Daily Archives: December 3, 2008

Bishop Ackerman Accepts Call to Springfield

The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, who resigned last month as Bishop of Quincy, will serve as an assisting bishop in the neighboring Diocese of Springfield. The Rt. Rev. Peter H. Beckwith, Bishop of Springfield, said the Presiding Bishop’s office had been notified that the new position would become effective Dec. 1.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Bishops

From the Archbishop of Jos’ office in Nigeria

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria

Final draft of Anglican covenant could take five years to sign on

Archbishop Gomez said there was “a very high approval rating” for the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference, but he noted that the bishops raised questions “about the place of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), and there were a lot of questions about the role of the primates’ meeting in Anglican polity.”

The Covenant Design Group will meet in March 2009 to develop a new draft and prepare a report to the ACC for its May 1 to 12, 2009 meeting in Jamaica.

Archbishop Gomez said he anticipates it would take three to five years for the provinces to sign up once a final draft was ratified by the ACC. “There is a strong feeling in some parts of the communion that the covenant, setting out our mutual responsibilities as a family of churches, needs to be in place as quickly as possible ”” although there are other voices which still believe we have a way to go before we arrive at a mature text,” he said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Covenant

Explosive devices found and defused at Mumbai's main train station, reports Indian TV, says Reuters

Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Asia, India, Terrorism

BBC: North American Anglicans to split

Traditionalist Anglicans are to formally announce that they are setting up a new church in the US and Canada.

The move will make the long-discussed split in the Anglican Church in North America a reality.

It means in each country there will be two competing churches, both claiming allegiance to the Anglican Communion.

The American Church’s liberal stance on homosexuality has led some traditionalists, including some whole dioceses, to leave the Church.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, --Proposed Formation of a new North American Province, Common Cause Partnership, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts

In Canada some Dioceses consider next steps towards same-sex blessings

Bishops from four dioceses emerged from the house of bishops meeting in October struggling with how to proceed with plans to introduce same-sex blessings in their dioceses.

While the majority of bishops agreed to a moratorium on same-sex blessings, the bishops from the dioceses of Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara and Huron, and from the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior faced pressure at home to offer same-sex blessings.

Given the strong support for a moratorium and the fact that two significant meetings will be held early in 2009 ”” Anglican primates meet in February and the Anglican Consultative Council meets in May ”” few decisions are expected to be made before the spring.

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

Engaging Secularism & Islam: The Church’s Challenge and Opportunity

The above is the topic for the Mere Anglicanism 2009 Conference. It takes place from January 15 – 17, 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina. Among the speakers: The Rt Rev’d Michael Nazir-ali, Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa; Dr. Stephen Noll, The Rt Rev’d Robert Duncan, The Rt Rev’d Mark Lawrence, The Rt Rev’d Jack Iker, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi, Dr. William Abraham, and Dr. Albert Mohler.

There is much more information available here.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, - Anglican: Analysis

Military divorces rise to highest level since 1992

Enlisted soldiers and Marines divorced their spouses at a higher rate in fiscal 2008 than at any other time in at least 16 years, according to Pentagon data released Tuesday.

About 4% of married enlisted troops in the Army and Marines, or 8,842 GIs and 2,842 Marines, obtained divorces during fiscal 2008, the numbers show. The data reflect a steady upward trend in divorce among the Army enlisted since 2003 and enlisted Marines since 2005.

The rate of married enlisted soldiers getting divorced went from 3.7% in 2007 to 3.9%. For married enlisted Marines, the rate went from 3.6% to 4%, records show.

From 2007 to 2008, there was a 5.4% increase in divorces for soldiers, and an 11% increase for Marines, records show.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Marriage & Family, Military / Armed Forces

U.S. health gains stall, could reverse

After a decade of robust gains, America’s health has leveled off and may be poised to take a plunge, an analysis warns.

The 2008 America’s Health Rankings, out today, offer a comprehensive look at nearly two decades of progress in access to medical care, immunizations, prenatal care, infant mortality, heart disease deaths, smoking cessation, deaths by infectious disease, violent crime and occupational fatalities.

The analysis of 22 measures indicates that the nation’s health improved by 18% from 1990 to 2000. For the past four years, however, progress has stalled. What worries health experts most is that ballooning waistlines, addiction to tobacco and mounting rates of chronic diseases threaten the gains.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine

Arrogant, Abusive and Disruptive — and a Doctor

Still, every nurse has a story about obnoxious doctors. A few say they have ducked scalpels thrown across the operating room by angry surgeons. More frequently, though, they are belittled, insulted or yelled at ”” often in front of patients and other staff members ”” and made to feel like the bottom of the food chain. A third of the nurses in Dr. Rosenstein’s study were aware of a nurse who had left a hospital because of a disruptive physician.

“The job is tough enough without having to prepare yourself psychologically for a call that you know could very well become abusive,” said Diana J. Mason, editor in chief of The American Journal of Nursing.

Laura Sweet, deputy chief of enforcement at the Medical Board of California, described the case of a resident at a University of California hospital who noticed a problem with a fetal monitoring strip on a woman in labor, but didn’t call anyone.

“He was afraid to contact the attending physician, who was notorious for yelling and ridiculing the residents,” Ms. Sweet said. The baby died.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine

The December 2008/January 2009 Diocese of South Carolina Newspaper is now Available

Check it out–I especially commend the article “Preparing your Church for the future” on page 7.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * South Carolina, Episcopal Church (TEC), Evangelism and Church Growth, Parish Ministry

Dan Neil: Nationalize GM

At the moment, D.C. and Detroit are brooding on a Morton’s Fork: Watch the American automakers auger in and take hundreds of thousands of jobs with them, or bail out these failed and incorrigible companies whose management so richly deserves whatever hell (flying coach?) awaits them.

Tops on the critics’ list of grievances is Detroit’s failure to anticipate the inevitable. Why didn’t these companies sufficiently invest in next-generation technology — fuel-efficient small cars, high-mileage hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric vehicles — that could help wean the U.S. off foreign oil and take the automobile out of the climate-change equation? As the auto executives again bring their begging bowl to Congress, a consensus is forming: No bailout unless Detroit builds greener cars.

From my perch, as someone who drives all of the Big Three’s North American product offerings, I think a lot of the anger is reflexive and misplaced.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Economy, The Possibility of a Bailout for the U.S. Auto Industry

Christian Post: Realigning Anglicans Aim for Less Division with New Province

Although the body is primarily seen as an orthodox alternative to the current national churches in North America, [Martyn] Minns stressed there is still diversity.

“I think what we’re saying is that there’s a theological heart to what we’re doing but there’s a variety there,” he explained. “There’s a common set of theological assumptions that unite us but we’re not all jumping out of the same box.”

Within The Episcopal Church, however, the diversity was too broad.

“Some pushed the envelope too far and so as a reaction some said we can’t go that far; we need to come out and at least have some definition to what we believe,” the CANA bishop said.

Minns labeled the new body as “orthodox, Anglican, mission-minded, biblically-centered.”

“I would it’s basically a fairly traditional Anglicanism with a passion for mission,” he briefly explained.

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

More Men Take the Lead Role in Caring for Elderly Parents

When Peter Nicholson’s mother suffered a series of strokes last winter, he did something women have done for generations: he quit his job and moved into her West Hollywood home to care for her full time.

Since then, he has lost 45 pounds and developed anemia, in part because of the stress, and he is running out of money. But the hardest adjustment, Mr. Nicholson said, has been the emotional toll.

“The single toughest moment was when she said to me, ”˜And now who are you?’ ” he said. “My whole world just dropped. That was the pinnacle of despair.”

Read it all from this past Saturday’s New York Times.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Aging / the Elderly, Health & Medicine, Marriage & Family

Christianity Today: A Latter-day Alliance of Evangelicals and Mormons

Although many evangelicals were not quite ready for a Mormon presidential candidate this election season, others were quick to join Mormons’ efforts to pass California’s ballot proposition banning same-sex marriage.

Evangelicals were the largest group of Americans who expressed reservations about voting for a Mormon candidate in surveys conducted last year. But leaders of the successful Proposition 8 campaign said that evangelicals, Mormons, and Roman Catholics cooperated more extensively than ever before to rally California to ban gay marriage.

“I think this is the ironic part, because everybody seems very content to work together on these issues of common values,” said Mark DeMoss, an evangelical publicist and early supporter of Mitt Romney. “But the moment a Mormon man presented himself as a candidate for President, people said, ‘That’s a line we as evangelicals can’t cross.’ ”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Evangelicals, Law & Legal Issues, Mormons, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Politics in General, Religion & Culture