Daily Archives: November 28, 2008

Archbishop Sentamu: A Memorial Service for Damilola Taylor and Victims of Youth Violence 2000-2008

A remembrance service took place on 27 November 2008 at Southwark Cathedral for Damilola Taylor and all young people lost to violent crime. The date marks eight years since the murder of Damilola. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who chaired the inquiry into the 11-year-old’s murder investigation, delivered the sermon during the service.

This is holy ground ”“ we should take off our shoes. We are here for Damilola Taylor, and for the families still grieving for their young ones murdered on our streets for the past eight years. We are treading on the holy ground of human grief, of love wounded by violence.

And yet on this holy ground, where we must tread so gently, there are voices we must hear, and things we must learn. For we stand also at the foot of the cross, where I believe God took upon himself our sorrows and our love turned in on itself, so that we may return from our self-imposed exile to our true home of love.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Teens / Youth, Violence, Young Adults, Youth Ministry

West Indies Anglican bishops oppose the death penalty

Fourteen bishops of the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies, meeting in the House of Bishops and Provincial Standing Committee in Nassau, Bahamas, November 11-14, under the chairmanship of the Archbishop of the West Indies, the Most Rev Drexel Gomez, have registered their opposition to the death penalty, while calling for intervention by government and cooperation of the Church as part of civil society, to deal with the situation which facilitates the upsurge of crime and violence in the Caribbean region.

In a communiqué dated November 14, the West Indian Bishops state that they are “of one mind in calling our people to stand with us in our opposition to the death penalty”.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Provinces, Capital Punishment, West Indies

Twenty years of World AIDS Day is time for faiths to 'take stock', says Ndungane

Faith leaders “should shout from the rooftops that AIDS is not a punishment from God but a medical condition which is preventable,” Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, former primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, has told the World Aids Campaign.

Ndungane was speaking in an interview for the Amsterdam- and Cape Town-based World Aids Campaign, founded by UNAIDS, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the marking of December 1 as World AIDS Day. The campaign says World AIDS Day is a time of “global solidarity for a pandemic that has led to over 25 million deaths, with an estimated 33 million people currently living with HIV worldwide.”

Ndungane, who now heads African Monitor, a continental development agency, said that AIDS was “manageable and treatable although not curable,” as well as not being a punishment from God.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Anglican Provinces, Health & Medicine

Analysis: Recognition of Third Province Likely to Take Years

While it is technically possible for a vote on a third province to come before the primates’ meeting Jan. 31 thru Feb. 5 in Alexandria, Egypt, and then be forwarded to ACC-14 in May for action this year, it is unlikely as the necessary constitutional work in forming a CCP-based North American province is not likely to be completed.

The time line for final approval could take up to two years as the diocesan conventions of the four breakaway Episcopal dioceses: San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Quincy and Fort Worth will have to endorse the constitution over two meetings of their convention, while the Reformed Episcopal Church, the Anglican Mission in the Americas, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, and the Kenyan and Uganda overseen churches in North America and other CCP members must ratify the constitution and amend their own governing documents so as to bring its terms into force.

International approval of the CCP document will likely be quicker, as the Gafcon (Global Anglican Future Conference) primates’ council comprising the primates of Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa and the Archbishop of Sydney are scheduled to meet after the Dec. 3 gathering in Wheaton to vote to receive the constitution. Meetings have been tentatively scheduled between the Gafcon primates and Archbishop Williams before the primates meeting in Alexandria, to seek his counsel and input into the process. However, Archbishop Williams’ approval is not a prerequisite for creating a new province for the Anglican Communion.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, --Proposed Formation of a new North American Province, Common Cause Partnership

Back to Church Sunday 2008 in the Church of England welcomes back 37,000

Back to Church Sunday is celebrating another rise in the numbers drawn back to church by the event this year as organisers gather in London for a special event at Lambeth Palace. Figures based on returns from dioceses suggest that more than 37,000 people took up the invitation to try church again on Sunday 28th September 2008 ”“ with more than 31,000 of them ”˜coming back’ to an Anglican church.

This achievement is being marked with a ”˜thank you’ party for people across the country responsible for promoting Back to Church Sunday to local parish churches and encouraging them to extend the warmest welcome to visitors. The day will involve multimedia presentations, buzzgroups, and giveaway treats from the sponsors Traidcraft.

Thirty-eight Church of England dioceses from Cornwall to Newcastle took part this year….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Evangelism and Church Growth, Parish Ministry

Lehrer News Hour: London Shopkeepers Struggle to Stay in Business Amid Economic Troubles

Pub-owner Sean Hughes, who’s his 20s, has seen a big change in people’s spending habits even in his young life.

SEAN HUGHES, Pub Owner: When I was very young, I mean, it was different then, because credit wasn’t a real kind of thing in people’s lives. It was obviously — you know, if you had the money to buy something, then you could buy it.

Whereas now, people just seem to look at something like a television, and be like, “I want that,” and they can get it, because they can get on no percent interest or they can get it on whatever.

SELLER: We got things for 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 20 pounds.

MARGARET WARNER: That attitude led many British consumers, especially younger ones, to run up huge levels of personal debt, more than even in the United States. Total household indebtedness here, credit card and mortgage debt combined, stands at 160 percent of GDP, the highest in the developed world….

MARGARET WARNER: But now British banks are squeezing these consumers through their credit cards. Credit counselor Jahanara Hussain works for a nonprofit in London’s East End.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Credit Markets, Economy, England / UK, Personal Finance, The September 2008 Proposed Henry Paulson 700 Billion Bailout Package

Homeless children face fear, trauma

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Children, Poverty

Archbishop of Canterbury expresses shock and outrage at atrocities in Mumbai

(ACNS) The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has…[yesterday] written to the High Commissioner of India, Mr Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, expressing his shock and outrage at the appalling atrocities in Mumbai and offering on behalf of the whole Anglican Communion prayers for those who have lost loved ones, for the injured and for all those caring for them or dealing with the ongoing siege. “People everywhere”, he said, “stand in solidarity with the innocent and in condemnation of those who would destroy innocent lives out of evil and misguided motives”.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Asia, India

A World First? Vicar in Surrey To Deliver Electronic Sermon

An Anglican Parish Church has joined with speech technology company SpinVox so that as the Rev John Kronenberg, vicar of Hinchley Wood in Surrey, delivers his sermon to the congregation his words will be automatically sent to the inboxes of 100 church members.

Mr Kronenberg said: “There are many reasons why people may not be able to make it to Church on a Sunday. They may have to work, or visit families far away, some may have trouble leaving the house if they are elderly or ill and some families can only get to church a couple of times a month because of other commitments, but they still want to keep in touch.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Provinces, Blogging & the Internet, Church of England (CoE), Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics

Church Times: Province plan to be unveiled Next Week

THE Common Cause Partnership (CCP), a coalition of conservative Anglican groups in the United States and Canada, which have broken away from their national Churches, is to announce plans next week for a separate province.

The group will meet in the Evangelical Free Church in Wheaton, Illinois, next Wednesday to “release to the public” its draft constitution. Its moderator, the Rt Revd Bob Duncan, the deposed Bishop of Pitts­burgh, described it as “an im­portant concrete step towards the goal of a biblical, missionary and united Anglican Church in North America”.

The CCP represents about 100,000 Anglicans, 3000 of them in Canada. It comprises diverse groups that have left the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada: four US dioceses (San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Quincy, and Fort Worth); associations such as the Nigerian-led Convocation of An­glicans in North America (CANA); and seceded congrega­tions and de­nom­ina­tions, such as the Reformed Episcopal Church.

A spokesman for one of the con­stituent bodies, the American An­glican Council, said the new Anglican Church in North America “will have all the necessary features to be recognised as a province”.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, --Proposed Formation of a new North American Province, Common Cause Partnership

Foreclosures Overwhelm Legal Aid Programs

Everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a lawyer, whether they can afford one or not. But in civil cases, such as home foreclosures, there is no right to an attorney.

Legal aid attorneys say some people being kicked out of their homes might have been able to stay if they’d had legal help ”” help that isn’t there for everyone.

Sarah Bolling is an attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Her 71-year-old client, Jenny McCaslin, bought a house more than 30 years ago. McCaslin raised her children there. Now it’s falling apart.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy, Housing/Real Estate Market, Law & Legal Issues, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Guilty Verdict in Cyberbullying Case Provokes Many Questions Over Online Identity

Is lying about one’s identity on the Internet now a crime?

The verdict Wednesday in the MySpace cyberbullying case raised a variety of questions about the terms that users agree to when they log on to Web sites.

The defendant in the case, a Missouri woman, was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles on three misdemeanor counts of computer fraud for having misrepresented herself on the popular social network MySpace. The woman, Lori Drew, posed as a teenage boy in using the account to send first friendly and then menacing messages to Megan Meier, 13, who killed herself shortly after receiving a message in October 2006 that said in part, “The world would be a better place without you.”

MySpace’s terms of service require users to submit “truthful and accurate” registration information. Ms. Drew’s creation of a phony profile amounted to “unauthorized access” to the site, prosecutors said, a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, which until now has been used almost exclusively to prosecute hacker crimes.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Blogging & the Internet, Law & Legal Issues

Warren Bolton: Remember the forgotten children this Thanksgiving Day

IT’S THANKSGIVING; who’ll remember the forgotten children?

That’s the name advocates have given the thousands upon thousands of children in foster care in the United States who won’t feel the warm embrace of Mom or Dad or know the blessed feeling of being with birth relatives this day so well known for love-laden family gatherings.

Even as you hug your own child tight today, even as you carve the turkey to share with family, even as you enjoy the warmth and hospitality of friends gathered around a table of plenty, remember the many abused and neglected children who’ve had to be taken from their families and left to the care of courts and overwhelmed, inefficient governmental agencies.

Pray for them, yes; prayer changes things. But also consider becoming a volunteer guardian ad litem who watches over these most vulnerable citizens.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Children

Gina Holmes: A True Thanksgiving

I took my good fortune for granted for a long time, and I’m finally starting to realize what is important. We all have SO much, much more than we realize. This year Thanksgiving will not be about the turkey, the centerpiece, the china or the silver.

I will sit at the table today, bow my head and say a heartfelt prayer of thanks for the food I receive. When I tuck my children into bed tonight, I will thank God for these miracles and for the roof over their heads. I will tell my husband I am so grateful for this marriage.

I will call my parents and my brother and tell them that they are without a doubt the best parents and brother a girl could ever have. I will hug my friends and family and let them know that there is no way I could ever make it without them.

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LA Times: We're thankful

It has become our custom on Thanksgiving Day to spend a few moments reflecting on the past year and our many reasons to be grateful. Here-with, a few of the people and developments for which we give thanks….

California firefighters. Every time the hot Santa Anas blow, we’re grateful they’re on the job. Sadly, as this month’s ring of fire from Santa Barbara to Orange County painfully reminds us, we’ve had too many opportunities to appreciate them this year.

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