Daily Archives: June 3, 2012

Bill Thompson to Become Full-Time Bishop of Growing ACNA Diocese of Western Anglicans

After devoting nearly four decades of his life to his role as rector of All Saints’ Anglican Church in Long Beach, Calif., the Rt. Rev. William A. Thompson will focus his full attention on being bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglicans.

The Diocese was formed in April of 2009 and includes 28 parishes and church plants stretching from southern California to Washington state and as far east as Wyoming. In addition to his work to support the growing Diocese, Bishop Thompson serves the Anglican Church in North America in numerous ways, including leading the Prayer Book and Common Liturgy Task Force.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article on the Newly Elected Episcopal Bishop for Atlanta

“I think the biggest challenge for us and all of mainstream Christianity is to begin to talk about the good news of Jesus Christ and what his message means in the 21st century,” Wright said Saturday. He said he will be ready to partner with Episcopalians across the diocese and to reach out to all generations, especially the young.

Wright has been rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Peyton Road in southwest Atlanta for 10 years and is dean of the diocese’s Mid-Atlantic Convocation.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Bishops

United Church of Christ Backs Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan for Youth

The PACHA resolution states that only programs with the best scientific information be funded, and that the government should uphold the rights of young people to have access to information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexual health.

The UCC officials issued objections in their Friday endorsement, however, specifically $5 million in abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Economy, Education, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Other Churches, Politics in General, Sexuality, Teens / Youth, The U.S. Government, Theology, United Church of Christ

(AFP) Northern Nigerian church suicide attack kills eight

Speeding up his vehicle, the attacker approached a checkpoint near the church in Bauchi State, which has previously been hit by Islamist group Boko Haram and where tension between Muslims and Christians has led to violence in the past.

“We have a checkpoint not far from the church which prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target,” said state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan.

“So he rammed the car into a security gate and the car exploded, killing him and eight other people,” he added.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria, Inter-Faith Relations, Islam, Law & Legal Issues, Muslim-Christian relations, Nigeria, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Terrorism, Violence

Churches Continue Exodus From PCUSA

The year 2012 is shaping up to be another one of steep membership decline for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) as nearly a dozen congregations have already finished their process of separation from the group or are continuing it.

On February 11, congregations in Davenport, Wash. and South Charleston, Ohio were officially dismissed by their presbyteries, concluding a three-year and nine-year process of consideration for the respective churches. Both churches, like many before them, cited theological differences, particularly regarding the ordainment of active homosexuals, as their reasons for leaving….

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Religion News & Commentary, Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Presbyterian, Sexuality Debate (Other denominations and faiths), Theology, Theology: Scripture

Episcopal Elections Yesterday (III): Atlanta elects Robert Wright

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Bishops

Episcopal Elections Yesterday (II): Western Massachusetts elects Douglas Fisher

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), General Convention, TEC Bishops

Episcopal Elections Yesterday (I): Rhode Island elects Nicholas Knisely

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), General Convention, TEC Bishops

(National Post) Who was Saint Maria Goretti, on display in Toronto?

Hundreds of devotees jammed into St. Maria Goretti Parish on Friday to catch a glimpse of the church’s namesake. The petite body of St. Goretti had arrived at the Scarborough church from her shrine in Nettuno, Italy on Thursday, marking the first time the complete remains of a contemporary saint have come to Toronto from overseas. “Many visitors have been bursting into tears,” said Father Edwin Galea, the church’s pastor. Round-the-clock vigils for the patron saint of young women, purity and rape victims will be held until she leaves Sunday morning. National Post”˜s Alex Nino Gheciu explains.

Q: What is her story?
A: Maria Goretti’s life came to a tragic end 110 years ago in a small Italian village. Her neighbour, Alessandro Serenelli, attempted to rape the 11-year-old before stabbing her 14 times. She didn’t die immediately, which gave her the opportunity to forgive 20-year-old Serenelli while on her deathbed. She was named a saint in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, making her the youngest officially canonized saint in the history of the Catholic church, according to Father Galea. Her canonization ceremony was attended by both her mother and her murderer, who said he was forgiven by St. Goretti in a dream.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Canada, Church History, Other Churches, Roman Catholic, Theology, Violence, Women

A Ten Year Old Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it’s a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra’s Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

“As we were going in, I saw all the children’s art on the walls, which was so superior,” Deak says. “I said, ‘That’s it, Marin! We’ve got to get kids to compose music on the level of this art right here, because look: Doesn’t that look like a Picasso? Doesn’t that look like a Paul Klee?'”

I caught this one yesterday morning running errands and it brought tears to my eyes. Read (or much better listen to) it all–KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Education, Music, Teens / Youth, Urban/City Life and Issues

Prayers for Trinity Sunday (II)

O God, who hast made thyself known to us as Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity, in order that we may be informed of thy love and thy majesty: Mercifully grant that we may not be terrified by what thou hast revealed of thy majesty, nor tempted to trespass upon thy mercy by what we know of thy love for us; but that by the power of thy Spirit we may be forever drawn to thee in true adoration and worship; who livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

–Euchologium Anglicanum

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer, The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Theology

Prayers for Trinity Sunday (I)

Praise be to thee, O God the Father, who didst create all things by thy power and wisdom, and didst so love the world as to give thy Son to be our Saviour.
Praise be to thee, O God the Son, who wast made man like unto us in all things, sin except, and wast delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification.
Praise be to thee, O God the Holy Spirit, who dost lead us into all truth, and dost shed abroad the love of God in our hearts.
All praise and glory be to thee, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

Posted in The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Theology

From the Morning Bible Readings

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

–John 1:29-34

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(CT) Muslim Brotherhood Signs Agreement with Egyptian Evangelicals

What about religious freedom, especially to evangelize and convert from Islam? Isn’t this restricted under Shari’ah?

This section of the agreement is both encouragingly clear and elusively vague. “Respect for beliefs and sanctities is obligatory” is followed by “prevention of any contempt of others’ belief or incitement of hatred is a compulsory social responsibility of loyal citizens.” How much limitation does the word “contempt” impose on religious freedom?

[Andrea] Zaki [vice president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt]: “Evangelism and changing one’s faith is a very problematic area. I want the Westerner to understand that Muslims think of changing faith in the same way one thinks of changing gender””that is, it is never contemplated.

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(Science Daily) Marriage May Make People Happier

Married people may be happier in the long run than those who aren’t married, according to new research by Michigan State University scientists.

Their study, online in the Journal of Research in Personality, finds that although matrimony does not make people happier than they were when they were single, it appears to protect against normal declines in happiness during adulthood.

“Our study suggests that people on average are happier than they would have been if they didn’t get married,” said Stevie C.Y. Yap, a researcher in MSU’s Department of Psychology.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Marriage & Family