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Now-retired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams processes at the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Communion bishops.

Lambeth Conference Postponement Spells More Uncertainty For Anglicans

October 4, 2014

Turmoil that has rocked the worldwide Anglican Communion for the past decade isn’t about to settle down, if recent comments by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori are to be believed.

Katharine Jefferts Schori

Jefferts Schori Won’t Run For Second Term

September 23, 2014

Controversial Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced that she will not run for a second term in office.

Archbishop Foley Beach received authority to lead the Anglican Church in North America from Archbishop Robert Duncan at the Anglican Church in North America Provincial Assembly at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, PA on June 29. Beach will be formally installed as Archbishop in an Atlanta service October 9 (photo: ACNA).

Big Shoes to Fill: An Interview with Anglican Archbishop Foley Beach

June 30, 2014

Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America’s Diocese of the South was elected in a bishops’ conclave to succeed Archbishop Robert Duncan.

The Anglican Church in North America gathers for its 2012 Provincial Assembly in Ridgecrest, NC. The denomination has reported significant growth since it's 2009 launch (photo: ACNA)

New Growth as Anglicans Gather to Select Leader

June 19, 2014

Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America have encouraging news as they convene this evening to begin the process of selecting a new leader: a growing flock.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby reacts to speeches during the General Synod at Church House on November 20, 2013 in London, England. The Church of England's governing body, known as the General Synod, has just voted to accept the consecration of women as bishops. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) |

Part II: Women Bishops and the Public Opinion Captivity of the Church of England

November 24, 2013

It is deeply troubling that the decision to introduce women as bishops in the Church of England was made in a kind of political vacuum, utterly divorced from discussing the theological and doctrinal imperatives, justifications and implications for the change, and taking into account only the “trends and priorities of wider society”. It is especially astonishing that such a momentous decision was reached with almost no reference to what Scriptures, the Church Fathers and Mothers, ecumenical councils, or the writings of divers Saints had to say on women’s role in the Church. Yet, following recent developments in the Church, it is sadly unsurprising that those pushing for this change did not bother to ask themselves “What do the Scriptures, holy tradition, and the Saints say on this subject?” The only real concerns in the minds of many, certainly the current and former Archbishops of Canterbury and the Prime Minister, seem to have been over questions of relevancy, public opinion, and political pressure.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby reacts to speeches during the General Synod at Church House on November 20, 2013 in London, England. The Church of England's governing body, known as the General Synod, has just voted to accept the consecration of women as bishops. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) |

Part I: Women Bishops and the Public Opinion Captivity of the Church of England

November 22, 2013

Is the goal of any Church simply to “ensure its place” as “modern”, or perceived as relevant to the ever-changing norms of the society in which it exists? In their eagerness to ensure that the Church of England maintains its established position by catering to the changing tides of a public opinion largely ignorant of Christian theology and history, those pushing for these reforms seem unaware that a Church which so compromises and alters its doctrines will have little remaining authority in society to speak certain truths to it. A Church which shows itself willing to operate as a malleable institution obsessed with perceptions of relevancy and keeping its privileged status cannot inspire much devotion in its people, nor will political society or public opinion respect it as an authoritative national voice when it has surrendered all authority that contradicts or challenges them.

Traditional dancers perform for delegates during a cultural evening at GAFCON 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo credit: Stephen Sizer/GAFCON)

Top 10 Things You May Not Have Expected About GAFCON

October 26, 2013

The Global Anglican Future Conference is meeting this week in Nairobi, Kenya, gathering together almost 1,400 delegates from across over 40 countries and 27 Anglican provinces. Here is IRD’s list of the ten things about GAFCON you might not expect.

Dr. Ruth Senyonyi of Uganda, Dr. Peter Jensen of Sydney and Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Nigeria field questions from the media at the second press conference of GAFCON 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo credit: Stephen Sizer/GAFCON)

GAFCON Leaders Point to “Strong Foundation of the Bible” at Second Press Gathering

October 26, 2013

The Global Anglican Future Conference is a movement not just calling attention to a dysfunction, but building for the future, according to a trio of leaders fielding questions from the press at the Nairobi, Kenya gathering on Friday.

Retired Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester, England has spoken at GAFCON 2013 plenary sessions as well as a mini-conference on Islam. (Photo credit: Stephen Sizer,/GAFCON)

GAFCON Conferees Engage Challenge of Islam

October 25, 2013

Living alongside and evangelizing Muslim neighbors has been a recurring theme at the Global Anglican Future Conference this week in Nairobi, Kenya. Relations between Anglican Christians and Muslims have been made more complicated in recent years with the rise of radical Islamists and key differences in how Christians and some Muslims understand moral codes and public law.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Ovey 'speaks at GAFCON 2013 (Photo credit: Stephen Sizer/GAFCON)

GAFCON Delegates Share Across Cultures as Mini-Conferences Begin

October 23, 2013

On the third day of the Global Anglican Future Conference delegates divided into a series of mini-conferences that will stretch over two days. The multi-session events have the same participants throughout, with topics ranging from marriage and family, the challenge of Islam, aid and development and theological education among the nine topics.

Dr John Senyonyi of Uganda Christian University addresses GAFCON delegates on the East Africa Revival (Photo credit: Andrew Gross/Anglican Church in North America)

Legacy of East African Revival Frames GAFCON Opening Night

October 22, 2013

Appeals to scriptural authority and the urgency of a revival that spread across East Africa characterized the opening session of the Global Anglican Future Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday. The evening spotlighted the experience of Global South Christians who are both hosting the conference and leading the renewal movement.

Anglican Archbishops Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria (L), Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, Peter Jensen of Sydney, Australia and Hector "Tito" Zavala of Chile field press questions before the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) gets underway in Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: Robert Lundy/American Anglican Council)

Islam, Secularism Near Top of Anglican Concerns as GAFCON Begins

October 21, 2013

Archbishops from South America, Africa and Australia presaged conference themes about Islam and Western secularization as Anglicans from over 40 different countries gathered in Nairobi, Kenya this week.