Saturday, May 26, 2007

Veni, Creator Spiritus

Creator Spirit all Divine,
come visit every soul of Thine.
And fill with Thy Celestial Flame
the hearts which Thou Thyself did frame.
O Gift of God, Thine is the Sweet
consoling name of Paraclete.
And spring of life and fire of love,
and unction flowing from above.
The mystic seven-fold gifts are Thine,
finger of God's Right Hand Divine.
The Father's Promise sent to teach,
the tongue a rich and heavenly speech.
Kindle with fire brought from above
each sense, and fill our hearts with love,
And grant our flesh so weak and frail,
the strength of Thine which cannot fail.
Drive far away our deadly foe,
and grant us Thy true peace to know,
So we, led by Thy Guidance still,
may safely pass through every ill.
To us, through Thee, the grace be shown,
To know the father and the Son,
And Spirit of Them Both, may we
forever rest our Faith in Thee.
To Sire and Son be praises meet,
and to the Holy Paraclete.
And may Christ send us from above,
that Holy Spirit's gift of love. AMEN.
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Christians prepare to celebrate the church's birth
While not as prominent as Christmas or Easter, Pentecost is among the faith's most significant holidays and the focus of global prayer.

By K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
May 26, 2007

Sunday is Pentecost, the most important day in the Christian calendar after Easter and Christmas.

Unlike those two well-known holidays, Pentecost — commemorating the arrival of the Holy Spirit — is not widely observed, even by many Christians.

"How do you wish anybody a happy Pentecost?" asked the Rev. Eddie Gibbs, professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary and an Episcopal priest in Pasadena. "They have Christmas cards galore, Easter cards to some extent. But Pentecost cards?"

Still, for hundreds of millions of believers around the world, Pentecost will be celebrated with praise and worship and an anticipation of the Holy Spirit to fall afresh on them. The Holy Spirit is central to the concept of a "triune God," the Christian doctrine of one God in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is one of the profound mysteries of Christianity.
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Stand Firm video: Analyzing the Lambeth Invitations

Matt Kennedy, Kendall Harmon and Geoff Chapman
May 24, 2007

Colorado Congregation Votes to Leave the Episcopal Church

Statement from Alan Crippen and Grace Church and St. Stephen's
May 26, 2007

Grace Church and St. Stephen’s Parish voted to affiliate with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) in a congregational election that concluded today. Of the 370 votes cast, an overwhelming 342, or 93%, voted for the mother church of Anglicanism in Colorado Springs and one of the oldest Episcopal Churches in Colorado to leave the Episcopal Church over its departure from traditional Christian beliefs and practice.

Last March the vestry, or governing board of the Parish, had voted to join CANA in a provisional affiliation that was ratified by the congregation today. The Parish’s new affiliation with CANA, an American missionary diocese of the Church of Nigeria and the largest Anglican Church in the world, allows Grace Church and St. Stephen’s the freedom to continue its Gospel ministry unmolested by theological innovators and revisionists in the Episcopal Church.

Jon Wroblewski, senior warden of the parish’s vestry said, "The congregation’s decision to join CANA is the most important decision in Grace Church and St. Stephen’s 135 year history. We have decided to remain true to the faith of our ancestors and the founders of this parish even as the Episcopal Church departs from the faith and the Anglican Communion."
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The Anglican Mission Comments on the 2008 Lambeth Conference Invitations
Anglican Mission in America
Rt. Rev. Charles H Murphy, III
05/25/2007

In response to the decisions by the Archbishop of Canterbury regarding invitations to the 2008 Lambeth Conference, the Rt. Rev. Charles H. Murphy, III, Chairman of the AMiA, in consultation with the Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini, Primate of the Province of Rwanda, issues the following statement.

The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, announced this week that invitations to the 2008 Lambeth Conference have been issued to over 800 bishops in the Communion, including all but one of the bishops in The Episcopal Church (TEC). I believe that this action and decision by Archbishop Williams indicates an intentional distancing of himself from the Primates’ Godly counsel which they have repeatedly stated in their gatherings and in their Communiqués. For example:

The emergency meeting of Primates at Lambeth in October 2003 calling TEC to repentance.

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AIDS victims seek holy water for cure
Desperate for a cure, Ethiopians flock the mountain of Entoto near Addis Ababa seeking holy water. Ethiopian Orthodox bishop Abune Paulos says that holy water and anti-retroviral medication neither contradict or resist each other.

Saturday, May 26, 2007
By
IRIN

Desperate Ethiopians, flocking to an ancient mountain north of the capital, Addis Ababa, seeking a "holy water" cure for AIDS have been belatedly warned by the church to keep taking their antiretroviral (ARV) medication.

"Both are gifts of God, they neither contradict nor resist each other," the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Paulos, said this week. "You can swallow your drugs with the holy water," he added.

Thousands of HIV-positive people from all corners of Ethiopia have visited Entoto mountain, on the northern outskirts of the capital, after local priests promised they could cure the virus.

"I found out my HIV status seven months back and packed my bags for Entoto - many people have been healed,” Tesfaye Belete*, a former soldier seeking treatment, told PlusNews.
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Spanish Doctors Oppose Over-the Counter Sales of Morning-After Pill
Stats show large increase in abortion rate paralleling emergency contraception distribution

By Gudrun Schultz
BARCELONA, Spain
May 25, 2007

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The College of Physicians of Barcelona is opposing plans to allow the distribution of the abortifacient morning-after pill in pharmacies without a prescription.

Saying greater access to the pill will lead to more surgical abortions and more risks for the health of women, the College is opposing an effort by the Catalan Department of Health to make the pill available for over-the-counter sales, according to a report published by Spanish news service Noticias Globales.

While the College does not have a strong record of support for pro-life issues, as the report points out, it nonetheless is concerned about the health effects of such a move. The doctors point out that increased distribution of the pill has not resulted in a reduction in unplanned pregnancies or surgical abortions. In fact, statistics have shown a marked increase in abortion rates that parallels a greater distribution of emergency contraception.
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A symbol of glory
One woman says yes to God
Andrée Seu

I will write precisely one column on this, and one column is all it deserves. I have taken to wearing a head covering during worship. I expect one in a thousand readers follows this practice, so you might all be annoyed with me.

If this were the '50s, you would simply say "So what?" to my haute couture confession. All women—even Protestants—sported hats on Sunday morning, though as the Cheshire Cat's smile on a long-faded piety. I remember that JFK killed the male hat industry. I'm not sure what killed the distaff counterpart; all I know is back then hats were worn to church because hats were worn to church.

I was not on a campaign against or for anything, although I admit that Dietrich Bonhoeffer has marked me in some way I can't shake. Speaking of revival he said: "There arises a more determined quest for him who is the sole object of it all, for Jesus Christ himself. What did Jesus mean to say to us? . . . What we want to know is not, what would this or that man, or this or that Church, have of us, but what Jesus Christ himself wants of us" (The Cost of Discipleship). the rest

Angry Atheists Topping Best-Seller Lists
By Rachel Zoll
AP Religion Writer
Sat, May. 26 2007

The time for polite debate is over. Militant, atheist writers are making an all-out assault on religious faith and reaching the top of the best-seller list, a sign of widespread resentment over the influence of religion in the world among nonbelievers.

Christopher Hitchens' book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," has sold briskly ever since it was published last month, and his debates with clergy are drawing crowds at every stop.

Sam Harris was a little-known graduate student until he wrote the phenomenally successful "The End of Faith" and its follow-up, "Letter to a Christian Nation." Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" and Daniel Dennett's "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" struck similar themes — and sold.

"There is something like a change in the Zeitgeist," Hitchens said, noting that sales of his latest book far outnumber those for his earlier work that had challenged faith. "There are a lot of people, in this country in particular, who are fed up with endless lectures by bogus clerics and endless bullying."

Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, a prominent evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif., said the books' success reflect a new vehemence in the atheist critique.
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Falwell's Sons Step Out of His Shadow
By
Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 26, 2007

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- With the Rev. Jerry Falwell's body lying in repose in the sanctuary of his church on the night before his funeral, the line of hundreds of mourners waiting to pay their respects to the evangelist and his family was inching forward at only a few feet per hour. It looked like many wouldn't be able to say their final goodbyes before the viewing was shut down at 9 p.m.

But then his two sons -- Jerry Jr. and Jonathan -- emerged from the sanctuary. The family, they said, would remain as late as needed. Far into Monday night, they and their families moved up and down the line, shaking each hand, greeting many by name, exchanging hugs, holding those who were in tears.
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Pope Benedict Considers Return to Latin Mass
Saturday, 26 May 2007
By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY -- It was one of the most radical reforms to emerge from the Second Vatican Council. The Mass, root of Roman Catholic worship, would be celebrated in the vernacular and not in Latin. Now, little more than a generation later, Pope Benedict XVI is poised to revive the 16th-century Tridentine Mass.

In doing so, he will be overriding objections from some cardinals, bishops and Jews -- whose complaints range from the text of the old Mass to the symbolic sweeping aside of the council's work from 1962-65. Many in the church regard Vatican II as a moment of badly needed reform and a new beginning, a view at odds with Benedict, who sees it as a renewal of church tradition.

A Vatican official, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, confirmed earlier this month that Benedict would soon relax the restrictions on celebrating the Tridentine Mass because of a "new and renewed interest" in the celebration -- especially among younger Catholics.
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Report on the May 25th Meeting of the Clergy of the Diocese of VA with TEC Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori

BB NOTE: The following is an in-depth report on a meeting yesterday between the clergy of the Diocese of Virginia and the Presiding Bishop at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS):

May 25 2007

Opening remarks by the PB:

PB: “One of the great gifts of serving in this position is that I get to travel around the church and see what’s going on. I get to meet people and hear stories about how the church lives its life in different places and contexts. And there’s enormous good news in that. Every diocese I have gone to visit has stories of health and vitality to tell. I discovered … last week that some people were annoyed by my talking about that. But I talk about that certainly because it’s true but also because it, I think it’s essential to counteract what the headlines have to say about the Episcopal Church, which is a tiny fraction of what is going on … the stories of health and vitality come from congregations and people and communities who are paying attention to the needs of their neighbors and are engaged in that mission to serve the world. I think that’s great and glorious good news and there simply needs to be more of it, and teach the other parts of the church or challenge other parts of the church to be about that work as well.”


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Anglican Report 27

Kevin and Bill discuss:

The AD
The Invitations
And a whole lot more

Courtesy of AnglicanTV

Friday, May 25, 2007

Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter his gracious light. As Jesus says, we need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Matthew 5:23, 24). In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change. ...Richard J. Foster photo

The Episcopal Church ‘mishandled the debate on human sexuality’
By George Conger

THE EPISCOPAL Church has mishandled the debate on human sexuality by misleading the Anglican Communion about its intentions to regularise gay bishops and blessings, the Primate of the West Indies said on May 15. By placing autonomy above unity it has brought the Anglican Communion to the brink of collapse, Archbishop Drexel Gomez told the clergy of Central Florida. Archbishop Gomez criticised the leadership of the Episcopal Church for not being entirely straight forward with the Communion. "You just cannot have collegiality," he explained, "if when you meet with your colleagues you don't share."

He also chided the African-led missionary jurisdictions, the AMiA and CANA, operating in the United States, saying they were an unfortunate "anomaly." It was "most unfortunate" that the Episcopal Church had hid its intentions to regularise gay bishops and blessings, Archbishop Gomez said, as it had not seen "fit to share with the rest of the Anglican Communion what it intended on doing." During the 2003 Primates' Meeting in Gramado, Brazil "we had a long discussion on this business of [gay] blessings and samesex unions," he said. But at "no time during the meeting, did [US Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold] even indicate that a situation was developing in the Episcopal Church that would lead to the consecration of Gene Robinson." "It is not good enough as Frank [Griswold] had said that The Episcopal Church has been wrestling with this issue for 30 years and the Spirit has led them to this decision. We were unaware of the problem. It must be a shared discernment if we belong to the body," Archbishop Gomez said. ACC-13 in Nottingham was the "first time any presentation had been made by The Episcopal Church" on these issues, he argued.


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The disappearance of the seven dwarves
Posted by Harrison Scott Key

May 25, 2007
Worldviews blog

There’s a long road between Sleeping Beauty and Shrek. One is completely on the level, but sentimental – the other is completely ironic, but sentimental. As Denby says in The New Yorker:

The Shrek phenomenon is one of those seeming oddities in our culture—children being entertained with derision before they’ve been ravished by awe [...] Shrek is postmodernism for towheads, pastiche for the potty-trained.Denby’s talking about how animated children’s movies these days tend toward cheek and anti-establishment derision, whereas old Disney pics tended toward the more conventional ethos of the fairytale. Good point, and a
good piece. The short answer is that we get movies like Shrek because studios want the the adults in the audience to laugh, too (that is, adults who've brought their children). But the longer answer has something to do with the increasingly-blurry line between children and adults. Read The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman.

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Blood of Iraqi Martyrs
By
Kenneth R. Timmerman
FrontPageMagazine.com
May 25, 2007

There is another tragedy taking in place in Iraq on a daily basis, far from the front pages and the TV news. It does not involve the kidnapping of U.S. troops, nor even the fire-bombing of Muslim shrines by other Muslims, both of which by now are familiar to most Americans.

This is a tragedy taking place in a total media vacuum. Even our government has remained silent as it continues.

Perhaps it’s because the victims are Christians. Indeed, members of the most ancient Christian communities in the world.

Over the past three years, Iraqi Muslim extremists have targeted Christians in systematic attacks, aimed at driving them from their homes, their work places, and their churches.
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Don't miss God's gift of rest
By Mark Buchanan

THE WORLD is not dying for another book. But it is dying for the rest of God.

I certainly was. I became a Sabbath-keeper the hard way: either that, or die. Not die literally - at least, I don't think so - but die in other ways. It happened subtly, over time; but I noticed at some point that the harder I worked, the less I accomplished. I was often a whirligig of motion. My days were intricately fitted together like the old game of Mousetrap, every piece precariously connected to every other, the things needing to work together for it to work at all. But there was little joy, and stunted fruit.

Obsessed To justify myself, I'd tell others I was gripped by a magnificent obsession. I was purpose-driven, I said, or words like that. It may have begun that way. It wasn't that way any longer. Often I was just obsessed, merely driven, no magnificence or purposefulness about it. I once went 40 days - an ominously biblical number, that - without taking a single day off. And was proud of it.

But things weren't right. Through my work often consumed me, I was losing my pleasure in it - and, for that matter, many other things besides - and losing, too, my effectiveness in it. And here's a secret: for all my busyness, I was increasingly slothful.
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Albert Mohler: The Dangerous Book for Boys
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

What do boys need to know? That question led brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden to write The Dangerous Book for Boys, and boys of every age will love it. The book took Britain by storm last year, and arrives this year just in time for summer reading. A boy armed with this book will have a very fun summer indeed.

The book instantly recalls the great Victorian era of books for boys -- books about boy heroes, adventurers, soldiers, and naturalists. Those books, often recognizable in their ornate cloth covers, were read and read again by boys as they grew older. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a worthy successor to that tradition.

This book will tell a boy how to read cloud formations, make a battery, make a periscope, and construct "the greatest paper airplane in the world." Boys are told of the essential gear of boyhood -- including Band-aids. Young adventurers will also learn of famous battles, the history of artillery, and how to understand girls

.On the subject of girls the authors warn that young females are likely to be "unimpressed by your mastery of a game involving wizards, or your understanding of Morse Code." Boys are also soberly warned that girls, as a general rule, "do not get quite as excited by the use of urine as a secret ink as boys do." This is important to know. the rest

Homosexual Curriculum Bill Passed by Calif. Senate
By
Doug Huntington
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, May. 25 2007


A controversial bill that bans bias against homosexuals, transgenders, and bisexuals in public schools was passed on Thursday by the California Senate, unleashing a wave of concern through those opposed to normalizing homosexuality.

SB 777 went through by a 23-13 vote, and would prohibit all classes, textbooks, and teachers from any instruction that "reflects or promotes bias against" those perceived with gender issues. All instructional materials and school activities would then have to positively portray all of these sexually alternative lifestyles, something many refuse to support.

Children starting from kindergarten would learn about the practices, as a result, and would be forced to accept them as socially acceptable, pro-family conservatives argue.
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Nepal: 'We must fine you because you're a Christian'
onvert loses family, home, crops in Hindu crackdown

Posted: May 25, 2007

In a nation where 75 percent of the population is Hindu, there was a congregation of four Christians in his small village when Rajan expressed a faith in Jesus Christ. But that's back down to three after he lost his family and crops, and was forced to leave his home and village, because of his conversion, according to new documentation obtained by
the Voice of the Martyrs.

Sources within Nepal, the mountainous nation sandwiched between India and China that holds Mt. Everest, have told
the Voice of the Martyrs that the persecution campaign encompassed all parts of Rajan's life when he became a Christian.

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Archaeologists Dig for Truth in Biblical Debate
NewsMax.com Wires
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Two ancient stone boxes are revealed by filmmakers and researchers who say they may have once contained the bones of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, chipping away at the very cornerstone of Christianity: the Resurrection.

Two months later, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer declares he has found the tomb of Herod the Great, the "King of the Jews" best known in Christianity as the biblical king who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents, the slaughter of newborns shortly after the birth of Christ. The two discoveries illustrate the controversial role that archaeology has played in a back-and-forth debate that's been waged for decades about the historical accuracy of the Bible.

On one side are the so-called biblical minimalists, who argue that the Bible is simply a series of narratives with an agenda and is no basis for history. On the other side are the maximalists, closely allied with creationists, who take the Bible as literal and irrefutable historical fact.

The "Closing" of Limbo
What the Vatican's International Theological Commission really said about limbo.
by Jonathan V. Last
05/25/2007

NEXT TO MATHEMATICS, theology is the discipline least conducive to journalism. So certain precincts of the press should be forgiven their recent headlines about the Vatican and the realm known as limbo.

The Times of London claimed that limbo had been "banished on orders of the Pope," while a New York Times headline reported, "Pope Closes Limbo." Agence France-Presse ran with the most magisterial headline of all, declaring, "Vatican abolishes limbo; opens gates of heaven for babies." None of which is quite right.

Limbo is in the news again because, in late April, the Vatican's International Theological Commission published a document titled
"The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized." The report wasn't really "news": It had been in the works and discussed in theology circles since 2005. And contrary to the headlines, Pope Benedict XIV neither closed nor banished limbo: He had merely approved the publication of this report under the auspices of the ITC. The pontiff took no direct action; no official church doctrine changed. the rest

Transgender Minister Reappointed in Md.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 25, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A United Methodist minister who has changed gender since being chosen to lead a congregation in Baltimore will be reappointed there, church officials announced Thursday at a regional convocation.

The Rev. Drew Phoenix told the church's Baltimore-Washington conference that he had gone through ''spiritual transformation'' in the past year, since changing his name from Ann Gordon and receiving medical treatment to become a man.

The denomination bans sexually active gay clergy but does not have any rules about transgender pastors.
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Malaysia Sets May 30 for Ruling on Islam Conversion
By REUTERS
Published: May 25, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's highest court will rule next week on whether a Muslim has the right to convert to another faith, lawyers said on Friday, in a test case that could shake society in the mainly Muslim country.

The Federal Court, the country's highest civil judicial authority, will announce on May 30 if it has decided to acknowledge the decision of Lina Joy to convert to Christianity and give up Islam, the faith she was born into.

``We're all awaiting with bated breath a case which has a great impact on the course that the country will take,'' Benjamin Dawson, Joy's lawyer, told Reuters.

Islam is Malaysia's official religion, so Muslims who decide to switch faiths pose a tricky legal question for the government of the multiracial, multi-religious nation.

Ethnic Malays, who make up just over half of Malaysia's 26 million people, are deemed Muslims from birth.
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Mary Cheney: Giving birth to controversy
Posted: May 25, 2007
By J. Matt Barber

Mary Cheney, unwed lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, has given birth to a son, Samuel David Cheney. This beautiful child of God is undoubtedly a wonderful blessing to Ms. Cheney and to his two doting grandparents. This precious new life should be celebrated. But the conditions under which Ms. Cheney has chosen to bring this child into the world are to be condemned.

Although circumstances don't always allow child rearing to occur within God's natural design for the family (which includes both a mother and a father), Ms. Cheney has very sadly and selfishly made the conscious choice to deny her child a natural family environment. She has intentionally deprived him of his other parent – his father. Consequently, this child will be purposely raised without the unique loving male role model and authority figure that only a father can represent. Studies show that by far, the best familial environment for child rearing includes both a mother and a father.

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Police permit pride parade in Jerusalem
Jerusalem's Open House center pleased after receiving district police commander's letter saying police forces committed to providing safe environment for parade

Lilach Soval
Published: 05.24.07

The Jerusalem Open House received a letter from Israeli police Thursday, giving the community center preliminary permission to hold the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, this June.

The parade's organizers submitted their request for the permits needed to hold the parade last March, but the controversial parade was fiercely apposed by the city's Orthodox residents.

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Patterns, measurements define 2006-07 season
by Paul J. Gough
May 25, 2007

NEW YORK -- It has been a wild and in some cases wacky season for network TV, culminating in a hunt for millions of missing viewers that is so complicated that it's worthy of its own episode of "CSI."

On the surface, it is status quo -- CBS extended its winning streak in total viewers to five years, while "American Idol"-powered Fox bagged a third consecutive season victory among adults 18-49. But underneath, a sea change has been brewing.

"I think we'll look back and see 2007 as the watershed when all the things we talked about -- viewing behavior and audience measurement of that behavior -- all came together to start the new era," NBC research chief Alan Wurtzel said. "We've talked a lot about change and everything, but this is the first year we've seen it in a profound way."

At the beginning of the season, Nielsen Media Research introduced "most current" ratings, cuming the audiences that watch a show live as well as those that record it on a DVR and watch it up to seven days later.

But even with those additional viewers counted this season, primetime television viewing dropped significantly compared with last season.

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Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event
By
Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 25, 2007

After complaints by a government watchdog group, the Air Force and the Army partially distanced themselves yesterday from a three-day evangelical Christian event this weekend at a
Georgia theme park.

The Memorial Day weekend "Salute to the Troops" celebration at Stone Mountain Park is sponsored by Task Force Patriot
USA, a private group that says its purpose is "sharing the fullness of life in Jesus Christ with all U.S. military, military veterans and families," and whose Web site says "Christ is our Commander-in-Chief." the rest

U.S. War Records Go Digital
Ancestry.com To Post More Than 90 Million Records Dating Back To 1607


AP) For every generation in this country there has been a war. And with wars come millions of records that can shed light on family history, detailing everything from the color of soldiers' eyes to what their neighbors may have said about them.

On Thursday, Ancestry.com unveils more than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 through the Vietnam War's end in 1975. The site also has the names of 3.5 million U.S. soldiers killed in action, including 2,000 who died in Iraq.

"The history of our families is intertwined with the history of our country," Tim Sullivan, chief executive of Ancestry.com, said in a telephone interview. "Almost every family has a family member or a loved one that has served their country in the military."
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ACNS: Theological Education meeting in Singapore: Signposts on the Anglican Way
25 May 2007

Members of the TEAC (Theological Education for the Anglican Communion) Working Group held a consultation in Singapore 10-16 May 2007, to explore ‘The Anglican Way in theological education’. Participants in the consultation included members of TEAC’s Steering Group and Anglican Way Target Group, as well as a number of other people who brought particular expertise and helpful cross-links to the process.'The meeting was honoured with the presence and contributions of Archbishop Rowan Williams for two days of its discussions. Participants in the consultation explored how the Anglican Way was informed by specific concerns; e.g. contextual issues, educational process, recent developments in Anglican ecclesiology and Anglican ecumenical conversations. A key document ‘The Anglican Way: Signposts on a Common Journey’, which seeks to set out key parameters of the Anglican Way as a framework for Anglican theological education, was agreed by the consultation (see below for the complete text of this document). A number of specific projects to help resource the teaching of the Anglican Way were devised and will be developed over the coming months. Additionally, the meeting provided an opportunity to welcome
TEAC’s new Regional Associates and induct them to their tasks.

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Archbishop promises sex abuse review
Staff and agencies
Friday May 25, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

The Church of England is seeking advice on how it can investigate historic cases of sexual abuse, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

Rowan Williams apologised for past mistakes, admitting the church's response to the issue had sometimes been "very inadequate".

"I fully acknowledge that errors were made in the period that is being discussed," Dr Williams told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"Certainly, before 1995, practice was very variable, very uneven and often not very competent or well-informed about the law or best practice."

The church has been hit by claims in recent months that it failed to adequately investigate allegations of abuse, allowing some people to remain in the church despite their behaviour being known.
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Anglican Conflict: A Battle with 'Eternal Significance'
By
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, May. 25 2007

The recent non-invitation of two wayward bishops to a decennial global Anglican meeting produced a media frenzy this week. But what does all this mean?

"First of all, it is clear that the Archbishop of Canterbury faces an impossible task – he is confronted by two irreconcilable truth claims," stated Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, newly installed missionary bishop of CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America) – an orthodox Anglican splinter group and offshoot of the Church of Nigeria.

Minns was one of the bishops whose name was not included in the first batch of invitations to the Lambeth Conference (2008) that were sent out on Tuesday. He oversees some 34 congregations that have split with the Episcopal Church – the U.S. arm of Anglicanism – and placed themselves under the leadership of Archbishop Peter J. Akinola of the Church of Nigeria.

The breakaway group of Anglicans had departed from the Episcopal Church because of the church body's departure from Christian orthodoxy, which was highlighted by the 2003 consecration of an openly gay bishop.

That openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, was also not on the Lambeth invitation list. His consecration has prompted a small but growing exodus of Anglican congregations in the United States from the national body and led conservative Anglican provinces overseas to declare their relationship with the American church as severely impaired.

To Robinson, his non-invitation is "an affront to the entire Episcopal Church," he said in a released statement. "This is not about Gene Robinson, nor the Diocese of New Hampshire. It is about the American Church and its relationship to the Communion."
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Zero – the new alcohol limit in pregnancy
Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent
May 25, 2007

Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should stop drinking alcohol altogether, the Government’s leading doctors give warning today.

The new advice radically revises existing guidelines, which say that women can drink up to two units once or twice a week. Fiona Adshead, the deputy chief medical officer, said that the change was meant to send “a strong signal” to the thousands of women who drank more than the recommended limit that they were putting their babies at risk. But she admitted that it was not in response to any new medical evidence.

Women are often confused about what drinking in moderation really means, the new guidelines say, and surveys suggest that many accidently or deliberately exceed the limit. “Our advice is simple: avoid alcohol if pregnant or trying to conceive,” Dr Adshead said. “We have strengthened our advice to women to help ensure that no one underestimates the risk to the foetus.” the rest

Episcopal break up?
5/23/2007
Our Sunday Visitor (
www.osv.com)

One could argue that the Episcopal Church in the United States has been on the brink of disaster for years. Thomas Reeves, in his book The Empty Church: The Suicide of Liberal Christianity, quoted an observation made about the Episcopal Church in 1994 that seems no less true today:

“The Episcopal Church is an institution in free fall. We have nothing to hold on to, no shared belief, no common assumptions, no agreed bottom line, no accepted definition of what an Episcopalian is or believes.”

The Episcopal Church has been divided by a series of pronouncements and decisions that, in the words of Episcopal Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, are “outside the boundaries” of traditional Christian doctrine.

For Bishop Duncan, the ordination of a practicing homosexual as a bishop in 2003 was the dramatic final step that crossed that boundary, but critics say the struggle is ultimately over the authority of scripture, the role of Christ in salvation and the authority of a national church to reject traditional church teaching.
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People are less bothered by spam
E-mails continue, but filters lessen annoyance factor
Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Internet users are being plagued by more spam e-mails but are less bothered by the onslaught of unsolicited pitches, according to a report released Wednesday.

The survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 37 percent of consumers said they are getting more spam in their personal e-mail accounts than in the past. However, only 18 percent called spam a big problem, down from a quarter of all respondents four years ago.

The findings reflect that consumers are increasingly fighting back against spam by using filters to keep their inboxes clear, a highly recommended but only partially effective tactic. Psychology may offer another explanation: Internet users may simply be getting used to the flood of unsolicited e-mails and now consider it normal.
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Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Signs Abortion-Ultrasound Bill Into Law
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 23, 2007

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) -- Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law a bill that requires abortion practitioners to show a woman considering an abortion an ultrasound of her unborn baby if she wants to see one beforehand. Pro-life groups and legislators hope the measure will help reduce the number of abortions.

With the signing, Georgia will become the tenth state in the nation to pass an ultrasound law -- important because many women change their minds about having an abortion when they see one.

The measure will go into effect on July 1 and representatives of Georgia Right to Life, the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, and other pro-life groups were on hand when the governor signed it.

Representative James Mills and Senator Nancy Schaefer sponsored the legislation that received bi-partisan support in both legislative chambers.

"If all of us — no matter where we're at — if we hate to see an abortion take place no matter what, why not support a bill that gives a woman all the facts before she makes such a critical decision?" Mills said during the debate. the rest

CANADA: More native priests needed, says Anglican Indigenous Network
By Anne Fletcher
May 24, 2007

[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Indigenous Network has put itself on a new and firm bureaucratic footing in order to push forward on its number one concern -- the faster ordination of more native priests.

At its biennial meeting, held May 17-22 in Vancouver, Canada, 25 delegates from five regions around the Pacific chose a five-member executive to back up the long-time secretary general, Malcolm Naea Chun of Hawaii.

Representatives from Canada, the United States, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia and the Torres Straits Islands also promised to fund an annual budget, starting at $20,000, the first such budget for the organization begun in 1991.

The question of native ordination dominated the meeting. But the single most worrying situation in the network's territory -- Hawaii, where the Episcopal diocese has only one indigenous priest -- was handled with an open-ended motion. It authorized the three native bishops at the meeting -- Mark MacDonald of the Canadian church and John Gray and William Brown Turei of New Zealand -- to follow any route at all to train leaders for and to give pastoral care to indigenous people.
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New Va. Episcopal bishop aims to unite split diocese
By DIONNE WALKER
Associated Press Writer
May. 24, 2007

RICHMOND, Va. --The man chosen to lead Virginia Episcopalians will look to the heavens as he shepherds the centuries-old diocese threatened by divisions over homosexuality - and to the 1960s Alabama of his youth.

Then a small boy living in the Jim Crow stronghold, the Very Rev. Shannon Johnston paid close attention to sit-ins and freedom rides unfolding around him, as well as resistance by bristling segregationists.

"I saw how those who stayed in the middle, and tried to keep people together and talk and understand ... set a strong example of how to build up community," said Johnston, 48, who spoke to The Associated Press from the diocese's Richmond headquarters. "That was a witness I think I've never forgotten."
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African Anglicans could boycott summit over gays
Wed 23 May 2007
By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Africa's most outspoken archbishops issued a veiled threat on Wednesday to boycott a major Anglican conference over the deeply divisive issue of gay clergy.

American Liberals, who sparked the row in the first place by ordaining an openly gay bishop, called for calm among the world's 77 million Anglicans -- but the plea fell on deaf ears.

The latest crisis on the road to schism was provoked by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the church's spiritual leader who has battled to placate the warring camps and bemoaned what many see as an Anglican obsession with sex.
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Focus on women gives hope to U.S. abortion foes
By Robin Toner
Published: May 21, 2007

WASHINGTON: For many years, the political struggle over abortion in the United States was often framed as a starkly binary choice: the interest of the woman, advocated by supporters of abortion rights, versus the interest of the fetus, advocated by abortion opponents.

But a Supreme Court decision last month that upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act marked a milestone for a different argument advanced by anti-abortion activists, one they are increasingly making in state legislatures around the country.

They argue that abortion, as a rule, is not in the best interest of the woman; that women are often misled or ill-informed about its risks to their own physical or emotional health; and that the interests of the pregnant woman and the fetus are, in fact, the same.

It is an argument that has been building for a decade or more, advanced by groups like the conservative Justice Foundation, the National Right to Life Committee and Feminists for Life. "We think of ourselves as very pro-woman," said Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee. "We believe that when you help the woman, you help the baby."
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Lambeth 2008 Rejected Bishop: 'Anglican Communion Torn at Deepest Level'
The exclusion of two wayward bishops from joining a major Anglican conference next year has placed all the attention on the invitation list. But one of the bishops says the crisis Anglican churches are facing is not just about a few bishops.
by Lillian Kwon, Christian Today Correspondent
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

The exclusion of two wayward bishops from joining a major Anglican conference next year has placed all the attention on the invitation list. But one of the bishops says the crisis Anglican churches are facing is not just about a few bishops.

"While the immediate attention is focused on the invitation list, it should be remembered that this crisis in the Anglican Communion is not about a few individual bishops but about a worldwide Communion that is torn at its deepest level," said the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, missionary bishop of CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America) – an orthodox Anglican splinter group and offshoot of the Church of Nigeria.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the Anglican Communion’s spiritual leader, sent out the first set of invitations to over 850 bishops for Lambeth 2008 – the church body’s global decennial gathering – on Tuesday. Minns, who now oversees some 34 orthodox Anglican congregations in CANA that are dissident with the Episcopal Church, and openly gay bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire were not invited.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Your name is like perfume poured out. Song of Solomon 1:3

Jehovah-Elohim, Eternal Creator,
holy is Your name.
Adonai-Jehovah, the Lord our Sovereign, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our victory banner, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Ropheka, the Lord our healer, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our peace, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Tsidkeenu, the Lord our righteousness,
holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem, the Lord our sanctifier,
holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of hosts, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is present, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Elyon, the Lord most high, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my Shepherd, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Hoseenu, the Lord our Maker, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Eloheenu, the Lord our God, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Eloheka, the Lord thy God, holy is Your name.
Jehovah-Elohay, the Lord my God, holy is Your name.
Holy, holy, holy is Your name.

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Southern Illinois University settles lawsuit with Christian Legal Society, will recognize chapter
CLS student chapter free to enforce faith and conduct requirements for members and officers
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Attorneys with the Christian Legal Society and Alliance Defense Fund reached a settlement Wednesday with Southern Illinois University officials on behalf of the Christian Legal Society student chapter at SIU. Under the settlement, SIU officials affirmed that CLS’s long-standing membership and leadership policies are now acceptable to the university, which allows CLS to be officially recognized.

“Every student group has the right to ensure that its leaders and members support its mission; religious student groups should be treated no differently,” said Casey Mattox, litigation counsel for CLS’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom. “This settlement ensures CLS at SIU will enjoy all of the rights and benefits enjoyed by other law school organizations.”

SIU also agreed to establish a $10,000 scholarship fund, which CLS will administer, for deserving SIU law students. A copy of the settlement agreement can be viewed ...
here.
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Poland’s March for Life and Family Doubles Numbers While Media Downplays Significance
Over 4000 particiants but TV station reported there were only 50, others report there were 800

By Hilary White
WARSAW, May 22, 2007

(LifeSiteNews.com) – Back-to-back rallies in Poland are highlighting the growing struggle in that country to defend the sanctity of human life and the natural family. Increasing assaults by the internationalist abortion and homosexual movement on the social order, defined in Poland for centuries by Catholic social teaching, prompted the League of Polish Families to initiate an annual March for Life and Family. Although there was no media advertising, the 2nd annual March doubled its numbers from 2000 in 2006 to over 4000 as more Poles become aware of the growing threat to their traditional way of life.

“This year's attendance shows that Polish people begin to realize the need to speak up for the family. Especially now, when Poland just failed to pass a right-to-life amendment to the Constitution, although polls showed that the majority of people want the law to protect human life from conception to natural death," said Lukasz Wrobel, one of the organizers of the event.

The march came the day after the first legal “Gay Pride” parade was allowed in the ancient capital under pressure from the European Union. Homosexual organizers had anticipated a crowd of 10,000 but the day saw only 4000 with supporters brought into the country to participate.
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Christian Men Plan October Rally in Washington
Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com

Christian organizers on Thursday announced plans for a "sacred gathering of men" in Washington, D.C., in October, almost 10 years to the day after the group Promise Keepers conducted one of the largest rallies in the city's history.

Organizers say the 2007 "Stand in the Gap" (SITG) rally will differ from the 1997 gathering of the same name sponsored by the non-denominational Promise Keepers. The 2007 event, sponsored by the National Coalition of Men's Ministries is expected to attract about a fourth of the crowd that gathered in 1997 and will focus on "interactive elements" rather than Christian speakers and bands.

The Promise Keepers drew more than one million men to the National Mall on Oct. 4, 1997. Organizers of the 2007 event were able to obtain a permit for only 250,000 due to portions of the Mall being closed for repair in the fall.
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For Museum's Opening, Former Presidents, a Talking Cow, and Gobs of Graham
"He doesn't want attention to go to him. And yet it just does."

Ken Garfield, Religion News Service
posted 5/23/2007

Consider it Billy Graham's last crusade, one that will draw the faithful long after America's most famous religious figure is gone.

On a wooded site in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina — just off Billy Graham Parkway, no less — the Billy Graham Library will be dedicated May 31 at a private ceremony expected to feature former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Former President Jimmy Carter also is likely to attend.

The ex-presidents are likely to be upstaged, though, by the guest of honor. The 88-year-old evangelist is scheduled to come down from his mountain home in Montreat, N.C., for a rare public appearance to address the crowd of 1,500 invited guests and assorted national media.

If his fragile health allows him to make the trip — he can barely hear or walk and his vision is poor — Graham's message will echo the one his ministry hopes visitors take from the library: The glory should go to God rather than the lanky farm boy who preached the gospel to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
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Albert Mohler: The Disappearing Father
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Is the notion of fatherhood becoming obsolete? Researchers at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Great Britain say they are on the verge of creating sperm cells from bone marrow. This would allow women to conceive children completely without men.

In essence, this technological development would render men obsolete and completely unnecessary in the process of breeding babies. This is the ultimate feminist and lesbian dream -- men completely out of the picture.

This technology may never actually emerge from the laboratory, though there is no real reason to believe that it is impossible. The British researchers are continuing their work and claim that the experiments are ethical "so long as it's safe."

Meanwhile, Kay S. Hymowitz argues that an existing technology, widely used in the United States, is already redefining the family -- artificial insemination (or "AI").
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Barred Anglican Bishop: Communion Torn at Deepest Level
By
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, May. 23 2007

The exclusion of two wayward bishops from joining a major Anglican conference next year has placed all the attention on the invitation list. But one of the bishops says the crisis Anglican churches are facing is not just about a few bishops.

"While the immediate attention is focused on the invitation list, it should be remembered that this crisis in the Anglican Communion is not about a few individual bishops but about a worldwide Communion that is torn at its deepest level," said the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, missionary bishop of CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America) – an orthodox Anglican splinter group and offshoot of the Church of Nigeria.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the Anglican Communion’s spiritual leader, sent out the first set of invitations to over 850 bishops for Lambeth 2008 – the church body’s global decennial gathering – on Tuesday. Minns, who now oversees some 34 orthodox Anglican congregations in CANA that are dissident with the Episcopal Church, and openly gay bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire were not invited.
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Opposition to national ID continues to grow
Chad Groening
OneNewsNow.com
May 23, 2007

A grassroots activist organization is calling on American citizens to contact their members of Congress to try to repeal the "REAL ID Act," a piece of legislation the group says is nothing more than a federal takeover of state departments of motor vehicles. Opposition to the legislation is brewing in several states.

The REAL ID Act of 2005, intended as a measure to deter terrorism, was signed into law in May 2005; implementation and enforcement, however, have been delayed until December 2009. Tom DeWeese, president of the
American Policy Center (APC), says the Act will essentially transform driver's licenses into a national identification card. But the cost to fully implement the Act's provisions, he claims, could be as high as $14.5 billion dollars, or almost $300 million per state.
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UK Reproductive Tech Bill Allows Much More Than Human/Animal Hybrids
Proposes other sweeping, radical changes to 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

By Hilary White
LONDON, May 22, 2007

(LifeSiteNews.com) – British pro-life organization, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), has called the Labour government’s new embryo research bill “unethical” and will likely oppose it vigorously.

Anthony Ozimic, confirmed to LifeSiteNews.com that the legislation codifies into primary legislation what had until now only been allowed piecemeal by the regulatory agency, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Over the years since its establishment in 1991, the HFEA has become notorious for permitting experimentation on living human embryos regardless of the objections of traditional ethicists.

Ozimic predicted that it would be a year before the legislation passes into law and it must first go through an examination in health committees. Little hope exists for it to be substantially altered or quashed, however, since the Labour party holds a majority in the House of Commons and most of the opposition Tory MP’s have little objection in principle for the use of embryos in research.

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China abandons blog identity plan
Jin Ni BBC News, Beijing
Wednesday, 23 May 2007

China blocks news websites like the BBC'sThe Chinese government is backing down from plans to force millions of Chinese bloggers to register their real names.

There are an estimated 20 million bloggers in the country and the plans announced last year provoked huge protest from Chinese internet users.

At the time, the government said it thought the system would make bloggers more responsible for their behaviour.

But Chinese bloggers condemned the proposal as an attempt by the government to control information.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Does the Bible ever say anywhere from Genesis to Revelation, 'My house shall be called a house of preaching'? Does it ever say, 'My house shall be called a house of music'? Of course not. The Bible does say, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'. Preaching, music, the reading of the Word - these things are fine; I believe in and practice all of them. But they must never override prayer as the defining mark of God's dwelling. The honest truth is that I have seen God do more in people's lives during ten minutes of real prayer than in ten of my sermons. ...Jim Cymbala photo

ACNS: First invitations to 'reflective and learning-based' Lambeth Conference go out
Press Media Release From Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion Office, London
May 22, 2007

The first invitations for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, to be held in Canterbury next summer, are being sent out today by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The gathering, which is set to be the largest Lambeth Conference in the history of the Anglican Communion, brings together bishops from the Churches in the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion together with ecumenical and other invited guests.

The 2008 Conference is intended to comprise nearly three weeks of shared retreat, common worship, study and discussion. It differs from previous gatherings in that the bishops will begin the conference with a period of retreat and reflection. It is planned that much of this retreat time will be held in and around Canterbury Cathedral.
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Global South Attendance at Lambeth Conference Doubtful
05/22/2007

The participation by the Nigerian House of Bishops and bishops from other “Global South” Anglican provinces is doubtful, according to the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria, who released a brief statement following news that invitations to the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops have been issued.

The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, formerly rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Va., and now a missionary bishop of the Church of Nigeria, was one of a handful of bishops (along with the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire) who did not receive an
invitation to the Lambeth Conference, according to a statement distributed at a press conference in London May 22 by the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council, and Tim Livesey, public affairs officer for the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

The invitation letter sent by Archbishop Williams noted that additional guest and ecumenical invitations will be forthcoming, and that some invitations may be withdrawn to “bishops whose appointment, actions or manner of life have caused exceptionally serious division or scandal within the Communion.”
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Ruth Gledhill weblog: Bishops Gene and Martyn 'not invited' to Lambeth
May 22, 2007

All I can say to the poor Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, who, as we report, will not be invited to Lambeth, is that I know how it feels to be on Canterbury's blacklist. (I was among those 'not invited' to the press briefing this morning. But I can live with that.) It must be particularly hurtful to the liberal catholics who once counted Dr Williams as 'one of them'. Martin Reynolds at LGCM, formerly Rowan's neighbour in Wales, and a gay priest who has registered his civil partnership, is especially angry with his friend. This has not even pleased those on the other side. Anglican Mainstream accused Dr Williams of 'ecclesiastical correctness'.

One senior source said that to single out Robinson was equivalent to arresting the drug user and letting the dealers off scot free. 'What about the consecrating bishops?' he said. 'What about Gregory Venables, and Peter Akinola? Would Jesus get invited to this meeting, as he was a cause of division? This will turn Gene Robinson into the victim, whereas the quarrel is with The Episcopal Church who consecrated him.' the rest

Time: Behind an Anglican Invite Snub
Tuesday, May. 22, 2007
By
DAVID VAN BIEMA

Any host will tell you that the guest list can be a ticklish issue. And none could be more so than the Archbishop of Canterbury's invitations to an important upcoming gathering of the bishops of the 77 million member Anglican Communion, which is currently embroiled in an angry internal debate over the ordination of gay clergy.

Earlier today Rowan Williams, the Canterbury Archbishop and thus the first-among-equals in the global religious group that includes the Episcopal Church in the United States, released a statement that he was sending out invitations for the 2008 Lambeth Conference of active Anglican bishops. Lambeth, which only meets once a decade, is the most important gathering of Communion leaders and the place where its most important decisions are made. Invitations also happen to be one of the few elements under the direct dominion of Williams, whose office is closer to coordinator-in-chief than Pope. The fact that the invitations had been sent was itself news — they hadn't been expected yet. But at a related news conference, the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, a Communion official, dropped a twin bombshell: Williams, he said, was not inviting the Right Rev. Martyn Minns, who is engaged in creating a conservative competitor to Episcopalianism in the U.S., or the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire.
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Bomb Plot Thwarted at Falwell's Funeral
Student Arrested With Homemade Bombs, Three Other Suspects Sought

May 22, 2007

Even in death, the Rev. Jerry Falwell rouses the most volatile of emotions.
Authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several homemade bombs in his car.

The student, 19-year-old Mark Ewell of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service. The devices were made of a combination of gasoline and detergent, a law enforcement official told ABC News' Pierre Thomas. They were "slow burn," according to the official, and would not have been very destructive.

Three other suspects are being sought, one of whom is a soldier from Fort Benning, Ga., and another is a high school student. No information was available on the third suspect.
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After Falwell, evangelicals at crossroads