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  • What Ails the Episcopalians

    07/13/2012 7:09:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/12/12 | JAY AKASIE
    Its numbers and coffers shrinking, the church votes for pet funerals but offers little to the traditional faithful. Episcopalians from around the country gathered here this week for their church's 77th triennial General Convention, which ended Thursday. Although other Protestant denominations have national governing councils, the Episcopal Church's triennial gathering stands apart. For starters, it's one of the world's largest such legislative entities, with more than 1,000 members. General Convention is also notable for its sheer ostentation and carnival atmosphere. For seven straight nights, lavish cocktail parties spilled into pricey steakhouses, where bishops could use their diocesan funds to order...
  • Occupy Wall Street Invades Duarte Square, Protests Church That Owns It

    12/17/2011 4:09:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    New York Magazine / The Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2011 | Andre Tartar
    Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters today streamed toward the corner of Canal Street and the Avenue of the Americas to re-occupy Duarte Square, right next to New York's offices. The gravel square, dotted with planters and chairs and normally open to the public, is actually owned by Trinity Wall Street Episcopalian church, a onetime supporter of the original Zuccotti Park encampment — providing meeting spaces, electricity, bathrooms, as well as supplies — that now seems more adversary after denying an Occupy request for access to Duarte Square. "Wrong, unsafe, unhealthy and potentially injurious," was how church officials described the...
  • Stones fall off Washington National Cathedral

    08/23/2011 12:19:44 PM PDT · by americanophile · 26 replies · 20+ views
    Seattle Times (AP) ^ | August 23, 2011 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    A spokesman for Washington National Cathedral says at least three of the four pinnacles on the central tower have fallen off and the central tower appears to be leaning. The pinnacles are the top stones on the cathedral's towers. Richard Weinberg, director of communications for the cathedral, said the cathedral has been evacuated and stone masons are assessing the damage.
  • Ex-governor 'Gay American' Jim McGreevey denied Episcopal priesthood...because he's a 'jackass'

    04/25/2011 8:30:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 25, 2011 | Rachel Quigley
    He tried marriage and fatherhood, flirted with being a governor, he accepted being gay and then he finally announced he would be a priest. But it isn't time to call ex-New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey 'father' just yet - for his bid to join the Episcopal Church has been rejected. Church sources have said that McGreevey's sexuality has nothing to do with the rebuttal and everything to do with him being a 'jackass'. McGreevey shocked the nation when it was discovered that only 34 days after he came into office the then-married governor embarked on a homosexual affair with an...
  • Episcopal Church joins ELCA, Anglican Church in Canada, ELCC to celebrate 10-year anniversary...

    03/23/2011 1:04:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Episcopal Church joins Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church in Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to celebrate 10-year anniversary of full communion on May 1 -- The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will join with their Canadian counterparts - the Anglican Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - to celebrate 10 years of the full communion relationship in an international way on May 1. Called to Common Mission, for full communion between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the similar Canadian document, The Waterloo Declaration,...
  • God is no longer a man, says Scottish Episcopal church (removes all masculine references to God)

    09/06/2010 7:54:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/06/2010
    The Scottish Episcopal Church has caused controversy by removing masculine references to God in a new order of service. The new form of worship, which removes words such as 'Lord, he, his, him' and 'mankind' from services, has been written by the church in an attempt to acknowledge that God is 'beyond human gender'. Episcopalian bishops have approved the introduction of more 'inclusive' language, which deliberately removes references suggesting that God is of male gender Traditionalists have criticised the changes on the grounds that they smack of political correctness and because they believe they are not consistent with the teachings...
  • The Hypocrisy of the Left

    12/29/2009 9:01:30 AM PST · by ezfindit · 10 replies · 570+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2009 | Robin of Berkeley
    I have been looking for God my whole life. I first recognized Him in the black foster parents I worked with who manifested Christ-consciousness. I then found him four years ago, when my parents died three weeks apart and I was carried by a force stronger than myself. And more recently, as I’ve gone from left to right, I have discovered him in the many conservatives guiding me, such as AT readers.
  • Is Pope Benedict a closet liberal?

    10/25/2009 7:06:58 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies · 837+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2009 | David Gibson
    ...In less than five years Pope Benedict has shown himself to be quietly yet deliberately engaged in reshaping Catholicism. Even more surprising are the remarkably liberal means he has used to achieve his ends -- means that could lead to places the pontiff may not intend to go. A case in point is last week's stunning announcement...that the pope is creating a novel "church within a church" so that Anglicans can join with Catholics without giving up their rites and traditions... In another development last week, one that drew far less notice but could have a profound impact, the Vatican...
  • San Francisco's Gay Vulgarity on Parade

    09/27/2009 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 55 replies · 4,554+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | September 27, 2009
    More Photo Galleries 1 of 13 John Ruys, left, of San Ramon embraces friend Stephen Yardbrough of San Francisco at the annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco on Sunday. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/g/a/2009/09/25/folsom_st_fair.DTL&o= [Sorry, this was filed under animals]
  • (Slippery Slope Watch): Is polyamory the next sexual revolution?

    07/29/2009 4:05:56 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 62 replies · 1,834+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jessica Bennett | Jessica Bennett
    Only You. And You. And You. Polyamory—relationships with multiple, mutually consenting partners—has a coming-out party. Terisa Greenan and her boyfriend, Matt, are enjoying a rare day of Seattle sun, sharing a beet carpaccio on the patio of a local restaurant. Matt holds Terisa's hand, as his 6-year-old son squeezes in between the couple to give Terisa a kiss. His mother, Vera, looks over and smiles; she's there with her boyfriend, Larry. Suddenly it starts to rain, and the group must move inside. In the process, they rearrange themselves: Matt's hand touches Vera's leg. Terisa gives Larry a kiss. The child,...
  • Next on Senate agenda? 'Pedophile Protection Act'

    07/18/2009 8:43:58 AM PDT · by Mikey · 22 replies · 1,211+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 04, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    The leader of a pro-family organization says families across the nation need to contact their U.S. senators now to try to derail a legislative plan that already has passed the U.S. House and is being awaited by President Obama – after a Democrat confirmed it would protect "all 547 forms of sexual deviancy or 'paraphilias' listed by the American Psychiatric Association." WND columnist Janet Porter, who also heads the Faith2Action Christian ministry, today cited S. 909, dubbed the "Pedophile Protection Act," as an extreme danger to America. As H.R. 1913, the House version of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes...
  • Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

    06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 105 replies · 2,270+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    "What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."...
  • Conservative Episcopalians win court case

    12/20/2008 4:57:07 PM PST · by meandog · 14 replies · 572+ views
    Fredericksburg.com ^ | Date published: 12/20/2008 | BY MATTHEW BARAKAT
    McLEAN--Nearly a dozen conservative church congregations in Virginia, including St. Stephen's Church in Heathsville, have won a lawsuit in which they sought to split from the U.S. Episcopal Church in a dispute over theology and homosexuality. The final rulings came yesterday from a Fairfax County judge who said the departing congregations are allowed under Virginia law to keep their church buildings and other property as they leave the Episcopal Church and realign under the authority of conservative Anglican bishops from Africa. Several previous rulings also had gone in favor of the departing congregations. The diocese said it will appeal. Eleven...
  • Episcopal diocese (Pittsburgh) votes to leave church

    10/04/2008 11:16:13 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 730+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 4, 2008
    The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has voted to leave the Episcopal Church and join a more conservative province of the Anglican Church. The vote was taken today at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Monroeville. The results were greeted with silence. Immediately after the results were announced, the Rev. Harold Lewis from Calvary Church in East Liberty announced that his church would stay with the Episcoal Church and not follow the lead of the diocese. --snip-- Those who supported the split say it has been decades in coming. They point to Episcopalians who doubt the divinity of Jesus, blessing dogs as...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad talks to US Christians

    02/25/2007 4:02:36 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 33 replies · 888+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-25-2007 | Breitbart.com
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said Iran bore no hatred towards the United States as he held talks with American Christians in a rare official contact with visitors from Tehran's arch enemy. State television showed Ahmadinejad meeting with a dozen American representatives from various Christian orders who are in Iran for a week-long visit to promote peace and dialogue between the foes. "The Iranian nation does not have any feeling of hatred and opposition towards the American people and we believe that all people are respectful and given the common grounds people have, they could achieve peace and justice," Ahmadinejad...
  • Episcopal Church under fire for parolee priest

    07/18/2008 10:57:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 198+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/18/8 | Matthai Kuruvila
    James Tramel went from convicted murderer to priest while in prison, a transformation that the Episcopal Church used to successfully lobby for his parole and celebrate him before politicians and the press. But the church is now grappling with the sexual abuse of a parishioner under his care. Tramel has been suspended for sexual misconduct, temporarily stripped of his priestly authority and left searching for a new job. The San Francisco-based Episcopal Diocese of California now faces questions of whether, in its haste to proclaim Tramel's story, it redeemed and promoted him too quickly. Convicted of second-degree murder in a...
  • Bush Becoming a Catholic?

    06/16/2008 6:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 152 replies · 386+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | June 16, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    President Bush may follow in the footsteps of his brother Jeb and convert to Catholicism, several European papers are reporting. In the wake of the president’s visit to see Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Italian newspapers, citing Vatican sources, said Bush was open to the idea of converting to Catholicism. The Italian newspaper Il Foglio referred to such talk about Bush’s possible conversion and stated that “anything is possible, especially for someone reborn like Bush.” Noting that Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after leaving office as Britain’s prime minister last year, the paper also stated that “if anything happens,...
  • Police -- Stonington Pastor Provided Alcohol For Minors

    06/03/2008 6:38:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 10 replies · 889+ views
    The Day ^ | 6/3/2008 | Joe Wojtas
    Police -- Stonington Pastor Provided Alcohol For Minors http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=bd09de68-90d0-408b-aa22-6d3f42ec354e http://tinyurl.com/6jdj56 Priest arrested during party after 2 girls hospitalized for intoxication Published on 6/3/2008 By Joe Wojtas Stonington - Police arrested the Rev. Mark Robinson of Calvary Episcopal Church Monday and charged him with hosting a graduation party at his Barnes Road home Sunday night that resulted in two 17-year-old girls being taken by ambulance to The Westerly Hospital for treatment for intoxication. The 50-year-old Robinson, who has led the borough church since 1993, was charged with delivery of alcohol to minors, second-degree reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess alcohol....
  • The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene

    03/29/2008 8:24:03 PM PDT · by hanfei · 96 replies · 1,110+ views
    Chapter 4 (Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 - 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7...) . . . Will matter then be destroyed or not? 22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. 23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone. 24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this...
  • RUMORS OF GLORY -- The Conscience of an Anglican

    12/26/2007 12:27:02 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/24/07 | Alan Jacobs
    For some time now, people have been asking me why I haven't written anything on the current—or, depending on your point of view, everlasting—crisis in the Anglican world. After all, I have been an Anglican for nearly twenty-five years, virtually all of my adult life. Surely I have some opinions on the mess the Anglican Communion is now in, on how it got this way, and how it might get out again? Well, yes, I do have such opinions. But they are worthless. All such opinions amount to little more than the assignation of blame for past events and predictions...
  • Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving

    11/02/2007 10:54:04 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 26 replies · 592+ views
    News Blaze ^ | Nov 1, 2007 | Judyth Piazza
    Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving http://newsblaze.com/story/20071101085222tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html http://tinyurl.com/2kmxfe Nov 1, 2007 Judyth Piazza, News Blaze Recitations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures will reverberate in a Christian church in Nevada on the occasion of coming Thanksgiving eve service. Rajan Zed, the prominent Hindu chaplain, will read from Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of the world dated from around 1,500 BCE), Upanishads (Hindu scriptures containing mystical teachings), and Bhagavad-Gita (famous philosophical and spiritual poem) in Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno (Nevada) during Twenty-second Annual Thanksgiving Service of Northwestern Nevada to be held on November 21 evening. Despite conflicts around the world, various...
  • Lesbian priest makes list for Chicago bishop

    08/29/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 40 replies · 889+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 29, 2007 | Manya A. Brachear
    Though global Anglican leaders have urged the U.S. church to unequivocally exclude gay bishops by next month, an openly lesbian Episcopal priest is among the five nominees for bishop of the Chicago diocese announced Tuesday. Rev. Tracey Lind, who followed Chicago Bishop William Persell as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, is one of three women named as finalists to replace Persell, who plans to resign after his successor is installed. It is the first slate of candidates in the diocese to include women. "Since the day last winter when I was asked to make myself available to this nominating...
  • From the "I'm not making this stuff up" dept: Porn star now seeks priesthood instead

    07/15/2007 4:04:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 58 replies · 1,246+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Jul 15, 2007 | NYTimes News Service
    Porn star now seeks priesthood instead http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2007/07/15/2003369673 http://tinyurl.com/2wv9qm NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE, OAK PARK, CALIFORNIA Sunday, Jul 15, 2007, Page 7 Some people have their midlife crisis in reverse, like Ronald Boyer, who for most of his professional life has been better known as a star of pornographic films, Rod Fontana. After 30 years of sowing the wildest of oats, Boyer, 54, has searched his soul and chosen, to the surprise of family and colleagues, to seek a priesthood in the Episcopal Church. From his work in the rented villas of the San Fernando Valley, where hard-core sex films...
  • A Left-Wing Priestess for Allah

    07/01/2007 6:29:46 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 10 replies · 338+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sat, Jun. 30 2007 11:57 AM ET | Mark D. Tooley
    A Left-Wing Priestess for Allah http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070630/28250_A_Left-Wing_Priestess_for_Allah.htm http://tinyurl.com/33pmot By Mark D. Tooley Christian Post Contributor Sat, Jun. 30 2007 11:57 AM ET A Seattle priest has become a Muslim while also retaining her clergy status in the Episcopal Church. Her local bishop has described the development as “exciting.” "I look through Jesus and I see Allah,” explained the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding to the “Seattle Times”, which reported that Redding puts on her Islamic headscarf on Fridays and her clerical collar on Sundays. She has denounced Christianity as a "world religion of privilege.” But she still sees Jesus as her Savior,...
  • "Jesus is not the only way to God . . ."

    06/23/2007 10:03:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 17 replies · 644+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Tue, Jun 19, 2007 12:51 pm | Rev. Ann Holmes
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) On the other hand: "Jesus is not the only way to God . . ." Rev. Ann Holmes http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/reader_feedback/reader_feedback.php?id=171 http://tinyurl.com/36ss36
  • Episcopal Panel 'Dodges' Response to Moratorium

    06/15/2007 7:34:42 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Fri, Jun. 15 2007 07:13 AM ET | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopal Panel 'Dodges' Response to Moratorium http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070615/27991_Episcopal_Panel_'Dodges'_Response_to_Moratorium.htm http://tinyurl.com/35qes6 By Lillian Kwon Christian Post Reporter Fri, Jun. 15 2007 07:13 AM ET An Episcopal panel of clergy and lay people indicated on Thursday they will not give a response to the moratorium Anglican leaders requested for by September, arguing that only the General Convention has the authority to respond. The next General Convention – The Episcopal Church's primary governing and legislative body – however, meets in the summer of 2009. After a four-day meeting that ended Thursday, the Executive Council said that no governing body other than General Convention can agree...
  • Executive Council prepares for communiqué response

    06/11/2007 9:27:44 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 332+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | June 11, 2007 | Mary Frances Schjonberg
    Executive Council prepares for communiqué response http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_86791_ENG_HTM.htm Two committees hear experience of gay Nigerian activist By Mary Frances Schjonberg June 11, 2007 [Episcopal News Service] The Executive Council, the Episcopal Church's governing body between General Conventions, began its four-day meeting June 11 in New Jersey learning that a draft of a response to the Anglican Communion Primates' latest communiqué was ready for their consideration. In a public plenary session, House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson said that Executive Council members would discuss during private conversation later in the day a draft report of the EC008 Task Group, requested by the...
  • Breakaway Anglican Groups Invited to Form New Alliance

    06/06/2007 8:53:13 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 475+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Mon, Jun. 04 2007 07:09 AM ET | Lillian Kwon
    Breakaway Anglican Groups Invited to Form New Alliance http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070604/27766_Orthodox_Anglicans_to_Initiate_Talks_on_Forming_'Anglican_Union'.htm http://tinyurl.com/37dsm9 By Lillian Kwon Christian Post Reporter Mon, Jun. 04 2007 07:09 AM ET The head of a conservative Anglican network in the United States has invited major breakaway Anglican groups to up the level of their partnership for a united Anglicanism in North America as some predict a split in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, called for a Sept. 25-28 meeting to initiate discussion of creating an "Anglican Union" among the partners. The creation of the union would be a step...
  • Episcopal break up?

    05/23/2007 8:41:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 582+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/23/2007 | Our Sunday Visitor
    Episcopal break up? http://www.catholic.org/views/views_news.php?id=24184 5/23/2007 Our Sunday Visitor One could argue that the Episcopal Church in the United States has been on the brink of disaster for years. Thomas Reeves, in his book The Empty Church: The Suicide of Liberal Christianity, quoted an observation made about the Episcopal Church in 1994 that seems no less true today: “The Episcopal Church is an institution in free fall. We have nothing to hold on to, no shared belief, no common assumptions, no agreed bottom line, no accepted definition of what an Episcopalian is or believes.” The Episcopal Church has been divided by...
  • No Lambeth Invitation for Bishop Robinson

    05/22/2007 2:57:39 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 492+ views
    The Living Church ^ | 5/22/2007 | The Rev. George Conger
    No Lambeth Invitation for Bishop Robinson http://www.livingchurch.org/publishertlc/viewarticle.asp?ID=3366 http://tinyurl.com/yoerxw 5/22/2007 The Bishop of New Hampshire will not be invited to participate in the 2008 Lambeth Conference, according to the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary of the Lambeth Conference. Invitations to the conference were mailed May 22 to more than 800 bishops of the Anglican Communion by the conference’s host, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and the Rt. Rev. Charles Murphy and his suffragans, the bishops of the Anglican Mission in North America (AMiA) will not receive...
  • Katharine Jefferts Schori on the future of the Episcopal Church

    05/18/2007 7:44:40 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 11 replies · 882+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2007 | Eileen Flynn
    Katharine Jefferts Schori on the future of the Episcopal Church http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/05/19/0519schori.html http://tinyurl.com/2vknks First woman to preside as bishop talks with Statesman religion reporter By Eileen Flynn American-Statesman Staff Saturday, May 19, 2007 The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, addressed the graduates of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest on Tuesday in Northwest Austin. After the commencement, Jefferts Schori, the first woman to lead the national church, sat down with an American-Statesman reporter to talk about her denomination's challenges, including tensions within the 2.4 million-member American province and with Anglicans worldwide and her recent...
  • Gay bishop plans civil union with partner of 18 years

    05/11/2007 3:15:10 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 32 replies · 930+ views
    CNN.com ^ | May 10, 2007
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) -- The openly gay Episcopal bishop at the center of the Anglican Church's global battle over homosexuality said Thursday he hopes to enter into a civil union with his partner next year. But New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson added that he wants to hold separate religious and legal ceremonies to set a precedent for how marriages and civil unions are performed in the United States. Next week, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is expected to sign a bill that allows civil unions for same-sex couples, making his state the fourth in the nation to do so....
  • Orthodox Anglicans Take 'First Step' Away from Episcopal Church

    05/07/2007 11:03:59 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 12 replies · 702+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Lillian Kwon
    Orthodox Anglicans Take 'First Step' Away from Episcopal Church http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070507/27269_Orthodox_Anglicans_Take_'First_Step'_Away_from_Episcopal_Church.htm http://tinyurl.com/ywlc4m By Lillian Kwon Christian Post Reporter Mon, May. 07 2007 06:43 AM ET WOODBRIDGE, Va. – The installation of a local minister who recently broke with the Episcopal Church and will now oversee other breakaway congregations was a unique and historic event and one that the Nigerian Anglican leader called "just the first step." "The journey ahead is long, the road ... rough, rugged," said Archbishop Peter J. Akinola of the Church of Nigeria, who defied top church leaders on Saturday and installed the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns as...
  • McGreevey to Enter Episcopal Seminary

    05/04/2007 12:26:52 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 44 replies · 831+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2007 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The nation's first openly gay governor has become an Episcopalian and been accepted into a seminary, according to a published report. Former Gov. James E. McGreevey, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, was officially received into the Episcopal religion on Sunday at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York, said the Rev. Kevin Bean, vicar at the church. McGreevey has been accepted to study at the General Theological Seminary in New York, the oldest in the Episcopal Church, school spokesman Bruce Parker said Wednesday. Parker did not know whether the former governor wants to become a priest. ''Mr. McGreevey has...
  • McGreevey mulling Episcopal priesthood

    05/02/2007 11:11:59 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 98 replies · 2,008+ views
    star ledger ^ | 5-2-07 | Sapone
    McGreevey mulling Episcopal priesthood Posted by The Star-Ledger May 02, 2007 12:08PM Categories: News Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger Former Gov. James E. McGreevey appears during custody proceedings in the Union County Courthouse last week.Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has started the process to become a priest in his newly adopted Episcopal faith and hopes to begin a three-year seminary program in the fall. McGreevey, who often described himself as a devout Catholic while in public office, was officially received into the Episcopal religion on Sunday, at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, and is now part of the church's "discernment" phase that...
  • Church History: America once an Episcopalian nation

    04/28/2007 2:30:05 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 62 replies · 803+ views
    Daily Citizen ^ | Friday, April 27, 2007 8:43 PM CDT | anon
    Church History: America once an Episcopalian nation http://www.thedailycitizen.com/articles/2007/04/28/news/features/features05.txt http://tinyurl.com/383b4f Friday, April 27, 2007 8:43 PM CDT Statistically no group of Christians held a greater influence over the founding and initial direction of the United States of America than the Episcopal Church. According to the website www.adherents.com, fifty-five percent of the founding fathers were Episcopalian. In addition, Episcopalians comprised thirty-two percent of all Supreme Court Justices and more than twenty-five percent of all presidents in the past two and a quarter centuries of American history. The Revolution may have been a “Presbyterian Parson's War,” as King George referred to it, but...
  • Episcopal Bishop says few leaving over same-sex issues

    04/27/2007 8:04:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 11 replies · 487+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 26, 2007 | STEVEN G. VEGH
    Episcopal Bishop says few leaving over same-sex issues http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=123562&ran=89412 By STEVEN G. VEGH, The Virginian-Pilot April 26, 2007 Last updated: 12:16 AM VIRGINIA BEACH - The Episcopal Church's presiding bishop on Wednesday downplayed the notion of a denominational schism over homosexuality, saying only a tiny fraction of congregations have moved to break away. In an interview, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the congregations had "gotten a lot of attention and been very noisy," but accounted for less than 1 percent of the country's total number of parishes, which she put at 7,500. "The Episcopal Church is alive and well,"...
  • Anglicans Vote on Gay and Lesbian Issues

    02/28/2007 1:15:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 250+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/28/7 | THOMAS WAGNER
    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- The Church of England's assembly on Wednesday affirmed existing teaching that homosexuality is no bar to full participation in the church but avoided the fractious debate within the Anglican Communion about accepting gay sexual relationships. A motion approved nearly unanimously by the governing General Synod disposed of language including a commitment to "respect the patterns of holy living to which lesbian and gay Christians aspire," but affirmed "that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or in full participation to lay and ordained ministry." Bishop Michael Perham of Gloucester had...
  • Same-sex edict worries Bay Area Episcopalians

    02/21/2007 9:16:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 317+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/21/7 | Matthai Chakko Kuruvila
    The Anglican Communion's directive this week that its Episcopal branch in the United States ban the blessing of same-sex unions is a direct rebuke to the Bay Area, where the Diocese of California has blessed the practice for nearly three decades. The Episcopal Church risks being severed from the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, the largest, most unified Protestant denomination in the world. The question roiling the global body is whether it can be multicultural enough to include literal believers in Nigeria as well as liberals in the Bay Area. In the Bay Area diocese, which is believed to have performed...
  • The unspoken tragedy of the Episcopal Church's sudden self-destruction

    01/04/2007 1:53:48 PM PST · by dangus · 7 replies · 694+ views
    Much has been made of The Episcopal Church's gradual but steep decline in membership. But membership isn't the most useful statistic; in a church where most members have become inactive, counting members is mostly counting former congregants, not current ones. Membership is the statistic that is easiest to get valid, but it is very misleading. "Worshipping members" is a far more useful statistic, but harder to get... for most denominations. However, The Episcopal Church does keep records of Sunday attendance. And these statistics show most clearly what a tragic turn of events the gay-bishop controversy has been, for The Episcopal...
  • A Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda [+Orombi]

    12/14/2006 5:29:12 PM PST · by sionnsar · 6 replies · 421+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 12/14/2006 | The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
    Dear Christians of the Church of Uganda, Greetings in the name of our risen and reigning Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! I am writing with a heavy heart to share with you sad news about our beloved Anglican Communion. On Saturday, 4th November, the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) enthroned as their Presiding Bishop a leader who has permitted the blessing of same-sex unions and who also denies that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Her name is the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. Our problem with ECUSA is not that they have enthroned...
  • Plano parish will pay to leave Episcopal Church

    09/15/2006 6:30:24 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 12 replies · 652+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Mary Frances Schjonberg
    Plano parish will pay to leave Episcopal Churchhttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_77847_ENG_HTM.htm Christ Church Plano, Diocese of Dallas reach 'godly judgment' Episcopal News Service Mary Frances Schjonberg Friday, September 15, 2006 The vestry and rector of Christ Church in Plano, Texas announced September 15 that the parish will pay the Diocese of Dallas $1.2 million for its title to the parish property and disassociate themselves from the Episcopal Church. Bishop James Stanton said, in one of two statements posted on the website of Christ Church in Plano, that he had come to the conclusion that there are "irreconcilable differences between Christ Church and the...
  • Division looms for Episcopal Church

    07/17/2006 9:13:40 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 527+ views
    Christian Century ^ | July 25, 2006 | ANON
    Division looms for Episcopal Churchhttp://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=2216 http://tinyurl.com/kr9gt July 25, 2006 Signs of a full-blown split between the Episcopal Church and most of the worldwide Anglican Communion appeared only days after the U.S. church's General Convention refused to renounce the election of gay bishops. The 2.2-million-member Episcopal Church would be reduced to nonvoting "associate" status in a proposed two-tiered membership policy for the 77-million-member communion that was announced June 27 in London. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said those national churches that sign a covenant affirming Anglicanism's traditional stance on homosexuality could be full members of the communion, while other churches would...
  • A Schismatic Canterbury Tale

    07/16/2006 6:47:32 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 273+ views
    CBS ^ | July 16, 2006 | Adele M. Stan
    A Schismatic Canterbury Talehttp://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/14/opinion/main1805855.shtml http://tinyurl.com/r9z5a (The American Prospect) This column was written by Adele M. Stan July 16, 2006 It was with great joy that religious members of the progressive movement received, late last month, news of the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the top leadership position in the U.S. Episcopal Church. For one, the fact of the bishop’s gender heralded an important first for Episcopalians, whose rites and rituals cling closely to those of the Roman Catholic Church. Furthermore, the inclusive position taken by Jefferts Schori with regard to the full participation of gays and lesbians in...
  • 2 Sides Face Off At Gaza Protests

    07/13/2006 5:56:42 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 1 replies · 176+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 13 July 2006 | Michael Paulson
    2 sides face off at Gaza protests Israeli official plans to meet with Christian leaders By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | July 13, 2006 Israel's top diplomat in Boston has agreed to meet next week with local Christian leaders, including some whose unhappiness with the Israeli military offensive in Gaza fueled contentious protests outside the Park Plaza consulate yesterday. hed at mJewish community leaders said the meeting between the consul general, Meir Shlomo, and the Christian denominational leaders was in the works before yesterday's protests and was in response to the concerns over the Gaza situation . The protest highlighted...
  • Liberal Christianity is paying for its sins (DUH!)

    07/12/2006 6:19:31 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 70 replies · 1,611+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 12, 2006 | CHARLOTTE ALLEN ; Catholicism editor for Beliefnet
    Liberal Christianity is paying for its sinsOut-of-the-mainstream beliefs about gay marriage and supposedly sexist doctrines are gutting old-line faiths.By Charlotte Allen, CHARLOTTE ALLEN is Catholicism editor for Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus." July 9, 2006The accelerating fragmentation of the strife-torn Episcopal Church USA, in which several parishes and even a few dioceses are opting out of the church, isn't simply about gay bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions or the election of a woman as presiding bishop. It also is about the meltdown of liberal Christianity. Embraced by the leadership of...
  • Church of England: Liberals may split from Canterbury over homosexuals

    07/02/2006 3:56:22 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 39 replies · 1,274+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 7/02/2006 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    ENGLAND: Liberals may split from Canterbury over homosexuals By Jonathan Wynne-Jones THE TELEGRAPH 7/2/2006 Liberal clergy in Britain are preparing to turn to America 's Anglican bishops for leadership in a move that could produce "civil war" and destroy the Church of England, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. They are considering the drastic action after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, delivered a strong warning to liberals that they could be marginalised from the Anglican Church if they are unable to subscribe to more traditional doctrine over the issue of homosexuality. A delegation of influential liberals flew out to the...
  • PB-elect Schori on NPR

    06/30/2006 6:54:05 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 519+ views
    TexAnglican ^ | 6/30/2006 | Randall Foster
    For anyone who doubts that the newly elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is a dedicated partisan of the left in the present crisis, take a look at the quotes from her interview yesterday with Diane Rehm on NPR. And remember, she was almost certainly trying to be "diplomatic" during her turn in the national spotlight. Some highlights:On dioceses threatening to “leave the church”: The diocese as an entity is a creature of General Convention and unless and until General Convention gives consent for them to leave it simply represents the departure of a few individuals. RWF translation: Even...
  • Pittsburgh Episcopalians seek separate conservative jurisdiction

    06/29/2006 5:37:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies · 335+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 29, 2006 | Steve Levin
    In a step toward creating a church within the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Pittsburgh decided yesterday to seek formation of a boundary-less, theologically conservative province, and it appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury for immediate alternative oversight and pastoral care. Yesterday's resolution does not change the diocese's standing within the Episcopal Church. Nor is it likely to have immediate impact on the diocese's 20,000 members. It does signal, however, that biblically conservative Episcopalians are replacing talk of dissatisfaction with the national church with concrete efforts to create a separate place for themselves within the wider Anglican Communion. Pittsburgh Bishop...
  • More Salt in the Episcopalian Wound

    06/27/2006 8:26:07 AM PDT · by XR7 · 8 replies · 825+ views
    TheResurgence ^ | 6/27/06 | Mark Driscoll
    First the Episcopalians gave us V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the openly gay bishop who left his wife and kids to have sex with a man and later revealed that he had been a closet alcoholic for years. He was the obvious choice because he is just like Jesus with the minor exceptions of his beliefs and life. In an effort to continue selecting such fine leaders they have now elected the first female leader in Anglican history. The Bishop of Nevada, Katharine Jefferts Schori (notice the hyphenated last name), was elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopalian church on...