Daily Archives: November 23, 2007

Presiding Bishop: “I ordered U-turn on deal”

In testimony before a Virginia court last week, US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori stated she had directed the Diocese of Virginia to sue the clergy and lay leaders of 11 congregations after they had quit the Episcopal Church for the Churches of Nigerian and Uganda.

In video taped testimony presented to the Fairfax County Circuit Court, Bishop Schori said she ordered Virginia Bishop Peter Lee to break a verbal agreement allowing the 11 parishes to withdraw from the diocese so as to prevent “incursions by foreign bishops.”

Bishop Schori’s testimony during the four hour deposition, recorded on Oct 30 and presented in evidence on Nob 15, did little to engender the sympathy of the court, as observers noted she carefully parsed her words, and at one point was directed by the court to answer a question.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), Presiding Bishop, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Virginia

A Letter of support for ANC from Primates of Central Africa, Kenya, Uganda, West Africa

To our Dear Canadian Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

We have heard of the recent decision and willingness of Archbishop Gregory Venables and the Province of the Southern Cone to provide a safe haven and Communion connection for those biblically faithful Canadian Anglicans who wish to be recognized as “in full Communion with the Church of England throughout the world”.

We heartily endorse the actions of the Province of the Southern Cone and wish to send our greetings and support for those members of the Anglican Network in Canada who wish to avail themselves of that Communion Connection. We assure you that we will recognize those members as in full communion with us and our Provinces.

It is clear that the Anglican Church of Canada’s actions have contributed to the “tear in the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level”. Many of our Provinces have declared broken or impaired communion with the Province of Canada.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Global South Churches & Primates

Church Times: C of E Catholics write to back to Bishop Jack Iker

THE Catholic Group on the General Synod has initiated a letter of support for the Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt Revd Jack Iker. He has been warned by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, of disciplinary action if his diocese changes its constitution to effect secession from the Episcopal Church.

The letter has 51 signatories. It applauds Bishop Iker’s “stand for scripture and traditional Faith and Order” and describes the Episcopal Church’s “departure” from this as “deeply damaging and divisive within the Anglican Communion and in our relationships with major ecumenical partners”. It describes the leadership’s use of litigation as “nothing short of a scandal”.

It continues: “We are delighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement in response to Bishop John Howe of Central Florida that any diocese compliant with Windsor remained in communion with the See of Canterbury and the mainstream of the Anglican Communion, and trust that you and your diocese will be encouraged thereby.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Fort Worth

Wall Street Journal: The Backlash Against Tithing

Can you put a price on faith? That is the question churchgoers are asking as the tradition of tithing — giving 10% of your income to the church — is increasingly challenged. Opponents of tithing say it is a misreading of the Bible, a practice created by man, not God. They say they should be free to donate whatever amount they choose, and they are arguing with pastors, writing letters and quitting congregations in protest. In response, some pastors have changed their teaching and rejected what has been a favored form of fund raising for decades.

Say it again after me, it isn’t fund raising it is stewardship. The fact that this category confusion is in the first paragraph illustrates how widespead the confusion is on this matter. Read it all.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Stewardship

Leader of St. Francis worked to be 'inclusive, progressive, liberal'

It wasn’t until [Richard] Mayberry attended General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1967 to 1971 that he said he realized he was gay.

“I basically came out to myself in seminary,” Mayberry said. “I said, ‘What am I going to do now?’ ”

He confided to an Episcopal priest that he was gay. To his surprise, the priest said, “So what?” Mayberry said he learned others in the clergy were gay. The policy then was don’t ask, don’t tell, he said.

Mayberry toed the line for years, during his first assignment as an assistant pastor at St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and later at St. Francis.

“Then, when I was thrust out of the closet by my partner’s sickness and death, it was much more honest, much more healthy,” Mayberry said. “I didn’t have to hide anything. It got to where, my goodness, now it’s a nonissue in this parish.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in 40 years. Most have been for the better. To think now we have civil unions in Connecticut, marriages in Massachusetts, and the world is not ending. What I see as a wonderful development is all the gay couples raising children.”

Mayberry said that as more Episcopalians get to know gay people, their attitudes likely will become more tolerant. He recounted how parishioners at St. Francis became more comfortable with the idea of female clergy when they met women who were priests.

“That’s where the change starts. It starts with a real, live person, not an issue,” Mayberry said.

Breaking away from the parish will be difficult, though he said he knows he’s making the right decision.

“After 30 years, this is my family,” he said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Parishes

Drexel Gomez: The Anglican church faces a deadly serious challenge

The Anglican church in The Bahamas and worldwide is faced with a serious challenge, and Archbishop Drexel Gomez says he hopes and prays that they find a collective way forward to avoid the route of a split. This came from Gomez during his charge at the recent 107th session of the Synod, at Holy Trinity Conference Centre.

“Paul singles out homosexual intercourse for special attention because he regards it as providing a particularly graphic image of the way in which humans distort God’s created order. God the Creator made man and woman for each other, to cleave together, to be fruitful and multiply.

“When human beings ‘exchange’ these created roles for homosexual intercourse, they embody the spiritual condition of those who have ‘exchanged’ the truth about God for a lie.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Analysis, Anglican Primates, Anglican Provinces, Episcopal Church (TEC), Primates Mtg Dar es Salaam, Feb 2007, TEC Conflicts, West Indies

USA Today: Cracks appear all over Wall Street; bears may be prowling

There is growing fear that mortgage defaults caused by loans that will reset at higher interest rates will continue to mushroom next year, putting tremendous pressure on the economy ”” and perhaps cause a recession. A recession would take a big bite out of corporate earnings, which are the key underpinning of stock prices.

“These coming resets are akin to a tropical storm off the coast,” says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank. “Everyone is trying to figure out the magnitude of the losses. They don’t know if it will remain a tropical storm or turn into a Category 5 hurricane. Right now, we’re pricing for a hurricane.”

A stock chart analysis shows potential trouble. When the Dow industrials closed Wednesday below the Aug. 16 low of 12,846, it triggered a bearish signal from a more than 100-year-old forecasting system called Dow Theory. The weakness in the industrials (which make goods) confirmed weakness in the Dow transports (which ship goods), signaling a shift in the long-term trend from bullish to bearish. “Odds are, we are already in a bear market,” says [Denis] Amato.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Economy

(London) Times: Pope to discuss how to deal with the Influex of Anglicans to Rome

The Pope will discuss how to deal with the increasing numbers of disaffected Anglicans wanting to join the Roman Catholic Church at a meeting with cardinals from around the world.

Benedict XVI, who is making the reunification of Christendom a goal of his pontificate, is considering requests from at least three US Episcopal bishops for reception into the Catholic Church. He has also been approached by an entire breakaway group of traditionalist Anglicans.

The meeting in Rome comes on the eve of the consistory to create a tranche of new cardinals and as the Anglican exodus over gays continues.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Episcopal Church (TEC), Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

Liberal ideas have 'poisoned' Anglican church: theologian

A parallel national Anglican church was launched on Thursday amid charges by a leading theologian that the Anglican Church of Canada has been poisoned by liberalism and is real the cause of the schism now underway.

“Schism means unwarranted and unjustified separation from the rest of the Church (structure), causing an indefensible breach of unity,” said J.I. Packer, a Canadian who Time magazine called one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. “Those who are unfaithful to the heritage are the schismatics. It is not we who are the schismatics.”

Mr. Packer said the Anglican Church of Canada has been “poisoned” by a liberal theology that “knows nothing of a God who uses (the Bible) to tell us things and knows nothing of sin in the heart and in the head.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)

An ACNS/Anglican Communion Office Message Sent?

Take a look here on the index list of items in the right hand margin where you see “Archives by Area”. I see England 368, The Episcopal Church 366, and Lambeth 345. Then I see this: Africa 38, Nigeria 34, Uganda 31, Southeast Asia 23, and South America 20.

I see a clear message sent here, I just wonder if those who are sending it are aware of the clear bell they are ringing.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Analysis

Second Anglican Network in Canada bishop received into Southern Cone

Bishop Malcolm Harding, retired Bishop of Brandon, has announced that he will minister under Archbishop Gregory Venables and the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone of the Americas, effective immediately.

Bishop Harding is the second Canadian bishop to make this announcement in the past week. It was announced on Friday that the Right Reverend Donald Harvey had been received under the Primatial authority of Archbishop Venables and would be free to offer episcopal oversight to biblically faithful Canadian Anglicans distressed by the seismic shift in the theology and practice of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Bishop Harding will assist Bishop Harvey in performing episcopal ministry in Western Canada.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Cono Sur [formerly Southern Cone]

Response of the Primates of the Anglican Communion and Members of the Anglican Consultative Council

Read it carefully and read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Analysis, Episcopal Church (TEC), Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), TEC Conflicts

Letter from Archbishop Gregory Venables, Read at the Recent Anglican Network in Canada Meeting

From here :

Greetings once again from the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America where we are thanking God that Bishop Don Harvey is now a part of this Province. As such he remains in active Episcopal ministry within the Anglican Communion.

He is of course already a well known and much loved colleague and we are thrilled to have this opportunity of walking even more closely together and to continue to learn from one another. We are glad to welcome him as a member of our Episcopal team and to assign him to work among you as your father in God.

We are equally delighted to receive Bishop Malcolm Harding as our co-worker.

He too is a man whose very being is centred around the gospel and whom the Lord has used for the salvation of many. Please honour and look after these two precious brothers and their families.

It is also good to be able to say that these steps we have taken are fully supported by a significant number of other orthodox Anglican provinces. There is no need for any to walk alone or step outside the Anglican family.

And let us remember that one of our main motives behind the unusual decisions we have had to take is the responsibility we have to ensure that the church is unhindered with regard to the mission that Jesus Himself has commanded us to accomplish. This must continue to be your priority in the far north of the Americas. We do indeed cover the very ends of the earth.
Let me also be clear regarding the nature of the division which has led to these out of the ordinary moves. It is a severance resulting from a determined abandoning of the one true historic faith delivered to the saints.

This reality alone makes it clear that it is not schism.

Schism is a sinful parting over secondary issues.

This separation is basic and fundamental and means that we are divided at the most essential point of the Christian faith. The sin here is not one of schism but of false teaching which is not at its root about human sexuality but about the very nature of truth itself.

When we talk about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ we are not referring to something liquid or amorphous.

Christianity is specific, definable and unchanging. We are not at liberty to deconstruct or rewrite it.

If Jesus was the Son of God yesterday then so He is today and will be forever.

This is about the foundational certainty of our very existence and is not something we can amend to suit our circumstances or personal opinions and preferences.

Holy Scripture which is the source of our creeds is revealed and ageless truth.

It was not written out of human knowledge or wisdom but inspired by the Spirit of God.
Jesus died not to establish and preserve institutional franchises but for our sins so we could come into a right relationship with God our Father and Creator.

Structural norms cannot be equated to the eternal gospel which determines our eternal destiny.
These are sad but significant days. It has been heartbreaking to recognize that we have reached such a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion. What has beenperpetrated has indeed torn the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level.

We recognize this tragedy with profound grief and love for all those involved and affected.
We judge no one but cannot and will not deny the eternal truth which has purchased our redemption.

As we prepare once again to celebrate Advent let us look back with gratitude to God for the coming of His Son into this beautiful but troubled world.

And let us look forward with awe and joy to the day of His return and all that that implies.

And may God grant us grace that we might be found faithful both now and at that time.

Your brother in Christ,

Gregory

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Cono Sur [formerly Southern Cone], Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)

Credit 'heart attack' engulfs China and Korea

The global credit crisis has hit Asia with a vengeance for the first time, triggering a massive flight to safety as investors across the region pull out of risky assets.

Yields on three-month deposits in China and Korea have plummeted to near 1pc in a spectacular fall over recent days, caused by panic withdrawls from money market funds and credit derivatives.

“This is a severe warning sign,” said Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas. “Asia ignored the credit crunch in August but now we’re seeing the poison beginning to paralyse the whole global economy,” he said.

Korean and Chinese three-month yields have fallen from 4pc to 1pc in a matter of days in a eerie replay of events on Wall Street in late August when flight from banks and the US commercial paper markets caused yields on three-month Treasuries to falls at the fastest rate ever recorded. Asian investors appear to be opting for deposit accounts with government guarantees.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Economy

Annia Ciezadlo: Baghdad Thanksgiving, 2003

This year, I’m spending Thanksgiving in the United States for the first time in five years. But you always want what you can’t have: In 2003, I missed Chicago, and home, and my grandmother’s apple-sage stuffing. This Thanksgiving, I miss Baghdad and that brief moment, now gone forever, when Iraqis and Americans could trade cooking tips on the American Id, when our dangers and our safety were the same.

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