- BAHAMAS: Laish Boyd consecrated bishop coadjutor
- MIDDLE EAST: Church leaders urge U.S. to intercede on Israel situation
- NIGERIA: Church urges government to hand over schools
- NIGERIA: Conference focuses on nation-building
- NIGERIA: Communiqué issued after Church's Synod meets
- RWANDA: Anglican bishops discuss peace at two-day meeting
- WEST INDIES: Women priests in demand in Jamaican diocese
BAHAMAS: Laish Boyd consecrated bishop coadjutor
[Source: Bahama Journal] The Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd was consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Bahamas June 29 at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau.
Bishop Boyd will succeed Archbishop Drexel Gomez as Primate of the West Indies when he retires in 2008.
Before taking the oath, Boyd received a charge from Bishop John Holder of Barbados to speak boldly and balance authority with compassion.
Holder reminded Boyd that the step he has taken comes at a critical time in the history of the Anglican Church and implored him not to fall into the bad habit of finding quick and ready-made answers.
"It seems as if the old, solid, sensible, middle-of-the-road approach that we have come to treasure as Anglicans is being ripped apart," he said. "It is being tugged to one side by the liberals, and to the other side by the traditionalists and the conservatives."
Entering the church, he wore a white robe with purple piping, and leaving Bishop Boyd wore full regalia, having been vested and presented with a pectoral cross, bishop's ring, miter, and pastoral staff.
MIDDLE EAST: Church leaders urge U.S. to intercede on Israel situation
By Michele Green
[Source: Ecumenical News International] Church leaders have urged the United States to intercede to prevent Israeli-Palestinian violence from spiraling out of control following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.
"The United States, as Israel's closest ally, must work closely with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz and insist that they restrain their military response and work with [Palestinian] President Abbas to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis," said Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), a coalition of 21 Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant church organizations in the US.
"CMEP condemns the capture by Palestinian militants of Corporal Gilad Shalit and prays that he will be released by Hamas without further delay and returned safely to his family," said the letter sent to U.S. President George W. Bush last week.
The kidnapping of 19-year-old Gilad Shalit sparked an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, including the bombing of Gaza's main electrical power plant, as well as threats against the Palestinian government led by the militant Islamist Hamas movement. Members of Hamas' armed wing snatched Shalit during a cross-border attack on June 25.
A deadline set by Palestinian militants for Israel to release 1000 Palestinian prisoners passed early on July 4 but the militants said the soldier would not be killed.
The leaders of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches in the United States also sent a joint letter to President Bush condemning "the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier and praying for his safe return."
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, called upon the United States to "use its long friendship with Israel to find a diplomatic solution which will not further impoverish and burden ordinary Palestinians."
NIGERIA: Church urges government to hand over schools
[Source: Tide News] The Rev. Peter Awelewa Adebiyi of the Anglican Church of Nigeria has urged the federal government to return schools to religious bodies to restore the moral values of Nigerians.
He made the appeal Thursday in a paper titled "The role of the Anglican Communion in moral values of Nigeria," delivered at a two-day national conference organized by Anglicans in Abuja.
"The early church in this country taught its converts to abhor all forms of corruption. The church emphasized moral values within family life," Adebiyi said. "The federal government should hand all our primary schools back to us. This is the place where religious and moral foundations were laid."
NIGERIA: Conference focuses on nation-building
[Source: Tide News] The Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, opened an Anglican National conference July 2 in Abuja with a pledge that the church will work toward the repositioning of the country on the path of glory, Tide News reports.
Akinola said the conference, titled "The Role of the Anglican Communion in Nation Building," would proffer practicable solutions targeted at restoring the country's lost glory.
He observed that Nigeria today is characterized by selfishness, corruption, bad leadership and insensitivity to the needs of the common man and that the conference would look into areas where the country had lost its heritage, so that virtues like selfless service, patriotism and exemplary leadership could be restored.
"The conference will look into problems confronting the country and come up with practicable and implementable solutions on how the country could move forward," said Akinola, who noted that the present generation was on the verge of being lost as it lacked the requisite values, virtues and belief necessary for the social, economic, spiritual and overall development of the country.
NIGERIA: Communiqué issued after Church's Synod meets
[Source: Anglican Communion News Service] The Synod of the Church of Nigeria, which met in Abuja June 27-28, under the leadership of its Primate, the Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, issued a communiqué after deliberations on issues affecting Church and society, including the Anglican Covenant, the Lambeth Conference, the Global South Conference, HIV/AIDS, Islam and minority rights, and the 2007 Nigerian elections.
Full text of the communiqué
RWANDA: Anglican bishops discuss peace at two-day meeting
[Source: All Africa] Anglican Bishops in Rwanda held a two-day meeting June 27-28 in a bid to develop strategies that would enhance peace activities in the country.
The Rev. Emmanuel Gatera, provincial secretary of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, said the meeting explored effective preparations for executing peace and conflict resolution seminars scheduled to begin in October this year, starting with Huye (Butare) and spreading to all parts of the country.
He noted that the church will hold various peace-building and conflict-resolution seminars across the country for development.
"We are also preparing to receive prominent primates from across Africa and Asia," Gatera said. "These visitors love Rwanda and they will arrive in the country [in] September this year and will join us in the peace drive ... The church is committed to continue inculcating peace messages of unity and reconciliation among the Rwandans for the good of the nation."
Full story by Grace Mugabe
WEST INDIES: Women priests in demand in Jamaican diocese
[Source: Jamaica Observer] A decade after the initial breakthrough, women ordained to sacred ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica have grown from three to 24, and now the church says its members are demanding more female priests to lead them.
The Rev. Elizabeth Riley became the diocese's 25th woman priest July 2 when she was ordained at St. James Cathedral in Spanish Town.
Jamaican Anglicans adopted a resolution in 2004 in support of female bishops, to mark the 10th anniversary of the ordination of women to the diaconate and the priesthood in the local diocese.
The resolution called for support for the ordination of women to the episcopate and requested that the matter be taken up at the provincial level at its 2007 meeting.
"I don't think that there will be any opposition when the time comes for a woman to be ordained as a bishop," said the Rev. Perline Smalling, who was ordained priest in 2002.
Full story by Taneisha Davidson