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  • Multimillion-dollar S.C. Episcopal split heads to trial Tuesday

    07/07/2014 3:02:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    Like many divorces, this one began with small tiffs that escalated. After years of arguing over theology and administrative control, disputes among Episcopalians boiled over in 2012 when the local bishop and a majority of parishes left the national church. The aftermath flows Tuesday into the courtroom of a circuit judge in St. George who will decide the future of more than $500 million in church property - although her ruling is likely to be appealed. As the much-anticipated trial begins, two men will be in court, each in Anglican bishop purple, each claiming to be the rightful leader of...
  • Transgendered priest to give sermon at Washington National Cathedral

    06/09/2014 12:18:09 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    http://m.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | 06/09/2014 | Meredith Somers
    The Washington National Cathedral is welcoming the first openly transgendered Episcopal priest to its altar this month. The Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgendered man, is set to give the June 22 sermon at the cathedral, a fixture in the D.C. skyline and one of the nation’s most well-known houses of worship. “We at Washington National Cathedral are striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Mr. Hall said. “We want to proclaim to them as proudly and unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity...
  • 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...
  • First openly gay Episcopal bishop divorces husband

    05/04/2014 4:16:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    AP ^ | May 4, 2014
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church has announced he is divorcing his husband.
  • Obama Selects First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

    04/14/2014 9:57:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 60 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 04/14/2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: Bishop Gene Robinson @BishopGRobinson POTUS "preaches" at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG! #privilege Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive Center for...
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Overturning gay marriage ban would extend 'justice and equality,' says Episcopal bishop in Saginaw

    03/15/2014 12:08:09 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-14-2014 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — As a federal judge weighs Michigan's gay marriage ban, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan issued a statement supporting the overturn of the ban. Bishop Todd Ousley on Thursday, March 13, stated that ending the ban, which U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman may do after hearing eight days of testimony during a trial for a Hazel Park couple's case against the state, would extend “justice and equality to all of God's children.” “My own experiences with same-sex couples and the experiences in communities and congregations across our diocese have show that there is holy...
  • US ambassador to Australia marries in private same-sex ceremony

    08/12/2013 12:35:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th August 2013 | Matt Young
    US AMBASSADOR to Australia John Berry has married his long-term partner of 17 years in a private same-sex ceremony in Washington D.C. The 54-year-old former head of the Office of Personnel Management - which oversees the US public service - is the first openly gay US ambassador to serve in a Group of 20 nation and the highest ranking openly gay man in United States history. In a short statement, Mr Berry confirmed the nuptials, telling news.com.au, "John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington...
  • Praying for the Dead Terrorist? No Wonder the Episcopal Curch is Dying

    04/22/2013 6:27:15 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 69 replies
    4/22/13 | Piperpilot
    At my small Episcopal church yesterday, we prayed for all those "killed" in the "tragic" Boston Marathon bombing. That was bad enough--those people were murdered and it was anything but a tragedy. Then we had to pray for the dead terrorist--which I refused to do. How unbiblical can you get. The dead terrorist didn't repent before his death. His soul went straight to Hell. Praying for him is basically praying for evil if you ask me. We also prayed for the still living terrorist. I can see that--he's still alive and can repent. But we didn't pray for the Holy...
  • Episcopal Church joins immigration-reform push

    02/13/2013 8:11:22 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | ENS staff
    [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined people from New Jersey and New York representing faith-based, community and immigrant rights groups on Ash Wednesday morning to begin a whole day of actions aimed at repenting the sin of immigration detention. “When the status of immigrants is questioned, our government frequently holds them essentially incommunicado and/or moves them far away from any family and local support they might have locally,” the presiding bishop said during the vigil. “Citizens of these United States share some responsibility for those undignified and unjust practices, and our prayer today must be that hearts...
  • C2012: The False Theology of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

    07/09/2012 7:31:34 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | Sarah Frances Ives Ph.D
    This is a reflection on her sermon delivered at the United Thank Offering Ingathering, Festival Eucharist at General Convention July 8, 2012 By Sarah Frances Ives Ph.D Special to Virtueonline www.virtueonline.org July 8, 2012 On July 8, 2012, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached her brand of post-Christian religion while masquerading as a Christian bishop. She mocked most of the crucial doctrines of the Christian faith, including the God of creation, the Incarnation, and the Trinity. She accomplishes this through her demeaning use of rhetoric. She taunts the Lord by the use of the name "Big Man" and then points...
  • From New President of Episcopal Divinity School: 'Abortion is a Blessing' [2009 Chant]

    04/15/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 4/2/09 | Randy Sly
    The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads... ...the EDS website also has a link to Rev. Ragsdale’s sermon blog. There, the first sermon is entitled, “Our Work is Not Done...” “These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a...
  • How the Apostates Take Over, Part 1

    03/18/2012 6:59:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as “outside the mainstream,” can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable. Twenty years ago, I experienced the painful demise of the Episcopal Church, who once was a bastion of biblical truth. It was not a pretty picture. It was a picture painted in...
  • Nominees Announced to Succeed Episcopal Church's First Openly Gay Bishop

    03/17/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 03/17/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    One of The Episcopal Church's most controversial bishops will soon be stepping down from his position and the three nominees for his seat have been announced. The Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop to be ordained by The Episcopal Church, will be ending his term as Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. On Thursday, the diocese announced the nominees for his position. The nominees are the Rev. Penelope Maud Bridges of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, Va.; the Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld of Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, Mass.; and the Rev. Dr. William Warwick Rich...
  • 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...
  • Gender Studies’ Mission Creep

    12/22/2010 1:00:45 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Gender Studies may never have had a clear focus but it is still susceptible to mission creep. “And gender studies isn’t focused on analyzing gays and lesbians as a specific subgroup,” Paul Ketzle writes in the Winter issue of Continuum magazine. “Instead, it investigates how a central concept like sexual identity is conceptualized through cultural artifacts (such as novels, poems, art, and film), and also how myriad aspects of our society—from architecture to economic theory—are (sometimes surprisingly) gendered.” Ketzle is an instructor in the University of Utah Honors College. Continuum is the magazine of The University of Utah. “No one...
  • Where is the vigil for Americans killed by illegal aliens?

    09/16/2010 11:16:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | September 16, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    On Tuesday night, a group of 40 Episcopal bishops from around the country attended a weekly vigil in Douglas, AZ, held for those who have died trying to cross illegally into the U.S. The advocacy group known as Frontera de Cristo has been conducting the vigils along the Pan-American Highway since 2000. The group placed crosses on the sidewalk and spoke the names of those who died attempting the illegal crossing. The bishops are in Arizona for a meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, and have been visiting with illegal aliens and listening to their stories...
  • Episcopal Church Ordains Its 2nd Openly Gay Bishop : This Time, Bishop Is Woman.

    05/15/2010 5:41:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 954+ views
    ap ^ | May 15, 2010
    Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again -- only this time with a woman. The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles' 114-year history. Breakaway Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican Church in North America. Several overseas Anglicans have been pressuring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world's 77...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Planned Parenthood Director Who Quit Now Rejected by Episcopalian Church

    11/13/2009 4:17:03 PM PST · by julieee · 19 replies · 981+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | November 13, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Director Who Quit Now Rejected by Episcopalian Church Bryan, TX -- The religious denominations that embrace abortion do so supposedly because they are tolerant and welcoming of people who disagree on issues like abortion. Yet, that is not proving to be the case for Abby Johnson, the former Planned parenthood director who quit after converting to the pro-life perspective. http://www.LifeNews.com/state4578.html
  • The Camel’s Nose Is Inside The Tent

    07/30/2009 12:36:18 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 2 replies · 411+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | July 30, 2009 | Lew Waters
    In November 1987, two Gay Activists penned an article published in a Gay Magazine titled THE OVERHAULING OF STRAIGHT AMERICA, which was essentially the outline of “a propaganda campaign to confuse and deceive the American people about their objectives.” Tactics mentioned include “intimidation, lies, and fear to silence opposition.” Nowhere is then seen any better than in California after passage of their Proposition 8, overturning the legislative action allowing same-sex marriage in that state. It can also be seen quite vividly today in Washington State as a measure allowing Domestic Partnerships legal standing, laughably referred to as “Everything but marriage,”...
  • (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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gay Episcopal bishop says civil and religious marriage should be separate

    04/19/2009 5:46:29 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 39 replies · 1,049+ views
    LAT ^ | Apr 19, 2009 | N/A
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop told a Studio City gathering today that the church should begin mending divisions over the issue of same-sex marriage by getting out of the civil marriage business altogether. During a visit to St. Michael & All Angels Church this morning, the Rev. V. Eugene Robinson said he favored the system used in France and other parts of Europe in which civil marriage – performed by government officials – is completely separate from religious vows. In the U.S., the civil and religious ceremonies are often combined with the cleric signing the government marriage license. "In...
  • Gay, Pro-Abortion Episcopal Seminary Pres.'Worst of Post-Modern Church'

    04/13/2009 3:24:40 PM PDT · by tcg · 39 replies · 2,005+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/14/09 | David W. Virtue
    The announcement that the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, has chosen a lesbian, pro-abortion president to lead the seminary has sent shock waves around the Anglican Communion. The appointment of Katherine Hancock Ragsdale highlights a week that also saw TEC bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester replace a reading from the New Testament with a reading from the Quran at St. Paul's Marquette, Michigan. One wonders what Episcopal boundaries and barriers have yet to be crossed that the dying embers of historic Christianity could possibly fan into life. That the Diocese of Massachusetts has a functioning transgendered priest complete with a...
  • Alaska And Florida Consider Bans On Bestiality

    03/26/2009 4:57:39 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies · 1,334+ views
    http://www.wctv.tv/ ^ | Mar 21, 2009 | http://www.wctv.tv/
    It's a subject that can cause nervous snickering, a little uneasiness and even a few bad jokes. But many in the southeast Alaska community of Klawock, population 800, weren't laughing last April after a 26-year-old registered sex offender was accused of molesting a local family's pet dog. The man was spotted by a local woman coaxing the Labrador retriever into the woods near a ball field. There he allegedly tied it to a tree, taped its muzzle shut with duct tape and had sex with it, witnesses told police at the time. The man had been twice convicted of raping...
  • Bestiality, animal husbands and Bullard. Oh my!

    03/19/2009 2:10:10 PM PDT · by eccentric · 23 replies · 1,103+ views
    The act of bestiality is a step closer to becoming illegal in Florida now that a Senate committee voted to slap a third-degree felony charge on anyone who has sex with animals. Florida is one of only 16 states that still permit bestiality -– a fact that animal-rights activist and Sunrise Sen. Nan Rich learned to her horror when a Panhandle man three years ago was suspected of accidentally asphyxiating a family goat with which he was copulating. “There’s a tremendous correlation between sexually deviant behavior and crimes against children and crimes against animals,” said Rich, a Sunrise Democrat. “This...
  • Documentary on beastiality premieres at Sundance Film Festival

    01/22/2007 6:20:46 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 45 replies · 2,716+ views
    Sun sentinel ^ | January 21 2007, 6:39 PM EST | Kenneth Turan
    Documentary on beastiality premieres at Sundance Film Festival By Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times Posted January 21 2007, 6:39 PM EST PARK CITY, Utah -- "Zoo" is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as "the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible." But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted. "Zoo," premiering before a rapt audience Saturday night at Sundance, manages to be a poetic film about a forbidden subject, a perfect marriage between a cool and contemplative director (the little-seen "Police Beat") and potentially incendiary subject matter: sex between men and animals. Not graphic...
  • God-Less Congregations Planned

    03/20/2009 2:50:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies · 799+ views
    Slice of Laodicea ^ | 3-19-09 | Ingrid Schlueter
    The atheists and humanists must have been eyeing the benefits of Christian congregations because they now want a piece of the action. To accomplish this, they are establishing God-free, um, church-type places. They want all the benefits of a Christian church without the Christian part. I can save them a great deal of trouble in starting this God-free denomination. All they need to do is find their local mainline Protestant church. Why reinvent the wheel? These atheists, agnostics and humanists will feel right at home on Evolution Sunday, listening to lectures about the glories of man, and they can have...
  • Bestiality Soon to Be Outlawed in Florida (series of goat rapes spurs legislation)

    03/18/2009 1:24:35 PM PDT · by Stoat · 91 replies · 3,474+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Mach 18, 2009 | Brian Hamacher
    Bestiality Soon to Be Outlawed in Florida Lawmakers Consider Felony Charges For Sex With Animals By  BRIAN HAMACHER Updated 2:00 PM EDT, Wed, Mar 18, 2009   Florida lawmakers are trying to make it harder to violate goats and any other defenseless creature.   It looks like man and dog are going to legally remain best friends if the state of Florida has its say.The State's Senate agriculture committee, in a long overdue measure, has voted unanimously to charge anyone who has sex with animals with a third-degree felony.Amazingly, Florida is one of 16 states that still permits bestiality,...
  • Gay bishop Gene Robinson to lead prayers at Barack Obama inauguration

    01/15/2009 1:15:29 AM PST · by Cincinna · 24 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Times Online ^ | January 12, 2009 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    US President-elect Barack Obama has invited gay bishop Gene Robinson to lead prayers at the opening of celebrations next Sunday leading up to his inauguration next week. The invitation will go some way to placate liberal critics in the US who condemned his invitation to the anti-gay evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration itself. Bishop Robinson was himself among those who attacked Mr Obama over the choice of Rick Warren, describing it as a "slap in the face". Bishop Robinson, whose consecration in 2003 was met with worldwide protests from the conservative wing of the...
  • Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message 2008 (ECUSA alert)

    12/22/2008 8:25:20 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 35 replies · 478+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | 12-8-2008 | Katherine Jefferts Schori
    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5). The world settles into winter, at least in the northern hemisphere, and life to many seems increasingly bleak. Foreclosures, layoffs, government bailouts and financial failures, continuing war on two fronts, terrorist attacks, murders of some identified only by their faith -- this world is in abundant need of light. We know light that is not overcome by darkness, for God has come among us in human flesh. Born in poverty to a homeless couple, to a people long under occupation, Jesus is human and divine...
  • Liberal Episcopals vote for more homosexual clergy

    12/08/2008 4:04:34 PM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies · 756+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/8/2008 | Staff
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has joined seven other dioceses in passing a resolution asking the church to let lesbians as well as homosexual men become bishops. The vote at the diocesan convention rejected the Episcopal Church's de facto moratorium on electing homosexual bishops since its 2003 consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who lives with his same-sex partner. The resolution will be considered at the Episcopal Church's national convention next July. The Los Angeles diocese also expressed support for homosexual "marriage" with the creation of the "Sacramental Blessing for a Life-long Covenant."
  • Cal. Episcopal Bishops Oppose Defense of True Marriage

    11/12/2008 5:07:11 PM PST · by tcg · 10 replies · 486+ views
    At the end of the day, that might be the only place pansexual behavior is accepted. The culture seems to be on a march away from the gadarene slide towards the sexual abyss. If The Episcopal Church continues on its present pathway, it may find itself all alone galloping over the cliff edge...
  • 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...
  • 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 War about War

    05/31/2008 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 25 replies · 106+ views
    Apecial to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 June 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’m not going to name any presidential candidates in this column. But it is true that the question of whether or how we should conduct a war against terrorism is a part of the national debate now going on. Nor am I talking just about politicians. There is a discussion group in my church (Episcopalian) who read with favor the works of an Irish theologian who believes that Christianity’s purpose is the creation of a pacifist, secular government on Earth. This, however, is not a new concept. The same idea, that all war is “unChristian,” was present at the time...
  • BREAKING: Virginia Judge Rules in Favor of Parishes [Episcopal Church Split]

    04/03/2008 11:43:46 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 10 replies · 126+ views
    Stand Firm In Faith ^ | April 4, 2008 | Greg Griffith
    "The Court agrees that it was major divisions such as those within the Methodist and Presbyterian churches that prompted the passage of 57-9. However, it blinks at reality to characterize the ongoing division within the Diocese, ECUSA, and the Anglican Communion as anything but a division of the first magnitude..."
  • Anti-corridor groups apprise locals of ways to 'just say no to TTC'

    03/17/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 513+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 17, 2008 | Steven Alford
    Plots by Communists to infiltrate America. The disintegration of borders and rural areas. Citizens mobilizing and rising up against government agencies and big business. It all sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but it's something that could be happening in your own backyard. These were just a few of the topics addressed in the "How to fight the TTC" workshop, held Monday at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin. The conference served as an informational meeting aimed at informing citizens and local government officials how they can unite in trying to stop the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project....
  • Fans of secluded retreat fear Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/13/2008 3:33:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    A Piney Woods retreat that has hosted national church conferences on controversial issues, celebrated the consecration of bishops and provided summer memories for thousands of teens now faces another kind of challenge. The nearly two square miles of forest, hills, fields, lakes and buildings that make up Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center, 15 miles southeast of Navasota, lie in a two-mile-wide strip listed in state documents as the preferred route for the planned Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. Proposed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, the corridor plan has drawn heated opposition at town hall meetings and public hearings throughout Southeast...
  • Presiding Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts in Birmingham

    01/12/2008 8:15:57 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 5 replies · 105+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | Saturday, January 12, 2008 | GREG GARRISON
    For Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female head of the 2.4 million-member U.S. Episcopal Church, military conflict in the Middle East hits very close to home. Jefferts Schori has a 26-year-old daughter, Kate, a pilot who was recently deployed to the United Arab Emirates as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. "We raised our daughter to make her own decisions and she's clearly done that," Jefferts Schori said Friday in Birmingham. "We're very supportive of the work she's doing, believing that it's far better to have leaders who come with a solid, moral, ethical base and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Episcopal Church losing many congregations

    12/12/2007 2:17:53 PM PST · by Fido969 · 28 replies · 125+ views
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | December 12, 2007 | LASHONDA STINSON
    "The problem in our church [national] is about the lack of respect for the authority of scripture and the nature, character and work of Jesus Christ," said Curran, an Episcopal priest for 15 years. "It's about the failed leadership of The Episcopal Church and whether or not we will continue to be under the authority of a failed leadership. And for many of us, the answer is no."
  • US Episcopal report highlights concerns over church attendance drop

    12/02/2007 8:54:30 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 17 replies · 321+ views
    Christian Today ^ | December 1, 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    US Episcopal report highlights concerns over church attendance drop http://www.christiantoday.com/article/us.episcopal.report.highlights.concerns.over.church.attendance.drop/15084.htm http://tinyurl.com/3d37yq by Lillian Kwon, Christian Today US Correspondent Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2007, 12:26 (GMT) An Episcopal Church committee has released an interim report that reveals positive trends as well as concerns in declining membership and church conflicts. In a brief assessment of facts and trends in the Episcopal Church, the 'State of the Church' report – issued by the House of Deputies Committee in November – indicated the need for a "plan for action" at all levels of the denomination in response to membership drops. In 2006, the number...
  • Residence Life curriculum needs change (Definition of Racist Update to Univ. of Delaware)

    11/08/2007 5:18:52 PM PST · by Drango · 21 replies · 831+ views
    Univ. of Delaware ^ | 11/6/07 | Editorial
    -snip...Much of the controversy surrounding the program has centered on a specific Residence Life Diversity Facilitation Training document that featured definitions of a "racist" ("…The term applies to all white people…living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture of sexuality") and "non-racist" ("A non-term."). Newman said the material came from the director of the California-based World Trust Educational Services Dr. Shakti Butler. She presented the document at RA summer training as, what Newman describes, "tools" that "were by no means what we had to believe." -snip
  • 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...
  • Planned Parenthood session draws one girl

    10/06/2007 10:03:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 673+ views
    reporternews ^ | September 18, 2007 | Kyle Peveto
    You can call them gluttons for punishment. They've begun calling themselves that. After no children or parents showed for Planned Parenthood of West Texas' Real Life. Real Talk. sex education session in August, organization officials rescheduled the workshop for Tuesday night at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest at South 6th and Meander streets. This time, after four teachers and a program director drove two hours from Midland, one girl attended. "She'll be one of the best educated young women in the community after tonight," said Carla Holeva, vice president of community affairs for Planned Parenthood of West Texas....