Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

[CPA] Oklahoma churches and colleges offer relief to tornado victims

Fourteen-year-old Lizzy Jasper sat smiling in a chair just inside the front door to New Life Bible Church in north Norman Tuesday morning, where a homemade sign let folks know this was now a “Tornado Shelter.”

There was breakfast here, a shower and bathrooms. Desperately-needed comfort, mostly…

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A.

[Washington Times] Unfathomable anguish: Parents converge on Oklahoma churches

One doesn’t have to go far to get a sense of loss confronting tornado-ravaged families

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A.

[Telegraph] Women bishops: 'fast-track' solution will take at least two years, Church admits

… following a two-day meeting behind closed doors, the current bishops announced that the new legislation would not be ready in time for the July meeting of Synod.

Instead the Synod will be presented with four basic options ”“ details of which have not yet been published ”“ and asked to discuss them under the supervision of mediators before choosing one.

That would enable the new legislation to be debated for the first time in November ”“ a full year after the rejection of the previous measure.

If there were no unexpected hurdles, the Synod would then vote on final approval in 2015.
The arrival of a new Archbishop heralded what was seen as a radical new approach.

It included summoning different church factions to mediated discussions based on techniques used by Archbishop Welby in African war-zones earlier in his ministry.

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

CofE: Statement of HoB on Women Bishops

The report of the Working Group presented four new options as a way forward and proposed that the General Synod should consider those options at its meeting in July. The Working Group also proposed a timetable which would involve the legislation starting its formal stages in the Synod in November and receiving Final Approval in 2015.

The House of Bishops has agreed that the report of the Working Group should be published with a separate report from the Archbishops on behalf of the House setting out the House’s recommendations to the General Synod. The House has also asked the Business Committee of the General Synod to arrange for a substantial amount of time to be available at the General Synod in July for facilitated conversations in small groups before the Synod comes to a decision on the way forward.

The House also approved the necessary changes in its standing orders to ensure the attendance of senior women clergy at its meetings. These changes were proposed following the House’s decision at its meeting in December to ensure the participation of senior female clergy in its meetings until such time as there are six female members of the house, following the admission of women to the episcopate

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

Anglican Unscripted Episode 72

“Episode 72 of Anglican Unscripted brings even more news about the Anglican Church (Communion) around the world. Kevin and George talk about stories from Tanzania and Nigeria, who are dealing with internal conflict and Muslim-on-Christian violence.
It is also time to give an update on the Temporary Same Sex Liturgies the Episcopal Church passed at General Convention last year and who is using them and who is not.
AS Haley updates all the major legal cases around the country and discusses the late breaking news from The Falls Church.
Peter Ould talks about the growing conflict and investigation in Jersey. It is hard to tell if the biggest issue is jurisdiction or lack of trasparency.”

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Latest News

A Prayer for Wednesday May 22nd

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people’s fear and pain
before they spoke of them,
we pray for those in hospital;
surround the frightened with your tenderness;
give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience
to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

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

A Reading for Wednesday May 22nd

I have trusted in thy steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:5-6

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture