Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Diocese of Virginia: Court Rules in Favor of Diocese; Division Statute Does Not Apply

The Diocese of Virginia is gratified by the Supreme Court of Virginia’s ruling that the 57-9 “Division Statute” was incorrectly applied by the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The statute has forced faithful Episcopalians to worship elsewhere for over three years. The Supreme Court has sent the matter back to the lower court for further proceedings. The Diocese will demonstrate that the property is held in trust for all 80,000 Episcopalians who worship in Virginia.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Law & Legal Issues, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Virginia

Anglican Congregations Disappointed in Virginia Supreme Court Decision

The nine Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) congregations that are parties to the church property case brought by The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia are reviewing today’s Virginia Supreme Court ruling overturning the Fairfax County Circuit Court’s ruling in the case and remanding it back to the Circuit Court for further proceedings. The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Virginia had appealed a ruling in favor of the congregations to the Virginia Supreme Court.

“We are disappointed with today’s ruling and will review it as we consider our options. This is not the final chapter in this matter. The court’s ruling simply involved one of our statutory defenses, and these properties are titled in the name of the congregations’ trustees, not in the name of the Diocese or The Episcopal Church. So we continue to be confident in our legal position as we move forward and will remain steadfast in our effort to defend the historic Christian faith,” said Jim Oakes, chairman of the Anglican District of Virginia, which is the umbrella organization for the nine Anglican congregations.

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Virginia Supreme Court rules in favour of Episcopal Church Diocese

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An interview with Anglican Communion Secretary General Kenneth Kearon

Anglican Planet: If our General Synod were to vote to endorse the local option for SSBs, would that be regarded as a breach of the moratoria by the wider Anglican Communion?

The way in which you handle requests from the Communion in the Anglican Church of Canada is a matter for the Anglican Church of Canada. At the end of the day, it’s the Instruments of Communion that make the decisions and it’s up to us who serve those Instruments to implement those decisions.

Anglican Planet: Wouldn’t that come formally under their [Canadian] Synod?

That probably would influence the answer that Archbishop Hiltz might give me that I asked him on the second page [of my memorandum.]

Neil Adams, Anglican Journal: Archbishop Hiltz and Primate Jefferts Schori are concerned that the word “formally” could mean that there are churches like the Church of England were SSBs occur but informally, and that a double standard exists.

The Communion at the international level receives from churches what those churches communicate to the wider world. We don’t dive down into the detailed life of a particular church, parish or diocese. I don’t go checking. We take what the senior authorized bodies of each church decide on issues that are relevant to the wider Anglican Communion. What a synod has said “formally” means probably by resolution. That would be my interpretation.
Neil Adams, Anglican Journal: Archbishop Hiltz and Primate Jefferts Schori are concerned that the word “formally” could mean that there are churches like the Church of England were SSBs occur but informally, and that a double standard exists.

The Communion at the international level receives from churches what those churches communicate to the wider world. We don’t dive down into the detailed life of a particular church, parish or diocese. I don’t go checking. We take what the senior authorized bodies of each church decide on issues that are relevant to the wider Anglican Communion. What a synod has said “formally” means probably by resolution. That would be my interpretation.

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RNS: Anti-torture Group Demands Probe of Doctors' Role in Interrogation

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture wants the government to investigate claims that doctors and medical professionals performed unethical experiments on detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

On Tuesday (June 8), members of NRCAT voiced their concerns over a report from the Physicians for Human Rights called “Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the `Enhanced’ Interrogation Program.”

According to the report, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, doctors were asked to analyze and improve enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, forced nudity, sleep deprivation and prolonged isolation.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, The U.S. Government, Theology

Time Magazine Cover Story on the World Cup: Football (Soccer) is The Global Game

Italy, the reigning world champion by dint of its victory in the 2006 World Cup, takes soccer deadly seriously. The nation abounds with legendary clubs owned by extravagantly rich magnates who have spent the last 50 years luring the world’s finest players with offers they cannot refuse. So where is today’s highest-paid player in Italy from? Not from Brazil or Argentina, the planet’s most prolific footballing factories; nor from France, Germany or Spain. Neither, for that matter, is he Italian. The player with the highest salary in Italy is a Cameroonian called Samuel Eto’o, the spearhead of an African contingent that has taken Europe’s soccer citadel by storm.

Unlike many in the money-mad soccer world, or in banking, Eto’o has earned every penny. Three times African player of the year, Eto’o goes into the first World Cup on African soil as captain, and uncrowned king, of Cameroon, armed with a statistic that he alone owns: Eto’o is the first player ever to have won the treble of National League, National Cup and European Champions League ”” soccer’s royal flush ”” with two different teams. And he has done it (the odds have to be mightily long on this happening again anytime soon) in successive seasons, the first with Barcelona and the second, in May, with Inter Milan.

Now Eto’o will get a chance to perform on the biggest stage the world has ever seen. Soccer is the great secular religion. Some 30% of the world’s people declare themselves Christian; 20%, Muslim. But people’s devotion to soccer transcends all creeds, races, tongues. The World Cup in South Africa will generate more intense planetary babble ”” will be dissected, tweeted, Facebooked, Googled, SMSed and scrutinized by billions on 400 TV channels in 208 countries ”” than any other event in human history. The 2006 World Cup in Germany had a total cumulative TV audience of more than 26 billion, according to official FIFA figures. The big-smiling, boyish Eto’o, whose country brought African soccer to the world’s attention when it reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 Cup, will loom large in the conversation. How he got there ”” how he managed his ascent to the pantheon of humanity’s most popular divinities alongside other African players such as Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast and Michael Essien of Ghana ”” is an unbeatable tale of rags to riches. It’s little wonder that during the hour we spoke recently, Eto’o used the word dream 14 times. As in, “My whole life is a dream, a dream come true, a dream I’ll only wake up from the day I stop playing football.”

I am super excited about this–read it all; KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Globalization, Sports

FT: Obama’s BP attacks spark worries in UK

British business on Wednesday expressed alarm at the “inappropriate” and increasingly aggressive rhetoric being deployed against BP by President Barack Obama, warning that the attacks on the oil company could affect energy security and damage wider transatlantic industry relations.

Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, a leading British employers’ organisation, told the FT the presidential attack was “obviously a matter of concern ”“ politicians getting heavily involved in business in this way always is”.

He suggested the White House strategy was misplaced, stating that “apart from anything else, BP is a vital part of the US energy infrastructure. So the US has an interest in the welfare of BP, as much as the rest of the world does.”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, England / UK, Foreign Relations, Office of the President, Politics in General, President Barack Obama

Telegraph: Will Britain become more secular under the Coalition?

Many churchgoers were hoping no doubt that Britain had seen an end to the assaults on traditional religious beliefs that Labour made in the name of ‘equality’ and ‘human rights’.

The party had made a manifesto promise to attempt ”“ for the third time ”“ to get rid of the free speech defence to the crime of homophobic abuse, so there is little doubt that Christians would have seen more of the same had Gordon Brown remained Prime Minister.

But can things only get better?

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, Politics in General, Religion & Culture

Bob Duncan’s address to the Provincial Council of the ACNA

The jurisdictional approach to the integration of the Anglican Mission (a missionary outreach of Rwanda) into the Anglican Church in North America has been found to be “a bridge too far” and this meeting sees the petition of the Anglican Mission to be a Ministry Partner as a more appropriate approach to our life together in this season. At the same time this meeting heralds the ending of many important oversight relationships with foreign partners. Not least among these is the conclusion of Recife’s episcopal role. We are delighted that Bp. Robinson Cavalcanti is with us to mark this change. Here as elsewhere, oversight may end but our deep partnership in the gospel continues.

As archbishop I have articulated four areas that I believe need to become our distinctives:

1) that we know ourselves to be the beloved of Jesus;

2) that we become a people committed to personal holiness

3) that we understand our work as fore-runners of Jesus; and

4) that we are those who sacrifice for the sake of others.

Among other things, such distinctives would form us into a different people than we presently are. They would direct us in everything from our engagement with Islam to our embrace of the tithe. Seeing these distinctives is a great beginning. Embrace must follow.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Barack Obama's attacks on BP hurting British pensioners

BP’s position at the top of the London Stock Exchange and its previous reliability have made it a bedrock
of almost every pension fund in the country, meaning its value is crucial to millions of workers. The firm’s dividend payments, which amount to more than £7 billion a year, account for £1 in every £6 paid out in dividends to British pension pots.

BP is so concerned about Mr Obama’s power to affect share value that it has urged David Cameron to appeal to the White House on its behalf. Downing Street, however, has refused to get involved. “We need to ensure that BP is not unfairly treated ”“ it is not some bloodless corporation,” said one of Britain’s top fund managers. “Hit BP and a lot of people get hit. UK pension money becomes a donation to the US government and the lawyers at the expense of Mrs Jones and other pension funds.”

Mark Dampier of the financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown said: “[Mr Obama] is playing to the gallery but is not bringing a solution any closer. Obama has his boot on the throat of British pensioners. There is no point in bashing BP all the time, it’s not helpful. It is a terrible situation, but having the American president on your back is not going to get it all cleared up any quicker.”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, England / UK, Office of the President, Personal Finance, Politics in General, President Barack Obama, Stock Market

The Presiding Bishop visits the UK

You may find details here.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Episcopal Church (TEC), Presiding Bishop, Scottish Episcopal Church

Ruth Gledhill: Pentecost and the Anglican schism

Christians in the West have just finished celebrating Pentecost, the feast which marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and rendered them able to speak om foreign languages

But in the schism-torn Anglican Communion there has been a little less hand-waving than usual. Instead there has been the descent of the Archbishop of Canterbury in admonition of his church, in a letter where he gives tongue to uncharacteristic displeasure.

After years of suffering the spectacle of the conservative and liberal members of his Communion fight a towering Babel-like war of words over sexuality, in which neither side has ever seemed truly to understand the others, Dr Rowan Williams has finally been moved by the spirit of the times to act….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ecclesiology, Lambeth 2008, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Theology, Windsor Report / Process

(London) Times: Warring Anglicans removed from ecumenical faith group

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admonished warring Anglicans for creating “recrimination, confusion and bitterness” all round.

He has punished those who have broken the rules by removing them from the body that deals with dialogue with the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other churches, and the body that decides matters of faith.

In his Pentecost letter, Dr Williams called for Anglicans to pray for renewal in the spirit of God.

And he bewailed the failure by liberals to stand by moratoria imposed on the consecration of gay bishops and on same-sex blessings, and the failure by conservatives to observe that on boundary crossing.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Cono Sur [formerly Southern Cone], Ecclesiology, Episcopal Church (TEC), Instruments of Unity, Presiding Bishop, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), TEC Bishops, Theology, Windsor Report / Process

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Ephrem of Edessa

Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which thy deacon Ephrem rejoiced to proclaim in sacred song the mysteries of faith; and so gladden our hearts that we, like him, may be devoted to thee alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Scripture Readings

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

–Galatians 5:22-24

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