Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

(Telegraph) New Archbishop of Canterbury challenges David Cameron on Same Sex marriage

In his first official day as leader of the Church of England, the Rt Rev Justin Welby is expected to say that marriage should remain “between a man and a woman”.

As MPs prepare for the vote on gay marriage tomorrow, Bishop Welby will give his first interviews after being officially confirmed in the post at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“He will say that marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been,” a source close to Bishop Welby said last night, adding that the Archbishop was expecting to be asked for his views and had prepared his response.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, --Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Anglican Unscripted Episode 64

‘In this week’s episode of Anglican Unscripted your hosts discuss the adventure (misadventures) of Presiding Bishop Jefferts-Schori as she descended onto the city of Charleston last week. Allan Haley examines the legal details of the preemptive strike launched against TEC and Schori and how this battle was won. There is also much international news with stories on Egypt and Nigeria and no AU is complete without a story from Canterbury with Peter Ould – this time he talks about the coming wave of Same-Sex Marriage in England’

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: South Carolina

(Hilton Island Packet) St. Mark's Chapel visited by new Episcopal bishop of new S.C. TEC Diocese

St. Mark’s Chapel in Port Royal took a step closer to its goal of joining the national Episcopal Church on Sunday when a newly appointed bishop visited the congregation and performed the first confirmations of his tenure.

The Right Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, who recently was appointed provisional bishop of the South Carolina parishes remaining with the national church, joined in the service at Union Church on 11th Street and was celebrated afterward at a reception at The Shed in Port Royal.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: South Carolina

(RNS) Major Baptism Agreement Signed by Catholic and Reformed Churches

Leaders of Catholic and Reformed churches have signed an agreement to recognize each other’s sacraments of baptism, a public step toward unity among groups that are often divided by doctrine.

“Baptism establishes the bond of unity existing among all who are part of Christ’s body and is therefore the sacramental basis for our efforts to move towards visible unity,” reads the “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism.”

The document was signed, after seven years of discussion, at a worship service Tuesday (Jan. 29) at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin, Texas, which opened the annual meeting of Christian Churches Together in the USA, an ecumenical network created in 2001.

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, Baptism, Baptists, Ecumenical Relations, Other Churches, Roman Catholic, Sacramental Theology, Theology

(CT) Move Over, Abortion? Religious Freedom Is the New Battleground for 'Personhood'

Thus far, courts have avoided the issue of a corporation’s religious rights, Friedman says. In some cases, judges have ruled that plaintiffs have not demonstrated “substantial burden,” simply because it’s easier than weighing in on the First Amendment and RFRA rights of companies, he said.

If one or more of the cases against the employer contraceptive mandate is successfully appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, justices will face a tricky set of intertwined issues: whether or not a corporation can practice religion; whether or not a corporation has the same religious freedom as its owners; and whether or not being required to cover contraceptives violates a corporation’s””or its owners’””religious freedom.

“It’s one of the most difficult legal questions I’ve seen, in terms of all the issues that are intertwined,” said Friedman, who runs the Religion Clause blog and wrote about the issue last month. “There really haven’t been any [courts] that have said corporations themselves have religious rights. They’ve either avoided the issue [by finding no substantial burden] or said the corporation can assert the owners’ rights.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, --The 2009 American Health Care Reform Debate, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Health & Medicine, Law & Legal Issues, Life Ethics, Religion & Culture

Justin Welby to be confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, will officially become the Archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony, known as the ”˜Confirmation of Election’, which will take place in the context of an act of worship in St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 4th February.

The ceremony forms part of the legal process by which the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury is put into effect. It will be presided over by the Archbishop of York with the assistance of the Bishops of London, Winchester, Salisbury, Worcester, Rochester, Lincoln, Leicester and Norwich. All have been commissioned for this purpose by Her Majesty The Queen ”“ who is the ”˜Supreme Governor’ of the Church of England.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, --Justin Welby, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), Parish Ministry

(C of E) Bishop of Wakefield calls for prayers for starving consumers and struggling farmers

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, has called on people to pray for the whole food production chain from struggling farmers, in the UK and elsewhere, to those that do not have enough to eat.

Backing the Enough Food For Everyone If campaign, the Bishop emphasised the call for governments, companies and individuals to work together to take the necessary steps to reduce the millions currently going hungry and the amount of food wasted.

At the other end of the food chain, he added, those who produce food also need prayers. Farmers in the UK, for example, are facing cuts in their income of up to 50 per cent due to weather damage, according to latest estimates from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Dieting/Food/Nutrition, Poverty, Spirituality/Prayer

(Telegraph) Christopher Howse–Holding a candle in the Temple

The candles of Candlemas refer to the words of Simeon, and, as the historian Eamon Duffy has pointed out, the sermon that the parishioners would have heard on this great feast day would most likely have mentioned that the candle is in a way like Jesus himself: the wax, wick and flame being like his body, soul and divinity.

In the Lady Chapel of Winchester cathedral, one of the wall panels painted in grisaille shows a woman asleep in church but holding a candle. This illustrates a story in the bestselling Golden Legend (famous for 200 years before Caxton printed it) of a woman who missed the Candlemas procession but dreamt of the saints in heaven taking part in the festal liturgy. An angel gave the dreamer a candle, which she found in her grasp when she awoke.

The story shows how the thoughts of lay people at church in the 15th century were in two places apart from their immediate surroundings.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Parish Ministry

Chrysler Ram Truck Super Bowl Ad–So God made a Farmer

This one was my favorite–KSH..

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, History, Religion & Culture, Sports

(Baltimore Sun) Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl, defeating San Francisco 49ers, 34-31

“It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t perfect, but it was us,” said John Harbaugh, who took the Lombardi Trophy from owner Steve Bisciotti and held it aloft. “The final series of Ray Lewis’ career was a goal line stand to win the Lombardi Trophy. As Ray said on the podium, how could it be any better than that?”

But it wasn’t easy, especially after a 34-minute power outage in the Superdome cost the Ravens the momentum they had gained in the first half and from Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return to start the second half. Following the stoppage in the third quarter, the 49ers scored 17 straight points to cut the Ravens’ lead to 28-23.

“I just knew that with Jim Harbaugh on the other sideline and all those years being together, that those guys were going to come back,” John Harbaugh said. “Those guys handled [the delay] better than we did.”

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Update: Here are three front page pictures on different final print editions.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Sports

Seeing Darwin Through Christian Eyes? It All Depends on the Christian

Two congressmen, two Christians and two very different views of the man who in 1859 published “On the Origin of Species.” A century and a half after the publication of the book that changed our understanding of the living world, “this amazingly creative man,” as Mr. Holt called Darwin in an interview this week, still gets a whupping from politicians trying to scare up the votes of conservative Christians.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Broun’s wife told a room of surprised onlookers that her husband would be running for the Senate in 2014.

Mr. Holt says he is a Christian whose spiritual home is the Quaker meeting in Princeton, N.J. Mr. Broun, whose spokeswoman said he was expected to make an announcement about his possible candidacy in the next week, attends a Baptist church in Athens, Ga., and is a member of the Gideons, the group that places Bibles in hotel rooms.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, History, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint Anskar

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst send thy servant Anskar as an apostle to the people of Scandinavia, and dist enable him to lay a firm foundation for their conversion, though he did not see the results of his labors: Keep thy Church from discouragement in the day of small things, knowing that when thou hast begun a good work thou wilt bring it to a faithful conclusion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Lord, who art Master of the stormy winds and alone canst order them to be still: Be with us in all the voyage of our life; for our boat is small and the ocean is wide. When the winds are contrary, give us to know that thou rulest the raging of the sea; and when our faith is little and we cry to thee out of the midst of our fears, hear thou our prayer and grant us thy peace; for the glory of thy great name.

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust without a fear. What can flesh do to me?

–Psalm 56:3-4

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

The Baltimore Ravens Win the Super Bowl 34-31

I was thankful it ended up being such a good game.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Men, Sports

Eric Schmidt, in new book: China could contribute to fracturing the Internet into pieces

Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s new book, co-authored with a former State Department superstar named Jared Cohen, doesn’t come out until April. But The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Gara got a hold of an advance copy and has been going through some of its ideas about the future of the Web. Particularly interesting are Schmidt’s comments on China, which, according to Gara’s reading, seem to portray the country as a rising threat not just to Web freedom but to the Internet itself.

Schmidt and Cohen write that China is the world’s “most sophisticated and prolific” hacker, according to Gara. Their book reads, ”It’s fair to say we’re already living in an age of state-led cyber war, even if most of us aren’t aware of it.” But their predictions for where that might lead the Internet, according to the Journal’s report, include the dark possibility that it could split apart entirely.

China’s willingness to use aggressive, sophisticated hacking to get ahead, Schmidt seems to argue, will grant the country and its state-linked firms a significant advantage in the global economy.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, Books, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Globalization

Sunday Afternoon Mental Health Break–Courageous and Adventurous Texas Rabbit

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Posted in * General Interest, Animals

Canberra Anglican Diocese ushers in new phase

Canberra’s Anglican Diocese has begun preparing historic and contemporary church documents which may be useful to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

In a pastoral letter to the Anglican congregations and people of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Stuart Robinson said the diocese was entering into a new phase of ministry and care as the royal commission got under way.

”As your bishop I am calling us all to prayer; justice, compassion, transparency, truth and Christ’s honour must be front and centre in all we do,” Bishop Robinson wrote.

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

(Cambridge News) The Williams-Dawkins Debate–This house believes 'religion has a place'

It was billed as the moral equivalent of an Ali v Foreman title fight. The world’s best known atheist arguing with the man who until a few weeks ago was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Last night, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, took on Rowan Williams, the new master of Magdalene College, in a debate on religion at the Cambridge Union. And Williams emerged triumphant.

The motion for debate was big enough to attract the very best speakers to the Cambridge Union: Religion has no place in the 21st century.

But the key factor in persuading Professor Richard Dawkins to agree to take part in last night’s setpiece was something else ”“ an admiration for his principal opponent.

“I normally turn down formal debates,” he said. “But the charming Rowan Williams was too good to miss.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, --Rowan Williams, Apologetics, Archbishop of Canterbury, Atheism, Education, Other Faiths, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Theology, Young Adults

(Varsity) Dawkins v Williams: the Union debate

As [Arif] Ahmed recited figures on Anglicanism’s decline Rowan Williams grew restless, causing Ahmed to ask the master of Magdalene pointedly: “Do you want a point of information?” The room broke out in laughter as Williams responded by motioning for Ahmed to ”˜bring it on’.

The Spectator columnist Douglas Murray, arguing for the relevance of religion in the 21st century despite the “awkward position” of being an atheist, finished the debate by declaring that “no rational person could agree with this motion”. Religion, alongside humanism and secularism, has “a contribution to make”, Murray argued, telling students that without religion you may end up “with something like a perpetual version of The Only Way is Essex”.

Priyanka Kulkarni, Pembroke first year, said: “Tonight’s debate was highly anticipated, the queue spanning for what seemed to be miles was an indicator that this was going to be a highlight of the union this term.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, --Rowan Williams, Apologetics, Archbishop of Canterbury, Atheism, Education, England / UK, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Theology, Young Adults

The Cambridge Union Debate this past week between Rowan Williams and Richard Dawkins

You may find the preliminary video here (it lasts a little over 1 1/2 hours).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Atheism, Education, England / UK, Other Faiths, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, Theology, Young Adults

R. Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales on the same-sex marriage Bill

This Bill, for the first time in British history, fundamentally seeks to break the existing legal link between the institution of marriage and sexual exclusivity, loyalty, and responsibility for the children of the marriage. If the Bill passes, several previously foundational aspects of the law of marriage will be changed to accommodate same sex
couples: the common law presumption that a child born to a mother during her marriage is also the child of her partner will not apply in same sex marriages (Schedule 4, para. 2); the existing provisions on divorce will be altered so that sexual infidelity by one of the parties in a same sex marriage with another same sex partner will not constitute adultery (Schedule 4, para. 3); and nonconsummation will not be a ground on which a same sex marriage is voidable (Schedule 4, para. 4).

Marriage thus becomes an institution in which openness to children, and with it the responsibility on fathers and mothers to remain together to care for children born into their family unit, is no longer central to society’s understanding of that institution (as reflected in the law). The fundamental problem with the Bill is that changing the legal understanding of marriage to accommodate same sex partnerships threatens subtly, but radically, to alter the meaning of marriage over time for everyone. This is the heart of our argument in principle against same sex marriage….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anthropology, Church/State Matters, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Media, Other Churches, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Sexuality, Theology, Wales