. more >>