Tuesday, July 31, 2007

From "The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Henri Nouwen

From The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen:

For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spriritual life - pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures - and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.

Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not "How am I to find God?" but "How am I to let myself be found by him?" The question is not "How am I to know God?" but "How am I to let myself be known by God?" And, finally, the question is not "How am I to love God?" but "How am I to let myself be loved by God?" God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home. . . Can I accept that I am worth looking for? Do I believe that there is a real desire in God to simply be with me?

From Part III, Chapter 8

Archbishop Drexel Gomez at the Festival of Faith

From Anglican Mainstream, an article reposted from The Christian Challenge on what Archbishop Drexel Gomez considers might happen in the coming months in the Anglican Communion:

. . .But the leading conservative primate (provincial leader) also warned of a liberal recasting of official Anglicanism if some conservative provinces boycott the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops. A few provinces have already determined to skip the meeting over the Archbishop of Canterbury’s decision to include therein all Episcopal prelates who have violated the Lambeth ’98 sexuality resolution except actively gay prelate Gene Robinson, and to exclude U.S. missionary bishops backed by African provinces.

Gomez also sees obstacles to fulfilling the hopes of embattled American conservatives that The Episcopal Church (TEC) would be deemed by primates this fall to have left the Communion, a move they thought could help usher in a new jurisdiction for faithful U.S. Anglicans. . .

Anglican Mainstream also offers this overview of key points in the ++Gomez presentation:
  • Same-sex relations relate to God’s ordering of life and therefore core doctrine

  • Little prospect of Primates’ Meeting after September 30 - ACO will plead lack of money

  • Individual provinces may derecognise TEC

  • Possible new US Province

  • People in TEC want to root out traditional Anglicanism

  • Global South see Lambeth downgraded to expensive prelatical training course

  • Boycott by Nigeria alone (120 bishops) would make a big difference

  • Lambeth decisions will not be representative of the thinking of the Communion

  • ABC’s threat to rescind some invitations to Lambeth widely discounted

Read it all.

Resignation statement from Ephraim Radner

From TitusOneNine, a statement from Ephraim Radner on his resignation from the Anglican Communion Network:

The recent statements by the Moderator of the Network, Robert Duncan, however, so contradict my sense of calling within this part of Christ’s Body, the Anglican Communion, that I have no choice but to disassociate myself from this group, whom I had once hoped might prove an instrument of renewal, not of destruction, of building up, not of tearing down.

Bishop Duncan has now declared the See of Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference -- two of the four Instruments of Communion within our tradition – to be “lost”. He has said that God is “doing a new thing” in allowing these elements to founder and be let go. I find this judgment to be dangerously precipitous and unfair under circumstances when current, faithful, and hard work is being done by many to bolster these Instruments as servants of our common life in Christ. The judgment is also astonishingly self-confident and autonomously prophetic in a mode not unlike the baleful claims to visionary authority of those who have long misled the Episcopal Church. Finally, the declaration in effect cancels out the other two Instruments of Communion that also uphold our common Anglican life – the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council. It is the entire Anglican Communion, therefore, that Bp. Duncan is declaring to be “lost”. The judgment is far too sweeping. . .

Read it all.

ACN Council ratifies Common Cause structural document

Delegates to the Network’s Annual Council voted unanimously to ratify the federating Articles of the Common Cause Partners, to clarify the relationship of Network affiliates to The Episcopal Church, and to restate the Network’s commitment to making space for different opinions about women in Holy Orders. . .

The Articles create a leadership council, outline the purpose of the Common Cause partnership, and envision structures that will allow Common Cause Partners to work more closely together in communications, mission and education. Providing it meets each partner’s canonical requirements, the articles also envision Partners making arrangements for the orderly transfer of members between the parishes of different jurisdictions and allowing the clergy of Partners to “officiate transiently” in jurisdictions other than their own.

Delegates also unanimously approved an amendment to the bylaws of the Anglican Communion Network. Noting that many individual parishes and leaders in the Network are no longer part of The Episcopal Church, delegates voted to add the following statement: “Nothing in the charter or bylaws shall be interpreted as requiring submission to the constitution of The Episcopal Church by affiliates of this Network who are not themselves members of The Episcopal Church. . .

Read it all.

ACN ratifies the Common Cause Theological statement

Voting by delegations, The Anglican Communion Network Annual Council has unanimously ratified the Common Cause Theological Statement. Each of the Common Cause Partnership’s ten members is independently considering the document. While no partner has the power to independently modify the Theological Statement, they are invited to suggest improvements or state concerns about its present form.

The document states that the ratifying partners “believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” It goes on to say “no one comes to the Father but by Him.” Presenting the document to Annual Council, the Rev. Canon Warren Tanghe stated “this is classic Christianity. . .”

Read it all.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Los Angeles Appeals Court will not reconsider property ruling

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles sealFrom EpiscopalLife Online, an update on the Appeals Court consideration of property ruling in the Diocese of Los Angeles:

A California Court of Appeals has refused a request that it review its June ruling against three Episcopal congregations where the majority of members had voted to leave the Episcopal Church for oversight by bishops in another Anglican province but retain the congregations' property.

A notice posted July 24 on the website of the California 4th Appellate District Court Division 3 said that the petition for a rehearing filed by attorneys for the departing members had been denied. . .

The congregations have 10 days to petition for a discretionary review by the California Supreme Court. . .

The case on behalf of the Diocese of Los Angeles was brought by Holme, Roberts and Owen, the law firm of the diocesan chancellor, John R. Shiner, who successfully argued an issue relating to California's "anti-SLAPP" statute. The Episcopal Church was represented by Goodwin Procter in Washington, D.C., the law firm of David Booth Beers, the Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop. Beers' partner Heather H. Anderson argued the merits of the appeal.

Read it all.

The Llama Butchers find another one

From the Llama Butchers, That's My Church! Inadvertent Truthiness Division, for fun and games (and another Clown Mass):

Yep, pretty much says it all, although I don't believe that is the intent:

This Sunday, being a clown earns you a special blessing at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano [Virginia].

Big red noses, supersized rubber shoes and frizzy wigs will fill pews for the seventh year at one of the few church services in the country to recognize International Clown Week.

But the "Blessing of the Clowns" service isn't just about thick painted smiles and polka-dotted jumpers — the gospel message will also be given by the clowns in the form of a skit.


As a matter of fact, a couple of our older parishioners came up to me yesterday after our service and asked when I was going to be posting again about the impending TEC implosion. I more or less shrugged - it's the slowest time of the year and our parish dreams in a false peace (as I believe Tolkien said of Ithilien before Sauron unleashed his assault on Gondor). As a matter of fact, I was musing at the time on the fact that ushering summer services is always a breeze because the only people who show up are the regulars, and they both are better about picking up their trash from the pews and also know what they're doing when they come up for Communion, so do not need much attendance. . .

I expect our parish will wake up to what's going on when it starts trying to hit up the regulars for money just about the same time that the noozpapers start splashing frontpage headlines about the crackup. All I can say is that I'm awfully glad I'm not on the stewardship committee.

Read it all.

Bishop Duncan at the ACN annual meeting

Anglican Communion Network logoNow posted at the Anglican Communion Network website is Bishop Duncan's Moderator's Address from earlier today. Some excerpts:

I shall never forget the darkness of the days and weeks beginning with last March's House of Bishops Meeting. It was during those days at and after that Camp Allen meeting that I truly came to grips with the unavoidable fact that the denominational Church that had—from infancy—raised me, captured me, formed me and ordained me, no longer had any room for me, or any like me. How bitter the rejection! How total my failure!

. . .Three decades of fracture and disintegration characterized the life of orthodox Anglicans up until the Plano Council of January, 2004. None who were present at that organizing Council will ever forget the unity that permeated the decisions of that assembly. Every article of the Charter was unanimously approved. None of us had any expectation that anything like that would be possible. It was all God-given and God-breathed. None will forget the moment when a respectful way forward on the ordination of women emerged—surely the high-point of God's grace in that Council—and we stood to sing the Doxology.

. . .During this past year, the Network Bishops have done everything we could to work with a broader Windsor Coalition within the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops. In order not to abandon the wider coalition in its one last stand, the Network Bishops have agreed to take part in the upcoming meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the Primates Steering Committee and Anglican Consultative Council. We do so, some of us at least, without any implied recognition of or submission to the American primate, without any diminishment of our appeal for Alternative Primatial Oversight, and without any expectation that the Episcopal House of Bishops will turn from the course so unequivocally embraced at their March meeting.

. . .I began with words from the prophet Ezekiel. God is judging shepherds and is judging between sheep. His promise is to save His flock. His promise is that His sheep will no longer be a “prey,” either to unfaithful shepherds or to fat sheep (or to wolves). His servant David, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the true and trustworthy shepherd. We, in the Anglican Communion Network, propose to follow Him, even through the valley of the shadow of death. For Jesus is our Way, our Truth, our Life. We can do no other.

[boldface mine]

Read and watch it all.

Sign the TEC Legal Transparency petition

From the American Anglican Council, a statement on requesting information from ECUSA on how various lawsuits are being funded:

The Episcopal Church's (TEC) continued litigation against parishes and vestries is a great concern to many in the Anglican Communion. These lawsuits come at a high price emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Of special concern is the source of TEC’s funding. Where are they getting the money to sue these churches? Should TEC be open about the amount spent and the source of their litigation funding?

Sign it here.

H/t to Stand Firm.

ACN Annual Meeting happening NOW

Don't forget, today and tomorrow July 30-31, 2007 is the Anglican Communion Network Annual Council Meeting at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

AnglicanTV is covering parts of this live, and Stand Firm has a number of posts covering the action - check it out!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Temecula Valley Anglican Fellowship off to running start

Temecula Valley Anglican Fellowship
From SanDiegoAnglicans.com comes a report on Temecula Valley Anglican Fellowship, a ministry of St. John's Anglican in Fallbrook:

At least 60 people came this first Sunday and heard special guest clergyman, Rev. Canon George Kovoor, speak from today's lectionary readings about, "How to Pray." It was an effective sermon as evidenced by Fr. Don Kroeger subsequently opting to forego the "Prayers of the People" as printed in the worship bulletin ('79 BCP Rite II) in favor of a spontaneous time of prayers uttered aloud from the congregation.

A three-piece praise band added vibrancy and set a tone of more casual, contemporary worship. For those familiar with somewhat more traditional parent church, St John's Fallbrook, you'll recognize this as an intentional effort to reach out to the young families in the burgeoning Temecula area. For those looking for a traditional liturgy in the context of lively worship and warm fellowship, this appears to be a best-of-both-worlds kind of place.

Sounds like a strong beginning. Read it all.

Wanted, an unpractical man

G. K. Chesterton in 1898Thought for the day, courtesy of G. K. Chesterton from Part One, Chapter II of What's Wrong with the World:

There has arisen in our time a most singular fancy: the fancy that when things go very wrong we need a practical man. It would be far truer to say, that when things go very wrong we need an unpractical man. Certainly, at least, we need a theorist. A practical man means a man accustomed to mere daily practice, to the way things commonly work. When things will not work, you must have the thinker, the man who has some doctrine about why they work at all.

Via Media

As clear an explanation of via media that I've read, from Peter Ould at An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy:

I[t] amazes me still that some people continue to argue that Via Media is an excuse for liberal theology. It’s not and it never was. Via Media was an explanation of the path of churchmanship and theology that the Anglican Church took between the extremes of Roman “tradition” and Puritan “no tradition at all thank you very much”. Via Media was an orthodoxy that avoided excess but believed and trusted in the clear Biblical message of grace and holiness. Those who claim to be inheritors of the Via Media must first of all be orthodox on doctrine and moral practice. Without such an affirmation they aren’t even Christian, let alone Anglican.

[all boldface mine]

Read it all.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

More on the Diocese of Virginia election and irregularities

From the Friday, Jul 20, 2007 issue of The Church of England Newspaper via BabyBlueOnline, a report by George Conger on charges of canon irregularities by 815 on the Diocese of Virginia election:

The Presiding Bishop’s office admitted that it acquiesced in the Diocese of Virginia’s violation of the express language of Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons in the consecration process of its new bishop, but stated the violation was customary and not of sufficient merit to call into question the validity of the Episcopal consecration of Bishop Shannon T Johnston of Virginia. . .

Earlier this year, Bishop Schori nullified the election of Mark Lawrence as Bishop of South Carolina, tossing out ballots from dioceses in favour of his election for not being in strict conformance to the requirement that the ballots be signed by all members of a diocese’s standing committee, thereby depriving him of a majority necessary for consent to his election.

South Carolina initially sought to use the “short form” to solicit the consents of Bishop- elect Lawrence, but was cautioned by the Presiding Bishop’s office to use the proper language found in the canons so as not to violate the canons. The permissive stance taken towards Virginia while South Carolina was required to conform to the letter of the law, over the same issue within a period of two months by the Presiding Bishop’s office, prompted San Joaquin’s charges of hypocrisy and double standards.

The Diocese of Virginia declined to respond. However, observers in Virginia note that the diocese’s claims that the Virginia-based CANA Bishop Martyn Minns has irregular episcopal orders, would appear to be undercut, given the admitted defect in the consecration process of its bishop-coadjutor. . .

Read it all.

Cannon in front of them volley'd and thunder'd

A reflection of my feelings exactly from Chris Johnson at the Midwest Conservative Journal (and just in case you've forgotten, a visual reminder of ECUSA's big guns, because unfortunately, this is a civil war of "brother against brother"):

As far as the Current Unpleasantness is concerned, I and I suspect a great many other people have finally set a date. If, as most reasonable people believe, the Episcopal Church flips off the Anglican Communion once again at the end of September and if conservative western Anglicans once again do nothing about it, that will, for most of us, be that. We will either content ourselves with AMiA, CANA or other Anglican offshoots or we will abandon the Anglican tradition altogether.

Can the Anglican Communion Network keep people like us on board? Of course. What do they have to do? What they had most emphatically better not do is to issue another open letter and tell everyone to "wait until Lambeth." First of all, nobody is stupid enough to fall for the Vitally Important Anglican Meeting Which Is The End Of The Line And We Mean It This Time dodge anymore. And this request assumes that there is even going to be a Lambeth Conference and that the Conference will rule the way the Network wants them to. . .

I've written this many times before but it bears repeating. The Anglican Communion Network no longer has the luxury of time. The Network bishops have got to stop talking about how importantly they take all this and start ACTING like it. . .

ECUSA has big guns and has repeatedly shown that it is quite willing to use them. But the Network bishops really have no good options. Whatever it ends up costing them, they've got exactly one more chance to demonstrate why the Anglican tradition is still worth hanging around.

[all links and most boldface are mine; italics are author's]

Read it all.

Five Talents

Five Talents International logo

Mr. Frederick Kalema-Musoke, a former World Bank senior staffer, will succeed the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns as chair of the board for Five Talents International. CANA’s Bishop Martyn Minns has served as chair since 1999 and was a co-founder of the organization.

"Transformation!” emphasized Bishop Minns, “that's the most important accomplishment of Five Talents: transformed lives and changed communities.”

During Minns’s tenure as chair, Five Talents, a Christian microfinance organization working in partnership with the worldwide Anglican Communion, has assisted more than 220,000 of the poor in 14 countries through microcredit and savings programs and business training. The ripple effects of these projects have touched a million people around the globe. “I don’t think we ever dreamed of the worldwide impact we are making,” Minns said.

Read it all.

H/t to Transfigurations.

Friday, July 27, 2007

AAC weekly update message from Canon Anderson

From the American Anglican Council (AAC) weekly email update:

A message from The Rev. Canon David C. Anderson
President and CEO, American Anglican Council

Beloved in Christ,
It was just a week ago that the Global South Steering Committee released a statement which touched on conditions in both the United States and the global communion, and suggested that other meetings separate from the Lambeth Conference might be called for. Some readers have raised questions about the form of the statement, particularly why it didn't have a "Pauline" salutation. I suspect that the form is the answer: it is not a letter, it is a statement. I also suspect that in this world of email, cell phones and faxes, those in attendance and those remotely located were able to communicate adequately in order to validate the content and force of resolve that the final message conveyed.

The Communiqué Compliance Office has released its fourth report on the state of the American Episcopal Church's compliance (or lack thereof) to the Tanzanian demands. A copy of the report is posted on the AAC website and may be downloaded. In electronic form the report has web links which take you to a copy of original texts cited. In print form you lose the electronic links.

With increased awareness of the scope of the strategic litigation that the Episcopal Church is sponsoring against local church congregations, vestries, and vestry members individually and personally, it raises several questions.

First, is it safe to serve on an Episcopal Church vestry, since the Episcopal Church is disregarding both federal and state legal protection granted to volunteer (unpaid) individuals who agree to serve on non-profit boards of directors? This is doubly troublesome since a few important insurance companies, who purportedly issue Directors and Officers Liability Insurance which is routinely purchased by churches, are refusing to provide legal defense or coverage for the vestries and individuals once they are sued.

The second major question is, "Where is all the money coming from to wage this litigation campaign by TEC?" Various possibilities have been suggested based on remarks made by some Episcopal Church officials, and speculation about the handling of TEC finances is not healthy for TEC itself. The American Anglican Council, representing many parishes, clergy and individuals still within TEC therefore calls on the Episcopal Church to make the funding for the litigations underway and the source of the funding open and transparent for all to see. To this end the AAC applauds the request that several TEC bishops have made to the administration of TEC for financial transparency with regard to the litigation efforts.

It was a great sorrow months ago to learn that the Presiding Bishop had ruled against the Diocese of South Carolina pertaining to the form of their Bishop Election Confirmation documents. The ruling cancelled the election and has forced the diocese to rerun the process, although at an accelerated rate. Now we discover that the same Presiding Bishop has two sets of rules, one for her enemies and one for her friends. She doesn't like South Carolina (and the Chancellor David Booth Beers certainly doesn't either) so their election is null and void. Virginia, on the other hand, is considered a friend of the Presiding Bishop and the Chancellor, and when they use a non-canonical form to report the confirmations for their bishop-elect, no issue is made, all is wonderful, and the consecration of the new bishop is now history. It is sometimes said by those of the world that all is fair in love and war. Well, this certainly isn't love, so orthodox dioceses should be well advised.

Speaking of love and war, Trinity Church, Wall Street, probably the wealthiest church in the world, has decided to cooperate with the TEC plan to use money to try to fracture the Global South unity. Trinity Church hosted a summit meeting in Madrid, Spain, inviting Global South bishops to sit down with Episcopal Church leaders and talk about mission opportunities in their dioceses. When the Israelites left Egypt, fleeing Pharaoh's army, they took Egyptian gold with them. Although we would advise orthodox bishops against going to lunch with the spider, if you have any of the spider's gold, get out of the web as fast as you can.

The Archbishop of York, His Grace John Sentamu has publicly remarked that other than the sexual issues, there is really nothing wrong with the orthodoxy of the Episcopal Church. We are afraid he speaks of things he does not know about. Sexuality is a tertiary issue. The most dangerous issues are TEC's abandonment of orthodoxy concerning the person of Jesus Christ and the authority of Holy Scripture. In reality, if we lose Jesus and the Bible out of the Anglican faith, why would we care about the sexuality issue?

The issues which confront the American and Canadian churches are not isolated to North America, and the division is touching England itself. Reports coming to us from the UK indicate that up to ten orthodox diocesan and suffragan bishops may stay away from the Lambeth Conference unless the issues are satisfactorily dealt with.

As this Weekly Update goes to press, representatives of the Anglican Communion Network are traveling to Bedford, Texas for an annual ACN Council meeting. A great deal has changed since the last meeting a year ago. The Council will take stock of the reality of the current landscape and chart a path forward for orthodoxy. Elections are scheduled for this meeting for both the Moderator and Secretary positions. We will bring you news next week of the progress reported at the Council meeting.

[all boldface and links are mine]

"Theology on tap"

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore speaks to a mostly young Catholic audience at Pat Troy's Ireland's Own pub in Alexandria [Virginia]. From the Washington Times, this sounds like it could be interesting - Theology on Tap:

Saying Hail Marys over a pint of Guinness has become a popular happy hour activity for some local Catholics.

More than 200 people in their 20s and 30s packed into Pat Troy's Ireland's Own pub in Alexandria [Virginia] to eat, drink and pray alongside friends Monday night.

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, 68, who recently was named archbishop of Baltimore, led a dialogue about the mystery of evil at the kickoff session of this summer's "Theology on Tap" sessions.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington brings priests and lay speakers to local bars once a week to attract young Catholics eager to converse and mingle. . .

"We speak of abortion as 'therapeutic,' saving or helping the health of the mother. We speak of living together before marriage — fornication — as some kind of love," [Archbishop O'Brien] said. "There's always a nice word we can attach to it, rather that admit and describe what the evil is."

Read it all.

H/t to Dawn Eden at The Dawn Patrol.

Uganda: More than 30,000 children kidnapped; now one has a voice

Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's ChildrenI am currently reading Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children by Faith J. H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo, published by Chosen Books. From the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD) press release:

More than 30,000 children have been abducted over the last twenty years and forced to commit unspeakable crimes.

Grace Akallo was one of these. Her story, which is the story of many Ugandan children, recounts her terrifying experience. In a new book co-authored with Akallo, Institute on Religion & Democracy Religious Liberties Director Faith McDonnell provides historical background and insights on how people can personally make a difference. . .

In conjunction with the Washington Post article "The Price of Peace in Uganda" by Michael Gerson, a horrific picture emerges of what the children of northern Uganda have faced:
Two years ago, I visited a squatter's camp of mud houses and open sewers on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, where thousands have sought refuge from the Lord's Resistance Army -- a cultish rebel group that has caused perhaps 100,000 deaths and displaced more than 1.5 million people. A young woman I met had been abducted by the LRA along with other members of her village. She calmly described their first night's "welcoming meal," in which one of the villagers was killed and the rest forced to eat him, to instill a proper fear.

To read all of Grace's story, buy Girl Soldier from IRD here or check your local book store.

Anglican Communion Network and evangelism

The Anglican Communion Network (ACN) has planned seven evangelism workshops across the country.

These “Sharing Our Faith” conferences are sponsored by the Good News Initiative of the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) in conjunction with local host teams from Anglican churches across America. The conferences planned include:
  • Gainesville, FL - August 24–26, 2007 (Registration open.)

  • Bluffton, SC - September 14–16, 2007

  • Akron, OH - September 28–30, 2007

  • Savannah, GA - October 5–7, 2007 (Registration open.)

  • Hamilton, MA - October 25–28, 2007

  • San Jose, CA - November 14–16, 2007 (Live videofeed available.)

  • Metro DC (Herndon, VA) - Feb. 8–10, 2008 (Live videofeed available.)

H/t to Stand Firm.

Bishop Howe of Central Florida writes his clergy

Bishop John Howe, Episcopal Diocese of Central FloridaFrom the Diocese of Central Florida, Bishop John Howe has written a letter on issues he is dealing with there:

. . .So, will there be a new Province, or a new Something, recognized by some of the Primates, but not others? If that is the case, what will it then mean to be part of the Anglican Communion? When will the Primates respond to our unsatisfactory response? Will Archbishop Williams agree with them? Will he declare that The Episcopal Church has, in fact, to some degree “walked apart”? And if so, what will he say about those Dioceses within The Episcopal Church that are, and openly declare themselves to be "Windsor compliant"?

We can only speculate about all these questions, but we will know the answers to them within the next six months, or so, I believe. . .

I am doing absolutely everything I can – and have done so for eighteen years – to uphold “orthodoxy,” to remain faithful to the Lord and to the scriptures, to call this oh-so-compromised Church back to its own heritage. But I will not break the rules to do so. I am working "within the system" for a comprehensive solution to a complex situation. These efforts can be easily undermined by precipitous actions, and I urge us to be very careful. . .

[all boldface mine]
Real it all.
Some background information on events in Central Florida can be found here, and here.
H/t to Father Jake Stops the World.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Magic Statistics

Check out Scott Gilbreath's (aka StatGuy) new posting at Magic Statistics on "Emerging or Episcopal?"

Posters originally from here.

More on Lambeth

From Ruth Gledhill at the Times Online:

Six out of ten senior Church of England bishops could boycott next year’s Lambeth Conference of more than 800 Anglican bishops and archbishops from around the world because of the row over gays.

Such a boycott would be unprecedented in the history of the Anglican Church and would be an indication of how deep the divisions go, in England as well as in the rest of the communion.

The fifth most senior bishop in the mother church of the Anglican Communion warns today that a majority of English diocesan bishops could consider a boycott if the US does not row back on its pro-gay agenda. . .

[The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Rev Michael Scott-Joynt] tells the Gazette that as many as six in ten diocesan bishops, from the Church’s evangelical and Anglican-Catholic wings, would be “constrained” in their protest by their loyalty to Dr Rowan Williams. Speaking to The Times he said later, "The point I was making was that they are having to think about it". . .

Bishop Scott-Joynt says in the Gazette that for a boycott not to take place, the bishops of The Episcopal Church must meet the demands of the recent Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam.

Read it all.
H/t to A Guy in the Pew.

More on Virginia Consent Form Debacle

Although according to 815, it's not a debacle - it's called doing business as usual, apparently.

Updates at TitusOneNine, Stand Firm (here and here), Diocese of South Carolina, Diocese of Virginia, The Living Church, and the incomparable commentary of Chris Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal [peace and blessings be upon it and him].

"Defining Anglicanism in Today’s World"

From a letter to The Church of England Newspaper:

It is worth remembering that a number of Anglican churches have already pointed out that Anglican churches have from their beginnings seen themselves as part of the one holy, catholic and apostolic church. That is much more than a matter of formal conformity with a particular see or institution, or attendance at a specific gathering within the Communion, no matter how venerable. . .

Read it all.
H/t to Anglican Mainstream

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

For sale, but no "immoral" plans allowed

St. James Anglican (Hull) Ottawa, CanadaFrom the OttawaCitizen.com, comes this story:

The century-old former St. James Anglican Church in Hull is for sale for $1 million, but offers from anyone with "immoral" plans will not be considered. . . "Things such as a strip joint, a gambling parlour, anything of ill-repute would definitively not be accepted," said Michael Herbert, director of administration for the diocese, which owns the former church and its 12,000-square-foot lot, at the corner of St. Jacques Street.

The new owner will never be able to establish an immoral enterprise, even if, 50 years from now, the structure burns to the ground. The diocese will insist that a covenant is added to the land title, binding in perpetuity any future owner to the current requirements. . .

It's too bad it's for sale - it's the oldest Anglican congregation in the Ottawa area.

Read it all.

Archbishop John Sentamu continued

An extended article on the interview that Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent for the Telegraph, held with the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu:

"As long as someone does not deny the very basic doctrines of the Church - the creation, the death, the resurrection of Christ and human beings being made in the image of God - then the rest really helps but they are not the core message.

"And I haven’t found that in Ecusa or in Canada, where I was recently, they have any doubts in their understanding of God which is very different from anybody. What they have quarrelled about is the nature of sexual ethics."

He nevertheless emphasised that Dr Williams does expect those who attend Lambeth to abide by the decision-making processes of the Anglican Communion.

"The Archbishop of Canterbury is very clear that he still reserves the right to withdraw the invitations and that those who are invited are accepting the Windsor process and accepting the process about the covenant.

"But in another sentence, he said that attending Lambeth is not also a test of orthodoxy. . .

[all boldface are mine]

The first few paragraphs where ++Sentamu is discussing whether England needs a written constitution or not are interesting in light of the push for an Anglican covenant.

And I'm a little unclear from the article which are direct quotes and which are not, even though quote marks are used.
Read it all.

Light blogging

Bad back - off to the doctor today (yes, this is being typed standing up!)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CaNN WebElves doing again what they do so well

They're baaaccckkk! As I noted earlier, I really missed these guys! So glad they're posting again - love those blogrolls!

Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them

17th Lancers - Charge of the Light Brigade, Battle of Balaclava, 1854, Crimean War
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
  Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
  Rode the six hundred.

The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
English poet

And thanks for braving the ECUSA "canon" to Stand Firm (here, here, here, here, and here), TitusOneNine (here and here), and BabyBlueOnline (here) with their current continuing coverage on the discrepancy of tabulating elections for South Carolina and Virginia. Do you suppose we'll ever get a rational, reasonable, logical response from 815?

From "Areopagitica"

. . . [F]or books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

John Milton
English poet

Update on Walking to Emmaus consultation

From EpiscopalLife Online, a follow-up to the "Walking to Emmaus, Discovering New Mission Perspectives in Changing Times" notice of last week:

Bishops from 22 dioceses in the United States and 29 dioceses in Africa joined the congregation of Madrid's Iglesia Episcopal de España for a Eucharist on July 22. Joining the Rt. Rev. Carlos Lozano Lopez, bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, at the altar were the primates of Burundi, Central Africa, Congo, and Southern Africa, as well as the primate of Brazil. . .

The consultation continues through Thursday, July 26 and is being convened by New York's Trinity Church, Wall Street, as
an opportunity for bishops of the Anglican Provinces in Africa and their companions in the Episcopal Church of the United States to strengthen relationships, develop mission partnerships, and discover new opportunities to bear witness to the Gospel.

Read it all.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Follow-up on John Sentamu interview

From the Church Society, some questions on the Telegraph interview with Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

We have been unable to confirm that this accurately reports John Sentamu but if it does then it is very serious. Previously he appeared to have taken the view that sexual immorality is important and that the actions of the revisionists and sodomites in North America is a problem. If these reports are accurate it indicates that he has changed his stance and adopted the revisionists way of handling Scripture. . .
Read it all.

Upcoming meetings of interest [Updated & bumped]

Update II: Another update to list which events AnglicanTV and Stand Firm are covering online, depending as always on funding, so DONATE here and here.

Thanks to Sarah Hey for additional info.

I have had all of these dates and meetings rattling around in my head for the past several weeks and decided that it was time to organize! So, to the best of my knowledge (and please let me know if I've missed anything), here is a list of upcoming Anglican meetings of various sorts from now until Lambeth 2008.

I've listed who is sponsoring the meeting, when, where, why (the purpose of the meeting), and who has been invited (but I can't vouch for who actually may show up).

Anyway, here is my best guess effort (listed chronologically):

July 30-31, 2007
Anglican Communion Network
St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas
Annual Council Meeting
Invited are all Network bishops. The Bible teacher for the meeting will be Gregory Venables, Archbishop of the Southern Cone.
AnglicanTV will definitely be there.

August 9-10, 2007
Windsor Bishops
Camp Allen, Texas
Continuing discussions
All ECUSA bishops who subscribe to following the process outlined in The Windsor Report

August 30, 2007
Consecration of Bill Atwood and Bill Murdoch
Nairobi, Kenya
AnglicanTV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

September 2, 2007
Consecration of John Guernsey (and an African Ugandan priest)
Mbarara, Uganda (southwest of Kampala)
AnglicanTV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

September 20-25, 2007
ECUSA House of Bishops
New Orleans, Louisiana
Scheduled fall gathering
ECUSA bishops, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the ACC (but it is unclear who from the standing committee will attend)
Both AnglicanTV and Stand Firm will definitely be there.

September 25-28, 2007
Common Cause Council of Bishops
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First meeting of this group
Invited are all bishops of the Common Cause Partnership, including:

AnglicanTV will definitely be there.

October 26-28, 2007
ECUSA Executive Council
The Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Michigan
To consider the Executive Council drafting group's proposed response to the Anglican Covenant (this meeting is meant to meet the January 1 Anglican Covenant comment deadline)
Anglican TV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

July 16-August 4, 2008
Lambeth 2008
University of Kent in Canterbury, England
Regularly scheduled every 10 years
Invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury and includes bishops and archbishops within the Anglican Communion, as well as those in certain kinds of formal relationship with the Anglican Communion
As for who will be covering this one, wouldn't we all want to be!

Also, per the Global South Anglican statement of July 18, there may be additional Primates' meetings depending on unfolding events.

Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-haunted South

Flannery O'Connor (1962 Photo By Associated Press) From Glory to God for All Things, a posting on evangelizing the South from an Orthodox Church perspective:

When asked once why the South had produced so many writers and artists, without hesitation [Flannery O'Connor] said, “Because we lost the War.” That’s part of who we are in the South. A culture, or a person, that has never lost doesn’t understand a big part of human experience. . .
Flannery O’Connor described the South as “Christ haunted.”. . . Christ-haunted — Southern Christianity is split down the middle, head and heart divided asunder. There is head religion: some tincture of Calvin, all about law and judgement, righteousness and sin, the fearful grace of the sovereign God tamed by respectability. Then there is heart religion: Pentecost, revivals, Jesus and the Holy Ghost called forth on demand to save souls and soothe the heartaches of life. And there are redneck existentialists, too, who want nothing of either, like Hazel Motes in O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood, who preaches the Church Without Christ: it ain’t got no Jesus to die for you and make you feel guilty about it.

Read it all.

New post for retired bishop Gethin Hughes

From Drell's Descants, a word on Bishop Gethin Hughes, former bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.

The Rt. Rev. Gethin Hughes, retired bishop of San Diego has taken the position of interim dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

John Sentamu gives an interview

Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu (Photo credit: Jeff Jones)From the Telegraph, an interview with the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu:

The Archbishop of York has warned conservative Anglican leaders that they will effectively expel themselves from the worldwide Church if they boycott next year's Lambeth Conference. . .

Dr Sentamu, a close ally of Dr Williams, said that as long as Anglican bishops did not deny the basic Christian doctrines they should all be able to remain within the same Church.

While liberal north Americans disagreed with conservatives over sexual ethics, these were not core issues, he said.

If the conservatives boycotted Lambeth "they would be the ones voting with their feet and saying, as far as we are concerned, we are the true Anglicans". . .


Read it all.

Upcoming meetings of interest [Updated yet again]

Update II: Another update to list which events AnglicanTV and Stand Firm are covering online, depending as always on funding, so DONATE here and here.

Thanks to Sarah Hey for additional info.

I have had all of these dates and meetings rattling around in my head for the past several weeks and decided that it was time to organize! So, to the best of my knowledge (and please let me know if I've missed anything), here is a list of upcoming Anglican meetings of various sorts from now until Lambeth 2008.

I've listed who is sponsoring the meeting, when, where, why (the purpose of the meeting), and who has been invited (but I can't vouch for who actually may show up).

Anyway, here is my best guess effort (listed chronologically):

July 30-31, 2007
Anglican Communion Network
St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas
Annual Council Meeting
Invited are all Network bishops. The Bible teacher for the meeting will be Gregory Venables, Archbishop of the Southern Cone.
AnglicanTV will definitely be there.

August 9-10, 2007
Windsor Bishops
Camp Allen, Texas
Continuing discussions
All ECUSA bishops who subscribe to following the process outlined in The Windsor Report

August 30, 2007
Consecration of Bill Atwood and Bill Murdoch
Nairobi, Kenya
AnglicanTV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

September 2, 2007
Consecration of John Guernsey (and an African Ugandan priest)
Mbarara, Uganda (southwest of Kampala)
AnglicanTV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

September 20-25, 2007
ECUSA House of Bishops
New Orleans, Louisiana
Scheduled fall gathering
ECUSA bishops, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the ACC (but it is unclear who from the standing committee will attend)
Both AnglicanTV and Stand Firm will definitely be there.

September 25-28, 2007
Common Cause Council of Bishops
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First meeting of this group
Invited are all bishops of the Common Cause Partnership, including:

AnglicanTV will definitely be there.

October 26-28, 2007
ECUSA Executive Council
The Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Michigan
To consider the Executive Council drafting group's proposed response to the Anglican Covenant (this meeting is meant to meet the January 1 Anglican Covenant comment deadline)
Anglican TV plans to be there, but still needs funding.

July 16-August 4, 2008
Lambeth 2008
University of Kent in Canterbury, England
Regularly scheduled every 10 years
Invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury and includes bishops and archbishops within the Anglican Communion, as well as those in certain kinds of formal relationship with the Anglican Communion

Also, per the Global South Anglican statement of July 18, there may be additional Primates' meetings depending on unfolding events.

Upcoming meetings for the HOB Theology Committee

Hey, I don't know if this needs to be updated or not, but I thought it was pretty telling of ECUSA these days (I added the red outline to highlight the "relevant" section) . . .

And just in case you can't read it, it says:

House of Bishops Committee on Theology

Upcoming Meetings:
There are no upcoming meetings available for this group.

Past Meetings:
There are no past meetings available for this group.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

"A Threat Revealed?"

Check out Matt Kennedy's article at Stand Firm on "A Threat Revealed?" He goes over possible manipulation of upcoming events with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates' Steering Committee, and the September 30 deadline for ECUSA.

When I consider how my light is spent

Sonnet XIX.
On His Blindness.

divine light (Google Images)
When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
'Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?'
I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, 'God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.'

John Milton
English poet

Friday, July 20, 2007

Re-election of Mark Lawrence ... and beyond

As the Very Reverend William N. McKeachie, Dean of the Diocese of South Carolina, writes in an article about the upcoming re-election of Fr. Mark Lawrence as bishop of that diocese:

Anglican Christianity is surely in the process of re-aligning itself around relationships of apostolic faithfulness, integrity, and collegiality among and between bishops and dioceses committed not to humanly institutionalized structures (which in the long course of church history wax and wane) but to the divinely constituted One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ. . .

The election is slated for August 4.

Hat tip to Stand Firm

Read it all.

EpiscopalLife Online nails another one

Gotta love the headline: "Global South Primates vow to continue violating Episcopal Church boundaries" a news story by Mary Frances Schjonberg and Jan Nunley about the Global South Anglican meeting and the statement issued by that Steering Committee - see here and here for more info.

Another road to Emmaus

And from EpiscopalLife Online, another meeting of African and American bishops:

Trinity Wall Street is convening a group of bishops from Anglican Communion provinces in Africa and their companions in the Episcopal Church "for a consultation to strengthen relationships, develop mission partnerships, and to discover new opportunities to bear witness to the Gospel," according to a Trinity news release. . .

Hosted by Iglesia Episcopal Reformada de España, "Walking to Emmaus: Discovering New Mission Perspectives in Changing Times" will be held in El Escorial, Spain July 21 through July 26.

The conference is closed to the media and other visitors.

Perhaps trying to counteract other news from the Global South? Hummmmm. . .     Read it all.

A Statement from the Global South Steering Committee

From the Global South Anglican, a very important statement that you must read. A few items from the statement:

3. We in the Global South remain committed to the underlying principles and recommendations of the Windsor Report and the various Communiqués that we have issued, especially the statement that was produced during the most recent Primates’ meeting in Dar es Salaam. It was the result of enormous effort and heart-felt prayer and we remain convinced that it offers the best way forward for our beloved Communion. . .

5. We have also been pained to hear of the continuing and growing resort to civil litigation by The Episcopal Church against congregations and individuals which wish to remain Anglican but are unable to do so within TEC. This is in defiance of the urgent plea agreed to by all of the Primates in the Dar es Salaam Communiqué. This approach to use power and coercion to resolve our current dispute is both enormously costly and doomed to failure and again, we urge the immediate suspension of all such activities and a return to biblical practices of prayer, reconciliation and mediation. . .

9. We are concerned for the future of our Communion as a truly global fellowship and our witness before the world as a respected ecclesial family within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In regards to the proposed Lambeth Conference in 2008, we are concerned that the publicly stated expectations for participation have changed its character and function. It is now difficult to see it either as an instrument of unity or communion.

h/t to Stand Firm
Read it all.

Global South Leaders Urge Emergency Primates’ Meeting

From The Living Church today:

The leaders of the Global South coalition of Anglican Primates have called for an emergency primates meeting to determine the fate of The Episcopal Church and have urged the House of Bishops to put aside their “intransigence” and not force the break up of the Anglican Communion. . . The steering committee criticized Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for accepting the invitation to attend part of the Fall House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans, saying it would undermine the integrity of the primates’ communiqué. . .

Read it all.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Greater Europe Mission

Thadd & Laura DavisAnd speaking of God not being dead in Europe, Americans Thadd and Laura Davis are advancing the cause of Christ in Germany:

Partnering with Greater Europe Mission, we help churches reach out into their community by providing computer and English training. Even though we will live in Germany, our ministry is Europe-wide. . .

Check it out.

"In Europe, God Is (Not) Dead"

From the Wall Street Journal, In Europe, God Is (Not) Dead, an interesting article by Andrew Higgins tying church attendance to state sponsorship of churches,

After decades of secularization, religion in Europe has slowed its slide toward what had seemed inevitable oblivion. There are even nascent signs of a modest comeback. Most church pews are still empty. But belief in heaven, hell and concepts such as the soul has risen in parts of Europe, especially among the young, according to surveys. Religion, once a dead issue, now figures prominently in public discourse.

God’s tentative return to Europe has scholars and theologians debating a hot question: Why?. . .
Some scholars and Christian activists, however, are pushing a more controversial explanation: the laws of economics. As centuries-old churches long favored by the state lose their monopoly grip, Europe’s highly regulated market for religion is opening up to leaner, more-aggressive religious “firms.” The result, they say, is a supply-side stimulus to faith.

Hat tip to Kathy Shaidle.

Read it all.

More grace needed

Grace Church and St. Stephen'sIn Grace's paper chase: 'Donation' document from 1929 pledges Grace Church to Denver diocese from the Colorado Springs Independent Newsweekly, reporter Michael de Yoanna names the two sides in the Colorado Springs debacle "secessionists" (those who left ECUSA and are now affiliated with CANA) and "loyalists" (those still members of the Diocese of Colorado) - and yes, it does make it sound like civil war (only sometimes not so civil).

The one-page form could be a Holy Grail for a diocese eager to return to the building now being used by hundreds of entrenched Episcopal secessionists and their embattled patriarch, the Rev. Don Armstrong.

Martin Nussbaum, an attorney for the diocese, says the form, which surfaced as part of the legal battle for the building, bodes well for hundreds of exiled Episcopal loyalists hoping to return to the gray building described when it opened in 1926 as perhaps the most beautiful church west of the Mississippi River. . .

Read it all.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Common Cause of a Common Light

From the Anglican Communion Institute and the Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, some concerns on how decisions are being made by the Anglican Communion Network and others:

The Anglican Church is longing for an open council, unmanipulated by guile and passion; yet what we are getting instead are the sparks of competing political strategies that have the effect of inculcating ecclesial passivity drunk on anxiety.
It must be said that the current lack of clarity or forthrightness on the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury around many of these matters does little to further such openness, and as a result strategies and reactions, fueled by incomplete information and bare speculation, now seem to take the place of synodical prayer, discussion, debate, and discernment.

Good points that need to be thought through - although it's hard when events seem to be overtaking time for reflection.

Read it all.

CaNN WebElves

You know who I miss? I miss the CaNN Elves. I know they have had some serious and sorrowful events in their lives this year and everyone needs time off, and my prayers are with them. But, even though I've never met them, they seem like old friends and I miss them.

Theirs was the second website I discovered (the first being the Midwest Conservative Journal with Christopher Johnson) when I started frantically trying to find any info on what in the world was going on in the Episcopal Church after General Convention 2003.

Being a born and raised Episcopalian in the Diocese of South Carolina years ago, I had no real idea of what had happened in and to the Church. Any strange pronouncements from ecclesiastical authorities always seemed to be something a few yankee bishops were doing "up north."

Talk about scales falling from one's eyes! And playing a large part in my education were the WebElves, for which I will be eternally grateful. So I hope all is well and we'll see you back soon!

The WebElf Report logo

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What if this present were the world's last night?

Holy Sonnet XIII

night landscape
What if this present were the world's last night?
Mark in my heart, O soul, where thou dost dwell,
The picture of Christ crucified, and tell
Whether His countenance can thee affright.
Tears in His eyes quench the amazing light;
Blood fills his frowns, which from His pierced head fell;
And can that tongue adjudge thee unto hell,
Which pray'd forgiveness for His foes' fierce spite?
No, no ; but as in my idolatry
I said to all my profane mistresses,
Beauty of pity, foulness only is
A sign of rigour ; so I say to thee,
To wicked spirits are horrid shapes assign'd;
This beauteous form assures a piteous mind.

John Donne
British divine, metaphysical poet
(c. 1572-1631)

Donate to AnglicanTV

Here is the fall schedule for AnglicanTV and a request for donations to help cover the costs of travel for Kevin. In the interests of full disclosure, I should say I produce interviews for AnglicanTV on a volunteer basis (in other words, a labor of love). Kevin did order me some really neat business cards though! Go, Kevin and Bill!

Los Angeles and St. Luke's [Updated]

St. Luke's of the Mountains Anglican Church, La Crescenta, California
From The Living Church:

The governing body of St. Luke's of the Mountains Anglican Church, La Crescenta, Calif., voted unanimously July 9 to appeal a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s ruling that the parish’s property belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Read it all.

UPDATE: Interesting comment from robroy over at Stand Firm on impressions of St. Luke's from his visit this past Sunday:
I asked my college bound daughter what was the difference between this church and ours in Colorado. “The people aren’t 80 years old.” That is what struck me, too. A church with people my age and younger in the majority!

He is commenting on what Kevin and Bill said in their Anglican Report Episode 31 and has more insight into the legal situation since the church's attorney gave a talk after the service.

Read it all.

Monday, July 16, 2007

"Your appropriate place within our communion"

Does Bishop Lee think that The Episcopal Church will no longer recognize the orders of clergy from around the Anglican Communion and the only province that is "valid" is The Episcopal Church? If the Episcopal Church is now setting up their own brand new "Communion" - and that is what this letter implies - well, that's breaking news.

Very interesting post from BabyBlueOnline on a letter written by Bishop Peter Lee of the Diocese of Virginia. And an additional comment from her in the Comments section of the post:
What the 815 lawyers are trying to do is illustrate that the Episcopal Church is its own communion and not part of a larger communion. . .

[all boldface mine]

Read it all.

Diocese of South Carolina to try again

Fr. Mark Lawrence of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (photo credit: John Harte)The Special Convention to elect a bishop for the Diocese of South Carolina is being help August 4. The only name submitted at this point is Fr. Mark Lawrence, whose election earlier this year was invalidated by ECUSA.

From Virtue Online, thoughts on the South Carolina re-election:

It is unlikely therefore that Standing Committees of liberal dioceses will give their consent to Lawrence, in which case the Diocese of South Carolina is right back to square one. The 120-day discernment period beginning in August goes well beyond the time frame for the Diocese of San Joaquin to declare its hand.

The Diocese of South Carolina has at least two options.

The first is to drop Lawrence and look for another candidate. That is not likely, sources tell VOL, but it is possible.

Secondly, a number of orthodox bishops, retired and active, could go ahead and consecrate him anyway. This is an interesting but potentially dangerous move. [boldface mine]

Read it all.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saga Arequipeña

David Alenskis with kids in San Jose (photo  credit: David Alenskis)Another evangelism post, this from David Alenskis, a seminarian intern at Anglican Church of the Resurrection in San Marcos. He is in Perú working on a pastoral internship and is blogging the experence at SanDiegoAnglicans. It's interesting to hear "from the field" about evangelizing and I hope he continues to post during his stay. From one of his posts:

And there is much more to tell, I suppose. I could tell of eating cow udder, of new friends and kindred spirits, of unbelievable expectations for birthday party guests, of allegory, moralism, and pelagianism in sermons, or of complete and entire obsession with soccer,. . .

Read it all.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

I Didn't Go To Church Today

the beach

I didn't go to church today,
I trust the Lord to understand.
The surf was swirling blue and white,
The children swirling on the sand.
He knows, He knows how brief my stay,
How brief this spell of summer weather,
He knows when I am said and done
We'll have plenty of time together.

Ogden Nash
American poet

The True Evangelist

I keep coming across writings about evangelism - hummmmm. . .

This is a great story by Fr. David Baumann of Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles:

Immediately I received a profound spiritual smack on the back of my head. It wasn’t the person in the seat behind me, but the smack was almost as tangible as if it had been. A voice nearly shouted in my head, “Leave her alone! You’ve done your part. You played your role in her conversion. You are to pray for her every day for one year. You will not try to find or contact her, and you will not learn in this life what happens to her.”

It was refreshing.

You'll have to read his entire post to understand my title here. And keep John One Five on your blog list.