News for Week Ending 4/6/2015
U.N. delegation challenges ACC, CommunionThe Anglican Communion delegation to the U.N. Commission for the Status of Women has issued a statement challenging the Anglican Consultative Council and the wider Anglican Communion to take bold steps to achieve gender equality and deal with problems such as climate change. For more details, see the story from Anglican Communion News Service.
Selection of new ACC Secretary General sparks controversyAnglican Communion News Service reported April 2, 2015, that the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has been chosen to serve as the next Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council. In reporting on the announcement, Episcopal Café reported on Idowu-Fearon’s connection to GAFCON and apparent support for criminalizing homosexuality in Nigeria. The next day, Idowu-Fearon argued that he had not supported anti-gay laws. (See Episcopal Café article here.) On April 4, both Idowu-Fearon and Bishop James Tengatenga, chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, responded to the growing controversy. (Episcopal Café covered the developing situation here.) Meanwhile, the conservative Anglican Unscripted episode for April 3 appeared with the title “The End of the ACC?”
Anglican Mission in England unveils new Web siteThinking Anglicans reported March 30, 2015, that the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) has debuted a new Web site. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) AMiE is a GAFCON-related group that describes itself this way on its What Is AMiE page:
The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) is a mission society that seeks to promote gospel growth in areas covered by the Church of England (principally in England, but also in other parts of Europe) by supporting Anglican churches and individuals both within and outside present Church of England structures.
Presiding Bishop delivers sermon at Salisbury CathedralPresiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori delivered the sermon at the 10:30 Easter Sunday service at Salisbury Cathedral April 5, 2015. The text of her sermon, as well as video of it, can be found here.
‘Religious freedom’ legislation toned down in Indiana, ArkansasAfter much controversy—see Pittsburgh Update story here—the state of Indiana adopted changes to its recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Most of those who had complained about the original bill agreed that the modifications removed many of the objections to the newly passed law, though civil libertarians were not totally satisfied.
Arkansas was about to pass a law similar to that of Indiana when the Indiana controversy developed. Republican governor Asa Hutchinson refused to signed the bill passed by the legislature. (See the Huffington Post story here.) Eventually, a more acceptable, revised bill became law in Arkansas.
Episcopal Café reported the latest developments in Indiana and Arkansas here.