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  • “Jesus was gay”! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God “should come out” (NZ)

    12/17/2012 1:52:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:12 EST, 17 December 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    It is the season of glad tidings and forgiveness. But many Christians living in Auckland, New Zealand, are struggling to find goodwill in their hearts for the latest in a series of controversial billboards coming out from the Church of St. Matthew in the City. “It’s Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out”, the sign proclaims, with an image of baby Jesus as a toddler in a manger, surrounded by a rainbow halo. The billboard was put up by the Reverend Glynn Cardy, who said it was meant to “lift” the humanity of Jesus. But it is likely to face...
  • Episcopal priests offer spiritual support for gay unions

    12/12/2012 10:27:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Lois K Solomon
    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. Lorraine Michels and Joan Van Ness were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, but decided to participate in a nine-couple blessing ceremony in April at All Saints...
  • Bible-believing Episcopalian penalized

    11/19/2012 8:45:11 AM PST · by fwdude · 34 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 22, 2012 | Charlie Butts
    A communications manager doesn't think it was smart for the Episcopal Church to essentially strip its South Carolina bishop of his ministry credentials for taking a stand for biblical principles and values. Officials with the national church have "inhibited" Bishop Mark Lawrence, taking away his clearance to perform ministry functions for 60 days -- the time allotted for him to respond to allegations having to do with the division between the liberal, dominate faction of the church and biblically based members like himself. In response, his diocese has severed its relationship with the Episcopal Church. Walton, Jeff (IRD)Jeff Walton of...
  • Episcopal Church promotes the “T” in LGBT equation

    08/08/2012 10:46:05 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30 2012 | Becky Garrison
    Commentators at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times may decry the Episcopal Church as a place offering pet funerals but nothing for the faithful or failing to provide anything one cannot get from purely secular liberalism. These traditionalists appear to bemoan the loss of a 1950s-era church that promoted an Eisenhower-era civil religion replete with the cross draped in the American flag. While they wax nostalgia over a past that largely existed only in TV Land,.the Episcopal Church made history at its 77th triennial General Convention by passing two gender nondiscrimination resolutions. Led by a grassroots coalition...
  • The Light That Failed (Episcopal Church)

    07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    American Interest ^ | 7/16/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years. The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. For a link to the PDF file with the numbers, and for Rod Dreher’s comments on them, look here; but it’s important to note that the effect of these numbers on the life and the well being of local churches is even greater than the raw figures might suggest. Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to...
  • Episcopalians Call for Repeal of DOMA; Approve Rites for Pet Funerals

    07/13/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/13/12 | Audrey Barrick
    The Episcopal Church's 77th General Convention concluded Thursday with the adoption of a long list of resolutions, from one that calls on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to another providing rites for pet funerals. Episcopal leaders, who met in Indianapolis for over a week, considered dozens of resolutions – the most controversial being the approval of transgender ordination and rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. In protest, leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina, including its bishop, left the convention early after expressing clearly their belief that the decisions mark a departure from Scripture...
  • Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?

    07/12/2012 8:09:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 7/11/12 | Rob Kerby
    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 Henry VIII to continue executing any wife who failed to bear him sons, is in trouble. Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out...
  • Breaking news: House of Bishops affirms gay commitment ceremony

    07/09/2012 8:37:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 36 replies
    anglicansunited.com ^ | 9 July AD 2012 | Cherie Wetze
    Breaking news: House of Bishops affirms gay commitment ceremony Posted on July 9, 2012 by cherie Cherie Wetzel reporting from the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis July 9, 2012 This afternoon, the House of bishops voted in roll call vote, to affirm A049 the resolution endorsing the same-sex commitment ceremony. The vote was 111 yes, 41 no and 3 abstained. As I listened to the 1:45 minute discussion prior to the vote, I continued to have hope as clearly 19 bishops stated they would vote no that I had not expected. At the end of the process, after announcing the...
  • Formerly Influential U.S. Episcopal Church: Now Fewer than 2 Million Members

    10/26/2011 3:36:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | October 26, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- Once a flagship denomination of American mainline Protestantism, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church has for the first time in decades reported membership below two million.Self-reported statistics provided by the denomination this month show that the church has dropped from 2,006,343 members in 2009 to 1,951,907 in 2010, the most recent reporting year. The loss of 54,436 members increases the annual rate of decline from 2 percent to 3 percent, outpacing the most recently reported declines in most other mainline churches. The church's 10-year change in active members has dropped 16 percent.A branch of the otherwise fast-growing 80 million member worldwide...
  • 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.
  • Raw Numerical Truth about the Episcopal Church (1/3 of all 6825 churches face inevitable closure)

    08/28/2011 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | August 23, 2011 | David W. Virtue
    “[We must] talk of hard financial issues and church decline and growth, to address elephants in the room, and to speak truth to one another in love." Executive Council of the Episcopal Church A month long investigation by Virtueonline into the numerical state of The Episcopal Church reveals that more than one third of all 6825 Episcopal parishes in the U.S. have an average Sunday attendance (ASA) of 40 or less. VOL believes that the figure of 2.3 million Episcopalians, regularly stated by TEC leaders and officials, does not reveal the true state of church attendance. More than two-thirds of...
  • Historic Lesbian Marriage in Boston Cathedral Unites Top Clergy of Episcopal Church

    01/02/2011 7:58:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    PR Web ^ | 1/2/11
    The historic marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, took place today at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage - of two senior Episcopalian clergy - at Boston's St Paul's Cathedral Saturday (January 1). The marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, was the first lesbian marriage solemnized by the Right Reverend M Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop Diocesan...
  • 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.
  • "Progressive" New Zealand Church Offends Christians Worldwide

    12/17/2009 10:08:35 AM PST · by Teófilo · 12 replies · 622+ views
    Folks, I stumbled upon this article published by the BBC. I invite you to read it. I won't republish it due to its prurient subject matter, and out of a sense of decorum and respect for Our Lord, His Mother, and his earthly father, Joseph. Read it carefully and then contact this "church" here and let them know what you think. This is what I told Glynn Cardy, the pastor:Dear Reverend Cardy: I've just read a news report published in the BBC website about your billboard distorting the meaning of Christ's virginal conception and mangling the marriage and family life...
  • L.A. Episcopal Diocese Wants Gays to be Bishops

    12/07/2008 1:44:00 PM PST · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 639+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | December 7, 2008 | Newsmax
    L.A. Episcopal Diocese Wants Gays to be Bishops Sunday, December 7, 2008 11:31 AM RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has joined seven other dioceses in passing a resolution asking the church to let gays and lesbians become bishops. The vote Friday at the church's 113th annual Diocesan Convention rejected the Episcopal Church's de facto moratorium on the election of gay or lesbian bishops. The resolution will be forwarded for consideration at the July 2009 national convention in Anaheim.
  • A Weekend with Bishop John Shelby Spong

    10/30/2008 6:56:53 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 827+ views
    JOHN SHELBY SPONG, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years. His admirers acclaim him as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson. A longtime champion of progressive Christianit y, Spong is a visionary voice in the religious communit y, calling people to step beyond boundaries of tribe, prejudice, gender and even religion to create a new humanit y. He is a committed Christian who has spent a lifetime studying the Bible and whose life has been deeply shaped by it. Now he...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Episcopal priest or Muslim? Redding will have a year to think about it

    07/06/2007 10:58:55 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 47 replies · 982+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 12:00 AM | Janet I. Tu
    The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, a local Episcopal priest who announced she is both Muslim and Christian, will not be able to serve as a priest for a year, according to her bishop. During that year, Redding is expected to "reflect on the doctrines of the Christian faith, her vocation as a priest, and what I see as the conflicts inherent in professing both Christianity and Islam," the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, wrote in an e-mail to Episcopal Church leaders. During the next year, Redding "is not to exercise any of the responsibilities...