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[PARIS] L'Association d'entraide aux minorités d'Orient (AEMO) exprime sa très forte émotion devant l'exode auquel ont été contraints les chrétiens et d'autres communautés de Mossoul, en Irak, et exprime sa solidarité avec une population déjà si lourdement éprouvée.

‘God made from one blood all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of our own poets have said: We are his offspring.’ Witness of St Paul in Athens, Acts 17, 26-28

On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood. There had been a great deal of debate leading up to what was, at the time, an "irregular" action by the said bishops. There were already a very few women priests in other churches of the Anglican Communion, in Hong Kong and Canada. The Lambeth Conference, a meeting every decade or so of the bishops of the Communion, had in 1968 found no theological argument against ordaining women.

[The American Cathedral] The baptism of Karim and Isabella. Baptism is, of course, is always a new beginning – a new creation, in fact. Paul says, "If anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creation." "The old has passed away, behold the new has come," he wrote to the Corinthians. Looking at today’s Epistle from the Romans, if you will look right in the middle of the text, you will see this quotation from Psalm 44. "We are as sheep being led to the slaughter. We are being killed all the day long"…and so, on this day of baptism, there is a new creation at the same time that there is killing going on.

[The American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris] “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.” Many of you will know this African-American spiritual; many of you will have sung it at Sunday school, or at camp. It is a wonderful song. This image – this incredible image – of a ladder, or better translated, as a staircase connecting heaven and earth with angels ascending and descending. It has prompted manifold interpretations over the centuries, and great works of art...sculpture and painting, as well as song. It is a primitive, piercing-symbolic overwhelming image. We don’t quite know what to make of it. It offers...

The Rev. Scott Claassen of thads describes himself as “a Monday through Saturday follower of Jesus who worships on Sunday. ”He believes it conveys a clearer understanding of what his faith means to him than “Episcopalian” or even “Christian”. “The main point is, it inverts our sense of discipleship from saying being a disciple means I go to church on Sunday,” Claassen, 35, told ENS recently. “Instead it says being a disciple means I practice this Jesus way throughout all of my life and I happen to get together with a bunch of other people on Sunday who do that, too.”

The triennial synod of the Anglican Diocese of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau took place from June 26 to 29, 2014. It was the first synod presided by the Right Reverend Jacques Boston, diocesan Bishop since 2012. He chose for the synod the site of the first church built in 1856 by missionaries, St. James, in Fallanghia, province of Boffa. This little village is also the birthplace of the previous Bishop, the Right Reverend Albert Gomez, who was happy to show it off to the guests.

Le synode triennale du Diocèse anglican de Guinée et Guinée-Bissau s'est déroulé du 26 au 29 juin 2014. C'était le premier synode sous l'égide de Mgr Jacques Boston, depuis 2012 Évêque du Diocèse. Il a choisi pour le synode le site de la première église construite par les missionnaires, en 1856, St. James (sic), à Fallanghia, dans la province de Boffa. Ce petit village est aussi le lieu de naissance du précédent évêque, Mgr Albert Gomez, qui s'est donné plaisir de le faire découvrir aux invités.

In the beginning was the Word. In the beginning information passed from one person to others through speech. Oral tradition was the only means of distributing information until the advent of visual communication, and continued for some time to be the primary means of sharing and preserving information. Cave paintings are usually recognized as the earliest form of visual communication, with the earliest known dating to 30,000 BC. More permanent visuals — carvings rather than paintings — developed shortly thereafter, with pictograms (the predecessor to hieroglyphics and cuneiform) developing by around 9000 BC.

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