Monday, June 01, 2009

Anglican/Episcopal news headlines: news you can use...or not.

There has been a lot going on in the Anglican Communion, here at home and abroad. In my attempt to stay caught up, I offer the following leads of some of the more noteworthy reports. Granted it is the Episcopal News Service, and granted, there are readers who do not give the ENS much credence but you know, its news. Does any media outlet really tell it like it is? So here is the information on "local" [stateside] stories and items from overseas.

I only wish to help those who don't have the resources or who are unaware of where to find the latest news, and help them stay afoot, if you will, on what the WWAC is up to, or not. So I humbly offer the following with links to the complete stories included.


COLORADO: Former Episcopal priest indicted on 20 felony charges Armstrong allegedly siphoned $392,000 from church funds

By Pat McCaughan

[Episcopal News Service] A former Episcopal priest surrendered to authorities May 22 after a grand jury issued a 20-count felony indictment alleging he stole $392,000 from Grace and St. Stephen's Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado before breaking from it and joining the Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America.

If convicted, the Rev. Donald Armstrong, 60, now rector of St. George's Anglican Church in Colorado Springs, could spend the rest of his life in prison. Each charge carries a four-to-12 year possible prison sentence, with potential fines amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was released after posting $20,000 bail, according to authorities.

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CALIFORNIA: Bishop: "a sad day" for Central California diocese

By Pat McCaughan

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop Jerry Lamb of San Joaquin has sent final deposition notices to 61 priests and deacons who disaffiliated from the Central California Valley diocese and The Episcopal Church.

Lamb described the actions as "heartbreaking," on May 26, after finishing the last of the letters, which were to be mailed out to clergy who, along with former Bishop John-David Schofield, realigned themselves with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.

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SCOTLAND: Tutu gets standing ovation from Church of Scotland after addressing gay issue

[Ecumenical News International] During an address to the Church of Scotland) General Assembly in Edinburgh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that homosexuals have a place in the church.

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MISSION: Pakistan

Episcopal Relief and Development sends emergency aid to Pakistan

[Episcopal Relief and Development] The ongoing fighting between Pakistan's military and the Taliban rebels has caused massive chaos, violence and displacement in the country. According to USAID, more than two million citizens have been forced out of their homes since the fighting intensified in early May. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to increase at an alarming rate.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, claims that the current displacement crisis in Pakistan is the most significant and fastest growing since the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

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EASTERN OREGON: Rivera appointed provisional bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop Edna Bavi "Nedi" Rivera was elected provisional bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Oregon ( ) by unanimous vote during a special convention May 23. Twenty-seven clergy and 67 lay delegates representing 21 of the 22 parishes in eastern Oregon were certified to vote.

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FORT WORTH: Bishop asks clergy to verify decision to leave

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth provisional Bishop Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has asked 72 members of the diocesan clergy to meet with him to verify their decision to leave the Episcopal Church with former bishop Jack Iker.

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EDUCATION: California

Church Divinity School of the Pacific lays off staff, restructures seminary

[Episcopal News Service] Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) announced May 29 the layoff of five of its 17 full-time staff members as a part of a comprehensive restructuring of the Episcopal Church-affiliated seminary in Berkeley, California.

The restructuring is a response to mounting financial pressures and changes in the educational needs of the Episcopal Church, according to a CDSP news release.

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