Daily Archives: February 7, 2010

Anglican bishops to speak at Savannah's Christ Church

Leaders of a new religious body affiliated with the Anglican Communion are scheduled to speak next weekend at Christ Church on Johnson Square.

The Most Rev. Robert William Duncan Jr., Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), will deliver the sermon at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Feb. 14. The church is located at 28 Bull St.

The Rt. Rev. Charles Bernard Obaikol, recently retired Bishop of Soroti, Uganda, will teach a 9 a.m. Sunday school class.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, ACNA Inaugural Assembly June 2009, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Georgia

Bishop Alan Wilson: How the General Synod works is more important than anything it decides

“The church’s parliament” it may be, but the General Synod’s house of laity is democratic in the pure ­Athenian sense that only a tiny proportion of the ­punters get a vote. A while ago I questioned this aspect of the setup, but gilded ones who sit in the tearoom and make our futures told me that, even using the internet, it would self-evidently be ludicrously costly and ­bothersome to have ordinary Anglicans voting. So there.

It’s an imperfect system, but alter­natives could be even worse. It would not suit the English to govern the church entirely by clergy, or a clique of senior clergy, or, perish the thought, a Divine Right Supremo. Not this side of 1688. Not only do I cherish liberty, as do all of us who live in the County of John Milton, but it strikes me as exactly what Jesus assiduously told his followers not to do….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE)

Dr. Bruce Mullins' Affidavit in the Diocese of Ohio Lawsuit

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Ohio

NY Times Magazine–The Jihadist Next Door, about a boy who grew up in Alabama who is now a Terrorist

Omar Hammami had every right to flash his magnetic smile. He had just been elected president of his sophomore class. He was dating a luminous blonde, one of the most sought-after girls in school. He was a star in the gifted-student program, with visions of becoming a surgeon. For a 15-year-old, he had remarkable charisma.

Despite the name he acquired from his father, an immigrant from Syria, Hammami was every bit as Alabaman as his mother, a warm, plain-spoken woman who sprinkles her conversation with blandishments like “sugar” and “darlin’.” Brought up a Southern Baptist, Omar went to Bible camp as a boy and sang “Away in a Manger” on Christmas Eve. As a teenager, his passions veered between Shakespeare and Kurt Cobain, soccer and Nintendo. In the thick of his adolescence, he was fearless, raucously funny, rebellious, contrarian. “It felt cool just to be with him,” his best friend at the time, Trey Gunter, said recently. “You knew he was going to be a leader.”

A decade later, Hammami has fulfilled that promise in the most unimaginable way. Some 8,500 miles from Alabama, on the eastern edge of Africa, he has become a key figure in one of the world’s most ruthless Islamist insurgencies. That guerrilla army, known as the Shabab, is fighting to overthrow the fragile American-backed Somali government. The rebels are known for beheading political enemies, chopping off the hands of thieves and stoning women accused of adultery. With help from Al Qaeda, they have managed to turn Somalia into an ever more popular destination for jihadis from around the world.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, America/U.S.A., Baptists, Egypt, Islam, Marriage & Family, Middle East, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Somalia, Teens / Youth, Violence

Sunday Telegraph–Church set for new row over Same Sex Partenred clergy

Leading conservative clergy have declared their support for a motion at this week’s General Synod which would ally the Church with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

This was formed in opposition to the consecration of Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop, and the actions of liberals in the Episcopal Church of the US, which is the official Anglican body.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)

John Mauldin–A Bubble in Search of a Pin

And…the unemployment rate fell 0.3% to 9.7%. This of course means that more people are dropping out of the labor pool, and it also means they will at some point come back.

On the negative side, a loss of 22,000 jobs is nowhere close to the 100,000 new jobs that are needed just to hold unemployment steady. 41% of those unemployed have been so for over 6 months.

And quoting David Rosenberg:

“While there will be many economists touting today’s report as some inflection point, and it could well be argued that we are entering some sort of healing phase in the jobs market just by mere virtue of inertia, the reality is that the level of employment today, at 129.5 million, is the exact same level it was in 1999. And, during this 11-year span of Japanese-like labour market stagnation, the working-age population has risen 29 million. Contemplate that for a moment; fully 29 million people competing for the same number of jobs that existed more than a decade ago. That sounds like pretty deflationary stuff from our standpoint.

“Not only that, but consideration must be taken that in 2009, we had a zero policy rate, a $2.2 trillion Fed balance sheet and an epic 10% deficit-to-GDP ratio. You could not have asked for more government stimulus. Yet employment tumbled nearly 5 million in 2009.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Economy, Europe, Globalization, Greece, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market

Notable and Quotable

Here’s a sign of the times: when Jenny Sanford sat down to tell her young sons that their father, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, was having an affair, one of them reacted in an unusually worldly way.

“Oh my gosh,” exclaimed 13-year-old Bolton Sanford. “This is going to be worse than Eliot Spitzer.”

Janet Maslin in her book review in this past Thursday’s NY Times

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * South Carolina, Children, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Politics in General, Theology

Oolong, the Rabbit that became an internet hit by balancing things on its head

There are a total of 20 pictures–look at them all (slideshow link to the right once you get there).

Posted in * General Interest, Animals

Dr. Robert Gagnon at the recent Mere Anglicanism Event in Charleston, South Carolina

You really need to take the time to listen to it all (just over 65 minutes).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Anthropology, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), History, Other Churches, Presbyterian, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Theology, Theology: Scripture