Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Nigerian Archbishop Tasks Citizens On Unity, Peaceful Co-Existence

The Archbishop of Jos Province and Bishop of Maiduguri Anglican Diocese Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Kanamani has called on Nigerians to be united and promote peaceful co-existence even as he commended the Borno State Government and the security operatives in the state for their cooperation and maintenance of security in the state.

The Archbishop in a 10 point communiqué issued by the Diocesan Synod at the end of the third session of the 7th Synod held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Maiduguri, stated that as stakeholders in the progress and development of Borno state they called on the relevant bodies to work hard in achieving lasting peace in the state and the country at large.

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

From the You Cannot Make This Stuff Up Department-Apparently Inebriated Moose found in Swedish tree

A seemingly intoxicated moose has been discovered entangled in an apple tree by a stunned Swede.

Per Johansson, 45, says he heard a roar from his vacationing neighbour’s garden in southwestern Sweden late Tuesday and went to have a look. There, he found a female moose kicking about in the tree. The animal was likely drunk from eating fermented apples.

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Posted in * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, Animals, Europe, Sweden

Jonathan Sacks–The 9/11 attacks are linked to a wider moral malaise

[Alasdair MacIntyre’s]…minatory warning was: “The barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” That was a scary thing to hear from one of the world’s great philosophers. I soon began to hear it from other leading intellectuals also, such as Philip Rieff, Christopher Lasch and Robert Bellah. That is what I heard in the echoes of 9/11: that all great civilisations eventually decline, and when they begin to do so they are vulnerable. That is what Osama bin Laden believed about the West and so did some of the West’s own greatest minds.

If so, then 9/11 belongs to a wider series of phenomena affecting the West: the disintegration of the family, the demise of authority, the build-up of personal debt, the collapse of financial institutions, the downgrading of the American economy, the continuing failure of some European economies, the loss of a sense of honour, loyalty and integrity that has brought once esteemed groups into disrepute, the waning throughout the West of a sense of national identity; even last month’s riots.

These are all signs of the arteriosclerosis of a culture, a civilisation grown old. Whenever Me takes precedence over We, and pleasure today over viability tomorrow, a society is in trouble. If so, then the enemy is not radical Islam, it is us and our by now unsustainable self-indulgence.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Afghanistan, America/U.S.A., Asia, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Europe, Globalization, History, Islam, Judaism, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Theology

Episcopal Diocese of Texas Confronts Devastating Fires

As fires are raging across the state, parishes in Diocese of Texas are working to help tame the blazes and care for the homeless. At last report, over 1,000 homes have been destroyed and thousands of families have been evacuated as drought stricken forests and high winds fuel the flames.

One of the worst fires is burning just outside the town of Bastrop, east of Austin. Calvary Episcopal in Bastrop first acted a shelter for some families, but was then evacuated as the fires approached downtown.

“[Recently]…when I spoke to the Rev. Lisa Hines (rector of Calvary), 12 parishioners had lost their homes,” said the Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * General Interest, Episcopal Church (TEC), Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc., Parish Ministry

(BBC) Web authentication breach spreads

Belgian security firm GlobalSign has temporarily stopped issuing authentication certificates for secure websites.

It comes after an anonymous hacker claimed to have gained access to the company’s servers.

If confirmed, it would be the second security breach at a European certificate authority in two months.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, Corporations/Corporate Life, Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, Science & Technology

Ruth Gledhill–The gift of hope makes Rowan Williams' daunting Zimbabwe trip worthwhile

The Archbishop’s visit, even though the Church insists it is purely pastoral, could carry more weight than an official visit by a senior politician because the Church is so strong in southern and central Africa. More than 85 per cent of Zimbabweans are Christian.

Given that many no longer recognise Mugabe as their leader, the Anglicans, at least, certainly regard Dr Williams as being in possession of comparable if not greater authority, secular as well as moral and spiritual….

Dr Williams is walking into a den as bad as Daniel’s, where he has no guarantee of achieving anything. But speaking to Anglicans in Zimbabwe yesterday, their hope for what the visit might bring was palpable. For that alone, for bringing the gift of hope to those traumatised Christians, the visit is a risk worth taking.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Violence, Zimbabwe

(Christianity Today) How Evangelical Leaders Have Changed Since 9/11

Here is part of one answer from musician Matt Redmon:

During the first few days we spent in the United States [after returning from being overseas in England on 9/11], it seemed that, in all the shock and vulnerability, many people were heading to church for comfort and clarity. I was so impressed by the preachers: every place we visited, we heard messages of hope and reminders of God’s sovereignty.

But it left me wondering: What could we sing to God at a time like this? It was as if our worship songs were missing some important vocabulary””the language of tragedy and struggle, of the valley at the bottom of the mountain””which I found surprising, as the Psalms are full of lament.

Soon after the tragedy, my wife and I wrote “Blessed Be Your Name.” It’s a simple worship offering about choosing to worship and trust God no matter what the season.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Evangelicals, History, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Other Churches, Pastoral Theology, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Theodicy, Theology

(Washington Post) Afghan army fights to prove its religious credentials

As Afghan army forces constructed a patrol base in a volatile stretch of Helmand province this spring, insurgents turned to one of their most effective weapons against the troops: They told area residents that their new, uniformed neighbors were godless “fake Muslims.”

The battle over Islam has become a crucial front in the war between the Taliban and the country’s growing security forces, prompting the Afghan army to create a strategy for proving that its soldiers are true Muslims.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Afghanistan, Asia, Defense, National Security, Military, Islam, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, War in Afghanistan

(ACNS) Violence against women in Pacific undermines region, says aid agency

Levels of violence against women in parts of the Pacific are “horrific” and must be addressed if development is to have any chance in the Pacific region, said an Australian aid agency head today. Speaking from the Solomon Islands, CEO of Anglicord Misha Coleman said that over 60% of women in Solomon Islands report some kind of violence by an intimate partner.

“Over half of the women in the Solomon Islands have been forced into sex against their will,” she said.

Ms Coleman, responding to a campaign released yesterday by Amnesty International, “Change the Lights on Women’s Rights”, said that women in many parts of the Pacific were especially vulnerable to gender based violence because few of the countries had effective laws specifically to tackle it, and those countries which do have legislation to prevent domestic violence don’t necessarily enforce them.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Asia, Violence, Women

(Zenit) A Bloody Month in Nigeria

The central Nigerian city of Jos was the site of violent Christian-Muslim clashes as Ramadan drew to a close last week.

Fighting Aug. 29 left some 20 dead and some 50 wounded; the next day, another 10 were killed. And dozens of cars, homes and businesses were destroyed and set on fire.

Although the particulars of the incidents are unknown, according to the local media, including the daily The Vanguard, pandemonium broke out after a dispute between groups of young Christians and Muslims. “There was a disagreement between a group of Muslims who were heading toward a particular area, and another group of young Christians who went to pray in the same area. A discussion over who owned the area broke out,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos told the Fides agency. He added, however, that he did not have all the details.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, Nigeria, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Violence

(LA Times) Many baby boomers don't plan to leave their children an inheritance

Carol Willison has made lots of financial sacrifices for her two children over the years, including paying most of her older daughter’s medical school tuition. But Willison’s generosity has reached its limits.

Not only doesn’t the 60-year-old Seattle woman plan to leave her daughters an inheritance when she dies, she’s trying to spend every last dime on herself before she goes.

“My goal is when they carry me away in that box that my bank account is going to say zero,” Willison said. “I’m going to spoil myself now.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Aging / the Elderly, Children, Economy, Marriage & Family, Middle Age, Personal Finance, Psychology

(WSJ) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Cuts Global Growth Forecasts

The Paris-based organization expects the economies of euro-zone powerhouse Germany and fiscally troubled Italy to contract. Germany’s gross domestic product is set to fall 1.4% in the fourth quarter on an annualized basis, leading the weighted average GDP of the three biggest euro-zone economies to fall 0.4%, according to the OECD’s interim economic forecasts.

The forecasts suggest Italy’s GDP will fall 0.1% in the third quarter on an annualized basis before barely returning to growth at 0.1% in the fourth quarter.

Growth is turning out to be much slower than we thought three months ago, and given the high uncertainty, the risk of a period of negative growth … has gone up,” OECD chief economist Pier Carlo Padoan said.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Asia, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, England / UK, Europe, Globalization

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Lord, who hast called us to be thy witnesses to all the nations: Have mercy upon us, who have known thy will but have failed to do it. Cleanse us from sloth and unbelief, and fill us with zeal and love, that we may do thy work with hope and courage, and set forth thy glory; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit art one God, world without end.

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

–Philippians 2:12-16

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Crane collapses at Washington National Cathedral

A crane has collapsed at the National Cathedral, falling in two different buildings on the grounds and crushing several vehicles.

The 500-foot crane, erected after a 5.8 earthquake damaged the cathedral, partially fell on Herb Cottage, which houses the cathedral gift shop.

The gift shop was temporarily closed following last month’s temblor.

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