Daily Archives: August 8, 2011

Funeral held for the Rev. John Stott Today

Read and listen to it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Death / Burial / Funerals, Evangelicals, Globalization, Ministry of the Ordained, Other Churches, Parish Ministry

Anglicans to hold faith summit on food crisis

Anglicans are to meet in Nairobi next week to launch an appeal and advocacy campaign on the food crisis sweeping East Africa.

The meeting which will bring together primates and bishops from the worst hit areas, comes as the UN announced a deepening of the famine in southern Somalia.

The meeting is being organised jointly by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa and the Anglican Alliance for development, relief and advocacy, through its Africa facilitator, Emmanuel Olatunji.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Dieting/Food/Nutrition, Globalization, Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc., Poverty, Weather

(CNS) New York Dominican community lavishes care on the terminally ill

“If you have to be terminal, this is the place to come,” said Harriet Boyle, as the sun poured into her room through huge windows.

Sitting in a bed with floral sheets and a patterned comforter, the grandmother with the carefully applied makeup put down her large-print book and described life at Rosary Hill Home, a free palliative care facility run by the Dominican Sisters Congregation of St. Rose of Lima in Hawthorne, north of New York City.

“It’s the most unusual place I’ve ever been. You’re not conscious of people being ill here. We all have cancer and we’re all terminal, but it’s serene and there are lots of moments of fun and laughter,” she said.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Death / Burial / Funerals, Health & Medicine, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Roman Catholic, Theology

(BBC) Guernsey's Anglican Dean worried by funding review

Guernsey’s Anglican Dean has said he is worried about the impact of an ongoing review into church funding.

The island’s Parochial Ecclesiastical Rates Review Committee (PERRC) expects to report on the issue this year.

It will recommend whether the parish churches and rectory buildings should continue to be funded by ratepayers.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, Parish Ministry, Stewardship

(The Tablet) Bob Waldrop–Dust-bowl days

(Here the founder of a Catholic Worker house describes their work in an area of stark inequalities[:])

It is the best of times and the worst of times in Oklahoma City. Our perception of how we are doing depends on where we are in the great economic scheme of things. If you are in the oil business, you are riding high. Driven by the strong prices for energy, Oklahoma’s oil sector is spending money lavishly, most notably on the new 50-floor skyscraper headquarters of Devon Energy in downtown Oklahoma City. The city is investing nearly $750 million over the next few years in its central core.

But this is a tale of two cities. Just a dozen blocks from the glamour of bio-engineering research institutes, I tried to get a health department inspector to condemn a rented house which had no heat, no electricity, no running water, no hot water, and in which the sewer was clogged. The tenant is a disabled man whose neighbours allow him to use their bathroom. The inspector called the landlord, but two months later there was still no hot water and the sewer was still blocked.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Charities/Non-Profit Organizations, City Government, Other Churches, Politics in General, Poverty, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic

Kendall Harmon's Sermon from Yesterday on Matthew 14 (Jesus Walking on the Water)

Listen to it all if you so desire.

Posted in * By Kendall, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Preaching / Homiletics, Psychology, Sermons & Teachings, Stock Market, Theology, Theology: Scripture

In Colorado an Anglican Church rises from the 'ashes' of old Syn nightclub

They sat in plastic chairs amid the sawdust and unfinished floorboards, chipped paint and bare plaster. All were in their Sunday best, about 200 people listening to the first prayer said in the new home of St. George’s Anglican Church.

“Drive from this place those demons that have possessed its inhabitants,” boomed the voice of the Rev. Don Armstrong. “Restore this place to its former sanctity and purpose.”

There was a bit of irony to Armstrong’s prayer, a double-meaning to both building and man.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, CANA, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Colorado

An Anglican Diocese Announces a Bishop for Mission and Evangelism

Guess where the diocese is first. Next, read it all. This is a serious question–how many other such bishops are there in the Anglican Communion?–KSH.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Evangelism and Church Growth, Missions, Parish Ministry

From the Do Not Take Yourself too Seriously Department: Animals with a Sense of Humor

Watch it all (Hat tip: Selimah Harmon)

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Humor / Trivia

(CNA) Witnesses describe Sudan's ethnic cleansing in emergency hearing

Witnesses told a House of Representatives subcommittee on Aug. 4 that the Sudanese border state of South Kordofan is descending into racial and religious violence, as the world looks on.

“The Nuba people fear that we will be forgotten, that the world will stand idly by while mass killings continue without redress,” said Anglican bishop Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail, of Sudan’s Episcopal Diocese of Kadulgi, in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.

“Our hope,” Rev. Elnail said, “is that the United States will lead the international community in taking prompt, effective action to protect tens of thousands of displaced people, including an untold number of civilians being killed house-to-house and bombed by their own government.”

Read it all and note that Kadulgi’s Anglican bishop is among those cited.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, --North Sudan, --South Sudan, Africa, Sudan, Violence

(BBC) Has the world wide web reached maturity?

Watch it all (about 6 1/3 minutes).

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Blogging & the Internet, History, Science & Technology

Washington-area municipalities sweat out federal ratings downgrade

Local government officials are struggling to gauge the impact of the Standard & Poor’s unprecedented downgrade of federal credit even as Washington watches global reaction to its latest financial setback.

Will the ratings agency downgrade counties and states? Will the federal government’s predicament cost local taxpayers? And can local governments have better credit than the federal government?

“We are in uncharted territory,” Prince William County Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R) said. “No one knows what the ultimate long-term ramifications are. .”‰.”‰. But we know they’re going to be significant.”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Budget, City Government, Economy, Politics in General, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--, The National Deficit, The U.S. Government

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint Dominic

Almighty God, whose servant Dominic grew in knowledge of thy truth and formed an order of preachers to proclaim the good news of Christ: Give to all thy people a hunger for your Word and an urgent longing to share the Gospel, that the whole world may come to know thee as thou art revealed in thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Lord, who hast given us thy Word for a light to shine upon our path: Grant us so to meditate upon that Word and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.

–Acts 20:26-28

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture