Mexico backs Anglican Covenant

The Anglican Church of Mexico has become the first province to endorse the Anglican Covenant, adopting the pan-Anglican agreement on faith and order at its June 11-12 General Synod in Mexico City. “We are delighted to hear that Mexico has agreed to adopt the Covenant,” ACC secretary general Canon Kenneth Kearon said, calling it a […]

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art L Fanning [Ed.] Yale University Press, £55 ISBN: 978-0-300-233650-0 Pickled mammals, soiled beds and incomprehensible ‘installations’ constantly proclaim the spiritual bankruptcy and absurd narcissism of so much hyped contemporary art. Yet two decades ago, Millennium Christian-themed art shows were hugely successful, as have been exhibitions of devotional artefacts, Baroque […]

Faith leaders hit out at President Trump’s immigration policy

AN INTERFAITH group of religious scholars has united to speak out against President Donald Trump’s US Immigration Policy. They said that while they are glad that President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the family separation policy at the US-Mexico border last Wednesday, they remain concerned with what they have deemed ‘the Trump administration’s […]

Christchurch Cathedral to be rebuilt

Christchurch Cathedral to be rebuilt

THE EARTHQUAKE-ravaged Christchurch Cathedral is to be rebuilt. That was the outcome of a vote at the Christchurch Diocesan Synod last week in which 54.9 per cent chose the reinstatement option. Bishop Victoria Matthews said: “This was not an easy or quick decision for the more than 220 members of Synod.” The decision followed a […]

Traditionalist blocked from becoming Canadian bishop

THE ANGLICAN Church of Canada has objected to the election of a conservative minister for holding ‘contrary’ views to the Church. The House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia& Yukon last week registered its objection to the episcopal election of the Rev Jacob Worley in the Diocese of Caledonia on 22 April, […]

Faith leaders say populist extremism is ‘incompatible with religion’

POPULIST extremism rejects fundamental moral and ethical principles of Christianity and other religions, and accordingly must be actively resisted by faith communities. Such was the core conclusion of an inter-faith peace event in Edinburgh on “Faith, Peace and Global Politics in the Age of President Trump”, held by Edinburgh Inter-Faith and Uniting for Peace. Professor […]

Our different attitudes to Jews and Muslims

Donald Trump has begun his Presidency with a rush of fulfilled campaign promises. He has cancelled a trading agreement that he deemed detrimental to US jobs. He has announced preparations for a huge border wall with Mexico to stem the flow of illegal Mexican migration into the US, and he has banned migrants and refugees […]

How the religious constituency voted in America’s presidential election

How the religious constituency voted in America’s presidential election

Analysis Religious Intelligence   White evangelicals propelled Donald Trump to the White House, new research has shown. Based on exit polls from last week’s presidential election, it was evangelicals who were most enthusiastic about the prospect of Donald Trump’s leadership. The figures from the Pew Research Center, an independent think tank, show that 81 per […]

A real-life disaster story is retold

A real-life disaster story is retold

Deepwater Horizon (dir. Peter Berg, cert. 12A) is a real disaster movie, telling the true story of the fire on the BP-chartered drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Point of view is from chief electrician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), with his wife Felicia (Kate Hudson) as the link between families at home […]

Mexican Church in call for justice and peace

The Anglican Church in Mexico’s 8th General Synod has issued call to prayer for justice and peace for the nation. In a statement released on 18 June at the close of the synod in Monterrey the synod bemoaned the “lack of respect for human dignity” in Mexican society. “[W]e see the 26,043 missing people, the […]

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