Weekend Roundup for September 3rd

We’re back after a short break while your correspondent got to take a long-awaited vacation. There’s trouble in the West Bank, churches looking to grow, and a surprising uptick in young adults praying (in England, at least) so check it out, it’s our weekly roundup of news from around the church.

Episcopal Church

Episcopal Church represents at World Council of churches gathering https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/23/episcopal-leaders-prepare-to-represent-church-at-world-council-of-churches-assembly/

And relatedly, from the UK:  “The WCC is not irrelevant”  https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/2-september/comment/opinion/world-council-of-churches-is-not-a-costly-irrelevance?utm_campaign=Church%20Times%20RSS%20Daily%20bulletin%202.0

Diocese of Haiti accountant arrested and charged with arms trafficking https://d1softballnews.com/the-accountant-of-the-episcopal-church-of-haiti-is-arrested-for-arms-trafficking/

Diocese in Delaware launches hard-to-miss ad campaign https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/25/episcopal-church-in-delaware-launches-advertising-blitz-via-billboards-mail-and-social-media/

 

Anglican Communion

Israeli Defense Forces ransack Anglican church in the West Bank

 

UK study finds young adults pray more often than older generations https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/2-september/news/uk/young-people-pray-more-than-older-generations-new-poll-suggests?utm_campaign=Church%20Times%20RSS%20Daily%20bulletin%202.0&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_content=&utm_medium=email

 

Parishes in the News

Alaskan church with a locally famous stained glass window https://www.jta.org/2022/08/23/united-states/why-does-an-episcopal-church-in-an-alaskan-town-have-a-prominent-star-of-david-window

And more in stained glass window news, a Canadian parish has a window with a Holy Goose https://anglicanjournal.com/holy-goose-window-adorns-ottawa-area-church/

Short video of a Texas parish’s new organ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw6IP9DrO3w

Long Island parish hosts town hall discussion to address gun violence https://qns.com/2022/08/all-saints-episcopal-church-town-hall-gun-violence/

NYC’s St John the Divine cathedral launching an ecumenical residential program for young adults https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/08/30/st-john-the-divine-unveils-ecumenical-program-for-young-adults-to-live-pray-and-work-together-at-the-cathedral/ 

 

Other Interesting Items

Nicaraguan government escalates its feud with Roman Catholic Church by detaining bishop https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/45345

UK missioner argues church growth can and should be planned for https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/12-august/comment/opinion/empower-churches-for-growth

From New Zealand, Bishop Carrell reflects on Generous Orthodoxy http://anglicandownunder.blogspot.com/2022/08/orthodox-generosity.html

The Roman rosary as a gateway to prayer https://earthandaltarmag.com/posts/the-rosary-as-a-gateway-to-prayer

Jehovah’s Witnesses to return to door-knocking after COVID inspired halt https://religionnews.com/2022/09/02/jehovahs-witnesses-return-to-door-knocking-like-getting-back-on-a-bicycle/

 

 


image: One of the diocese’s billboards in Kirkwood, Delaware. Photo: Cynde Bimbi/ENS

 

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