Anglican university launched in South Sudan
THE Episcopal University of South Sudan was inaugurated on November 13, at an event in Juba attended by all the bishops of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. The Primate, the Most Reverend Justin Badi, led a service of thanksgiving and blessing to mark the opening. The university has been accredited by the South Sudanese Minister of Higher Education to offer degrees in law and theology. The Rev. Dr. Peter Ensor, a Methodist minister and New Testament scholar, has been appointed vice chancellor. The new institution is part of the larger vision of a geographically dispersed Episcopal University, of which Archbishop Badi is Chancellor (News, April 21, 2017). He is also the president of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA), which has criticized provinces of the Anglican Communion that allow same-sex marriage.
Attacks on churches in Myanmar condemned by WCC
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Dr Ioan Sauca and Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) general secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara denounced attacks on a seminary and churches in Myanmar perpetrated by the board. In a joint statement, Dr. Sauca and Dr. Chunakara described the attacks as “emblematic of the deteriorating humanitarian, political and human rights situation in Myanmar” since the military coup that took place in February 2021. In the statement , the WCC and the CEC called on the international community to “redouble its advocacy and commitment to justice, peace and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.” On the first anniversary of the coup, church leaders urged the UK government to do more for the people of Myanmar (News, February 4).
US research shows support for same-sex marriage
IN THE United States, 61 percent of adults surveyed have a positive opinion about legalizing same-sex marriage, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. More than a third of those surveyed said that same-sex marriage was “very good for society”; 19 percent said it was very bad. The results also indicated a marked difference along denominational lines: 71 percent of Christians who identify as white evangelical Protestants view same-sex marriage negatively and 26 percent positively. The numbers were almost reversed for those who did not identify as evangelicals, of whom 62 percent held a favorable opinion. Respondents who identified as Roman Catholic held similar views to non-evangelical white Protestants, while 82 percent of those who defined themselves as unaffiliated held a positive view of same-sex marriage.