I spent three days in September in Denver with the Episcopal priest, educator, and theologian Jerome Berryman. Jerome is the founder and author of the Godly Play catechetical program, a Montessori-based model of childhood Christian formation that enjoys widespread use in the Episcopal Church as well as in other denominations. It is used in over 40 countries and has been translated into Dutch, Swahili, Spanish, German, and other languages.
Daniel McLain.Covenant. 20 December 2018
The Bishop of Ahoada, Clement Ekpeye, was abducted from his home in Nigeria’s Rivers State by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night.
Our National Director, Steve Maina, shares three highlights of NZCMS’ work in 2018. To watch the video please follow the link below.
UN member states and faith-based organisations have gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the UN’s COP-24 Climate Change conference.
A Christmas Message from Archbishop John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, and Primate of Wales.
Sarah O'Connor. Financial Times. 18 December 2018
A Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Primate of the US-based Episcopal Church.
The first woman to be consecrated to the office of bishop in the Church of England, Libby Lane, is to become the diocesan bishop of Derby.
The Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan, has celebrated 20 years of women’s ordination to the priesthood in the Province.
A Christmas Message from Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the Primate of the Church of Uganda.
Diocese of Derby. 18 December 2018
We asked some families how they’ve taught their children to be missional. Kesh and his family moved to Christchurch in 2017. He is studying a Masters in Social Work and attends the Presbyterian Church where his wife, Esther, is an ordained Minister.
To the Sabey family, mission is simply shining God’s light through our words and actions. While we have always encouraged our children to share their faith verbally, we place more emphasis on living in a way that attracts others to the light of Christ.Here are some practical ways in which our family aims to be missional:
Share Christ with your actions: Being kind, helpful, sharing a smile, encouraging others, playing with a lonely child at school and standing up to bullies are not just ‘good deeds’. They are powerful ways in which others are attracted to the “different” in us.
Be natural when talking about your faith: Look for natural conversations and circumstances to share the Good News. Try to avoid churchy jargon and religious lingo that an unchurched, primary-aged child would not understand. Simply put,“Don’t be weird”.
Don’t be discouraged when you don’t see any fruit: Being patient with those we are influencing is a powerful fruit of the Spirit. Every sincere, Christ-like word or action we share with others is a seed which has the potential to sprout in due season. The “due season” may be tomorrow or twenty years away.
Listen first: In a culture where everyone wants to “have their say”, there are a great number of people who simply want to be heard, understood and accepted.Simply listening and empathising, rather than leaping to provide answers, makes others feel cared for. When someone feels cared for, they will take you and your message seriously.
We hope that you find these tips helpful. We will leave you with a little “Sabeyism” we say to our kids before they leave for school: “Be kind, be respectful and shine like a light!!”
Urgent appeal launched after collapse of al-Ahli Arab Hospital Outpatient’s Department in Gaza – ACNS
The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, has launched an urgent appeal for funds after the outpatients department of the diocese’s al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza collapsed. The hospital’s director, Mrs Suhaila Tarazi, reports that nobody was injured when the 120-year-old building collapsed because of environmental stress. The steel beams, roof decking, plaster ceiling, and surrounding walls caved into the room, before further collapsing into the basement below.
ACNS 17 December 2018
Bishops from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia express “deep disappointment” at suppression of West Papuans.
It was the night before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring. Except for the mice at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria, who were busy chewing through the bellows of the organ. Their handiwork left the church’s priest, the Rev. Joseph Mohr, scrambling to find music for a Christmas Eve service. So he dashed off a few lines about the night Jesus was born and asked composer Franz Xaver Gruber to set the lyrics to a simple tune, played on guitar.
Emily McFarlan Miller. Religion News Service. 14 December 2018
Emma Snaith. Independent. 16 December 2018
Church Commissioners and New York State Comptroller call on ExxonMobil to set targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions
Institutional investors with $1.9trn under management, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, as Trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and the Church Commissioners for England have filed a shareholder resolution calling on ExxonMobil to disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, covering emissions from both its operations and the use of its products.
Church of England website. 16 December 2018
Archbishop Suheil Dawani has launched an urgent appeal for funds after the outpatients department al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza collapsed.
Aamna Mohdin. Guardian. 15 December 2018
A Christmas Message from Archbishop Philip Freier of Melbourne, the Primate of Australia.