Saturday, March 10, 2007

But the spirit of prayer is for all times and occasions; it is a lamp that is to be always burning, a light to be ever shining: everything calls for it; everything is to be done in it and governed by it, because it is and means and wills nothing else but the totality of the soul -- not doing this or that, but wholly...given up to God to be where and what and how He pleases.
...William Law

Daylight Savings Time 2.0: Spring Forward
March 10, 2007

Hey, tonight's the night when you set your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed. Daylight Savings Time has arrived - and soon we'll get to enjoy spring, which begins on March 20.

Finally, you can start shaking off the winter blahs.

You've probably already asked yourself why Daylight Savings Time seems earlier than usual. In 2005,
Congress agreed to pass a law extending Daylight Savings Time by a month, which means that it might still be light out when people leave work. (Exceptions made for those who never leave their cubicles.) the rest

Evangelicals battle over agenda, environment
Global warming and other causes stray too far from battles on abortion, gay rights and similar 'great moral issues,' some leaders say.
By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
March 10, 2007

A struggle for control of the evangelical agenda intensified this week, with some leaders declaring that the focus has strayed too far from their signature battles against abortion and gay rights.

Those issues defined the evangelical movement for more than two decades — and cemented ties with the Republican Party. But in a caustic letter, leaders of the religious right warned that these "great moral issues of our time" were being displaced by a "divisive and dangerous" alignment with the left on global warming.

A new generation of pastors has expanded the definition of moral issues to include not only global warming, but an array of causes. Quoting Scripture and invoking Jesus, they're calling for citizenship for illegal immigrants, universal healthcare and caps on carbon emissions.
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2,000 French Doctors and Nurses Petition for Legalized Euthanasia
Medical professionals admit they have “helped patients die” illegally
By Gudrun Schultz
PARIS, France, March 9, 2007

( – More than 2000 French medical professionals have issued a petition calling for laws to permit active euthanasia, saying they already engage in the practice when a patient’s life becomes “intolerable” due to “physical and psychological suffering.”

"Because disease was certain to defeat medical procedures, because in spite of treatment, physical and psychological suffering had rendered the life of a patient intolerable, we medical staff, have consciously helped patients to die with decency," the petition reads.

The declaration was signed by 2,134 medical professionals and published Thursday in the weekly Nouvel Observateur, Reuters reported yesterday.
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World Vision to Advocate for Fleeing Iraqis
International Christian relief agency World Vision is joining key coalitions in the US and Europe to advocate for Iraqis who have fled across borders to escape violence in their homeland.
by Kevin Donovan
March 10, 2007

International Christian relief agency World Vision is joining key coalitions in the US and Europe to advocate for Iraqis who have fled across borders to escape violence in their homeland.
Immediate aid through partner organisations in Jordan has begun for the estimated 2 million Iraqis, and the possibility of seeking aid from other neighbouring countries is also being investigated.

“This humanitarian crisis has been quietly unfolding for a long time, yet until just recently, it really has had no voice. But the suffering is real,” said Hendrik Harbers, World Vision’s relief coordinator for the Middle East.

“None of the nations in the region receiving this massive outpouring of refugees have the infrastructure and services to accommodate such numbers. It is contributing to instability,” continued Harbers.
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The Church of England's sidelining of old hymns is cultural vandalism, says Christopher Ohlson
Saturday March 10, 2007
The Guardian

The rector of St James's Piccadilly made, as Hercule Poirot used to say of the murderer, a fatal mistake at a recent Sunday service. He forewarned us: "Some of you may be unfamiliar with the hymns today." Most of the congregation muttered amen. After the service I told the organist I hadn't recognised a hymn for five years. He admitted that it had taken him 20 minutes to find the music.

Favourite old hymns seem to have disappeared from the repertoire. Traditional Anglicans go to church for the King James Bible, the old hymns and the architecture. The Bible and the hymns have disappeared, which leaves only the great cathedrals. There are no doubt plans to raze St Paul's and replace it with a sports cafe. Soccer zombies will be able to watch 24-hour coverage of the new religion.

Typical of the hymns currently on offer was one sung during the offertory. "Mysteries of celebrating, realise the promised state; with the desperate receiving, we in life participate." Wisely, the author of this vapid doggerel never revealed his identity to a wider world.
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Feeling the beat: The spiritual side of drum circles
When drummers gather at an Episcopal church, experience is optional

Mar 10, 2007

Offer an odd assortment of drums to 21 enthusiastic novices, and meditative tranquillity would seem an unlikely possibility.

The quiet path to inner peace looks more like a parade route.

With the skill of a seasoned grand marshal, Cory Blake takes the discordant pieces and leads the group into an amazingly alluring beat.

Listen for a few minutes and you understand why shamans use drums to lure themselves into trances.

"It's a contemplative tradition," Blake says of the drum circle he's leading. "It speaks directly to the intelligence of the body."

It also speaks to the simplicity of a good beat -- and the way something as simple as a hand brushed against the skin of a conga drum can transcend denominational and cultural boundaries.

This group enjoying the nuances of ancient African music amid just a touch of New Age quirkiness is pure middle class. The sounds resonate in the comfy confines of the parish hall at the Church of the Holy Comforter, home to an Episcopal congregation in Richmond's West End.

"A drum circle really is what it says it is," says Regena Stith. "It's a gathering of people in a circle with drums."

It's all congas and bongos and frame drums. Most are played with hands, though a few require the pound of a mallet. When the mood's right, Blake accentuates the sounds with the subtle infusion of an African kalimba, an Australian didgeridoo or an agogo bell. The tings, twangs and occasional chant give the evening the full world-music experience.

"It's really a very ancient form of expression," Stith says of the drum circle she started. "You move out of your head." the rest

Parents fume over salacious sex lesson
8th graders forced to read graphic material aloud in the classroom

By Tracy Dell'Angela
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 10, 2007

A health teacher made 8th graders read aloud explicit questions about oral sex and masturbation during a sex-education lesson at a suburban school this week, outraging parents who demanded the teacher be disciplined.

The principal at Wolcott School in Thornton said he learned of the lesson early Friday after numerous phone calls from parents and directed the health teacher to apologize to his class for the two-day lesson.
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Abortion bill heading to governor
By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON - A bill designed eventually to outlaw abortion in Mississippi is on its way to Gov. Haley Barbour.

The state Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, accepting a version passed by the House last month.

Senate Public Health Committee Chairman Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, earlier this session steered to passage a bill that would ban all abortions unless the life of mother is in jeopardy and in cases of rape.

Had that bill become law, it probably would have resulted in a court challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions. the rest

ENS: Episcopal Church Foundation board unanimously approves new mission statement
Saturday, March 10, 2007

[Episcopal Church Foundation] The Episcopal Church Foundation's (ECF) board of directors voted unanimously to approve an updated mission statement.

ECF's new mission statement reads:

"The mission of the Episcopal Church Foundation is to strengthen the leadership and financial capabilities of Episcopal congregations, dioceses and related organizations to pursue their mission and ministry.

"There has been remarkable change at the Foundation over the past 18 months, in terms of leadership as well as the programs and services ECF provides," said Dr. H.M. 'Mac' McFarling, III, chairperson of the board. "The board recognized the need to articulate our reason for being, simply and clearly. Previous versions of our mission were much longer and not as easily understood to someone who might not be familiar with ECF and its work.

"Because we can provide such a broad range of resources, from a publication such as Vestry Papers, to a full range of fundraising services, to collaborations and partnerships with other agencies that have resulted in programs such as Fresh Start, to the new ECF Fellowship Partners Program, it has sometimes been a challenge to explain who we are and what we do," remarked Donald V. Romanik, ECF president. "Not only will our new mission statement help us in that regard, but it will also guide our staff and board as we discern whether or not new projects and initiatives will move us forward to live into our mission." the rest

Anglican Youth Speak Out on Women Violence at U.N. Meeting
By Linda Zhang
Christian Post Contributor
Fri, Mar. 09 2007

A group of Anglican girl delegates urged the Anglican Communion to “raise every community’s awareness” of women’s and girls’ issues at a hallmark meeting which marked the first time in the history of the United Nations that individuals under the age of 18 were allowed to participate in formal meetings.

In a formal statement released this past weekend, the Anglican girls, aged 13 to 18, urged the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) to work “at the village level” to improve the lives of girls.

As part of an Anglican delegation to the annual gathering of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2007 (UNCSW) that began Feb. 26 and ends today, the girls learned about child trafficking and its connection to gender inequality in education and job opportunity; the violence girls suffer in areas of armed conflict; and the gender bias in media that weakens girls’ and women’s empowerment.
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Anglican bishop faces difficult church issues
By Mary Kaye Ritz
Religion & Ethics Writer
Saturday, March 10, 2007

When the presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal church talks, people lean forward to listen — and not just because of her low decibel level.

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the former bishop of Nevada, took over leadership of the U.S. arm of the Anglican church last year at a particularly beleaguered time in its history, when struggles over the ordination of gay leaders — including Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire — set off a firestorm that continues to threaten its global cohesion.

At a recent meeting of prelates, or leaders, in Tanzania late last month, Jefferts Schori talked about the American denomination taking a "pause" before moving forward on sexual orientation issues.

At a quiet meeting yesterday at St. Peter's, near St. Andrew's Cathedral, she talked about the "noisy exceptions."
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Anglican head says there is no plan for reunification, but talks continue
March 10, 2007

LONDON (CNA): The Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams told reporters in South Africa today that there is no immediate plan to reunited the Anglican and Catholic churches after a nearly five hundred year split, but that the two churches would continue their 40-year-old dialogue aimed at unity.

"There is no plan at all (to reunite)," Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, told Reuters after meeting South African President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria.

"We will continue discussions as we have for the past 40 years," he said, when asked whether he wanted the two churches to merge, and whether he expected it to happen under his tenure as archbishop.

According to Reuters, Archbishop Williams, who is in South Africa for an Anglican conference on tackling poverty and HIV/AIDS, has been battling to save the Anglican church from schism amid a bitter debate about homosexual priests and same-sex unions.
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Episcopal nominee at center of storm
Saturday, March 10, 2007
By Steve Levin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nothing comes easy these days in the Episcopal Church.

Its latest controversy involves the Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, the former rector of a McKeesport parish who is bishop-elect of the Diocese of South Carolina.

Church canons dictate that his election be approved by a majority of both of the denomination's 111 diocesan bishops and standing committees. The former have done so. The latter have not, and as the midnight Monday deadline for consent approaches, the Rev. Lawrence could become the first clergyman in more than 70 years not to be confirmed as bishop.

The combination of the Rev. Lawrence's conservative theology and a determined effort by church liberals to block his confirmation have caused Episcopalians to characterize the vote as a bellwether of where the 2.2 million-member church is headed.
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What will the church decide?
Episcopal bishops gather to discuss future in Anglican Communion


The fate of the Anglican Communion hangs in the balance.

Will the Episcopal Church walk with the worldwide church, or will it walk away, divided by the role of homosexuals in the church?

The first steps of that walk begin Thursday near Navasota when the U.S. denomination's House of Bishops gathers for a critical four-day meeting.

The bishops are facing a Sept. 30 deadline set by the leaders of the 38 national churches in the Anglican Communion. The Americans have been asked to:

•Unequivocally agree not to authorize any rites of blessings for same-sex unions or allow the church's legislative assembly to do so.

•Agree not to approve any candidate for bishop who is living in a same-sex relationship."If the reassurances requested of the House of Bishops cannot in good conscience be given, the relationship between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion remains damaged at best, and this has consequences for the full participation of the church in the life of the communion," the primates stated at a meeting in Tanzania last month.
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Friday, March 09, 2007

As white snowflakes fall quietly and thickly on a winter day, answers to prayer will settle down upon you at every step you take, even to your dying day. The story of your life will be the story of prayer and answers to prayer. ...O. Hallesby photo

Pope denounces destructive media and Internet
Appealing to media leaders to safeguard children and families, the pope decried the 'destructive' influences exerted by TV and Internet. He also expressed concern about multinational monopolization of media.

Friday, March 09, 2007
By Martin Barillas

The pope appealed to the leaders of the media industry to advise producers to safeguard the common good, to uphold the truth, to protect individual human dignity and promote respect for the needs of the family.

Pope Benedict XVI called upon the various media of the world to safeguard children and young people and promote the needs of the family while also criticizing what he termed the often "destructive" influences exerted by television and the Internet.

"I appeal again to the leaders of the media industry fo advise producers to safeguard the common good, to uphold the truth, to protect individual human dignity and promote respect for the needs of the family," said the pontiff today.
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Top attorneys square off in case of embattled priest
By Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007

A fight between the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and one of its priests is shaping up into a battle of the mega-lawyers.

The diocese has hired the law firm of Hal Haddon - known for defending such high-profile figures as basketball star Kobe Bryant - to pursue an allegation of "misapplied funds" against the Rev. Don Armstrong, of Colorado Springs.

Meanwhile, Armstrong's first lawyer, prominent Denver criminal defense attorney Dan Sears, said Thursday he has withdrawn from the case because there aren't the financial resources to adequately fight the diocese.
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Portugal Parliament Liberalizes Abortion
Friday March 9, 2007

Associated Press Writer

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portugal's parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion up until the 10th week of pregnancy, a major step in bringing this small Roman Catholic nation in line with most of its European neighbors.

The Thursday night vote came less than a month after a popular referendum failed due to low turnout, but nonetheless showed that most voters were in favor of legalizing abortion - in line with the trend across Europe.
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Anglican Leaders Urge Harare Bishop To Speak For Needs Of Poor
By Ndimyake Mwakalyelye and Jonga Kandemiiri
Washington, DC
09 March 2007

Senior Anglican church officials have urged the sect's top cleric in Zimbabwe to speak with an “independent voice” on human rights and economic problems.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the Archbishop of Central Africa, Bernard Malanga, met this week with the Anglican Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, and later issued a joint statement saying that “all ministers of the gospel must be free to serve and to speak for the needs of those most deprived and disadvantaged.”

The bishops said social justice and economic development are necessary to meet the United Nations Millenium Development Goals including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, and ensuring universal primary education, among others.
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Anglican Head Reinforces Partnership with South Africa
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Mar. 09 2007

The long-standing relationship between South Africa and the Anglican Communion was reinforced Friday to address new challenges in the African country.

"That the Archbishop is in the country and that we're able to meet helps us to reinforce the message that the common work is not yet done," said South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki at a press briefing.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the Communion, visited the president in the middle of a week-long international conference - Towards Effective Anglican Mission (TEAM) - which commenced in Boksburg, South Africa on Wednesday. The conference convened more than 400 people from the Anglican Communion to review the global body's response to the Millennium Development Goals and how the church can do more.
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Librarian sues 'gay' profs over 'Marketing of Evil'
Christian accused of sexual harassment for recommending best-selling book
Posted: March 8, 2007

A university librarian accused of "sexual harassment" simply for recommending all incoming freshmen read the popular book
"The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian – a case that made national headlines, having been called the year's most "shameful" campus persecution case – has filed a defamation lawsuit against the accusing faculty members.

Scott Savage, a devout Quaker and head of Reference and Instructional Services at the Bromfield Library on
Ohio State University's Mansfield campus, had been condemned by a 21-0 faculty vote on March 13, 2006, to be formally investigated for "sexual harassment." The reason? Several professors, two of them openly homosexual, had become extremely upset over Savage's nomination for the freshman reading program of "The Marketing of Evil," calling it "hate literature." Subtitled "How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom," chapter one of the book exposes the marketing strategies and tactics of the "gay rights" movement. the rest

Rabbi Gellman Gets It -- The Resurrection Really Matters
Albert Mohler
Friday, March 09, 2007

Rabbi Marc Gellman, senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York, is a familiar figure in the media. He is telegenic and witty, and he serves as half of the "God Squad" team on national television.

In a recent column in
Newsweek, Rabbi Gellman responds to the "Lost Tomb of Jesus" controversy with a very interesting analysis. In the first place, he voices his regret that an Orthodox Jewish filmmaker, Simcha Jacobovici, had made a film casting doubt upon the resurrection of Jesus.

But the main trust of the rabbi's argument was far more interesting. In his words:

If this was indeed the tomb of Jesus, then not only is the Christian Testament false but, worse, Christianity is a cruel deception, à la "The Da Vinci Code," foisted on the world by Jesus' panicky followers to help market a faith led by a dead messiah. I don't think that is how Christianity was born, and I don't think interfaith relations are improved when a Jewish filmmaker implies such a thing.
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Ford move called part of pullback from homosexual support
Ed Thomas
March 8, 2007

The pro-family group that initiated a business boycott of Ford Motor Company last spring is calling a recent move by Ford -- dropping sponsorship of an awards show held by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) -- one of a series of steps by the automaker to "silently" move away from its support of the homosexual agenda.

American Family Association (AFA) founder and chairman Don Wildmon says he believes Ford's cancellation of its sponsorship of the Annual GLAAD Media Awards is another direct result of the boycott by AFA, other pro-family groups, and many Americans in response to the automaker's institutional support of homosexual causes and ideology. AFA also announced last week that Ford would no longer support homosexual publications with advertising.
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Doctors Fight to Save Aborted Baby Wrongly Misdiagnosed as Deformed in Prenatal Test
By Peter J. Smith

FLORENCE, Italy, March 8, 2007 ( - Italian doctors are struggling to save the life of a baby whom they aborted after hospital pre-natal tests misdiagnosed him as deformed, a victim of the inaccuracies of pre-natal testing, which in many cases leads to abortion.

According to The Australian, doctors from the Careggi teaching hospital in Florence told the baby’s mother that two ultrasound scans had yielded a high risk of a defective esophagus. After they had aborted the child, doctors discovered that not only was the baby’s heart still beating, but that he had been perfectly healthy before the abortion and so rushed to resuscitate him.

However, the baby aborted 22 weeks into the pregnancy and weighing a half kilogram, suffers from a brain hemorrhage incurred during the abortion and doctors doubt that he will survive.
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Cherry Blossoms to Peak by Festival
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - After an unusually warm December rattled the nerves of anyone eagerly anticipating Washington's grand rite of spring, the National Park Service predicted the cherry blossoms will bloom in time for the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival.

A majority of the 3,700 trees lining the Tidal Basin will be in bloom from April 1-7 "barring the advent of an ice age or rapid acceleration of global warming," Robert DeFeo, the park service's chief horticulturist, said Thursday.

Winter temperatures that climbed into the 70s sparked concern the trees would bloom prematurely, with none of the pink and white blossoms left for the annual festival that brings 1 million visitors and $150 million in tourism money to the city.
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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Be still, and know that I am God.

"Be assured that as your soul becomes more accustomed to withdrawing to inward things, this process will become much easier.

"There are two reasons that you will find it easier each time to bring your mind under subjection to the Lord. One is the mind, after much practice, will form a new habit of turning deep within. The second is that you have a gracious Lord.

"The Lord's chief desire is to reveal Himself to you and, in order for Him to do that, He gives you abundant grace. The Lord gives you the experience of enjoying His presence. He touches you, and His touch is so delightful that, more than ever, you are drawn inwardly to Him." ...Madame Guyan

God's silence is more than man's speech. God's negative is better than the world's affirmative. Have thy prayers been followed by a calm stillness? Well! Is not that God's voice - a voice that will suffice thee in the meantime till the full disclosure comes? Has He moved not from His place to help thee? Well, but His stillness makes thee still, and He has something better than help to give thee. ...George Matheson photo

Amazing Grace -- The Movie
A Review by The Rev. Richard Kew
March 8, 2007

I grew up with the story of William Wilberforce, the man who led the fight against the Slave Trade in the British Empire. Somehow or other he has always had a place of honor in England, an example of selflessness looked up to as much by non-Christians and Christians alike.

Throughout my education he kept reappearing in different guises, but it was not until the late Seventies that I realized just how many fingers he had in many, many pies. Neither did I realize what an influence he had on British culture as well as the future shape of the British Empire, and after the Empire was gone the Commonwealth of Nations.Given all this history I have with Wilberforce, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when going to see the recently released film of his fight against the slave trade the other evening. Usually I find that movies about people of note, especially Christians, leave something to be desired. But friends I respect had said it was a "Must See" so off we went -- and were not disappointed.From start to finish I was spellbound.

Not only was the movie briliantly executed, but it was about as true to the facts as the cinema can make it. The production tells its story with a mixture of understatement and (sometimes) whimsey that add force and poignancy to what is being said. It would be very easy for a subject like this to get preachy, but Michael Apted's production avoids such heaviness while at the same time not compromising the significance of what was being portrayed.
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Episcopalians and the New World
The Episcopal church gets ready to celebrate its 400th anniversary in America.

by Mark D. Tooley

On May 17, 1607, English settlers landed on Jamestown Island in Virginia and created what would be the first permanent British colony. An Anglican clergyman led them in prayers of thanksgiving and in constructing the first permanent Protestant church in the Western hemisphere.

In two months, the 400th anniversary of this event will be celebrated. The Episcopal Church, as the spiritual descendants of the original Jamestown colony, is participating, although perhaps with some hesitation. Fifteen years ago, the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to America was marred by controversy, with groups such as the National Council of Churches denouncing the celebration of "genocide" against the native peoples of America.

The Episcopal Church often embodies religious liberal chic, but it's still also capable of tasteful reflection. A series of Episcopal Church bulletin inserts about the Jamestown commemoration provided to local Episcopal congregations have provided a mostly straightforward history. They recount that the church at Jamestown "helped to form American Episcopalians' commitment to common prayer and Anglican 'comprehensive' theology--and a resilience of faith and mission that has been strengthened by the challenges of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the civil rights achievements of more recent years."
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Thirty Pints of Blood
A Contrast in Worldviews
By Chuck Colson
Christian Post Guest Columnist
Thu, Mar. 08 2007

What difference does a worldview make? Around the world, we are seeing the clash of civilizations in action. In recent days, that clash has given us a story of life, and stories of death.

In Baghdad yesterday, a terrorist blew himself up with a car bomb, killing at least twenty-eight people and wounding dozens more. One witness told the Associated Press that pieces of human flesh were scattered all around the marketplace.

In Afghanistan last month, another terrorist blew himself up near a crowd gathered for a ceremony to open a hospital emergency ward. A few days later, a Sunni Muslim blew herself up and forty others at a college in Baghdad.
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Oops! 'In God We Trust' left off some new coins
By Joann Loviglio

Associated Press
Thursday, March 8, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — An unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins were mistakenly struck without their edge inscriptions, including "In God We Trust," and are fetching about $50 apiece online.

The properly struck dollar coins, bearing the likeness of the nation's first president, are inscribed along the edge with "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum" and the year and mint mark. The flawed coins made it past inspectors and went into circulation Feb. 15.

The U.S. Mint struck 300 million of the coins, which are golden in color and slightly larger and thicker than a quarter.
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No Exceptions
UK sexual orientation regulations on adoption stir debate among Christians.

Rob James in Wales

The U.K. government refused to make exceptions for faith groups in proposed regulations that will bar discrimination against homosexuals. Christian churches across the spectrum lobbied Parliament to no avail. But the response of other activists exposed the ways Christians differ on how to engage an increasingly post-Christian culture.
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Continuous Media "Snacking" -- Bite Size Entertainment for an Attention-Deficit Age
Albert Mohler
Thursday, March 08, 2007

Just a few decades ago, educators and other observers were warning that the American attention span was growing dangerously short. Serious political debate had been sacrificed in favor of "sound bites." Educators reported that students had difficulty maintaining focus on a subject -- even for just a few minutes.

Well, it now looks like those minutes my be turning into seconds.
WIRED magazine reports that younger Americans now constitute a culture of media "snacking" and "bite size" entertainment. Apple Computer's iTunes service sells music by the song -- not just the album. YouTube and similar Internet sites offer films and movies that often last a minute or less. the rest

9th Circuit endorses censoring Christians
Ruling says 'family values' is hate speech that scares city workers

Posted: March 8, 2007

A ruling from
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that municipal employers have the right to censor the words "natural family," "marriage" and "family values" because that is hate speech and could scare workers.

The ruling came in a case being handled by
the Pro-Family Law Center, which promised an appeal of the drastic result.

"We are going to take this case right up the steps of the United States
Supreme Court," said Richard D. Ackerman, who along with Scott Lively argued the case for the Pro-Family Law Center. the rest

Bishop MacPherson’s Address To The Primates Meeting
Presentation to the primates

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Good afternoon, my brothers and sister in Christ. I am Bruce MacPherson, Bishop of Western Louisiana. In addition to my role as bishop of the diocese, I serve as president of Province VII, which is a geographical region within the Episcopal Church that embraces twelve dioceses. By virtue of my role as president I serve on the Council of Advice to the Presiding Bishop, and was elected this past December to serve in the capacity of president of the Council.

I am humbled, and yet honoured, to be invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to speak before you this day, and have made the trip to Dar es Salaam bearing a heavy heart for the condition in which the Episcopal Church finds herself at this time. We are torn, and not only divided, but by virtue of the actions of our two most recent General Conventions, we have damaged severely the fabric of the Anglican Communion and wounded the Body of Christ. For this I grieve.

My presence here today is twofold, one, on behalf of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, which by action of diocesan convention this past October affirmed my position as a Windsor bishop, and subsequently passed two resolutions affirming the diocese as Windsor compliant. And secondly, and more important, to speak on behalf of about twenty-four other diocesan bishops who share a common support and commitment to the process in which the Windsor Reports invites the Church to share in a journey leading to the development of a “common Anglican Covenant.” [WR117.p48]
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Bishop demands 'better theology' of sex
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

The Christian church has a deeply flawed understanding of sex that has led to morally groundless objections to masturbation, birth control, abortion and homosexuality, says a leading Canadian Anglican bishop.

In particular, the church has been wrong for centuries on the notion that sex exists only for the purpose of procreation, Right Rev. Michael Ingham, bishop of the Greater Vancouver Diocese of New Westminster, told a conference in Ottawa last night.

"Christianity as a religion stands in need of a better theology of sexuality," he said, "a better understanding of the complex role sexuality plays in our human nature and of the purposes of God in creating us as sexual beings."
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ENS: SOUTH CAROLINA: Bishop-elect again clarifies his stance on Episcopal Church membership
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
Thursday, March 08, 2007

[Episcopal News Service] With the consents of 10 standing committees still needed for his consecration, the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence, bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, has again written to the Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church to clarify his position about the diocese's continuing membership in the Episcopal Church.

"I have been told that some diocesan Standing Committees have graciously offered to reconsider their denial of consent to my election as the XIV Bishop of South Carolina, if they only have assurance of my intention to remain in The Episcopal Church," he wrote. "Although I previously provided assurance of my intention, this has not been sufficient for some Standing Committees, which are earnestly seeking to make a godly discernment."

"As I stated at the walkabout in Charleston on September 9, 2006, and again in a statement written on 6 November 2006, I will make the vows of conformity as written in the Book of Common Prayer and the Constitution & Canons, (III.11.8). I will heartily make the vows conforming ‘…to the doctrine, discipline, and worship’ of the Episcopal Church, as well as the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. So to put it as clearly as I can, my intention is to remain in The Episcopal Church."
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China announces new property law
March 8, 2007

China has unveiled a landmark law that will boost the protection of private property rights.

This is the first piece of legislation in the Communist country to cover an individual's right to own assets.

Analysts say the move is an important step away from Chinese egalitarianism and towards a market economy.

The bill will also reportedly boost protection against land seizures, which have become a major source of unrest among farmers in rural areas.
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L.A.'s marijuana stores take root
Increase in 'dispensaries' alarms police, medical-use supporters

By William M. Welch

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A decade ago, the Rev. Scott Imler co-wrote and organized the ballot initiative that made California the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.

Now Imler shakes his head with dismay over what his law has wrought: scores of storefront marijuana shops across Southern California with menus of pot varieties for sale to anyone with a doctor's note.
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Conn. Bill Would Force MySpace Age Check

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles.

The bill comes a day after a man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for using to set up a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old Connecticut girl. It was one of the first federal sex cases involving the popular site.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who met with other attorneys general on Tuesday, said 10 to 20 other states are considering similar legislation.
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Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
Wednesday, 7 March 2007

An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.

The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.

It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer.

The South Korean government has identified robotics as a key economic driver and is pumping millions of dollars into research.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

When we in prayer seek only the glorification of the name of God, then we are in complete harmony with the Spirit of prayer. Then our hearts are at rest both while we pray and after we have prayed. Then we can wait for the Lord. ...O. Hallesby photo

Conservative Bishop-Elect in Danger of Being Blocked by Episcopal Church
By The Associated Press
Wed, Mar. 07 2007

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Time is running out for the national Episcopal Church to approve the election of the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence, a conservative chosen locally in a landslide as the new bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.

If not approved by Monday, canon law requires the diocese to hold a new election.

"This is very big. For the first time in at least 60 years, a bishop is in real danger of not getting consent," the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon, canon theologian for the diocese, wrote in an e-mail Saturday.
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Council Fully Funds ACC's Asking

The Episcopal Church will contribute 27 percent of the total budget of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in 2007 and for the fourth consecutive year, no funds have been set aside to cover the cost of the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops.

During its March 2-4 meeting in Portland, Ore., the Executive Council voted to fully fund the ACC’s asking for the coming triennium and pledged $661,000 for 2007, $687,440 for 2008 and $713,880 in 2009, making it the second-largest donor to the ACC among the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion.
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Church Divorce Done Right
Denominational splits just aren't what they used to be.

Ted Olsen

Excerpt: " There are many reasons for such magnanimity between the orthodox who leave and those who stay. Remembering the antipathy from earlier departures is surely one of them. But so is hope. The walkouts know that mainline renewal from the inside can be successful, as seems to be happening in the United Methodist Church, for example. And recent events in the Anglican Communion belie the narrative of continual decline toward liberalism.

Episcopal bishops' reaction to the February meeting of Anglican primates may reveal the biggest difference between the fundamentalist exodus and today's. Machen lamented that liberals of his day were dishonest in reciting "I believe" creeds they did not really believe. That's still true. But now Episcopalians are complaining that they're forced to choose between "staying true to our understanding of the inclusive gospel or staying true to our commitment to being a constituent member of the Anglican Communion."

They're starting to get it. It is they, not conservatives, who have been leaving all along."
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World Vision Staff Survive Indonesian Plane Crash
World Vision members were among survivors of the crashed Boeing 737-400 flight in Yogyakarta early Wednesday morning.
by Gretta Curtis

March 7, 2007

World Vision members were among survivors of the crashed Boeing 737-400 flight in Yogyakarta early Wednesday morning.

The four World Vision Indonesia staff members - two men and two women - managed to escape the burning plane after it overshot the runway on landing.

The staff described their horror as the passenger plane belonging to the Indonesian state airline, Garuda, burst into flames on landing in the city of Yogyakarta, Java, causing panic among the estimated 133 passengers on board.
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Presbyterians Aim for Growth Amid Dwindling Numbers
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Mar. 07 2007

More than $1 million was granted to the development of new churches and the transformation of existing congregations within a dwindling Presbyterian denomination.

The Mission Development Resources Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) awarded the grant money to 14 church projects across the nation, aiding presbyteries and synods for growth.

The middle governing bodies (presbyteries and synods) have seen declining support and are facing financial crisis as more congregations leave the denomination, discontent with PC(USA)'s theological views and recent actions, including a 2006 resolution that granted greater leeway to the ordination of homosexuals.
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Students at one Washington State public school suspended for praying
Allie Martin
March 7, 2007

Mathew D. Staver, founder of the pro-family legal group Liberty Counsel, says a lawsuit is possible against officials at a Washington State high school that suspended 12 Russian immigrant students because they gathered to pray before school.

Several weeks ago, administrators at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington, denied a request from Christian students to start a prayer club. The students, who were not allowed to meet for prayer in a private room, instead gathered before school in the cafeteria to pray; however, they were reported by a student who claims to be a Satanist.

The school's vice principal then told the Christian students they could not pray in the cafeteria and would have to go outside. The Christian students refused and were suspended, some for three days and others for ten days. Staver says the students' constitutional rights were violated.
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Montgomery Starts Sex-Ed Pilot Program
By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A health teacher at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring spoke to eighth-graders yesterday about sexual orientation. And so began a pilot program in Montgomery County schools that delves deeper into issues of sexual and gender identity than most other school systems in the Washington region, if not the nation.

The field test, which will start in five other schools by the end of the month and -- barring legal intervention -- the rest of the county in fall, marks the first time Montgomery teachers have broached homosexuality as a part of the official lesson plan in eighth- and 10th-grade health classes.
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Cross Coming Back to College Chapel

March 6, 2007

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - A compromise announced Tuesday will permanently return a brass cross to the chapel at the College of William and Mary, several months after the president's decision to remove the cross caused an outcry.

The 18-inch cross will be displayed prominently in a glass case, based on a recommendation made by a committee of alumni, students and others that President Gene R. Nichol created to study the issue.

The cross had been on the altar since about 1940 during religious services and secular events at the publicly funded college. But in October, Nichol removed it to make Wren Chapel more welcoming to students of all faiths. The cross could be returned by request.
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Archbishop Makes MDGs Key Objectives for Anglican Communion
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a key focus for the churches of the Anglican Communion
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a key focus for the churches of the Anglican Communion.

Speaking at the start of the TEAM Conference (Towards Effective Anglican Mission), an international Anglican conference taking place in Boksburg near Johannesburg in South Africa, Dr Williams said that working towards key objectives like the MDGs raised fundamental and positive challenges for the Anglican Church.

Dr Williams will invite delegates at the conference to consider the resources in the Anglican Communion worldwide that could be offered towards the delivery of the MDGs, the better coordination of such contributions, effective relationships with government and voluntary organisations worldwide, and maintaining a keen motivation across the communion to combat scourges of disease.
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An Episcopal switch reflects divisions in church
Former Albany assistant bishop joins group that opposes policy on gays

By MARC PARRY, Staff writer

Albany Times-Union
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

ALBANY -- A retired assistant bishop in the Albany Episcopal Diocese has joined a controversial splinter group at the forefront of a worldwide fight over the future of the Episcopal church.

Former Albany Suffragan Bishop David Bena will minister to the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a U.S. branch of the Nigerian church set up by the anti-gay Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola.

Akinola created the convocation last year as a refuge for conservative American Episcopalians disaffected with the U.S. Episcopal Church. A spiritual war has engulfed the Episcopal Church, the American wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion, since the 2003 consecration of V. Gene Robinson as its first openly gay bishop.
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Retired Suffragan of Albany Transfers to CANA-The Living Church

Episcopalians face ultimatum in Anglican civil war
By David C. Steinmetz
The Orlando Sentinel
Wed, Mar. 07, 2007

The civil war in the 77 million-member Anglican Communion over human sexuality and biblical authority entered what appears to be a new and decisive stage at a meeting of the Anglican primates - or chief presiding officers - on Feb. 14-19 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The war was ignited in 2003 by the decision of the American branch (known as the Episcopal Church) to consecrate as the new bishop of New Hampshire a divorced man living in an openly gay relationship with his male partner. A large part of the worldwide Anglican Communion consecrated neither divorced nor gay men as bishops and therefore balked at his election.

Conservative Anglicans were further outraged when the American church took steps to authorize the blessing of same-sex unions, a move that admittedly contradicted traditional Christian sexual morality.
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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

". . . in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses." 2 Corinthians 6:4

It takes Almighty grace to take the next step when there is no vision and no spectator - the next step in devotion, the next step in your study, in your reading, in your kitchen; the next step in your duty, when there is no vision from God, no enthusiasm and no spectator. It takes far more of the grace of God, far more conscious drawing upon God to take that step, than it does to preach the Gospel.

Every Christian has to partake of what was the essence of the Incarnation, he must bring the thing down into flesh and blood actualities and work it out through the finger tips. We flag when there is no vision, no uplift, but just the common round, the trivial task. The thing that tells in the long run for God and for men is the steady persevering work in the unseen, and the only way to keep the life uncrushed is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you. Continually get away from pettiness and paltriness of mind and thought out into the thirteenth chapter of St. John's Gospel. ... Oswald Chambers

The Windsor Fellowship of Western Michigan
Found at Stand Firm

We are pleased to let you know about a group that is forming in the Diocese of Western Michigan - The Windsor Fellowship. Please read on and then pass this information to members of your parish.

Our Purpose: Communion.

The Windsor Fellowship is a group of clergy and laity who share a common desire to remain in communion with the rest of the Anglican world. A few years ago it seemed impossible that this Communion relationship could ever be in jeopardy. Yet tragically, today this bond is deeply threatened. 22 of the 38 Anglican Provinces have declared that they are in ‘impaired’ or ‘broken’ communion with the Episcopal Church. This situation looks likely to worsen in the near future. The ramifications of breaking communion with Global Anglicanism are disastrous for the Episcopal Church.
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Peachtree City Anglicans Find New Home and A New Name
Source: Press Release from All Saints Anglican Church, Peachtree City, GA
March 6, 2007

A Peachtree City Church congregation that walked away from the Episcopal Church or TEC over Bible interpretations, chose a new name this week and a new location. Most recently known as the Anglican Church of Fayette County, the group has selected All Saints Anglican Church as its permanent name, and a multi-use building in Tyrone for worship for at least the next year.

The thriving church will begin meeting at the Whistle Blow Station on March 18th at 10:30 a.m.while it develops longer range facility plans. A one-year occupancy agreement has been made which provides two large connected suites. Since splitting from TEC, the newly formed church has met at the Gathering Place and Huddleston School in Peachtree City.

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N.J. Diocese Expresses Regret for 'Pain Suffered' by Homosexuals
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Mar. 06 2007

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey approved a resolution expressing "its deepest regret for the pain and anguish suffered by our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, their families, and friends, due to the adoption of Resolution B033."

Resolution B033 was adopted at the Episcopal Church's 2006 General Convention which resolved to "exercise restraint" by not consecrating candidates whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church.

New Jersey's resolution was passed on March 3 just weeks after the wider Anglican Communion gave the Episcopal Church on ultimatum to not consecrate another gay bishop or authorize official prayers for gay couples. Otherwise, they will face a reduced role in the Anglican family.
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Sun Responsible for Global Warming
Monday, March 5, 2007

Two new reports cast doubt on the manmade global warming theory and instead point to another cause for the recent warming of Earth — changes in the sun.

One report from National Geographic News asserts, "Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural — and not a human-induced — cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory.”

Data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey mission in 2005 disclosed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps” near Mars’ south pole had been shrinking for three consecutive summers.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the shrinking provides evidence that the current warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun, according to the National Geographic article.
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On the other hand...
Strongest snowstorm in half century buries China...
February was coldest in 28 years For Toronto...
Record Low Temps In New York City...

Brad Drell: Been Busy Practicing Law And Teaching School While The Anglican Wars Continue And My Life Gets Interesting Spiritually, I’ve Run Out Of Arguments, And That Ain’t The Hardest Part

I’ve been really busy lately, but my watchful eye gets cast on Anglican affairs, even though I really haven’t had much to say about what everyone else is saying lately. Even though the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has met, frankly, I’ve been singularly uninterested in what they have had to say. It all comes down to the question of does the Episcopal Church sacrifice is current mission of blessing gay and lesbian relationships for a season to give us time to convince the Anglican Communion to do the same. At least that is what our PB is saying.

Frankly, right now, I would tell them to not bother, contradicting everything I’ve tried to convey to the HOBD Listserv since Tanzania.

I guess I’ve been on sort of a high since the Kairos retreat, despite all the busyness. Knowing God is there in my life despite all this mess, that my real mission is prison ministry and not the Anglican wars. Then, tonight, after getting home from teaching class at LC, I was having a talk with my daughter about church that got started when I saw her First Corinthians workbook on the piano; I’ve never her seen her come home with such substantive Christian education stuff before. She has been going to a friend’s church when spending the night and at other times, and we were comparing the experience between the Baptist Church and the Episcopal Church.

Essentially, Sarah likes the liturgy of the Episcopal Church but finds our children’s programming at St. James to lack any serious depth in study about God. (She’s ten. That is a scary thought that she has reached the same conclusions as her Dad about the Sunday School program at St. James, when I haven’t said a word to her about it.) She likes the sermons though at the Baptist Church, because she feels the preacher is talking to her and not everyone else or just the adults.

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Ohio congregation votes to leave PCUSA and affiliate with Evangelical Presbyterian Church
By Patrick Jean
Staff Writer
The Layman Online
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Saying the report of the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity was the last straw, members of an Ohio congregation have voted almost unanimously to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) and affiliate with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church in Homeworth voted 60-2 on Feb. 25 to join the EPC. The congregation has 132 active members, said Scott Mason, an elder of the church.

Middle Sandy leaders will now negotiate with Muskingum Valley Presbytery about dismissal, Mason said. "We're praying," he said, "that a peaceful agreement can be reached."

The Rev. Dr. Debbie Rundlett, Muskingum Valley executive presbyter, said Middle Sandy's request is being referred to the presbytery's Committee on Ministry so that a pastoral reference team can be formed. "As you can imagine," she said in an e-mail to The Layman Online, "we are seeking to care both for the Middle Sandy congregation and the congregations of presbytery as we respond to their request."

Middle Sandy expects to be dismissed with its property, Mason said. The church's deeds and articles of incorporation are in line, he said, with the congregation owning its property.
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Clinton pledges partnership with gay activists
March 5, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton told the nation's leading gay rights group in an unpublicized speech that she wants a partnership with gays if elected president.

Clinton also said she opposes the ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy regarding gays in the military that was instituted during her husband's presidency.

''I am proud to stand by your side,'' Clinton said in a keynote speech Friday to the Human Rights Campaign. Neither Clinton's campaign nor her Senate office made any announcement that she would be making the Friday address.

Asked twice at a Monday campaign stop in Iowa why she did not publicize her speech to the group, Clinton said: ''You'll have to ask my campaign.''

In the speech, Clinton joked that she shares the same initials as the group, and pledged to maintain the same close working relationship that last year helped defeat the federal amendment which would have banned same-sex marriage.
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Archbishop of Canterbury - Communion challenges require 'generosity and patience'
March 6, 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that generosity and patience will be required for the Anglican Communion in the days ahead. In a Pastoral Letter sent to the Primates of the Anglican Communion, Dr Williams say that the recent meeting in Tanzania had been difficult, but that the issues had been properly aired.

‘It was far from being an easy few days, but there was a great deal of honesty in our conversation, and a direct facing of the tensions that we still find in the life of the Communion.’

The Primates’ decision to address some questions to the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church shouldn’t be understood as bypassing the church’s structures:

‘To address these requests to the American House of Bishops is not to ignore the polity of The Episcopal Church, but to acknowledge that the bishops have a key role, acknowledged in the Constitution of that church, in authorising liturgies within their dioceses and in giving consent to the election of candidates for Episcopal order.’

Archbishop Williams expressed the hope that the proposed Pastoral Council could be developed quickly, as it would help in the development of pastoral provision for those in The Episcopal Church seeking alternative pastoral oversight:
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Bishop David Bena Transferred to Church of Nigeria
Monday, March 5, 2007

David John Bena, Retired Suffragan Bishop of Albany, was transferred to the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), effective February 1, 2007. The transfer came via a Letter Dimissory from the Bishop of Albany, Daniel W. Herzog (now retired), to the Primate of Nigeria, Peter Akinola. In making the transfer, both bishops noted that since Bishop Bena was being transferred from one Province of the Anglican Communion to another, he was neither renouncing his Orders as a Bishop nor abandoning the Communion of the Church.

"My work with the Diocese of Albany is complete, and it's time to minister in other areas of need. God has given me a burden for the disenfranchised Anglicans living in America, so I was pleased when asked to give them episcopal oversight," Bena responded when asked about the transfer. He will become the second Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), assisting Bishop Martyn Minns in caring for expatriate Nigerian congregations as well as other Anglican congregations around the country. He will begin his ministry with CANA immediately.

The bishop has degrees from Stetson University, Virginia Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Foundation. Prior to his ordination to Holy Orders, he was a career Marine officer. He has spent his ordained years as a civilian priest and Air Force chaplain, serving congregations and bases in North Carolina, Texas, Washington, Alabama, Virginia, Turkey, North Dakota, and New York. He and his wife of forty years, Mary Ellen, have three children and four grandchildren.

Statement issued by Raymond Dague, Albany assistant chancellor

From the Diocese of Albany website:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below is a letter I recently received from Bishop Bena. At his request, I am forwarding it to you. As you will read in the letter, Bishop Bena, in faithful obedience to his understanding of God’s call, has transferred to the House of Bishops of Nigeria, where he has been received by Archbishop Peter Akinola. He will be working with the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, as a Missionary Bishop of CANA.

We are grateful to Bishop Bena for his many years of faithful service to our Lord and His Church, as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Albany. We were richly blessed by him. We now wish Bishop Bena all God’s blessing as he answers this new call.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,
+William H. Love

Message from Bishop Bena:

Dear +Bill,

These are difficult days for the Anglican Communion. There is much disagreement among members on just how the Scriptures are "The Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation." There is much disagreement among members on just how to relate Scripture and the historic teachings of the Church to the Sacrament of Matrimony and sexual behavior in general. These disagreements are causing deep division in the Episcopal Church, with ramifications throughout the Anglican Communion.

The recent Primates Communiqué from Dar Es Salaam speaks of the need to "provide robust pastoral oversight to individuals and congregations alienated from the Episcopal Church with adequate space to flourish within the life of that church in the period leading up to the conclusion of the Covenant Process." Recently I was asked that, upon my retirement, to assist with oversight in this context outside the Diocese of Albany. the rest

Tanzanian bishop on US crusade
By Okhlahoma

The firestorm ignited by the election of a gay Episcopal bishop in Minneapolis in 2003 is affecting Anglicans in the heart of Africa today, said Bishop Gerard Mpango of Tanzania.

Mpango was in Tulsa this week, meeting with Anglicans who have withdrawn from the Episcopal Church over concern that the church was drifting from its biblical moorings. Two weeks ago, he was the chaplain of a six-day meeting of worldwide Anglican leaders in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

At that meeting, the leaders demanded that the Episcopal Church USA `unequivocally` bar official prayers for same-sex couples and bar the consecration of additional gay bishops.
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Episcopal Council Reaffirms Homosexual Stance
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Mar. 05 2007

The representative body of the Episcopal Church reaffirmed its position that homosexual members are an "integral part" of the American church body.

"We wish clearly to affirm that our position as a church is to welcome all persons, particularly those perceived to be the least among us," stated the Executive Council in a letter to the Church.

"We wish to reaffirm to our lesbian and gay members that they remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church."

The council further welcomed those "who are not reconciled to certain actions of General Convention." Rifts within the church widened when the convention consecrated an openly gay bishop in 2003.
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Layoffs at Haggard's church
By Eric Gorski

Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 03/04/2007

Beset by scandal and a subsequent decline in giving, New Life Church in Colorado Springs has laid off 44 people - or about 12 percent of its workforce - a church official said today.

The nondenominational megachurch had experienced attendance and financial growth in each of its 22 previous years, said Rob Brendle, an associate pastor.

That came to end in early November, when its charismatic founding pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, was fired amid allegations he used methamphetamine and paid a male prostitute for sex.
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