Daily Archives: April 27, 2013

(Telegraph) Church of England diocese asks for gay-friendly bishop

A Church of England diocese has made building bridges with the gay community part of its new bishop’s job description.

The Diocese of Manchester has instructed the official panel appointing its new bishop to select someone who can establish “positive relationships” with gay Anglicans and non-worshippers.

The panel, which met on Friday, was told that the successor to the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, who retired earlier this year, should build on “significant engagement” with “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities” in Manchester.

The move comes amid growing tensions within the Church over its attitude to gay worshippers and clergy.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anglican Provinces, Anthropology, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(Commonweal) William Galston–Claims of Conscience: Religious Freedom and State Power

Is religious conscience special? And what kinds of claims (if any) does conscience warrant? These are two of the many questions Brian Leiter raises in his provocative book Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton University Press, $24.95, 192 pp.).

Note that in principle one could answer the first question in the negative””by denying the distinctiveness of religion””while endorsing broad claims for conscience as such. Imagine a two-by-two table: In the upper left quadrant is an expansive notion of conscience coupled with a broad conception of conscientious claims; in the bottom right is conscience restricted to religion with few or no claims to which the law must yield. The two remaining quadrants are broad/narrow and narrow/broad, respectively.

In the middle decades of the twentieth century, the prevailing view combined a narrow conception of conscience (restricted to religion) with a capacious understanding of conscientious claims as warranting, in suitable circumstances, exemption from generally valid public laws. This view then came under pressure, from two directions….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Books, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

(Slate) Jillian Keenan–Legalize Polygamy! No. I am not kidding.

It’s hardly a new prediction””we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy?

We can only hope.

Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Children, Ethics / Moral Theology, History, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Psychology, Sexuality, Theology, Women

(Tulsa World) Episcopal Bishop Edward Konieczny speaks on the thin line between God and Guns

Oklahoma Episcopal Bishop Edward J. Konieczny, who once strongly opposed stricter gun control laws, is changing his views.

Konieczny will participate Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in an adult forum on gun control titled “The Thin Line Between God and Guns.”

A former police officer, Konieczny discussed his changing views on gun control in a recent CNN Belief Blog that drew national attention.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ethics / Moral Theology, History, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture, TEC Bishops, Theology, Violence

Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in Charleston, S.C.: Exploring grief as bridge to healing

There is no way we humans can exit this life without experiencing a considerable share of grief and loss.

But Sister Ann Billard believes there are lessons that grief can teach people as they age, whether they grieve the loss of loved ones or mourn the passage of time and diminished dreams.

“Grief holds a richness of possibilities,” she said. “Grief is not the end point, it is the bridge.”

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, * South Carolina, Other Churches, Pastoral Theology, Roman Catholic, Theology

(Only a Game) “Wild In The Streets” Documents A Historic (And Unusual) Competition

magine two teams with more than a thousand competitors on each side. Imagine a playing field that stretches three miles from goal to goal. And imagine a single ball that both sides are fighting over.

That is Shrovetide Football, which is played each year over two days in Ashbourne, England between members of the town. In his documentary Wild In The Streets, Peter Baxter tells the story of the game that has been played for centuries.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, History, Movies & Television, Rural/Town Life, Sports

Bishop Nathan Inyom, Makurdi on World Malaria Day (this past week)

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria, Health & Medicine

Derek Thompson–The Millennial Stimulus Plan: How young people will supercharge the recovery

Millennials got a bad rap during the recession. They have been working less, earning less, and, as I’ve pointed out in this magazine before, buying far fewer houses and cars than their parents did””or than the economy needs them to in order to move forward. But all of this is poised to change. In the near future, these same young people may be the very ones to supercharge the recovery. How? By growing up…..

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, History, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Young Adults

(BBC) Archbishop Welby criticises City for 'culture of entitlement'

The City of London has been affected by a “culture of entitlement” at variance with what others think reasonable, the new Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

But the Most Reverend Justin Welby told the BBC business morality was in many ways much better than in the past.

He also defended his description of the UK’s economic situation as a depression rather than a recession.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, --Justin Welby, Anthropology, Archbishop of Canterbury, Corporations/Corporate Life, Credit Markets, Currency Markets, Economy, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Stock Market, The Banking System/Sector, Theology

Pope Francis Has a Few Words in Support of Leisure

On Tuesday, “Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words,” a book of conversations with the man who was then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, will be published in English (Putnam; $24.95). These interviews from 2010 with two journalists in Argentina yield cute facts about the new boss of the church ”” a favorite movie? “Babette’s Feast” ”” but not much interesting theology.

But one passage in the book, at first glance rather slight, ends up insinuating a radical note into the proceedings. On a close read, it seems that Pope Francis believes that we must ”” indeed, that God is calling us to ”” relax.

Responding to the question, “Do we need to rediscover the meaning of leisure?” Pope Francis replies: “Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. But this is being destroyed, in large part, by the elimination of the Sabbath rest day. More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society.” In such cases, he concludes, “work ends up dehumanizing people.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Anthropology, Books, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Theology

(RNS) Q&A with Greg Laurie about prayer in times of grief

Pastor Greg Laurie knows a thing or two about prayer in tough times.

The honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer (May 2) says prayer was the only thing that got him through his son’s death five years ago. When fellow megachurch pastor Rick Warren lost his son Matthew to suicide, Laurie was the man he most wanted to hear from.

Laurie, 60, who leads the evangelical Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., talked about prayer, grief and what not to say when a friend’s loved one dies. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Death / Burial / Funerals, Parish Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Psychology, Spirituality/Prayer, Terrorism, Theology, Violence

A Painted Bunting to Brighten Your Day

One of the most beautiful birds we have in South Carolina, this picture was taken by my friend Francis Allston.

Posted in * General Interest, Animals

A Prayer to Begin the day

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast promised in thy holy gospel that thy disciples shall know the truth, and the truth shall make them free: Give us, we pray thee, the Spirit of truth, sent by thee and leading to thee, that we may find the truth in finding thee, who art the Way, the Truth, and the Life, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Easter, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

–Colossians 3:12-15

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(Scotsman) Anglican minister to take Free Church congregation

A Church of England minister will make history this weekend when he becomes the head of a Free Church of Scotland congregation in St Andrews.

The Rev Paul Clarke has been appointed to a three-year placement with St Andrews Free Church, whose congregation has been without a minister since 2012.

Mr Clarke, widely regarded in Anglican circles as one of its most promising preachers, previously served at one of the biggest congregations in England ”“ St Helen’s Bishopsgate in inner city London.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Ministry of the Ordained, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Presbyterian, Scotland