Church News Briefs

Diocesan Press Service. March 26, 1971 [92-9]

MONROVIA, Liberia -- The Board of Trustees of Cuttington College and Divinity School, Suacoco, Liberia, has announced the acceptance of the resignation of Dr. Christian E. Baker as president, effective December 31, 1971. In response to a request by the Board, Dr. Baker has agreed to work with a committee to reappraise the development program and to review the existing policies and programs of the College. He will also visit the United States on behalf of the College.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Rt. Rev. Lyman C. Ogilby, former missionary bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Diocese of South Dakota, has been named Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, according to an announcement by the Rt. Rev. Robert L. DeWitt. Bishop Ogilby, who will take up his duties in June, will supervise, at least temporarily, missions and aided parishes and will share the Bishop's schedule of weekly visitations to the 179 parishes in the Diocese.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Diocese of Upper South Carolina has contributed a total of $148,916.65 to the Missionary Diocese of Taiwan under the Projects for Partnership plan, according to the Ven. William A. Beckham. Archdeacon Beckham indicated that individuals and parishes have made additional contributions.

LIMURU, Kenya -- The first Anglican Consultative Council met here, Feb. 23 to March 5. The Council was created in 1969 to develop agreed Anglican policies in the world mission of the Church. It is also intended to serve as needed as an instrument of common action. The Council's resolutions are not binding on member bodies. The Council is the first representative worldwide Anglican body not marked by a majority of Anglo-Saxons. There is a 50-50 ratio of Western and other representatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Among its resolutions the Council:

* endorsed the World Council of Churches' controversial grant of $200,000 to liberation movements in Southern Africa.

* resolved by a 24-22 vote that women should be allowed to be ordained priests under certain conditions.

* approved a two-year study of the controversial question of remarriage for divorced persons.

* endorsed the merger of Anglicans and Methodists in England.

* elected the Rt. Rev. John Howe, executive officer of the Anglican Communion, as the Council's secretary general; Sir Louis Mwachkwu Mbanefo, a judge in Nigeria, as chairman for four years, and Mrs. Marion Kelleran, professor of pastoral theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, as vice chairman for six years.