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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners

    06/13/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    VirtueOmline ^ | 6/12/12 | David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
    The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community. TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed. In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Episcopal Church property dispute back in court

    05/21/2011 10:00:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-04-25
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A years-long fight between The Episcopal Church and several conservative congregations has landed back in a courtroom in Virginia. Several prominent congregations with roots dating to Colonial times, including Truro Church in Fairfax and The Falls Church, voted in 2006 to split from The Episcopal Church and align with a group of conservative Anglican churches. The congregations disagreed with what their members felt was liberal Episcopal doctrine on homosexuality and other issues.
  • Three hours of devotion (LIVE)

    04/22/2011 9:10:45 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 1 replies
    St Thomas Church, NYC ^ | April 22, 2011 | St. Thomas Church, NYC
    http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/music/services/show/1785 click listen now
  • One good reason for leaving the Anglican "Church"

    01/13/2011 7:38:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Caritas in Veritate ^ | 1/13/11 | Fr John Boyle
    The Anglican bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt Revd M Thomas Shaw SSJE, witnesses the "marriage" of the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary on New Year's Day 2011.By Father James Bradley of St John the Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, Kent who, by the way, are using the Evangelium course to learn about the Catholic Faith.
  • Boston Globe portrays homosexual Episcopal bishop as crusader for progress

    01/02/2011 5:26:49 PM PST · by massmike · 26 replies
    massresistance.org ^ | December 31, 2010
    The most powerful propaganda is often the most subtle. If a person is portrayed as doing great, humanitarian things versus doing divisive or hurtful things, that person's cause and message are also given a psychological boost. In today's culture wars the mainstream media does this in spades. When writing about people involved in these issues, there is rarely any middle ground -- as we've warned pro-family people for years. Although the casual reader may not realize it, the media takes this very seriously. On Dec. 5 the Boston Globe ran a prominent feature article on Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • [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...
  • 1 service to launch Episcopal church; parishes get letters [And so it begins in San Joaquin]

    06/23/2009 5:20:10 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 384+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 6/21/2009 | Sue Nowicki
    There are several updates to the continuing Episcopal/Anglican saga in our area. ... Also last week, the nine other self-incorporated parishes with ties to the Anglican diocese headquartered in Fresno received letters from Lamb "to arrange the transition of all properties and assets back to the Episcopal Church." Two of those parishes are St. Francis in Turlock and St. James (the historic Red Church) in Sonora. Because of their independent status, those parishes were not named in the lawsuit the Episcopal Church filed against Anglican Bishop John-David Schofield and the rest of the parishes after they voted in December 2007...
  • Money, Sex, Indaba: Corrupting the Anglican Communion Listening Process

    06/15/2009 8:30:02 PM PDT · by Huber · 14 replies · 541+ views
    The American Anglican Council ^ | June 15, 2009 | Ralinda B. Gregor
    The next stage of the Anglican Communion's attempt to resolve its differences over theology, sexuality and the authority of scripture will involve more "listening processes," but this time those processes will be paid for by a retired Episcopal priest who advocates same-sex blessings. The money given by the Episcopal priest will be monitored by a group of sex "experts" who advocate a vision of sexual freedom and "justice" that bears little resemblance to mainstream Christian doctrine or tradition, and at least one of these "experts" believes that pornography, bestiality, and multiple sex partners are not inherently harmful or wrong. Working...
  • Episcopal bishop appears headed for defeat

    06/05/2009 6:24:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 482+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 6/5/2009 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) The election of an Episcopal bishop in Michigan who has practiced Buddhist meditation and changed traditional church prayers appears headed for defeat, according to an unofficial tally kept by a newspaper reporter. The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester was elected bishop of the sparsely populated Diocese of Northern Michigan in February. Under Episcopal Church rules, a majority of bishops and 111 regional standing committees must vote to ratify his election before it is valid. On Friday (June 5), the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which has kept an unofficial running tally of the voting, reported that 56 standing committees—a majority—have voted to withhold...
  • Boston Vigil for Dr. Tiller [Episcopalians Mourn Abortionist]

    06/01/2009 7:12:30 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 22 replies · 970+ views
    feministing.com ^ | June 1, 2009 | meganjpeterson
    Boston Vigil for Dr. Tiller Join the Boston community in sharing our grief and celebrating the life of Dr. George Tiller, a true hero for women across the country. Monday, June 1st 6pm St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral 138 Tremont St., Boston Across from the Park St. T stop Please help us spread the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, and texts. Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=88629078374&ref=nf Twitter hashtag: #BostonVigil and #Tiller (this one is attracting some unpleasant tweets, however) Dr. Tiller was shot and killed Sunday morning while serving as an usher at his church in Witchita, Kansas. Since the 1970s, Dr. Tiller...
  • Episcopal Church Fires 61 Priests For Opposing Gay Church Leaders

    05/27/2009 8:14:20 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 51 replies · 1,753+ views
    CBS47 NEWS ^ | 5-27-09 | cakid1
    Episcopal Church fires 61 priests and deacons in the Central Valley. Part of the reason, is they followed former Bishop John David Schofield when he rebuked the national church for its stance on the ordination of gays into the priesthood. The 61 clergy had six months to deny or recant their stance against...
  • [TEC] Diocese Files Appeal against Fleeing Episcopal Churches During Holy Week [Truro/Falls Church]

    04/07/2009 6:50:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 403+ views
    ADV Responds to Appeal by The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia (April 7, 2009) - In response to the appeal in the Virginia church property litigation filed on Tuesday, April 7 by the Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church, the Anglican District of Virginia Vice-Chairman Jim Oakes issued the following statement: "We are saddened that The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia find it necessary to continue this litigation with an appeal filed during Holy Week. The appeal process will cost additional millions of dollars that could be spent on mission and ministry. Both sides have...
  • Tale of Beauty and the Priest

    04/07/2009 6:42:40 PM PDT · by Huber · 73 replies · 1,255+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 7, 2009 | JAMIE SCHRAM
    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the cutest clergyman of all? A 66-year-old Staten Island pastor trying desperately to turn back the clock ripped off nearly $85,000 from his congregation to pay for plastic surgery, Botox shots and fancy clothes, authorities said yesterday The Rev. William Blasingame, 66, a fixture at the historic St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church for more than 30 years, began breaking the Eighth Commandment in January 2005 and continued to steal for another three years, according to the Staten Island district attorney. The unwed Blasingame's miraculous makeovers apparently impressed some of the older members of his...
  • Exit strategies: Conservative congregations face complicated issues as more decide to leave

    04/06/2009 2:31:19 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies · 1,909+ views
    WORLD ^ | April 11, 2009 | Jamie Dean
    On a stormy Sunday morning in Charlotte, N.C., latecomers were still shaking off wet umbrellas and streaming into a rented chapel at a local Catholic high school as Anglican minister Filmore Strunk led the congregation in reading Psalm 19: "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold." For this congregation, those words ring especially true: Less than 15 months ago, the 300-member group was worshipping with more than 1,000 other parishioners in a 22,000-square-foot, gothic-style sanctuary on a prime piece of property in a growing...
  • "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary

    04/02/2009 4:16:33 PM PDT · by topher · 45 replies · 1,488+ views
    Thursday April 2, 2009 "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary By Hilary WhiteApril 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an openly lesbian minister in the American Episcopal Church, has caused a stir on the internet with a sermon, posted to her weblog, in which she called abortion a "blessing" and called for the suppression of rights of conscience for health care workers. In her sermon, titled, "Our Work is Not Done," she wrote that there should be no restrictions whatever on abortion: "If we were to find that, while we were...
  • TEC’s first Buddhist bishop? (Anglican Open)

    03/26/2009 8:20:52 AM PDT · by mnehring · 25 replies · 907+ views
    It was good to hear some encouraging news from the Church of England, reported by Robert last week. However, little good seems to come from the The Episcopal Church (TEC) in USA. The Church of England Newspaper (27 February 2009) reported that the Anglican Communion’s first Anglican-Buddhist bishop was recently elected at a special convention of the Diocese of Northern Michigan. Concerns had been raised about the suitability of a professed Buddhist who said he had received Buddhist “lay ordination” and was “walking the path of Christianity and Zen Buddhism together” as well as the fact that he was the...
  • Why People Don't Leave the Episcopal Church

    03/24/2009 8:33:57 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies · 707+ views
    Virtue Online ^ | 3/24/2009 | Thad Stevens
    There are some people who won't ever leave the Episcopal Church. For example, they may have ancestors buried in the church yard and just can't bear the thought of going anywhere else no matter what. Some joined the Church for its bricks and mortar, so they're going to stay with them. And there are many in the Episcopal Church who actually believe the doctrines that it now espouses (however foolish that may be). But many–perhaps even the majority–of those currently attending the Episcopal Church disagree with its new doctrines and yet they continue attending. This is perplexing to Evangelicals in...
  • A Strange Little Question for Strategically-Minded Conservatives Who Are Staying In TEC

    02/25/2009 5:17:31 PM PST · by sionnsar · 34 replies · 592+ views
    Stand Firm (e-mail) ^ | 2/19/2009 | Sarah Hey
    I use the phrase "Strategically-Minded" deliberately, for that's what I am. I'm a conservative Episcopalian, staying in TEC, and interested in doing more than just sitting around and saying "ain't it awful." Here's my question. If there were to be a day-long [no more than six hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.] gathering/meeting of like-minded conservative Episcopalians who are staying in The Episcoapl Church for the forseeable future, and who are interested in discussion, sharing of issues and struggles and solutions, and fellowship together, would you be interested in attending such a gathering? If so, please email me using...
  • Bishop Robinson and the "God of Our Many Understandings"

    01/17/2009 9:37:38 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 48 replies · 981+ views
    crosswalk.com ^ | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Albert Mohler
    President-elect Barack Obama promised to make his inaugural events the most inclusive ever -- and he is making good on his promise. Just over two weeks after gay rights activists condemned his choice of Saddleback pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the ceremony itself, the President-elect and his inaugural committee announced the choice of Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly-homosexual Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, to open the mass event at the Lincoln Memorial with prayer. Predictably, the committee insisted that the invitation has nothing to do with the furor over naming Warren, who angered homosexual activists and their...
  • NYC Church Plans Rare Full Bell Peal for Obama [To welcome their savior?]

    01/14/2009 1:50:40 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 57 replies · 1,488+ views
    AP via The Christian Post ^ | January 14, 2009 | Ula Ilnytzky
    NEW YORK – Barack Obama and his message of change will get a ringing endorsement on Inauguration Day from 12 bells at a church near ground zero. "Change ringing is a way that we express the joy of our community, and I think much of the nation is joyous about this inauguration," said Jeremy Bates, a Manhattan lawyer and former Obama campaign worker who will be among the 12 ringers pulling on sturdy ropes in the church's bell tower to mark the historic occasion. Change ringing is far more common outside the United States. Most cathedrals in England have sets...
  • Bishop promises un-Christian prayer

    01/13/2009 10:01:33 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies · 1,108+ views
    The Other McCain/NYTimes.com ^ | January 13, 2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    What did you expect of the un-Christian clergyman? Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was "horrified" at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”"I am very clear," he said, "that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won't be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer."Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to "the God of our many understandings," language that he said he learned from...
  • Gay NH bishop to offer prayer at inaugural event

    01/12/2009 8:51:17 AM PST · by TexasNative2000 · 30 replies · 828+ views
    AP via yahoo.com ^ | 1.12.2009 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. – The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama. The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday's event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.
  • An Unworkable Theology

    01/04/2009 8:43:58 AM PST · by Huber · 29 replies · 766+ views
    First Things ^ | June/July 2005 | by Philip Turner
    It is increasingly difficult to escape the fact that mainline Protestantism is in a state of disintegration. As attendance declines, internal divisions increase. Take, for instance, the situation of the Episcopal Church in the United States. The Episcopal Church’s problem is far more theological than it is moral—a theological poverty that is truly monumental and that stands behind the moral missteps recently taken by its governing bodies. Every denomination has its theological articles and books of theology, its liturgies and confessional statements. Nonetheless, the contents of these documents do not necessarily control what we might call the “working theology” of...
  • Conservatives win court case in Va. church dispute

    12/19/2008 4:22:34 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 729+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 2008-12-19 | Matthew Barakat
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly a dozen conservative church congregations in Virginia have won a lawsuit in which they sought to split from the U.S. Episcopal Church in a dispute over theology and homosexuality. The final rulings came Friday from a Fairfax County judge who said the departing congregations are allowed under Virginia law to keep their church buildings and other property as they leave the Episcopal Church and realign under the authority of conservative Anglican bishops from Africa. Several previous rulings had also gone in favor of the departing congregations. The diocese said it will appeal. Eleven Virginia congregations...
  • New Province to be Born December 3rd [Anglican, U.S., +Duncan +Murdoch]

    11/16/2008 6:40:35 PM PST · by sionnsar · 19 replies · 1,282+ views
    Stand Firm (e-mail) | 11/16/2008 | Greg Griffith
    Chatter is starting pick up here and there, so I just wanted to report that, yes, according to several different sources on different levels and in different parts of the country, inside TEC, outside TEC... the new North American Anglican province will be born December 3rd. Cowboy up - it's finally gonna start to get interesting...
  • Diocese Of Pittsburgh Statement In Response To Purported Deposition Of Bishop Duncan

    09/18/2008 5:51:48 PM PDT · by Huber · 6 replies · 311+ views
    Diocese Of Pittsburg Statement: ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2008
    The House of Bishops purported deposition of Bishop Robert Duncan will not change the agenda for the Oct. 4 Diocesan Convention or change Bishop Duncan’s status as a bishop in good standing within the Anglican Communion. The action of the House of Bishops, which was taken in a closed meeting on September 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah, contravenes numerous canons of The Episcopal Church. While Bishop Duncan continues to believe that the "deposition" is unlawful, he will not challenge the "deposition" prior to the end of the diocese’s October 4 convention unless forced to do so by the leadership...
  • Gay Anglican Posterboy Gene Robinson Complains of "Bigotry" from Fellow Bishops

    08/18/2008 4:15:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 248+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/18/08 | Hilary White
    CANTERBURY, UK, August 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Gene Robinson has castigated a fellow Anglican bishop for publicly disapproving of his crusade to inculcate "gay" values into the Anglican Communion. In an interview with SXNews, an Australian homosexual news website festooned with explicit sexual advertising, Robinson complained that the Sydney archdiocese is "bigoted" because its archbishop, Dr. Peter Jensen, boycotted the Lambeth conference, held this month in Canterbury, England. Gene Robinson is the active homosexual whose consecration as Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire caused a crisis in the global Anglican Communion. He called the Sydney archbishop's defence of Christianity "ironic" given...
  • Eye of the storm [Gay Bishop Alert]

    08/14/2008 5:39:17 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 11 replies · 301+ views
    SX News (Australia) ^ | August 13, 2008 | None Given
    Eye of the storm Wednesday, 13 August 2008 By his very existence, the Reverend Gene Robinson – the openly gay Anglican bishop of New Hampshire – is an agent for change in his church, and society at large. He spoke with Peter Hackney. He is friendly, mild-mannered and avuncular. He doesn’t seem like someone who’d tear an entire church apart. Yet Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the history of the Anglican Church, has been accused of doing just that. So controversial is he that at the recent Lambeth Conference, the decennial conference of Anglican bishops from across...
  • Episcopalians remain divided over issue of gay clergy

    08/03/2008 1:55:39 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 33 replies · 653+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 3, 2008 | Tracy Simmons
    It's not about gays. Episcopalians keep insisting it's not. But, as American Episcopal bishops return home from an international religious conference this week, it's clear that the "gay issue" is one that continues to split the Episcopal church. Since the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, Anglicans have been divided over their approach to gay priests, gay marriage and who holds ultimate authority in the communion of 77 million followers around the world. The once-a-decade Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, which ends today, showed no ability to suture those wounds. Although the conference was not...
  • Protest disrupts bishop's sermon

    07/13/2008 11:49:12 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 60 replies · 184+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 13, 2008
    Openly gay US bishop Gene Robinson was forced to halt a sermon at a west London church after being heckled. As Bishop Robinson began his sermon a member of the congregation repeatedly called him a "heretic" and said "repent, repent, repent". He began his sermon by saying how sad it was that the Anglican Communion was tearing itself apart. But he was stopped when the man in the congregation shouted that the schism was the bishop's fault. The man's protest was followed by slow hand-clapping by members of the congregation, and Bishop Robinson halted his sermon while a hymn was...
  • Bishops turning back on Lambeth

    06/25/2008 8:10:21 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 24 replies · 151+ views
    BBC ^ | June 25, 2008 | Robert Pigott
    For a century the Lambeth Conference has been one of the events keeping intact this largest Protestant church grouping in the world. Now, for the first time, and just when the Anglican Communion is most at risk of disintegration, almost a third of the bishops invited to attend have decided to boycott the meeting. It is a blow to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams who wants to use the conference to heal the rift over sexuality which has driven the Communion to the brink of a permanent split. The 250 bishops who have said they will stay away from...
  • Hardline archbishops declare Anglican split

    06/18/2008 5:52:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 51 replies · 158+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:33AM BST 19/06/2008 | By Tim Butcher in Jordan and Martin Beckford
    Hardline Church leaders have formally declared the end of the worldwide Anglican Communion, saying they can no longer be associated with liberals who tolerate homosexual clergy. The traditionalists dealt a serious blow to Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, by claiming that he can no longer hold the Church together. They warned that the Church was gripped by its most serious crisis since the Reformation. It could only be saved by the repentance of the Americans who triggered the row by ordaining a homosexual bishop, the Rt Rev Gene Robinson, five years ago. The formal pronouncement of the schism...
  • Gay Anglican U.S. bishop enters into civil union

    06/08/2008 7:03:26 PM PDT · by writer33 · 24 replies · 139+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 8, 2008 | Jason Szep
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop at the center of the Anglican church's global battle over homosexuality, has entered into a civil union with his longtime partner at a private ceremony. About 120 guests gathered at St. Paul's Church in New Hampshire for Saturday's ceremony for Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner of more than 19 years, Mark Andrew. The event was kept private out of respect for next month's worldwide Anglican conference, Robinson's spokesman, Mike Barwell, said on Sunday.
  • Joint Statement on Sudan: Presiding Bishops Urge Prayers for Peace...

    06/06/2008 6:00:27 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies · 41+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | June 4, 2008 | The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Joint Statement on Sudan: Presiding Bishops Urge Prayers for Peace, International Action for Stability by The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, The Episcopal Church June 4, 2008 Over the past several weeks, we have watched with great sorrow as the new outbreak of violence in Sudan has threatened the resumption of widespread conflict in a nation just three years removed from decades of civil war. Our sense of foreboding is heightened because the violence has come in and around Abyei, a town whose history, resources, and proximity to the border...
  • 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....
  • ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF THE ENGLISH 605 [Feast: May 27/28]

    05/26/2008 7:40:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 322+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | EWTN, Lives of the Saints
    SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF THE ENGLISH—C. 605 Feast: May 28 When Pope Gregory began to plan for the evangelization of England, the land was still largely pagan, although in the southwest there were remnants of earlier missionary efforts. To lead this important mission, Gregory chose Augustine, prior of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome, of which Gregory had been the founder. Nothing is known of Augustine's life until the year 596, when, with a party of Benedictine monks, he set out northwards from Rome. He carried letters of commendation to various Gallic bishops. On reaching Provence, the...
  • Episcopal Journey Ends

    05/25/2008 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Zippo44 · 22 replies · 153+ views
    Vanity | May 26 2008 | Paul Geraci
    For those of you that do not know me, my name is Paul Geraci. I am a member of Hope Episcopal Church, the succesor church to St Michael's and Incarnation Episcopal Churches. I began attending St Michael’s Episcopal Church in February 2005. A bit of background is in order. I am a cradle Episcopalian, baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, who in 1970, at the age of 15 left the Episcopal Church and spent the following 35 years seeking answers. At times during this journey my professed beliefs have varied from atheist to agnostic to nominal Roman...
  • Archbishop Henry Orombi Responds to the Presiding Bishop (Anglican)(Open)

    05/15/2008 7:47:53 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 16 replies · 120+ views
    TitusOneNine ^ | May15, 2008 | The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
    The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori The Episcopal Church USA 815 Second Avenue New York, NY Dear Bishop Katharine, I received word of your letter through a colleague who had seen it on the internet. Without the internet, I may never have known that you had written such a personal, yet sadly ironic, letter to me. Unfortunately, you appear to have been misinformed about key matters, which I hope to clear up in this letter. 1. I am not visiting a church in the Diocese of Georgia. I am visiting a congregation that is part of the Church of Uganda....
  • Jefferts Schori Asks Orombi not to visit Georgia -- and Bishop Orambi's reply...

    05/18/2008 9:20:21 PM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 17 replies · 281+ views
    American Anglican Council ^ | 5/16/2008 | AAC
    Source: Episcopal News Service May 12, 2008 The Most Revd Henry Luke Orombi Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala PO Box 14123 Kampala UGANDA EAST AFRICA My dear brother, I understand from advertising here that you plan to visit a congregation in the Diocese of Georgia on 14 May of this year. The diocesan, Bishop Henry Louttit, has not given any invitation for you to do so, nor received any information from you about your planned visit. I must protest this unwarranted incursion into The Episcopal Church. I am concerned that you seem to feel it appropriate to visit,...