Daily Archives: August 5, 2007

Task Force Revisits Making Laity Liable to Church Discipline

A task force charged with proposing revisions to the ecclesiastical Title IV disciplinary process met July 23-24 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City to discuss how it will approach modifications to the current disciplinary process, which does not include jurisdiction over members of the laity.

The 73rd General Convention, which met in Denver in 2000, authorized creation of a previous task force, which conducted surveys and developed a “theology of discipline” for the first three years and then proposed a draft which included among its provisions one making the laity liable for a number of offenses within the court’s jurisdiction.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Polity & Canons

Arun Arora: Why Canon Anderson Got it Wrong

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Commentary

The Diocese of SC Celebrates the Re-election of The Very Rev. Mark J. Lawrence

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A Repost of Mom's Obituary

SILVER BAY * Mary Ann Harmon, 71, of Silver Bay, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her residence.

Born in Washington, D.C., June 15, 1935, she was the daughter of the late William S. French Jr. and Margaret Lillian (Ritter) French.

Mrs. Harmon was a graduate of Duke University, where she was President of her class.

She was a dedicated teacher for many years in Charlotte, N. C. and Annapolis, Md.

She has summered in Silver Bay since 1959, before becoming a permanent resident in 1995.

She was president of the League of Women Voters of her local chapter in New Jersey, and a member of a special group of University Leaders.

She was a devoted mother, with a strong vision of the importance of serving the community.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Francis Stuart Harmon; two sons, Kendall S. Harmon of South Carolina and Randall H. Harmon of Washington Grove, Md.; and one brother, William S. French III of McLean, Va. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Abigail Harmon, Nathaniel Harmon and Selimah Harmon.

A memorial service will take place on Aug. 5, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the Silver Bay Association Chapel. The Rev. Bruce Tamlyn will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga.

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The Program for Today

We are off to worship this morning. The internment of Mom’s ashes is at 1 p.m. The memorial service, which is a New Orleans style jazz band service, begins at 3. Then there is a reception after that, and then tonight Dad is having some more immediate family and friends back to the House–KSH.

Posted in * By Kendall

Pioneering Bishop of Edmonton to resign

The pioneering and much-respected bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton will formally announce her resignation from the post this weekend after 10 years on the job.

Bishop Victoria Matthews, Canada’s first female Anglican bishop, had planned to inform the diocese of her departure via a pastoral letter to be read at services this Sunday. A copy of the letter, however, was leaked on the Internet.

“Some will wonder if I have health concerns, and others will ask if I am angry at the Anglican Church. The answer to both questions is no,” Matthews said in the letter, published in part by The Anglican Journal.

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

Anglican Church of Canada reports $486,000 shortfall

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Jamaica's Anglican church to modernize hymnals with reggae songs

Songs by late reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh ”” both devout Rastafarians ”” will be included in a new collection of Anglican church hymnals in Jamaica.

Marley’s “One Love” and Tosh’s “Psalm 27” will be the first reggae tunes to appear in songbooks alongside traditional worship music on the island that gave birth to reggae, said church leaders preparing a new collection of hymns.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Liturgy, Music, Worship

South Carolina re-elects Mark Lawrence as bishop

The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence was re-elected as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina August 4 at a special electing convention held at St. James Church on St. James Island, South Carolina. Lawrence was the only candidate in the election since no petitions to add other names to the slate were received by the July 11 deadline.

A majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan Standing Committees must now consent to Lawrence’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.

Lawrence, 56, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, California, in the Diocese of San Joaquin, was first elected September 16, 2006 to be South Carolina’s 14th bishop.

On March 15, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori declared that election “null and void,” saying that a number of the consent responses did not adhere to canonical requirements since Lawrence’s election did not receive the consent of the majority of diocesan standing committees.

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