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  • Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

    06/21/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT · by don-o · 117 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.
  • Episcopalian Death Spiral

    05/05/2014 3:07:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 5, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    The Episcopal Church is in a death spiral. Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?Prominent bishops are pulling out. Convention-goers were told headquarters had spent $18 million suing local congregations. Members are leaving at a record rate. This is no longer George Washington’s church – once the largest denomination in the colonies. The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King...
  • First Oenly Gay Bishop Files for Divorce (25 Years)

    05/04/2014 2:30:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Gene Robinson made headlines in 2003 as the first openly gay Anglican bishop. Eleven years later, the Episcopalian has announced that he is filing for divorce from his partner of 25 years. In a post published by the Daily Beast, Robinson explained the situation. Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am seeking to be as open and honest in the midst of this decision as I have been in other dramatic moments of my life—coming out in 1986, falling in love,...
  • Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces his divorce

    05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    Religion News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his longtime partner and husband. Robinson, who retired in 2013 as the Bishop of New Hampshire, and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, were married in a private civil union in 2008. The announcement was made public Saturday (May 3) in a statement to the Diocese of New Hampshire. “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us — not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling,” Robinson wrote in a letter. “We ask...
  • Should The Episcopal Church Now Embrace Threesomes?

    04/28/2014 5:55:50 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 50 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-24-14 | David W. Virtue
    Here comes the bride. And another one. And another one! Meet world's first married lesbian THREESOME . . . and they're expecting a baby in July. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, all from Massachusetts, married last August. Kitten is expecting a daughter in July. The world's only "married" lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor. The trio eventually plans to have three children - one for each of them, according to news reports. Apparently, there is a word for this: throuple. When asked what the benefits are to...
  • Clergy Should Defy Church's 'Morally Outrageous' Gay Marriage Ban, Says Bishop [Anglican]

    03/30/2014 6:33:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/28/14 | John Bingham
    Bishop of Buckingham says gay priests should marry despite orders not to and claims several serving bishops are themselves in same-sex partnerships, urging them to go public for the sake of 'honesty and truthfulness' Gay clergy should follow their conscience and defy the Church of England’s restrictions on same-sex marriage, a prominent bishop has said as the most radical change ever made to the legal definition of marriage in Britain comes into force. The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • House of Deputies President Accuses Africans of "Homophobia" and "Repression" of Gays. But is it tru

    01/30/2014 3:13:09 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 13 replies
    The President of the Episcopal Church's lay and clergy House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Jennings has blasted laws in parts of Africa that she says, "are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."
  • It's official: Episcopal Church's COO says Katharine Jefferts Schori has Abolished Sin

    01/04/2014 9:36:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-4-14 | David W. Virtue
    NEW YORK CITY, NY --- The Episcopal Church's COO, Bishop Stacy Sauls announced this week that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the church's Presiding Bishop, had "abolished sin" after well-known intellectual and gay theological heavy-weight Bishop Gene Robinson wrote that she had effectively done so through her words and beliefs. The exchange took place following a meeting of Integrity, the rambunctious, noisy Episcopal Gay organization, following a night on the town (NYC) that was described by one participant as "a night of unbridled debauchery and lechery" in memory of the now deceased Bishop Otis Charles, the first outed gay TEC bishop. The...
  • Church of England Proposes 'Blessings' for Gay Marriage

    11/28/2013 3:25:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/28/13 | Belinda Goldsmith
    LONDON (Reuters) - Church of England clergy would be able to "bless" same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open - but disputed - approach to homosexuality. Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service. Critics swiftly condemned the "blessing" proposal as contrary to the church's teaching on sexual conduct. The proposal was among 18 recommendations put forward by a working group...
  • Just One More Thing . . .

    11/26/2013 9:58:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 10-31-13 | Douglas Wilson
    Note that it does not require a mandatory three, but rather a permissible three. Just as a polygamist at heart might voluntarily opt to limit himself to one spouse (for various reasons of his own), there is absolutely no reason in the logic of our relativistic and floundering marriage laws to require him to limit himself to one. Keep in mind also that this logic is obvious enough to those who have been pushing for homo marriage. They are foolish, not stupid. They have only denied it for practical political reasons — so as to not give us a legit...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST... TO JOHN SHELBY SPONG With apologies to C.S. Lewis

    10/20/2013 2:42:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 10-14-13 | David W. Virtue
    With apologies to C.S. Lewis My dear Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters It's hard to fathom, even by our standards of non-compliance with the Other Side, what a marvelous catch this John Shelby Spong fellow has turned out to be. I doubt we could have created a more perfect model of apostasy and heresy all wrapped up in one man. For more than four decades, he has steadfastly aided and abetted our cause of disbelief. Atheists and skeptics are obvious sinners, but they are not a patch on a man who wears the cloth of his religion while defaming and declaiming...
  • An aging maverick, Charlotte native Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

    10/19/2013 7:19:42 PM PDT · by boatbums · 49 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 10/19/2013 | David Gibson
    At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn’t have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once scandalized Christendom. Indeed, many of the views that once turned the Charlotte native and former Episcopal bishop of Newark into a lightning rod are now regarded as so matter-of-fact that they barely occasion much notice: Ordaining gay clergy and blessing same-sex marriages, for example, or having a female presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to lead a national church in the Anglican Communion. On a range of issues, Spong...
  • Desmond Tutu: I’d pick hell over an anti-gay heaven

    07/26/2013 6:14:18 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 07/26/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    South Africa’s iconic retired archbishop, Desmond Tutu, said on Friday that if he had his pick, he’d go to hell before heading to a heaven that condemned homosexuality as sin. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,” he said, by way of denouncing religions that discriminate against gays, in Agence France-Presse..
  • Episcopal Church Weighs Ban on Straight White Males

    07/13/2013 11:03:47 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 58 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-13-13 | David W. Virtue
    Episcopal Church gays and lesbians are weighing a resolution to be put forward at the next General Convention making it illegal for straight white males to be admitted to the priesthood. LA Bishop Mary Glasspool, an avowed lesbian and one of many lesbians and gays supporting the "no white males resolution", crafted her resolution after hearing a straight white male preaching a sermon condemning homosexual behavior last month. "I was shocked, stunned, blown away and mortified. I have never heard such homophobia coming from a pulpit. That was my moment to say enough is enough. "This comes down to a...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST (22)

    06/24/2013 7:41:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-18-13 | David W. Virtue
    My dear Wormwood, The collective heads of the Hades High Council is positively spinning with all the news of these foolish earthlings in their desire to find peace, harmony, love and "why can't we all get along" interfaith notions. Their compromises over pansexual behavior have to be one of the single greatest triumphs of the 21st Century. Our Father had to be dragged away from a round of bishop bashing just to hear the good news. Now that both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have succumbed to the notion of civil partnerships while condemning gay marriage is of course...
  • Washington Episcopal Bishop Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

    04/03/2013 4:55:45 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 54 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-31-13 | David W. Virtue
    Washington Episcopal Bishop Marianne Budde, writing in her blog on the subject of Resurrection, opined that if someone were to discover a tomb with Jesus' remains in it, the entire enterprise would not come crashing down. VOL: Actually, Bishop it would. Our faith would be in vain and we would be of all men (and women) most miserable. St. Paul writes in I Cor. 15, "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day...
  • Pastor at Obama’s Easter Service: 'Religious Right’ Want Blacks ‘in the Back of the Bus'....

    03/31/2013 12:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 31, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The pastor at the Washington, D.C. church where the Obama family celebrated Easter on Sunday said members of the religious right want blacks “in the back of the bus,” women “back in the kitchen” and immigrants “back on their side of the border.” “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back…for blacks to be back in the back of the bus…for women to be back in the kitchen…for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,” Rev. Dr. Luis Leon said in his sermon, according to the White House press...
  • [Episcopal] Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships begins provisional use

    12/09/2012 12:49:47 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | Dec 3 2012 | Sharon Sheridan
    In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-gender couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union. “The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that...
  • Episcopal bishop says he was denied entrance to Catholic archbishop's installation Mass

    10/09/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Oct 7 2012 | Kevin Eckstrom
    What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse on Thursday (Oct. 4) when Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus said he was denied entrance to the installation Mass of the new Roman Catholic archbishop. Andrus said he arrived at St. Mary's Cathedral 30 minutes before the installation Mass of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was scheduled to start, but was kept in a holding area with an employee of the Catholic archdiocese until after the service started. After other local clergy had processed in for the 2 p.m. Mass, Andrus said the...
  • New Episcopal bishop's debut: Marching for Trayvon

    04/10/2012 8:27:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | March 30, 2102 | Jeff Kunerth
    Two days after he was consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Gregory Brewer was marching Monday with the crowd demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. He was the only white clergyman to address the Sanford City Commission inside the Civic Center that evening, urging city leaders to address the concerns of the black community. "I thought it was very courageous," said Andy Searles, a pastor with Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park. "It would have been very easy for him to sit in his office and organize the paperwork on his desk, but he made a...
  • Priest(ess) Who Calls Abortion a ‘Blessing’ Tells Congress She'd Break Law to Help Minors

    03/10/2012 2:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 8, 2012 | Penny Star
    Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity Church, testified at a House hearing on March 8, 2012 against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents’ permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • Gay Episcopal Bishop to Preach at San Francisco Catholic Parish

    11/23/2011 11:11:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4,086 replies · 2+ views
    A notoriously 'gay-friendly' parish in San Francisco has invited an openly homosexual Episcopalian cleric to lead an Advent Vespers service. Most Holy Redeemer parish asked Bishop Otis Charles, a retired Episcopalian prelate, to lead the November 30 service. After serving as the Bishop of Utah from 1971 to 1993, he publicly announced that he is homosexual. Divorced from the mother of his 5 children, he solemnized a same-sex union in 2004.
  • Twenty-First Century Excommunication

    10/07/2011 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Argus · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/7/2011 | Mollie Ziegler Hemingway
    When the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, N.Y., left the Episcopal Church over disagreements about what the Bible says about sexuality, the congregation offered to pay for the building in which it worshiped. In return the Episcopal Church sued to seize the building, then sold it for a fraction of the price to someone who turned it into a mosque.
  • Christian 'Glee' Star: Acceptance of Homosexuality Not a Contradiction to Faith

    09/10/2011 7:14:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2011 | Gina E. Ryder
    Actress Kristin Chenoweth is a self-identifying Christian who has sparked controversy by speaking out about her support of the gay community in an interview with lesbian and gay publication The Advocate. The LBGT publication asked the TV and theater star: "What would you ask people who cite Christianity as their justification for passing laws that discriminate against people?" Chenoweth replied, "I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?' It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You’re going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong,...
  • The intolerance of the tolerance preachers

    09/09/2011 8:59:50 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 9-9-11 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    The Washington National Cathedral, in its commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, has deliberately and carefully excluded evangelicals from their multi-religious commemoration. The service includes Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims, but not evangelical Christians. Mind you, I am opposed to interfaith services in any shape or form and that is why, in a previous blog, I stated that I was relieved that the mayor of New York spared us the agony of watching the One, True God of the Bible “worshipped” alongside false gods. National Cathedral (Washington, DC)The National Cathedral is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Having...
  • {Episcopal}National Cathedral Invites Muslims, but Not Evangelicals to 9-11 service

    09/07/2011 1:11:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Ted Starnes
    A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event. “A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11th. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician. However, Southern Baptists,...
  • New York Bishop Orders Gay Clergy to Marry [Episcopal]

    07/25/2011 7:34:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    |Christian Post ^ | 7/19/11 | Swani Swanigan
    Long Island Episcopal Bishop Lawrence Provenzano has put his foot down against gay clergy who residing in homosexual relationships, and has given a nine month deadline for them to either get married or stop living together, according to the News Observer. “I need to be mindful that the church has always asked people to live in committed monogamous, faithful relationships. I won’t allow heterosexual clergy to live in a rectory or church housing without the benefit of marriage. When one puts it in that context, then you see how it all begins to make sense,” said Provenzano. Reverend Christopher Hofer,...
  • Gay Episcopal Bishop Advises UM Church to "Get into Trouble"

    07/21/2010 8:54:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Virtue Online ^ | 7/20/10 | Jeff Walton
    A United Methodist congregation should conduct same-sex marriages despite the possibility of negative consequences, according to Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. "I'm here to tell you that when you speak about God's limitless, boundless and unimaginable love, you will get into trouble: I promise you, I know this," Robinson said to the congregation. Robinson both gave a sermon at the invitation of Foundry's Senior Pastor, Dean Snyder, as well as answered questions from church members during an informal session following the Sunday morning worship services. Robinson's sermon was part of a month-long "outstanding preacher" series...
  • 'Father Oprah' now a South Florida Episcopal priest and becoming father from marriage

    05/31/2010 12:13:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 596+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2010
    Miami -- A Miami priest who left the Catholic Church after photos surfaced of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach has been ordained as an Episcopal priest. Alberto Cutie, known as "Father Oprah," has since married Ruhama Canellis and the two are expecting a baby.
  • Bishop Gene Robinson claims Bible does not address ‘monogamous’ same-sex relationships

    02/05/2010 6:01:10 AM PST · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,039+ views
    cna ^ | February 5, 2010
    Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2010 / 03:20 am (CNA).- The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson, has claimed that the Bible does not address the ethics of “monogamous, lifelong” homosexual relationships. He suggested that the people of St. Paul’s times did not realize that some people were “affectionally oriented” to their own sex.On Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., CNSNews.com spoke to Bishop Robinson about St. Paul’s condemnation in the Book of Romans of “unnatural” relations and “indecent acts” between members of the same sex. CNSNews.com asked if St....
  • New L.A. Episcopal Bishop's Historic Journey [Woman, Former Roman Catholic]

    12/27/2009 8:21:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 645+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 27, 2009
    New L.A. Episcopal Bishop's Historic Journey By Duke Helfand December 27, 2009 The Rev. Canon Diane Jardine Bruce still remembers the moment 23 years ago when she fell in love with the Episcopal Church. Raised as a devout Roman Catholic, Bruce happened to visit an Episcopal parish in New Mexico, where the mother of a friend was officiating. Bruce was moved by the joy inside the sanctuary and delighted by the sight of the female priest, something prohibited by the Catholic Church. She found unexpected similarities between the two approaches, including the Eucharist. "There was something about being in an...
  • Caligula Converts, Makes His Horse a Bishop (Caution: Satire)

    12/14/2009 5:30:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Anglican Curmudgeon ^ | 12/6/2009 | A. S. Haley
    (ENS, Rome) The Emperor of Rome, Gaius Caligula, announced yesterday that he had become a convert to Christianity, and that the Roman Empire would now become the "Episcopalian Empire." In celebration of this momentous event, he said that he would make his horse, Incitatus, a bishop in the Episcopal Church. "I have learned that the Episcopal Church is a very inclusive church," he said in an interview with Empirical News. "Their Presiding Bishop has said that she will take orders to consecrate any bishop elected in accordance with the rules. Incitatus has been baptized, and so now under the Church's...
  • (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.) When “Gracious Restraint” Fails — The Real Anglican Tragedy

    12/13/2009 9:15:23 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 341+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2009 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The election of a second openly-homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church hardly came as a surprise. Given the actions of the church in its General Convention this past summer, the question was clearly not if there would be more openly-gay bishops, but when. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles answered that question on Saturday, electing the Reverend Mary D. Glasspool of Baltimore as an assistant bishop. She is expected to be consecrated as bishop on May 15 in Los Angeles.Ms. Glasspool was elected on the seventh ballot, winning 153 clergy votes and 203 lay votes. Her election followed the election...
  • LA Episcopal diocese elects first woman bishop

    12/05/2009 1:39:46 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 659+ views
    AP ^ | December 5, 2009
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the first female bishop in its 114-year history Friday but ended voting for the day with one of two openly gay candidates still vying for the second bishop's position.Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, rector of St. Clement's-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, was elected Friday at the diocese's annual convention to replace one of two retiring assistant bishops.Bruce, who was elected in the convention's third ballot, is a former bank executive who has spent the past 12 years working as a priest in Orange County.Voting for the second spot did...
  • Mary Glasspool, active homosexual, elected bishop of LA

    12/05/2009 2:56:43 PM PST · by qwertyz · 20 replies · 1,367+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 12/05/09
    BREAKING: Diocese of Los Angeles Elects Non-Celibate Lesbian As Suffragan Bishop
  • Set aside 'fear and anxiety,' bishop says

    11/16/2009 7:46:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 334+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/16/9 | Jennifer Garza
    Hundreds of worshippers packed into Sacramento’s Trinity Cathedral on Sunday morning to hear the nation’s leader of the Episcopal Church talk about the need to embrace change. “Changing isn’t the problem,” said Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her message. “Our fear and anxiety about it is.” Jefferts Schori spoke to a supportive and welcoming crowd. After all, she interned at the midtown cathedral 16 years ago. Sunday she returned to deliver a message of hope and change for the Episcopal Church that has been marked by controversy in recent years. Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church for three...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • Bishop V. Gene Robinson: Where is the Christian perspective on health care?

    10/05/2009 11:36:54 AM PDT · by meandog · 150 replies · 2,461+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | oct. 2, 2009 | Bishop Vickie Gene Robinson
    Health care is in the news — but you have to wonder where all the Christians are. This is one of the biggest issues facing our country and our people, yet no one seems to be bringing a Christian voice or tone to that debate. Have you noticed? During the presidential campaign, there was much talk about the 50 million or so who have no health care insurance, many of whom who forgo care altogether and then wind up in emergency rooms with more serious, more fully developed illnesses than would have been the case had they sought preventive care....
  • Americans planning to start a civil war in the Church of England

    08/07/2009 11:49:14 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 603+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | August 7, 2009 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Could the American Church be about to start planting churches in England? That’s the intriguing possibility raised by one of its most influential clerics, who has indicated that this might be the only option given that Rowan Williams has sided with the conservatives. Geoffrey Hoare, the Eton-educated vicar of All Saints Atlanta, one of the largest churches in TEC, has asked colleagues to consider how they could begin “seeking partners throughout the world” if effectively evicted from the Anglican Communion. Given the Archbishop’s comments last week, which were much bolder and firmer than many expected, it looks as though the...
  • Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop

    08/02/2009 11:09:52 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 6 replies · 796+ views
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | August 3, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Gay, lesbian priests nominated for bishop LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Episcopal priests in same-gender relationships are among the nominees for assistant bishop of Los Angeles, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland will be among six candidates on the ballot when lay people and clergy vote in December, despite a long-standing request from world Anglican leaders for a moratorium on consecrating openly gay bishops. Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno said in a statement Sunday that he was "pleased by the wide diversity" of the nominees. Separately, the...
  • L.A. Episcopal leaders nominate 2 openly gay, lesbian priests as bishops

    08/02/2009 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 2,397+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Duke Helfand
    Episcopal Church leaders in Los Angeles today nominated an openly gay priest and an openly lesbian priest as bishops, becoming one of the first dioceses in the national church to test a controversial new policy that lifted a de facto ban on gays and lesbians in the ordained hierarchy. The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of a Baltimore-based diocese are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S. church and their global partners in the Anglican Communion, who have repeatedly warned about the repercussions of such action....
  • Diocese of Minnesota Nominates Partnered Lesbian for Bishop [Episcopal Gay Church Alert]

    08/01/2009 3:01:49 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | August 1, 2009 | Greg Griffith
    Barely two weeks after General Convention, the Diocese of Minnesota has nominated Bonnie Perry, a partnered lesbian, for bishop. Integrity is "delighted" at the news, saying that "the actions of our General Convention will put a sad chapter of discrimination against the LGBT baptized behind us."
  • "Two-fold" Anglican Ch. Envisioned, 1 in Favor of Homosexuality and 1 Christian: Abp. of Cant.

    07/29/2009 11:56:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,182+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/29/09 | Hilary White
    CANTERBURY, UK, July 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Suggesting a "two-track" model for the Anglican Church, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said in a statement released Monday that the crisis over the acceptance of homosexuality in the Global Communion could be resolved by acknowledging "two styles of being Anglican." Williams was responding to the decision earlier this month by the US Episcopal Church to continue to ordain active homosexual clergy and bishops and "bless" same-sex partnerings. In one "track," said the archbishop, the mainstream of Anglicanism would continue to hold to Christian beliefs of sex and marriage, and the...
  • Anglican Church may have 'two track' structure

    07/27/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 628+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/27/9 | MEERA SELVA, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- The Anglican Church may have to accept a "two track" communion in which believers can hold different opinions about gay clergy and same-sex unions, the Archbishop of Canterbury said Monday in a bid to keep the church unified. Rowan Williams outlined his thoughts on the future of the deeply divided church on his Web site a few days after the U.S. Episcopalian church authorized bishops to bless same-sex unions and research an official prayer for the ceremonies. The move dismayed more traditional members of the Anglican Church, and Williams, the church's spiritual leader, is now...
  • Episcopalians, Lutherans Taking Action on Sexuality Topics

    07/22/2009 8:45:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 33 replies · 986+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 21 July AD 2008 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    Episcopalians, Lutherans Taking Action on Sexuality Topics 09-154-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church took a series of actions on the topic of human sexuality July 8-17 in Anaheim, Calif. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will also make decisions on matters concerning the topic at its 2009 Churchwide Assembly Aug. 17-23 in Minneapolis. The ELCA and Episcopal Church have been "full communion" partners since 2000. The relationship is based on a common confessing of the Christian faith. The denominations collaborate on various ministry initiatives, may provide for the interchangeability of ordained clergy and...
  • Straight believers find a home in gay churches, synagogues (Oh brother...)

    07/23/2009 7:52:54 AM PDT · by TaraP · 12 replies · 840+ views
    RNS ^ | July 22nd, 2009
    WASHINGTON—When Andi Kasarsky’s husband died six years ago, members of her synagogue came to sit shiva—the customary Jewish ritual of mourning—with her. They came in shifts for days, many of them strangers, to share her grief. And although Kasarsky was mourning her husband, many of the grievers were gay. She was so touched by the support that Kasarsky, 54, became a more faithful member of Bet Mishpachah, an unaffiliated Washington congregation of around 200 gays and lesbians. She’s just one of many heterosexuals who are finding God in predominantly gay houses of worship. “Mishpachah means family and they were truly...
  • Duke fires employee accused of child sex...-(Gay rape horror:boy-5 abused on webcam pimped to cop)

    07/18/2009 6:52:36 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 88 replies · 8,230+ views
    http://www.wral.com ^ | Jul. 17, 2009 | Erin Hartness
    Durham, N.C. — Duke University has fired an employee who faces federal child sex charges. Frank M. Lombard, 42, of 24 Indigo Creek Trail in Durham, was let go from his position as associate director of the Center for Health Policy at Duke, a spokesman said. Duke Vice President for Public Affairs Michael Schoenfeld said Lombard was placed on unpaid leave at the time of his arrest June 24 and was fired Monday. Schoenfeld added that the university was cooperating with the investigation. Lombard faces extradition to Washington, D.C., to face charges that he solicited an adult to have...
  • Episcopal Bishops Can Bless Gay Unions

    07/18/2009 10:55:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies · 1,122+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2009 | William Wan
    Episcopal Church officials voted yesterday to allow bishops the latitude to bless same-sex unions -- the second vote this week in favor of gay rights and one that may further divide the worldwide Anglican community. On the last day of the church's triennial national convention in Anaheim, Calif., officials stopped short of creating liturgical rites to bless same-sex unions, but approved a compromise measure that allows bishops, especially in states where same-sex unions are legal, to bless the relationships. The key portion of the legislation says bishops "may provide generous pastoral response" for such unions. The vote came three days...