Saturday, June 28, 2008

Devotional: Inasmuch as certain men have set the truth aside...

Inasmuch as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says, “minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith,” and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibilities draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, [I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations.] These men falsify the oracles of God, and prove themselves evil interpreters of the good word of revelation. They also overthrow the faith of many, by drawing them away, under a pretence of [superior] knowledge, from Him who rounded and adorned the universe; as if, forsooth, they had something more excellent and sublime to reveal, than that God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that are therein. By means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous and impious opinions respecting the Demiurge; and these simple ones are unable, even in such a matter, to distinguish falsehood from truth. ... Irenaeus: Against Heresies image

Anglican conservatives launch liberal challenge

posted June 28, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservatives from the world's largest Anglican provinces who are angered by liberal thinking in churches in North America and elsewhere plan to create a global fellowship that challenges worldwide Anglican unity but stops short of a formal split.

The plan is expected to be adopted Sunday on the final day of the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem. The summit was called by Anglican leaders in Africa and parts of North America and Australia outraged by what they consider a "false gospel" in liberal churches. the rest

Ruth Gledhill: Anglicans form 'new church' in gay clergy row

GAFCON Final Statement: New Province in North America

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Please note that uncorrected version of the statement have "Recognise GAFCON Primates’ Council." The corrected text is "Encourage GAFCON Primates’ Council."


Praise the LORD!

It is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. (Psalm 147:1-2) Brothers and Sisters in Christ: We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, send you greetings from Jerusalem!


The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which was held in Jerusalem from 22-29 June 2008, is a spiritual movement to preserve and promote the truth and power of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ as we Anglicans have received it. The movement is global: it has mobilised Anglicans from around the world. We are Anglican: 1148 lay and clergy participants, including 291 bishops representing millions of faithful Anglican Christians. We cherish our Anglican heritage and the Anglican Communion and have no intention of departing from it. And we believe that, in God’s providence, Anglicanism has a bright future in obedience to our Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and to build up the church on the foundation of biblical truth (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:20)...

Another Excerpt:
We believe this is a critical moment when the Primates’ Council will need to put in place structures to lead and support the church. In particular, we believe the time is now ripe for the formation of a province in North America for the federation currently known as Common Cause Partnership to be recognised by the Primates’ Council.

The rest/comments at Stand Firm

Communique and comments at TitusOneNine

Sarah Hey: What I Would Like To See From GAFCON

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I am being quite presumptious in my title, I know, since frankly, nobody -- but perhaps Matt? -- at GAFCON cares what I wish would happen. But I thought I would share my perspective as a Communion Conservative on the event, just for discussion and to have a different outside viewpoint. I recognize that what I say in this article is likely to offend many on all sides of our "conservative debate" -- but at least I'm offending everybody equally. If you find your blood boiling as you read, then read on, and you might quickly turn to chortling and head-nodding, who knows?

I have been watching -- from a far distance and certainly on the sidelines -- the proceedings at GAFCON. In the midst of a heavy work-week I've breezed through a number of blog posts and articles, listened to the hysterics and "all-caps writing" of the Entirely Unbiased Secular Media, and watched a grand total of five minutes of live streaming of the event.Why the far distance? the rest

Gledhill: Anglicans face split

June 28, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Anglican Communion will be split tomorrow when conservatives representing more than half its total membership will announce the formation of a new orthodox body to be a stronghold against liberal views. It will be schism in all but name.

The new global Anglican fellowship will act within the legal boundaries of provinces such the Church of England that make up the existing Communion but, in North America, it will declare its independence from the ultra-liberal Episcopal Church and from the Anglican church in Canada.

The fellowship represents a direct challenge to the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Primate of the US Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. the rest

Court Order Permits Christian Handouts at Homosexual "PrideFest"

June 27, 2008

( - A federal judge issued an order Tuesday that will permit a Christian ministry to hand out literature and speak about their religious viewpoint at an annual "PrideFest" event celebrating homosexual behavior.

The court order, requested by an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) allied attorney, restrains city officials from enforcing an unconstitutional policy they used two years earlier at a city park to ban the same group from distributing literature and expressing their views.

"Christian groups shouldn't be penalized for expressing their beliefs," said attorney Rick Nelson, who represents the ministry, Apple of His Eye. "Being threatened with arrest simply for expressing a religious viewpoint is something we'd expect in other nations, but not in the United States. We are encouraged that the court is allowing our client to exercise their First Amendment rights while this case moves forward in court." the rest

Gearing Up for the Pauline Year

Dioceses Prepare for Jubilee of Apostle of the Gentiles
By Karna Swanson
NEW YORK, JUNE 27, 2008

( Maybe nothing can separate us from the love of God, but as the Year of St. Paul gets under way, many dioceses are taking advantage of an opportunity to draw people closer to it.

Benedict XVI will open the jubilee year marking the 2,000th anniversary of Paul's birth this Saturday in a ceremony at St. Paul Outside the Walls. The official end of the Pauline Year will be one year from Sunday. the rest image

GAFCON photos

From the Anglican Church League

Day 2 (Mount of Olives).

Day 3

Day 4

Day 6


Added: GAFCON's public photo gallery at PICASA

Islam is real threat to church, says Synod member

By Martin Beckford
Religious Affairs Correspondent in Jerusalem

Divisions in the Church of England over homosexuality and women bishops are nothing compared with the threat it faces from Islam, a prominent member of its governing body has warned.

More than 1,000 conservative Anglicans have been meeting in Jerusalem this week to develop a new movement within the worldwide Communion, in order to combat liberals who they say are departing from the Bible's teaching by supporting gay clergy.

Next week the General Synod, the Church of England's parliament, gathers in York to discuss the introduction of women bishops without provisions for those who oppose the historic move, which could see dozens of conservative clergy leave the church and claim millions in compensation.

But Alison Ruoff, an evangelical lay member of the Synod and a former magistrate who is at the Gafcon summit in Jerusalem, told The Daily Telegraph that the church needs to get past these divisions and concentrate on fighting the rise of Islam in Britain. the rest

Presbyterian assembly votes to drop gay clergy ban

June 28, 2008

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), bitterly divided over sexuality and the Bible, set up another confrontation Friday over its ban on ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians.

The denomination's General Assembly, meeting in San Jose, Calif., voted 54 percent to 46 percent Friday to drop the requirement that would-be ministers, deacons and elders live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness."

The proposed change to the church constitution requires approval from a majority the nation's 173 presbyteries, or regional church bodies-a yearlong process that has proven to be a barrier to similar efforts in the past. the rest

Church Times: Dr Nazir-Ali: ‘Inculturation has limits’

by Paul Handley in Jerusalem
27 June, 2008

THE most liberal-sounding speaker at GAFCON by the end of Tuesday was the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali (pictured at a press conference held on Tuesday).

Dr Nazir-Ali surprised participants on Tuesday by speaking up for inculturation, change, and diversity. But each of these had its limits, he said. The gospel had to be adapted to different cultures, but “capitulation to culture” must be avoided; change and development must be principled; diversity had to be legitimate.

He made few explicit references to existing Anglican polity, beyond saying that the things that bound it together — the Lambeth Quadrilateral, the Instruments of Communion, and “English good manners” — had not proved strong enough to hold it together. the rest

Friday, June 27, 2008

Devotional: "Without Me you can do nothing"

Every now and again, Our Lord lets us see what we would be like if it were not for Himself; it is a justification of what He said - "Without Me you can do nothing." That is why the bedrock of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus. ...Oswald Chambers image

GAFCON Pilgrims Work to Finalize Communiqué

June 27, 2008

The first draft of a final statement was read to participants of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem during a plenary session on June 27. Attendees have been asked to study the document and recommend changes.

While not in final form, there is already general agreement about a number of points, according to a release by conference organizers. At a Thursday press conference, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, chairman of the GAFCON statement committee, said the final communiqué would include the following themes:

1. There is a passion for the gospel, a determination to stay true to the Bible, to continue the work of mission and to do so as Anglicans. the rest

AnglicanTV: GAFCON Coverage

Rev. Vaughan Roberts

A Jew and A Palestinian

GAFCON 2:00pm Thursday Press Conference

Bp. Chane: We must consider gay marriage

Our church's evolving attitude has led us to the point where we must consider gay marriage
John Bryson Chane
The Guardian
Thursday June 26, 2008

Our evolving understanding of what marriage is leads, of necessity, to a re-examination of who it is for. Most Christian denominations no longer teach that all sex acts must be open to the possibility of procreation (hence, contraception is permitted). Nor do they hold that infertility precludes marriage. The church has deepened its understanding of the way in which faithful couples experience and embody the love of the creator for creation. In so doing, it has put itself in a position to consider whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Opponents of gay marriage may raise other objections - that it is unsuitable, for instance, to raise children with two mothers or two fathers. I believe these arguments are easily refuted, but they are arguments about effective social policy, not sound theology. Christians who want to deny others the blessings they claim for themselves should not assume they speak for the Almighty. Full Commentary

UK: Force public bodies to promote 'gay rights'

Friday, 27 June 2008

Public bodies like schools, the police, and local councils should be forced by law to promote ‘gay rights’, says Britain’s leading homosexual lobby group.

Homosexual-only shortlists for Parliamentary candidates should also be permitted, Stonewall says.

The comments come in anticipation of the Government’s proposals for a vast, over-arching Equality Bill.

The Christian Institute has raised concerns about how the Bill may impact religious liberty. the rest

Archbishop Jensen - "A Sleeping Giant Awakes"

Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen - chair of the GAFCON programme comittee - speaking to a news briefing in Jerusalem - saying a sleeping giant has been awaked in the church by the actions of revisionist leaders in North America.

Audio here

Archbishop Venables on the Lambeth Conference
The Primate of the Southern Cone, Archbishop Gregory Venables, speaks to a GAFCON news briefing on Friday in Jerusalem about his feelings on the conference and the fact that he is going to Lambeth.

Audio here

Misunderstanding GAFCON

This global gathering of Anglicans is proving impossible to characterize--at least for now.
Timothy C. Morgan
June 26, 2008

Some 1100 Anglicans from around the world are meeting this week at the Renaissance hotel in West Jerusalem in hopes of steering the Anglican Communion back to the center of Christian Orthodoxy.

But this conference, now entering its fifth day, is in many respects becoming more difficult to understand and thus easier to misinterpret.

If I were writing purely a critique of the mainstream media coverage, my central criticism would be that US and UK media outlets keep driving the political side of the story (Will there or won't there be a schism?). But they are by and large missing the faith side of the story.

It's easy to do. The folks attending the worship events of GAFCON are telling me that these are high water marks in their own spiritual development. Most worship events are well attended and the plenary sessions are standing room only.

I am told the worship service on Wednesday evening at Ophel Gardens, along the southern steps of the Temple, was a stunning display of contemporary Christian worship in an ancient context. Most media skipped that event (myself included) due to scheduling conflicts. the rest

Virginia: CANA Anglican Churches Win on Constitutional Grounds

Va. Court Upholds Constitutionality of Virginia Division Statute to End Episcopal Attempt to Seize Control Over Church Property

FAIRFAX, Va. (June 27, 2008) – The 11 churches sued by The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia celebrated today’s Fairfax County Circuit Court ruling that confirms the constitutionality of Virginia Division Statute (Virginia Code § 57-9). The 11 churches named in the lawsuit are members of the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV).

“We are pleased with Judge Bellows’ ruling today. After meticulous examination, the judge ruled to uphold the constitutionality of the Virginia Division Statute against all of the Free Exercise, Establishment, Equal Protection, and Takings Clause challenges raised by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and Diocese of Virginia. The Division Statute states that the majority of the church is entitled to its property when a group of congregations divide from the denomination. Therefore, TEC and Diocese had no legal right to our property. We have maintained all along that our churches’ own trustees hold title for the benefit of these congregations. It’s also gratifying to see the judge recognize that the statute means what it says—it’s ‘conclusive’ of ownership. We’re thrilled to see this litigation nearing an end,” said Jim Oakes, vice-chairman of ADV.

“While there are some issues that remain to be resolved and we will continue to defend ourselves in court, we are hopeful that TEC and the Diocese will put aside this expensive distraction. While we disagree with their decision to walk apart from the worldwide Anglican Communion, we acknowledge their right to do so. We would hope that they would acknowledge our right to remain faithful to the tenants of faith that have given comfort to our forbearers who built the churches TEC and the Diocese are now trying so hard to take.”

On April 3, 2008, Judge Bellows issued a landmark ruling that acknowledged a division within TEC, the Diocese and the larger Anglican Communion.

TEC and the Diocese abruptly broke off settlement negotiations in January 2007 and filed lawsuits against the Virginia churches, their ministers and their vestries. The decision of TEC and the Diocese to reinterpret Scripture caused the 11 Anglican churches to sever their ties.


Diocese of Virginia's Response

Added: Reuters: Episcopal Church dissidents win court ruling

Washington Post: Ruling Favors Breakaway Congregations in Va. Suit

Added: Washington Times: Court backs Anglican parishes

Chicago Tribune: Va. judge sides with breakaway Episcopal churches

Added 9:45 pm: ENS: Virginia court rules application of 'Division Statute' is constitutional

Stand Firm: BREAKING: Virginia Judge Rules Division Statute is Constitutional

CANA wins the constitutional challenge.

Ruling is here [3mb PDF].

Stand Firm

GAFCON: Anglican Conference preparing statement about state of Anglican Communion

Jerusalem, Jun 27, 2008

(CNA).- At a press conference on Thursday, Kenyan Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi gave an update on a statement assessing the state of the Anglican Communion, which is being drafted by the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) at their Jerusalem meeting.

Archbishop Nzimbi said that the GAFCON final statement is still being developed, but certain themes are emerging.

“There is a passion for the Gospel, a determination to stay true to the Bible, to continue the work of mission and to do so as Anglicans,” he said. There is also a “profound sadness” about the state of the Anglican Communion and a “sense of betrayal and abandonment” by the exiting leadership and church structures. the rest

Black pastors hit political parties on abortion

Julia Duin
Friday, June 27, 2008

Hoisting signs declaring "abortion is not a family value," about 60 black demonstrators descended on Democratic and Republican headquarters on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to demand that political candidates refuse funding from Planned Parenthood.

Activists and pastors claimed that a disproportionate amount of the nation's abortions are performed on black women, many of them in clinics operated by Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.

"Planned Parenthood is a lying, racist organization," said Alveda King, niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, adding that one of two abortions performed on her occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic. the rest

Obama's wife says he'll fight for gay equality

June 26, 2008

Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday.

Recalling his past work as a community organizer to help struggling families, Michelle Obama said he would take the same approach as president. the rest image

Bp. Nazir-Ali: Not Compromising the Gospel

By Mark D. Tooley
Friday, June 27, 2008

Pakistani-born Bishop Michael Nazir Ali of the Church of England continues to roil his leftist and Islamist critics by recently defending the right of Christians to share the Gospel with Muslims.

“Just as Muslims have the right to exercise Da’wa - an invitation to Islam - so Christians must have the freedom to invite people to follow Jesus Christ,” explained the bishop at a press conference in Jerusalem on June 24. “Dialogue proceeds on the understanding that each is a missionary faith.”

The bishop had earlier received rapturous applause at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem, where 300 conservative Anglican bishops, most of them African, were meeting. GAFCON was aimed at bishops distressed at the leftward tilt of British and American Anglicans, especially the U.S. Episcopal Church. In July, the Archbishop of Canterbury will convene the once a decade Lambeth gathering for the global Anglican Communion’s 880 bishops, who preside over nearly 80 million Anglicans. Many conservative bishops, including Nazir Ali, will boycott Lambeth. the rest

HIV Rate Up 12 Percent Among Young Gay Men

Steepest Rise Is in Black Males Ages 13 to 24
By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 27, 2008

The number of young homosexual men being newly diagnosed with HIV infection is rising by 12 percent a year, with the steepest upward trend in young black men, according to a new report.

The double-digit increase in young gay men is about 10 times higher than in the homosexual community overall, where the number of new infections is going up about 1.5 percent a year.

The report, released yesterday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appears to confirm impressions that a "second-wave" AIDS epidemic is underway in gay America. the rest

GAFCON Anglicans faced with Jerusalem Gay Pride Event

By Robert Pigott
Friday, 27 June 2008
BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent, Jerusalem

A few thousand marchers made their way through central JerusalemWhen 303 traditionalist Anglican bishops, together with clergy and lay members of the Church, ascended to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem this week, they were taking the spiritual high ground in the Anglican Communion's dispute over homosexuality.

As they were photographed against a background of the Old City and Temple Mount the symbolism was clear - they were the authentic wing of the Anglicanism, going back to the birthplace of the Church and what they say was the stricter understanding of the Bible of the first Christians.

But to the evident consternation of the organisers of the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) they had travelled all this way to the Christian Holy City only to find the streets taken over by Jerusalem Gay Pride. the rest

Gay parade sashays through capital

Anglican traditionalists set to form a 'church within a church'

Friday, 27th June 2008
By George Conger

JERUSALEM: Traditionalists are set to form a “church within a church”, keeping in formal relation with the Archbishop of Canterbury but severing ties with the progressive wings of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada.

A communiqué being prepared by pilgrims to the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) will call for new structures to support conservatives and likely formalize a break with the Episcopal Church.

The changes Gafcon sees are new structural relations between Anglican churches including a break with the progressive wing of The Episcopal Church, a common approach to reading the Bible, a new catechism and a new Book of Common Prayer shared by conservatives across the Communion, Nigerian Bishop John Akao said. the rest

Akinola Reaffirms Stand on Scriptural Root of Anglican Communion


Primate of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Peter Akinola has reiterated the stand of the Anglican Communion on the need to restrict activities of its members worldwide to the teachings of the scripture.He also took a swipe at some elements threatening the existence of the church notably unscriptural consecrations and sexual practices without biblical bases such as homosexuality.

Speaking at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) held in Jerusalem, Akinola denounced the position of the Archbishop of Canterbury which he said was threatening the future of the communion."

The underlying objective of GAFCON necessarily compels a deep and honest reflection on the theological and ecclesiological inconsistencies of the past decade at the highest and most sacred levels of our Communion. While not contesting the right to personal opinions and attitudes to this new situation, we must disabuse our minds of the unworthy views about GAFCON being a monster on the horizon, or even a strange breed of Anglicanism devoid of antecedent factors". the rest

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Devotional: And they will see his face...

And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. Revelation 22:4

When John speaks of the blessings of the heavenly city, the culmination of those blessings comes in the short statement, "They shall see his face" (22:4). When we look into the face of our Lord and he looks back at us with infinite love, we will see in him the fulfillment of everything that we know to be good and right and desirable in the universe...As we gaze into the face of our Lord, we will know more fully than ever before that "in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm 16:11). Then will be fulfilled the longing of our hearts with which we have cried out in the past, "One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple" (Psalm 27:4)
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Study: Evangelicals Lesser Known than Homosexuals

By Audrey Barrick
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jun. 26 2008

More Americans are acquainted with a gay or lesbian person than an evangelical, according to a recent study.

The latest research by Phoenix-based Ellison Research found that only 24 percent of all Americans who say they are not evangelical know an evangelical person very well and 40 percent have never known any evangelicals at all, even casually. Meanwhile, 53 percent say they know a homosexual person very well and 20 percent know such a person casually.

"The study raises questions about why members of some groups are largely invisible to so many Americans," Ron Sellers, president of Ellison Research, noted. the rest

Apes get legal rights in Spain, to surprise of bullfight critics

Thomas Catan in Madrid
From The Times
June 27, 2008

Spain is to become the first country to extend legal rights to apes, wrongfooting animal rights activists who have long campaigned against bullfighting in the country.

In what is thought to be the first time a national legislature has granted such rights to animals, the Spanish parliament’s environmental committee voted to approve resolutions committing the country to the Great Apes Project, designed by scientists and philosophers who say that humans’ closest biological relatives also deserve rights. the rest ape

C of E bishop will defect to Rome

Thursday, June 26, 2008

At least one Church of England bishop will defect to Rome soon after the Lambeth Conference, I gather from Anglo-Catholic sources. And there could be more to follow.I can't tell you much more than that at the moment, because the negotiations with Rome are so sensitive - and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, who distrust Anglican traditionalists, are quite capable of throwing a spanner in the works.

It's shaming to have to admit that the bishops of my own Church are the chief obstacle to a significant move of Anglo-Catholic clergy and lay people into full communion with the Holy See - but that's the way it was last time, in the early 1990s, and it's still the case today. the rest

Court Convicts Bishop Bennison in Misconduct Case

June 26, 2008

The Court For the Trial of a Bishop has found the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., Bishop of Pennsylvania, guilty on both counts relating to the way he responded after learning that his brother, John, hired by Bishop Bennison as youth group leaders and Sunday School superintendent, was engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenaged youth group member at the parish where Bishop Bennison was rector in the 1970s.

The verdict on the first count, “contemporaneous failure to respond appropriately,” was unanimous. On the second count, “subsequent suppression of pertinent information,” the verdict just met the canonically required two-thirds majority. Bishop Bruce Caldwell of Wyoming joined with the Rev. Marjorie Menaul and the Rev. Karen B. Montagno in dissenting from the majority decision on the second count. There were no opinions issued with the verdicts.

The standing committee of the diocese in which the convicted bishop resides must consent to whatever sentence is recommended by the court. Punishment can be admonition, suspension or deposition as covered under Title IV, Canon 12, Section 1(a). the rest

Episcopal Church convicts Pa. bishop of cover-up

ENS: Bennison convicted of conduct unbecoming a clergy member

Episcopal Church convicts Pa. bishop of cover-up

posted June 26, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Episcopal bishop in Pennsylvania has been found guilty by a church panel of covering up his brother's assaults of a teenage girl.

Sixty-four-year-old Charles Bennison was convicted of engaging in conduct unbecoming of the clergy. The verdict was revealed by church documents dated Tuesday and released Thursday. the rest

Os Guinness: revisionist religion will fail

Russell Powell
26 June 2008

The theological and intellectual thrust of GAFCON continued in Jerusalem today with a media briefing by respected US sociologist Dr Os Guinness and two noted ecumenical scholars, Dr. Lamin Sanneh and Dr. Salim Y. Muyaner, addressed GAFCON pilgrims on the Gospel and Reconciliation.

Dr Guinness, who gave a keynote address on Monday on the Gospel and Secularism, expanded on that theme for the media at the GAFCON press room.

Contrary to what secularists believe, he said that many of the big issues of this century are deeply religious. the rest

Israel Minister welcomes Gafcon 'pilgrims' to Jerusalem

Thursday, 26th June 2008
By George Conger

JERUSALEM: “Christians and Jews must unite against a common foe” the Deputy Tourism Minister of Israel, Rafi Ben-Hur told pilgrims from the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem.

Speaking to over 1,200 Anglicans on the southern steps of the Temple on Mount Zion, Rafi Ben-Hur thanked Archbishop Peter Akinola for bringing the Gafcon conference to Jerusalem, and called the gathering a sign of solidarity between the Jewish state and the Anglican world.
the rest

New CofE book demystifies church

A new book from the Church of England aims to unravel the mystery of Sunday service and holy communion in an attempt to woo people caught between fear and fascination.
by Anne Thomas
Thursday, June 26, 2008

A new book hitting the shelves this week flies in the face of gloomy predictions of church decline by setting out exactly why so many people still head to their local churches each Sunday.

What Am I Doing Here? is the latest offering from Church House, the publishing group of the Church of England. It brings together cartoonist Dave Walker and author Hilary Brand to give readers a fresh but no-nonsense explanation of the Anglican faith. the rest book

Two faces of Southern Baptists

Church debates its role while reaching out to a new generation
Thursday, June 26, 2008

J.D. Greear persuaded his church to drop the word "Baptist" from its name, sell its historic building in Durham, N.C., and move into a local high school. Mr. Greear preaches in an untucked collared shirt, sport coat and jeans, and signed a statement urging action on climate change.

Eric Hankins preaches in a suit and tie at First Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss., where hymns like "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship" are the norm. Change for Mr. Hankins means adopting a new discipleship curriculum. He questions whether humans cause climate change.

Both men are Southern Baptist pastors in their 30s and lead growing congregations. Both are theologically conservative and engaged in their denomination. the rest image

Neopaganism growing quickly

By Electa Draper
The Denver Post

Give them that old-time religion — ancient religion — and then watch an exploding population of modern pagans give it contemporary twists.

Their numbers roughly double about every 18 months in the United States, Canada and Europe, according to the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.

Neopaganism, whether a careful reconstruction of ancient practice or a completely modern interpretation of ancient lore, is now among the country's fastest-growing religions. the rest image

American conservatives 'are not bank-rolling Gafcon'

Thursday, 26th June 2008
By George Conger

JERUSALEM: Claims the Global Anglican Future Conference is being underwritten by American conservative money is false, conference leaders tell

Gafcon is the first pan-Anglican congress that is African-led and self-sufficient Archbishop Peter Akinola told delegates, or “pilgrims” to the June 22 to 29 conference in Jerusalem.

During the opening session on June 22, Archbishop Akinola stated the £2.5 million in costs for the June 22-29 conference had been raised in five months, with £1.2 million coming from the Church of Nigeria. Bishop-elect AkinTunde Popoola, the Church of Nigeria’s press spokesman said two donors gave the bulk of the funds. While they were given anonymously, he could confirm they were Nigerian nationals resident in the country, and were not American supporters of CANA. the rest

Breaking the bonds of communion

Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Post
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Formal arrangements have yet to be made, but it now appears that the critical decisions have already been taken for a dissolution of the Anglican Communion. Every 10 years, all the world's Anglican bishops meet at the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace. They are scheduled to meet this summer, but already some 250 have decided not to attend, boycotting because of the failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, to discipline American and Canadian Anglicans for blessing same-sex unions and ordaining actively homosexual clergy.

Many of those who are not attending Lambeth are in Jerusalem this week for an alternative meeting, to discuss how they see the way forward. The parallel meetings are a clear manifestation that the bonds of communion have broken down. The Archbishop of Canterbury is not in Jerusalem, and is not welcome there. The breach appears irreparable and therefore the Anglican Communion's days as a global community centred in Canterbury are numbered. the rest

Supreme Court finds individual right to own guns

Thursday, Jun 26, 2008
By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the first time in U.S. history, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that individual Americans have the right to own guns for personal use, and struck down a strict gun control law in the U.S. capital.

The landmark 5-4 ruling marked the first time in nearly 70 years the country's high court has addressed whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, rather than a right tied to service in a state militia.

In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia said the Second Amendment protected an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. the rest

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Devotional: Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness...

"What shall I say? Father, save me, from this hour? But for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name."
John 12:27-29

My attitude as a saint to sorrow and difficulty is not to ask that they may be prevented, but to ask that I may preserve the self God created me to be through every fire of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself in the fire of sorrow, He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to receive ourselves in its fires. If we try and evade sorrow, refuse to lay our account with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life; it is no use saying sorrow ought not to be. Sin and sorrow and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.

Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness, but it does not always make a man better. Suffering either gives me my self or it destroys my self. You cannot receive your self in success, you lose your head; you cannot receive your self in monotony, you grouse. The way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be so is another matter, but that it is so is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You always know the man who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, you are certain you can go to him in trouble and find that he has ample leisure for you. If a man has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, he has no time for you. If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people. ...Oswald Chambers

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Time: Threat of Anglican Schism Fizzles

Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2008

The would-be Anglican rebels gathered with storm clouds brewing around them. But now, even though the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFcon) has not concluded its meeting in Jerusalem, the secession it threatened to bring to the 78 million-member Anglican Communion looks like a confused bust.

This all comes as a bit of surprise to the press, which — with ample encouragement from the Church's right — had been framing GAFcon as a decisive step toward schism in the Anglican Communion, the third biggest global religious fellowship. GAFcon seems to be falling apart on several fronts. First came the venue problems: the conference ping-ponged embarrassingly at the last minute from Jerusalem to Jordan and back to Jerusalem. the rest

Anglican conservative accuses 'relic' Williams of colonial mindset

Gallup: Obama, McCain Tied

Obama had held at least a slim advantage for most of June
June 25, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on the presidential election finds John McCain and Barack Obama exactly tied at 45% among registered voters nationwide. here image

Poughkeepsie copes with housing fallout

N.Y. town's woes signal rising foreclosures spreading to more U.S. regions
By John W. Schoen
Senior Producer
Wed., June. 25, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - For Al Russo, a 30-year-old husband and father of two young boys, the trouble started about two years ago, when the shoe repair business he inherited from his parents hit a seasonal slow patch during the winter.

He’d set aside money to carry him over — just as his parents had taught him. But he had to use that money to pay for his mother’s funeral and soon began falling behind on his mortgage payments. To try to head off a foreclosure on the house he and his wife bought in 2005, he filed for bankruptcy this year at the federal court here on Main Street, representing himself. the rest

Slideshow: "I hate to leave everything behind"

Activists call for citizen's arrest of Pope

June 25, 2008

A SOCIALIST youth organisation has called for a citizen's arrest of the Pope when he arrives in Sydney for World Youth Day (WYD) next month.

Resistance, a member of the NoToPope Coalition, is advocating the pontiff's arrest on the basis of his continued stand against contraception.

Resistance spokeswoman Lauren Carroll Harris said the Pope's view constituted a conspiracy to murder, because the church's opposition to condoms leads to more people becoming infected with HIV.

Under Australian law, anyone can make a citizens arrest if they believe, on reasonable grounds, a person is committing or has just committed an offence. the rest image

The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver

From Organic Fanny Packs to 'Pure' Trash, Party Planners Face Logistical Nightmare
June 25, 2008

DENVER -- As the Mile High City gears up to host a Democratic bash for 50,000, organizers are discovering the perils of trying to stage a political spectacle that's also politically correct.

Consider the fanny packs.

The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wanted 15,000 fanny packs for volunteers. But they had to be made of organic cotton. By unionized labor. In the USA.

Official merchandiser Bob DeMasse scoured the country. His weary conclusion: "That just doesn't exist." the rest image

Bennison trial concludes

Wednesday, 25th June 2008
By George Conger

The trial of the Bishop of Pennsylvania for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy concluded this week, with a plea from the defendant’s lawyer not to judge the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison Jr., for the crimes of his brother, the Rev. John Bennison.

Bishop Bennison was accused of failing to discipline his brother John, who as a seminarian served as his youth minister in the 1970’s at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, California. John Bennison, who resigned from the priesthood in 2006, was accused of having seduced a teenage member of his parish youth group---and that his brother, Charles, had knowledge of the affair, but took no action. the rest

Bp. Ingham warns Dr. JI Packer, the Rev. David Short and other Vancouver clergy

Canadian Bishop in 'trespassing' warning
Wednesday, 25th June 2008
By George Conger

The Bishop of New Westminster, Michael Ingham has warned Dr. JI Packer, the Rev. David Short and other Vancouver clergy who have quit the diocese for the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) that if they remain in their churches they would be guilty of trespassing.

In a speech to his diocesan synod on May 31, Bishop Ingham told delegates to the Vancouver area synod the diocese did “not seek litigation, but if all appeals to reason and responsibility fail, we may need to seek relief from the civil courts in order to re-build and restore these parishes after the departure of their leaders and some members of their congregations.”

The diocese would “act legally to retain all property and assets belonging to these parishes and to the diocese” and would pursue claims of trespass against the clergy if they remained. the rest

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Bishop Nazir-Ali

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GAFCON: "It’s the beginning of a movement"

24/06/2008 21:35:00
By Paul Handley in Jerusalem

THERE was more description of GAFCON as a movement at a press conference on Tuesday, after an address by the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali.

Dr Nazir-Ali had ended his address to the conference by telling participants: “If you are anything, you are the beginnings, the miraculous beginnings, you could even say, of an ecclesial movement for the sake of the gospel and the renewal of Christ’s Church.”

He shared the subsequent press conference with Professor Stephen Noll, who is one of those canvassing views of GAFCON participants. He reported that, “Number one, it is being seen as more than a conference: it’s the beginning of a movement; and, secondly, it’s a movement within the Anglican Communion.” the rest

Albert Mohler: Coming to a Mall Near You -- Planned Parenthood's New Strategy

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"It is indeed a new look...a new branding, if you will." That's the explanation offered by Leslie Durgin, a senior vice president at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. She was speaking of Planned Parenthood's new "upscale" approach to marketing abortions and other "services" to wealthier suburban women.

This new strategy and marketing plan was described in chilling detail by reporter Stephanie Simon of The Wall Street Journal [article available by subscription only]. "Flush with cash, Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide are aggressively expanding their reach," she explains, "seeking to woo more affluent patients with a network of suburban clinics and huge new health centers that project a decidedly upscale image." the rest

Late-Term Abortion Facility in Dallas To Close - Eighth Closure Since Bishop Began Prayer at Clinics

24 hours a day, 7 days a week ecumenical effort was organized, with more than 800 people from 89 churches and several denominations
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

DALLAS, Texas, June 24, 2008 ( - The Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, has reported that Aaron Women's Health Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dallas will be closing its doors on June 28. Aaron's was one of three abortion clinics in Texas authorized to perform late-term abortions on unborn babies older than 16 weeks gestation.

When Bishop Charles Grahmann began leading a monthly "Second Saturday Rosary" outside Dallas abortion clinics in 1990, there were 13 abortion clinics in the city. Seven clinics closed between 1990 and 2001, and after Aaron's closes there will remain only five freestanding abortion clinics in Dallas. The Catholic Pro-Life Committee and others have vowed to continue to pray and offer alternatives to abortion outside those remaining five clinics. the rest

The power of fervent, consistent prayer!

Russian church in 'positive dialogue' with Vatican

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Russian Orthodox Church has established a "positive dialogue" with the Catholic Church but obstacles remain to a reconciliation between the two faiths, Russia's Patriarch Alexiy II said on Tuesday.

Both the Vatican and the Russian church say they are open to an historic meeting between the patriarch and Pope Benedict, a step that would send a signal that the churches, split since the Great Schism of 1054, are drawing closer. the rest

Philly raises atheist billboard

Charlie Butts

An atheist organization has erected billboards along a major interstate highway in Philadelphia that say: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone."

It is a billboard campaign to recruit members for a humanist group, especially appealing to those who may be somewhat shaky in their beliefs. Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), reacts to the billboards. "I'm astounded by this billboard in Philadelphia, but it pretty much follows along the course that Philadelphia is headed down," says the Christian activist. "I mean, when we see things happening in Philadelphia, from the Boy Scouts to [the city's] pro-homosexual leanings, I guess I'm not totally surprised." the rest/image

Anglicans vow no schism over gays, dogma

Leadership conference pledges to work within the church
George Conger
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

JERUSALEM There will be no conservative-led schism within the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola told traditionalists attending the Global Anglican Future Conference Tuesday.

The weeklong gathering of 300 bishops and 700 clergy and lay leaders at the Renaissance Hotel hoped to offer a way forward for Episcopal and Anglican churches divided over homosexuality and biblical authority but unwilling to secede from the 77-million-member Anglican Communion. the rest

The Little Robot That Could: Movie Review

by Mark Moring

Stanton talked to CT Movies last week about the themes in the film, about how his Christian faith informs his work, and about the creative process at Pixar.

There seem to be some biblical themes in this film. WALL•E is sort of like Adam, the only "guy" on earth, lonely, longing for a companion …

Andrew Stanton: Yes, and that's certainly why I picked EVE as an appropriate title for the female robot. But "Adam" just didn't have the underdog ring to it as the main character. WALL•E was a little bit more sad sack—and I could find an acronym that could work for that. But definitely it had that first man, first female theme. But I wasn't trying to replace man in the bigger story. I just loved the poetic-ness that these two machines held more care for living and loving than humanity had anymore. Full Interview image

Jesus in China: Life on the edge

Under threat of arrest, Christian activists in China battle boldly for the freedom to practice their beliefs unfettered by the government.
By Evan Osnos
Tribune correspondent
June 24, 2008

JINAN, China - At a highway rest stop just after dawn, Rev. Zhang Mingxuan answered his cell phone and resumed looking for trouble."Did you contact the lawyer I mentioned?" Zhang asked the caller, a rural church leader under pressure from his local government. "He will help you."

The caller was another addition to Zhang's unprecedented experiment: an alliance of Chinese church leaders, worshipers and public-interest lawyers who share the goal of winning greater rights and recognition for their faith. the rest

Bp. Nazir-Ali: Western world is losing Christian values

By Martin Beckford
Religious Affairs Correspondent in Jerusalem

The western world is losing its Christian values at a time when it needs them most, a leading bishop in the Church of England has warned.

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed the declining importance of the church was creating a "double jeopardy" situation where faith was being challenged at a time when society would most benefit.

He said believers needed to "recover their nerve" and spread the Gospel again.

The outspoken bishop, who earlier this week told those who tolerate homosexuality in the clergy to repent, also said he was "frustrated" that decisions which had been made in the church had not been stuck to. the rest image

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Devotional: Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods...

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said . . . Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods."
Daniel 3:16, 18.

The narrative of the manly courage and marvellous deliverance of the three holy children, or rather champions, is well calculated to excite in the minds of believers firmness and steadfastness in upholding the truth in the teeth of tyranny and in the very jaws of death. Let young Christians especially learn from their example, both in matters of faith in religion, and matters of uprightness in business, never to sacrifice their consciences. Lose all rather than lose your integrity, and when all else is gone, still hold fast a clear conscience as the rarest jewel which can adorn the bosom of a mortal. Be not guided by the will-o'-the-wisp of policy, but by the pole-star of divine authority. Follow the right at all hazards. When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honour to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle. See whether He will be your debtor! See if He doth not even in this life prove His word that "Godliness, with contentment, is great gain," and that they who "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, shall have all these things added unto them." Should it happen that, in the providence of God, you are a loser by conscience, you shall find that if the Lord pays you not back in the silver of earthly prosperity, He will discharge His promise in the gold of spiritual joy. Remember that a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of that which he possesseth. To wear a guileless spirit, to have a heart void of offence, to have the favour and smile of God, is greater riches than the mines of Ophir could yield, or the traffic of Tyre could win. "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and inward contention therewith." An ounce of heart's-ease is worth a ton of gold. ...CH Spurgeon image

Catholic Archdiocese halts church's annual gay pride prayers

St. Joan of Arc will hold service with no mention of gay rights
By Tad Vezner

A Roman Catholic Church decision to prohibit a Minneapolis gay pride prayer service has many in the gay community up in arms, leading activists to call the action a troubling and telling sign from the Twin Cities' new archbishop.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis recently told staff members at St. Joan of Arc Church they could not hold their annual gay pride prayer service planned for Wednesday — an event held for several years in conjunction with the annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration, parishioners said.

Instead, the archdiocese suggested a "peace" service with no mention of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. the rest

Former Abortion Clinic Worker Testifies that Live-Born Baby was Stabbed to Death

Tuesday June 24, 2008

Wichita, KS, June 24, 2008 ( - A murder investigation has been opened involving Shelley Sella, a California abortionist employed by George Tiller, who according to a former employee is reported to have intentionally stabbed to death an infant born alive during an abortion at Tiller's Women's Health Care Services abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas.

On the advice of an attorney, Operation Rescue reported the incident to the Wichita Police Department after a former Tiller employee, Tina Davis, told Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of the stabbing in April. It is believed that the alleged infanticide took place sometime in the past two years.

In addition, the incident has been reported to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, which has confirmed that the case has been assigned to an investigator. the rest image

ENS: Conservative Anglicans meeting in Jerusalem struggle to find a united voice

By Matthew Davies
June 24, 2008

[Episcopal News Service] The diversity of opinions expressed by some of the 1,000 participants attending the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) reveals that the current divide in the Anglican Communion is more than simply a conflict between liberals and conservatives.

The language adopted in a 94-page document, "The Way, The Truth, The Life," released on June 19, appears to indicate that the GAFCON leadership had already made up its mind that division was inevitable. The document, however, was drafted by a small number of GAFCON leaders. Other participants at the June 22-29 summit in Jerusalem are "at different points in the journey," Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda told ENS. the rest

Fears for ceasefire as rockets fired into Israel

Times Online
June 24, 2008
Sheera Frenkel, Jerusalem

Cracks have appeared in the fledgling truce between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, as Palestinian militants fired at least two rockets into an Israeli border city.

The rockets struck an unoccupied home in Sderot, said local rescue teams. Two people were slightly wounded in the barrage, which the Prime Minister’s office is calling a violation of the truce, which is only five days old.

"This is a blatant violation of the calm, and we will weigh options," an aide quoted Ehud Olmert as saying after the rockets struck. the rest

Two Gaza rockets slam into southern Israel

Israel: Truce Broken

Bishop Bennison Cleared of Financial Management Charges

June 24, 2008

The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison Jr., the inhibited Bishop of Pennsylvania, was informed recently that he has been cleared of charges related to his financial management of the diocese.

In November 2006, five clerical and five lay members of the standing committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania filed a presentment complaint against Bishop Bennison. He was charged with concealing certain financial information and failure to consult properly with the standing committee.

“The church attorney’s report stated that his investigation has not disclosed facts that, if found to be true upon trial, would clearly and convincingly show that Bishop Bennison acted contrary to the canons of the church or the diocesan canons or otherwise engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy by managing the financial affairs of the diocese as he did.” said the Rt. Rev. Dorsey F. Henderson, Bishop of Upper South Carolina and chairman of the Title IV [disciplinary] Review Committee, in a letter sent to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on June 10. the rest-TLC

Bishop Bennison awaits outcome of trial
Monday, 23rd June 2008
By George Conger

The trial of the Bishop of Pennsylvania for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy has concluded, with a plea from the defendant’s lawyer not to judge the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison Jr., for the crimes of his brother, the Rev. John Bennison.

Bishop Bennison was accused of failing to discipline his brother John, who as a seminarian served as his youth minister in the 1970’s at St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, California. John Bennison, who resigned from the priesthood in 2006, was accused of having seduced a teenage member of his parish youth group---and that his brother, Charles, had knowledge of the affair, but took no action. the rest

First Things: Yellow Science

By James Kerian
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In the late nineteenth century, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer developed what would come to be known as yellow journalism. By disregarding what had been standard journalistic methods, particularly in regards to the verifying of sources, these two publishers were able both to push their country toward war with Spain and dramatically increase the circulation of their respective newspapers.

Man has always had a healthy desire for knowledge, and it is the feeding of this hunger that ennobles journalism. Hearst and Pulitzer were acutely aware that man has a less healthy but no less voracious desire to believe that he has knowledge; particularly knowledge of something sensational. It is the feeding of this hunger that irreparably disgraced journalism, and a century later now threatens to do the same to science. the rest image

Young people and bishops to talk faith ahead of Lambeth

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, will head a delegation of archbishops and bishops from all over the world coming to Leicester ahead of the Lambeth Conference.

They will hear the hopes and aspirations of a group of over 40 young people drawn from across the worldwide Anglican Communion as part of the Diocese of Leicester's programme before the Lambeth Conference.

The consultation event, organised by the Diocese of Leicester’s Department of Youth Ministry with help from The Children’s Society, will give the invited young people a chance to air their views on issues of faith, life and power, and influence the bishops of the Anglican Communion’s discussions. the rest

Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

June 24, 2008

As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.

Barack Obama, on the altar at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, has appeared in synagogues this campaign but no mosques.

Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. Another aide appeared at Mr. Ellison’s Washington office to explain. the rest image

NARAL Catholics Line Up for Obama
June 24, 2008

You are the Democratic candidate for president. You want to reach out to Catholics. So what do you do when the majority of the elected officials on your National Catholic Advisory Council have the seal of approval from NARAL Pro-Choice America?

That's the position Barack Obama now finds himself in. the rest

Dobson accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible

Obama: America is 'no longer Christian'

Heinz pulls mayonnaise ad over gay kiss furore

Times Online
June 24, 2008

A mayonnaise ad that shows two men kissing has been withdrawn from television after 200 viewers complained that it was offensive.

Heinz, which makes the New York Deli Mayo featured in the commercial, pulled the advertisement less than a week into its expected five week run, in response to the criticism.

Viewers told the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that the ad was inappropriate and unsuitable for children to see. The ASA has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation. the rest

Americans see truth in a range of faiths, massive study finds

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / June 24, 2008

The United States is a nation of believers: most Americans say they believe in God, they pray, and they attend worship services regularly; they also believe in angels and demons, in heaven and hell, and in miracles.

But they also say, contradicting the teachings of many faiths, that truth comes in many forms. Large majorities of Americans say that many religions - not just their own - can lead to eternal life, and that there is more than one way to interpret religious teachings, according to a massive new study of religion in America conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and released yesterday.

"Even though the country is highly religious . . . most Americans are, in fact, not dogmatic about their faith," said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum. the rest

Survey shows Californians less religious than rest of nation

Religion survey says Texans more devout than most of U.S.

Mormon Church Enters Calif. Gay Marriage Fight

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking California members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Story

Homosexual Activists Seek to Block Vote on California Marriage Amendment

Gafcon news

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Spinning GAFCON: the smell of fear

Great links for GAFCON!

GAFCON Pilgrims Face Questions on Communion’s Future
Added 1:15 pm: Archbishop Nzimbi: Prayerful Process Will Shape Future Direction

GAFCON Opening with Archbishop Akinola
GAFCON Opening Sermon with Archbishop Orombi
GAFCON Sunday Press Conference

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Added 1:44pm: Kiwis go to meeting about same-sex unions