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  • The Big Lie

    03/10/2005 6:58:12 PM PST · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 390+ views
    Stand Firm (Alabama) ^ | 3/10/2005 | The Rev. Canon Bradley T. Page
    For the one or two of you who might be eagerly anticipating chapter 3 of “Tales from Diocesan Convention”, you’ll have to sit tight for the time being. For those who missed chapters 1 and 2, they are here and here, respectively. But I will give you a teaser and tell you chapter 3 will focus on Bishop Suffragan Mark Andrus’ address. I am hoping Bishop Andrus will first take some time to clarify his remarks about hearing the voices of all creation by drinking the blood of dragons, joining Olympia Dukakis in praising a feminine deity, and proclaiming that...
  • A house of cards; Anglican bishops meeting on issues that still threaten fragile Communion

    03/12/2005 8:43:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 198+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/12/2005 | Richard Vara, Houston Chronicle
    HOUSTON (3/12/2005)--The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops is assembled in a working retreat near Navasota, trying to defuse a potential schism within worldwide Anglicanism over the consecration of openly gay priests as bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. "The stakes have never been higher," said the Rev. Kendall S. Harmon, editor of the conservative Anglican Digest and theologian in residence at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Summerville, S. C. "This is the most serious crisis in the history of the Communion." More than 120 bishops are meeting at the Episcopal Diocese of Texas' Camp Allen to consider a response...
  • Ugley Puritans [Anglican Left]

    03/13/2005 8:30:02 AM PST · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 263+ views
    Thinking Anglicans ^ | 3/12/2005 | Simon Sarmiento
    The Telegraph reports today in Clergymen refuse communion with bishop in row over gays that …at least eight conservative clerics have told the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev John Gladwin, that they will refuse to share Holy Communion with him. They are furious that the bishop and five of his colleagues sent a letter to a national newspaper earlier this week announcing their determined support for liberal Anglicans in North America… That would be a reference to this letter in The Times in which the bishops merely said: …We remain in full sacramental fellowship with all the churches of...
  • Why I am an Episcopalian and Why that Frightens Me

    03/11/2005 5:26:46 PM PST · by sionnsar · 47 replies · 996+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 3/11/2005 | Eric Dudley
    While I have spent my whole life in God’s Church, I have not spent my whole life as an Episcopalian, having made this choice seventeen years ago. Some people are, as they say, “cradle born” Episcopalians (my children would be in this category though the category is a misnomer for, indeed, no one is “cradle born” into a denomination. We are cradle born sinful humans, become baptized into God’s Holy Church and then, later in life, become confirmed in a denomination), but often take for granted the gift they have inherited. While I know many life-long Episcopalians who are also...
  • Is The Episcopal Church A Sect?: Reflections On “Episcopalianism”

    03/13/2005 7:36:02 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 363+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 3/13/2005 | Michael Petty
    I have come to the view, after much struggle and prayer, that the decisions of the 2003 General Convention to consent to Gene Robinson’s election to the episcopate and to allow dioceses to “experience and explore” liturgies for the blessing of same-sex unions, while disastrous and fundamentally mistaken, are in some way providential. By this I mean that the General Convention’s decisions have forced us to do something that Episcopalians are largely unwilling to do, and at which we are not particularly competent, which is taking a serious, unsentimental and rigorously theological look at our life as a church. We...
  • Out of the Depths We Cry

    03/14/2005 7:57:27 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 242+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/13/2004 | +Robinson Cavalcanti
    [A sermon by Robinson Cavalcanti Diocesan Bishop of Recife, Brazil, delivered Sunday in Florida.] Dear brothers and sisters, May the Grace and Peace of the Lord be with you! Warm Greetings from the Diocese of Recife, in Northeast Brazil. It is a real pleasure to be here this morning for this moment of worship, for this celebration of the Wod and the Sacraments. It is, also, an honor for me to your bishop. It is something new, unusual, different, but I am convinced that happens under God's Providence. We are part of the One and Universal Church. We are part...
  • Will GC2006 be GC2003 All Over Again?

    03/14/2005 8:08:50 AM PST · by sionnsar · 14 replies · 270+ views
    Drell's Descants ^ | 3/14/2005 | Brad Drell
    Well, the Diocese of California (read, San Francisco) is electing a new Bishop. Coupled with the Diocese’s apparent statement that they will not discriminate against candidates because of their sexual orientation, how likely is it that a gay or lesbian nominee would be celibate? Is anyone celibate in San Francisco? I pray I am wrong, but I think this will be VGR all over again, and they timed it so the consents would come before General Convention again, according to the timeline. Could this be any more unbelievable? Look out realignment, here we come. As my Dad has been saying,...
  • New Hampshire Bishop Implies Jesus Might Have Been Gay [Yup, it's Robinson]

    03/11/2005 5:37:50 PM PST · by sionnsar · 106 replies · 1,542+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/11/2005 | David Virtue
    WENHAM, MA (3/11/2005)--The homoerotic bishop of New Hampshire V. Gene Robinson told parishioners at Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham that while Jesus was on this earth he was only in the company of men, his disciples, and referenced that Jesus talked about the "one he loved," implying that Jesus may have been a homosexual himself. Speaking at a Lenten service on "Homosexuality and the Body of Christ: Is There a New Way?" Robinson pleaded for his hearers to accept his homosexuality and asked, "Who could know Jesus?" and therefore we should accept him [Robinson]. "Jesus was not terribly mainstream."...
  • Stand Firm Presents: The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl (Part 2 of 3)

    03/24/2005 1:56:39 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 277+ views
    Stand Firm (Mississippi) ^ | 3/21/2005 | Greg Griffith
    "A revisionist friend told me Zahl was a 'radical,'" says Wilson Carroll, of St. Andrew's in Jackson. "I don't see how anyone could actually listen to this self-effacing, gentle man and possibly think that. It shows how far to the left the center has shifted in our church when someone like Zahl is tagged as a radical." In Session 2 of The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl's presentation at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Jackson Mississippi, Dr. Zahl said plainly, "Don’t trust the bishops!" He gave his description of reconciliation: A magnanimous gesture by the winners - revisionists...
  • End of the Line? [Anglican Church of Canada]

    03/24/2005 1:31:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 303+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/24/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    The lovely and talented Leanne Larmondin, editrix of Canada's Anglican Journal, sounds like she's just about out of patience:Members of the Council of General Synod have some critical decisions ahead of them at their regular meeting next month. This will be only their second meeting together since they were elected at last year’s triennial meeting of General Synod. They will truly be put to the test when they are called on to vote on the request from the primates of the Anglican Communion that the Canadian church “voluntarily withdraw” its members from the Anglican Consultative Council. They will also consider...
  • Plainspoken [+Jack Iker]

    03/24/2005 1:18:45 PM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 269+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/24/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    I don't  know where Fort Worth Episcopal Bishop Jack Iker was born but, as this brutal assessment of ECUSA's Covenant Assessment shows, he talks like a Westerner:For the second time within a time period of just eight weeks, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church gathered once again to consider how to respond to The Windsor Report 2004 and to a recent Communiqué about it from the Primates of the Anglican Communion. A Covenant Statement was adopted, using all the right words, while still remaining in defiance of what the Report calls upon us to do. The Covenant is...
  • First Unit Director's Cut [The Left and the African Bishops]

    03/24/2005 1:14:50 PM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 236+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/22/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    If Indianapolis Episcopal Bishop Catherine Waynick's letter about the recent House of Bishops meeting ever comes out on DVD, it's going to have lots and lots of extras.  Seems she told her ministers a whole lot more than she told her diocese.  Like this, for example:First, as many of you already know, the Presiding Bishop shared his experience of the meeting in Dromantine. He told us that the atmosphere was “very charged,” and that it seemed to him some of the Primates were “out for blood.” He also said that feeling abated as they shared small group Bible study and...
  • Liberals says ECUSA and Canada should send delegation to June meeting

    03/14/2005 2:27:16 PM PST · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 236+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/14/2005 | David W. Virtue
    Pittsburgh Group Raises Questions about Recommendations of Anglican Primates Pittsburgh, Pa. - March 11, 2005 - After presentations and discussion related to the recent meeting of Anglican primates and its aftermath, members of Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh (PEP) Monday overwhelmingly endorsed a call for the Episcopal Church to send its delegation to participate fully in the June meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The Anglican primates had requested in a communiqué that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada not send delegates to the ACC meeting, but that they present to the ACC a theological justification of...
  • Andrew Carey: Those Exceptional Americans

    03/15/2005 7:13:17 AM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 284+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 3/15/2005 | Andrew Carey
    A major shift took place in the Primates’ Meeting…[not long ago], and was probably the most encouraging aspect of their communiqué, that now the responsibility for any future schism lies where it belongs: with the North American provinces of the Anglican Communion. For far too long, African provinces, British and American conservatives have been accused of behaving ungraciously and schismatically. But the Windsor Report, and now the Primates’ Meeting, took a different view, that unilateralism was to blame for the crisis in which we now find ourselves. The most vexed question we now face in attempting to avoid the widely...
  • Meanwhile in Another part of the Anglican Communion

    03/15/2005 7:26:57 AM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 418+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 3/15/2005 | Kendall Harmon
    On March 13th ten new Anglican bishops were consecrated and nine new dioceses created while the ECUSA Bishops discussed disciplinary canons and whether or not they would minimally respond to the proposals of the Windsor Report and the Primates Communique … ---------------------Abuja, Jan. 24, 2004- The Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has announced the election of ten new Bishops.In a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja, Director of Communication of the Church of Nigeria, The Rev Canon Tunde Popoola said the election was made at the Bishops¹ meeting held in The Chapel of St Peter,...
  • Thanks But No Thanks [no to withdrawal from the ACC]

    03/15/2005 7:42:06 AM PST · by sionnsar · 10 replies · 238+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/14/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    Toronto Anglican Bishop Colin Johnson is sorry but he's just not down with the whole "Canada and the US withdrawing from the ACC" idea:I am disappointed that the Canadian and American churches have been asked to voluntarily withdraw their representatives on ACC. It is the only "Instrument of Unity" that includes clergy and laity as well as bishops. I am especially concerned because I think that conversations to resolve contentious issues need to include those who do not agree. It is important for full discussion to have all the voices present at the table, including those that represent the Christian...
  • Episcopal Bishops consider gutting confirmation

    03/15/2005 7:46:44 AM PST · by sionnsar · 28 replies · 650+ views
    <strike>Wannabe</strike> Newbie Anglican ^ | 3/15/2005 | Mark Marshall
    A report came out yesterday that the ECUSA House of Bishops is considering eliminating confirmation as a requirement for church office and may be considering doing away with confirmation altogether. I find this a sad outrage. In Episcopal confirmation, one still has to state one’s intention to follow Jesus “as my Savior and Lord” and must affirm the Apostle’s Creed. It requires a clear public profession of faith. And someone joining the church should want to do that. If someone doesn’t, they have no business holding a church office. A strong case can be made they shouldn’t be considered a...
  • Warfare [ECUSA]

    03/15/2005 5:36:08 PM PST · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 279+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/15/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    The battle is joined.  And if you think ECUSA will still be in one piece by the next Lambeth Conference in 2008, I can give you a real good deal on a Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold identified by name six Episcopalians for having detrimentally influenced the course of the primates’ meeting in remarks to the House of Bishops at their March 11-17 spring retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. For the first time, Frank dropped all pretense and called conservative Christians evil. The devil is a liar and the father of lies...
  • Warfare II [Anglican Church of Canada]

    03/15/2005 5:38:10 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 183+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 3/15/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    Up north, the Anglican Church of Canada's Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee just recommended that the ACC flip off the Anglican Communion:That, while acknowledging the sincere concern of Anglicans throughout the world for the unity of the Communion and recognizing the pain of Anglicans of all persuasions caused by recent events, this Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee reluctantly but firmly recommends to the Council of General Synod the following resolution: 1. That the Council of General Synod confirm the membership of the Anglican Church of Canada in the Anglican Consultative Council with the expectation that the duly elected members attend...
  • House of Bishops adopts ‘Covenant Statement’

    03/15/2005 5:44:18 PM PST · by sionnsar · 23 replies · 341+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 3/15/2005 | Kendall Harmon
    [ENS, Navasota, Texas] – The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church adopted, by nearly unanimous vote late this afternoon, “A Covenant Statement” that includes “a provisional measure to contribute to a time for healing and for the educational process called for in the Windsor Report” (full text of Covenant Statement follows below).Preparation of an additional “Word to the Church” document to accompany the Statement is a priority for the bishops’ agenda tomorrow, March 16, the final day of their six-day meeting of retreat and private reflection at Camp Allen, an Episcopal conference center in Navasota, Texas.The bishops have widely...