Daily Archives: November 6, 2012

(USA Today) Long lines, new laws confront some voters

Americans turned out to vote Tuesday morning, facing long lines, strict new identification requirements and in some areas, polling stations without power.

Election observers said they had seen a scattering of problems this morning, including hours-long lines in South Florida, malfunctioning voting machines in key Ohio precincts and Pennsylvania poll workers asking voters to show identification when they didn’t need to.

“It’s already started, and it is busy,” said Barbara Arnwine, the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which monitors voting problems. “Voters are doing their part by being persistent and voting.”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, US Presidential Election 2012

Radio New Zealand–Head of Anglican church says Christchurch Cathedral's fate "a local decision"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to the resilience of the people of Christchurch while visiting the city’s devastated red zone – but refused to be drawn into the debate over the fate of the cathedral.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * General Interest, --Rowan Williams, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc., Parish Ministry

(Barna Group) 2012 Election Day Preview–Key factors influencing the Christian vote

While health care and the economy are top issues for all voters, religious views do affect how voters rank other issues. Among the five belief-based faith segments analyzed in the study””evangelicals, non-evangelical born again adults, notional Christians, adults of other faiths, and religious skeptics (i.e., atheists and agnostics)””evangelicals were notably distinct from other groups in regard to what many considered their “signature issues.”

Among all likely voters, abortion ranked last on the list of influential issues. Among evangelicals, though, it ranked as the third most influential issue. Only taxes and health care were deemed more important in their candidate selection. Similarly, gay marriage was ranked tenth among likely voters, but was fifth on the list among evangelicals who are likely to cast a ballot in November.

Surprisingly, educational policies were deemed the sixth most significant issue to all likely voters but ranked just tenth among evangelicals. Past studies have indicated that evangelicals are generally much less supportive of government involvement in the schooling of their children.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, US Presidential Election 2012

PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly–Religion in the 2012 Election

[KIM] LAWTON: Prior to 2008, scholars talked about a God-gap in American politics: the more often people attended religious services, the more likely they were to vote Republican, the exception being African Americans, who are overwhelmingly Democratic. Many experts believe that trend will continue in this election cycle. Melissa Deckman is professor of political science, at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

PROF. MELISSA DECKMAN (Washington College): If you think about the God-gap, so-called God-gap, it’s still alive and well this year in American politics, and it’s bigger than things like the gender gap, although you often hear more in the media about women’s voting and men’s voting, so I think religion continues to play a big role in American presidential elections.

LAWTON: The Republicans are hoping for a big turnout from evangelicals, who make up about one-quarter of GOP voters. In the early days of the campaign, there were questions about whether theological differences would keep evangelicals from supporting a Mormon candidate. Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign tried to woo them on the basis of shared values.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Religion & Culture, US Presidential Election 2012

A Statement from the Diocese of Virginia Regarding the Falls Church Anglican's Appeal

Specifically, the Supreme Court agreed to review the lower court’s ruling that held that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have contractual and proprietary rights in the property of the Falls Church. In addition, the Court declined to hear a cross-appeal which sought to confirm that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church also have a trust interest in the property.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Law & Legal Issues, Parish Ministry, TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Virginia, TEC Polity & Canons

A.S. Haley on the Virginia Supreme Court Decision

By its order, the writ panel expressly refused to consider the Diocese’s and ECUSA’s cross-assignments of this claimed error, so Judge Bellows’ ruling on that specific point will stand. And as I explained in this earlier post, that means that the Dennis Canon has no effect in Virginia. Instead, according to Judge Bellows, Virginia courts will look to other indicia of “proprietary interests in” (i.e., actual ownership and control over) parish property.

The result, as we saw in Judge Bellows’ ruling, can still come out the same as if the Dennis Canon had applied. At least now, however, the degree to which Judge Bellows went, in holding that factors such as restraints on alienation, episcopal visits and even the furnishing of Sunday service bulletins were decisive, will receive a fresh review by the full Supreme Court.

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

The Supreme Court of Virginia grants The Falls Church Anglican's Petition for Appeal

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Law & Legal Issues, Parish Ministry, TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Virginia, TEC Parishes

A Prayer for Election Day (II)

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

–Book of Common Prayer

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Economics, Politics, Politics in General, Spirituality/Prayer, US Presidential Election 2012

A Prayer for Election Day 2012 (I)

Heavenly Father we ask that you will have mercy on America today and bless us in spite of ourselves. We ask that you will give wisdom to all who go to the polls to cast their votes. Help us as we make difficult decisions on a variety of issues and as we seek to elect men and women who will hunger for righteousness and seek the common good to positions of authority in our towns and cities, in our states and in our nation. We pray against any voter fraud or any corruption of proper voter access and ask that justice be done in each and every election, whatever the locale. We also pray for peace and grace with one another as the results are received and digested, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns in glory everlasting, Amen–KSH.

Posted in * By Kendall, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Budget, City Government, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, House of Representatives, Law & Legal Issues, Office of the President, Politics in General, Senate, Spirituality/Prayer, State Government, Taxes, The U.S. Government, Theology, US Presidential Election 2012

A Quiz for Election Day–How Many Presidential Candidates were on the 2008 Ballot in Florida and NY?

Note the date please–2008, the last Presidential election, not today’s. No peaking or Gooling, etc. Guess first, then take a look.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, History, US Presidential Election 2008

(ACNS) ACC: Consider regional dimension to enhance Instruments of Communion

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Consultative Council

Anglican Perspective: More from Phil Ashey on ACC-15

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Commentary, Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO), Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces

A Prayer for the Feast Day of William Temple

O God of light and love, who illumined thy Church through the witness of thy servant William Temple: Inspire us, we pray, by his teaching and example, that we may rejoice with courage, confidence and faith in the Word made flesh, and may be led to establish that city which has justice for its foundation and love for its law; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church History, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Spirituality/Prayer

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: Give us faith to stand calm and undismayed amid the tumults of the world, knowing that thy kingdom shall come and thy will be done; to the eternal glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to thee, when my heart is faint. Lead thou me to the rock that is higher than I; for thou art my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in thy tent for ever! Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings! For thou, O God, hast heard my vows, thou hast given me the heritage of those who fear thy name. Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! May he be enthroned for ever before God; bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him! So will I ever sing praises to thy name, as I pay my vows day after day.

–Psalm 61

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture