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1. Anglican watch

There's lots going on among Anglican churches today. Here's a summary:

  1. Three U.S. churches appealed to the archbishop of Canterbury for non-U.S. oversight. The dioceses are Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and San Joaquin, California, have joined the diocese of Forth Worth in their request

  2. Two of Virginia's largest churches are leaving their diocese. "Two of Northern Virginia's largest and most historic Episcopal churches—Truro and the Falls Church—informed Virginia Bishop Peter J. Lee yesterday that they plan to leave the diocese and that as many as two dozen other parishes may follow suit," according to The Washington Times. This follows the decision of Christ Church of Plano, Texas, to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

  3. Update: Falls Church disputes the Washington Times report. The church says the report "misrepresents where we are as a congregation." The Falls Church has not informed the bishop that they are leaving the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church.

  4. The Washington Times also reports, "The Rev. Martyn Minns, rector of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, was elected a bishop today by the Anglican province of Nigeria with the mandate to oversee a cluster of expatriate Nigerian parishes in the United States."

  5. A gay priest is one of four candidates for bishop of Newark, N.J.

  6. Nigerian archbishop Peter Akinola doesn't like Rowan Williams's idea of a two-tiered church. Either you're in or you're out, he says.

  7. Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen doesn't like it either.

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