Thursday, January 31, 2008

Institutional codependency? An open response to the Pittsburgh Twelve

From SanDiegoAnglicans.com, a response from Fr. Russell Martin, rector of the Anglican Church of Sts. Timothy and Titus of San Diego, to the signers of the Pittsburgh letter [boldface mine]:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of our most sovereign and glorious Lord Jesus Christ and I pray that His grace and peace would be with you. I am writing out a profound sense of sadness and concern for the open letter, which you recently published (1/29/08). I am known to some of you personally and several of you I have counted as friends and in one case, a mentor. I was deeply troubled by both your decision and your missive. I ask you in all humility to please sincerely and prayerfully consider what I put before you and ask that you please reconsider your decision not only for your own sakes but also for those under your spiritual charge. . .

1. I urge you to consider the cost of staying in what one can only describe as a theologically toxic relationship, not only for you undersigned (that is the authoring clergy) but more importantly the souls of the faithful in your care. It is one thing for you to feel a need to be on the frontline but quite another to place one’s sheep needlessly before wolves. Have you truly counted the cost to your flock not only of leaving but also and perhaps, more significantly of staying? What are the risks of leaving as compared to the significant danger to staying within TEC?

2. It seems to smack a bit of hubris to think you can witness or hope to effectively do so when so many before you have faithfully done the same for nearly forty years to no avail. . .

To continue to dog TEC’s progressives with calls to reform and renewal from within seems to me have now moved into a distressing form of institutional codependence. They do not wish to change and we conservatives should respect their decision and release them into it with our prayers. Even Jesus, told his disciples there would be times they were to shake off the dust and move on (c.f. Matthew 10:14). . .

4. Since you have invoked the public with your letter, informing them of your decision, I for one feel that as clergy and leaders you need to provide a clear and biblical rationale for your decision. Your citation of Ephesians 6:6, does not adequately address my concern here; if for no other reason there is nothing in the inherent in that verse or its immediate context to suggest you must remain within a specific human denomination in order to intercede for the Saints. . .

Additionally, in is incumbent upon you as leaders not only to give biblical and theological rationale for your staying but also to finish that logical equation and offer said reasons for why leaving is NOT truly an appropriate response. This is something you owe yourselves, your congregations and the universal church collectively. . .

Read it all.

Shoe Thursday: Southern California edition I

Today the shoe selections are not mine, but chosen by someone much more in the "know" than I am on what is now cool and in, at least for boys/young men.

The current Southern California trend is definitely focused on skate shoes, whether you skateboard or not. These are considered everyday, casual shoes. But if you're scheduled to run the timed mile in P.E. today, do not wear any of these - skate shoes are absolutely flat-bottomed (to get more surface on the board) and not good for running.

So for now, the shoe that is the most "in" - the new shoe, and the coolest (for the moment) is the Adio Kenny V.1:

Adio Kenny V.1
These next shoes are labeled "awesome" and "the cool ones are leather" - the Osiris Troma. In fact, a pair of these in this color should be arriving at our house today:

Osiris Troma
For the true skateboard fanatic, "when you think of skates shoes, you think of DC or Vans." A classic DC shoe is the Court Graffik SE:

DC Court Graffik
Considered "commonplace, casual," I'm told "everyone probably has a pair of Etnies."

etnies Annex
And you can't be a true "SoCal" skater without a pair of Vans, the San Diego skate shoe:

Vans No Skool
My source for these skate shoes is so ahead of the curve that he lists a shoe that Zappos.com doesn't even carry yet - Fallen, a U.K. company with a line of "ultra new" shoes. "They’re just in, ya know. They’re cool."

Fallen Trooper
Many thanks to my guest blogger this week, who used to wear shoes like these:

infant shoes
(And, yes, growing up is hardest on mom!)

GAFCON press conference

Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria speaking at a press conference about GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference):

But Uganda, Rwanda, Sydney, Nigeria: we are not going to Lambeth conference. What is the use of the Lambeth conference for a three weeks’ jamboree which will sweep these issues under the carpet. GAFCON will confer about the future of the church, which will set a road map for the future. We are a movement that will move away from the “maybe - maybe not”.

The issue is that church leaders are endorsing what is wrong. They are not willing to make the gospel that the Lord can bring change available. We want to move forward with commitment to the word of God. The question is asked how many people we are. The question is rather how many people we are representing. Four primates who are in the leadership of GAFCON represent more than 30 million Anglicans.

Read it all.

Also was presented the GAFCON Theology Resources Team

GAFCON Theology resources team
Members of the Theology Resource Team for GAFCON met in Lagos Nigeria from January 28-30. They came from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Australia, Ghana, India, and England. They are pictured here with Archbishop Peter Akinola, the Primate of Nigeria, fourth from the right. The GAFCON Theology Resource Team Conference focused on Authentic Global Anglicanism. . .

And check out one of the papers presented by Rev Professor Stephen Noll, vice-chancellor of Uganda Christian University on The Global Anglican Communion and Anglican Orthodoxy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Presiding Bishop recognizes remaining San Joaquin Episcopalians

From the Living Church:

During videotaped remarks shown Jan. 26 at the Church of the Saviour in Hanford, Calif., Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recognized Episcopalians gathered there as the legitimate members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. Bishop Jefferts Schori also announced that she had written to the eight standing committee members informing them that she did not “recognize” them as the standing committee of the diocese.

“I understand that these have included voting to amend the diocese’s constitution and canons and attempting to organize as the standing committee of an entity that identifies itself as an Anglican diocese of the Province of the Southern Cone,” Bishop Jefferts Schori wrote. “These actions directly conflict with the constitution and canons of The Episcopal Church,” she added, citing as justification for her action Canon 1.17.8, which requires those holding office in The Episcopal Church to “perform the duties of that office in accordance with the constitution and canons of this church and of the diocese in which the office is being exercised.” The canons are silent as to who determines whether or not an individual has “well and faithfully” performed the duties of office and since in the case of a standing committee it calls into question the fiduciary responsibilities of individuals charged with oversight of a non-profit corporation, it may be necessary to obtain a court order before the six can be “officially” decertified. . .

The ambiguous status of the six raises a possible constitutional problem. Bishop Schofield is under inhibition, and a vote on his deposition, or permanent removal, is scheduled for the next House of Bishops’ meeting in March. Under Episcopal Church canons, the standing committee serves as the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese in the absence of a diocesan bishop. If the six are still members in good standing of The Episcopal Church, it is unclear how they could have been removed from office.

Read it all.

Bishop John Howe: Church litigation a travesty

From the Living Church:

The Diocese of Central Florida is “poised for a new round of significant growth,” after three months of tense negotiations with clergy and lay leadership from nine congregations seeking to leave The Episcopal Church, according to Bishop John W. Howe.

At the conclusion of the diocesan convention Jan. 25-26 at St. James’ Church, Ormond Beach, Bishop Howe told a reporter for The Living Church that though exhausted, he was pleased with the negotiations.

“We are on the best of terms with all those leaving,” he said. “And we are committed to rebuilding where there have been losses.”

In his address to convention, Bishop Howe said the last three months had been the worst period of his life. However, amicable solutions had been reached with the members of the eight congregations who sought to withdraw from the diocese.

“There are those who simply have to leave The Episcopal Church for conscience sake,” he said. “I understand that. I don’t agree, but I don’t believe we should punish them. We shouldn’t sue them. We shouldn’t depose the clergy. Our brokenness is a tragedy. The litigation that is going on in so many places is a travesty. And although some seem to be trying to do so, I don’t think you can hold a church together by taking everybody you disagree with to court.”. . .

Read it all.
H/t to TitusOneNine.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Joshua Project: Bringing definition to the unfinished task

Check out the Joshua Project!

"Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations"
Jesus said it 2,000 years ago. Where do we stand today?

Our Purpose ... to spread a passion for the supremacy of GOD in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.
Our Mission ... to highlight the people groups of the world that have the least Christian presence in their midst and to encourage pioneer church-planting among every ethnic people group.

H/t to the Webelf Report.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors

For those thinking that a national health care plan is just what we need, here's a look at what it could look like (and don't think it couldn't happen in the U.S.). From the Telegraph (U.K.) [boldface mine]:

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.

Fertility treatment and "social" abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.

The findings of a survey conducted by Doctor magazine sparked a fierce row last night, with the British Medical Association and campaign groups describing the recommendations from family and hospital doctors as "out­rageous" and "disgraceful".

About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.

Managers defend the policies because of the higher risk of complications on the operating table for unfit patients. But critics believe that patients are being denied care simply to save money. . .

Among the survey of 870 family and hospital doctors, almost 60 per cent said the NHS could not provide full healthcare to everyone and that some individuals should pay for services.

One in three said that elderly patients should not be given free treatment if it were unlikely to do them good for long. Half thought that smokers should be denied a heart bypass, while a quarter believed that the obese should be denied hip replacements.

Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA's ethics committee, said it would be "outrageous" to limit care on age grounds. Age Concern called the doctors' views "disgraceful".

Gordon Brown promised this month that a new NHS constitution would set out people's "responsibilities" as well as their rights, a move interpreted as meaning restric­tions on patients who bring health problems on themselves. The only sanction threatened so far, however, is to send patients to the bottom of the waiting list if they miss appointments.

The survey found that medical professionals wanted to go much further in denying care to patients who do not look after their bodies. . .

Read it all.

The Elves at Lambeth 2008

It's party time! Check out the the Lambeth 2008 Conference site, the unofficial website for Lambeth 2008, from the producers of CaNNet!

Kinda makes you wish July would come sooner! (But there's plenty to see there now.)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Two takes on activities in the Diocese of San Joaquin this weekend

Moving Forward, Welcoming All meeting in Hanford, California (photo credit: ENS
From EpiscopalLife Online [boldface mine]:

Hundreds of people—from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Seattle—packed the historic Church of the Saviour in Hanford January 26 in joyous celebration and support for remaining Episcopalians who are "Moving Forward, Welcoming All" and claiming their status as the official Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.

"You are the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin," House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson told more than 350 people amid sustained applause and a standing ovation. The Saturday gathering was organized by Remain Episcopal, a group of Episcopalians who are reconstituting the diocese after 42 of 47 congregations voted to leave The Episcopal Church (TEC) at a December 8 convention.

Cindy Smith, president of Remain Episcopal, said the organization has received generous financial, liturgical and emotional support from all over the country, including from clergy from across the nation who willing to serve congregations on an interim or permanent basis.

Organized in 2003, Remain Episcopal is "planning for the day we cease to exist, a day the renewed leadership of the Fresno-based Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin can once again continue the reconciliation, work and mission of the church," said Smith, who called for patience as the way forward as communities of faith continue to form and grow and the future of the Central Valley churches continues to unfold.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori sent both written and videotaped greetings to the gathering. "We expect to work next to clarify the status of members of the clergy in the Diocese of San Joaquin, and the status of any former diocesan leaders who wish to remain in The Episcopal Church," she wrote in a letter read by the Rev. Canon Bob Moore, the designated interim pastoral presence for the diocese.

Jefferts Schori added that financial and other support is forthcoming. "We are already working to ensure continued salary for mission clergy who were recently removed from their posts by John-David Schofield," she wrote. "We will similarly work to continue diocesan functions such as ensuring insurance coverage for congregations and clergy.". . .

"Once the ultimate status of John-David Schofield is adjudicated by the House of Bishops, and if he is deposed, I will seek to gather the remaining members of the Diocese in a special convention to elect new leadership and make provision for an interim bishop. I will work with diocesan leaders to clarify ownership of the personal and real assets of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin," the Presiding Bishop's letter said. . .

Remaining Episcopalians face complexity and chaos, [House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson] said. Some are willing to litigate to keep church property while others aren't. Still others "voted to remove the Episcopal Church from the diocesan constitution but have now indicated they are willing to stay, and some who are simply on the fence, … some have disavowed themselves and no longer consider themselves Episcopalian. A fifth group of people simply want things to get back to normal so they can worship without all this disagreement.". . .

National and provincial representatives also attended the gathering. Executive Council members Dottie Fuller of the Diocese of El Camino Real and Hisako Beasley, of Seattle, were on hand to offer support.

"It's important to be here, to offer support," said Fuller, who added that she spent the night in a motor home in the church parking lot.

The Rev. Charles Ramsden and Holly McAlpen of the Church Insurance Corp. fielded property and other questions. San Rafael attorney Michael O. Glass, who represents several local congregations and individuals, was also a featured speaker during an afternoon question and answer session to which the media was not invited. . .

Leslie Watson said she had been unchurched since moving from San Jose five years ago, until she discovered the Remain Episcopal Bakersfield Faith Community.

"We were affiliated with St. Philip's, San Jose, and when we moved to Bakersfield we visited churches there but discovered at the very first meeting it wasn't anything like what we were used to," she said.

Joining the Bakersfield faith community changed all that, said Watson, enthusiastic about the gathering's strong turnout and future prospects. "What we're doing is historic, avant garde," she said. "We're meeting in hidden places like the first century Christians, it's like Luther nailing the theses to the door.

Meanwhile, the way forward includes organizing donated liturgical and worship resources for developing faith communities and an upcoming March 1-2 workshop on growing the church will feature the Rev. Dr. Dennis Maynard, author of "Those Episkopols.". . .

Read it all, and next check out Billy Ockham [boldface mine]:
. . . Remain Episcopal is a group of members of the formerly Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. San Joaquin voted last month to leave the Episcopal Church. Remain Episcopal has organized to leave the Diocese of San Joaquin. There are five churches that form the core of Remain Episcopal. In 2006, these churches had a combined membership of around 1,400 with an average Sunday attendance (ASA) of 470.

Yesterday, the Episcopal Church held a pep rally on behalf of Remain Episcopal. It devoted a fair amount of resources to the effort (buses and satellite feeds aren't exactly cheap). According to the official organ of the Episcopal Church, The Episcopal News Service, around 350 people showed for the service.

The diocese of San Joaquin is not especially large, geographically. It takes about three hours to drive from one to the other (you may easily gauge how quickly I drive from this). Despite this and despite being advertised, transportation provided and the best efforts of the organizers, 350 people officially showed. Think about that. That figure includes a significant number of people who were never part of the diocese in any way.

No matter how you look at it or try to spin it, the attendance was pathetic. Judging from the photos, the crowd was older and white. The demographics do not favour Remain Episcopal. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that when the dust settles and everyone has declared their allegiance to either the Episcopal Church or the Diocese of San Joaquin, then the Episcopal Church will be looking at closing some of the Remain Episcopal churches. The rule of thumb for churches is that you need an ASA of around a hundred to remain viable. Three hundred and fifty people, even assuming they all are from the area, yields three and a half viable churches.

If you go to the Remain Episcopal website you will see six churches listed. The five churches I have already mentioned and a sixth, St Nicholas, which is shown as a mission. There's a reason they're keeping St Nicholas around, even though it was dissolved by the bishop earlier. Article V.5 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Church require a diocese to have six churches before it can apply for membership. Retaining St Nicholas, despite it's manifest unhealth, gives Remain Episcopal six churches. This keeps the options open as to whether the Reamin Episcopal churches are a new diocese or the faithful remnant of an old one.

AnglicanTV: Photos from Bishop Lawrence consecration

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

San Joaquin Standing Committee not recognized as official, Presiding Bishop says

From Episcopal News Online [boldface mine]:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on January 25 wrote to inform each member of the standing committee elected at the last convention of the Fresno-based Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin that she does not recognize them as the standing committee of that diocese. She also assured continuing Episcopalians of financial and legal support in reconstituting the diocese.

Jefferts Schori, in a letter delivered January 26 to the committee's eight members, cited their unanimous vote to disaffiliate with The Episcopal Church (TEC) and their "attempt to organize as the standing committee of an entity that identifies itself as an Anglican Diocese of the Province of the Southern Cone," actions which violate church canons.

"In light of your recent actions, I find that you have been and are unable to well and faithfully fulfill your duties as members of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin under Canon I.17.8," she wrote. Canon I.17.8 provides that anyone accepting an office in the church "shall well and faithfully perform the duties of that office in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of this Church and of the Diocese in which the office is being exercised."

"Accordingly, with this letter I inform you that I do not recognize you as the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin," she wrote. "I regret the decisions that you have made to attempt to take the Diocese out of The Episcopal Church and the necessary consequences of these actions." The letter was delivered by overnight mail the day of "Moving Forward, Welcoming All" a gathering of faithful Episcopalians at the Church of the Saviour in Hanford, about 30 miles south of Fresno. . .

"The Presiding Bishop has asked for the formulation of a broad based steering committee on the local level who will work with her and her Office in a variety of ways, including working with her on a process for the calling of a special convention," said the Rev. Dr. Charles Robertson, canon to the Presiding Bishop.

"This convention will, among other things, elect a new Standing Committee and make provision for an interim Bishop. It is unclear when the special convention will be called," Robertson said. . .

Unconfirmed reports also surfaced earlier in the week on various websites that Schofield has fired six of the eight standing committee members who had supported the convention vote, but were beginning to question realignment with the Southern Cone. Because of those doubts, Schofield allegedly had determined they were no longer able to serve.

Jefferts Schori held out the possibility of reconciliation to standing committee members. "A future declaration of adherence to the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, and, for clergy, a reaffirmation of the Declaration of Conformity, will once again make you eligible for election to office in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin," she said in the letter to standing committee members. "I give thanks for your service in the past, and pray that it may once again be a blessing to this Diocese."

Read it all.

The cost of Roe at 35, or Abortion: the Boomers' sin and shame

From Cal Thomas writing for National Jewish Review [boldface mine]:

. . . Abortion on demand cannot be seen in isolation from social breakdown. In 1973, near the end of the Vietnam War and the approaching resignation of President Nixon two years later, the focus on self, pleasure and convenience by Baby Boomers was at its height. Marriages easily dissolved as "no fault" divorce laws were passed; cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births were on the rise; "unwanted babies" (who were labeled "products of conception" to make it easier to deny the obvious) became an impediment to the pursuit of pleasure and material gain.

Abortion was not a cause, but a reflection of our decadence and deviancy. One does not begin to kill babies until other dominos have fallen. And once they have fallen, it becomes difficult to set them aright because to do so would require an admission of something so horrible that those responsible for this fetal holocaust would have to acknowledge their sin and repent of it. Such a thing is not a character trait of this most pampered generation.

In recent years there have been signs that things may be — if not turning around — then moderating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion numbers have declined steadily since 1990, from a high of 1.2 million annually to fewer than 900,000. This is due, I believe, to the unrelenting commitment of the pro-life movement through pregnancy help centers, information by Internet, marches and what appears to be a growing pro-life consensus among many women who reject the cavalier attitudes about life displayed by their mothers' feminist generation.

Hollywood has infused a pro-life subplot into films such as "Juno" and "Knocked Up." Might the "old-fashioned" become the new fashion?

Politicians and judges could help bury Roe by requiring that pregnant women receive complete information about the nature of the life within them, including being required to view sonograms before electing abortion. This would follow truth-in-labeling and truth-in-lending laws by fully informing and empowering women. Such an approach would satisfy the liberal demand to keep abortion "safe and legal" and the pro-life desire to make them rare.

After 35 years of slaughtering our young, isn't it time to stop? That child born in 1973 could be a parent now. There are children who could have been born today. Thirty-five years of killing has diminished and corrupted us all. Let's summon the moral courage to stop it for our sake … and for theirs.

Read it all.
H/t to Mommy Life.

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Mark Lawrence: Becoming the bishop

See AnglicanTV for live streaming of Mark Lawrence's consecration. From the Bakersfield Californian [boldface mine]:

The gold in the bishop's ring and pectoral cross that the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence will begin wearing today came from jewelry lovingly donated by congregants of St. Paul's Episcopal Parish downtown.

And between 60 and 70 of Lawrence's ex-parishioners are joining him across the country today during his consecration as the 14th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina in Charleston's Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.

"We who have been with Father Mark for the last 10 years have known from the very beginning that he was bishop material. I was hoping someday that it would be San Joaquin but God had other plans," said Denise Irvin, who has been a member of St. Paul's for more than 50 years and remembers the Bakersfield-born Lawrence and his wife, Allison, from the time they were "new Episcopalians trying to discover the faith they'd just found."

Like the gold smelted to make Lawrence's Episcopal jewelry pieces, the 57-year-old himself had to pass through a refiner's fire -- albeit of a spiritual kind.

Although he was first elected bishop by the South Carolina Diocese in September 2006, that election was declared "null and void" on a technicality in March 2007 by the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Lawrence, a traditionalist, and the more liberal Jefferts Schori don't see eye to eye on a number of theological matters, including the interpretation of certain Scriptures, the consecration of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions.

It was only in October that an unequivocal majority of bishops and standing committees were found to have given their consents to Lawrence's second election in August, thus ensuring that he would sit on the bishop's chair.

Lawrence's eldest son, Chad, 33, is a former Bakersfield City School District teacher at Franklin Elementary and Dr. Juliet Thorner schools. He said the waiting period between his father's first and second election, which was accompanied by "a lot of allegations" and "attacks" against his parents, took a toll on both of them, especially because Lawrence never actively sought to become bishop, but rather answered what he felt was a calling from God.

"(My parents were) a major source of inspiration for myself the way that they remained faithful and continued to plug along," he said, "and seek God throughout a period when there were untrue things being said about them."

Lawrence remains within the Episcopal Church and subject to the authority of Jefferts Schori. By choice, however, many of his ex-parishioners do not: In a Dec. 8 vote by an overwhelming majority of conservative delegates following the lead of San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield, the diocese chose to split from the progressive Episcopal Church and begin answering to the authority of the Anglican Church's South American Province of the Southern Cone.

Now that Lawrence's calling into a higher level of responsibility has become a reality for him -- a bishop is to be "the shepherd of the shepherds of God" and "the chief shepherd of the diocese," he said -- Lawrence is a very busy man.

"The closest I can compare what I'm going through right now is trying to learn a new language in an intensive program," he said. "There are so many dimensions to the ministry and work of a bishop that I'm immersed in learning all the dimensions."

Since relocating to South Carolina near the start of this year, he has been learning all he can from retiring bishop the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr., who served in that capacity for 18 years and will be one of Lawrence's consecrating bishops. Lawrence will have to oversee at least 70 missions and parishes and about 30,000 diocesan members. He will be responsible for the confirmation of new believers and the ordination and appointment of deacons and priests in parishes within the diocese.

He will also have to sit on the boards of two seminaries, several colleges and a slew of other institutions to which the South Carolina Diocese is connected.

The bishop-elect's consecration this morning will be preceded by the ringing of cathedral bells, the formal opening of the cathedral doors, music and solemn processions.

Lawrence said the event will be attended by national and international Episcopal bishops and other dignitaries, as well as Charleston city and South Carolina state officials. There will also be people close to Lawrence, including Irvin, whom he handpicked to "present" him to the consecrating bishops in accordance with church protocol.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, who is visiting the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia this weekend, was not asked to be the chief consecrator for Lawrence -- an exception which is allowed by church law -- according to the Rev. Canon Dr. Charles Robertson. But, Robertson said, she has been invited "and has gladly accepted" to visit the South Carolina Diocese in February.

The Lawrence clan, including Lawrence's wife, his five children and six grandchildren, will also be at the ceremony to support him. . .

Irvin said St. Paul's altar guild presented Lawrence with the bishop's robes he plans to wear today, and parishioners also gave the avid hiker of the Sierra Nevada the base part of his bishop's staff, which is made out of California redwood.

"He will have a little part of California with him everywhere he goes," Irvin said.

Read it all.

Episcopal leader appoints clergyman to serve Bakersfield churches

From the Bakersfield Californian [boldface mine]:

. . . The Rev. Canon Robert Moore, of Seattle, who was appointed by the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, as an “interim pastoral presence” in the San Joaquin Valley, spent the day in the greater Bakersfield area as part of a five-day “listening tour” that will culminate in a valley-wide conference in Hanford on Saturday.

At a Thursday night gathering of 60 to 70 believers and clergy at First Congregational Church and hosted by Remain Episcopal in the Diocese of San Joaquin, a faith community opposed to the split, Moore received hearty applause when he announced he had appointed the Rev. Tim Vivian, a Bakersfield resident, to a “temporary pastoral position as missionary priest under my direct supervision, which puts him within the jurisdiction of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.”

Moore thus opened the way for Vivian to administer sacraments such as marriage, baptism and the eucharist to local believers who don’t have a parish to go to, as all three diocesan parishes in Bakersfield voted in favor of the split. Vivian is a Remain Episcopal member and a licensed priest canonically resident in Los Angeles, meaning he could perform priestly duties in that diocese but not in San Joaquin without proper licensing or consent.

“There’s no bishop to license him” locally, Moore said, since Jefferts Schori formally declared on Jan. 11 that San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield, who led the diocesan split, had abandoned the communion of the Episcopal Church and “inhibited,” or stopped, his duties as a bishop. Vivian’s temporary assignment will cease “as soon as there is a new bishop,” Moore said.

“We’re inventing it as we go,” Moore said about the arduous process of rebuilding the split-up church, and said the night’s meeting was “not confrontational or to change anybody’s mind,” and its focus was “reconciliation and serving those who wish to stay.”

But he also said, “It is the national church’s position that a lot of what has happened here is not legal. People can leave the church. A bishop can leave the church. A diocese cannot.

“There are lawyers on both sides that are getting prepared for whatever legal battles need to happen,”
he said. Most of those gathered were in favor of remaining within the Episcopal Church. . .

Moore plans to meet with some 300 clergy and laity in the Lodi, Fresno, Stockton, Bakersfield and Visalia areas by the end of Friday, and said he was expecting a big crowd at the Saturday Hanford meeting that will take place at Church of the Saviour and will be streamed live at Episcopal Life Online. . .

Read it all.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Diocese of South Carolina votes to dissociate itself from the RCRC (pray for San Diego next)

Wonderful news! From TitusOneNine:

Resolution Passed by South Carolina Diocesan Convention Today

Resolution:

Be it resolved that the 217th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina dissociates itself from the affiliation of The Episcopal Church (TEC) with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).

Explanation:

On the 12th of January 2006, the Executive Committee of The Episcopal Church voted to formalize the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the RCRC, a registered political lobby, which advocates for unlimited abortion rights in the political realm. The literature and website of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice reveal that it advocates positions specifically at odds with those of the Episcopal Church as expressed by a resolution of the 1994 General Convention declaring that, “As Christians, we believe strongly that if [the right to abortion] is exercised, it should be used only in extreme situations. We emphatically oppose abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection, or any reason of mere convenience.” Further on this the final day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it must be noted that this affiliation represents yet another divergence from the normative moral teaching of Catholic Christianity.

Please pray for the Diocese of San Diego at our convention next month (Feb. 8-9). We have a similar resolution up for vote:
RESOLUTION 08-07
THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO
34th ANNUAL DIOCESAN CONVENTION, February 8 & 9, 2008

Title: Resolution Regarding The Episcopal Church and The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Proposed By: St. Michael’s by-the-Sea vestry
Date: November 28, 2007

WHEREAS the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church by official action on January 12, 2006, formally affirmed the affiliation of the Episcopal Church in the United States with the “Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,” formerly known as the “Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights,” which is an organization which actively promotes abortion on demand for any reason for all nine months of pregnancy and

WHEREAS we believe the goals and principles of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) as stated on their Website conflict with biblical theology related to the sanctity of human life, and

WHEREAS the 75th General Convention of 2006 was denied the opportunity to make any vote concerning the continued membership of The Episcopal Church in the RCRC

therefore be it

RESOLVED that the 2008 Convention of the Diocese of San Diego (34th Annual Diocesan Convention) dissociates our Diocese from that action of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church which affirmed the affiliation of the Episcopal Church with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and from any participation in or support of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

EXPLANATION OF RESOLUTION:

In January, 2006, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church formally affiliated with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The Episcopal Church as a whole has never had the opportunity to vote on this affiliation. At our February 2006 convention, the Diocese of San Diego passed a resolution requesting that this affiliation be voted on at General Convention 2006 since membership in an organization which supports abortion affects TEC as a whole and each member by association.

All resolutions relating to RCRC membership died in committee and none were presented to General Convention for vote. In light of this, as well as published statements by the RCRC which contradict the Book of Common Prayer and General Convention resolutions regarding abortion, we would request that the Diocese of San Diego disassociate itself from the decision of the Executive Council to affiliate with the RCRC and also not participate in or support, financially or otherwise, the RCRC.

AAC weekly update by Bishop Anderson

Via email from the American Anglican Council, the weekly update from Bishop David Anderson [boldface mine]:

. . .The Anglican stories below, those in the previous weeks, and the stories in the weeks ahead can be seen as individual vignettes - but they can also be seen as part of a larger flow of events moving in defined directions, sometimes in very different directions. So the question, "Where is Anglicanism going?" is a question that has more than one answer. Part of the Anglicanism of today is going one direction, part is going a different direction, and the distance between the two is increasing day by day. Liberal/Revisionist Anglicanism is flowing with the issues, advocating secular views on religion and sexuality, with altered views on the authority of Holy Scripture, who Jesus is, and what he did or didn't do for us and the world. This part of Anglicanism is welcoming of cultural and polytheistic inclusion such that modern Anglicanism can be the home for authentic spiritual pantheism. Not everyone in that flow is in the same place, but the flow is moving in that direction.

The other flow is in the opposite direction, not absolutely unified, but generally embracing a higher view of Holy Scripture's authority and authenticity, a historic and Biblical view of who Jesus is, what he has done and is doing for us and the world. More traditional views on Trinitarian theology, sexuality, and moral and ethical discipline would accompany this flow.

With the increasingly worrisome behavior of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a question is now being heard among the orthodox Anglicans: "What would a post-Canterbury/Lambeth Anglicanism look like?" Embodied in this question is "What would hold us together, what or who would center us, globally, in an organizational and incarnational manner?" It is understood that the spiritual center is Jesus Christ, of course. But where would we look for an orthodox and vital 'first among equals?' I don't have the answer, lest you thought I was setting you up for one scheme or another, but the question needs to be asked now, pondered and prayed through, because unless there is a miraculous change in Lambeth Palace's leadership, the question will grow more relevant week by week.

News from around the world the fact that former TEC bishop Bill Cox, now enrolled in the Province of the Southern Cone, has been served notice of TEC deposition proceedings. Why does TEC waste their time and paper deposing those who have left and gone to other Provinces? The meanness and vindictiveness of the American Episcopal Church continues to show itself week by week.

In following up on news from last week, we note that the CofE priest/wiccan witch who was outed in the press has at his bishop's insistence resigned as an Anglican cleric. He will presumably take his black kettle and book of spells and incantations with him when he leaves the vicarage. One is tempted to see this just as a theatre of the absurd, but if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you can look through the mist and see that we are actually engaged in spiritual warfare, a head-on collision of two kingdoms. We should not flee, but as Christ's soldiers run to the sound of the battle, girded with the full armor of God.

Those who are following the news about the planned GAFCON gathering will have read the "leaked" minutes of the confidential meetings which were held to discuss the event. Closer inspection reveals that the purported text "leaked" was not an agreed-upon set of minutes at all, and was not in fact leaked, but planted. Apparently, upon examination of the text in circulation, the words are those of a Janina Zang, a Missionary of USPG (General Secretary is Bishop Michael Doe), who is on assignment as Personal Assistant to Bishop Suheil Dawani. Her text seems written to achieve a particular aim, and the fact that the misnamed "minutes" were then suddenly in the hands of a number of hostile organizations, and given as well to a number of London journalists (as reported by Ruth Gledhill, London Times) seems well planned, and hardly a leak. It is finally, a non-event.

I began by saying that I was looking out of the window of a hotel, and it is in Dallas, Texas, where the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) is having their Winter Conference. AMiA, a mission of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, uses their Winter Conference each year to provide corporate worship, teaching, vision and encouragement to their laity and clergy. Over the last few years others of us who are not a part of AMiA, but very much a part of the orthodox Anglican realignment with them, attend as well. Many of us are a part of the Common Cause Federation with AMiA, and we are welcomed warmly. This event, like other Common Cause Partners' Councils and Conventions, is a time of Christian refreshment, so different from the acrimony and divisiveness that were common in official gatherings of the Episcopal Church's General Conventions. The final day of the Winter Conference will see three new bishops consecrated for the Anglican Mission in America. Bishops based in Rwanda and their Primate Emmanuel Kolini, AMiA Bishops based in the USA, and Common Cause Bishops will all lay hands upon them. The AAC welcomes the addition of faithful orthodox American bishops to strengthen the work of proclaiming the Gospel, and to see the Good News of Jesus Christ bring men and women to salvation and a transformation of their life.

Blessings and peace in Christ Jesus,

The Rt. Rev. David C. Anderson, Sr.
President & CEO, American Anglican Council

AnglicanTV covering the Diocese of South Carolina convention

Check out AnglicanTV for coverage of the diocesan convention for South Carolina.






And from BabyBlueOnline:
Head over to Anglican TV - they are discussing postponing the election of deputies to General Convention. Kendall Harmon has requested the the election be postponed until the next Diocesan Council so that the Diocese can decide if/how many deputies to General Convention. The concern was that "business as usual" is pushing through. Right now the Bishop has taken the floor to oppose Kendall's motion. The Bishop's concern is that it will get the new bishop's episcopate off on the wrong foot. It's rather unprecedanted to have the bishop take the floor during a debate. He must be worried. Go here and watch the proceedings.

The initial vote they took appeared to be even split. The Diocesan Chancellor has now taken the floor. It appears that the diocesan brass oppose the postponement. Kendall is willing to standdown if there is a guarantee that this discussion will happen. You can see that they want to trust the brass. But it's quite obvious that South Carolina is split.

It has now been withdrawn. Once the bishop spoke against it, the air went out of the tires. Very interesting. Watch that space.

Check it out.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Roe v. Wade: 35 years pass, but not debate

I really don't want to post this story because I find it so fundamentally evil, but we need to know what is happening in this area. (Thanks for commenter Hening for the heads up.) From Albany Times Union [boldface mine]:

SCHENECTADY -- To commemorate Tuesday's 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman's right to an abortion, clergy blessed this city's new Planned Parenthood clinic in a ceremony dubbed "On Sacred Ground."

"Today is more than about the building and about bricks and mortar," Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Linda Scharf said. "It's a blessing to demonstrate the support of the clergy."

Since Jan. 22, 1973, when the high court handed down the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, two sides of the issue have squared off. Opponents have campaigned to overturn unrestricted abortion laws, while proponents have stood firm for the right to choose.

Tuesday was no different.

Capital Region activists joined voices with their counterparts nationwide to mark the day. In Washington, as every year on the anniversary, the March for Life was held.

In Schenectady, the blessing occurred at the newly constructed 18,000-square-foot building at 1040 State St. that opened in September to replace a facility on Union Street.

"Clergy have long supported Planned Parenthood's mission and believe women are moral decision-makers, and they trust their right to make a personal decision based on their moral beliefs and whether ... we concur ... we still need to respect that decision," Scharf said.

"The clergy were instrumental in getting abortion services legalized in the United States and right here in Schenectady," she added. "I know a member of the clergy who was part of an underground who directed young women to safe abortions before Roe v. Wade."

Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference called the blessing hypocritical.

"My gut reaction is that it's two-faced," Gallagher said. "For many years abortion proponents have been saying this is not a religious issue, you should keep religion out of this, and now all of a sudden they turn around and decide to bless an abortion clinic to gain respect for a procedure everybody knows is not worthy of respect." . . .

Despite the national trend of declining abortions, they increased in four local counties from 2005 to 2006 while statewide they dropped, according to the Health Department.

At Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."

The minister has been affiliated with Planned Parenthood going back more than 30 years, Scharf said. About three dozen people gathered at the facility, known as the Evelyn & David Sencer Center, to offer prayers during the half-hour ceremony.

The Rev. Abby Norton-Levering led the group in prayers for the center's doctors and staff. "We pray that you will make this a place of safety and give a sense of sanctuary," she said.

Rabbi Matt Cutler of Temple Gates of Heaven blew the shofar as "a renewal of commitment to keep reproductive rights in the hands of women."

The Rev. Bill Levering, senior pastor of First Reformed Church of Schenectady, said the right to privacy is endowed by God.

"There are some decisions that are left to the individual. Even God respects the right of privacy. We make women into children when we say they cannot control their own bodies," Levering said.

Phillips led everyone outside where they laid their hands on the brick and limestone as the minister declared, "This is sacred ground."

Read it all and pray that hardened hearts may be softened to hear God and live by His Word.

Shoe Thursday: The eco-friendly edition

Since seeing the story in EpiscopalLife Online about the installation of the Canon for Environmental Ministry in the Diocese of California (California, but of course), I've been wondering what type of shoes we can wear to help save the environment.

Of course, please don't confuse my mind with any info on how these shoes are manufactured or shipped or boxed or advertized or anything else about the resources consumed in creating this most excellent example of caring for our Planet - that might impinge on my intense feelings of satisfaction that I am being such a wonderful steward of Mother Earth!

So, from the most excellent shopping site for shoes on the web, Zappos.com, we can actually search for "women's eco-friendly shoes" and see what's available.

This one is billed as GT Jane from Simple. Its eco-friendly attributes, according to the Zappos write-up, include:

  • Woven Jute rand

  • Organic Cotton upper

  • Bamboo linings

  • Coconut button

  • Removable natural latex pedbed with a cotton canvas cover. Natural crepe rubber midsole.

  • Uses water based cements

  • Yes, that outsole is made of an actual car tire

GT Jane from Simple
Sounds like a most worthy candidate for Eco-friendly Shoe of the Year. The car tire outsole is an excellent touch.

Next, from JT-41, a shoe called Aquarius-Vegan, so of course, no leather materials or animal products are used in construction. Other items of note are:
  • The Age of "Aquarius" is upon us with this stylish, 100% vegan slip-on shoe that impresses with its sleek design and incredible comfortability.

  • Features removable Jeep® Memory Foam footbed for maximum comfort (I don't know, this sounds a little too petroleum-based to me)

  • Eco-friendly partially recycled rubber outsole (but no mention if these are actual car tires or not)

  • Upper: 100% vegan-friendly synthetic textile uppers

JT-41 Aquarius-Vegan
This shoe offers the double benefit of being both environmentally sound (Vegan) but also spiritually sound (Aquarius) - it's a twofer! (Although I am highly suspicious of that "memory foam footbed" - I keep thinking "off-shore drilling.")

For something a little more outdoorsy, I took a look at this Toetally boot by Simple - eco-claims include:
  • Give Mother Nature a big hug purely by wearing Toetally

  • Stylish and earth friendly boot made of organic cotton/linen, printed wool and printed felt uppers

  • Bamboo linings add unique elements

  • Jute laces add natural flair

  • Removable natural latex pedbed with cotton canvas cover (huh, no memory foam here!)

  • Natural crepe rubber midsole is fashionable and environmentally friendly

  • Water based cements

  • 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms (ah, so even their packaging is eco-friendly!)


Simple Toetally
But what if the eco-friendly girl wants to dress up a little, maybe go to an eco-charity event, to see and be seen by those most concerned with combating eco-concerns? Most eco-friendly shoes seem to be a little (how shall I say it?) "woodsy" in appearance.

Never fear, Zappos knows all and shows all. On the eco-friendly display page, I also found this shoe (the only dressy one on the whole page), the black satin Marlene by Annie. And its eco-attributes are listed as:
  • This sophisticated dress slide features a criss-cross vamp.

  • Jeweled detailing in the satin upper

  • Lightly padded footbed for comfort

  • 3" Lucite heel

Marlene by Annie
What a minute, none of these points sound particularly "eco-friendly." The 3" Lucite heel sounds positively dangerous! Lucite, that's plastic! And plastic is anathema to any eco-friendly consumer - I think this shoe is a ringer! But, wouldn't you know, the one shoe that's actually somewhat stylish isn't even eligible for consideration.

Why must everything so worthy always be so serious?

NCAA moves toward protecting pregnant athletes from needing abortions

From LifeNews.com:

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The NCAA has adopted a new rule to help pregnant student athletes not have to choose between having an abortion or losing their scholarship or place on a team when they become pregnant. The new rule comes after exposes that students at Clemson University and University of Memphis had abortions rather than lose their sports standing.

The Division I Management Council voted 46-5 to support a proposal that prevents schools from retracting scholarships to student athletes who become pregnant.

According to a report in the Daily Aztec, the student newspaper at San Diego State University, San Diego State assistant athletic director Mike May said the vote should solve the problem of letting each university determine its own policy.

"This is certainly something that protects the student athlete," May said. "We are all in favor of that."

"The more things you can gather to assist student athletes (the better), and this is another example of the NCAA taking a step toward doing that," he said.

The NCAA Board of Directors approved the new rule on Monday and it will go into effect starting on August 1.

Though the vote is a step in the right direction, it doesn't resolve the debate entirely, the newspaper indicated, because it only prevents schools from revoking scholarships for the year in which the student becomes pregnant.

Colleges and universities could still yank scholarships for future years from students who become pregnant and don't have an abortion.

A rule change didn't appear likely after NCAA officials met this past August to discuss the problem. Janet Kittel, the outgoing head of the NCAA’s Committee on Women's Athletics, said NCAA director Myles Brand asked the committee to discuss the issue.

She told the Associated Press the meeting focused on how to do a better job of making students aware of their rights under the federal Title IX law.

The statute requires schools to treat a pregnancy the same way they would treat athletes with a temporary disability -- by allowing for time off from the athletic program without worries about losing scholarships or spots on the team.

The new rules change on revoking scholarships will now go along with NCAA policy allowing students to apply for an extra year of eligibility which would not count as a redshirt year but would allow girls who become pregnant to attend college an extra year by staying in school for six years and competing for four.

The problems became a national issue when Clemson and Memphis students said they lost scholarships over their pregnancies. The report included interviews with seven Clemson University students who said they felt coerced into having abortions to keep the athletic money.

Typically colleges and universities do not have formal rules on pregnancy and scholarships, which leaves many students confused as to what will happen should they become pregnant.

Some students wind up making decisions based only on verbal threats or promises that may have no weight.

Clemson later acknowledged that women's track coach Marcia Noad gave students a policy saying, "Pregnancy resulting in the inability to compete and positively contribute to the program's success will result in the modification of your grant-in-aid money."

However, Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips said the policy was never meant to encourage abortions but to encourage students to make responsible sexual choices.

He told AP in August that the rule “was a team rule that shouldn't have been in there" and that no student lost scholarship money or was kicked off the team for a pregnancy. . .


Read it all.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Still looking. . .

So I thought maybe since I checked EpiscopalLife Online yesterday (Tuesday) and there was no story on the March for Life in Washington, D.C. (or on any of the local marches and events nationwide), that they would have something today. You know, the "old" media sometimes takes a while to get the story published.

Back again tonight I go to their website to take a gander, but alas, no, once again there is no story on the pro-life message of this week.

A few new stories have been added since yesterday: the Episcopal Church Archives are launching an African American web exhibit; Mark Lawrence is being consecrated in Charleston this weekend as Bishop of South Carolina; and members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (not to be confused with the Southern Cone Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin) are gathering this Saturday for a "Moving Forward, Welcoming All" conference.

But nary a reference or reaction to this:
March for Life 2008, Washington, DC (photo credit: Thomas Peters, American Papist, americanpapist.comor this
March for Life 2008, Washington, DC (photo credit: Thomas Peters, American Papist, americanpapist.comor this
March for Life 2008, Washington, DC (photo credit: Thomas Peters, American Papist, americanpapist.comor the look of joy on this sign holder's face
March for Life 2008, Washington, DC (photo credit: Thomas Peters, American Papist, americanpapist.com
Life must be so monochromatically dull for those who ignore or don't see what the Lord is doing in those around them. What a small box they have put God in!

Showdown in San Diego

From the California Catholic Daily [boldface mine]:

ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge school district’s parental notification policy; pro-family groups oppose any change

Urgent update (as of January 18): The San Diego Unified School District's parental notification policy will not be discussed by the school board on Jan. 22 as originally reported. School district attorneys are still working out the details of a new policy and have not finished their work in time for the Jan. 22 meeting. "At this time, the proposal is still being revised; it has not yet been scheduled for a return to the board," Jack Brandais, a school district spokesman, informed California Catholic Daily.

Original post: Under fire from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, trustees of the San Diego Unified School District will consider changing a longstanding policy requiring school officials to notify parents when a student leaves campus for an abortion during the school day at what is expected to be a long and contentious meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Current school district policy, in effect for more than 20 years, provides “under no condition is a student to leave the school grounds before dismissal without the approval of his/her parent or guardian and the principal or the principal’s specifically designated representative.”

That policy, says the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is “antiquated and dangerous” and “in direct conflict with California’s medical emancipation statutes, which permit a minor to obtain reproductive health care without parental notice or consent.”

Both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, citing state law and an opinion from the California attorney general, contacted the school district urging a change in the policy. A May 2007 letter to the school superintendent under the dual letterhead of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood said the district’s existing policy “does not comply with California law and endangers vulnerable young women.”

At a Dec. 11 school board meeting, trustees reviewed proposed changes to the policy from their legal staff, but decided to take no action until district lawyers had more time to work on a revised policy. That delay provoked Planned Parenthood and the ACLU even further. An ACLU news release the day following the school board meeting said, “We are disappointed that the policy was not corrected, and call on the San Diego School Board to do so at once.”

A draft of the proposed new policy indicates school lawyers are willing to incorporate the “medical emancipation” provisions of state law, but with a broad exception in cases in which school officials believe a student’s pregnancy or plans for an abortion present “a clear and present danger to the health, safety or welfare of the student.” In such cases, school counselors, nurses or administrators would be permitted to inform parents.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU insist that any parental notification violates state law. . .

Read it all, and in the comments section, for those in San Diego who may want to speak against this change, here's some contact info:
I will be planning to take a group to the school board to make a stand against this abominable attempt to prevent parents from knowing when their young daughters are leaving school to get the abortion operation. Please let me know via email if you would like to be a part of the group we will be putting together for our presentation at the school board. email: hartline08@gmail.com James Hartline Candidate, San Diego City Council District 3 www.hartline08.com

Hey, at least ECUSA isn't the only one. . .welcome the Presbyterian Church (USA) into the pro-abortion side

From PowerBlog! [boldface mine]:

"March for Life" or "March for Women’s Lives"?

With the tremendous support over the years for the March for Life efforts, it is no coincidence that the organizers of the counterpart march, which promotes abortion, wanted a similar sounding name to play off of this success. The misnamed “March for Women’s Lives” does just that.

For those of us who are members in the Presbyterian Church (USA) - the PC (USA) has sponsored, promoted and officially participated in one of these marches, but has not sponsored, promoted, officially participated, or even referenced the other. Can you guess which one?

Did the PC (USA) support or oppose legislation to ban partial birth abortions? What about support or opposition regarding parental consent legislation or the Unborn Victims of Violence Act?

Unfortunately, the PC (USA)’s lobbying efforts on each one of these issues matches the lobbying efforts of Planned Parenthood.

In more moves than a contortionist can muster, our denomination tries to accommodate all positions on abortion. However, the lobbying efforts of PC (USA) have been exclusively pro-choice.

This Saturday, the Beaver-Butler Presbytery will be considering an overture which will require the PC (USA) to either equally promote both sides of this issue, or promote neither side at all. . .

Read it all.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

March for Life video on YouTube

Check out American Papist for video takes on today's March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to any new visitors. I'm a Catholic young adult, studying and working in Washington DC, who is providing exclusive on-the-ground coverage of the 35th Annual March for Life. Here's what I offer:
  • All March-for-Life related posts are collected here (includes event schedules & info)

  • My photographs will be uploaded to this Flickr page (currently almost 100)

  • My videos will be uploaded to this YouTube page (about 10 from the march)

March for Life exclusive content:

And please, join me in praying for an end to abortion, and for its millions of victims and survivors.

I survey ENS for pro-life stories today "just for fun"

Just for fun, I took a look at the home page of EpiscopalLife Online today, January 22, the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and the March for Life 2008.

I was, I don't know, hoping? wishing? praying? I might see a positive story on the March for Life and the number of people nationwide who are celebrating the sanctity of life today. After all, an Episcopal clergyman, the Right Reverend Henry Scriven, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA and Anglicans for Life Board Member, gave the opening prayer at the March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, someone forgot to let those at ENS know that a rally was going on. As of 7:30 PT, their home page looked like this:


Episcopal Life Online January 22, 2008
The "top stories" include Myanmar'e election of a new bishop of Rangoon, Bonnie Anderson "encouraging" conversation in Albany (oh dear), GAFCON vs. the Bishop of Jerusalem, the revamp of the website for the Archbishop of Canterbury, and an address about religion and violence on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

So maybe, I think, there's something in the home page section titled "Diocesan Digest" - after all, the March for Life is taking place in the home town of the National Cathedral. Surely that warrants a mention.

But no, there is a story on the Buffalo cathedral choir (Western New York), Virginia's displeasure and opposition to remarks by the state attorney general seemingly supporting CANA's position, and Central Florida's attempt at resolving disaffiliation issues.

Okay, maybe under "Opinion" - but no luck here either. We have commentary on Tony Blair's move to the Roman Catholic Church and something about an Earth Prayer.

Well, there's only one main section left on the home page - "People" - surely this is where I'll find a mention of the many Episcopalians who participated in the March today. Personal stories, insight into how the church can help those who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, what we can do as a church to support life from conception to natural death.

But once again, it's a no go. There's a story on the installation of the Canon for Environmental Ministry in the Diocese of California and a very nice acknowledgment of a Connecticut rector on the 70th anniversary of his ordination. But no mention of support for life or coverage of the March for Life.

I do, however, have one picture of the Episcopal Church at a rally:

March for Women's Lives, Washington, DC, 2004
Could this be at an earlier March for Life?

No, sorry, this is from the March for Women's Lives in support of "reproductive rights" (code name: abortion) in 2004 - and this did rate an ENS story.


I would love to be proven wrong here, so if anyone has found anything on the ENS website, please let me know and I'll post a link. But I see no mention of Sanctity of Life Sunday or of the week-long activities celebrating life.

March for Life mourns 35 years of abortion, sees hope for pro-life future

March for Life 2008From LifeNews.com:

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people turned out for the annual March for Life in Washington, braving cold temperatures to take a stand for the right to life of unborn children. While marchers mourned 35 years of legalized abortion, many sounded a hopeful theme for a pro-life future and think the decision will eventually be reversed.

As with other recent marches, the number of young adults and high school and college students impressed organizers and provided another reason to be optimistic.

"People will get on a bus and travel 24, 48, 72 hours, some even further," Concerned Women for America president Wendy Wright told the Washington Times. "That's such an immense dedication, which is striking when you consider it is not on behalf of privileges or rights for themselves."

Catholic University wound up hosting more than 1,600 high school and college students from other states at their campus to help them afford attending the event.

David Talcott, an Indiana University graduate student, said what happens in the future depends on whether the pro-life movement will continue to stay motivated.

“It’s just a matter of whether or not you see human life as important enough to defend,” Talcott said.

He urged pro-life advocates to do more than rally for life this month, but to remain active throughout the year.

“These things can't be done sitting on our couches in our comfortable and warm living rooms,” Talcott said. “God calls us to action; Christ propels us out into the world.”

John O'Herron, a second-year law student at the University of Richmond and the organizer of the Students for Life group there, says he thinks Roe v. Wade was a terribly Supreme Court decision but one that will eventually be toppled.

"It's so poorly written. It's based on weird ideas," he said.

Olivia Gans, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, says she understands why so many young Americans participate.

"Some of these kids know a member of the family is missing," she told the Richmond Times Dispatch. "They know they would have been the second child not the first child in their family because of an abortion Mom and Dad had.". . .

Read it all.

Bishop Lee of Virginia also did not consent to inhibition of Bishop Duncan

From The Lead [boldface mine]:

I along with the two other most senior active bishops in the House of Bishops were asked by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to review the evidence and give consent to moving forward with the inhibitions of the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh and the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield, Bishop of San Joaquin on the charge of abandonment of the communion of this Church. I gave my consent for the inhibition of Bishop Schofield. It is clear that by his actions and their result he has abandoned the communion of this Church. I did not give my consent for the inhibition of Bishop Duncan at this time. The Diocese of Pittsburgh, which Bishop Duncan leads, has not formalized any change to their membership within the Episcopal Church. I do not take either of these actions lightly, the giving or withholding of consent to these inhibitions. I fear that Bishop Duncan’s course may be inevitable. But I also believe that it is most prudent to take every precaution and provide every opportunity for Bishop Duncan and the leadership of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to turn back from the course they seem to desire and instead to remain in the Episcopal Church.

The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee
Bishop of Virginia

Bishop Wimberly of the Diocese of Texas also did not consent to the inhibition of Bishop Duncan (Pittsburgh), but Bishop Frade of the Diocese of Southeast Florida did consent.

"The clear witness borne to Christ"

Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of the pro-life movement

The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.
No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?

Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of the pro-life movement
(Polish, Franciscan order, 1894-1941)

Resources for Sanctity of Life Week, January 20-27 *sticky*

I've listed some web resources and ideas for this coming week, Sanctity of Human Life Week, January 20-27, 2008. This week marks the 35th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the USA.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday Proverb

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Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 14:9

Friday, January 18, 2008

Why hold a conservative Anglican conference?

From Canon Dr. Chris Sugden (Anglican Mainstream) in the Church Times:

Archbishops and bishops from both the Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic wings of the Church, who lead 30 million of the world’s 55 million active Anglicans, will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in June 2008 for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON: News, 4 January). They are travelling to the places of Christ’s ministry, where the gift of the Holy Spirit was first poured out, in order to strengthen them for what they believe will be difficult days ahead.

The vision, according to the Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, is to inform and inspire the invited leaders “to seek transformation in our own lives and help impact communities and societies through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

The convening Primates have said that their pastoral responsibility requires that they provide an opportunity for their bishops, who would normally have looked to the Lambeth Conference, to meet for prayer, fellowship, and counsel, on matters vital to their Church’s mission and ministry. . .


There are challenges to the world of religion, the world of secularism, and the role of the family in world peace, and impediments to the means of economic empowerment for families and communities.

The conference will grapple with the crisis of authority and ecclesiology that has occurred as a result of North American actions. We want to ensure that our relationships in the Anglican Communion reflect gospel values. We seek to affirm both biblical orthodoxy and Catholic order, but a Catholic order that will serve the Catholic faith, not the other way around. Were Catholic faith to serve Catholic order, there would never have been a Reformation.

Responses have been positive: One senior English cleric spoke for many: “We have to find a way which does not leave us endlessly stuck waiting for decisions which never come and allow us to move on with the gospel.” Another called the decision to hold the conference “momentous”. From East Africa, a senior official has written: “The vision is timely.”. . .

This will enable Anglican Churches in all parts of the world to develop their understanding of the gospel by building relationships across the usual dividing lines of humanity, race, culture, gender, and economics. This expresses the true inclusiveness of the gospel — that all who receive the good news of Jesus have a contribution to make to the spiritual health of the whole.


This is one of God’s ways of ensuring that Churches in the West are not overwhelmed by the power of their surrounding culture, because they are in fellowship with and accountable to Christians in other cultures and contexts.


God is clearly at work. This is a time of asking people to reaffirm their Anglican identity by being clear about their commitment to the biblical gospel and the faith of the Church as expressed in its creeds and formularies. We have to be ready to make a clear witness, not to compromise what has been entrusted to us, for the health, wholeness, and salvation of men, women, and children. . .

Read it all.