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Bishop lauds Ugandan church-backed diocesan savings and credit cooperative

Anglican Communion News Service - 5 hours 39 min ago

In the five years since it launched, the Diocese of Ankole’s Savings and Credit Cooperative Society has continued to grow.

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Regional ecumenical group prays for success of Korean-peninsula peace summit

Anglican Communion News Service - 6 hours 52 min ago

Christians in Asia are praying for the success of talks involving the leaders of North and South Korea, which are due to take place tomorrow.

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Stolen heart of Saint Laurence O’Toole to be returned to Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:51

A priceless relic of the patron saint of Dublin will be returned to Christ Church Cathedral in the city tonight, six years after it was stolen.

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Documentary profiling the fight against sexual abuse in Congo wins Human Rights award

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 02:53

2017 Human Rights Award by WACC and Signis goes to Dieudo Hamadi’s “Maman Colonelle”, a documentary about sexual violence.

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Archbishop of York speaks out 25 years after racially-motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence

Anglican Communion News Service - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 02:00

The British government has announced an annual memorial day in honour of a teenager who was killed in a racist attack 25 years ago.

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Toronto Anglicans join in “prayer and lament” after van attack kills 10

Anglican Communion News Service - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 22:56

“Tragedy has struck our city today”, Archbishop Colin Johnson said after 10 people were killed and 15 injured in an attack in Toronto.

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‘You’re going to get yourself into trouble’ for rejecting LGBT agenda: CNN host to Kenyan President

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 18:14

by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSite:

An incredulous and outraged Christiane Amanpour warned Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday that “you’re going to get yourself into trouble,” following his strong repudiation of the LGBT political agenda in a CNN interview with the journalist.

After Kenyatta made it clear to Amanpour that Kenyan society rejects homosexual behavior and has no interest in establishing “rights” for the practice of sodomy, Amanpour took off her glasses, and, shaking her head, began to scold Kenyatta.

“You’re going to get yourself into trouble, because what you’ve categorically just stated is that this is not an issue for us, for the Kenyan people, and you don’t think that the idea of their privacy, their equality, their rights, is important!” Amanpour told Kenyatta. “This is a global issue right now.”

Amanpour told Kenyatta that Kenya’s law prohibiting sodomy is a “holdover” from “colonial Victorian” law, and claimed that homosexuals “just want to have equal rights the same privacy and equality as all other Kenyans do.” She then asked, “Is that something you aspire to for your country?”

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Anglican Unscripted #388

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 18:08

Archiepiscopal Integrity, Orthodox Anglicans gathering in Oxford, & Gafcon’s women bishops question. Anglican Unscripted with Kevin Kallsen and Bishop Gavin Ashenden.

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VfJUK: Please sign new petition – ‘Stop promotion of underage sex. Ban contraceptive implants for underage girls’

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 07:31

from Voice for Justice UK:

Following our recent blog ‘The ideological insanity of state control’, we have been inundated with requests for a petition calling for a ban on contraceptive implants for underage girls.

Please sign our new petition to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/160969/view

Stop promotion of underage sex.
Ban contraceptive implants for underage girls.

Recent figures released by NHS Digital and reported in the national press  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5614063/Contraceptive-implants-given-girls-young-12-NHS.html#ixzz5Cp9mdRKm), reveal that in the past two years 10,593 contraceptive implants have been given to schoolgirls below the age of 15 – some even as young as 12 – without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

This is wrong at a number of levels:

1.    Although sexual activity from puberty onwards has become common, the legal age for consent in this country remains 16, which means that sex below this age is a criminal offence.  The policy of giving contraceptive implants to underage girls, without their parents’ knowledge or consent, is therefore encouragement to commit a criminal offence.

2.    Underage sexual activity exposes children to a range of STIs, currently already at epidemic levels amongst young people.  Many of these infections (such as gonorrhoea) are becoming increasingly untreatable, and some are life threatening.

3.    Short of disease, there are a variety of highly unpleasant side effects resulting from hormonal manipulation, ranging from weight gain and acne to the risk of adult infertility and embolism.

4.   The long-term effects of such intervention are still unknown, but there is already established susceptibility to adult infertility (mentioned above) and cancer.

5.  Rendering girls ‘infertile’ for a period of up to three years can only increase their susceptibility to sexual abuse and exploitation, leaving predators free to rape them without fear of repercussions.  This in turn means that identifying child victims and acting to keep them safe will become far more difficult.  All of which has justly led to this policy being called State facilitation of rape.

At every level this is wrong.   Children can never ‘belong’ to the State, and they should not be subjected to State sexualisation programmes designed to justify adult proclivities and desires.

FACT : Parents have a right and duty to protect their child.

FACT :   Children’s brains are not fully developed until the age of 25.  They lack the emotional and intellectual maturity to make life-changing decisions.
CONCLUSION :   Parents must be fully informed and consulted on all decisions affecting the future development and welfare of their children. They, and they alone, have the right and duty to make such decisions on their child’s behalf.

For all these reasons, we call for a total ban on the insertion of contraceptive implants in underage girls without their parents’ knowledge and written consent.

Sign petition here:  http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/160969/view
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Snopes Is a Sneaky Liar About California’s Bill To Ban Christian LGBT Talk

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 06:33

by Robert Gagnon, The Federalist:

Read the bill. There is no religious exemption. There is no restriction to mental health professionals. This is not simply a ‘gay conversion ban.’

If you haven’t already lost significant respect for Snopes as an impartial fact-checker, its analysis of a bill that bans all transactions involved in stating Christian beliefs about homosexual behavior should. That bill passed 50-18 on April 19 and is being considered in the state senate. Snopes’ insistence that California Assembly Bill 2943 would not result in the Bible being banned in California is akin to Snopes calling “demonstrably and clearly false” the claim that Joseph Stalin killed everyone around him.

True, Stalin did not kill “all” around him. Indeed, so far as we know he never personally killed anyone. But he did have a great many people killed (estimates indicate that he was responsible for the deaths of 20 to 25 million people), sent many others to the Gulag, and generally terrorized both his own country and Eastern Europe for decades.

Sure, it is virtually impossible that California will immediately attempt to ban the sale of the Bible itself. Not even the hard Left in California has that kind of chutzpah. But citations of Bible verses in the context of declaring homosexual practice and transgenderism to be morally debased could indeed get one into serious trouble with the law if it comes in the context of selling or advertising a product or service. Here are the problems with Snopes’s case.

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Ex-gay man: ‘Homosexuality is just another human brokenness’

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 05:33

by Pete Baklinski, LifeSite:

Dean Bailey, 50, is not afraid to tell anyone he is living proof that ‘sexual orientation’ can in fact be changed. But he prefers to use the word ‘restored’ rather than ‘changed.’

Bailey remembers how from an early age he felt different from other boys. He felt he did not fit in and thought of himself as awkward, out of place. He remembers never feeling treasured or affirmed by his dad who was an alcoholic and who consumed pornography. Bailey believes this began a pattern of turning to other males to find the affirmation he never received from his dad.

When a new outgoing boy began to attend school when Bailey was in grade three, he remembers trying hard to become the boy’s friend. It was during a sleepover at the boy’s house that Bailey was introduced to sexual play, including streaking and oral copulation. The experience not only robbed him of his childhood innocence, but awakened in him a sense of sexual curiosity.

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Battle of Rights

Anglican Mainstream UK - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 05:29

by Mike Gascoigne, UKIP Daily:

I first came across a condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) when I read something about a man who had an accident and hit his head and became unconscious, and when he came round in hospital he fell out of bed because he tried to throw away his leg, not realising that it was attached to his body.

This is a rare condition that affects some people, not just survivors of accidents. They refuse to believe that an arm or a leg is part of their body and want to have it amputated, or they want to become blind or deaf. They may refer to themselves as “transabled”, which means they are transitioning to disabled, a condition similar to transgender which also involves destructive treatments and physical mutilation.

People who are transabled do not consider themselves to be mentally ill. They believe that they are suffering from discrimination because they have difficulty finding a doctor who is prepared to amputate the unwanted body part. The doctors won’t cooperate, they have sworn an oath to “do no harm” and refuse to amputate healthy limbs or deprive people of their sensory functions.

This is one of the most bizarre and unusual examples of the battle of rights that goes on in many other situations, where one person asserts their right to a product or service and somebody else asserts their right to decline it. A more common example is homosexual activists demanding that someone should bake a cake in support of gay marriage, or otherwise submit to a coercive process that involves giving their approval to something that they find illogical.

The reason why we exist in this world is that two people, male and female, combined their complementary halves of a reproductive system to create a whole system, capable of creating new life. This is why we celebrate marriage because the union of male and female gives us hope for the future.

The combination of male and male, or female and female, might be fun for the people who are inclined that way, but for society, it’s as meaningless as a car with two engines and no wheels. Wedding invitations are sent out to friends and relatives who feel obliged to accept because it’s about “equality” and if they turn it down they will be called “homophobes” and “bigots”. They are expected to celebrate a union that offers no prospects of a new generation, not because one or both members of the happy couple are infertile, but because they are not male and female.

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Anglicans “a people of hope and here to stay” says new Primate-elect of Central America

Anglican Communion News Service - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 03:56

Bishop Julip Muray has been setting out his hopes and vision after he was elected the new Primate of the province of Central America.

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Season of Intentional Discipleship sparks growing worldwide movement

Anglican Communion News Service - Wed, 25/04/2018 - 03:02

Anglicans around the world are joining in a movement of discipleship, equipping each other to spread the power of the Gospel.

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OneBody says “not in our name”: our open letter to William Nye

Anglican Mainstream UK - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 20:50

from One Body One Faith:

OneBodyOneFaith has sent a strongly-worded letter to William Nye after the emergence late last week of a letter he wrote last October to The Episcopal Church, on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council.  Whilst acknowledging that he wrote only on behalf of members of the Council, of which he’s Secretary General, the wider membership of the Church of England will inevitably be associated by implication with his words – words which again more treat loving, committed same-sex couples as a ‘problem’ or an ‘issue’, not real people, created in the image of God.

OneBody wants to send a clear message to Mr Nye, and the wider Communion:  not in our name.

The letter, signed by Canon Peter Leonard, OneBody’s Chair, and Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive, and copied to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, reads as follows:

Dear Mr Nye,

You will be aware that your previously undisclosed letter to The Episcopal Church has been met with anger, frustration and disappointment by many across the Church of England, on whose behalf you presume to speak.  We wish to add the voices of our members to those calling for a more courageous, just and Christ-like response to what has become – we wish it were not so – the issue on which many will judge our church, and find it sorely wanting.

Your letter raises a wide range of issues – about governance and accountability, about process, about how the Holy Spirit might move in the lives and structures of the Body of Christ across generations and nations, about simple pastoral care and concern for those who don’t fit the received ‘norms’ we’ve imposed on people down the years.  In particular, your focus on procreation seems to ride roughshod over all those who have ever known the anguish of unwanted childnessness, or the loss of a pregnancy.  To them, and to all who bear the human costs of your carefully chosen words, we say: not in our name.

Perhaps we should share something of the response of LGBT people to the developments in TEC, since our voices so often seem absent in your pronouncements. We saw in ECUSA’s brave and costly decision some hope that change might come for us too.  We saw our brothers and sisters listening intently to the Spirit speaking through the Body – and having listened, acting with courage, integrity and the determination to keep walking with Christ and with one another.   And if it should prove impossible, to know that walking with Christ is our highest calling.

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New York City ideologues get indigestion over Chick-fil-A

Anglican Mainstream UK - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 20:44

by Hunter Baker, Acton Institute:

America’s fastest-growing food chain has taken its customer-pleasing brand of savory deliciousness and rapid, polite service to New York City where it is proving that northern city dwellers enjoy the same thing that has captivated southerners for decades. Chick-fil-A Inc. is meeting the primary test of acceptance, which is the market test. Lines are long. Business is booming. If the Atlanta-based company with $9 billion in sales last year were traded publicly (it remains privately held), the city’s Wall Street community would be bidding the stock up to stratospheric levels.

But the company’s success sticks in the craw of some who find it to be an alien presence due to the Christianity of the family who owns the company and their traditional values. A recent New Yorker piece refers to the Chick-fil-A expansion as a “creepy infiltration” of the city. The writer expresses part of his alarm by noting that the company’s headquarters includes a “statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet.” (I have to admit that I’m surprised by the writer’s apparent disgust at this portrayal of humility, love, and service.)

When Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy originally launched an unwitting controversy by honestly answering a question put to him regarding the nature of marriage (male and female, according to him), the company was swamped by customers rushing to show support. The more interesting aspect of the kerfuffle was the comments made by mayors of Chicago and Boston suggesting that Chick-fil-A, with 2,200 restaurants in 47 states, likely had no place in their towns. Some found the remarks chilling because they suggested that it is not enough to run a business in a way that respects all customers and provides excellent quality and service, but rather that the owners of businesses must believe and repeat the reigning sexual orthodoxy (one, at that time, not yet even endorsed by five of nine justices on the Supreme Court).

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