Daily Archives: August 26, 2010

(Miami Herald) Miami pastors pray, strategize over inner-city violence

The wake-up call comes after a series of police-involved shootings since early July that have left four men dead and a community asking hard questions.

On July 5, a rookie police officer shot and killed DeCarlos Moore in Overtown as Moore disobeyed an order and returned to his car. He had no weapon.

The most recent case involved Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye, 19, who was shot and killed last Friday by the same officer who shot and killed a man during a sting-gone-bad nine days earlier.

That day, police say, 16-year-old Joell Lee Johnson was killed during an undercover police operation involving holdups of fast-food deliverers after the teen pointed a gun at the officer.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, City Government, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Violence

CEN–ACC Dismisses Equality Worry

Concerns that the Anglican Consultative Council will be subject to UK and EU equality laws following its formation as a British imited company are misplaced, the London-based instrument of communion’s legal advisor, John Rees, reported on August 11.

“I share the unease of many religious people about the impact of this British [equality] legislation,” Canon Rees said in a statement released by the Anglican Communion News Service, “but it is not right to say that the restructuring of the ACC will have altered its position” under the legislation.

Critics of the transformation of the ACC from a British charity to a limited corporation have voiced concerns over the ratification process and the powers given to the ACC Standing Committee by the new constitution. In a paper released last month, the conservative-leaning Anglican Communion Institute (ACI) offered a lengthy critique of the newly formed corporate entity, and noted that whether by accident or design, the ACC
was now subjecting itself to UK and EU equality laws on homosexuality.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Consultative Council

Please note that the All Africa Bishops Meeting website is back up

Check it out for a lot of good material–I really liked the slide show. (Earlier in the week the site was down due to bandwith exceeded issues because of the degree of interest in the meeting).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, - Anglican: Primary Source, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Blogging & the Internet, Church of Uganda

ACNS–"Climate change will kill more Africans than malaria or AIDS," Anglican church warned

The continent of Africa is facing a future in which climate change will kill more people than traditional causes such as malaria and HIV, according to a Ugandan environmental expert. Dr Rose Mwebaza warned Anglican bishops from Africa in Entebbe that lakes across the continent are shrinking and drying up, crops are failing, deforestation is leading to terrible flooding and, as a result, people are fighting and killing each other over resources. “Africa is facing several [environmental] challenges,” said Dr Mwebaza, a senior legal advisor on environmental security at Nairobi’s Institute of Security Studies. These include increased droughts and reduced availability of water; desertification – one factor in major flooding – and increased incidents of diseases in previously unaffected areas. “Lake Chad in 1973 covered several countries,” she said. “It is reduced to a shadow of its former self. It is vanishing from the continent right in front of our eyes.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda, Health & Medicine

Fred Nyabera's Presentation at the All Africa Bishop's Conference on Community Leadership

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, - Anglican: Primary Source, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda

All Africa Bishops Conference Press Release–day 1

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The Full Text of the Chairman's Address at the 2nd All Africa Bishops’ Conference

(Please note that the video for this address was posted last evening–KSH).

Finally, but not the least, we cannot shy away from the state we are in. We cannot afford to continue to lurch from one crisis to the next in our beloved Communion. Despite attempts to warn some western provinces, action has been taken to irrevocably shatter the Communion. Sadly existing structures of the Anglican Communion have been unable to address the need for discipline. These can become irrelevant to our needs as Africans and are now, moreover, unrepresentative demographically. We need new structures that are credible and representative of the majority.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, - Anglican: Primary Source, Africa, Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean, Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda, Global South Churches & Primates, Instruments of Unity, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Windsor Report / Process

Auckland gets first female Anglican dean

Jo Kelly-Moore, 42, was welcomed as the new Anglican Dean of Auckland at a service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell.

Family and friends watched as she was brought in by parishioners of St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Remuera, where she has been a vicar since 2004.

She is the first woman to be made an Anglican dean in Auckland, and the second woman to be made an Anglican dean in New Zealand’s history.

The first female and current dean of the Waiapu Anglican Cathedral in Napier is The Very Reverend Helen Jacobi.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Women

Archbishop Orombi's Opening Speech at the All Africa Bishop's Meeting

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

Rosemary McLeod–Euthanasia is really suicide with better manners

John Pollock says it’s unfair that he could ask for euthanasia in some countries, but not here, when he finally finds his suffering intolerable.

He has told New Zealand Doctor magazine that the law should be changed so that people have the comfort of knowing they can control their death, and says many doctors already practise euthanasia: a third of them admit to having hastened death….

Unlike Dr Pollock, perhaps, I see a difference between hastening inevitable death compassionately and killing, and I can’t reconcile having a doctor who treats me as a living person one minute having the right to kill me the next.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Death / Burial / Funerals, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Law & Legal Issues, Life Ethics, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Theology

Anglican Diocese of Bathurst Parish Celebrates its 140th anniversary

On May 5 1870, O’Connell-born priest Samuel Edward Marsden became the first Australian-born Bishop when he was welcomed and installed as the Bishop of the new Anglican Diocese.

At that time the diocese spanned the length of NSW, from the Queensland border to the Riverina in the south.

Today it still covers an area of 215,000 square kilometres, or the equivalent of Great Britain.

The former rector of Kelso Samuel Marsden (great grandson of Bishop Marsden), speaking about his namesake said; “In thinking of the person, Samuel Marsden, rather than the Bishop, it’s been intriguing for me to think of him as being born and brought up at O’Connell Plains, coming to school here in Bathurst and then at a very early age, moving to the UK to continue his education, to be ordained, and then to minister in the tiny little hamlet of Bengeworth on the River Avon.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Church of Australia, Anglican Provinces, Church History, Church of England (CoE)

Merryn Williams (Oxford Times)–Two lives of John Henry Newman

When John Henry Newman died in 1890, he left instructions that he should be buried with another priest, his friend Ambrose St John, and he also made it clear that he wished his body to decay.

However, in 2008 the Catholic Church opened the grave, hoping to find bones which could be venerated. But there were no human remains. His physical being is gone for good, but his writings are still important.

Two new books have appeared in the run-up to the Pope’s visit next month to Birmingham to beatify him ”” John Cornwell’s Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint (Continuum, £18.99 ) and Anthony Mockler’s John Henry Newman: Fighter, Convert and Cardinal (Signal Books, £9.99).

Both the authors are Catholics, but Mockler ”” owner of Milton Manor, near Abingdon ”” is quite orthodox, whereas Cornwell is a former trainee priest who has written critical biographies of two modern popes.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Books, Church History, Church of England (CoE), Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic

ENS–Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin sues for return of Bakersfield church property

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

Matthew Block–Lutherans follow Anglicans down rocky road of dissent

Hundreds of congregations have held votes on leaving the denomination. Others have cut off funding to the national church. Bishops in Africa have condemned the actions taken by their North American counterparts. And this week disaffected members are gathering to found a new breakaway denomination.

You would be forgiven for assuming that the denomination under discussion here is Anglican, but the battleground this time is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a denomination which ”” at least before its controversial August 2009 vote ”” counted more than 4.6 million members. But while the names are different, the crisis in the ELCA is remarkably similar to that rocking North American Anglicanism.

In August 2009, the ELCA narrowly voted to affirm couples living in same-sex relationships and further opened the ministry to non-celibate homosexual clergy. Members holding a historical interpretation of Scripture were outraged. For them, the authority of Scripture ”” a foundational tenet of the Lutheran Reformation ”” was being rejected in favour of cultural relativism.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, Lutheran, Other Churches, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Sexuality Debate (Other denominations and faiths)

Ugandan President Museveni warns All Africa Bishops Meeting on religious extremism

President Yoweri Museveni has warned against religious intolerance, saying it is one of the reasons that prompted him and his comrades to go to war in order to stabilize the country.

Addressing the All Africa Bishops Conference in Entebbe yesterday, Museveni said the formative years of religion in Uganda were characterised by friction between denominations.

“There was friction between the Protestants and Catholics and later between the two and Muslims. Protestants came in 1877 and the Catholics in 1879, but by 1890, we already had a civil war. You can imagine the confusion allegedly in the name of God,” he said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda