Weekend roundup for August 20

Breakups in Australia, Trouble in Florida, local churches still doing great things, and the world reimagined – it’s our weekly roundup of stories from across the church

In the Journal & Café


Episcopal Church

Washington Post story on Diocese of Virginia’s move to offer reparations for past racial injustice undertaken and supported by the church https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/08/14/va-episcopal-diocese-spend-10-million-reparations-how/

Episcopalians begin worshipping again in South Carolina churches long held by breakaway groups https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/15/episcopal-diocese-begins-worshipping-in-south-carolina-churches-relinquished-by-acna-diocese-after-court-ruling/ 


Parishes in the News

Oregon priest has long career in the theater and pulpit https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/12/dual-roles-oregon-priest-balances-love-of-acting-with-call-to-parish-ministry/

First clergyperson of color (as well as a former Baptist pastor) called to lead historic Ohio parish https://www.cantonrep.com/story/lifestyle/2022/08/13/rev-robin-woodberry-makes-history-at-at-st-pauls-episcopal-church/10165670002/

Lovely profile of small Mississippi mission church still going strong after 137 years https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2022/08/14/working-for-god-tradition-drives-effort-to-keep-st-marys-episcopal-church-going/


Anglican Communion

Canadian Anglicans seek to understand and respond to expanded legal suicide bill https://anglicanjournal.com/justice-and-the-new-assisted-death-maid-is-now-easier-to-get-should-anglicans-be-concerned/

Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the just concluded Lambeth Conference https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/19-august/features/features/archbishop-of-canterbury-reflects-on-love-across-difference

Responses to launch of GAFCON sponsored schismatic denomination in Australia

A bit in the weeds on Anglican politics, but a good look into who exactly is the newest anti-progressive faction, the Global South Fellowship of Anglicans https://viamedia.news/2022/08/15/the-global-south-fellowship-of-anglicans-power-and-numbers/


Other Interesting Items

From Britain, a questioning of apologies for historic wrongs https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/19-august/comment/opinion/the-sorry-that-makes-no-sense

Fantastic excerpt from a woman on a journey away from fundamentalism https://earthandaltarmag.com/posts/inward-apocalypse

What is a Christian response to surveillance capitalism? https://www.psephizo.com/life-ministry/what-is-a-christian-response-to-surveillance-capitalism/

Westminster Abbey art project; reimagining the globe https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-news/the-abbey-welcomes-the-world-reimagined-globes


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