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October 2, 2002

The possibility of war with Iraq was very much on the minds of bishops as they gathered in Cleveland for their interim meeting on the theme of reconciliation. In the closing minutes of the meeting on October 1, they unanimously endorsed a...

October 1, 2002

'The AIDS pandemic is still in its infancy,' warned Stephen Lewis, special envoy for the secretary general of the United Nations in Africa, in a speech at the Cleveland meeting of the House of Bishops on October 1. 'And it...

September 30, 2002

Faced with a strong 'mind of the house' resolution that would have chastised colleagues for 'inappropriate behavior' that threatens the unity of the church, the bishops of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Cleveland, asked...

September 11, 2002

Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold has joined a wide-ranging ecumenical group of 48 church leaders in opposing military action against Iraq. In a letter to President George W. Bush, released today, the church leaders acknowledged that '...

September 4, 2002

In a 10-day meeting in Geneva, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) addressed a wide range of international issues but also embraced some changes that could reshape the whole ecumenical movement. In his opening...

August 15, 2002

Churches across the nation are completing plans for special ways to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon. St. Paul's Chapel, part of New York'...

July 23, 2002

In a decision that was predicted over a month ago, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced July 23 that Queen Elizabeth II has officially appointed Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales as the 104th archbishop of Canterbury. Williams will...

July 17, 2002

The Church of England's General Synod, at its mid-July meeting in York, clarified church policy on allowing clergy to marry divorced people, and addressed other issues in the life of the church. The synod voted in 1981 that '...

July 12, 2002

A four-day visit in mid-June to the Russian Orthodox Church by a delegation from the Episcopal Church was the latest step in nurturing what has become a very special ecumenical relationship. 'It was really quite wonderful to hear...

July 12, 2002

A consultation on the Future of Anglicanism, meeting June 29-July 5 at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England, concluded with a declaration that blasted what it called 'a serious breach of Anglican order' in recent decisions to bless...

July 12, 2002

(ENS) A four-day visit in mid-June to the Russian Orthodox Church by a delegation from the Episcopal Church was the latest step in nurturing what has become a very special ecumenical relationship. "It was really quite wonderful to hear of...

July 10, 2002

A bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has granted the first exception to a policy that only bishops ordain clergy, a key component of the 'full communion' agreement between...

July 10, 2002

Following the lead of the Times of London, the UK newspaper Guardian said in its July 10 edition that British prime minister Tony Blair is ready to send the name of Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales on to Queen Elizabeth II, who makes the...

June 28, 2002

As one of the 38 provinces in the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East is highly unusual, straddling several continents and many different cultures, offering a ministry of care and hospitality within...

June 26, 2002

Archbishop of Canterbury George L. Carey made his sixth and final trip to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II and said that he felt 'great hope for the continuing journey in ecumenism to which we are both so committed....

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