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Westminster peal celebrates Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 70th Wedding anniversary

The bells at Westminster Abbey in London are ringing out in tribute to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their 70th wedding anniversary.

20 November 2017

Church tackles female poverty and child marriages with education boost

The Church of Bangladesh is helping women out of poverty, in an area where child marriage was rife, by providing accommodation for female students.

04 August 2016

Canadian Primate acknowledges "deep divisions" over same-sex marriage

The Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has acknowledged the “deep divisions” in the church about same-sex marriage.

18 July 2016

Isle of Man bishop votes against same-sex marriage law

The legislature on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the north-west coast of England and Northern Ireland, has approved a Bill to enable same-sex couples to marry on the island. The Bishop of Sodor and Man, a member of the island’s parliament, voted against the Bill.

04 May 2016

Canada: Bishops' statement ahead of Synod's same-sex marriage vote

A draft resolution to change Canada’s Marriage Canon to accommodate the marriage of same-sex partners is not likely to pass in the Order of Bishops by the required 2/3rds majority, the House of Bishops have said in a statement. Officials from the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod have responded to the announcement.

01 March 2016

SA bishops: Same-sex couples "full members" of church - no-change on marriage

Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church. A document outlining guidelines on members living in same-sex unions will be sent to the church’s ruling body, which meets this year.

22 February 2016

New Zealand working group reports on same-gender relationships

In 2014, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia passed a resolution that created a pathway towards the blessing of same-gender relationships while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriage. A working group set up to devise “a process and structure” by which this could happen has today reported.

22 February 2016

Theologian documents global scale of gender-based violence against women

A new book by the Anglican theologian Dr Elaine Storkey, which documents her extensive research on gender-based violence against women and the role that the church plays – for good or ill – in the struggle against the global problem, is being launched today in the Speaker’s rooms at the House of Commons in London.

18 November 2015

"Deep pain" anticipated as Canada prepares to debate same sex marriage

The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada say that they recognise the “deep pain” that will be caused by next year’s General Synod vote on allowing same-sex marriage in Church; and question whether the Synod’s parliamentary-style procedures are “the most helpful way to discern the mind of the Church, or of the Spirit, in this matter.”

27 October 2015

Sydney Synod reaffirms marriage

A capacity-crowd at the Sydney Synod has voted for a re-affirmation of marriage as between a man and a woman and called for all Australian Christians to respectfully engage in the public debate on redefining marriage.

15 October 2015