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  • Anglican spiritual head Archbishop Rowan Williams to resign next year

    09/12/2011 1:28:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Sep 2011 | Reuters
    The spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, will resign his position next year almost a decade before he is due to retire in order to return to academic life, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Williams, 61, who has worked hard to prevent the worldwide Anglican community from splitting over the ordination of women and gay bishops, may take up a senior post at Cambridge University, the Sunday Telegraph said. ...Williams has regularly come under fire for his outspoken comments, most recently making headlines in June with an attack on the British government’s deficit-cutting austerity programme....
  • Curse of African witch doctor lifted from England squad by Cornish druid

    06/23/2010 8:45:51 AM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    The Herald ^ | 23 June 2010 | The Herald
    England need all the help they can get to beat Slovenia today and advance to the second round of the World Cup. So Fabio Capello's side will presumably be happy to hear that the curse that is the real reason for their struggles so far has been lifted.Ed Prynn, the Archdruid of Cornwall, says he has lifted the magical burden that was placed on the team in Cape Town — by an African witch doctor.The 73-year-old mystic, from Padstow, said that the likes of Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, who have so far performed poorly at the tournament, will...
  • Archbishop on Papal Offer: ‘God Bless Them, I Don’t’

    04/03/2010 2:56:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 458+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 4/3/10 | Ruth Gledhill
    Like a Druidic emissary from Tuatha Dé Danaan, the mythic inhabitants of Ireland, the Archbishop of Canterbury will lob a spiritual depth charge at Pope Benedict XVI on Monday when he damns the Catholic Church in Ireland as having lost all credibility. Dr Williams also reveals on the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week that he is withholding his blessing from Anglicans who choose to take advantage of the Pope’s offer of a special home in the Catholic Church for disaffected Anglicans. “God bless them. I don’t,” he says, witheringly. What a contrast with the joyful ecumenical greetings between...
  • Ex-Cal tree-sitter hurt in West Bank protest

    03/13/2009 3:51:31 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 92 replies · 2,443+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/13/09 | Henry K. Lee
    An Oakland man who was among the tree-sitters who fought to save a grove of oaks and redwoods next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was critically wounded in the West Bank today by an Israeli-fired tear-gas canister, officials and acquaintances said.
  • Same-Sex Relationships "Comparable to Marriage": Anglican Head

    02/17/2009 1:24:48 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 720+ views
    Hilary White ^ | February 16, 2009 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com, with files from VirtueOnline) - As long as a homosexual partnership is "faithful and lifelong," it presents only the same ethical questions as a natural marriage, wrote the head of the Church of England in a series of letters, dating from 2000 and 2001, that have only just been made public. The London Times revealed this weekend that Dr. Rowan Williams, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, made the statements in a series of letters to Deborah Pitt, a psychiatrist and evangelical Christian living in his former archdiocese in South Wales, while Williams was still the...
  • Druid Grave Unearthed In UK?

    02/11/2008 3:11:33 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 114+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 2-11-2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    Druid Grave Unearthed in U.K.? Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Digging for History Feb. 11, 2008 -- Historical records tell of a mystical, priestly and learned class of elite individuals called Druids among Celtic societies in Britain, but there has been no archaeological evidence of their existence. Until, perhaps, now. A series of graves found in a gravel quarry at Stanway near Colchester, Essex, have been dated to 40-60 A.D. At least one of the burials, it appears, may have been that of a Druid, according to a report published in British Archaeology. Mike Pitts, the journal's editor and an archaeologist,...
  • Former Episcopal Priest Explores Christianity and Druidry in New Novel

    12/19/2007 4:27:14 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 15 replies · 183+ views
    Blogger News ^ | December 17th, 2007 | suzanne evans
    Former Episcopal Priest Explores Christianity and Druidry in New Novel http://www.bloggernews.net/112455 December 17th, 2007 by suzanne evans On March 22nd 2005, The Rev Walter William Melnyk was forced out of the priesthood of the US Episcopal Church after facing charges of “holding private opinions inconsistent with the teachings of the Church.” This allegation, effectively a heresy charge, ended his 23 year-strong vocation as a priest, even though his only transgression was to look into Celtic Christianity and its connection with pre-Christian Druidry. Now, Walter William Melnyk has delved further into those links in a new novel written with Druid priestess...
  • Archbishop attacks Blair's 'unforgiving, materialistic' Britain (Religious left update)

    03/24/2007 11:29:24 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 03/25/2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked Britain under Labour, claiming that society has become "fantastically materialistic" and "deeply unforgiving". Rowan Williams with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, on a march in London yesterday People have become suspicious and mistrustful of the Government, disillusioned with New Labour's failure to fulfil its promises to improve the education and health services, and feel isolated from the political process, he argues. Rowan Williams says that far from seeing Britain transformed since Tony Blair came to power, cynicism and greed are now the pervading sentiments of the country's culture. "We don't feel that the...
  • Fonda considers Cambridge degree

    06/12/2005 1:34:02 PM PDT · by corsair · 8 replies · 417+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 7, 2005
    Cambridgeshire, England Actress Jane Fonda said she was considering studying in Cambridge during a visit to the city on Tuesday. The Oscar winner, political activist and fitness guru was in the city as part of a visit to Britain to promote her autobiography, My Life So Far. In an interview with BBC Look East she said she was thinking about returning to study theology and feminism there. "It (Cambridge) is so beautiful that it is just breathtaking. I hope I come back," said Fonda, 67. "I am thinking about studying here if I can persuade my daughter and grandchildren to...
  • Episcopal priest who turned Druid changes his mind

    04/19/2005 8:01:55 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 29 replies · 1,507+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 4/19/2005 | Kristin E. Holmes
    PHILADELPHIA (4/19/2005)--In a rapid change of heart, a local Episcopal priest is abandoning Druid spirituality - a decision made one day after it was reported that he had renounced his Episcopal ordination and become the founding priest of a Druid group. The Rev. W. William Melnyk notified Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles E. Bennison of his turnabout in a telephone message Friday evening, Bennison said yesterday. Melnyk did not say whether he would seek reinstatement as an Episcopal priest. He lost his post as rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Downingtown in November when the news of his Druid...
  • Episcopal priest resigns to lead an order of Druids

    04/17/2005 1:52:53 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 513+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, April 17, 2005 | The Associated Press
    DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. -- An Episcopal priest has renounced his ordination to lead a Druid order. W. William Melnyk, former rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Downingtown, Chester County, called his decision to become a Druid priest "a joyous occasion." Melnyk has formed the Llynhydd Grove of the Druid Order of the Yew, which he will lead under his Druid name, OakWyse.
  • Episcopal Priest Renounces Ordination Vows, Forms Druid Order

    04/07/2005 1:27:14 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 2,032+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 4/07/2005 | Kendall Harmon
    According to IRD: You folks might like to know that I have renounced by ordination vows, and formed the Llynhydd Grove of the Druid Order of the Yew. You might want to take my forced letter of ‘recantation’ off your website.OakWyse (Bill Melnyk)Follow up: Lauren called Bill Melnyk to confirm this note was true.
  • These Aren't the Druids You're Looking For (Excerpt)

    11/12/2004 3:36:01 PM PST · by kaehurowing · 2 replies · 284+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | November 12, 2004 | James Taranto
    These Aren't the Druids You're Looking For "Two Episcopal priests who led Druidic activity will not be suspended, said a bishop, who blamed the local scandal on conservative groups out to destabilize the Episcopal Church USA," the Associated Press reports from Downingtown, Pa.
  • Bishop talk [Bennison on the pastors Melnyk]

    11/07/2004 4:54:02 PM PST · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 246+ views
    Ecumenical Insanity ^ | 11/06/2004 | Athanasius
    Bishop Bennison on Pennsylvania lets us in on his current thinking re: the pastors Melnyk (thanks to Kendall Harmon for the text): Today’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer carries a story by David O’Reilly reporting accusations of druidic practices by the Rev. W. William Melnyk, rector, St. James’, Downingtown, and the Rev. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk, rector, St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Sugartown, and my receipt of letters from them assuring me of their recantation of druidic teaching and their repudiation of any future connection with druidic organizations. Let me begin by outlining the background. In response to an appeal from the Women’s Ministries at...
  • Letter of Repentance from exDruid Priest William Melynk

    11/06/2004 4:29:25 PM PST · by lightman · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Institute for Religion and Democracy ^ | November 4, 2004 | William Melnyk
    http://www.ird-renew.org/Episcopal/Episcopal.cfm?ID=987 A Letter of Repentance from The Rev. William Melnyk November 4, 2004 This morning, the IRD received a copy of the following letter of repentance sent from Rev. William Melnyk to his bishop. We are grateful for his humble and direct letter. We hope that the leaders of the Episcopal Church's Office of Women's Ministries will likewise repent of that office's promotion of neo-paganism. We also hope that this direct act of recantation of wrong and reaffirmation of the historic faith of the Church will serve as a model for other Episcopal leaders who have been called to express...
  • Druid controversy goes international [Anglican Communion chimes in]

    11/06/2004 11:25:12 AM PST · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 348+ views
    Ecumenical Insanity ^ | 11/05/2004 | Athanasius
    Now that Father Bill and Mother Glyn Melnyk have done the right thing, it's time for the ECUSA's Office of Women's Ministries to do so as well. The fiction that the only problem with posting a Druid liturgy on the OWM Web site was a possible copyright violation isn't exactly passing muster with at least one Anglican archbishop: A fresh crisis has broken out in the Anglican Communion after the American Church published a liturgy for blessing divorce and a "women’s eucharist" promoting the worship of pagan deities. One of the Communion's leading figures, the West Indian Primate, Archbishop Drexel...
  • PENNSYLVANIA PARISH PRIESTS PRACTICE PAGAN EUCHARISTIC CEREMONY (The Whole Story)

    10/31/2004 6:33:27 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 26 replies · 757+ views
    VIRTUOSITY ^ | October 31, 2004 | David W. Virtue
    MALVERN, PA --A husband and wife clergy couple in the Diocese of Pennsylvania practice pagan Wiccan worship with the woman priest affirming a rite called "A Women’s Eucharist" - A Celebration of the Divine Feminine, that can be found on the Episcopal Church's official website. The wiccan-worshipping woman priest is Glyn Lorraine Ruppe Melnyk rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Sugartown Road who goes by the Wiccan name "Raven," and her husband Bill Melnyk, rector of St. James in Downingtown, PA goes by the Wiccan names "Bran" and "OakWyse". A source told Virtuosity that he does not wear a...
  • Episcopal Church Officially Promotes Idol Worship

    10/27/2004 12:58:59 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 31 replies · 613+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/26/2004 | Ted Olsen
    Episcopal Church Officially Promotes Idol Worship"Women's Eucharist" calls for worship of pagan deities specifically condemned in Scripture.Compiled by Ted Olsen | posted 10/26/2004 Imagine for one moment that you're a leader in the Episcopal Church USA. You know that within the next few days, a global commission is going to release a report on how the global Anglican Communion should respond to your church, and is likely to be critical of the ordination of an actively homosexual man as bishop. You know, and have said yourself, that the debate isn't just about sexuality: It's about how one views the...
  • Pennsylvania Bishop Responds To “Druidry” Accusations Levied Against Local Priests

    10/30/2004 9:14:27 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 9 replies · 196+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 10/29/2004
    PHILADELPHIA - Accusations against two local priests that they are practicing druids and in violation of their ordination vows are extremely serious and merit further inquiries to establish the facts, the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, said Friday. At the same time, it's imperative to ensure that the Revs. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk and William Melnyk are treated fairly and not victims of a "where there's smoke, there's fire" mentality, he said. "I am extremely concerned by the charges made against the Melnyks, yet I am also concerned about the reputations and pastoral needs...
  • Episcopal Church promotes paganism?

    10/29/2004 5:36:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 15 replies · 419+ views
    Christianity Today Weblog ^ | October 26, 2004 | Ted Olsen
    Weblog: Episcopal Church Officially Promotes Idol Worship "Women's Eucharist" calls for worship of pagan deities specifically condemned in Scripture. Compiled by Ted Olsen | posted 10/26/2004 Imagine for one moment that you're a leader in the Episcopal Church USA. You know that within the next few days, a global commission is going to release a report on how the global Anglican Communion should respond to your church, and is likely to be critical of the ordination of an actively homosexual man as bishop. You know, and have said yourself, that the debate isn't just about sexuality: It's about how one...
  • Druid in Court Accused over Ceremonial Sword

    07/14/2004 11:26:30 PM PDT · by MikalM · 29 replies · 775+ views
    Scotsman News.com ^ | 7/14/04 | Ben Mitchell
    A druid swordbearer appeared in court today charged with possessing an offensive weapon. Merlin Michael Williams, 26, of Edgell Road, Westbourne, Emsworth, Hants, was arrested on Friday, July 9, after he was stopped by a security guard in a branch of Wilkinson general stores with his sheathed 3ft ceremonial sword slung over his shoulder. He appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates today dressed in a green robe, blue cloak and with talismans around his neck. Acting as his legal adviser during the short hearing today was chief druid King Arthur Pendragon, swordbearer of Britain, who was dressed in white robes with a...
  • The War in Iraq is Wrong

    04/09/2003 9:46:29 AM PDT · by Jonathan AG · 384 replies · 1,278+ views
    Ban me, but have the courage to accept the truth. This War is wrong. Many innocent Iraqis have died. Many Americans have died. Iraq is in chaos. No food. No water. No power. I don't care if staged events involving a few criminals and looters make the people appear to be happy. Ask the ones who had their lives destroyed by American bombs. There are no WMDs. America will remain in Iraq long enough to: A) plunder its resouces B) ensure a Bush election victory in spite of massive deficits and a terrible economy. THIS WAR IS WRONG.