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A Cross-less "Stations of the Cross", created by...
Insight Scoop ^ | March 6, 2008 | Carl Olson

Posted on 03/06/2008 12:55:56 PM PST by NYer

... the Episcopal Church and the  Episcopal Relief and Development office. The stations, reports Christianity Today, are called "Stations of the Millennium Development Goals", and the "liturgy" consists of the following "stations":

Set up for the Liturgy
•    Designate eight stations around your church.
•    For each station, have a poster-size paper listing one of the eight MDGs:
MDG 1:    Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
MDG 2:    Achieve Universal Primary Education for Children
MDG 3:    Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 4:    Reduce Child Mortality
MDG 5:    Improve Maternal Health
MDG 6:    Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
MDG 7:    Ensure Environmental Sustainability
MDG 8:    Create a Global Partnership for Development

There is, in fact, only one reference to a cross:

Station 5: Have a poster-size piece of paper for each pilgrim and a thick black permanent marker.  Ask each pilgrim to write the first-name only of every woman they know who had a baby in the past year.  When the list is complete, draw a black cross next to the name of every 16th woman.  Explain that this represents the plight of women in sub-Saharan Africa, where one in 16 pregnant women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth each day.

Not surprisingly, some Anglicans are less than happy with the political proje—er, "liturgy." (Note to self, file this story next to the one about striving to have a smaller "carbon footprint" during Lent.)

Someone, I'm guessing, will read this and say, "Hey, mean person, what do you have against helping poor people and fighting disease in Third World countries?" The short answer is, "Absolutely nothing at all." But liturgy and devotions such as Stations of the Cross should never be turned into social projects or political forums; they are meant to transform us by bringing us into closer communion with Jesus Christ. Then we are to go into the world and apply our love of God and our knowledge of man in doing the vital work of helping the poor, fighting disease, and so forth.

When liturgy and devotion become the servants of political activism, it is inevitable that people will—logically, it should be noted—wonder, "Why bother doing this when I can simply participate in this or that social project or political movement." And then they leave Christianity behind, thinking it has little or nothing to offer the world that cannot be found many times over in secular movements.


TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: episcopal; nonchristiancult

1 posted on 03/06/2008 12:55:57 PM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/06/2008 12:56:21 PM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer
Oh, yes, this abomination has been the talk of the Anglican/Episcopal blogs for weeks.

Just more confirmation that our flight from the Episcopal Church in August 2003 was the correct decision.

As Chris Johnson of MCJ says from time to time, it's becoming impossible to parody the Episcopal Church because everything they do is a parody anyhow.

3 posted on 03/06/2008 1:05:58 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

Today’s Church of England: Forget Christmas, we take the Christ out of Christianity!


4 posted on 03/06/2008 1:14:29 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: NYer

Sheesh.


5 posted on 03/06/2008 1:19:53 PM PST by AliVeritas (DEUS VULT - 0311)
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To: NYer

This needs the Mother of all Barf Alerts


6 posted on 03/06/2008 1:20:23 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: NYer

Social gospel 1.2.


7 posted on 03/06/2008 1:21:09 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: NYer

Good grief.


8 posted on 03/06/2008 1:22:01 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Brush your hair and comb your teeth, honey - Obama's comin' to town!!!)
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To: NYer

Heresy and apostasy have been in fashion with the Episcopalians for some time now. So far as I am concerned they are not a Christian faith but are rather more of a liberal social club.


9 posted on 03/06/2008 1:33:03 PM PST by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: sionnsar; Huber

Anglican Ping


10 posted on 03/06/2008 1:37:00 PM PST by Fractal Trader (.)
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To: NYer
Disgusting!
11 posted on 03/06/2008 2:09:24 PM PST by MaggieM (Tanti galli a cantar non fa mai giorno ( Too many chiefs, not enough warriors))
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To: All

Though my Church has been conservative, I attended a Saturday “visioning session” where we made posters and discussed new goals for the church. An outside consultant was brought in to moderate the groups. Might be time to evaluate what is going on and who is bringing this stuff in.


12 posted on 03/06/2008 2:15:50 PM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald
I attended a Saturday “visioning session”

I've led a sheltered life, I guess -- what exactly is a "visioning session" (and what could it possibly have to do with making posters)?

13 posted on 03/06/2008 2:32:29 PM PST by maryz
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To: Fractal Trader; ahadams2; jpr_fire2gold; Tennessee Nana; QBFimi; Tailback; MBWilliams; ...

More train wreck coverage of The Episcopal “Church”...

Thanks to Fractal Trader for the ping!


14 posted on 03/06/2008 4:20:00 PM PST by Huber (And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. - John 1:5)
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To: NYer

What the?


15 posted on 03/06/2008 5:07:42 PM PST by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: NYer

Why not get a roll of butcher paper - very appropriate - and wrap it all the way around the church. Then let everyone take shifts, day and night, marking crosses on there for all the babies being aborted every day. That ought to keep them busy.


16 posted on 03/06/2008 5:11:52 PM PST by beelzepug ("Suffering from electile dysfunction.....can't get aroused by any of the candidates.")
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To: beelzepug

mdg....isn’t that Miller genuine....oh no, forget it that’s
MGD


17 posted on 03/06/2008 7:12:30 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but interested and informed)
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To: AnAmericanMother

You’re not kidding! I thought this was a parody or joke! I was laughing as I read thinking: “this is clever satire, far-fetched of course, almost believable, if not so ridiculous.” Then I finished the article; I could still not believe it was true until I followed the links to the official church website and saw for myself.


18 posted on 03/06/2008 7:50:02 PM PST by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: NYer

“The stations, reports Christianity Today, are called “Stations of the Millennium Development Goals”, and the “liturgy” consists of the following “stations”:

Set up for the Liturgy
• Designate eight stations around your church.
• For each station, have a poster-size paper listing one of the eight MDGs:
MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education for Children
MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality
MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
MDG 8: Create a Global Partnership for Development”

This is a joke, right?


19 posted on 03/06/2008 9:26:57 PM PST by Peanut Gallery ("An armed society is a polite society.")
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To: NYer
I prefer these:

Stations of the cross - Way of the cross [Devotional]

Stations of the Cross [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

Thousands contemplate the saving power of the Cross during Way of the Cross in Rome

WAY OF THE CROSS COLOSEUM PART 1-2006

"WAY OF THE CROSS" AT COLOSSEUM (Part 2) - 2006

Way of the Cross to Focus on Loss of Sense of Sin

Stations of the Cross - In the Light of the Shroud

The Way of the Cross, with Prayerful Meditations authored by Saint Francis of Assisi

The Way of The Cross - a devotional reflection on Christ's Passion

The Holy Season of Lent -- The Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Through Poetry

20 posted on 03/06/2008 9:53:34 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald

What new goals were discussed? Were they stupid things like deacons serving communion in clown costumes, or liturgical dances done by strippers?


21 posted on 03/06/2008 11:28:30 PM PST by kevinw
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To: AnAmericanMother
Yeah, this has been floating around for over a month now:

Stations of the Millennium Development Goals [Episcopal church descent]

As Chris Johnson of MCJ says from time to time, it's becoming impossible to parody the Episcopal Church because everything they do is a parody anyhow.

If I didn't know better I might suspect that this was their plan all along. Want to get rid of those who parody you? Go sooooo far out in left (pun intended) field that you're impossible to pardoy. Now that's all kinds of 60's, drug-induced, brain-baked (TEC's current vapid heirarchy) brilliant!

Sadly, no, it's even worse than that. They take themselves very seriously.

22 posted on 03/07/2008 4:53:24 AM PST by Zero Sum (Liberalism: The damage ends up being a thousand times the benefit! (apologies to Rabbi Benny Lau))
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To: Zero Sum
You are SO right.

With all their maneuvering, lying, bloviating, and so forth while viciously suing the life out of dissenting parishes, the ECUSA hierarchy has taken all the joy out of its church.

In addition to Scripture, Truth, and Christ, of course.

23 posted on 03/07/2008 6:30:03 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

No room a cross station for the unborn slaughtered in partial birth abortions which Episcobaalian staff attorneys defended


24 posted on 03/07/2008 10:00:28 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: kevinw
"What new goals were discussed? Were they stupid things like deacons serving communion in clown costumes, or liturgical dances done by strippers?"

The plan was to discuss what the church should do in the next 15 years, and then make a poster for discussion. I was there for the morning session, my wife for the afternoon.

25 posted on 03/07/2008 10:22:49 AM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Peanut Gallery

I was looking for the “Humor” in the keywords. It’s ain’t there.


26 posted on 03/07/2008 10:25:28 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: NYer

“When liturgy and devotion become the servants of political activism”

Is there any way this is not mortal sin?


27 posted on 03/07/2008 10:34:39 AM PST by dsc
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To: AnAmericanMother
As Chris Johnson of MCJ says from time to time, it's becoming impossible to parody the Episcopal Church because everything they do is a parody anyhow.

Truly, the pissalopians have become a living Monty Python sketch.

28 posted on 03/07/2008 5:41:58 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.—WChurchill)
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To: Albion Wilde
We were down at the ECUSA cathedral tonight helping somebody record something on the organ (it's a long story). They may be a bunch of heretics, but they've got the best organ in the city. As it turns out, we had a problem with a cipher that we couldn't stop, so we didn't record.

It was kinda creepy in there. I was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Cathedral parish, so I know the place quite well.

As I walked back towards the sanctuary I passed the old Hall of Bishops and there was a huge cloth labyrinth on the floor -- and this grey-haired old moonbat sitting barefoot in the middle of it in the lotus position with his eyes closed and his thumbs and middle fingers together. I laughed out loud and had to turn it into a cough.

Look, you want to be a Buddhist or a Hindu mystic or a New Age Wiccan, go join a temple or a coven somewhere! Don't sit on the floor in the middle of an Episcopal cathedral pretending to be a saddhu!

In a way, though, that grey headed old guy sitting all by himself in a large empty room in a large empty cathedral, doing nothing, is sort of a metaphor for the condition of the church.

In the tract rack they had an issue of the weekly bulletin in which that toadying old timeserver of a dean purported to explain that it was 'not a schism' and not even a 'split', just 'certain individuals' who don't appreciate the traditions of the Episcopal Church who are 'afraid of growing with the gospel' and have 'vested interests' in sowing dissent, and who 'disagree with the election and consent and consecration of an honestly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and they are not finished talking about it.' . . . and remember, we're not like those awful Roman Catholics . . .

< spit >

29 posted on 03/07/2008 6:06:56 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother
< spit >

Hilarious — start to finish. Even the labyrinth is a painted cloth. Lordy, lord, have mercy!

30 posted on 03/07/2008 7:34:30 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.—WChurchill)
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To: Albion Wilde
As I understand it, the 'portable labyrinth' makes the rounds of the diocese on a regular basis. Thankfully never when I was around and still an Episcopalian . . . .

I would guess (assuming Ye Olde Moonbatte is around 6' tall) that it's around 30 feet in diameter. It takes up most of the floor in one end of a large hall. They probably move it around on a flatbed sedan chair . . . .

31 posted on 03/07/2008 9:04:54 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

A convent in the south part of our county has a genuine, inlaid stone outdoor labyrinth, out in the woods. It is a wonderful experience to be in nature and walk it. They even keep it illuminated at night, which is when I walked it the first time, and had an illuminating experience when my shadow blocked out the night lights as I walked the path — the sudden panic of whether I was still on the right path was replaced by the scripture "a lamp unto my feet" flooding over me.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
—Psalm 119:105

32 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:06 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.—WChurchill)
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