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...look at the pseudo-Qur'an that has become such a mainstay of anti-Islamic activism. Internet activists regularly quote Qur'anic passages to characterize the whole Islamic faith as rooted in hatred, terror and violence, and specifically a brutal anti-Semitism. Far from being the incidental deviations of modern-day traitors to the faith, they suggest, such atrocities are entirely rooted in its most fundamental scripture, in words allegedly delivered by God himself.
The problem, though, is that the texts usually cited are spurious. Either they do not occur at all in the Qur'an, or else they are quoted in a sense radically different from their actual meaning. Just how these pseudo-texts came into being is mysterious. In some cases, activists might have invented them wholesale, while later readers pass them on in the sincere belief that they are authentic. Alternatively, perhaps genuine passages were perverted in the course of transmission. Whatever explanation we choose, there is no reason to suggest that individuals citing the alleged passages are conscious of any kind of deception: they are telling the truth as they understand it. Unintentionally, though, they are peddling harmful misinformation.
Read it all.
[For a Quick Guide and continued posts on Same Sex Liturgy as well as posts on Communion without Baptism and Transgender Resolutions see below]
Latest Developments [Updated 6th August 2012]
A prayer for the bishop and clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina who met on 25th July 2012 is here. Bishop Lawrence's report of that meeting is here. A parish letter sent to Bishop Lawrence during General Convention is here
On 6th August 2012 a Member of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, charged with overseeing the operation of the Anglican Communion Covenant, Bishop Ian Douglas approved the holding of gay weddings and blessings by clergy in the Diocese of Connecticut in solidarity with the Bishop of New York.
more below in the Quick Guide
[*NEW] *Bishop Ian Douglas, Communion Standing Committee Member, Undertakes Same Sex Marriages [6th August 2012]
[*NEW] *(Moultrie, Georgia, Observer) St. John’s leaves Episcopal Church over theological rift [6th August 2012]
[full list of posts is now continued below the fold and is being updated regularly]
Responses from South Carolina
[*NEW] *Kendall Harmon—In an age of Angst and Anxiety, Be Mindful that The Lord will Provide [6th August 2012]
*What one South Carolina Parish Wrote Bishop Mark Lawrence During General Convention 2012 [2nd August 2012]
*Bishop Lawrence Meets with Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina Following General Convention [31st July 2012]
[*NEW] *(Local Paper Faith and Values Section) Mark Lawrence—Church needs to be clear in its teaching [29th July 2012]
*[Lent & Beyond] A Prayer for the Diocese of South Carolina [25th July 2012]
*Bucking National Trend, Diocese of South Carolina Experiences Growth in 2011 [18th July 2012]
*On Short notice, Bishop Mark Lawrence Summons South Carolina Clergy to Talk about Gen. Con. 2012 [18th July 2012]
*Bishop Mark Lawrence’s Letter to the Diocese of S.C. to be read in all parishes Sunday morning [15th July 2012]
*Kendall Harmon Interviewed by The World Today about the recent General Convention [15th July 2012]
*South Carolina Differentiates Itself from Actions of 77th General Convention [12th July 2012]
*The deputation of South Carolina have released a statement this afternoon [11th July 2012]
*Kendall Harmon’s response to the GC 2012 Passage of Rites of Blessing for Same Sex Unions [10th July 2012]
*The South Carolina Deputation Statement on Passage of Rites of Blessing for Same Sex Unions[10th July 2012]
Quick Guide to Same Sex Liturgy Resolution AO49 [Regularly Updated]
Passed by the House of Bishops on 9th July 2012 with 111 for, 41 against, 3 abstentions. The Resolution in this final form was sent to the House of Deputies for consideration. Doubts about the procedure for approving these 'provisional' rites have been expressed by commenters Allan Haley here, The Living Church here, Anglican Ink here and Professor Seitz here and here and in this Christianity Today article
On 10th July 2012 the House of Deputies also passed the resolution voting by orders - Laity: 78% [86 yes, 19 no, 5 divided] and Clergy: 76% [85 yes, 22 no, 4 divided]. The final conformed resolution is here, a pdf of the official version is here and the resulting approved Liturgy for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships is here.
Protests have followed by 12+ bishops in the Indianapolis Statement, 30 deputies supported a statement read to the House of Deputies, and there have been further statements by the South Carolina delegation, Canon Theologian Kendall Harmon, and on 11th July 2012 the bishop and most of the deputation departed, and this Statement was issued. On 13th July 2012 the Standing Committee of the diocese of Central Florida issued this Statement and the Albany Bishops and Deputation this Statement.
On Sunday 15th July 2012, Bishop Mark Lawrence issued a pastoral letter to be read in Diocese of South Carolina churches reported in The State and Allan Haley comments here and there is a prayer here
On 19th July 2012, Bishop Mark Sisk of New York authorized clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages both in a religious capacity and as agents of New York State. On 20th July ACI released an analysis that Resolution A049 is legally, theologically and constitutionally flawed and made outside the constitutional authority of General Convention. On the same day the Global South Primates released a Communiqué noting with great sadness the passing of Resolution A049 authorizing 'a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions' and confirming their 'disappointment that The Episcopal Church has no regard for the concerns and convictions of the vast majority of Anglicans worldwide'.
Among those issuing pastoral letters or other statements saying they will not approve or permit Same Sex Blessings under Resolution AO49 in those dioceses are the bishops of South Carolina, Albany, Central Florida, Dallas, Florida, South Dakota, Springfield, Tennessee, Western Louisiana, and [with qualification] Northern Indiana who has made alternative arrangements and Alabama who nevertheless voted for them, and it is not clear where Upper South Carolina stands [please advise us of any updates on your bishops]
A prayer for the bishop and clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina who met on 25th July 2012 is here. Bishop Lawrence's report of that meeting is here. A parish letter sent to Bishop Lawrence during General Convention is here
On 6th August 2012 a Member of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, charged with overseeing the operation of the Anglican Communion Covenant, Bishop Ian Douglas approved the holding of gay weddings and blessings by clergy in the Diocese of Connecticut in solidarity with the Bishop of New York.
Posts on Same Sex Liturgy Resolution AO49 Continued from Latest Posts above
*Saint Francis in the Fields, Harrods Creek, Kentucky, responds to General Convention [2nd August 2012]
*An interview with Bishop “Holly” Hollerith (Southern Virginia) regarding blessing same sex unions [1st August 2012]
*Christopher Benson—Toward A Better Conversation about Same-Sex Unions among Christians [1st August 2012]
*Peter Moore on the Importance of How we Treat and Describe Other Christians [1st August 2012]
*Rector and Vestry Resign at Saint John’s in Moultrie, Georgia [31st July 2012]
*Alex Sanders and Peter Moore Debate the Inevitability of Same Sex Marriage (I) [29th July 2012]
*Communion Partner Participants Report on the Global South Mission Conference in Bangkok [26th July 2012]
*Bishop Howard: Same Sex Blessings not to be Authorized in the Diocese of Florida [26th July 2012]
*Dr Timothy George: Beware the Well Worn Path [26th July 2012]
*A Letter from Bishop Scott Benhase to the Diocese of Georgia [26th July 2012]
*Bishop John Bauerschmidt: no plans to authorize same sex blessings in the Diocese of Tennessee [25th July 2012]
*Bishop Duncan Gray: Same-sex blessings not to be held in the Diocese of Mississippi [25th July 2012]
*Bishop Jake Owensby reports to the Diocese of Western Louisiana on General Convention [25th July 2012]
*Dean Limehouse of Advent Cathedral Alabama responds to General Convention [23rd July 2012]
*[Birmingham News] Episcopal bishop says yes to same-sex blessings, but not in Alabama [23rd July 2012]
*Bishop Greg Brewer’s Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Central Florida [22nd July 2012]
*Bishop Ed Little’s Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Northern Indiana [22nd July 2012]
*Communiqué of the Global South Primates Bangkok, Thailand, 20 July 2012 [20th July 2012]
*[ACI] Same Sex Blessings: What Did General Convention Do? [20th July 2012]
*Bishop Mark Sisk: Gay Marriage Authorized ignoring Constitution and The Book of Common Prayer [20th July 2012]
*(ABC Religion and Ethics Report) America’s most influential church on the brink of collapse [20th July 2012]
*(CEN) The Episcopal Church endorses temporary local option on same-sex blessings [20th July 2012]
*(NBC News) Is liberal Christianity signing its own death warrant? [20th July 2012]
*(The State) Talks continue as potential split in SC Episcopal diocese looms [19th July 2012]
*Bishop Stanton’s Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Dallas [19th July 2012]
*Anglican Unscripted Episode 45 [19th July 2012]
*The Bishop of Upper South Carolina Writes about General Convention [18th July 2012]
*Bishop who leads Central Gulf Coast Episcopal diocese will bless gay unions [18th July 2012]
*Beaufort County Episcopal church reactions vary to bishop’s letter on same-sex blessings [18th July 2012]
*(CNS) General Convention 2012 Decisions “a huge obstacle on the path to Christian unity” [17th July 2012]
*Western Mass. Episcopal clergy to bless, but not wed, same-sex couples [16th July 2012]
*Fort Worth parish protest over GC Indianapolis [16th July 2012]
*Diocese of Missouri Deputation—Telling our story [15th July 2012]
*Key Page for Finding out the Final Wording and Status of All General Convention 2012 Resolutions [15th July 2012]
*(RNS) Reaction mixed to Episcopal Church’s approval of same-sex rites [15th July 2012]
*An Article on the situation on the ground in East Tennessee after General Convention 2012 [15th July 2012]
*The Presiding Bishop Visits La Crosse, Wisconsin [15th July 2012]
*A Look Back to 2009: Philip Jenkins on TEC and the Communion—Their Separate Ways [15th July 2012]
*The Bishop of Fond Du Lac on General Convention 2012—Same Sex Blessings [15th July 2012]
*(Local Paper Faith and Values Section) Episcopal diocese officials object to recent church actions [15th July 2012]
*Allan Haley—Bishop Mark Lawrence Addresses His Diocese Following General Convention [15th July 2012]
*(Diocese of Albany) Chip Strickland on the last day of General Convention 2012 [15th July 2012]
*(The State) South Carolina Episcopal bishop blasts national church [15th July 2012]
*Ross Douthat—Can Reappraising Christianity [especially as practiced in Mainline Churches] Be Saved? [15th July 2012]
*(Orangeburg, S.C. Times and Democrat) S.C. Episcopal representatives denounce same-sex blessing rite [15th July 2012]
*Ryan Anderson reviews Debating Same-Sex Marriage by John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher [15th July 2012]
*(Tulsa World) Oklahoma Episcopal bishop will consult with diocese on same-sex unions [15th July 2012]
*The Episcopal Church: Liturgy for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships [14th July 2012]
*[Christianity Today] Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Blessing Rites [14th July 2012]
*The Bishop of Arizona responds to the WSJ Article on General Convention Posted below [13th July 2012]
*A Letter from the Rector of Truro Anglican Church on General Convention 2012 [13th July 2012]
*Statement of the Albany Bishops and Deputation in response to General Convention 2012 [13th July 2012]
*(WSJ) Jay Akasie on General Convention 2012—What Ails the Episcopalians [13th July 2012]
*A Statement from the Deputation of the Diocese of Central Florida on General Convention 2012 [13th July 2012]
*(Living Church) An Action of Solidarity in the House of Deputies [12th July 2012]
*Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island Statement on the Blessing of Same-Sex Relationships [12th July 2012]
*(ENS) South Carolinians have ‘grievous concern,’ over General Convention actions [12th July 2012]
*Episcopal Church passes same-sex blessings, Houston area church to offer new rite [12th July 2012]
*(KQED) What the Episcopal Same-Sex Union and Transgender Resolutions Mean for Californians [12th July 2012]
*Todd Wetzel’s Anglicans United Report on the House of Bishops debate on Same Sex Blessings [12th July 2012]
*(York Daily Record) Local pastors respond to Episcopal church approving same-sex unions [12th July 2012]
*Allan Haley—Diocese of South Carolina Fed up with General Convention [11th July 2012]
*(RNS) Reaction mixed to Episcopal Church’s approval of same-sex rites [11th July 2012]
*(CSM) Episcopal approval of same-sex blessings: Will it hurt church’s global ties? [11th July 2012]
*(Anglican Ink) 12 bishops say no to Same Sex Blessings [11th July 2012]
*(Seattle PI) It’s official: Episcopalians ratify same-sex “covenants” [11th July 2012]
*The Episcopal Bishop of Texas on Same Gender Blessings Vote(s) at GC 2012 [11th July 2012]
*Bishop Christopher Epting on Recent General Convention Developments [11th July 2012]
*(ENS) Same Sex Union Blessing rite authorized for provisional use from First Advent [11th July 2012]
*(USA Today) Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing rite [11th July 2012]
*(BBC) US Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing service [11th July 2012]
*(NY Times) Episcopalians Approve Rite to Bless Same-Sex Unions [11th July 2012]
*The Bishop of Bethlehem on Today’s Decision—Same Gender Blessings Resolution [10th July 2012]
*Statement of Integrity on Today’s Decision—Episcopal Church Authorizes Same-Sex Blessings [10th July 2012]
*Friends calling for prayer regarding The Episcopal Church and General Convention - Lent and Beyond
*Kendall Harmon: About Today and How to Receive the [Same Sex Liturgy] Resolution that will Pass [10th July 2012]
*Allan Haley Analyzes the Bishops Vote Yesterday, Showing its Violations of their own Governing Rules [10th July 2012]
*A Living Church Article on Yesterday’s Debate and Vote in the House of Bishops on Same Sex Liturgies [10th July 2012]
*(Reuters) Episcopalians set to be first big US church to bless Same-Sex marriage [10th July 2012]
*(ENS) Bishops vote to approve resources for same-gender blessings [10th July 2012]
*(Anglican Ink) House of Bishops endorses “provisional” same-sex blessing rites [9th July 2012]
*Finally Tweaked Version of Same Sex Liturgy Resolution A049 as Passed by the House of Bishops Today [9th July 2012]
*ENS Article pre Bishops Vote—‘Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant’ recommended for provisional use [9th July 2012]
*(AP) Episcopal bishops OK trial same sex blessing service; full church backs transgender ordination [9th July 2012]
*Episcopal Bishops Pass Same Sex Union Blessing Liturgy Authorization Overwhelmingly [9th July 2012]
*Live Twitter Feed (one of them) on the current House of Bishops debate on Same Sex Liturgies [9th July 2012]
*(SF) Sarah Hey—Why The Same Sex Trial Liturgy Will [Very Very Likely] Pass [9th July 2012]
***Important*** New Text Version of Same Sex Blessing Resolution A049 (as Amended in Commitee) [9th July 2012]
*Chicago Consultation—Nightly Update for General Convention 2012 on July 7 [9th July 2012]
*(ENS) General Convention PBLCM Committee hears testimony on same-gender blessings liturgies [8th July 2012]
*Hearing Tonight on Res. A049: Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships [7th July 2012]
*(Detroit Free Press) Episcopal Church losing members as it strives for inclusion [7th July 2012]
*(Indianapolis Star) Sexuality among key issues Episcopalians will confront at General Convention [7th July 2012]
*(Boston Globe) Episcopalians review a new rite for Same Sex unions [7th July 2012]
*Upper South Carolina Episcopal bishop not ready to endorse same-sex blessings [5th July 2012]
*(Phil. Inquirer) Episcopal Church leaders set to consider blessing rite for same-sex couples [5th July 2012]
*The Bishop of Milwaukee’s Thinkpiece on Same-Gender Unions on the Eve of GC 2012 [5th July 2012]
*NW Penna. Bishop Will Bless Same Sex Unions if General Convention 2012 gives the Go Ahead [5th July 2012]
COMMUNION WITHOUT BAPTISM RESOLUTION [CO29]
*An Important Anglican Ink Article on the House of Bishops Communion w/o Baptism Discussion [13th July 2012]
*New Text of Communion Without Baptism Resolution [C029] as Amended and Sent Back to HoD [12th July 2012]
*Resolution C029 on Communion for the Unbaptized Passes House of Deputies on a vote by orders [11th July 2012]
*Whats Happening with the Communion of the UnBaptized? [10th July 2012]
*(Diocese of Texas) William Treadwell on Communion w/o Baptism: Pastoral Theology vs. Doctrine [8th July 2012]
*TEC Gen. Con. 2012 Evangelism Commission rejects Communion of the Unbaptized outright [7th July 2012]
*An Interesting Blog Post from July 2007—How widespread is Communion Without Baptism? [7th July 2012]
*(ENS) ‘Water first, or table?’ Committee hears ‘open table’ testimony [7th July 2012]
*Res. C040, Called “Open table” resolution, but really Communion for Unbaptized, Has Hearing Today [7th July 2012]
TRANSGENDER RESOLUTIONS [D019] and [D002]
*(World) Expressing themselves—Episcopal Church votes to allow transgendered clergy and church ldrs [14th July 2012]
*Mark Tooley—A Transgendered Episcopal Church [11th July 2012]
*Living Church on the gender Identity Resolutions Debate in the H of Deputies Yesterday [10th July 2012]
*Jeffrey Walton—Activists for TEC’s New Theology Hail Victories at Episcopal Convention [10th July 2012]
*(AP) Episcopal bishops OK trial same sex blessing service; full church backs transgender ordination [9th July 2012]
*A Living Church Article on Yesterday’s Debate in the House of Bishops on Gender Identity [9th July 2012]
*(Reuters) U.S. Episcopalians move closer to allowing transgender ministers [8th July 2012]
*Both Transgender Resolutions Pass House of Bishops, Both South Carolina Bishops Speak Against [8th July 2012]
*Resolutions D002 and D019 Pass the House of Bishops [8th July 2012]
*Chicago Consultation (II)-Transgender People and the Church’s Transformative Mission [7th July 2012]
*Chicago Consultation (I)—Nightly Update for General Convention 2012 on July 6 [7th July 2012]
*(Reuters) Episcopalians debate transgender issue in Ministry [6th July 2012]
*Sarah Lawton offers Reflections on Resolutions D002 and D019 for General Convention 2012 [5th July 2012]
*The TransEpiscopal Blog on General Convention 2012 [5th July 2012]
[*NEW] * [6th August 2012]
Links to South Carolina posts - latest first in each section: (Last Updated January 25th 2012 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern)
IMPORTANT NOTE - SEE LATEST NEWS and BISHOP'S LETTER and PRAYER
FURTHER IMPORTANT NOTE - SEE here and here and here
Videos from MERE ANGLICANISM 2012 are here [NEW]
Materials From the Diocese of SC:
South Carolina Standing Committee Responds to Letter of Province IV Bishops December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am
Bishop Lawrence Writes to the Diocese About Disciplinary Board Decision
November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm
South Carolina Releases Correspondence Relating to Josephine Hicks, Church Attorney
October 13, 2011
S.C. Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese Meet on “Serious Charges” Made Against Bishop Lawrence
October 12, 2011
A look back to a 2006 Mark Lawrence Address – “Who are these birds that can sing in the dark?”
October 8, 2011
****Urgent Message from the Diocese of South Carolina Bishop and Standing Committee****
Originally posted October 5, 2011 - reposted Oct. 10, 2011
South Carolina Bishop and Standing Committee Respond to Actions of Executive Council
October 3, 2011
Analysis and Commentary
Province IV Bishops Release Statement Concerning Meeting with Bishop Lawrence
December 15, 2011 at 11:15 am
A S.C. Layman who worked as a College President Writes Bishop Daniel and the Province IV Bishops
December 13, 2011 at 11:35 am
Shay Gaillard—Purple Shirts Proof-texting in Public
December 8, 2011 at 9:01 am
Province IV Bishops Seek a Meeting with South Carolina Bp. Lawrence
December 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm
Kendall Harmon Answers Media Questions on the Disciplinary Committee—S.C. Bishop Matter
December 5, 2011 at 7:00 am
Anglican Communion Institute—South Carolina: The Disciplinary Board Decides
December 1, 2011 at 11:16 am
Lent and Beyond offers Thanksgiving for the Report from South Carolina
December 1, 2011 at 7:49 am
A Living Church Editorial on the Mark Lawrence News from the Bishops Disciplinary Board
November 29, 2011 at 11:30 am
(Liv. Ch.) Disciplinary Board of Bishops is Unable to Certify Abandonment Against Mark Lawrence
November 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm
GetReligion Critiques the recent Charleston, S. C., Newspaper piece on the Episcopal Fracas
November 25, 2011
(Living Church) Mark Lawrence: ‘The Bishop Brings the Crozier’
November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm
An AP Article on Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina
November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am
Local paper Article: “S.C. Episcopal Diocese releases property claim”
November 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(Church Times) Harriet Baber—The Episcopal Church is alienating its own members
November 20, 2011 at 7:15 am
What was announced at the South Carolina Clergy Conference this past Tuesday Evening
November 19, 2011 at 9:00 am
A Serious Prayer request for the South Carolina Clergy Conference This week
November 14, 2011 at 4:55 am
Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison—Shrinking Jesus and Betraying the Faith
November 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
Leander Harding on the Mark Lawrence Investigation—Choose Inclusive Justice
October 27, 2011 at 6:19 am
Gavin Dunbar on the Mark Lawrence Investigation—Southern Discomfort
October 27, 2011 at 6:00 am
Diocese of Upper South Carolina Convention Passes Resolution on the Mark Lawrence Investigation
October 25, 2011
A.S. Haley—Conflicts Galore on the Disciplinary Board for Bishops with regard to the S.C. Matter
October 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm
The Bishop of Tasmania Writes in Support of Bishop Mark Lawrence
October 21, 2011 at 6:00 am
(Anglican Communion Institute) South Carolina: The Church Needs Transparency
October 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm
(The State) The Bishop of Upper South Carolina on the Mark Lawrence Investigation
October 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(Mark McCall)—South Carolina: Upholding The Church’s Discipline By Upholding The Constitution
October 18, 2011 at 7:38 am
A.S. Haley on the Further Revelations in the South Carolina Episcopal Investigation
October 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm
(Living Church) Attorney J.B. Burtch Returns to Bishop Mark Lawrence Case
October 17, 2011
Anglican Unscripted Episode 14
October 17, 2011
A.S. Haley Responds to An Embarrassingly Inaccurate Piece by Andrew Gerns on the S.C. Matter
October 17, 2011
CEN—Evangelical bishop under assault in America
October 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(Living Church) Episcopal Church Attorney in South Carolina Matter Recuses Herself
October 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm
A.S. Haley on the Disciplinary Board, Their Chosen Lawyer, and the South Carolina Process
October 14, 2011 at 8:21 am
Charles Alley—The Injustice of it All!
October 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Living Church—Bishop: Attorney Never on Disciplinary Board
October 13, 2011
Robert Clawson Chimes in on the Disciplinary Proceedings involving Mark Lawrence
October 13, 2011
A.S. Haley on Bishop Henderson’s Statement regarding procedure in the Bishop Mark Lawrence Matter
October 12, 2011
Anglican Communion Institute on the Continuing S.C. Story—Title IV: Abandonment Without Offense?
October 12, 2011
(Living Church) Bishop Henderson Explains His Understanding of the Disciplinary Board’s Duty
October 12, 2011
Anglican Unscripted Episode 13
October 10, 2011
Dale Matson—Rowan Williams And The Deposition Of Bishop Lawrence
October 7, 2011
ACI says Presiding Bishop Had to be Involved in the S.C. Actions if the Canons Were Followed
October 7, 2011
A.S. Haley—Clearing up Misconceptions about the Diocese of South Carolina 'Charges'
October 6, 2011
A.S. Haley on South Carolina—Episcopal Church Foments Strife and Civil War
October 6, 2011
Living Church—Board Hears Case against Bishop Lawrence
October 5, 2011
(ACI) A Response to the reported Title IV Disciplinary process begun against Bishop Mark Lawrence
October 5, 2011
A.S. Haley—What if the TEC Foundations Were not Designed for the Current Structure?
October 3, 2011
The Dangers of Church Centralization: Some Remarks on the Proposed Changes in the TEC Constitution
October 3, 2011
A.S. Haley—TEC Executive Council Fires on the Diocese of South Carolina
Sept. 30, 2011
South Carolina: Praying for the Diocesan Leadership
October 6, 2011
Prayer Resources for those praying for Bishop Mark Lawrence and South Carolina
Seeing Jesus with Bishop Mark Lawrence
October 16, 2011
Title IV Canons
Press and Other Reports
(ENS) Province IV bishops call meeting with colleague ‘honest, forthright’
December 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm
(Christian Post) Episcopal Church Clears South Carolina Bishop of Violating Principles
December 2, 2011 at 6:15 am
Reuters Article on Disciplinary Board Decisions vis a vis Bishop Mark Lawrence
November 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Local Paper Article on Disciplinary Board Decisions vis a vis Bishop Mark Lawrence
30, 2011 at 3:02 pm
The ENS story on the Disciplinary Board dismissing abandonment complaint against Mark Lawrence
November 29, 2011 at 6:15 am
Nicholas Beasley (Upper South Carolina) Chimes In
October 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Another (longish) AP article on The Episcopal Church’s South Carolina Investigation
October 16, 2011
(Times and Democrat) Orangeburg, S.C., Area Episcopal clergy: Probe ‘not a healthy situation’
October 14, 2011 at 7:45 am
Another AP Story on the South Carolina Clergy Meeting Tuesday
(AP) Diocese of SC clergy discuss allegations against bishop
October 12, 2011
Local Paper—Episcopal Church investigates Bishop Mark Lawrence
October 6, 2011
An ENS Story—S.C. bishop investigated on charges he has abandoned the Episcopal Church
October 5, 2011
An AP Story—S.C. Bishop said to have abandoned Episcopal church
October 5, 2011
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We've created an Excel Spreadsheet with the details of the Duncan Deposition Vote. This way you can sort the results by diocese, name, vote, position, etc.
We've revised the spreadsheet this morning to add a few more absent diocesans we missed last night, and to clarify which dioceses are vacant. The second and third pages of the spreadsheet are entirely new.
The second page lists every TEC diocese, and how the bishops in that diocese voted.
The third page was my attempt, using Louie Crew's House of Bishops data, to list the TOTAL number of bishops that were entitled to vote at the HoB meeting. If my understanding is correct, I came up with 290 eligible bishops. Only 127 bishops attended the HoB meeting, not even 50% of eligible bishops.
You'll find all the details here:
The revised table makes one thing clear: the diocesan bishops of ONLY 56 TEC dioceses -- exactly 50% of the 112 TEC dioceses -- voted YES to depose Duncan. The bishops of the remaining 56 dioceses either voted No, abstained, were absent, or the see of the diocese was vacant.
Also, something else is very striking, a few dioceses had extraordinary of clout in the vote. A mere 6 dioceses (Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Connecticut, Chicago, North Carolina and Maine) accounted for 21 of the 88 YES votes (nearly 1/4 of the total Yes votes). Wow.
Comments and quetions welcomed, but I'll be traveling for 2 days and will not be able to reply quickly. --elfgirl
Peter Frank, the Communications Director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh sent us this note by e-mail:
Because we don't have enough to do, we tossed together a website to display all of he supportive public statements we are getting. We are hoping to also publish individual notes of encouragement from clergy and laity all over the world for Bp. Duncan and our diocese.
The address is:
If you could point people to it and suggest they send us or Bp. Duncan a message of support, that would be great.
So, there you have it folks. Let Bishop Duncan and all in Pittsburgh know of your support and prayers in these momentous days. I'm headed over there to do so right now! -- elfgirl
Kendall has been doing an incredible job at posting excerpts from the blogs of dozens of US and British bishops, as well as posting gazillion articles from the US and UK press. But like the Lambeth conference itself, (where US bishops make up over 20% of the participants), the voices from the US, UK and Canada threaten to overwhelm all the other voices.
We'd love to start featuring reports and blog entries from Anglican Provinces around the World. If you know of reports from bishops or news articles being published in other Provinces, please post the links in the comments or e-mail us!
I've just come across two websites that have reports from Brazilian and Cuban bishops.
I’ve just discovered a blog that has entries by Bp. Miguel Tamayo of Uruguay and Cuba
The blog entries by +Tamayo are here:
These can be translated using Google’s Language Tools
Also, the website of the Anglican diocese of Brasilia has Lambeth reports posted:
Again, you can use Google language tools to get a rough translation from the Portuguese.
Updated: July 21, 12:30 UTC (8:30 a.m. EDT) **This is sticky -- New posts are below**
The amount of Lambeth coverage and commentary is pretty overwhelming. Here are some of the links we have found most helpful so far in following and making sense of what's going on. We're emphasizing first-hand coverage in these links. Feel free to post additional links in the comments.
The "Lambeth Daily" page at the official Lambeth site
An index of all the daily stories and photos, etc. by ACNS is here
The Episcopal Church's "Lambeth Journal" blog (daily reports from various TEC bishops)
Anglican Mainstream -- providing firsthand coverage by Canon Chris Sugden and others, as well as excerpts of many others' commentary
The Rev. George Conger's blog (George writes for the Living Church, the Church of England News, Religious Intelligence, and other publications). Note especially some of George's fantastic photos of bishops from around the Communion.
The Living Church's News page
The Rev. Todd and Cherie Wetzel of Anglicans United. Todd & Cherie are providing daily first-hand reports and commentary.
StandFirm will be sending the Rev. Matt Kennedy and Sarah Hey to cover the conference, and of course they've got tons of articles and commentaries about Lambeth in the meantime.
The PrayerBook Society's Lambeth Commentary
Ruth Gledhill's blog (Ruth is covering Lambeth for the London Times)
The Church Times blog
BabyBlue (who will be reporting live from Lambeth during the final week of the conference)
Lydia Evan's very cool "Anglican Feedbag" page with many many RSS feeds of Lambeth news from sources all over.
Prayer for Lambeth:
Pray Lambeth (look for the links to the Daily Prayer Bulletins on the lower left hand side of the home page)
Lent & Beyond's Lambeth prayers
Coverage from Reappraisers:
Thinking Anglicans (provides thorough roundups of the British Press Coverage)
Episcopal Cafe (Lambeth Category) (Jim Naughton is at Lambeth)
Integrity President Susan Russell's blog
Integrity's LGBT Lambeth Portal
We thought it might be helpful to round up a list of those who are providing first-hand coverage and blogging of GAFCON this week.
Anglican TV's Kevin Kallsen is there and is providing live-streaming coverage of some of the sessions, as well as written diaries. All the AnglicanTV coverage is here. (This elf is currently watching such live stream coverage as I type this. You rock, Kevin. Thanks for your service!) (Note: Stand Firm should usually be broadcasting Kevin's live feed.)
Stand Firm's Matt Kennedy+ is there and will be sharing his impressions and insights, and showing off his amazing live blogging skills. Just keep an eye on Stand Firm for Matt's posts throughout the day.. Matt's wife Anne+ is also at GAFCON. You can follow her accounts at her blog, an undercurrent of hostility, here.
The London Times' Ruth Gledhill is in Jerusalem and you can find her reports here.
Anglicans United's Cherie Wetzel and her husband, the Rev. Todd Wetzel are there. You can follow Cherie's reports here.
Scotland's the Rev. David McCarthy is at GAFCON and blogging at his Gadget Vicar site.
The official GAFCON site is here.
If you know of others who are blogging and reporting from GAFCON, please post links in the comments. Thanks.
Thanks to a tipster, we note that Fr. Russell Martin of St. Timothy & St. Titus parish (under the Southern Cone) in San Diego, is blogging. His entries are posted at San Diego Anglicans.
George Conger is in Jerusalem. His blog is here.
Sydney Anglicans has a dedicated GAFCON page here.
Christianity Today reporter Tim Morgan is in Jerusalem. The CT blog is here.
Five Delegates from Melbourne Australia are blogging here.
Some folks from Reform Ireland are blogging. Their blog is here.
Thinking Anglicans are in touch with those covering GAFCON for the Lesbian & Gay Christian movement and have posted e-mail from them as part of a GAFCON coverage roundup.
A Sydney attendee, Tony Payne, is blogging here.
Do keep us posted if you come across more links for first-hand reports from GAFCON. Thanks!
Father Lee Nelson (dio Fort Worth) has a GAFCON photoblog that is very nice, here.
A blogger from the Anglican Coalition in Canada, Pastor Barclay, has many excellent photos, here.
The Sydney Anglicans GAFCON page has news, pictures, videos, and also blog entries. We've noted three blog entries so far. Abp. Peter Jensen, Bishop Robert Forsyth, and Dr. Karin Sowada.
There is an excellent collection of daily photo albums from GAFCON set up at Picassa, here.
Did you know the Common Cause Partnership has a prayer blog? Well, they do. And today they've begun posting a series of daily prayer entries for the GAFCON event in Jordan and Jerusalem next month. Here's the link to today's entry for Day 1 of this 40 Day prayer effort.
And here's the background on the call to 40 days of prayer and fasting. Note the specific focus on reading and praying through the Psalms of Ascent:
The bishops have specified that the Daily Office, the Great Litany, and the Psalms of Ascent (120-134) be used during this season. The Psalms of Ascent were chosen because of the impact they had on the Global South meeting in Nairobi out of which GAFCON was birthed. Contributors to the Common Cause Partnership prayer blog will be posting these resources along with reflections, scriptures, collects and other aids to prayer as the 40 days unfold. Participants are invited to report specific needs, praises, and other feedback on the prayer blog.
Check it out.
It occurs to us in the busyness of life the past few weeks, we elves have been seriously remiss in not posting the links to the alternate (backup blogs -- perhaps soon to be permanent blogs) of many of the Anglican sites hosted by Classical Anglican Net which suffered serious hacking about 2 weeks ago, and which is still offline as a result.
Mike Daley of CaNNet is still working to restore the blog databases and partitions, and hopes to have the blogs backup as soon as possible, perhaps within a few days. But in the meantime, please note these links. Our apologies for the delay in posting these!
Brad Drell: http://descant.wordpress.com/
Confessing Reader: http://confessingreader.wordpress.com/
Lent & Beyond: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/
Rather Not Blog: http://idrathernotsay123.wordpress.com/
Surrounded (Diocese of San Joaquin): http://sanjoaquin.wordpress.com/
As for the archives of the old Titusonenine site, most posts can be accessed either by using the Google Cache feature, or by using an internet archive site like "The Wayback Machine." Feel free to e-mail the elves if you need help finding something or accessing something on the old blog.
And please keep Mike Daley in prayer as he works to restore the CaNNet blogs. Even if all or most of the blogs make the switch to new sites, having access to their archives is important. Thanks.
Anglican TV and Stand Firm will be live streaming the San Joaquin Diocesan Convention.
Here's the Anglican TV thread.
Here's the Stand Firm thread:
If you watch and appreciate the availability of the livestream, please consider contributing to Kevin Kallsen's expenses. Go to the Anglican TV site and look for the "Chip In" link in the upper right corner. Kevin is currently raising money to cover Mark Lawrence's consecration, but we understand he is still short in terms of having his expenses for San Joaquin covered.
Hi all. As we noted in the comments on one of the threads below, we were having trouble accessing the Living Church's website earlier today. We've since learned via e-mail that those problems were due to a site upgrade. We've just now been able to get into the new site and it looks terrific.
Here's the news page link:
Here's a section for online exclusive features:
We're still having trouble accessing the TLC home page: http://www.livingchurch.org/, which is taking us to the TLC's hosting company instead. It may just take awhile for the site upgrade to "propagate" throughout the web, or we might need to clear out our browser cache.
Be sure to update your bookmarks for the new site. (The news page link is new, for instance). It looks terrific! Congrats and thanks to the TLC team.
Give him a look.
Two graphs to illustrate the post below re: TEC Domestic Dioceses' decline in membership and ASA since 2000:
Note: the scale on the Y-axes above (verticle axes) is compressed. They do not begin at 0. Thus the decline appears much steeper than if the starting point at the bottom was 0. See the comments for my justification for preparing it this way. The increased rate of decline from 2003 onwards is real however, as is shown in the following graph re: percentage change. (Which has an accurate Y-scale).
Update: Oops. The Y axis on the second graph should be labeled "% change", not "members". Sorry we didn't catch that before we posted it.
Update 2: By request we've uploaded our original Excel spreadsheet with the relevant data from which we created the graphs. You can find it here: http://kendallharmon.net/t19/media/TEC_2000-2006.xls
San Diego Anglicans blog has set up an open thread re: the wildfires in Southern California, as well as a photo gallery.
If you need to know how various churches in the area have been affected, this is the go to site. As of yesterday evening, there were reports of up to 513,000 people evacuated, 500 homes lost in San Diego County, 800 homes destroyed outside the county.
Please keep the situation in prayer.
Dioceses we still need more news from include: Alaska, North Dakota, Northern Michigan.
Here's the link for the latest version of our convention links spreadsheet. All Diocesan Convention blog entries are here.
More links coming, and a separate post, if we find resolutions of interest, for upcoming conventions.
Alaska: The Living Church has an article posted here re: resolutions regarding election of a new diocesan bishop as well as a suffragan.
The Diocesan Blog has a helpful post with news and lots of links re: the convention this weekend. Five resolutions were approved:
*NOTEABLE* resolution_on_participation_of_all_baptized_members This is posted as a separate blog entry above, you can comment on this there
Bishop Marshall's address is here.
Colorado: Bishop O'Neill's address is here. Here's an interesting excerpt on the challenges to go "deeper":
But like the gospel we heard tonight, there is that twist—that midpoint in the story in which Jesus calls those who would follow him to go even deeper.
What might that mean for us?
For Peter, it was about entering into deeper and deeper relationship with Jesus, and as a consequence being called to enter into deeper and deeper relationship with others. With each successive step in following Jesus, Peter was called out of himself to cross the lines of division and separation that so characterized his culture and society. He was challenged, by Jesus, to sit at table and break bread with those whom others would exclude. He was invited, by God, to embrace those who were radically different from him. He did so not without his own very real inner struggle and conflict. But he did so. He did so faithfully. He did so in obedience to Jesus. And in so doing, he gave the world a glimpse of the restored humanity that God desires for all humankind. For Peter, “the deep” was about giving of himself more generously than he ever thought possible. It was about learning increasingly to surrender himself, to abandon himself, to give himself up
completely, even to point of death, which is, if you think about it, the ultimate act of generosity.
There it is, the deep water—the challenge to live out of a posture of deep generosity, freely giving of ourselves in love to Love; and, as a consequence, the
challenge to enter ever more deeply into relationship with those around us whoever they may be. Here in Colorado the call to live generously has some very real challenges both practically and relationally.
Tomorrow, you will be presented with an operating budget—funding that you all set aside from your own congregational operating funds to support one another, to support the wider mission of the Church, through the Office of the Bishop. You will see that that proposed budget reflects the key mission initiatives that we have set before us, and you will see too that that budget is balanced. That would seem to be good and well. But I have to tell you it really isn’t. The funding for redeveloping the lives of our congregations is minimal. The resources to plant new congregations are extraordinarily limited. We have again reduced staffing in the Office of the Bishop. The money budgeted to support the summer camp program that has grown significantly over the past two summers will not cover the actual costs for this summer’s program. Funding set aside for the College and Young Adult Committee, which began its work in August, has been removed. Planned increases in funding to support children’s ministries in the diocese (training events, resources, resource development, and so on), is just not there. This
balanced budget is fiscally responsible, but it is, at the same time, missionally inadequate.
There were no resolutions. ENS has an article about the Colorado Convention, here.
Milwaukee: We've added links to the spreadsheet for the convention page, the 1 resolution (on clergy compensation) and the budget.
Stand Firm had a report from an attendee posted recently. Another brief report (but some interesting comments) at RevRef's blog is here.
Nevada: The big news, of course, was election of a new bishop, Dan Edwards. His acceptance speech is here.
The Pre-Convention journal has one resolution on the MDGs
South Dakota: There is this comment by Bp. Creighton Robertson on the Diocesan Information Exchange. There is no way to link it, so we post it in full:
Yesterday at 03:10 PM
Greetings in the name of our Lord:
Well, the Diocesan Convention is over for another year, and we will meet again in Chamberlain in 2008. I think the folks in the Black Hills Deanery deserve a special round of "thank you" for hosting this convention. Also, the people of the Mni Sose cluster in Chamberlain, Lower Brule, and Ft. Thompson deserve a special "thank you" for their help hosting with the Friday evening service and providing lunch afterward. It was good to see so many folks gathering to participate in this year's convention.
The Banquet on Saturday evening was a little different, with a buffet dinner. Fr. Bunker Hill did a great job in locating the entertainer for the evening following the banquet. Great job Bunker!!
Some of the clergy, some lay folks as well, were upset that a letter had been mailed out from a group of folks at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Sioux Falls, asking folks to leave the Episcopal Church and join their Anglican group. The usual reasons were cited for their leaving, the issue of human sexuality, same sex union blessings, our failure to interpret scripture as narrowly as they do, and they ask all of us to consider leaving the Episcopal Church and join their splinter group. I spoke about some of their concerns in my convention address.
I believe that the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) has addressed the HOB statement and finds that it has met the conditions set forth in the Windsor Report, which is the document being touted by these splinter groups as the standard for belonging to the Anglican Communion. Whether or not the Primates will follow the ACC's lead is questionable. But as I said at the convention, it doesn't matter, since the Primates do not have the authority to either ask or remove someone from being a part of the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church in South Dakota will continue to be the Anglican expression of faith here in South Dakota. I suppose that some folks will be unhappy with that and will likely leave us. They can do that if they wish, and they can go with my Blessing. We, the Diocese of South Dakota, will use whatever resources we have to ensure that folks at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will be able to worship in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition as they have since that church was started.
As I said at the convention, this whole splinter conversation is not about being the church, it is about power, authority, biblical interpretation or rather the holding of everyone to one interpretation, and it is about control. It is about dishonesty and it's about holding one group accountable to one standard and another accountable to a different standard.
I trust that you will see it for what it is worth, an attempt to force on the good people of this diocese, a way of life in the church which is at odds with the Anglican/Episcopal tradition as they have been expressed and handed down to us in this Diocese over time. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.
I am preparing a letter to be sent to all congregations in this Diocese concerning the House of Bishops statement at the New Orleans meeting in September. It can be made available but not read from the pulpit.
Note to the clergy: There will be a Diocesan Clergy Retreat at Blue Cloud Abbey on January 28-31, 2008, Monday through Thursday. The Reverend James Lemler will be our retreat leader, and he will build on the information presented at the clergy conference in Chamberlain. Please put this on your kalendars.
Thank you all who attended the convention last week; it was great to see all of you. It was a wonderful time.
Western Louisiana: Virtually nothing on the diocesan website so far. But of course, Brad Drell made up for that lack. You can find the links here.
Wyoming: We've added the link for the Wyoming Bishops Address. The focus was church vitality:
This is what a vital church looks like to me.
1. The unique perspective and contribution of every member is valued.
2. Members participate in ongoing engagement with the Gospel.
3. Members display the hard work of learning, discerning and healing.
4. Members engage in broad based, collaborative decision making.
5. There is full local engagement in determining strategies for mission and ministry
supported by diocesan staff.
6. All members share the Gospel in word and deed seeking to bring others into
relationship with Christ.
7. Should this congregation disappear from it’s community, it would be truly missed.
Vital churches bring Christ to the world and the world to Christ
Over the next decade we will pursue vitality. Vita (latin for life). We will become fully
alive, animated, vigorous, gospel sharing, bodies of Christ.
There don't appear to have been any resolutions.
Whew. It's time to gear up for the annual fall Diocesan Conventions spree. Forty-three conventions scheduled for October!!
We elves probably won't have time to do the exhaustive coverage we attempted at least for part of the convention season last fall. We need readers' help. PRIOR to your diocesan convention, please send us any important info on resolutions or budgets for your diocese. And then AFTER convention, send us info on what resolutions passed, your bishops' convention address, etc. We're counting on you!
Here are the list of October Conventions:
10/4/2007 - 10/7/2007 Alaska (St. Matthew's Church - Fairbanks, AK)
10/4/2007 - 10/7/2007 Wyoming (Jackson, WY)
10/5/2007 - 10/6/2007 Colorado (St. John's Cathedral - Denver, CO)
10/5/2007 - 10/7/2007 Montana (Copper King Hotel - Butte, MT)
10/5/2007 - 10/6/2007 North Dakota (Kelly Inn - Bismarck, ND)
10/5/2007 - 10/7/2007 South Dakota (Oacoma, SD)
10/12/2007 - 10/13/2007 Bethlehem (Cathedral Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem, PA)
10/12/2007 - 10/14/2007 Eastern Oregon (St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Prineville, OR)
10/12/2007 - 10/13/2007 Milwaukee (Italian Community Center - Milwaukee, WI)
10/12/2007 - 10/14/2007 Nevada (South Point Hotel - Las Vegas, NV)
10/12/2007 - 10/14/2007 Northern Michigan
10/12/2007 - 10/13/2007 Western Louisiana (Holiday Inn Convention Centre Hotel - Alexandria, LA)
10/18/2007 - 10/21/2007 Churches in Europe (American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris.)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Arizona (Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 California
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Connecticut (Christ Church Cathedral - Hartford, CT)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Dallas
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Eastern Michigan (St. John’s Church - Saginaw, MI)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Fond Du Lac (Liberty Hall - Appleton, WI)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Kansas (Kansas Expocentre - Topeka, KS)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Quincy (Christ Church - Moline, IL)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Rio Grande (Cathedral Church of St. John - Albuquerque, NM)
10/19/2007 - 10/21/2007 Spokane (Termplin’s Red Lion Hotel on the River - Post Falls, ID)
10/19/2007 - 10/20/2007 Western Kansas (Garden City, KS)
10/20/2007 - 10/20/2007 Southwest Florida (Venice Community Center - Venice, FL)
10/21/2007 - 10/21/2007 Puerto Rico (Coliseo Juan “Pachin” Vicens - Ponce, Santa Eucaristía - Puerto Rico)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Hawaii (St. Andrew's Cathedral & Prince Kuhio Hoten - Honolulu, HI)
10/26/2007 - 10/28/2007 Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/26/2007 - 10/28/2007 Indianapolis (Holiday Inn Conference Center - Columbus, IN)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Maine (Bangor Civic Center - Bangor, ME)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Michigan (Holiday Inn South - Lansing, MI)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Minnesota (St. Paul River Centre - St. Paul, MN)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Nebraska (corrected per comment below)
10/26/2007 - 10/28/2007 Northwest Texas (San Angelo, TX)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Rhode Island (The Biltmore Hotel - Providence, RI)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 San Joaquin
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Upper South Carolina (Christ Church - Greenville, SC)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Utah (Cathedral Church of St. Mark - Salt Lake City, UT)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Western Massachusetts (Springfield Sheraton - Springfield, MA)
10/26/2007 - 10/27/2007 Western New York
10/27/2007 - 10/27/2007 El Camino Real (Sherwood Hall - Salinas, CA)
10/27/2007 - 10/27/2007 Northern Indiana
10/27/2007 - 10/28/2007 Springfield (Trinity - Jacksonville, IL)
You can find a list of all conventions here: by date, by diocese.
All the T19 diocesan convention posts will be under this category link
Update: We're putting together an Excel Spreadsheet. It will have any links we find to the diocesan convention website, proposed resolutions, and then post-convention materials (final resolutions, bishops' speech) if/when they are posted online. Here's the link.
We'll try to update it regularly. (So far we just have a few links for this weekend's conventions. But we will add more over the weekend)
Anglican TV has now posted the video of the press conference from yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Here's the link.
Please do not assume we have seen them and pass them along. Full text by email preferred, url is o.k. if you are in a hurry--thanks.
Read it all.
Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV is in Pittburgh now. He plans a live stream of the Common Cause Bishops Council tonight at 8 pm Eastern (11:00 GMT / midnight London)
Here's the post where the stream from Pittsburgh will be broadcast.
You can read about Kevin's schedule and broadcast plans here.
NOW scheduled for approx 8 p.m. eastern (not 7) since there is no wifi to enable him to broadcast live:
Update: There is no internet in the William Penn Ballroom. There is free internet in the lobby. Sssoooo, I will tape the opening address of Bishop Duncan and then run up to the lobby and broadcast it. I would imagine it would be sometime around 8:00pm.
Part 1 of press conference video is posted at Baby Blue: http://babybluecafe.blogspot.com/2007/09/press-conference-for-day-six-house-of.html
Matt's Live Blog text is here: http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/6265/
more links as we get them
For those of you like this poor elf who missed Anglican TV's live stream of today's press conference with Rowan Williams, despair not. Baby Blue has come to the rescue. Here's the link: http://babybluecafe.blogspot.com/2007/09/press-conference-with-archbishop-of.html
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Go to this page and then scroll down to bottom left for the video / audio section.
ENS / Episcopal Life Online has a video by Louisiana Bishop Charles Jenkins posted. You can watch that here.
Update: Haven't watched it all yet..., juggling too much else. But, the part we watched was all about Katrina relief.
ENS has also posted a picture gallery from this morning's Eucharist here.
Anglican TV is going to be streaming today's press conference which should begin at about 4:30 Central / 5:30 Eastern / 22:30 London
UPDATE: We've added links to live blogs of the press conf. by BabyBlue and Matt Kennedy in the comments
UPDATE 2: Link to Integrity's take on the press conf. is now also in the comments, and now the link to Rachel Zoll's AP story.
NOTE: I've un-stickied two previously sticky posts. Here are the links:
-- Monday mornings' "Catch Up Reading" Links by Greg G. is here.
-- Kendall's Proposal is here:
Episcopal News Service:
latest article: Eight bishops agree to serve as 'episcopal visitors'
UPDATE: Here is a MUCH better link. ALL the HoB stories from ENS on one page. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/89878_ENG_HTM.htm
Stand Firm has a big team onsite: Greg Griffith, the Rev. Matt Kennedy, Sarah Hey, Jackie Bruchi
Matt's latest entry is here: http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/6068/
Anglicans United: Cherie Wetzel is providing detailed reports online and via e-mail
Cherie's latest is here: http://www.anglicansunited.com/2007/09/report_2_thursday_morning_sept.html
The intrepid and wonderfully creative Baby Blue is onsite too:
Mary's latest is here: http://babybluecafe.blogspot.com/2007/09/depo-revisited-schori-seeks-to-endorse.html [link fixed, sorry!]
She's also got some pictures to help "set the scene" here: http://babybluecafe.blogspot.com/2007/09/setting-scene.html
The Living Church has the Rev. George Conger and probably others (?) reporting:
TLC's latest is here: http://www.livingchurch.org/publishertlc/viewarticle.asp?ID=3819
[Not sure whether George Conger will be posting articles or pix to his personal blog, but if he does, here's the link: http://geoconger.wordpress.com/ ]
Anglican TV's Kevin Kallsen is also onsite, though doesn't yet have anything posted from N.O.
Integrity's reports from John Gibson and John Bradley can be found here: http://walkingwithintegrity.blogspot.com/
Here's the latest update/commentary from them: http://walkingwithintegrity.blogspot.com/2007/09/update-house-of-bishops-in-new-orleans.html
Not sure if Episcopal Cafe has anyone in N.O. [no, Jim Naughton is not there. Not sure if any other cafe reporters are there.]
Here's the link: http://www.episcopalcafe.com/
EpiScope (Jan Nunley's official TEC blog) is here: http://episcopalchurch.typepad.com/episcope/
Just had an e-mail from Chip Webb of the IRD. He too is in N'awlins and is commenting at his blog Anglican Action: http://anglicanaction.blogspot.com/
With the unintended juxtaposition of links to EpiScope and the IRD, the elf must confess a strong temptation to break out into a chorus of "Hail hail the gang's all here...!"
An audio mp3 file--listen to it all.
link is fixed
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The Rev'd Dr. Leander Harding has moved his blog. Here is the new address:
Please update your bookmarks! We've updated the link on the T19 sidebar.
Watch it all courtesy of Anglican TV
As many of our readers know, Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV is in Africa to record the consecrations of Bill Murdoch and Bill Atwood in Kenya (today) and John Guernsey in Uganda (Sunday Sept. 2).
His one-hour long broadcast (of a portion of the 4 hour service) from Nairobi today will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern. You'll find it at Anglican TV.
If you appreciate Kevin's service in filming these events, please consider donating to help Kevin's internet costs.
Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV is making Apb. Venables' bible teachings from last week's Network Council meetings available on DVD. Proceeds will support Anglican TV's ministry. Details here.
Or if you're not in the market for a DVD, but want to support Anglican TV, read here to find out about Kevin's funding needs for a possible trip to Africa to record the consecrations of bishops-elect Atwood and Guernsey.
Filed under: * Resources & Links
For the record, you can now access all three of the talks by Southern Cone Primate Greg Venables at last week's Network Council meetings. They are available both as videos, and MP3 audio files.
Here's the link for all 3 Bible Studies.
Stand Firm has posted the first two of five clips of a video interview Sarah Hey conducted with Kendall back in April. This elf has watched them both. Sarah's got some great questions and it's a wonderful way to learn more about our favorite canon theologian and blog convener!
Here are the first two links. We'll of course bump this up when the other videos in the series are posted. Each video is about 13-15 minutes.
Video: Kendall Harmon on Leadership, Part 1
Video: Kendall Harmon on Leadership, Part 2
Update: Parts 3 and 4 are now posted:
Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV is making progress getting the audio and videos from this week's Network Council meetings online. You can find those he's posted and those still yet to come here: http://www.anglicantv.org/blog/index.cfm/ACN-Meeting-2007
Here are a few of the highlights and links:
ACN Council Meeting 2007 Moderator's Address
Bishop Duncan's Monday Morning address to the gathering
ACN Council Meeting 2007 PB Venables Bible Study (#1)
++Venables' first teaching to the gathering, Monday afternoon (Abraham, Genesis 12)
ACN 2007 Final Press Conference
Tuesday afternoon's final press conference. Participants: +Duncan, +Ackerman, +Iker, +Sutton, Thompson+ (Dean of Western Convocation), ++Venables
There's more there, and more still to be posted so check it out.
And if these are a blessing to you, leave a tip for Kevin and Anglican TV if you're able!
Kevin Kallsen has posted a nice set of pictures from the Network Council meetings.
Video stream archives can be found here: http://ustream.tv/channel/acn-council-meeting-2007
See: "Past Clips" -- recommended: last night's press conference (2nd clip from left); Venables III (3rd clip from left).
Imagine the better quality MP3 recordings will be posted at Anglican TV within a few days.
Note, yesterday's "Open Thread" on the Network Council has a lot of info and links in its comment thread, including identification of the bishops in the press conference, etc. http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/article/4758
UPDATE: We're playing "name that bishop" -- need some help with 2-3 bishops. Input welcome
Bishops Duncan, Iker and Ackerman discuss the Archbishop of Canterbury, women's ordination, accession to TEC's constitution, and the balance of autonomy and catholicity in the Episcopal Church. (This post originated at Stand Firm).
Video archives can be found here: http://ustream.tv/channel/acn-council-meeting-2007
NOTE: Tonight's press conference is second box from the left under "past clips"
We also recommend "Venables III" -- third box from left
More will eventually be posted at Anglican TV, I'm sure: http://anglicantv.org/blog/
We'll keep this thread on top until tomorrow so folks can find the various news tidbits below.
You can read some of what happened this morning in the comments below.
The Live Feed for the Anglican Council Meeting can be viewed here: http://ustream.tv/channel/acn-council-meeting-2007
Also at Anglican TV here: http://anglicantv.org/blog/ which has LIVE CHAT (text) going on.
Update: Matt K+ has a summary of this morning's session posted now on Stand Firm.
Given the Technical Problems with comments at Stand Firm, we thought it would help to start an open thread for Comments on the Network Council meeting here. So... comment away.
The Live Feed for the Anglican Council Meeting can be viewed here: http://ustream.tv/channel/acn-council-meeting-2007
(Also at Anglican TV here: http://anglicantv.org/blog/)
Or at Stand Firm. Note: I believe articles at Stand Firm are now accessible. It is just comments that are broken
Clips of yesterday's video coverage are online here. See our post below for time stamp details of ++Venables address.
Also, it appears Peter Ould is hosting a chatroom on the live feed of the video over at Anglican TV: http://anglicantv.org/blog/
Go here: http://ustream.tv/channel/acn-council-meeting-2007
And look for the 3 "Past Clips" boxes.
It appears that some of the early morning videos (Bp. Duncan's speech) are still missing.
The box on the far left is the final session of the afternoon and includes Abp. Venables sermon/Bible study in the late afternoon (HIGHLY recommended)
++Venables begins speaking at 41:22 (Slide the button on the play bar to the right to advance the video time count to 41:22)
COVERAGE WILL RESUME TUESDAY AT 9:15 AM CDT (3:15 PM LONDON)
It's been quite an amazing privilege to watch much of the ACN Meeting on Monday coverage live. Abp. Venables' sermon at the end of the day was fabulous. Must watching if at all possible. Note: Anglican TV will be posting MP3 files of most of Monday's coverage as soon as they can. So those who missed the live feed should be able to listen soon.
From Christian Today:
Church Army evangelists can now reach out to a new audience by featuring their videos on popular video sharing website YouTube.
According to Nielsen/NetRatings, YouTube gets almost 20 million visitors each month.
The short story videos featured on the popular website will show Church Army evangelists reaching out to their communities with the gospel. The featured videos focus on the work of a skateboarding evangelist, a former Sikh and others working in urban, inner city and rural settings.
David Coleman, Church Army's Communications Manager comments: "For some time we have been thinking about how more people could get a glimpse into what it is like to be an evangelist in different context today, and YouTube gives us a perfect platform to do just that."
More online videos will be available over the next 12 months, according to Church Army, while they will explore other online opportunities such as MySpace.
To visit Church Army’s page on YouTube, go to: http://www.youtube.com/churcharmy.
[hat tip Pat Dague]
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Church of England (CoE) * Christian Life / Church Life Parish Ministry Evangelism and Church Growth * Resources & Links Resources: Audio-Visual
You can watch Kevin Kallsen and William Witt's latest discussion of Anglican news here.
The following is an excerpt from a lengthy article on the 9Marks website, which I can't recall having visited before, but which has a lot of interesting articles online all focused on helping Christians be better able to defend the Gospel. If you've got a few moments, check out what they claim are the 9 Marks of a church that glorifies God. This definitely looks to be a site this elf wants to browse around further. Note, however, that this is an unabashedly evangelical reformed Protestant site. (Predominantly Southern Baptist, it appears.) I for one find the final line of the excerpt below offensive in how it lumps the Vatican and the WCC together. Nonetheless, in this elf's opinion, this was a worthwhile and thought-provoking read. --elfgirl
What’s the point of the story? Conversion is dirty word. It’s scandalous in today’s pluralistic and relativistic world to contend for one religious truth over and against another. It smacks of pride, arrogance, disrespect, perhaps hatred, maybe even violence.
This is the consensus among many of the secular elite. Popular television personality Bill Maher believes Christianity can only be explained as a "neurological disorder." Only the most unenlightened, uneducated, and uncouth Neanderthal would both believe and contend for a conversion to religious faith, especially Christianity. It's absolutely what the modern man does not need.
And Maher simply represents what secular humanism as a movement has been saying all along. To quote from their own manifesto, "traditional theism… and salvationism… based on mere affirmation is harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival." Reasonable minds…you can hear the condescension dripping from the pen.
Some go further, of course. They say such attempts at diversion (i.e. conversion) actually breed violence.
Yet it seems that conversion is even under attack among some professed evangelicals. This ought to strike us as nonsensical. Our English word "evangelical" comes from the Greek word for "good news." What is this good news? It is that we, who are at enmity with God in our sin, can now be reconciled to him on account of Christ’s death and resurrection, when we repent of our sin and believe upon Christ. Conversion from our former way of life and thinking to Christianity is required. This much should be blatantly obvious.
Nonetheless, Brian MacLaren, perhaps the most prominent leader within the emerging church movement, calls for a reconsideration of conversion, if not an outright rejection of it. He writes in A Generous Orthodoxy,
I must add, though, that I don't believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (though not all) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts. This will be hard, you say, and I agree. But frankly, it's not at all easy to be a follower of Jesus in many 'Christian' religious contexts, either.
We are told to embrace other faiths "willingly, not begrudgingly." To be fair, McLaren asserts the uniqueness of Christianity apart from other religions. And yet his belief in "a gospel that is universally efficacious for the whole earth," his unwillingness to "set limits on the saving power of God" in reference to the unevangelized, and his belief that we must continually expect to "rediscover the gospel" as we encounter other religious traditions, "leading to that new place where none of us has ever been before," raises significant and serious questions. Frankly, I have difficulty seeing how he is recommending anything Christian, let alone orthodox. In the end, his proposals are eerily similar to those being set forth by the Vatican and the WCC.
The full entry is here. It is really quite comprehensive. The various sections are as follows:
-- CONVERSION—A DIRTY WORD?
-- CONVERSION—A BIBLICAL IDEA?
-- CONVERSION—WHAT IT IS AND ISN’T
-- BENEFITS FOR BELIEVERS
-- CONCLUSION: ONE OF THOSE CHRISTIANS?
(hat tip: TwoOrThree.Net)
How interesting to come across this story from the NY Times today (hat tip to Pat Dague) after we'd already prepared to post the entry below on the new faith and politics blog that's past of the Washington Post/Newsweek's On Faith site. Blogging, faith, and politics especially in relation to the 2008 Presidential election certainly seem to be a very hot topic at the moment.
WASHINGTON — The morning meeting could have been at any news outlet, with discussion around the glass conference-room table about stem cells, Iraq and the presidential candidates. But afterward the members of the small group in the room bowed their heads in prayer.
“I just pray for all of us, reporters, photographers and editors,” said David Brody, a reporter. “Give us the strength to get through the day. Bless our work, Lord. Give us the right words to say.”
Mr. Brody, 42, writes a blog and covers politics for the Christian Broadcasting Network, the television station founded by Pat Robertson. With the three leading Republican presidential candidates in the early going each confronting his own serious obstacles in winning over evangelical Christians, Mr. Brody occupies a position of influence in the 2008 presidential campaign as a gatekeeper to a crucial constituency.
CBN has about a million viewers a day on television, making it a big platform for Mr. Brody and the Republican candidates.
In addition, Mr. Brody’s blog, the Brody File, which scours the conservative credentials of Republican candidates but also looks at Democrats on occasion, has become required reading for political insiders, and is frequently cited by mainstream news organizations and bloggers on both ends of the political spectrum. With its blend of reporting, jokey commentary and savvy explanations of the concerns of evangelical voters, it now draws almost 100,000 hits a month, more than five times the traffic it was getting just several months ago.
Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York recently became the latest Republican presidential candidate to appear with Mr. Brody on the network’s main news program, “The 700 Club,” with segments posted on the Brody File. Earlier this year, Mr. Brody interviewed Senator John McCain of Arizona. He has twice sat down with Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
The full article is here.
The link to the Brody File is here.
This elf confesses that she isn't yet following the Presidential election very closely, has never to her knowledge read the Brody File, and doesn't have a lot of political blogs in her list of bookmarks. (Unless, of course we're talking ANGLICAN politcs! That's a whole 'nother story! )
What political blogs do you all recommend, and which do a good job of focusing on issues of faith and politics?
Kendall was very quick to get out the news of Ruth Gledhill's interview with Archbishop Peter Akinola, posting the news the evening of July 3rd. When we saw the post the following morning, we added the update indicating that there was more info available on Ruth Gledhill's blog.
We never, however, mentioned that there were several video portions of Ruth's interview with Archbishop Akinola available. So, for those who might have missed them, or might not have had time to watch them yet and would appreciate a reminder, here are the links:
Archbishop Akinola talks about Lambeth 2008 (6 minutes)
Dr Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria (4 minutes, he talks about his call to ministry)
Archbishop Peter Akinola and a threat of ritual sacrifice (2 minutes)
[thanks to Scott at Magic Statistics for the nice roundup post which reminded us about the videos]
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal - Anglican: Primary Source -- Statements & Letters: Primates Anglican Primates Anglican Provinces Church of Nigeria Global South Churches & Primates * Resources & Links Resources: Audio-Visual
Over at Stand Firm, Matt Kennedy has now posted two entries in a series of essays on the Articles of Religion.
On the First Article of Religion
Who is the Son?: Essays on the Articles of Religion part 2
It has become apparent recently through reading responses to the proposed Covenant Draft, that many reappraisers within TEC reject the truth and authority of the Articles of Religion. This elf is thinking especially of SE Florida's response which stated:
The statement “led by the Holy Spirit, it [i.e. each member Church, and the Communion] has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons,” is factually untrue and inappropriate for a Communion-wide Covenant. [...] Moreover, the “truthfulness” of several of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion is debatable (e.g. Articles VII, XIII, XVII, XVIII, XX, XXIX, and XXXIII). The validity of several of the Articles has been a subject of debate and doubt in The Episcopal Church since its inception.
Obviously the question of a Covenant raises the question of the Formularies. Thus this elf really welcomes and appreciates Matt's effort to help us examine the Articles afresh. Go read his essays!
The Church of England General Synod begins tomorrow. One of the central items on the agenda is the proposed draft of the Anglican Covenant. Below is a roundup of links to various background papers and Covenant responses we've seen on various blogs and websites (from various sides of the spectrum) in recent days. We very much welcome input from our CoE readers with additions, corrections, clarifications. Thanks!
I. Simon Sarmiento's Thinking Anglicans blog (reappraising side of the aisle) has been posting quite a number of background papers and responses from different leaders, groups and organizations within the CoE in recent days. You can keep up with Thinking Anglicans CoE General Synod coverage here.
In addition to posting the Fulcrum paper we posted here earlier this week, Simon has also recently posted two entries with statements from Affirming Catholicism here and here.
The first entry from Affirming Catholicism reveals that they are backtracking on support for the Covenant:
Alarm raised over draft Covenant
In the week before the General Synod of the Church of England will be asked to endorse the process to create an Anglican Covenant, Affirming Catholicism has sounded alarm over the current proposed draft. In a commentary on the Covenant design group’s proposal to give the final say on Anglican doctrine to the meeting of the leaders of national churches, the Primates, The Rev’d Dr Mark Chapman, editor of a forthcoming Affirming Catholicism publication on the Anglican Covenant, and Vice-Principal of the Ripon College, Cuddesdon, said:
The emphasis given in the current proposals to the Primates’ Meeting (composed of 38 men and one woman) downplays the importance of synods. There is something disingenuous about giving power to determine membership of the Communion and to decide what constitutes the ‘common mind’ of the Churches to a group who at the moment refuse even to share Eucharistic communion with each other.
II. Also in the lead up to General Synod, Andrew Goddard has published various materials on Fulcrum's site:
In The Anglican Covenant: A Briefing Paper for the Evangelical Group on General Synod, Goddard reaches this conclusion:
There are no solid reasons - either in principle or pragmatically in the current political context - for evangelicals or anyone else to object to Synod making a commitment to positive participation in the covenant process. There are many reasons - theological and political - why evangelicals and others who share our commitments to world mission, to learning from Anglicans around the globe, to safeguarding biblical faith and to facilitating harmony among Anglicans should wish the Church of England wholeheartedly to support the covenant process. Indeed, in terms of our life together as a Communion, the covenant process is - like the Windsor Report in which it originated - now 'the only poker game in town'. If the Communion is to have a future together then the form of this will be discerned in and through this covenant process. For the Church of England to abandon that process through non-participation, or destructive participation, would therefore be for the eye to say to the hand 'I don't need you' and for us as a province to embrace a vision of Anglicanism in which every one does what is right in their own eyes.
Also at Fulcrum is Goddard's The Anglican Covenant: Background and Resources
Fulcrum's news page is here.
III. Anglican Mainstream has also been tracking various responses to the Anglican Covenant. Last week they published a link to the Modern Churchpeople's Union's (MCU) rejection of the covenant draft.
All the MCU materials related to the Anglican Covenant are here. Their 2 page summary of their longer response paper is here.
Here are some of MCU's justifications for rejecting the Draft Covenant:
Communal and theological consequences
The MCU anticipates that the centralisation and authoritarian character of the proposed polity will have a deleterious effect on the life of the Communion. In particular it is likely, over time, to discard much of the richness of the Anglican inheritance, to narrow theological and spiritual life, and to reduce both the diversity of the Communion and the positive valuation of difference. As power moves from synods to Primates it is also likely to diminish further the role of the laity.
We also anticipate that the desire for an ever more centralised and uniform Church is likely to result in greater structural inflexibility and thus to generate more division and schism.
No innovative change of this magnitude should be embarked upon unless it is clear that the proposals are both in accord with the inheritance of faith and will also (to the best of prayerful judgement) positively serve to build up all aspects of the body of the Church. The Draft does not address how its proposed changes will lead to these wider benefits.
The MCU recognises that there are strong reasons for looking again at the future of Anglicanism. However we believe that there is much in the storehouse of classical Anglicanism with which to build hope for a new and vibrant future. We value the existing polity of the Anglican Communion characterised by dispersed authority, responsibility and wisdom. In the absence of adequate reasons for change we would wish to continue to work within and to build on this framework.
We look towards a Communion characterised by diversity and mutual respect, accountability and hospitality. We would value and include all members of the church in decision making. We would refuse the use of power to limit the faithful life of the Church.
For all these reasons the MCU believes that the proposed Draft Anglican Covenant is not appropriate as a foundation for the future of the Anglican Church. The MCU urges its rejection.
Chris Sugden of Anglican Mainstream's personal response on the Covenant is online here. Sugden concludes:
So we must have our eyes open when discussing this matter.
The issue is not about agreement and disagreement, but conformity to the standard of teaching of the faith, expressed in a text – the Covenant - that is accepted by the Communion as a family of churches rather than by individuals.
The issue is about the clarity of what the Communion is committed to which is public and accessible
It is also about what the Communion is committed to being accessible to all, not kept unwritten, vague and therefore only to be interpreted by those in power.
IV. Finally in terms of sites to follow what is happening at the CoE Synod, the Church Society (an Evangelical group) has an excellent and helpful Synod page:
July 2007 Synod Issues
Here is their issue page on the Anglican Covenant. Here's how the Church Society frames the issue of the Anglican Covenant:
On Sunday 8 July the General Synod will be asked to endorse the following resolution.
18. ‘That this Synod:
(a) affirm its willingness to engage positively with the unanimous recommendation of the Primates in February 2007 for a process designed to produce a covenant for the Anglican Communion;
(b) note that such a process will only be concluded when any definitive text has been duly considered through the synodical processes of the provinces of the Communion; and
(c) invite the Presidents, having consulted the House of Bishops and the Archbishops’ Council, to agree the terms of a considered response to the draft from the Covenant Design Group for submission to the Anglican Communion Office by the end of the year.’
The last item refers to the draft covenant drawn up by the Covenant Design Group and circulated to members of the General Synod.
There are three main areas of concern with this motion.
* First, the text of the draft covenant.
* Second, whether the Presidents (Archbishops) and Bishops are capable of addressing the real issues.
* Third, whether the concept of the Covenant, which originally surfaced in the Windsor Report, will really solve the problems in the Anglican Communion, or potentially make them worse.
The full agenda of the CoE Synod is published here.
While Synod is sitting, the Church Society will be posting news here.
Whew. That's a lot of material to try and cover. This elf confesses to feeling in over our head in trying to follow this. We would very much welcome comments, clarification and links from our British readers. Thanks in advance!
The Inclusive Church blog has a commentary posted today linking the Covenant Process to the situation with extra-provincial bishops in North America. We may post this as a top level entry. But in the meantime, here's the beginning of the blog entry:
The growing number of bishops created by African provinces for “pastoral oversight” in North America (and potentially in other provinces), the attempts to create a Covenant that defines Anglican doctrine and ethics, and the apparent intention to organise an alternative to the Lambeth Conference in London next year all point towards one thing. The strategy to destabilise the Anglican Communion is moving into another phase.
I think Kendall may have previously posted an Inclusive Church Covenant response. We'll check and may update this with more links later.
Andy at All Too Common blog has an entry with links to a 5 part presentation by Bp. Keith Ackerman of Quincy on Anglicanism, given at St. David of Wales in Denton, Texas.
Here's Andy's blog entry where you can find all 5 links.
Yikes! Even though he calls them the "Gang of 13" and a "Rogues gallery of the invading army of bishops," Mark Harris' post with pictures of all the US Bishops for overseas' provinces (AMia/Rwanda, CANA/Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda) is worth a look.
Harris has also started reflecting and speculating on what might occur at the September Common Cause Council of Bishops meeting.
The Get Religion post by Terry Mattingly immediately below this entry asserts that many journalists, religious leaders and others too quickly try to dismiss the differences between various faiths and claim all religions are alike. Obviously readers who follow this blog are aware of the story of the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding who claims she can be both an Episcopal priest and a Muslim. We've seen the desire to try and minimize the differences between religions firsthand recently.
However, rather than just wring our hands in despair at this tendency, let's compile some resources we can use to strengthen our skills in apologetics. What resources are out there: books, websites, etc. that you have found helpful in inter-faith dialogue and witnessing to those of different faiths, or, in answering those who wonder whether there really any differences among religions?
Enquiring Elves want to know...!
For instance, if you had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Ann Holmes Redding, what might you say to her? Or what will you say (or have you said) to friends who ask you about this story during coffee hour at church? With a growing trend towards multiculturalism and pluralism, this elf is convinced we need to be better equipped to share the distinctive truths of Christianity and answer specific objections and questions raised by adherents of other faiths as to how on earth we could be so "judgmental" and "exclusive" to believe that Christianity makes absolute truth claims.
We hope our readers know that Reformed Pastor is the best blog to keep up with what's happening among reasserting Presbyterians (if we can use Kendall's Anglican-coined term in such a way). [Of course, this statement is merely this sometimes not-so-humble elf's opinion! I'm trying not to presume to speak for Kendall. But you know, while the cat's away....!]
Here's David Fischler's most recent Presbyterian news post. Interesting that as in ECUSA it's some of the most-historic parishes that are leaving.
And David often provides excellent commentary on things Anglican. For instance, he's picked up the news we posted this morning about Ed Bacon's sermon about Vice President Cheney at All Saints Pasadena. And his comments are open. So, should you have been eager to comment on that story, now you can.
One of the things this elf has found a very encouraging development in the orthodox Anglican blogosphere is the increase of blogs and websites designed to help encourage and mobilize reasserting Episcopalians and Anglicans at a local level. Montana Anglicans is one such local-level blog. One of their contributors, Kathrine, has just posted her reflections on what it has meant for her family to join Christ Church Anglican in Butte, which is under the oversight of the Province of Uganda.
Most of this year I have looked back as well as looked forward. As July of 2006 has progressed into July 2007, I’ve caught myself thinking, “Oh, yes, last year this time we went to Spokane, or were reading Matt Kennedy’s account of the 2006 Convention on-line, or I met with 3 other members of my church over coffee at Denny’s, or had a last meeting at my old parish.” So, when I saw the announcement by our Spirit Life Committee that this Sunday we would celebrate our first meeting that really began the movement for Christ Church Anglican - Butte, it was a moment for long reflection. What has my family lost and gained this past year? Where are we going? I ponder all these things as I think about meeting with my church community this Sunday at the Costin’s.
What have we lost this past year :
When thinking of what has been lost, the first things that come to mind are the material ones. For my family, the loss of our place of worship was a sadness. My husband and I were confirmed there, our children were baptized and had first communion at our old parish. There were the endless winding stairs and the silence of the sanctuary. There was the silence of the chapel during Easter Vigil and the Parish Hall decorated for Vacation Bible School. It was an old building – with great Butte history – since I love history, I loved the historic nature of the place. However, with all of that, I cannot say I’ve missed it that much – the building, was only a building, easily replaced and not that important to a community of Faith. No, while it was beautiful and full of memory, I do not see it with a sense of longing one might expect. So, as a real ‘loss’ I cannot count it as such.
Yet I do miss the people of my old parish that chose to stay. I miss the community we had as believers – not always agreeing but always family. The National Church, with its resolve to break the bonds of the Communion has destroyed many things, including the fellowship of our wider Anglican family here in Butte. When we Anglicans had to part in August, some resolved to stay with The Episcopal Church (TEC) and others with the wider Anglican Communion. This parting was hard on all of us. We love each other still – but no longer worship together – and that makes me very sad. This is the greatest loss I would count to in my Christian community this past year.
The full entry is here.
In addition to commenting on Katharine's article, we'd like to use this post to work towards compiling a list of the various blogs and websites designed to facilitate local-networking among reasserting Anglicans. Here are a few we know of. Please chime in with others in the comments.
Albany Intercessor (Dio. Albany prayer blog)
Anglican District of Virginia (website, not a blog)
Anglican Watchman (Diocese of Newark)
Connecticut 6 (covers much more than CT, but it has all the CT news as well.)
Drell's Descants (although Brad covers much more than local news, his is a key blog for news of and networking in Western Louisiana.)
Northern Plains Anglicans
Northwest Anglicans Blog
South Carolina - ACN
Surrounded (Diocese of San Joaquin)
Windsor Coalition of Western Louisiana
What sites are we missing?
It's also generating a lot of comments. As of now, there are 128 comments on the Seattle Times' story thread, meaning it's in a tie for first-place among all T19 comment threads on the new blog.
Also of particular interest, we think, is that the story is generating NEGATIVE attention among some of our reappraising friends and bloggers. The AAC blog, for instance, is reporting that Jim Naughton, the communications director for the Diocese of Washington, and an influential reappraising blogger, is trying to encourage all other Episcopal "Communicators" (i.e. diocesan communications directors) to ignore and not publicize the story. Mind boggling.
We'll pull together a round-up of links to this story from around the blogosphere shortly and add it to this post as an update.
UPDATE: Roundup of links we've seen (only a partial list, I'm sure) is below.
Original Story from Diocese of Olympia's "Episcopal Voice"
Original Titusonenine comment thread on the Diocese of Olympia article
Original Stand Firm comment thread on Dio Olympia article
Albert Mohler's blog: Clueless in Seattle -- Can You Be Both a Christian and a Muslim?
Seattle Times: Q&A (Redding answers reader questions)
Seattle Times: Reader Feedback on Story
Get Religion: She’s a dessert topping and a floor wax
Magpie Girl: Early Adaptor
Gospel Prism: Jesus Is the Only Way, but Allah Can Come Along Too
OK Preacher: Thumbs Down: Rev Ann Holmes Redding
David Fischler's 3 part series at Reformed Pastor: Apostasy in the Great Northwest
From the Answering Muslims blog: Can a person be both a Christian and a Muslim?
From Ad Orientum: Apostasy... Not an Issue
Three entries from Chris Johnson at MCJ:
Whitehall: "I am both Christian and Muslim"
IRD June 20 Press Release: Inclusion Run Amok: A Muslim/Episcopal Priest
Bishop Epting: Christian “and” Muslim?
Anglican Centrist (Fr Jones.com): Another One of those Crazy Episcopalians
Tobias Haller: Of Doubts and Discipline
Stand To Reason: Religion as Ice Cream
The Point (Breakpoint's blog): The Priest Said to the Imam
Rod Dreher (Cruncy Cons): What Would we Do without TEC
The Corner (Mark Steyn): Interfaith Outreach (and Steyn was linked by Instapundit)
On the Verge: Episcopal Priest Defies Logic! (was posted at Stand Firm here)
Mark Shea (Catholic & Enjoying It): This Being Seattle...
Riddleblog: Worse than Caricature
The Reformed Evangelist: Koran-quoting "Christians"
A technorati search will bring up at least a dozen (or two... or three dozen) more references. Here are one or two that looked particularly noteworthy:
Christianity and Islam Merge in a Postmodern World
Pursuing Truth: "Muslim & Christian" Reverend: Jesus Is Not God
Balaam's Ass: Both Christian & Muslim
Anyway, all of the links above suggest that Jim Naughton's plan to hide the story isn't going to work. It really is ALL over the blogosphere.
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Episcopal Church (TEC) * Admin * Religion News & Commentary Church Discipline / Ordination Standards Other Faiths Islam * Resources & Links Resources: blogs / websites * Theology Christology
Oh, and Scott, here's another link for your roundup. We category-loving elves have created a Canadian General Synod category for all the Canadian Synod news here on T19.
From Magic Statistics blog:
The big event is almost here. On Tuesday morning, a week of festivities kicks off as General Synod 2007 convenes in downtown Winnipeg. Lots of important stuff will be discussed and voted upon. A new primate will be chosen on Friday 22 June, with formal installation scheduled for the following Monday.
You can follow the action via the internets. Here are a few suggested sources.
Anglican Essentials Canada is running a blog where they will endeavour to post the latest news as it happens. The blogmeister is Peter (I don’t know if he’s ever mentioned his last name online), proprietor of the fine blog The Age To Come. He’s from an orthodox Anglican parish on the south side of Calgary. AEC also has a page of general information about General Synod 2007 and another on the AEC 24/7 prayer vigil.
The mighty, mighty webelf Binky oversees the CaNN General Synod 2007 blog. At last report, Binky has been laid low by the hot humid weather out east, combined with other health problems. Prayers, please.
Also in attendance will be my friend The Rev Joseph Walker, of St Timothy’s, Edmonton. Joe’s been making fun of certain Anglican leaders and talking about going on pub crawls with Winnipeg Anglican priest Preston Parsons, so I don’t know if Joe will be a reliable news source. On the other hand, he may be able to report
dirt information that no one else can, so stay tuned to his blog felix hominum.
For those who want the official line, the Anglican Church of Canada says it will provide webcast and other coverage here.
Much prayer is needed for the bloggers, for their jobs demand stamina, quick thinking, and nimble fingers. Pray also for the clergy and lay delegates, for they will need our Lord’s wisdom and guidance.
In the run-up to GS 2007, Anglican prayer blog Lent & Beyond has posted a series of prayers for Canada. This one was posted today:
The Anglican Church of Canada is fragmented and in need of rebuilding. Turn the hearts of its leaders to fear and obey You that they may become like a signet ring, carrying the authority of Jesus, teaching Your people to obey everything He has commanded, and making disciples of all nations.
Lord, it is our hearts’ desire that the Anglican Church of Canada be rebuilt upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the cornerstone. All authority is given to Jesus in heaven and in earth. Rebuild this church on Jesus, dear Lord. Amen.
Haggai, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 2:20
You can read Scott's full post, including links to previous background on General Synod here.
The link is here.
We've added the following links to the Anglican Blog section of the sidebar. Note that we've made a separate section for international Anglican bloggers and that at least for now, we are not categorizing those bloggers as reasserters or reappraisers.
All Too Common:
Fr. Gawain ("John Wilkins")
And to the list of overseas Anglican blogs:
Anglicans All, from New Zealand:
Anselmic's place (a T19 reader and Anglican vicar in the Philippines)
David Ould (didn't realize he still had a blog. Glad he wrote us)
Dave Walker (Cartoon Church)
Do let us know of Anglican blogs we've missed. Kendall makes the final call on these and there are some blogs he is choosing not to promote. But we'd love to know about blogs we may have overlooked. So, if there is a blog you read which you don't see, please let us know.
We've just added a huge slew of links (nearly 70) to Anglican / Episcopal blogs on "both sides of the aisle" or debate. We've used Kendall's "labels" reasserters & reappraisers as easy shorthand since that is understood by most regulars on the blogs. Of course there are nuances. (We could make a separate category for poor Fr. Greg Jones, the Anglican Centrist, perhaps?! )
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Given this situation, we would make the following points and raise the following questions:
1. ACI has defended not only a collaborative understanding of the Instruments of Unity, but their integrity as well. The failure of the ABC publicly to state that the Dar es Salaam Communiqué is alive and well has been injurious to our common life. It has also been intimated in certain quarters that the adjudication of the Communiqué will be undertaken by a Joint Steering Committee of the Primates and the ACC. We trust that this rumor is mistaken. The Primates have worked hard and declared their intention, and their recommendations and requests are fully within their remit as an Instrument with enhanced responsibility, whose present character was requested by other Instruments of Communion. Lacking any clear understanding of the precise fate of the Communiqué has left the field open for manipulation and the multiplication of other initiatives, borne of fear, concern, power balancing and so on.
2. ACI has sought to work with the Windsor Report, the Covenant, and within the US, the Windsor Bishops. One can watch with curiosity and concern the proliferating of various groups within the conservative ranks, most recently, a Common Cause College of Bishops (as proposed), CANA, and others. The Anglican Communion Network would appear to have split into those bishops now headed toward the Common Cause College, and those who wish to continue on the Windsor path. But to the degree that the Windsor Bishops have no clarity about the future of the Primates' Tanzanian Communiqué, and hence a comprehensive, ordered response to their Communion life in troubled times, they will collapse altogether. Indeed, one wonders what role they might be expected to exercise in the light of such unclarity.
3. It is our understanding that the recent issuing of Lambeth invitations was done in the light of organizational concerns and the timing of the Archbishop of Canterbury's leave. The ways in which the Archbishop has reserved to himself all manner of options, discernment, and counsel regarding the ultimate character of invitations--which is his right to do--means that speculation about the character of the conference is bound to be only that. Still, it is speculation capable of generating unease and reaction that is not always constructive.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal - Anglican: Analysis - Anglican: Commentary Anglican Covenant Anglican Primates Primates Mtg Dar es Salaam, Feb 2007 Instruments of Unity Lambeth 2008 * Resources & Links Resources: ACI docs
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Take the time to give him a visit.
Readers are encouraged to read through much related material to the House of Bishops study document at this (relatively new) website--KSH.
Mary Frances Schjonberg
The Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops on June 1 released a study document aimed at helping the bishops respond to the requests made to them by the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
The 15-page "Communion Matters: A Study Document for the Episcopal Church" is available online. A color PDF version of the document is available here. A black-and-white PDF version is here.
Theology Committee chair and Alabama Bishop Henry Parsley told Episcopal News Service that the report is meant for bishops to use in conversation with the people of their dioceses in the three and a half months between now and the mid-September meeting of the House of Bishops in New Orleans. Rather than call for responses from individual Episcopalians, Parsley said the committee will in late August and early September gather input from bishops on the result of their conversations in their dioceses.
He said the committee hopes that Episcopalians will "read, mark, inwardly digest and then come talk" about the document with their bishop.
"Every diocese will have to do that in their own way," he said. "We didn't want it to be an individual thing. We wanted it to be a diocesan, corporate process overseen by the bishop."
Parsley said the corporate nature of the conversations is important, given the nature of the requests made by the Primates at the end of their February gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania via a communiqué.
"The Anglican tradition is always that bishops are in the midst of the people of God and, when thinking about important matters, need to take counsel with the deacons, priests and laypersons in order to be well-informed and to listen to the Church," he said. "We felt that since the communiqué addresses the request to the House of Bishops in response to resolutions of General Convention, we couldn't just act unilaterally. We needed to take counsel with the people of the Church in responding to the communiqué."
He added that bishops need to exercise their "unique role as chief pastors and teachers ... but we exercise it best when we are in conversation with -- in counsel with -- the Church in our dioceses."
"Communion Matters" begins with a preface in which the committee writes that it offers the document "as a contribution to the discernment of this church as we seek the mind of Christ and endeavor to be faithful to our calling as members of the Anglican family in the world."
It includes three chapters of information, a set of questions for reflection and resources for more background.
The preface says that the guide aims to be a summary, not an exhaustive history.
"Constraints of space and concerns about maintaining easy readability prevent us from recounting all the important details of the conversation taking place in our church and Communion," the committee writes. "We hope that we have faithfully described the essentials."
Parsley reiterated the preface's hope. "We wanted this to be readable, brief and accessible to all of our people," he said. "In that way, it's a little simpler than some people might want, but we want it to be read and stimulate conversation."
The chapter on "Relationships within the Anglican Communion" says that the Communion matters because "in this fellowship all give and receive many gifts," "it enables us to be disciples in a global context," "we have sought it for many years," and "the maintenance of mutuality and trust with the Communion effects future mission opportunities."
The next chapter, titled "Our Special Charism as Anglican Christians," says that Anglicans have always valued the via media -- "the middle way between polarities" -- as a "faithful theological method."
The chapter describes the via media as an approach that "acknowledges paradox and believes even apparent opposites may be reconciled or transcended."
"Moreover, many within our church believe this is a good thing and a major charism (gift)," the chapter says. "In our own day, we especially need to preserve this special Anglican charism, not only for our own Communion but for all Christians."
The third chapter sets the Dar es Salaam communiqué in the context of the Communion's on-going debate about human sexuality, noting that "because the Communion has no central constitution and no form of synod or council beyond that of each province, issues of authority and conciliarity can present acute challenges for the maintenance of communion."
The chapter references the 1998 Lambeth Conference debate and the previous objections by the Primates Meeting, traces the Windsor Report process, outlines the Episcopal Church's response to the Report, summarizes how the Primates Meeting came to be and summarizes the pertinent parts of the communiqué and the House of Bishops' statements about it to date.
The House of Bishops has already responded to a portion of the communiqué. In three "Mind of the House" resolutions passed during their March meeting, the bishops said, in part, that the Primates' proposed "pastoral scheme" for dealing with disaffected Episcopal Church dioceses "would be injurious to The Episcopal Church." The bishops urged that the Executive Council "decline to participate in it."
The communiqué gave the bishops of the Episcopal Church until September 30 to "make an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorize any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention" and "confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent; unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion."
The third chapter states that these two requests "raise significant issues about the role of the primates in the Anglican Communion, Anglican ecclesiology, and the role of the House of Bishops in the Episcopal Church," including:
"Are such requests appropriately addressed by the bishops as chief pastors and teachers, or more representatively by the General Convention?"
"How best may theological and mission development take place in churches which are ‘autonomous in communion'?" and
"How can the Communion appropriately consult about important matters such as these without a centralization of authority that is unknown to Anglicanism?"
The three chapters are followed by a series of eight questions for reflection with some background on each question, and then a page of online resources for more background. When viewed on a computer in its PDF form, the clickable links on the resources page send readers to electronic versions of the documents.
"As bishops we are charged in ordination to guard the faith and unity of the Church. Being charged with this task does not mean it falls to us alone," the document concludes. "This study document is written to allow us to hear and receive the response of the whole of this province so that together we might respond faithfully as a constituent member of this great Communion."
In addition to Parsley, the members of the Theology Committee are David Alvarez of Puerto Rico; Joe Burnett of Nebraska; Robert W. Ihloff, recently retired of Maryland; Carolyn T. Irish of Utah; Paul V. Marshall of Bethlehem; Steven A. Miller of Milwaukee and Jeffrey Steenson of Rio Grande.
The Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, an Executive Council member and professor at Episcopal Divinity School, is the committee's consulting theologian. Douglas also worked as a liaison between the Theology Committee and a subcommittee of the Executive Council's International Concerns Committee (INC), which released a six-page study guide to the draft version of the proposed Anglican Covenant.
The covenant guide calls for congregations and individuals to submit responses by June 4. Responses will be used in the creation of a response by the Executive Council at its October meeting in Detroit, Michigan.
Prior to that, at the Council's June meeting in Parsippany, New Jersey, INC will propose that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson appoint a Covenant Review Group to follow the covenant-development process, enable comments from the wider Episcopal Church and provide comments on behalf of the church to the Communion's Covenant Design Group.
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal - Anglican: Primary Source -- Statements & Letters: Bishops Anglican Identity Anglican Primates Primates Mtg Dar es Salaam, Feb 2007 Episcopal Church (TEC) TEC Bishops * Resources & Links Resources: blogs / websites * Theology
Oh, and Binks sharpened up the commentary pen too: he's got lots to say about recent Anglican goings-on in Canada.
UPDATE: well, when Binky's on a roll, he's on a roll...! All of the above, and now a big round up of all the Pre-General Synod News from Canada
The other site to go to for Canadian General Synod news (especially live during Synod) is here, the Anglican Essentials Synod Live blog site.
And rounding up the links re: Canada's General Synod (June 19 - 25): the Lent & Beyond team have been posting daily prayers for Canada of late.
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal - Anglican: Commentary - Anglican: Latest News Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Canada Canadian General Synod 2007 * Resources & Links Resources: blogs / websites
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Listen to it all and make sure to note the comment of Chris Seitz below the audio link.
So what happened? How did it all fall apart? Clearly, Gene Robinson was a watershed, and with it went a lot of other matters building up and associated, often in profound and logical ways, with the seemingly radical change in sexual discipline that General Convention 2003 represented. But “doctrine” alone doesn’t explain the tidal shift in relationships.
The central problem, I believe – one noted by both Windsor and Primates -- is the loss of “trust”: trust among Anglican churches was broken, and by and large, the initiative for this breaking (although not wholly) has come from one direction. In sum, TEC and her leaders broke trust with the Communion, and Global South leaders and conservatives within and outside TEC lost “trust” in the American church and her leaders. This is related to TEC’s changed doctrine and discipline; but, as I said, only partly. One can navigate doctrinal difference and dispute, even of the most essential kind, if there is a trusted means of doing so. The real issue has been the sense that TEC is no longer what she was, that her word is not worth anything, that she cannot keep promises, that she is no longer trustworthy and therefore she that cannot be dealt with consistently and openly in terms of discussions and common counsel. The doctrinal and disciplinary dispute of the present is “irreconcilable” not only because the divergences at issue are vast, but because there is no commonly coherent means of resolving them. The difference between 1970’s and the 2000’s is that in 1970, for all the suspicions and even dislike and outright worries about its liberalism, ECUSA was still “trusted”; now she is not.
And why was ECUSA trusted then, and TEC is no longer trusted now? In brief, because TEC has lost her bearings within a coherent history others once recognized; because she no longer evidences a consistent character others once encountered; and because she is no longer engaged in a committed Christian discussion of critical matters in a Christian way with her Anglican sisters and brothers she once pursued. This claim is now worth unpacking.
One major debate today – and it has emerged only now, but necessarily and essentially – is over the identity of the Episcopal Church’s history, and thereby the church’s historical character. The debate has been attached to a new argument that has been promoted of late by, e.g. the House of Bishops, and that has also been taken up by the House’s allies and apologists. The argument is that TEC has an exceptional character vis a vis the rest of the Communion: she is a “democratic” church. And this “democratic” character means that the church is governed by a comprehensive set of representatives well-beyond the episcopal order, committed to “liberative praxis”, to breaking the shackles of colonialist imperialism, to upholding the needs and aspirations of oppressed and marginalized peoples, and to working to fulfill the inclusivist project (or “mission”) of God to bring all people, whatever their condition and social status, into a reconciled and egalitarian participation within the Church’s authoritative order. This articulated self-identity has been used to justify the direction taken by TEC’s General Convention on matters of sexual morals and discipline (not to mention other elements like “open communion”), even when this direction has gone counter to previously stated hopes, claims and promises.
Now, this newly argued Episcopalian identity may indeed be a hope for some or even for many. But it in no way represents the historical character of TEC in a purely factual or sociologically tethered fashion. The new progressive liberative identity is a constructed or invented history that is being foisted on the church by its proponents through the mechanisms of political rhetoric and strategic procedure. But it does not reflect what TEC has in fact been, or even is today (leaving aside the question of whether it is faithful to the Gospel of the Scriptures itself, which, in many crucial respects, I believe it is not).
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Some Anglicans, especially critics of the authority of the Primates Meeting as an Instrument of Unity/Communion, have tended to see the four Instruments of Communion as competitors. There is no evidence that this view is held by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is himself an Instrument, and who presides at the Lambeth Conference, the Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council. Clearly he views the Instruments as mutually encouraging, even as they have a specific and discrete identity and remit.
It has been the consistent position of ACI, going back to ‘To Mend the Net,’ that the specific authority given to the Archbishop of Canterbury is that of gathering and inviting. And the place where that authority is his alone is the Lambeth Conference invitations.
But there is no evidence whatsoever that in making invitations for the 2008 Conference, +Canterbury has set aside or ignored the authority of the other Instruments.
It needs also to be underscored that the response of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church to the requests of the most recent Primates Meeting says nothing probative in any way about the vitality and purchase of these requests. The means for providing regularization of various emergency extra-territorial ‘missionary’ initiatives is the Pastoral Council Scheme and the Primatial Vicar. It is not the job of the Archbishop of Canterbury unilaterally to declare the regularization of these initiatives by inviting the bishops acting in such a status to the Lambeth Conference. That would be to reject the work of the Primates Meeting still alive and waiting final prosecution – especially in the light of how the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church finally responds as of 30 September 2007.
It is tempting to wish to see individual initiatives, individual bishops, and individual Instruments as more definitive than others, and this instinct is alive on both ends of the Communion spectrum. What we are in fact seeing is the unfolding of a specific Anglican Communion polity, now come of age, and its hallmark is the mutual cooperation of four Instruments of Unity. The timing is such that the recent statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury is being given a specific kind of enhancement, but that may be misleading. In no way does his action in signaling an intention about present and future invitations stand over against the work of the other Instruments of Communion, and we can be sure he and his counselors have had this foremost in their minds.
We also wish to note the language of his statement—and this has not been properly emphasized due to concerns about CANA or New Hampshire—which points to the assumption that those Bishops attending do so with a commitment to the Instruments of Communion, and the statements and actions emanating from them. So far as we are concerned, the best indication of the mind of the Instruments in this season of disarray and challenge is what the Dar communiqué called the Camp Allen Principles: because these reaffirm Lambeth 1.10, Dromantine, The Windsor Report, and the serial statements and actions of all four Instruments.
It is our view that the efficient working of the Lambeth Conference, which is the desire of the Archbishop of Canterbury, needs an assumed commitment to these principles, if the meeting is not to be distracted and politicized according to this or that discrete concern or cause. We hope that the language used by the Archbishop of Canterbury at this juncture will receive specific commentary and elaboration. We believe we hear him rightly and trust that this perspective represents what is best for the healthy working of the Anglican Communion and the mission of Jesus Christ in this part of his Body the Church.
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