Bishops Letter on Rhetorical Violence Draws Comment
The House of Bishops has issued a letter "A Word to the Church
" condemning the hate speech and rhetorical violence that has distorted public discourse, especially the recent political campaigns. The letter, while succinct, is thoroughly grounded in scripture and theology. It is available here. Since it was issued, the Living Church has noted
that the United Church of Christ has commended the statement. Mark Harris, however
, while all in favor of civil discourse, was disappointed in the statement's use of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Attendance at Upcoming ACC Meeting Remains an Issue
Nigeria has joined Kenya and Uganda in announcing
that they will not be attending the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka because the Episcopal Church is planning on participating fully. (See previous Update stories here
,) The statement calls the meeting a "trap" to suck provinces in to positions accepting homosexuality. Meanwhile, David Virtue has announced he has been given a copy of a private letter
sent to all the Anglican Communion primates by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, urging all provinces to come and fully participate.
Pakistan Metro Line Construction Threatens Anglican Cathedral
Construction of a new metro train line in Lahore puts 25 cultural heritage sites, including the Anglican Cathedral, at risk to be razed. Several church sites in addition to the cathedral are among the 25, raising questions
of religious persecution of Christians. All of the sites are protected by law, and one, Shalimar Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.