Daily Archives: February 19, 2011

(Kansas City Star) Anglicans, Episcopalians, Catholics look to conference in Kansas City

St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church will be the host of a two-day “Becoming One” conference on Friday and Feb. 26 at the church, 5814 Euclid Ave.

The event is for Anglicans and Episcopalians who are exploring whether to accept an invitation to come into the Roman Catholic Church, and for those who have already done so.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, Ecumenical Relations, Episcopal Church (TEC), Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

(BBC) Reading test for six-year-olds to include non-words

A number of made-up words such as “koob” or “zort” are to be included in the government’s planned new reading test for six-year-olds in England.

The idea has drawn criticism from literary experts who say the approach will confuse those beginning to read.

The UK Literacy Association said the plan was “bonkers” as the purpose of reading was to understand meaning.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Children, Education, England / UK

(CEN) Foreign Secretary: ”˜No plans to change the Act of Settlement’

Negotiating changes to the Act of Settlement with members of the Commonwealth is not a priority for the coalition government, the Foreign Secretary told Parliament last week.

During the course of questioning about Britain’s relationships with the Commonwealth of Feb 1 in the House of Commons, the member for Rhonda, Mr. Chris Bryant, (Lab.) stated the “previous Government had started negotiations and discussions about the Act of Settlement with other Commonwealth countries that share our monarch as their Head of State.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, Politics in General, Religion & Culture

Episcopal Church Statistics–Morning Quiz

*No researching–you need to guess first*

What are:

–the number of domestic (USA) TEC parishes?

–the median membership of said parishes?

–the median attendance of said parishes?

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

(CEN) The Anglican Communion after Dublin

[Anglican TV] ATV: What’s the most important issue going on in the Anglican Communion today?

[Greg Venables] GV: The vast majority of Anglican leaders worldwide, together with Anglicans in general, want to get on with preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the fact that there is a message of hope, and love and forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ.

But we’ve hit a problem. And the problem is that within what we call the Anglican Communion there is a significant group, which unfortunately seems to dominate much of the public life of our church, which is suppressing the truth.

The reason why we feel this urgency is because it is clearer than ever, even within our own Church, that we are under the wrath of God. Now that is not something that people like to talk about very much, and it’s not a very pleasant subject, but it is an important one.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Analysis, Anglican Primates, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Cono Sur [formerly Southern Cone], Episcopal Church (TEC), Global South Churches & Primates, Instruments of Unity, Partial Primates Meeting in Dublin 2011, Presiding Bishop, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Windsor Report / Process

Ayaan Hirsi Ali–To Understand what the Muslim Brotherhood wants, start with its motto

‘Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” So goes the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood.

What’s extraordinary about this maxim is the succinct way that it captures the political dimension of Islam. Even more extraordinary is the capacity of these five pillars of faith to attract true believers. But the most remarkable thing of all is the way the Brotherhood’s motto seduces Western liberals.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Egypt, Foreign Relations, History, Islam, Media, Middle East, Other Faiths, Politics in General, Religion & Culture

A Prayer to begin the Day

Merciful and most loving God, by whose will and bountiful gift Jesus Christ our Lord humbled himself that he might exalt mankind; and became flesh that he might restore in us the most celestial image; and was born of the Virgin that he might uplift the lowly: Grant unto us the inheritance of the meek, perfect us in thy likeness, and bring us at last to rejoice in beholding thy beauty, and with all thy saints to glorify thy grace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Gallican Sacramentary

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

–1 Timothy 6:6-8

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Chris Seitz–New Works in the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Sharper Than a Two-Edged Sword consists of various essays from well-known contributors: Thomas Briedenthal (Bishop of Southern Ohio), Ellen Davis (Episcopalian), Amy Plantinga Pauw (Presbyterian), Richard Hays (Methodist), Robert Jenson (Lutheran) and Roman Catholics James Buckley, R.R. Reno, and Michael Root. The chapters were given as papers at a conference at Duke Divinity School, sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, in 2006. They were directed to pastors and students, and the level is general and accessible. Three contributions deal directly with preaching and teaching the Bible in church and the role of the laity. The others speak more generally to the theme of theological interpretation. The book is a compact illustration of certain trends in theological reading, with an emphasis on practice.

All in all, these three works would be good additions to a library for those wanting to hear more about the theological interpretation of Scripture. They reflect the variety of ecclesial voices now looking at the task of Christian interpretation of Scripture, from a fresh direction. I would welcome further clarity on appeal to the “Rule of Faith” that frequently arises, and more precision on its place in the early Church, especially in respect of the Old Testament. Also, the legacy of historical-critical questions remains a crucial ingredient in any effort to read the Bible in our day. The question is just what legacy that represents and how it can best be integrated in the light of proper concern to hear the earlier history of interpretation and the particularities of the community of Christian readers, now and in the past.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Books, Seminary / Theological Education, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(CEN) Nigerian archbishop in Lambeth meeting with Dr Williams

A spokesman for Archbishop Okoh said this week’s visit will be his first to London since his election as primate. A trip set for December 2010 was postponed due to inclement weather. The trip will also provide an opportunity for Dr. Rowan Williams to mend fences with the Nigerian Church, which along with a majority of the African church has become estranged from Lambeth over the past three years.

Regaining the trust of the estranged members of the Anglican Communion would be a “long task” and would be “difficult”, Dr. Williams said at the closing press conference of the Dublin primates meeting last month. However, that is the “task we’ve been given, it’s part of the gift of living in the Church” and “part of the cross we carry.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Primates, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of Nigeria, Partial Primates Meeting in Dublin 2011

(Washington Post) Survey of online access finds digital divide

A first-of-its-kind federal survey of online access found that Americans in lower-income and rural areas often have slower Internet connections than users in wealthier communities.

he data, released Thursday by the Commerce Department, also found that 5 to 10 percent of the nation does not have access to connections that are fast enough to download Web pages, photos and videos.

Compiled in an online map that is searchable by consumers – assuming they have a fast enough broadband connection – the survey seems to confirm that there is a digital divide, something experts had suspected but lacked the data to prove.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, City Government, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Politics in General, Science & Technology, State Government, The U.S. Government