Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

(RNS) Transgender theology professor asked to leave California Christian college after coming out

A California Christian college has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave Azusa Pacific University after he came out as transgender.

Heather Clements taught theology at the school for 15 years, but this past year, he has begun referring to himself as H. Adam Ackley.

Ackley, who is in his third year of a five-year contract, told RNS that he and APU have agreed to part ways as the university said it will continue to pay him through the academic year. But, he said, the university wants other professors to take over his classes. He also said that his insurance was denied when he sought hormone treatment and “top surgery” for his chest area.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Education, Ethics / Moral Theology, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, Theology

Dad's 81st Birthday Yesterday

We took him shopping and out for dinner–simple pleasures; KSH.

Posted in * By Kendall, * General Interest, Harmon Family, Photos/Photography

(CSM Editorial) Ending the hypersexualization of girls

France has now joined a global struggle against the sexualization of women, especially girls, in public. On Wednesday [last week], the French upper house of Parliament voted to end beauty pageants for girls younger than 16.

The bill, which must still be approved by the lower house, was introduced to fend off a growing popularity of such pageants but also in response to public outrage over a French Vogue photo spread showing child models in tight dresses, lipstick, and high heels. Many in France were also upset that the company Jours Après Lunes came out with a line of “loungerie” ”“ a mix of loungewear and lingerie ”“ for girls as young as 4.

“Let us not allow our girls to think from a young age that their worth is judged only by their appearance,” said Sen. Chantal Jouanno, a champion of the pageant ban.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Europe, France, Media, Teens / Youth, Theology, Women

(BBC) In Pakistan, Burials amid anger after Peshawar church attack

Burials have been taking place in the Pakistani city of Peshawar after a double suicide bombing killed at least 80 people at a church on Sunday.

It is thought to be the deadliest ever attack on Pakistan’s Christians.

Two militant groups with links to the Taliban said they ordered the attack to retaliate against US drone strikes.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Asia, Other Churches, Pakistan, Religion & Culture, Violence

(Reuters) Angela Merkel romps to victory but faces tough coalition choices

Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany’s general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, --European Sovereign Debt Crisis of 2010, Credit Markets, Currency Markets, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Euro, Europe, European Central Bank, Germany, Politics in General, The Banking System/Sector, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--, Theology

[BBC] Breaking: Nairobi Westgate attack: 'Assault begins' to break siege

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Live updates from the BBC today here

There is also a report in the East African ‘Standard’ newspaper this morning:
Explosions go off inside Westgate Mall in Nairobi [title of article amended later]

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

A message from the FCA General Secretary about arrangements for the upcoming Gafcon Gathering

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Global South Churches & Primates, Kenya

West Virginia Episcopal Diocese to allow for the blessing of same-sex couples

The Episcopal Church in West Virginia will bless same sex unions, Bishop Michie Klusmeyer announced Saturday.

Klusmeyer said he gave the issue much thought and prayer before making the decision, which he announced in Flatwoods at a three-day convention of the Diocese of West Virginia.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anthropology, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Religion & Culture, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), TEC Bishops, TEC Diocesan Conventions/Diocesan Councils, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(NBC) Gunfire, explosions reported as bloody Kenya mall siege enters its third day

Gunfire and explosions were heard at a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital early Monday as a hostage standoff which has left at least 68 people dead entered its third day.

The FBI said it was investigating reports that as many as five Americans were among the group of al Qaeda-linked terrorists who raided the Westgate mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Kenya, Law & Legal Issues, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Somalia, Violence

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Take from us, O Lord God, all pride and vanity, all boasting and self-assertion, and give us the true courage that shows itself in gentleness; the true wisdom that shows itself in simplicity; and the true power that shows itself in modesty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

From the Morning Scripture Readings

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock! Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before E’phraim and Benjamin and Manas’seh! Stir up thy might, and come to save us!

–Psalm 80:1-2

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(NY Times Metropolitan Diary) Faith Healing on the Train

Dear Diary:

While I was riding the subway home after a delightful dinner with a visiting friend, the young woman seated opposite me noticed my cast and asked how I injured my leg. I replied that it was my foot that was injured and that I had fractured my fifth metatarsal.

She asked if she could say a healing prayer for me. I said if she thought that would help, sure, go ahead. She then asked if I would mind if she touched my foot and said a prayer right now….

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine, Religion & Culture, Spirituality/Prayer, Travel, Urban/City Life and Issues

(BBC) The Bishop of Wakefield gives cash away to mark the 10th anniversary of his Consecration

An Anglican bishop is marking the tenth anniversary of his consecration with a cash gift to churches in his diocese.

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Right Reverend Stephen Platten, said churches should use the £100 to start community projects.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Parish Ministry, Stewardship

Please pray for the situation in Kenya

Bishop Joel Waweru of Anglican Church of Kenya called for his followers and his countrymen to maintain peace.

“We are so disheartened with whatever happened, but we would want to call upon our Christian brothers and sisters to keep peace and to maintain peace,” said Waweru.

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Reuters: 10-Islamist gunmen hold hostages in Kenya siege, 68 dead

NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Islamist militants were holding hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 68 people were killed in an attack by Somalia’s al Shabaab group.

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Live updates from the BBC here

News from the local paper the Standard with a live link from KTN here

A message from +Peter Jensen about GAFCON II here

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

(Radio NZ) Anglican Diocese of Wellington votes to divest from fossil fuel companies

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington has voted to remove all of its investments in companies which extract or produce fossil fuels.

The decision came at a meeting of delegates in Palmerston North this weekend and follows a similar decision by the Anglican synod in Auckland.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Australia / NZ, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, Ethics / Moral Theology, Stock Market, Theology