Daily Archives: September 1, 2007

Katherine Rosman: Over the Internet, Into My Mom's Heart

My mom was the linchpin of our family. Her life had been built around “her girls” as she called me and Lizzie. Later, the focus shifted to her and my stepfather, Bob’s, grandchildren. She was a Pilates instructor who treated her work as a calling, giving free instruction to teenagers with scoliosis, overweight people who couldn’t afford regular lessons or anyone else whose “energy” she liked. She took better care of herself than anyone I’ve ever known. She loved all physical activity. She was a beautiful woman and she knew it.

When she was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2003, Mom showed an instant — and often myopic — determination to survive. She did not want to die and she made it clear to her doctors that no regimen should be considered too aggressive. She set out on a course of treatment that ultimately spanned three surgeries, at least five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and a two-month coma from which we were told she would not awake. (She did.) Dispersed on opposite coasts, my sister and I traveled constantly to our mother’s house in Tucson, Ariz. We barely kept our marriages intact. Mom’s illness became our life.

Mom radiated fear throughout her illness. Yet she cut off any discussion that did not assume a complete and total recovery. Once, when my sister brought to my mom’s bedside an old photo album, my mom told her she didn’t want to look through it. And then Mom slid her Mac onto her lap and logged on to eBay. It was obvious to me, Lizzie and Bob that she was retreating into her computer — a lot.

She died on June 24, 2005. She was 60.

Read it all from the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine

Notable and Quotable

I was married at the end of June and the small-talk question has been, “How’s married life?” Because my husband and I lived together for two years, friends typically pause a beat and say, “I bet nothing’s changed.”

Actually, something has changed and it is in the words husband and wife. Now that we have names to call each other, besides “girlfriend” or “fiancé,” it is simpler to discuss each other at work.

I realized this a few weeks ago when I called my husband to ask about dinner plans. Before we were married, we would speak in hushed tones, and the conversation would typically be very quick. This time we didn’t whisper and chatted longer. The difference, my husband suggested, had to do with the fact that now he was speaking to his “wife.”

Having the titles, husband and wife, seems to legitimize the intrusion of one’s personal life in the workplace. Readers, do you find that the terms “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” have a less legitimate ring?

–Wall Street Journal editor Emily Friedlander in the August 21,2007, Wall Street Journal, page D5

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Marriage & Family

David Self: The Church's preference for commitment over numbers has a Cost

In 1980, the Church of England adopted a modern-language prayer-book, hoping to make services more “relevant”. Alan Bennett gave a memorable quote: “The trouble with these modern services is that they’re so very unsettling. You can understand what you’re saying.”

Obviously, rival Sunday attractions also hastened the process of change, but by the end of the century the Church of England had largely become a “members only” organisation. Go to any parish church and the notices (“See Sue for tickets”, “Tell Pamela if you can help”) indicate that everyone knows everyone and newcomers are not expected. Even cathedrals model themselves on suburban parishes, nurturing their regular congregations. Attend debates at the church’s parliament or general synod and you witness an inward-looking body.

If the church prefers commitment to numbers, that is its prerogative. If, on social issues, it wishes to be out-of-step with public opinion, that is its decision. If, as a result, it appears irrelevant, it must not be surprised if it loses the perks of being part of the establishment.

Read it all.

Posted in Uncategorized

Valedictorian sues over ”˜Jesus speech’ reprimand

As she stepped to the microphone for her commencement speech last spring, Erica Corder knew that what she was about to say might ruffle some feathers. But the 2006 graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument – one of 15 valedictorians who addressed the crowd – didn’t believe she had a choice.

“I really felt God calling me to do this,” Corder said Thursday. “My top priority is obeying God.”

So Erica Corder thanked all the teachers, parents and peers in the crowd for their encouragement throughout the years.

Then, deviating from the 30-second speech that had been approved by the principal, she began speaking about “someone who loves you more than you could ever imagine.”

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Education, Religion & Culture

Boom of condo crash loudest in Miami

No one knows how many units speculators bought. But as early as 2004, McCabe and Lew Goodkin of Miami-based Goodkin Consulting warned that up to 70 percent of the condos rising in Miami were being snapped up by people who didn’t plan to hold on to them, much less live in them.

That was evident from the hordes who camped overnight, fought over lottery numbers, even paid homeless men $20 and a pack of cigarettes to hold their places in long lines, all for the chance to put 20 percent deposits on condos that existed only in brochures. The frenzy for some projects was so fevered that some developers raised their prices hourly.

“It was a nightmare. Lines around the corner. People screaming into phones. I would look at them, and think, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,’ ” said Mark Zilbert, president of Zilbert Realty Group.

Many told a similar story: They had a friend who made $100,000 flipping a new condo, and they planned to ride the same wave of escalating prices. All they had to do was put down $60,000 on a $300,000 pre-construction unit and resell it when the value climbed to $400,000 — before the building opened, and before closing and mortgage payments, maintenance fees, insurance and taxes kicked in.

That meant anyone could risk $60,000 and pocket $100,000 without actually buying anything.

Some investors were experienced players like Barry Beschel of Aventura. After the dot-com stock-market crash in 2000, he said he had no trouble persuading his buddies to park their money in Miami’s sizzling condo market.

“All my guys in New York were like, ‘Yeah, flipping condos in Miami.’ It was a sexy commodity, and it was fun to make money,” Beschel said.

Read it all; it makes one think of the Dutch tulip craze.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy

Christopher Johnson Unpacks Another Episcopal News Service Spin Attempt

Read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Church of Kenya, Anglican Provinces, Episcopal Church (TEC), Media

Jim McGreevey to begin Episcopal seminary classes

Jim McGreevey, the nation’s first openly gay governor, is returning to the classroom Tuesday as a seminary student.

The former New Jersey governor will begin full-time studies at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in Chelsea, where he will pursue a three-year Master of Divinity program.

McGreevey, 50, switched denominations from Roman Catholic to Episcopalian earlier this year and has expressed an interest in becoming a priest.

“I hope that Jim McGreevey finds some contentment and satisfaction in his new role as an Episcopalian priest,” said Tom Giblin, the Democratic Party chairman during McGreevey’s run for governor.

Read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), Seminary / Theological Education, Theology

New Rector of Anglican Parish in Michigan focuses on outreach

St. Matthew’s was created in 2004 when the Rev. Steven J. Dewey resigned as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Lapeer and established St. Matthew’s as an Anglican church under the leadership of the Anglican Church of Bolivia. Irvin, 55, fills the vacancy created when Dewey died Oct. 13, 2006.

“I am delighted to be part of such a loving church community dedicated to becoming a Great Commission congregation,” said Irvin. “St. Matthew’s purpose is to be committed to making disciples and loving both God and our neighbors.”

A native of Jasper, Texas, Irvin was a teenager when his family moved to Ohio, where he was an athlete while attending Cleveland State University. Irvin said he was brought up in the Episcopal Church but said he left as a youth because of the church’s liberalism.

Read it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Parish Ministry

Central Florida Bishop nixes Trinity Prep play

The school theater production aimed to “push the limits,” and it did — way too far for its conservative Episcopal bishop.

Trinity Preparatory School canceled its opening-night performance of La Cage aux Folles on Friday at the request of Bishop John Howe, head of the Diocese of Central Florida.

“His request was not to stage the production, and we decided to honor his request,” said Headmaster Craig Maughan, who called off Friday’s and tonight’s planned performances. “I met with the cast and all the people involved in the production and announced the decision and explained it to them.”

Read it all.

Update: Some background from yesterday’s article in the paper here.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Religion & Culture, TEC Bishops, Theatre/Drama/Plays

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Posted in * General Interest

LINKS FOR T19 Sidebar

Kendall, Greg, Susan — Please post ideas for links for sidebar below. Thanks

I’ve grouped links into 3 Categories (can tweak this later)
1. Important Documents
2. Anglican Blogs / Websites
3. Other Blogs / Websites

(Will handle pages separately later once I learn more about whether they’re possible here.)


documents are in chronological order, most recent first

TEC HoB Primates Communique Study Guide (June 07)

TEC HoB Message to Church, Mar07

US HOB Meeting Resolutions, March 2007

Dar es Salaam Communique, Feb. 2007

Anglican Covenant Draft (Feb. 2007)

Kigali Communique, Sept 2006

Road to Lambeth document, Sept. 2006

Third Trumpet Communique (3rd South to South Encounter, Eygpt Oct. 2005)

Dromantine Communique, Feb 2005

Windsor Report, Oct. 2004

Also, don’t miss:
Episcopal Crisis Timeline



A. Official websites

Anglican Communion website
Archbishop of Canterbury
Church of England
Church of Nigeria
Episcopal Church Official Site
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Episcopal Church: Diocese & Parish charts
Episcopal Church Statistics
Diocese of South Carolina
Anglican Communion Network
American Anglican Council
Anglican Communion Institute
Anglican Mainstream
Anglican Essentials Canada

B. NEWS & News-focused blogs:

ACNS Digest
ENS (Episcopal Life Online)
The Anglican Journal
Church of England News

The Anglican Planet
The Church of England Newspaper (CEN)
The Church Times
The Living Church

CaNN/The Webelf Report
George Conger’s blog
Ruth Gledhill’s blog



Previous versions of Titusonenine:
Blogspot version archives

Stand Firm
Brad Drell (Drell’s Descants)
Global South Anglican
Lent & Beyond
The Rev’d Dr. Leander Harding
To All the World (Dean Robert Munday)
Anglican TV
AAC blog
BabyBlue Cafe
Confessing Reader
Captain Yips
Midwest Conservative Journal
Wannabe/Newbie Anglican
Peter Ould: Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy
The Confessing Tiger
Confessions of a Carioca (Dan Martins)
Connecticut Six
The Kew Continuum
Rather Not blog
Reformed Anglican (Jay Slocum)
Transfiguration (Canon John Heidt)
Transfigurations (Pat Dague)
Mine Iron Heart (Patrick Allen) **note inactive since Apr 21
Non Sermoni Res (William Witt)
Northern Plains Anglican
Apostolicity (Chris Cantrell)
Lobster Pot (Dean Rick Lobs)
The Continuum
The Prayer Book Society (Dr. Peter Toon)
Anglican Action (Ralph Webb, IRD)
An Undercurrent of Hostility (Anne Kennedy) ??
Texanglican ??
Anglican Orthodox to the Core
AnglicanPhilosopher.Ca (Sarah Daley)
The Age to Come (Peter in Canada)


Thinking Anglicans
An Inch at a Time (Susan Russell)
Walking with Integrity
Fr. Jake Stops the World
Daily Episcopalian
The Lead
Episcopal Majority
Tobias Haller: In a Godward Direction
Mark Harris: Preludium
Inclusive Church (Scott Gunn)
Anglican Scotist
Questioning Christian (DC Toedt)
Anglican Centrist (Fr. Greg Jones)
Dylan’s Lectionary Blog (Sarah Dylan Brueur)
Entangled States (Nick Knisely)
Louie Crew’s Anglican Pages
Fr. Tony Clavier

–Blogging Bishops
Robert Duncan, Dio Pittsburgh
Charles Jenkins, Dio. Louisiana
Christopher Epting
Dorsey Henderson (Dio Upper SC)
Pierre Whalon
Marc Andrus
George Councell (Dio. NJ)

Ireland: David Chillingworth
UK: Mike Hill
Other UK bishops?
Other Overseas bishops pages? (Sydney…, others?)
Arb. of York? does he have a page?

NEED to add Forward in Faith to Organizations?
Sydney Anglicans — ADD TO NEWS
Dean Munday’s blog (not sure if still active… need to check)
Latimer Press (New Zealand Evangelical Anglicans)
Common Cause stuff (see here: http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/3290/#58549 )
AMIA ????
Apostasy Group
Nashotah House
?? Shelter in the Storm (orthodox parish database)



Get Religion
IRD — this will cause some fits, I’m sure!!! 😉
Daily Office (Mission St. Clare) ?
Lectionary (Satucket.com) ?
Book of Common Prayer online
Wayback Machine Internet Archive
Fr. Stephen Freeman: Glory to God for All Things ?
Eric Swensson: Pietist (Awakenings) blog (Lutherans committed to reform in ELCA)
Albert Mohler’s Blog
Touchstone (Mere Comments)
First Things
Amy Welborn
Reformed Pastor (David Fischler)
Christianity Today (especially weblog)
John Piper — (Desiring God Ministries) ??
Mark D. Roberts blog (Irvine Presbyterian) ??
Ben Witherington?
Crunchy Con (Rod Dreher)?
Frederica Matthews-Green
?? Washington Post/Newsweek’s “On Faith” site?
? Breakpoint (Chuck Colson)
http://biblicalpreaching.wordpress.com/ (Kendall posted this link on Day 1 of this blog)
Islam & Christianity
Answering Islam ??
Robert Gagnon
Political Spaghetti (a T19 reader)

  • John Chane (“On Faith” entries)
  • Jane Dixon (“On Faith” entries)
  • Mark Sisk (“On Faith” entries)
  • John Shelby Spong (“On Faith” entries)
  • Desmond Tutu (“On Faith” entries)
  • NT Wright (“On Faith” entries)
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    Archbishop rebuffs claim of re-written pastoral letter

    The Church of Nigeria has denounced as ”˜racist and demeaning’ suggestions that Archbishop Peter Akinola’s Aug 20 pastoral letter was ghost-written by his American bishop, the Rt Rev Martyn Minns.

    The charges of American manipulation of African Archbishops were ”˜another attempt to divert attention’ away from the root causes of the crisis of faith and order in the Anglican Communion, it said.

    On Aug 24 the Church Times reported that ”˜computer tracking software suggests’ the pastoral was extensively edited and revised over a four-day period by Bishop Minns. The article stated there were “about 600 insertions made by Bishop Minns, including whole new sections amounting to two-thirds of the final text.

    There is also a sprinkling of minor amendments made by Canon Chris Sugden of the conservative group Anglican Mainstream.”

    The Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, charged that the Church Times report confirmed his suspicions that American conservatives, not African bishops were
    driving the Global South’s calls for discipline of the US church.

    The Church Times report “demonstrates that the most extreme demands being made of the Anglican Communion by the secessionists originate not with Archbishop Akinola in Nigeria but from Bishop Minns and other extreme conservatives associated with CANA.

    “The conservatives who have been driving the Global South agenda have tried to present themselves as orthodox in contrast to what they claim is TEC’s heterodoxy. In their campaign to defeat those of us who support the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Anglican Communion, they are prepared to use methods which we believe to be abusive, dishonest and fail to embody Christian values,” Mr Coward said.

    The Church of Nigeria’s director of communications, Archdeacon Akintunde Popoola, responded that it was “very insulting and racist to infer that the Primate of All Nigeria is
    being dictated to.” Archdeacon Popoola stated work on the pastoral letter began in Abuja on Aug 6, as staffers gathered research for the letter. A first draft was read by Archbishop Akinola on Aug 9, but no corrections were made at that time.

    Archbishop Akinola then travelled to the United States, and working in the offices of Bishop Minns, completed the letter. The charge that Bishop Minns wrote the letter was
    nonsensical, Archdeacon Popoola said.

    ”˜I fail to see any issue if amendments are then made on Bishop Minns’ computer’ by Archbishop Akinola. “Apart from the fact that they were together during the period of the
    amendment, the Archbishop, like many effective leaders who spend little time glued to a desk, often phones me and other staff to write certain things. Such remain his idea and anyone who knows Archbishop Peter Akinola knows you cannot make him say what he does not mean,” he said.

    Bishop Minns told The Church of England Newspaper he served in a secretarial capacity as Archbishop Akinola’s amanuensis, and did not write the pastoral as claimed by the Church Times.

    –This article appears in the August 31st, 2007, edition of the Church of England Newspapaer, page 7

    On Aug 20 CEN received a copy of Archbishop Akinola’s pastoral from the Church of Nigeria written using Microsoft Word. A revised copy of the pastoral was sent out later that day. In its report on the pastoral the CEN noted that Archbishop Akinola was visiting his parishes in Northern Virginia at the time of the document’s release.

    Using the Microsoft Word feature ”˜Track Changes’, changes to the original draft document as claimed by the Church Times can be observed, including the name of the registered user of the software used to edit the document.

    While Bishop Minns is named as the registered owner of the software, there is no evidence that he was the author of the document ”” merely that it was typed on a machine whose copy of Microsoft Word was registered in his name.

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

    The Bishop of Durham Reveals Loneliness at the Top

    By Michael Brown

    The fourth most senior figure in the Anglican hierarchy says too many demands are these days being made of bishops.

    The complaint is forthrightly made by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Tom Wright, (pictured) in the September issue of Newslink, the newspaper of the Durham diocese.

    And the 59-year-old church leader confesses that he has been finding it particularly hard to run his diocese in recent months since the departure for Oxford of his suffragan, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, Bishop of Jarrow, and before the arrival next month of the Ven Mark Bryant, at present Archdeacon of Coventry, as the new Bishop of Jarrow.

    Bishop Wright says: “I have enjoyed this period of interregnum””in a funny sort of way. I’ve done more confirmations and licensings per week and month than ever before, and visited several churches for the first time.”

    But the bishop goes on: “But I have discovered… that if there is only one of you, it’s not only a bit lonely but, frankly, more or less impossible. The demands on bishops these days are enormous.”

    The 71st Bishop of Durham, in a reference to the 63rd bishop of the same see ”” the famous and controversial Hensley Henson who was at Durham from 1920 until 1939 ”” declares: “Gone are the days when Hensley Henson could spend all morning writing a letter to The Times, all afternoon walking round the park [of Auckland Castle] chatting with unemployed miners, and all evening at a great dinner party.”

    And he bemoans: “Goodness, I’ve only played golf three times this year ”” and one of those was official diocesan business.”

    With apparent relief, Bishop Wright declares: “I am enormously looking forward to sharing ministry with Mark,” and in a message to the flock of his diocese he adds: “I know you will welcome him with open arms and hearts.”

    –This article appears in the Church of England Newspaper, August 31st, 2007, edition, on page 3

    Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

    Ny Times Letters: Luring, and Keeping, Good Teachers

    Here is one:

    To the Editor:

    We need more than salary incentives for teachers. Schools need to offer titles, modeled on the promotion procedures in teaching universities.

    These titles would reflect expertise: apprentice teacher (for the first three years), teacher, master teacher and distinguished master teacher.

    As teachers received promotions, with the higher ranks optional, they would be given merit pay, of course, but would also be expected to assume additional responsibilities for mentoring new faculty, assessing school performance and participating more actively in the administration of the school.

    Would this be more work for harried teachers and administrators? Of course. But it wouldn’t be as time consuming as dealing with discouraged teachers and students.

    Most important, this would give teachers public recognition of their achievements and a more respected voice in the profession.

    Mary Ann Rishel

    Read them all.

    Posted in * Culture-Watch, Education

    AP: One Gay Marriage, Then Iowa Judge Stays Ruling

    Two men sealed the state’s first legal same-sex marriage with a kiss Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a judge threw out Iowa’s ban on gay marriage and about two hours before he put that ruling on hold.

    It was a narrow window of opportunity.

    Polk County Judge Robert Hanson temporarily cleared the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses in the county when he ruled Thursday that Iowa’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed marriage only between a man and a woman, violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection of six gay couples who had sued.

    County attorney John Sarcone promised a quick appeal and asked Hanson to stay his ruling until that appeal was resolved.

    A dozen gay and lesbian couples were waiting at the county recorder’s office when it opened at 7:30 Friday morning.

    ”This might be our only chance,” said Katy Farlow, who waited in a lawn chair with fellow Iowa State University student Larissa Boeck.

    Read it all.

    Posted in * Culture-Watch, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family