The initial group of Pastoral Visitors called for by the Windsor Continuation Group in their Report and commended by the Primates’ Meeting in their Communiqué (para 15) met for a briefing session at Virginia Theological Seminary Feb. 25-28.
Poet laureate calls Bible stories ‘essential... cultural luggage’
In February Britain’s poet laureate and English tutor Andrew Motion lamented the lack of knowledge of biblical tales among young people in his university tutorial group. The Bible, Motion says, is full of "terrific stories" and you can’t properly understand much classic literature or history without at least a working knowledge of it.
Caroline Petrie, the nurse from Weston-super-Mare who was suspended without pay for asking a patient whether she would like to be prayed for, was reinstated by North Somerset Primary Care Trust on Feb. 5
One question that many hoped would be answered by the recent Primates’ Meeting in Alexandria, Egypt was: Would the primates and the Archbishop of Canterbury recognize, ignore or rebuke the emerging Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), which some are calling a province-in-formation?
The Primates of the Anglican Communion, meeting in Alexandria, Egypt on Feb. 3 heard first hand reports of the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe and denounced President Robert Mugabe’s regime as illegitimate. They expressed fears that a recent power-sharing arrangement with the opposition SADC would only "entrench" the President’s position and called upon Mugabe to step down.
During the global meeting in Egypt of top Anglican leaders, the Primate of Sudan made a special appeal to his fellow primates. The Most Reverend Daniel Deng urged the Anglican Communion "not to abandon the people of Sudan in this time of danger and uncertainty. Above all do something so that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement may not slip away."
In the very center of Alexandria, God is doing a new thing. In a move that might well substantially strengthen Christian witness throughout the Middle East, the Episcopal /Anglican Diocese of Egypt has launched the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) that is preparing the next generation of pastors and teachers. The aim is to revive biblical faith across the Arab world.
The Russian Orthodox Church -- the world's largest Orthodox Christian body -- has elected a new patriarch. On Jan 27 Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad easily beat out a more conservative rival.