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Anglican Bishops: Inclusive Communion For All!

The leadership of the Anglican Church expressed in clear terms their support for the rights of gays and women to be active participants in all facets of their religion. Duleep de Chickera, a bishop for Sri Lanka, made clear” “There is space equally for anyone and everyone, regardless of color, ability, gender or sexual orientation. It is an inclusive communion where there is space equally for everyone and anyone, regardless.” He admitted “some of us are not here”(Lambeth Conference), a reference to the decision by traditionalists to boycott the Lambeth conference in opposition of the decision by the Archbishop of Canterbury(Rowan Williams) to support gay and female bishops.

Dr. Rowan Williams received a standing ovation from the assembled bishops and he urged of the importance of finding ways to respect the ideas of liberals and traditionalists. Many observers were surprised at the remarkable sense of unity among the bishops even though there is a significant number who might still harbor doubts about the move toward allowing gay and female bishops.

Domestic Violence Major Issue in Indonesia

In a new survey from Indonesia, the issue of domestic violence emerged as a major source of concern to women. Other female issues were health care, lack of formal education, limited legal protection and low income. The survey was conducted by the Public Interest Research and Advocacy Center and focused on the lives of middle-class Indonesian women. Data from the investigation reveals over 25,000 cases of domestic violence were reported through 215 different organizations. This represents a threefold increase since 2003. Although a high prercentage of women indicated a desire to assist organizations working for women, in actuality, few ever donated time or money.

It may well be that lack of income and family demands prevent Indonesian women from being able to donate either money or time to the important issue of domestic violence.