Welcome to Transfigurations! This blog is intended to serve the orthodox Anglican community and the wider Christian community. We pray that all that is posted here will be faithful to the Scriptures as the inspired word of God, speak the truth in love, edify, bless and transform this local body of Christ, and be an impetus for revival, repentance, prayer and intercession!
Saturday, August 05, 2006
A call for unity
South African archbishop says the Anglican Communion -- and the Episcopal Church -- must move beyond talk of schism and embrace diversity
By DANIEL BURKE
Religion News Service
WASHINGTON -- Njongonkulu Ndungane, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, has seen divisive policies tear a society apart.
But this fourth-generation Anglican cleric, who was jailed for three years under apartheid in South Africa, is determined not to let the same thing happen to his increasingly fractious Anglican Communion.
Bitter divisions over the role of homosexuals in Anglican life have the 77 million-member Anglican Communion and its U.S. branch, the Episcopal Church, teetering on the edge of schism. The Episcopal Church's election of the world's first female primate in June heightened tensions between church conservatives and liberals. the rest
Episcopal Church at Cornell University was awarded a $43,750 grant
The Episcopal Church at Cornell University was recently awarded a $43,750 grant from Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Cathedral in New York City. The Episcopal Church was one of three churches to receive money for spiritual formation and development programs.
The money will be distributed over a period of two years to fund the Greenblade project which is a ministry of spiritual formation that reinvents ancient practices within an academic chaplaincy.
Originally published August 5, 2006 link
Greenblade:the Katrina project
Conservative Anglicans Commit to Reformation of Behavior, Unsure of Unity
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Aug. 04 2006
Conservative Anglicans and Episcopalians who were to decide whether or not to officially break from the Episcopal Church, USA, this week concluded an annual council meeting Wednesday still unsure of “what God is going to do.”
The Anglican Communion Network convened 80 delegates together from around the United States, affirming their central need for the "reformation of behavior" as Anglicanism in the United States has been on the rocks for the last three years.
"No one can any longer say that 'nothing is happening,' though some, despite all this evidence to the contrary, remain prisoners to that mantra," the Rt. Rev. Robert Wm. Duncan, moderator of the ACN, told the delegates. "These last three years have seemed interminable..." the rest
Former astronaut Glenn in car accident
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife were taken to a hospital with minor injures after being involved in a car accident, police said. Glenn, 85, and his wife, Annie, 86, were in fair condition early Saturday morning at Grant Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.
Great Lengths of the Gospel: The House Church Bible Schools in China
Today in China, the most populous nation on earth, there are over 1.3 billion people. There are approximately 900 million of them that have never received or even heard of God. Yet, they seem to be the quickest growing mission field though Christians endure much persecution. This is accomplished simply through dedication and devotion to God, a strong will to serve Him and willingness to suffer and sacrifice for Jesus.
In China, there are numerous illegal bible schools and countless house churches throughout the land. Though it seems impossible that Christianity could thrive there, God's Word is spreading by leaps and bounds. The Bible schools are quite poor and usually located in small village houses or city apartments. Most Christians are not allowed to worship God in fullness or to teach the Word openly. They have to hide in secret and minister underground. the rest
Did Muhammad Really Say That?
Muslims Re-Examine the Words of the Prophet in Today's Light
By Omar Sacirbey
Religion News Service
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Jihaad Abdul-Majid has often found inspiration in the words and deeds of Islam's prophet, Muhammad, from his acts of compassion and charity to his counsel that followers treat women fairly and help the poor.
At the same time, other sayings that implied female inferiority and intolerance toward other religions troubled the 23-year-old student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
Anglican/Episcopal Rift Prompts Restructuring Talk
Los Angeles Times
By Stephen Clark
August 04, 2006
Tensions continue to simmer between the worldwide Anglican Communion and its American wing, the Episcopal Church, over the church's embrace of gay clergy and other policies that critics view as overly liberal. The tensions, already brewing in recent years, began to rise again in June when the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman elected to preside over the entire Episcopal Church, offending some conservatives who do not approve of women as priests or bishops.
The head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has since proposed restructuring the organization to prevent a complete break between the U.S. church and the rest of the communion. the rest
The Good Samaritan School of Theology of Corvallis, Oregon now offers distance learning and advanced degrees based on life experience. All degrees (many choices available) are granted with honors. Because "it's all about me," you also have your choice of college mottos to be embossed on your degree certificate.
Available school mottos include:
"Knowledge is Good"
"Theology is Good"
"We take no position on Scripture or theology or morals--we are just Episcopalians"
"If you have to choose between heresy and schism--choose heresy"
(click on certificates to see details better)
(click here for more about the college seal)
Friday, August 04, 2006
"Then He took unto Him the twelve." Luke 18:31
The bravery of God in trusting us! You say - "But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value." That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, He cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you to the end of your self-sufficiency then He can choose you to go with Him to Jerusalem, and that will mean the fulfilment of purposes which He does not discuss with you.
We are apt to say that because a man has natural ability, therefore he will make a good Christian. It is not a question of our equipment but of our poverty, not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us; not a question of natural virtues of strength of character, knowledge, and experience - all that is of no avail in this matter. The only thing that avails is that we are taken up into the big compelling of God and made His comrades (cf. 1 Cor. 1:26-30). The comradeship of God is made up out of men who know their poverty. He can do nothing with the man who thinks that he is of use to God. As Christians we are not out for our own cause at all, we are out for the cause of God, which can never be our cause. We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. We must never allow anything to injure our relationship with God; if it does get injured we must take time and get it put right. The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed. -Oswald Chambers photo
Interview with Kendall Harmon: Unity vs Schism
|Conducted in Pittsburgh PA|
August 2, 2006
Courtesy of AnglicanTV.org
First Things: Charlotte Allen writes:
Back in early July, right after the Episcopal Church USA finished its general convention, declining to “repent”—as requested by the Archbishop of Canterbury—of its confirmation of the openly gay, openly cohabitating V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, I wrote an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times. The gist of my article was that the Episcopalians’ capitulation to secular liberal culture hadn’t simply catapulted their church into severe demographic decline”—a drop of nearly one million members since 1965, and a median number of eighty worshippers per church on any given Sunday—but its literal disintegration.
In the wake of the convention, which also included the election of a female presiding bishop in contravention of Anglican norms and a refusal to reaffirm the bedrock Christian principle that salvation comes from Jesus Christ, seven bishops of Episcopal dioceses announced they would seek oversight elsewhere in the worldwide Anglican Communion rather than from the new presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, a gay-union advocate who also prayed to a female Jesus during the conventions. The seven bishops’ decisions were precipitated by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ declaration that the Episcopal Church USA was no longer in full communion with its fellow Anglican churches, whose numbers of members dwarf those of the U.S. church by some seventy-four million. the rest
The Culture of Offendedness--A Christian Challenge
Friday, August 04, 2006
A new and unprecedented right is now the central focus of legal, procedural, and cultural concern in many corridors--a supposed right not to be offended. The cultural momentum behind this purported "right" is growing fast, and the logic of this movement has taken hold in many universities, legal circles, and interest groups.
The larger world received a rude introduction to the logic of offendedness when riots broke out in many European cities, prompted by a Dutch newspaper's publishing of cartoons that reportedly mocked the Prophet Muhammad. The logic of the riots was that Muslims deserved never to be offended by any insult, real or perceived, directed to their belief system. Unthinking Christians may fall into the same pattern of claiming offendedness whenever we face opposition to our faith or criticism of our beliefs. The risk of being offended is simply part of what it means to live in a diverse culture that honors and celebrates free speech. A right to free speech means a right to offend, otherwise the right would need no protection.
These days, it is the secularists who seem to be most intent on pushing a proposed right never to be offended by confrontation with the Christian Gospel, Christian witness, or Christian speech and symbolism. This motivation lies behind the incessant effort to remove all symbols, representations, references, and images related to Christianity from the public square. The very existence of a large cross, placed on government property as a memorial, outside San Diego, California, has become a major issue in the courts, and now in Congress. Those pressing for the removal of the cross claim that they are offended by the fact that they are forced to see this Christian symbol from time to time. the rest-excellent!
Using PG-13 to Groom Kids for an R-rated World in My Super Ex-Girlfriend and John Tucker Must Die
by Marc T. Newman, Ph.D.
Barna Research in 2002 revealed that less than 10% of teens believe that there are such things as moral absolutes to guide their actions. These teens were initiated into this "value-free" environment by their parents – adults who believed in moral absolutes made up only 22% of the research sample. So perhaps it is fitting that My Super Ex-Girlfriend and John Tucker Must Die were released as this summer's one-two PG-13 punch. If we are going to encourage a new generation of morally ambivalent teens, after all, we need to make sure they can attend the instruction.
The stated purpose of the "R" rating for films is to shield youngsters from material that is unsuitable for their age. Neil Postman, in The Disappearance of Childhood, notes that unrestricted access to sexuality by children and adolescents blurs the line between kids and adults, and may irreparably damage children in the process. Some may argue that what is on the screen is no different than the material these kids are exposed to on cable television, but that begs the question. Should children be exposed to a mechanistic view of sex before they are of an age to discern its moral quality?
The Case for Kids
A defense of the large family by a 'six-time breeder.'
by Leslie Leyland Fields
I first heard the word in my college classroom a few years ago. I was an assistant professor of English at a state university, and, not incidentally, the mother of five children at the time. We were doing the usual around-the-room introductions in this opening class, which served as my forecast and early warning system for the upcoming semester. Several of the women had listed their occupations, their passions, and then mentioned they were also mothers. Then it was Rosalyn's turn. "Hi, I'm Rosalyn, and I've been a truck driver and a commercial fisherman, and I'm not a breeder." Everyone looked at me, silent, eyes wide. I smiled out of reflex, but suddenly it hit my brain like a smart bomb: A breeder? So that's the term now! Like dogs or horses, purely animal-species survival.
Homosexual-activist cop threatens Christians
Officer orders pro-marriage petitions removed from Promise Keepers event
Posted: August 4, 2006
A homosexual-activist police officer assigned to security at a Promise Keepers men's conference in Florida is being investigated for threatening members of a Christian organization petitioning for a state constitutional marriage amendment.
"I have never in my life seen such unprofessional and bizarre behavior from a law enforcement officer," said John Stemberger, the president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council.
"This kind of ridiculous harassment and intimidation was meant to thwart the effort to protect marriage in Florida. It should remind all of us that we are engaged in a culture war. …"
Rome 'unites to condemn Madonna'
Religious leaders in Rome have united against the mock-crucifixion featured in US pop star Madonna's latest show.
In the sequence, Madonna appears on a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns.
Father Manfredo Leone of Rome's Santa Maria Liberatrice church told Reuters news agency it was "disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative". the rest
Conservative Episcopal leader says Anglican leader must intervene in gay dispute
Friday Aug 4, 2006
The leader of a network of conservative Episcopal dioceses says the global Anglican Communion will unravel unless the archbishop of Canterbury helps U.S. conservatives distance themselves from the Episcopal Church.
Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan said that if Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams fails to address the concerns of U.S. conservatives "any hope for a Communion-unifying solution slips away, and so does the shape and leadership of the Anglican Communion as we have known them.’
’Duncan made the remarks Monday at a meeting of the Anglican Communion Network, which represents 10 Episcopal dioceses and more than 900 parishes with traditional views of the Bible.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
ACN Annual Council Meeting 2006: Fr. David Short
|Pittsburgh, PA |
Found at AnglicanTV.org
Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And, taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a Heaven creature or into a hellish creature -- either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is Heaven: that is, it is joy, and peace, and knowledge, and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.
... C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity photo
Bishop Duncan: 'This Isn't About Us'
The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh and moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, says the Archbishop of Canterbury has a brief window of opportunity in which to act before the situation in the United States and Canada “collapses into the anarchy of high profile ecclesiastical presentments and civil lawsuits.” Bishop Duncan's remarks came in a July 31 address to open the Network's annual council meeting. He cited the response by the 75th General Convention and the recent launch of several disciplinary investigations against Network bishops as evidence that the Anglican Communion is facing a kairos moment.
the rest at The Living Church
Calif. Episcopal Bishops Worried About Secession
By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service
In a conflict that could have wide repercussions for the deeply divided Episcopal Church, four California bishops have accused a fellow prelate of planning to break away from the church and have asked a disciplinary panel to stop him.
By allowing critical changes to his diocese's bylaws, conservative Bishop John-David Schofield of San Joaquin, Calif., is clearly preparing to abandon the 2.2 million-member Episcopal Church, the four bishops argue.
Moreover, at a volatile moment when disputes over church leadership and property threaten to rip its 110 U.S. dioceses apart, the church could be thrown into legal disarray by San Joaquin's actions, according to church experts. story
A Catholic congregation with a twist
By Kevin Eigelbach
Post staff reporter
When Ed Kuhlman told his parents and family that he wanted to start a church affiliated with the Ecumenical Catholic Church USA, they supported him totally.
But they also wondered, if he wasn't happy with the Roman Catholic Church any longer, why didn't he just join the Episcopal Church.
"What is this?" they asked him about the Ecumenical Catholic Church USA. "No one had ever heard of it," he said.
The 31-year-old Gray Middle School teacher, who lives by Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell, Ky., will lead his fifth worship service in his new church Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Matt Kennedy: Diocese of San Diego: Don’t Call Them Conservatives
(by Mrs. Teresa Mathes [bishop Mathes' wife])
Mrs. Mathes accuses conservatives of abandoning the hallowed traditions of the Episcopal Church. The best answer to this charge is found in Mark 7:5-9
So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders...?" He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "
'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."
And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!"
Mrs. Mathes' commentary here
Episcopalians Organize for Strong Lay Action in Church Crisis; Set Work Conference in Orlando
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Answering widespread calls from bishops and theologians, an Episcopal lay organization today announced a national conference as part of an initiative for engaging thousands of faithful communicants in the pews against “the schismatic revisionism that is destroying the church,” the sponsor said.
David Virtue, the most-read Anglican journalist, will be conference moderator.
Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC) will sponsor the program and underwrite a “mobilization and education conference” in Orlando, Fla. Nov. 20 and 21. It will be the first lay-sponsored major event since successful conclaves held by clergy-led organizations in Dallas, Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh. Those defined issues, declared faithfulness to the Christian doctrine of the Anglican Communion, and pointed to “realignment” of the church.
Police enlist the power of prayer
By Ruth Gledhill
Police in Lincolnshire are turning to prayer in their latest efforts to tackle crime. The force is asking churchgoers to concentrate their prayers on crimes such as burglaries and violent attacks.
The Prayer Watch scheme, a spiritual version of Neighbourhood Watch, has been proposed by members of the Lincolnshire branch of the Christian Police Association. The plan is for the police to e-mail churches and Christian groups with details of specific crimes, which worshippers can then focus on in their prayers.
Dick Holmes, a police spokesman, said the project is designed to encourage communities to keep an eye on the churches themselves. “They are prime targets for thieves and vandals and there have been well-publicised spates of trouble across the county.
“Obviously there is the spiritual element which lets communities know about specific incidents in their area so they can focus their prayers on them if they wish.” the rest
Ohio Man Claims Right To Have Sex With Boys
Admitted Pedophile Says Children Can Consent
CLEVELAND -- It was probably not a defense the court had heard before.
A suburban Cleveland man accused of sexually assaulting nine disabled boys told a judge Wednesday that his apartment was a religious sanctuary where smoking marijuana and having sex with children are sacred rituals protected by civil rights laws.
The admitted pedophile offered a surprising defense Wednesday to 74 charges of rape, drugs and pandering obscenity to minors.
Appearing in an Ohio court for a pretrial hearing, Phillip Distasio, 34, of Rocky River, Ohio, said he was a pedophile.
He told the judge, "I'm a pedophile. I've been a pedophile for 20 years. The only reason I'm charged with rape is that no one believes a child can consent to sex. The role of my ministry is to get these cases out of the courtrooms." the rest
Tough love works
Jul 27th 2006
From The Economist print edition
Why America's pathfinding reform holds lessons for other countries
A DECADE ago, Americans began a bold social experiment. In August 1996, Bill Clinton signed into law the bill that introduced “welfare to work”. From that point, poor families could no longer claim welfare indefinitely as an entitlement. Instead, parents had to find a job.
The reform, controversial enough in America, was reviled in many parts of Europe. Its opponents said that welfare claimants, most of them single mothers, would be unable to find work. They and their families, it was argued, were being condemned to destitution.
Ten years on, such dire warnings have been proved spectacularly wrong (see article). America's welfare rolls have fallen by over half as existing claimants have found work and fewer people have gone on benefit in the first place. A strong economy, generating plenty of jobs, has undoubtedly helped; but the main reason for the steep decline in caseloads is the reform itself. Furthermore, there has been no upsurge in the poverty rate; in fact, it has fallen over the period. Most of the jobs taken by former claimants are poorly paid, but in general they are doing somewhat better than when they were on welfare. the rest
Sony, Matsushita, Others to Start Selling Internet Televisions Next Year, Newspaper Says
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
TOKYO -- Sony, Matsushita and three other Japanese electronics makers plan to start selling Internet televisions next year, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported Thursday.
The new TVs aim to make accessing video and similar online content easier than with current methods such as computers, the newspaper said without saying how it got its information. The other companies are Sharp Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd.
Together, the five rival will set common standards for connecting to the Web as early as next spring, the report said. story
Media attacked for 'climate porn'
By Richard Black Environment correspondent
BBC News website
Apocalyptic visions of climate change used by newspapers, environmental groups and the UK government amount to "climate porn", a think-tank says.
The report from the Labour-leaning Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says over-use of alarming images is a "counsel of despair".
It says they make people feel helpless and says the use of cataclysmic imagery is partly commercially motivated. the rest
Network Council: Celebrating Ministry, Looking to Future as Council Ends
Anglicans and Episcopalians from around the United States ended the Anglican Communion Network’s Annual Council meeting today the way they began it, with worship in Pittsburgh’s Trinity Cathedral.
The meeting of 80 delegates and an equal number of guests July 31 – August 2 dealt with everything from the elections to the Network’s steering committee to a proposed theological statement that would bring closer together eight different groups of orthodox Anglicans.
“Much of what we dealt with was simply the nuts and bolts of building and maintaining an orthodox Anglican witness and ministry, from budgeting to the election of officers, but we also spent time addressing our own need for what Bishop Robert Duncan is calling a ‘reformation of behavior,’” said the Rev. Canon Daryl Fenton, chief operating officer for the Network. the rest
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
He who has found his soul's life in God is happy -- not, in truth, with perfect happiness: that is not granted to men in this world, but a foretaste thereof --he has a secret joy which is beyond the reach of temptation, unrest, and sorrow; a quiet confidence and steadfastness which abide even while the waves and storms of life sweep over him... When the soul has sincerely given itself up to God, He fills it with His own peace, a peace which makes all earthly things indifferent -- as before His Presence, absorbing the heart. It is our strength, our comfort, our guide, the deeper and more confirmed it becomes, the greater our spiritual perfection; so that in truth to obtain and preserve this peace is the real secret of the interior life.
... Jean N. Grou, The Hidden Life of the Soul photo
Canon Bill Atwood: Why I Am Leaving the Episcopal Church
"The Church of Jesus Christ is like a fleet of ships moving together in splendid procession with colorful sails, crew, and passengers of magnificent variety, steaming, sailing--even paddling--in the direction set by The Captain. The Episcopal Church, however, has willfully veered away from the armada, defiantly heading into iceberg-laden waters, pursuing a course that insures doom for ship, crew, and passenger."
Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel!"
because the ark of God had been captured - 1Sam. 4:21
I am deeply - even utterly convinced that God has the power to bring about miraculous transformations. With astonishing grace and breathtaking power He is the God Who opens the Red Sea and Sarah’s womb. He rains manna on wilderness children, brings grace in the midst of human tragedy, and humiliates death. Why then am I leaving the Episcopal Church? Why is it no longer the season to hope that ECUSA might return to former or even greater glory? Why if Nineveh can turn and Saul bow is it no longer reasonable--or even unreasonable--to hope? It is because The Episcopal Church has displaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ with another lesser faith. While the trappings may appear as they have been for generations, the content of ECUSA's faith is now formally and fundamentally antithetical to the Christian faith of Scripture and history. The message is no longer redemption, forgiveness, salvation, and transfiguration. Now it is naive acceptance and uncritical celebration. Hope is no longer appropriate because they have left the One Who is the source of hope. The leadership has departed from the One Who delivers and transforms. Further, they have constrained those who follow to have to live with what could be redeemed and healed. The institutional heart has turned to stone. It cannot turn back to flesh as long as the choice is maintained to live apart from the presence of Jesus. The rest
Movie raters: Christian themes won't be factor
Decision comes after 'proselytizing' film given 'PG' for calling on Jesus
Posted: August 2, 2006
The movie ratings board run by Hollywood's six top studios is back-pedaling from a process that reportedly used to target movies for PG ratings if they carried an evangelical Christian message, WorldNetDaily has learned.
The move by the Motion Picture Association of America followed controversy over a rating for Sony Provident Films' "Facing the Giants," which was given the PG tag after officials told the movie's makers it was because it was so Christian.
"The scene that caught the association's attention was an exchange between a coach and a player," said Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission in an op-ed piece published this week. "The coach assures the player that following Jesus Christ is a decision everyone makes for himself, but, if he accepts Christ, it will change his life."
The PG decision prompted 15,000 e-mails of protest, and now things have changed. the rest
Gay Cleric’s Secret “Marriage” Likely to Further Divide Anglicans
The "marriage" of a senior homosexual clergyman in the Church of England, the Bishop of Reading, is likely to spark anger among conservatives in the Church who regard homosexuality as incompatible with Scripture.
Posted: Wednesday, August 2 , 2006, 9:07 (BST)
The Church of England homosexual cleric at the centre of a major furore in 2003 when he was elected as the Bishop of Reading, has secretly “married” another Anglican priest.
The Very Rev Jeffrey John, who is the current Dean of St Albans, was made to step down as the Bishop of Reading in 2003 following an overwhelming outcry from Anglicans worldwide against his appointment.
Last week, the controversial cleric took part in a Civil Partnership ceremony at a local register office with Rev Grant Holmes, who is a hospital chaplain.Although the move has been welcomed by gay rights campaigners, it is sure to further ignite the warring within the Anglican Communion over the issue of homosexuality in the Church. the rest
"Being 13"--TIME Takes a Look at the New Adolescents
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
"What does it mean to be 13, back stage adults, watching on tiptoe, waiting to go onstage?" That question sent TIME Magazine and a team of its reporters into an extended investigation of the lives of America's youngest teenagers--contemporary 13-year-olds. The magazine's report will at times shock, inform, and interest America's parents and all others concerned with the nation's young.
The age of 13 has always held a special and symbolic significance. In many traditions, reaching age 13 represents something like an initiation into the world of adulthood. At the same time, any sane parent recognizes that a 13-year-old boy or girl is more child than adult. What's going on here? the rest
By Walter E. Williams
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Colleges and universities will start their fall semester soon. You might be interested in what parents' and taxpayers' money is going for at far too many "institutions of higher learning."
At Occidental College in Los Angeles, a mandatory course for some freshmen is "The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie." It's a course where Professor Elizabeth J. Chin explores ways in "which scientific racism has been put to use in the making of Barbie [and] to an interpretation of the film 'The Matrix' as a Marxist critique of capitalism." Johns Hopkins University students can enroll in a course called "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll in Ancient Egypt." Part of the course includes slide shows of women in ancient Egypt "vomiting on each other," "having intercourse" and "fixing their hair."
Harvard University students can take "Marxist Concepts of Racism," which examines "the role of capitalist development and expansion in creating racial inequality." You can bet there's no mention of the genocide in Africa and former communist regimes like Yugoslavia. Young America's Foundation and Accuracy in Academia publish lists of courses like these, at many other colleges, that are nothing less than student indoctrination through academic dishonesty.
Parents are paying an average tuition of $21,000, and at some colleges over $40,000, to have their children exposed to anti-Americanism and academic nonsense. According to a 2000 American Council of Trustees and Alumni study, "Losing America's Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century," not one of the top 50 colleges and universities today requires American history of its graduates. the rest
The Great Stem Cell Coverup
Promising medical research you never hear about.
by Wesley J. Smith
IT HAS BEEN REPEATED so often that it is now a mantra: "Embryonic stem cells offer the most promise for finding cures" for degenerative diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. But saying something ten thousand times doesn't make it true. Indeed, the embryonic stem cell mantra has yet to be demonstrated scientifically.
More than that, the actual data published to date in peer-reviewed science journals tell a far different story. While there have certainly been successes in embryonic stem cell experiments in animal studies--many of them hyped to the hilt in mainstream media reports--the numbers pale in comparison with the many research advances being made with adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells, which are already being used in human patients.
Based on the published science, there are 72 maladies for which human patients have received some benefit (which is not the same as being "cured") from adult stem cell or umbilical cord blood interventions. Meanwhile, embryonic stem cells have yet to demonstrate any human therapeutic use. the rest
Ex-Polygamist Church Man Alleges Civil Rights Violations
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY — A former member of a southern Utah polygamist church has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming police handcuffed him and tossed him out of his Hildale home last year because he was no longer loyal to the faith.
Andrew Chatwin said he filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City because police and other city officials in Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., are more loyal to leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — who have long dominated both communities — than to the U.S. Constitution.
"The police department and really the whole Colorado City-Hildale government is a theocracy government. They're run by the church," Chatwin said Tuesday. "That's really the appropriate word for what's going on down there and we're exposing that theocracy."
Iran’s Supreme Leader warns U.S. of impending jihad
Wed. 02 Aug 2006
Iran FocusTehran, Iran, Aug. 02 – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted United States policy in the Middle East and warned of an impending Muslim “jihad”, or holy war, against the West.
“Today, it is clear for everyone that the aggression against Lebanon was a premeditated U.S.-Zionist action as a key step in the path of dominating the Middle East and the Islamic world”, Khamenei said. His comments were reported in the official news agency IRNA and aired in part on state television on Wednesday.
“Today, Muslim nations more than ever despise the U.S.”, he said.
“With its support of the Zionists crimes and criminals and its blatant aggression against the rights of Muslim nations, the U.S. regime must be prepared for a hard slap and a destructive punch by Muslims”, Khamenei said.
“The U.S. is following a policy of creating insecurity, crisis, and war in the region”, he said, adding, “It must know that the more it expands insecurity, the more it will arouse the anger of nations against it and make the world insecure for itself”. the rest
Archbishop in first China visit
Dr Rowan Williams will discuss challenges facing the Church The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit China for the first time later this year.
Dr Williams will visit five cities, including the capital Beijing, after being invited by senior Protestant church leaders in China.
He will meet religious and business leaders as well as government officials to discuss challenges facing the Church and society, he said in a statement. the rest
Black Episcopalians: Minority concerns trump gay ordination
By Dionne Walker, Associated Press Writer
August 1, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. --National Episcopal leadership is focusing on the issue of gay ordination at the cost of addressing minority concerns, and is enlisting African bishops to fight a battle that's not theirs, speakers told a gathering of black Episcopalians Tuesday.
The church should look instead at fighting poverty and racism, and address the conservative versus liberal divide that underlies the gay debate, speakers said at the 38th annual conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
The national group, which represents close to 400,000 black Episcopalians, is meeting in Richmond all week.
About 500 clergy and parishioners are expected to attend discussions of topics such as reaching out to young black boys and strengthening the nation's historically black, Episcopal colleges.
At a luncheon Tuesday, speakers touched on everything from increasing black leadership in the largely white denomination to breaking down intraracial barriers between African and African-American Episcopalians. the rest
Episcopal priest found her calling with God, family, childhood church
The Rev. Marcia Beam, 59
By BY PILAR ULIBARRI de RIVERA
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Long before she was a reverend, she was little Marcia McKay, the Delray Beach girl who respected the elders in her neighborhood and attended St. Matthew's Episcopal Church every Sunday with her family.
"My mother would lay out our clothes every Saturday night," she recalled. "She was very particular; everything had to be starched and ironed and in place."
Those were the days when ladies wore hats and gloves to Sunday service and one had to get to church early to get a good seat. They were the days when, if you didn't go to church, you weren't allowed to do anything for the rest of the day.
"Now, we're just trying to get people to come," said the Rev. Marcia Beam, 59, who is now the priest-in-charge of the church where she grew up at 404 S.W. Third St. story
Intel unveils world's best processor
Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs and workstations.
'The Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world,' said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. 'Not since Intel introduced the Pentium® processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this. The Core 2 Duo desktop processor is an energy-efficient marvel, packing 291 million transistors yet consuming 40 percent lower power, while delivering the performance needed for the applications of today and tomorrow.'
The highly anticipated processor family already has very broad support with more than 550 customer system designs are underway -- the most in Intel's history. Ultimately, tens of thousands of businesses will sell computers or components based on these processors. the rest
More ACN photos: here at Anglican Essentials Canada
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
“I Myself will help you” declares the Lord. O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? Bring hither thine empty pitcher! Surely, this well will fill it. Haste, gather up thy wants, and bring them here-thine emptiness, thy woes, thy needs. Behold, this river of God is full for thy supply; what canst thou desire beside? Go forth, my soul, in this thy might. The eternal God is thine helper! CH Spurgeon icon
Pittsburgh: Network Council: Church planting, youth, and mission initiatives report
Leaders of the Anglican Communion Network’s Children and Youth, Church Planting and Anglican Global Mission Partners initiatives reported on their work to the Annual Council meeting the evening of July 31.
All three ministry initiatives are geared toward helping Network affiliates encourage Christian discipleship, mission and growth both in their local congregations and around the world.
The Rev. Jack Gabig, who directs the Network’s Children and Youth initiative told delegates that a full 84 percent of those who become Christians do so before their 20th birthday. And of those, a full 80 percent make a decision for faith before they are 12.
Those numbers make even more alarming recent figures released by the National Survey for Youth and Religion. Among all youth, the survey reports that 56 percent have made some commitment to “live for God.” Among Episcopalians, the figure is 32 percent. While some 40 percent of American teens claim to pray once a day, only 13 percent of Episcopal teens claim to do so. the rest
Pittsburgh ACN Meeting
Top to bottom:
Bishop Cox and wife
ACN staff: Pam Stephens and Jenny Noyes
Bp. Donald Harvey (Canada) and Bp. Herzog
Bp. Schofield and Duke Golden
Noon prayer at the Cathedral on August 1st
ACN Business Session
(I had to wait for Raymond to ID the photos-if there are any errors-please email me! Thanks-PD)
Gay cleric 'marries' partner in secret
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
The Church of England's most controversial homosexual cleric, the Dean of St Albans, the Very Rev Jeffrey John, has secretly "married" his long-term partner, another Anglican priest.
Dr John, who was forced to stand down as Bishop of Reading in 2003 amid an international outcry, entered into a civil partnership with the Rev Grant Holmes, a hospital chaplain, at a local register office last week.
The event will be welcomed by gay rights campaigners, but it will refuel the bitter row over homosexuality that is threatening to tear apart the worldwide Anglican Church. the rest
Disgruntled California congregations leaving Episcopal Church
By Lori Arnold
The Diocese of San Joaquin, which includes congregations as far south as Rosamond and Ridgecrest, has opted to split from the Episcopal Church USA over a schism between conservatives and liberals.
The move follows a nationwide pattern that also prompted the denomination’s largest congregation, Christ Church Episcopal in Plano, Texas, to also pull its affiliation with the USA church.
“The mission of Christ Church is to make disciples and teach them to obey the commands of Christ,” the Christ Church Vestry statement read. “The direction of the leadership of the Episcopal Church is different and we regret their departure from biblical truth and the historic faith of the Anglican Communion.”
The defection is not new to Southern California, where several congregations have also disaffiliated, prompting court action on the division of property. Last year, St. James in Newport Beach, All Saints Church in Long Beach and St. David's Church in North Hollywood, were among the first to officially bolt from the denomination. the rest
New top Episcopal bishop challenged on her resume
School of theology, priestly experience questioned, but same-sex marriage advocate will lead U.S. church
Posted: August 1, 2006
The newly elected presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church lists as her major qualifications for office positions at two institutions shrouded in mystery and without any formal accreditation – if they exist at all.
That's the finding of an investigation of the rise of Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, a pilot and oceanographer and strong advocate for same-sex marriage and homosexual ordination by Virtue Online, which describes itself as "the voice for global orthodox Anglicanism."
Schori and the nominating committee for the election that took place in June list as Schori's major qualifications the following positions she reportedly held:
-pastoral associate and dean of the Good Samaritan School of Theology, Corvallis, Ore., from 1994-2000;
-priest in charge of El Buen Samaritano, Corvallis, Ore.
Terry Ward, a writer for Virtue Online, says he could find no record of the existence of the Good Samaritan School of Theology in his examination of the web pages and church newsletters of the Good Samaritan Church of Corvallis, Ore., the web pages of the Episcopal Church USA and the Oregon and Nevada Dioceses, the web pages of the Association of Theological School, which lists all accredited and affiliated institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
I am not a fanatical birder, but have spent most of my life watching birds, enjoying them, and learning their habits. The other evening as cliques of swallows swooped and dived over me as I took our dog on his evening walk around the neighboring field, I realized that they will soon be gathering on the power lines and beginning their journey southward to warmer climes.
Thoughts of their migration got me thinking about the Cuckoo, a bird that is almost a national institution in Britain, the first of which will already have started for the warmer south.The Cuckoo is Britain's only parasitic bird. It arrives in April from its wintering grounds in North Africa, and it is the male bird's cry of "cuckoo" that is so distinctive and is said to be the sign that spring has begun. Once a breeding pair have established a territory, the female will scout out the other species of bird that are nesting there and when there is a clutch of eggs in a nest she will come along, remove one of them, and replace it with one of her own that mimics in color and size the eggs that are already there. She will do this with as many as adozen nests in her territory.
The rest at The Kew Continuum-a MUST READ!
On our feature blog Cranach, Gene Veith notes: “The next stage of marital revisionism has already arrived: Some animal lovers are marrying their pets. The elaborate ceremonies, modeled after church weddings complete with flower girls, wedding gowns, and vows, have nothing to do with sex, these animal lovers hasten to assure us. They are all about animal rights, vows to be a good owner, and, of course, the only culturally-recognized basis and foundation for marriage, love.”
“For marital advice and wedding ideas, you can go to MarryYourPet.com. How long do you think it will be before certain churches agree to this and devise special rites to solemnize inter-species relationships?” asks Veith link
Speaker Faces Hostility from Pro-Homosexual Mob, Including Clergy
By Mary Rettig
July 31, 2006
(AgapePress) - A Christian activist from California says Christians ministering at the recent "Gay Games" in Chicago received an anything-but-warm welcome from a pro-homosexual crowd that included some unexpected enemies.
James Hartline is a former homosexual who has now dedicated his life to helping free others from that lifestyle and combating the homosexual agenda. The Illinois Family Institute invited him to Chicago to speak recently, during the 2006 Gay Games events, about the physical dangers of homosexual activity.
Hartline says at one point during his visit, he and a group of Christians gathered together in front of a homosexual bathhouse. There, he notes, they met fierce resistance from a raucous crowd of homosexual activists and their supporters.
"When we went inside of the homosexual community," the Christian activist recalls, "it had to be one of the ugliest spiritual experiences that I've ever experienced, because of the hostility that was directed towards us specifically by members of that community. It was like a mob mentality." the rest
William McKenzie: Evangelicals are broadening their reach
Moving away from monolithic view will help them become a more powerful force
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Many Americans see evangelicals as a monolithic group that opposes gay marriage and abortion and worships in the suburbs at megachurches like Prestonwood Baptist. And many of the estimated 15 million adult evangelicals do fit this pattern, which Republican strategists searching for red-state voters are happy to see.
But when you start looking at this development over here and that one over there, you can see a new trend emerging among evangelicals. In politics and culture, this shift could have huge, and positive, consequences.
If evangelicals – who theologically emphasize personal conversions to Christ, a literal reading of Scripture and Jesus' return – begin to rethink some assumptions about how the world should work, the larger political universe will feel it. the rest
Moral Abdication in British Schools -- A Sign of the Times
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A newly-proposed national curriculum for British schools means that the schools will no longer attempt to teach the difference between right and wrong. As The Times [London] reports:
Schools would no longer be required to teach children the difference between right and wrong under plans to revise the core aims of the National Curriculum.
Instead, under a new wording that reflects a world of relative rather than absolute values, teachers would be asked to encourage pupils to develop "secure values and beliefs".
In addition, a responsibility to teach Britain's cultural heritage is also to be removed in favor of this: "The school curriculum should contribute to the development of pupils' sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain's diverse society." the rest
The Episcopal church elevates the liberal bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
by Jamie Deal
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH'S ELECTION of its first female presiding bishop has made a split with the Anglican Communion even more likely. Katharine Jefferts Schori delighted Episcopalians who support gay bishops, same-sex unions, and other liberal social policies. But her victory also confirmed what church conservatives have long feared: The liberal majority is going to keep pushing until the leftward drift of the past few decades is complete.
Jefferts Schori embodies the Episcopal evolution. While bishop of Nevada, she voted for a gay bishop's consecration and allowed same-sex blessings. She was also noted for her political activism. In letters to Nevada politicians, she quoted Scripture and used the power of her office to lobby for liberal policies.
On April 21, 2004, she wrote to Nevada senators Harry Reid and John Ensign on the subject of immigration: "The Bible repeatedly enjoins people of faith to remember the stranger, to care for those without family or roots in a place, and to ensure that they are fed, housed, and shown hospitality." She then chastised the United States for "[forgetting] that mandate, especially since September 11th," because "the fear-mongering of late has eclipsed the demand to treat our neighbors fairly and humanely." the rest-don't miss this!
Surgery forces Castro to cede power
Tuesday, August 01
Little was known of Fidel Castro's condition Tuesday after he underwent an operation and temporarily turned over the Cuban presidency to his brother Raul, ushering in a period of uncertainty at home and celebrations by his enemies abroad.
The surprise announcement that Castro had been operated on to repair a "sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding" stunned Cubans on the island and in exile, and marked the first time that Castro, two weeks away from 80th birthday, had relinquished power in 47 years of absolute rule. the rest
Terrorists Plot Attack Against Americans Through Food Supply
by Jim Kouri, CPP
August 01, 2006
While airport security, seaport protection, illegal immigration and other functions of the Department of Homeland Security garner more attention and news headlines, one of the most fear terrorist tactics is the use of the United States' domestic food supply chain to kill as many Americans as possible.
Intelligence sources believe that this type of terrorist plot is being considered by members of several groups including Al-Qaeda. In fact, the DHS has a term to describe such a tactic: Agroterrorism.
US agriculture generates more than $1 trillion per year in economic activity and provides an abundant food supply for Americans and others. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, there have been new concerns about the vulnerability of US agriculture to the deliberate introduction of animal and plant diseases. the rest
FDA must protect women, children; just say NO to OTC sale of Plan B
By Amber Dolle
Aug 1, 2006
Washington, D.C. — Judie Brown, president of American Life League, issued the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration's announcement today that the group will re-consider Barr Laboratories' request to make emergency contraception available over the counter for anyone over 18:
"American Life League is aghast that the Food and Drug Administration has caved to mounting political pressures regarding the over-the-counter availability of a dangerous drug. Plan B, commonly known as emergency contraception, is a deadly cocktail of drugs that – even according to its manufacturer – can act to take the life of newly conceived babies in the days immediately following fertilization. The FDA should not have authorized any use of this risky drug regimen in the first place and it certainly should not make it readily available over the counter. the rest
Midwest, Northeast Cities Conserve Power Ahead of Broiling Heat Wave
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
NEW YORK — The famed necklace lights lining the city's East River bridges will remain off to save power as the city braces for potentially record breaking heat — one of many conservation tactics across the country during soaring temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast.
With heat and humidity expected to reach unsafe levels Tuesday, New York City residents braced for blistering temperatures and officials warned that inhaling the city's heavy summer air could become dangerously difficult.
"It's going to be very difficult to breathe. The air is going to be very thick," said Nancy Figueroa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "The young and the old should be very careful to stay in cool places, because it's very dangerous."
PETA: Sacrifice Human Life, Not Animals, in Stem Cell Research
by Steven Milloy
July 30, 2006
LifeNews.com Note: Steven Milloy publishes JunkScience.com and CSRWatch.com. He is a junk science expert, and an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The animal rights activist group PETA seems to have its own "ethical" problem -- urging the sacrifice of human life rather than that of laboratory animals for medical research.
Amid this week's hullabaloo over embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, which culminated in President Bush's veto of a bill overriding his limitations on federal funding of such research, curiosity got the better of me and I wondered what PETA's position, if any, might be regarding the controversy.
I assumed that PETA most likely opposed ESC research since it necessarily involves the sacrifice of animal lives as well as human embryos.
Au contraire. the rest
Charlie Crist Let My Daughter Die
by Robert Schindler, Sr.
Posted Jul 31, 2006
As most Americans know, on March 31, 2005, my daughter, Terri Schindler Schiavo died of starvation and thirst after having her feeding tube removed by court order. The sad chain of events that concluded with Terri’s death ignited a media firestorm nationally and internationally. What few saw or heard was the callous inaction of aspiring governor Charlie Crist.
Florida Atty. Gen. Charlie Crist let my daughter die. He had it within his authority to save her life, but he turned a blind eye to her suffering. Even worse, he worked to ensure her death.
Terri lived in a neurologically compromised state for reasons that are still unknown, and my family wanted nothing more than permission to care for Terri for the span of her natural life. We were denied. the rest
Cornell, Colgate designated gay-friendly
Ithaca, SU also among the 100 best campuses listed in new college guidebook.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
By Rebecca James Staff writer
Long before Cosi Saint-Phard became president of a gay student group - even before she came out as bisexual - the Syracuse University student loved to visit the green house that serves as the school's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.
"This place is really cool. You can do your homework or watch a movie," Saint-Phard said. "It's a house with couches, television and computers to use. When you walk in, you feel like you're home."
Syracuse University, along with Cornell University, Colgate University and Ithaca College, made the list of the 100 best campuses for LGBT students in a new book released today. the rest
Monday, July 31, 2006
Conservative Episcopal bishop says Anglican church at crossroads
Mon, Jul. 31, 2006
PITTSBURGH - The Anglican Communion is at a crucial crossroads as it waits for the worldwide church's leader to appoint an overseer for seven of its conservative U.S. dioceses, the head of one of those dioceses said Monday.
Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan said if Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams does not appoint a new leader for the conservative U.S. dioceses, "any hope for a Communion-unifying solution slips away, and so does the shape and leadership of the Anglican Communion as we have known them."
Duncan's remarks came in his keynote address of the Anglican Communion Network's annual council meeting in Pittsburgh.
"Such oversight would certainly be an innovation for the Episcopal Church, since at present there is no direct overseer in those dioceses except for the diocesan bishops themselves," said Jan Nunley, a spokesman for The Episcopal Church, which is what the American church now calls itself.
"I wouldn't want to speculate on what it might mean for the Network dioceses to reject the oversight of the General Convention," Nunley said.
Duncan and the leaders of six other conservative dioceses do not want to be overseen by the new Episcopal presiding bishop, Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, elected by the General Convention. the rest
Moderator of the Network Bishop Bob Duncan (seated behind) and the six convocation deans of the Anglican Communion Network on the first day of the annual meeting of the Network council. The meeting is taking place in Pittsburgh at Trinity Cathedral where representatives of the 10 faithful dioceses and hundreds of faithful parishes in other dioceses are gathering.
Please pray for their deliberations!
picture by Raymond Dague
Pittsburgh: Bishop Duncan opened the Network Council meeting with a wide-ranging address on past ministry and future direction of the ACN.
"We are gathered for the Third Network Council, and we have come a very long way. The first and chartering Council met at Christ Church, Plano, Diocese of Dallas, in January of 2004. The second Council met at St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Diocese of Fort Worth, in April of 2005. Now we meet at Pittsburgh in July/August 2006. In some measure, all of these Councils have been about a reformation of behavior.
Many who are gathered here will recall the extraordinary manner of decision making employed at the Plano Council. We operated as bishops, priests and laity together. We operated as a unicameral assembly. Diocese by diocese we reached consensus, and even unanimity: every article of the charter was adopted without final dissent, even though there were difficult and, at times, even painful, debates. I have never in my whole life presided over a gathering that was so obviously under the Holy Spirit’s sovereign sway. Do you remember the moment when we agreed to respect one another in our differences about the ordination of women? Thirty years of bitter division slipped away and we stood and sang the Doxology. This was a reformation of behavior: a national assembly meeting and deciding in a manner reflecting what we see in Acts 15.
At our Bedford Council we spent nearly all our energies on mission, both domestic and foreign. The leaders of the various mission agencies, who are gathered in Anglican Global Mission Partners, could scarcely believe that we were actually committed to giving so much attention to Jesus’ charter to his Church in Matthew 28. Yes, it is true, this Second Council fell back into old patterns as we attempted to draft a “Windsor Covenant,” but the dominant focus on mission in the gathering was another significant reformation of corporate behavior.
This Pittsburgh Council is about many things, all of which have to do with the Network’s defining vision of a “biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America.” The are many practicalities to attend to: elections, funding, relations with our Common Cause partners; children and youth initiatives, church planting developments, global missionary efforts; the aftermath of General Convention, Network-wide anxieties, significant actions in response; a coherent path-forward through the tumult and uncertainty of this next chapter of our lives as faithful Anglicans in a hostile domestic environment. But as your leader, your Network Moderator, as I enter this third year of what our Charter spells out to be an initial three-year term, I have no greater hope for this meeting than that the embrace of this reformation of behavior will have been, and will ever-increasingly be, our hallmark. “How those Christians love one another!”… “How they love their Lord!”… “How they sacrifice for the good of the world!”
Another significant excerpt:
"Just days ago the vestries of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, St. Charles Anglican Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, finalized an agreement with the Diocese of Olympia, an agreement that I believe all would hail as “based on fairness, equity and Christian principles.” In the Diocese of Virginia, a group of parishes and missions, led by the venerable (they date to the period of the American colonies) parishes of Falls Church and Truro Church – a group of congregations larger in number than the number of congregations of at least a dozen American Dioceses – has begun a season of “forty days of discernment” to pray about their future. We applaud these developments. We encourage those Dioceses engaged in lawsuits with their parishes, and vice versa, to embrace this “more excellent” way.
In the short-run these negotiated settlements, as in the case of the Washington State congregations, may lead to rescue and oversight by a Province of the Global South. In the longer run, there is no question that these congregations will form the nucleus of new missionary dioceses in union with the Network Dioceses (“enduring ECUSA”) and in partnership with the jurisdictions of Common Cause, as the vision of a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America – in God’s time – becomes a reality, and as “innovating ECUSA” fades away.Full text here