Saturday, July 05, 2008

Devotional: Our adoration of God should be done in faith...

Our adoration of God should be done in faith, believing that He really lives in our hearts, and that He must be loved and served in spirit and in truth. Believe that He is the most independent One, upon Whom all of us depend, and that He is aware of everything that happens to us.

The Lord's perfections are truly beyond measure. By His infinite excellence and His sovereign place as both Creator and Savior, He has the right to possess us and all that exists in both heaven and earth. It should be His good pleasure to do with each of us whatever He chooses through all time and eternity. Because of all He is to us, we owe Him our thoughts, words and actions. Let us earnestly endeavor to do this. ...Brother Lawrence image

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 16-19

Anglican bishops in secret Vatican summit

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Religious Affairs Correspondent
05/07/2008

Senior Church of England bishops have held secret talks with Vatican officials to discuss the crisis in the Anglican communion over gays and women bishops.

They met senior advisers of the Pope in an attempt to build closer ties with the Roman Catholic Church, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was not told of the talks and the disclosure will be a fresh blow to his efforts to prevent a major split in the Church of England.

In highly confidential discussions, a group of conservative bishops expressed their dismay at the liberal direction of the Church of England and their fear for its future. the rest

Church mute over talks with Vatican

Ruth Gledhill: Church of England faces ruin over women bishops

Times Online
July 5, 2008
Ruth Gledhill

The Church of England is in danger of "shattering" into thousands of stained-glass pieces if women are ordained as bishops, its governing body was warned this morning.

Members of the General Synod urged church leaders to postpone a decision on women bishops until more detailed proposals could be drawn up on how to care for opponents.

More than 1,300 clergy are threatening to leave the Church if women are consecrated to the episcopate without legislation enacted to protect them.

The Anglo-Catholic wing wants a special, extra-geographical diocese or province created as a woman-bishop and woman-priest free zone, to preserve the Church's apostolic tradition of a male-only priesthood.
the rest


General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Saturday 5th July 2008

WOMEN BISHOPS: REPORT OF THE WOMEN BISHOPS LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING GROUP (GS 1685)
The Bishop of Manchester moved the report.
Following debate, the report was carried by the Synod.

Audio of session

Following lunch, the Archbishop of York gave a Presidential Address.

Irish Bishop Harold Miller to give Lambeth ‘one more chance’

Friday, 4th July 2008
George Conger

Dublin: Irish evangelical leader Bishop Harold Miller of Down and Dromore conceded his decision to attend the Anglican Lambeth Conference “did not make sense” in light of the agenda and invitation list put forward by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but it was important to “give it one more chance” so as to preserve the gathering’s “moral authority.”

In his Presidential Address to the Synod of the Diocese of Down and Dromore on June 19, Bishop Miller noted this month’s Lambeth Conference would be marked by the absence of a “quarter of our bishops." He was “deeply saddened” by their decision as it would undermine the “moral authority” of the Conference, as well as excluding the voices of the most vibrant churches in the Communion.

However, he also expressed concerns about the conference as planned, noting it had been recast into a “retreat-come-training-conference and a meeting and listening place for bishops.” the rest image

GAFCON Global Petition

Individuals living outside England in solidarity with the GAFCON Jerusalem Statement and Declaration
by John Richardson
on Jul 02, 2008

In June 2008 the Global Anglican Future Conference took place within the context of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.GAFCON was organized in response to the spread of wrongful theological teachings and practices within the Anglican Communion, demonstrated and symbolised by the ordination and consecration of people in active same-sex relationships and the formal blessing of same-sex unions, though by no means confined to these issues.

At the end of the Conference the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration were issued, which may be found here, and should be read before signing this petition.On the 1st July 2008, two meetings took place at All Souls Church, Langham Place, England, the first for incumbents and other church leaders in the Church of England, the second particularly for members of Parochial Church Councils. the rest

Petition:
I stand in solidarity with the Jerusalem Declaration and Statement on the Global Anglican Future.
Sign the petition

BBC to broadcast documentary on GAFCON

New fellowship to unite ‘confessing Anglicans’ is born

Paul Handley reports from GAFCON in Jerusalem
July 4, 2008

PARTICIPANTS in GAFCON stood and applauded for 57 seconds after the conference’s final statement, with the Jerusalem Declaration, was read out by the Primate of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Orombi, last Sunday.

There was concentrated silence as Archbishop Orombi read through the four-page statement. He paused only once, to repeat the line: “Our fellowship is not breaking away from the Anglican Communion.”

After the applause, the Primate of Nigeria, the Most Revd Peter Akinola, asked the participants: “Is this your mind?” There was a resounding “Yes,” which he asked the participants to repeat: “Not loud enough!” “Yes!” the rest-great pictures!

Tension mounts as women-bishop vote approaches

by Bill Bowder
4 July, 2008

SUPPORTERS and opponents of women bishops in the Church of England confronted each other in the media this week, as the General Synod prepared for its marathon debate in York.

But strong hints that hundreds of clergy might leave the Church unless they were guaranteed legal safeguards were made this week — and dismissed by those in favour of change.

At a press conference on Monday organised by Women and the Church (Watch), the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Colin Slee, said that if priests opposed to women were going to leave, they would have left already. “They have had 14 years to decide.” The threat was “scaremongering”, he said. the rest

Added:
MPs in warning to Church not to block women bishops

Anglican leaders face battle over women bishops

Church of England urged to "disagree in love" over women bishops

Church of Ireland: We may allow gay unions

Saturday, 5 July 2008

The head of the Church of Ireland has said if homosexuality is proven to be biologically predetermined then his church would have to allow gay unions.

"If such comes to be shown, it will be necessary to acknowledge the full implications of that new aspect of the truth," said Archbishop Alan Harper...

...Mr Harper also said it was important to distinguish parts of the Bible that were considered the direct word of God and other elements that were human interpretations of his teachings in the context of the time.

"Rulings that may have applied and been deemed valid at one time and in one specific circumstance need not necessarily retain that applicability and validity at another," he said. the rest image

Bishops Investigate Report: 39 Abortions, 9684 Sterilizations Performed in Texas Catholic Hospitals

Friday July 4, 2008
By Tim Waggoner

AUSTIN, TX, July 4, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An anonymous report providing evidence from government statistics has indicated that 23 Catholic hospitals in Texas performed 39 abortions and 9684 sterilizations between 2000 and 2003.

As reported by Our Sunday Visitor, the State of Texas makes all hospital inpatient records publicly available. An anonymous group used this data to compile a report on the alleged immoral activities taking place in Catholic hospitals and released it to the website, Wikileaks, which operates in order to house this kind of information.

A spokesperson for the group said they released the information in order to increase awareness of the immoral practices Catholic hospitals were engaging in, but were afraid of retaliation and therefore remained anonymous. the rest

Church faithful may block the move for women bishops to stop the risk of defection by clergy

The Times
July 5, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

Proposals to consecrate women bishops in the Church of England could fall at the last hurdle as church members take fright at the prospect of mass defections among the clergy, The Times has learnt.

Sources at the General Synod, which began meeting in York last night to discuss the ordination of women bishops, predicted that many lay members would try to scupper the move in an attempt to preserve the unity of the Church.

The 207 lay members of the synod have traditionally been the most conservative house of all. The 205 clergy are less conservative than the laity, but more so than the bishops, who are dominated by the Church’s liberal wing. The debate on women bishops, which takes place this morning, with the vote on Monday, threatens to divide the Church more deeply than the ordination of women priests or the conflict over homosexuality. the rest

Williams Calls for Anglican Renewal

Archbishop blasts conservatives' efforts to split the denomination.
By DANIEL BURKE
Religion News Service
Saturday, July 5, 2008

The archbishop of Canterbury said conservatives' plans to usurp his leadership in the Anglican Communion are "problematic in all sorts of ways," saying Anglicans must renew - not dismiss - their frayed connections.

Archbishop Rowan Williams responded Monday to a Jerusalem summit of more than 1,000 conservatives who announced plans on Sunday to create a new council of top archbishops to oversee likeminded Anglicans.

In a direct challenge to both Williams and traditional geographic lines of authority, the conservatives also plan to build a new North American province for Anglicans upset with the liberal sway of their national churches. the rest

Anglican Church of Tanzania rejects ordination of homosexuals as bishops

05.07.2008

By Orton Kiishweko and Irene Sakwari

The Anglican Church of Tanzania has reiterated its opposition to the consecration of homosexuals and women as bishops.

Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa told The Citizen yesterday that the practice that threatens to tear apart the Anglican faithful resulted from what he termed ''a leadership failure at Canterbury'', headquarters of the church.

He also said he would not support the proposed ordination of women as bishops during his leadership as the head of the Anglican faithful in Tanzania.

He also denied during the interview that there was a physical split of membership in the Church over homosexuality.

He said the final decision would be reached at the coming Lamberth conference. the rest

Gay Episcopal bishop sees hope for progress

Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Religion Writer
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Almost exactly five years after he was elected as the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson remains the most controversial Christian in the world.

His consecration as the first openly gay, partnered Anglican bishop launched a global conversation about sexuality in Christianity and divided the Anglican Communion, the largest Protestant body in the world with 77 million members.

Yet what he is doing now may be more radical: Robinson is traveling the country and the world to talk more openly and more publicly than ever about his faith.

"The principal identity that I have is as a follower of Jesus," said Robinson, who was in San Francisco this weekend. "I think I'm so 'dangerous' because I'm so normal. ... What terrifies (conservatives) is that people will get to know me and find me to be not all that extraordinary and, indeed, find out how theologically orthodox I am. And then all of their arguments fall apart." the rest

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!







Stop Reading This Now!
By Joseph Bottum

What are you doing looking here on the Fourth of July? Go away. Set off some firecrackers. Recite some patriotic speeches. Watch the rockets’ red glare. Read about how the Peterkin boys, Solomon John, and Agamemnon made their disaster of “fulminating paste” from iron-filings and powder of brimstone. March in a parade with your children.

Get offline. [Good advice from First Things]

God Is Not Dead Yet

How current philosophers argue for his existence.
William Lane Craig
7/03/2008

You might think from the recent spate of atheist best-sellers that belief in God has become intellectually indefensible for thinking people today. But a look at these books by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, among others, quickly reveals that the so-called New Atheism lacks intellectual muscle. It is blissfully ignorant of the revolution that has taken place in Anglo-American philosophy. It reflects the scientism of a bygone generation rather than the contemporary intellectual scene.

That generation's cultural high point came on April 8, 1966, when Time magazine carried a lead story for which the cover was completely black except for three words emblazoned in bright red letters: "Is God Dead?" The story described the "death of God" movement, then current in American theology. the rest

Human-pig hybrid embryos given go ahead

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
01/07/2008

A licence to create human-pig embryos to study heart disease has been issued by the fertility watchdog.

This marks the third animal-human hybrid embryo licence to be issued by Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the first since the Commons voted in favour of this controversial research last month.

An HFEA spokesman said it had approved an application from the Clinical Sciences Research Institute, University of Warwick, for the creation of hybrid embryos. The centre has been offered a 12 month licence with effect from today, July 1.

The effort at the University of Warwick is led by Professor Justin St John. "This new license allows us to attempt to make human pig clones to produce embryonic stem cells," he said, where embryonic stem cells are able to turn into the 200 plus types in the body. the rest

Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Source of Liberty

Thursday, July 03, 2008
By Chuck Colson

This week, America celebrates another birthday. Americans are hoisting their flags, marching in parades, and setting off fireworks. I get a thrill every time I hear the band strike up “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” And I get a lump in my throat whenever I join in singing “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.”

Indeed, God has blessed America. This nation, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, has endured for 230 years. America is the oldest constitutional republic on earth.

But all is not well in our land. When Thomas Jefferson penned the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence, he deliberately appealed to the Creator. He acknowledged an overriding obligation to “Nature and Nature’s God.” And he understood that ordered liberty is not just a subjective preference, but a divinely ordained condition for which human beings are designed. the rest image

Group Asks for Divine Intervention to Ease Oil Prices

By Allison Aldrich and Keriann Hopkins
CNSNews.com Correspondents
July 03, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - As the price of oil continues to rise, some are turning to God and prayer for an answer to their financial troubles.

The Pray at the Pump Movement, founded by Rocky Twyman, has been holding prayer vigils at gas stations across the country. On Monday, Twyman decided to take his movement from Exxon and Shell stations straight to the steps of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., hoping to encourage the oil-rich country to raise the amount of barrels they release each day from 200,000 to 1.2 million.

Twyman, who is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spent the afternoon outside of the embassy praying and asking passersby to sign his petition for the release of more oil, which he hopes to deliver to the Saudi oil minister. the rest image

Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK's top judge

By Steve Doughty
03rd July 2008

The most senior judge in England tonight gave his blessing to the use of sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.

He declared: 'It is possible in this country for those who are entering into a contractual agreement to agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.'

In his speech in an East London mosque Lord Phillips signalled approval of sharia principles as a means of settling disputes so long as no punishments that conflict with the established law are involved, and as long as divorces are made to comply with the civil law. the rest

The Pope, Mormons, and Muslims agree…but not with Susan Russell or Marc Andrus

Religious groups line up for and against the legalization of same-sex marriage
July 3, 2008

The California Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage has created rifts between and within religious groups. Even before the court’s ruling went into effect on June 17, several Episcopalian, Unitarian Universalist, and Methodist clergy said they would officiate at same-sex marriages. And, though the Catholic Church has condemned the ruling, one Catholic priest has allegedly said he will witness same-sex unions.

The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, who has been blessing same-sex unions for 16 years, told the San Jose Mercury News this month that she supports same-sex marriage because she favors “everything we can do to build up the values that make strong families. I think the values matter more than the gender of the people making up the heads of those families."

Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California (which, despite its name, includes only the San Francisco Bay area) is another supporter of same-sex marriage. Not only has he called on his Episcopalian parishioners to oppose a November ballot initiative that would forbid same-sex marriages, but he encouraged his clergy to help San Francisco officials conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies. Andrus, however, said his clergy may not dress in clerics when they witness the unions. the rest

Assisted Suicide Video Horrifies Germany

07/01/2008

A former Hamburg government official has launched an intense debate on the right to die in Germany. He actively helped a woman commit suicide on Saturday -- and showed a film of it on Monday.

The tabloid Bild calls it "perverse." Germany's Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said "I reject this path categorically." And Jörg-Dietrich Hoppe, president of the German Medical Association, calls it "abhorrent and deeply schocking." the rest

Assisted Suicide Advocate Shows Ugly Truth of the Movement's Ideology

Gafcon sees a future away from Canterbury

George Conger
July 3, 3008

Excerpt:
Bishop John Guernsey, a former Episcopal priest who serves as a Bishop of the Ugandan Church but ministers in Northern Virginia called the statement historic, saying he was “very pleased” by the outcome. Anglo-Catholic leader Jack Iker, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth hailed the meeting as a success and a “positive contribution to the future direction of the Anglican Communion, as well as a very encouraging affirmation and validation of the realignment that has been taking place” over the past few years.

The Jerusalem Declaration restates traditional Anglican teaching on the Bible, ethics and church order-but also “rejects the authority” of church leaders and institutions that have “denied the orthodox faith in word.”

The failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, to discipline the US Church had made the situation worse, they argued. While recognizing his historic role, the Gafcon statement said it did “not accept that Anglican identity” was “determined necessarily through recognition” by the office of Archbishop of Canterbury—the hitherto customary determination of Anglican status.

However, the Jerusalem Declaration was not the start of a schism or formal split within the Anglican Communion. We are “not saying we are the only faithful Anglicans,” Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen explained, nor were we forming a “church within a church.”

The Jerusalem Declaration would provide a bulwark against “Western revisionist” theology by preparing a “fellowship” of Christians to “support each other in truth,” while “charting the way forward for a Gospel-centered future,” Dr. Jensen told The Church of England Newspaper.
It also “creates order out of chaos,” he said. The church splits and lawsuits that had arisen since the Episcopal Church consecrated a gay priest as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 were spiraling out of control, Dr. Jensen said. The Jerusalem Declaration and Gafcon Statement would provide a method for managing the crisis, he said. the rest

Gafcon leader: ‘we are not a political movement’

Thursday, 3rd July 2008
Matt Cresswell

London: The Archbishop of Sydney has declared that the Gafcon conference is not a political movement. “It’s a movement for Christ and the gospel,” he told a meeting of evangelicals at All Souls, Langham Place, on Tuesday.

The London meeting, first reported in this newspaper last month, heard contributions from Archbishop Peter Jensen as well Archbishops Gregory Venables (Southern Cone) and Henry Orombi (Uganda). Observers speculated that the meeting could see a breakaway group in England.

Archbishop Venables added: “Just to make it absolutely clear: Gafcon is not a breaking-away from the Anglican Communion. It is not the formation of an alternative group.”

He continued: “It is not a seizing of power, it is the exercise of legitimate authority for the sake of the Anglican Communion. We are not taking power over anybody, we are just bringing things together.”

Answering to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of the Jerusalem communiqué -- that a new GAFCON primate’s council would not be recognised by all –- Archbishop Jensen declared: “First of all they have authority because they have been elected by their own people.” the rest

Peter Jensen: US Anglicans look to the world

July 4, 2008

Some Western Christians have lost the plot and need a steadying hand.

THERE is a saying in financial circles that when Wall Street sneezes, Australia catches a cold. Such is the global dominance of North America that whatever happens within its shores reaches ours eventually. This is true as much of cultural and ideological matters as it is of finance. What's more, much of this influence is imperceptible until you look back and see how far the ground has shifted.

I can understand why many people have read about the outcome of the Global Anglican Future Conference and have the reaction: "Crisis, what crisis?" I made the point to reporters in Jerusalem that in Australia, we have been remarkably conservative on the matters that have deeply torn the fabric of the church globally. But we should not be naive about the slow and steady influence of revisionist teaching and why the seven men who lead some of the largest Anglican churches in the world have decided to stand up and be counted. the rest

Forward in Faith reflects on GAFCON

A LETTER FROM JERUSALEM
from the Representatives of Forward in Faith, North Americato the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON)

June 29th, 2008

Eleven years ago, Forward in Faith, North America (FiF NA), called for the formation of an orthodox Anglican Province in North America. Today, its representatives took part in the beginning of that goal’s fulfillment as GAFCON declared “the time is now ripe for the formation of a province in North America for the federation currently know as the Common Cause Partnership”.

GAFCON’s call for its Primates’ Council to recognize the new province is the fruit of long and hard work by many over many years. But FiF NA was the first to call for the creation of a province, and has worked diligently for it, even when other conservative bodies had not yet come to support that step.

The Common Cause Partnership (CCP), of which FIF/NA is a founding member, is a federation. Its members are divided over a number of issues, not least the issue of the ordination of women. Your representatives rejoice in GAFCON’s resolve “to work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us”, and seek to voice again the 2008 FiF NA Assembly’s call to the CCP to take up its promised common study of the ordination issue, and to consider a moratorium on ordaining women until the study is completed. the rest

Albert Mohler: Where Are Europe's Babies?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

"You can't have a country where everybody lives in a nursing home." The statement, shockingly obvious as it may be, was offered by Carl Haub of the Population Reference Bureau. He was speaking of Europe's looming demographic disaster. As The New York Times Magazine reports this week, many Europeans are now asking, "Where are the babies?"

The cover story is by Russell Shorto, who contributes some of the most interesting pieces run in the magazine each year. As he makes clear in this article, the radical decline in birthrates will bring equally radical social challenges. the rest image

AFA calls for McDonald's boycott

Ed Thomas
OneNewsNow
7/3/2008

The founder of the American Family Association (AFA) says the McDonald's Corporation's refusal to be neutral in the cultural war over homosexuality has resulted in their declaration of a boycott against the popular fast-food chain.

AFA founder Don Wildmon says they went to McDonald's after learning several months ago that the company had joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And following a $20,000 donation to that group, one of McDonald's executives was placed on the Chamber's board of directors. the rest image

Third Temple preparations begin with priestly garb

Updated Jul 2, 2008

Wearing a turban and a light blue tunic threaded with silver, a man stands in a workshop in Jerusalem's Old City beside spools of white thread affixed to sewing machines. A painting of high priests performing an animal sacrifice beside the First Temple illustrates the function of the room.

On Monday, the Temple Institute started preparing to build a Third Temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa mosque, by inaugurating a workshop that manufactures priestly garments. the rest

Jews inch towards their Temple

New Report Indicates Voters Most Interested in Barack Obama’s Position on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 3, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new report shows voters are interested in the position Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama takes on abortion. The Internet traffic monitoring firm HitWise indicates abortion is now the number one political issue voters are looking for when they conduct a search on Obama’s campaign web site.

Hitwise analyzed the top 200 U.S. search terms that sent visits to the presidential candidates’ websites for the first half of 2008, revealing the types of content searched for the most among Internet users.

Issues like education, the environment, health care and immigration are important to visitors on Obama’s web site, but HitWise says abortion tops them all. the rest image

McCain and Obama Differ on Same-Sex Marriage Initiative - New York Times

Sexual predators prowl new outlet: Interactive gaming consoles, such as Xbox and Wii

By Wendy Koch
USA TODAY
posted July 3, 2008

Sexual predators are using gaming consoles such as the Wii, PlayStation and Xbox to meet children online.

"Child predators are migrating from traditional methods to alternate media," says Detective Lt. Thomas Kish of the Michigan State Police. "They are going to places where children are."

Predators view games that allow kids to access the Internet and text message other players as a "foot in the door," he says.

Parents may not realize that gaming consoles have become Internet devices or that savvy kids can bypass parental controls, says Marc Rogers, director of Purdue University's Cyber Forensics Lab in West Lafayette, Ind. the rest image

Anti-abortion group wins free-speech ruling

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, July 3, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court gave an anti-abortion group the go-ahead Wednesday to drive trucks with enlarged photos of aborted fetuses past California schools, saying the Constitution protects the display of disturbing messages.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies interfered with free speech by ordering the driver of one such truck to move away from a middle school, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The deputies had cited a state law barring disruptive activities near public school grounds. the rest

For world Anglicans, a semi-schism

Conservative bishops form breakaway movement at last
Richard N. Ostling
posted July 3, 2008

The Anglican Communion, one of the world's largest Christian bodies, is veering in an unpredictable but potentially historic new direction as the result of conservatives' Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem.

The proximate reason for the June 22-29 event was approval for same-sex relationships in two of Anglicanism's 38 self-governing provinces, the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, and Anglican leaders' failure to impose any discipline. The situation exploded with the consecration of partnered U.S. gay Bishop Gene Robinson in 2003. However, Jerusalem participants insisted, the fundamental issue is not homosexuality but rejection of "the authority of God's Word written" and of Christian tradition. the rest

ENS: Diocese, Episcopal Church file complaint against those refusing to vacate Bishop Seabury

By Lisa B. Hamilton
July 03, 2008

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church has entered into a suit in support of the Diocese of Connecticut against the former rector and vestry members of Bishop Seabury Episcopal Church in Groton, Connecticut. The motion was granted by Connecticut's New London Judicial District Court on June 24. The Diocese of Connecticut filed a similar suit April 30 in the same court.

Both complaints ask that the court prevent the defendants, who have left the Episcopal Church, from retaining church property. Additional plaintiffs are Bishop Seabury Church and its priest-in-charge, the Rev. Canon David Cannon. the rest

Bp. Andrew Smith seeks church "healing" at Lambeth
By ELIZABETH HAMILTON Courant Staff Writer
July 3, 2008

Excerpt:
Smith is one of the Episcopal bishops who have dealt personally with fallout from the Robinson ordination. Since 2003, the Connecticut Diocese has been at odds with at least six conservative churches that either have sought oversight from another bishop or have voted themselves out of the Episcopal Church entirely.

The diocese recently started litigation against one of the six churches, Bishop Seabury in Groton, after its members voted to join the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a mission of the conservative Anglican Church of Nigeria, and refused to vacate church property. full story

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Devotional: Hold to patience in your hearts, my friends...

Hold to patience in your hearts, my friends, and put it into action when the situation calls for it. Don't let any abusive word from your neighbour stir up hatred in you, and don't allow any loss of things that pass away to upset you. If you are steadfast in fearing the loss of those things that last forever, you will never take seriously the loss of those that pass away; if you keep your eyes fixed on the glory of our eternal recompense, you will not resent a temporal injury. You must bear with those who oppose you, but also love those you bear with. Seek an eternal reward in return for your temporal losses. ...Gregory the Great image

CANA Bp. David Bena writes to his clergy about GAFCON

Dear fellow clergy from Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and SAN ANTONIO.

I am emailing all of you to give you some hope regarding the recent meeting of GAFCON in Jerusalem.

1) I prayed for each of you at the Holy Sites - Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, Christ Church, Temple Steps, Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Galilee. "You done bin prayed fer!"

2) The meeting, set last week in Jerusalem, was a great outpouring of Anglican love and traditional teaching. Check out the "Jerusalem Document" on the CANA website or the ADV website. It is a concise document which spells out what you and I have always believed but was yanked away from us by radical professors and church leaders: Primacy of Scripture; Jesus as Incarnate and the only way to salvation; the Creeds said without crossing our fingers at certain phrases; regular use of the BCP & Ordinal (Apostolic Succession); holy living including financial and earth stewardship, reaching out with the Gospel message, and sexual behavior that honors God.

3) There were actually over 1,200 participants, including just over 300 bishops. Interestingly enough, the bishops from North America included CANA, Uganda, Kenya, Southern Cone, Rwanda, Reformed Episcopal Church, Anglican Province in America, some bishops of Continuing Anglican groups from USA and Canada, and sitting bishops of TEC (Love, McPherson, Beckwith, Ackerman, Iker, Jim Adams, Schofield, Lawrence, Scriven.) All were excited to be there and supportive of the Document.

4) Speaking of North America, part of our Statement stated, "WE BELIEVE THE TIME IS RIPE FOR THE FORMATION OF A PROVINCE IN NORTH AMERICAN FOR THE FEDERATION CURRENTLY KNOWN AS COMMON CAUSE PARTNERSHIP TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE PRIMATES' COUNCIL." This is BIG. We continue to work and pray for the eventuality of this Province. It will be messy for a while, but all good things tend to start out messy. Let's be in prayer about it.

5) To dispel some rumors: the Bishop of Jerusalem was hesitant about us going there, not only because he was pressured by TEC bishops but because he was not sure how his own clergy would take our being there. Let me tell you: we did great; we did not divide his diocese one iota; we were kind to him as he greeted GAFCON leaders at St. George's Cathedral; we assisted the effort of Christ Church, Jerusalem. Some of the media sounded the alarm that the Gay Pride parade would turn violent as they protested our being there. That turned out to be hopeful palaver by the radicals. If there WAS a Gay Pride parade, I certainly didn't see one. Nor were there any protestors opposing our being in Jerusalem. The Deputy Director of Tourism for Israel greeted us and told us how important Israel felt our presence was to them.

6) Will the Jerusalem Document make it to the Lambeth Conference? Absolutely. Several of our participants intend to get it on the agenda in Kent.

7) BOTTOM LINE: We did not vote to leave the Anglican Communion; we voted to reform, heal and revitalize the Anglican Communion. GAFCON is not a separatist movement. It is a reform movement. Whatever the Archbishop of Canterbury and other liberal leaders wish to do with the future, WE'RE just going to go on and evangelize the world with classical Anglicanism. I know you are excited about all this.

So now I am home trying to get rid of jet lag. My prayers are again for you as you move into the summer. TAKE A BREAK!

Your Brother in Christ
+Dave Bena

(via email July 2, 2008)

AnglicanTV: GAFCON Final Press Conference

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Crossroads for Anglicans

Rowan Williams must face down opposition on all fronts
The Times
July 3, 2008

Rarely has an archbishop been so tested. Only days before he attends the General Synod in York, Dr Rowan Williams has received a letter from more than 1,300 clergy, including 11 serving bishops, threatening to defect from the Church of England if women are consecrated bishops. The letter comes hard on the heels of an equally minatory ultimatum issued in Jerusalem last week by more than 250 bishops from across the Anglican Communion excoriating the Archbishop of Canterbury for his lack of moral leadership and calling on traditionalists to “sideline” him.

That is not all. In a challenge to his authority as primus inter pares, some 800 Church of England clergy and lay leaders took the first step on Tuesday to forming a “Church within a Church”. Led by three overseas bishops, the group met in a London evangelical church to assert their opposition to the ordination of gay people as well as an anathema on liberal theology that they said was undermining the Church.

Most are expected to become part of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (Foca), formed at a meeting in Jerusalem by the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon). It bears out Dr Williams's fear that a schism in the Anglican Communion would lead not just to the exodus of several churches from the 38-strong body but to irreparable fissures within national churches. the rest

James Carse on the Diane Rehm Show

Diane Rehm Show: James Carse: "The Religious Case Against Belief"

At about 39 minutes in, he calls himself an Episcopalian and describes some of what he believes.

Australian Primate to Serve as Lambeth Spokesman

July 2, 2008

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall of Brisbane, Primate of the Anglican Province of Australia, will act as principal spokesman for the bishops attending the upcoming Lambeth Conference.

According to a July 2 release by the Anglican Communion News Service, Archbishop Aspinall will chair a daily press briefing during the conference. He previously served as spokesman for the primates at their 2007 meeting in Tanzania.

“The Conference will be a time for listening as well as speaking, and I will be as much a part of that listening process as my fellow bishops,” Archbishop Aspinall said. The Living Church

ACNS: Australia's Primate to be Lambeth bishops spokesman

Christians Convicted in Algeria for Promoting Faith

By The Associated Press
Wed, Jul. 02 2008

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two converts to Christianity were convicted Wednesday of illegally promoting their faith in Muslim Algeria and handed suspended sentences and fines, their lawyer said.

Rachid Mohammed Seghir, 40, and Jammal Dahmani, 36, were sentenced for "distributing documents that aimed at weakening the faith of Muslims," lawyer Khelloudja Khalfoun said. the rest

ABC's Spokesman Still Does Not Get It!

The Times
July 3, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

A senior adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Anglicans that they risk the destruction of their Church if they insist on making homosexuality a “shibboleth”.

Canon Gregory Cameron, the most senior expert in religious law helping to run the headquarters of the worldwide Anglican Communion, drew parallels from scripture to present a stark choice between unity and “internecine warfare”.

In a lecture in the diocese of St Asaph, Wales, he said: “The challenge of the life of the Communion is such at the moment that if we cannot express the ties that hold us together, then we are condemned to a far more serious fate.” the rest

This is a clear demonstration of how clueless the Archbishop of Canterbury is over the crisis in the Church. It has been five years since GC 2003 and this guy's spokesman still seems to think that the issue is sex, when in reality the issue is the willingness of much of the western church to rewrite scripture to conform with cultural norms under the thin pretext of Biblical interpretation. No wonder the ABC cannot lead the Communion if at this late stage he still does not know what this dispute is all about. -Raymond Dague

Obama's Pro-Gay Flyers

July 1, 2008

Barack Obama may be talking up his Christian faith like he's doing today in Ohio and trying his best to appeal to Evangelicals with a “new kind of politics,” but he’s got a problem. Many of his positions are the same liberal positions that have turned off Evangelicals for years.

Obama delivered another speech about faith Tuesday. He’s done a few of these concerning his faith and how it shapes his public policy. But Sunday his campaign and the Democratic Party were handing out pro-gay rights flyers at the Pride Festival in St. Louis. How is that going to play in the heartland? The Brody File has four flyers in its possession. You can view them by clicking here and here and here and here. These are larger files, so please give them a moment to download.

Obama has passed the first hurdle by engaging people of faith and being willing to discuss his faith openly. He has passed with flying colors. But now comes the hard part. It’s called scrutiny. His political opponents believe that once Evangelicals really get a handle on what Obama is all about policy wise, then they’ll be turned off and they won’t buy in to the lofty rhetoric.

Handing out pro-gay rights flyers while at the same time talking about your “Christian faith” is a MAJOR disconnect for not only conservative Evangelicals but for some of those Independent voting, moderate leaning working class folks in the rust belt. It doesn’t play well. the rest

Added: Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide

Albert Mohler: A Worldview Gone to the Dogs . . . Literally

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Excerpt:
The biblical worldview honors animals as creatures in whom the Creator takes pleasure and in whose existence He is glorified. But human beings alone bear the image of God, and can know the Creator.

Confusion about this abounds. Radical animal rights activists claim no moral distinction between human beings and other creatures. Spain proposes to give apes and other "hominids" legal rights. Professor Peter Singer of Princeton University argues that some domestic animals such as cows and pigs should be granted moral preference over human infants in some situations. Scientists grounded in a naturalistic worldview are more and more hard pressed to define just what makes humans unique as a species. Leona Helmsley is not alone in her confusion. the rest (image-our dog Herschel)

Chris Sugden: Gafcon can save Anglicanism

We are a response to the current authorities' unwillingness to check the flouting of Bible teachings and can lead it forward without a split
Wednesday July 2, 2008

For five years, the Episcopal church in US, the Anglican church of Canada, and elements of the Church of England and church in New Zealand have acted precisely like the student unions of the 1970s and Militant tendency in putting facts on the ground and defying the authorities to do anything about it. Some bishops and others have been presenting a different Christian gospel, expressed in disobedience to the teaching of the Bible, and continue to persecute and harass those who resist and object.

If the current dispute is merely a matter of different perspectives and emphases, as the Archbishop of Canterbury suggests, why are the bishops who are promoting this different gospel driving people out of their churches and removing licences from priests such as Dr Packer?

Gafcon became necessary following the persistent failure of the current authorities in the Anglican Communion to do anything about this deliberate flouting of Christian teaching and decisions of the whole Anglican Communion and its leadership. the rest

TitusOneNine: Excellent Roundup of Links on GAFCON!

GAFCON links

How Lord of The Rings Should Have Ended

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Devotional: If God be with us...

If God be with us, we are in ennobling company, even though we are poor and despised. If God be with us, we have all-sufficient strength, for nothing can be too hard for the Lord. If God be with us, we are always safe, for none can harm those who walk under His shadow. Oh, what a joy we have here! Not only is God with us, but He will be with us. With us as individuals; with us as families; with us as churches. Is not the very name of Jesus, Immanuel—God with us? Is not this the best of all, that God is with us? Let us be bravely diligent and joyously hopeful. Our cause must prosper, the truth must win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him. ...CH Spurgeon image

Evangelical Christians sign up to a 'Church within a Church'

The Times
July 2, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

Nearly 800 clergy and lay leaders from the Church of England took the first steps yesterday towards forming a “Church within a Church” to be an evangelical stronghold against the ordination of gay people.

The clergy met at All Souls Langham Place, in Central London, a prominent evangelical church, where they were invited to sign up to the “Jerusalem declaration” rejecting liberal doctrines. Most are expected to endorse the statement, forming the British arm of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, a rival Anglican Communion that was started in Israel last week at a conference of conservative Anglicans from around the world.

In the declaration conservative bishops, mainly from Africa and Asia, stated: “We reject the authority of those Churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord.” the rest

California Episcopal Church talks about abandoning weddings in wake of same-sex ruling

July 1, 2008
By JENNIFER GARZA
SACRAMENTO BEE/Scripps Howard News Service

The controversy over same-sex marriage -- along with a growing sense that many couples who marry in churches never return -- has prompted faith leaders to say it's time to reconsider how couples tie the knot.

After the California Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California began encouraging all couples to marry outside the church.

"I urge you to encourage all couples, regardless of orientation, to follow the pattern of first being married in a secular service, and then being blessed in the Episcopal Church," Bishop Marc Handley Andrus wrote his clergy June 9. the rest

AnglicanTV: GAFCON Jerusalem Declaration Video

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The Girl Scouts' new radicalism

Marcia Segelstein
OneNewsNow Columnist
7/1/2008

The Girl Scouts of the USA have been on a steady, well-documented leftward slide for many years. (More on that later.) But this summer, the organization is about to take a giant leap even further in that direction.

The GSUSA is introducing a new "Girl Scout Leadership Experience," essentially a new curriculum, titled "Journeys." The first series of books, one for every level of scouting, will be released this summer called "It's Your World - Change It." As you may have guessed from the title, it's all about girls "taking action." the rest image

Global Warming as Mass Neurosis

By BRET STEPHENS
July 1, 2008

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the mass hysteria phenomenon known as global warming. Much of the science has since been discredited. Now it's time for political scientists, theologians and psychiatrists to weigh in.

What, discredited? Thousands of scientists insist otherwise, none more noisily than NASA's Jim Hansen, who first banged the gong with his June 23, 1988, congressional testimony (delivered with all the modesty of "99% confidence").

But mother nature has opinions of her own. NASA now begrudgingly confirms that the hottest year on record in the continental 48 was not 1998, as previously believed, but 1934, and that six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 antedate 1954. Data from 3,000 scientific robots in the world's oceans show there has been slight cooling in the past five years, never mind that "80% to 90% of global warming involves heating up ocean waters," according to a report by NPR's Richard Harris. the rest image

Anglican Church League President: Statement on GAFCON

July 1, 2008
Mark Thompson
ACL President

“Nobody present last week in Jerusalem wanted to split the Anglican Communion. No one wanted to leave the Anglican Communion. All wanted to see a robust and authentic Anglicanism which could courageously play a part in God’s great mission of reaching out to lost men and women with the gospel of redemption in Christ.”

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Church chiefs slam homophobic claim

posted July 1, 2008

Leaders of a traditionalist Anglican grouping have described claims they were homophobic as a "myth" as they insisted their movement was not about seizing power in the Church.

Key figures in the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, a movement set up at the weekend in Jerusalem, said they were not a political grouping and were intent on reasserting the authority of the Bible.

Archbishop Peter Jensen, of Sydney, Australia, a leading figure in the Gafcon movement (Global Anglican Future conference) which set up the movement, told a news conference in London that they were dedicated to restoring order in the "chaos" over the last five years in the Anglican Communion.

He said: "What we have got to understand about Gafcon is that it is not a political movement it is a movement for Christ and the Gospel. It is a movement to reassert the authority of the Bible over the Church and the importance of the Gospel for the Church." the rest

Richard Kew+: The Scapegoating of the Archbishop of Canterbury

June 30, 2008

I am concerned about attitudes toward this present Archbishop of Canterbury, who seems by many of those of the GAFCon persuasion to have become the scapegoat not only for his own shortcomings in this confusing crisis, but also everyone else’s. I have found myself wondering what the attitude of the GAFCon loyalists would have been if George Carey had still been the ABC — and who/what the scapegoat would have been in those particular circumstances. Scapegoating is, quite honestly, a very easy way to shrug off one’s own responsibilities for the situation.

Yes, the office of Archbishop of Canterbury does seem to have colonial overtones, but again, is the anti-colonial argument pressed because it can be used to great affect against Rowan Williams whose public persona is eminently difficult for most people to grasp (especially when the media have finished messing with his idiosyncrasy)? It needs to be asked if the office would be disdained in this particular manner if John Sentamu was Archbishop of Canterbury instead of York: I rather doubt a once-persecuted Ugandan with a huge and extrovert personality and faith would be dismissed with the scorn afforded the gentle Welsh scholar who inhabits Lambeth Palace. the rest/comments

UK: Gay rights protestors thrown out of Anglican summit at All Souls

By John Bingham
01/07/2008

Gay rights activists have been thrown out of a summit of rebel Anglicans opposed to liberalisation of church teaching on issues such as homosexuality.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell and fellow protesters attempted to storm the meeting in central London which follows the setting up of a break-away group threatening the union of the world-wide communion.

Holding a placard accusing traditionalists of "crucifying" homosexual believers, Mr Tatchell had denounced moves to set up a rival communion opposed to liberal values.

More than 750 Church of England clergy and wardens are attending the event at All Souls Church in London's Langham Place. the rest

Anglican Mainstream: Post-GAFCON at All Souls

Post-GAFCON at All Souls: ABp Greg Venables

President of Anglican Church League Australia on GAFCON

Post GAFCON at All Souls: ABp Henry Orombi

The Ugley Vicar:
Post-GAFCON at All Souls, 4: Interview with Revd Dr Jim Packer

The Coming Persecution: How Same-Sex 'Marriage' Will Harm Christians

By Chuck Colson
7/1/2008

It is all about equal rights, the gay “marriage” lobby keeps telling us. We just want the right to marry, like everyone else.

That is what they are telling us. But that is not what they mean. If same-sex “marriage” becomes the law of the land, we can expect massive persecution of the Church.

As my friend Jennifer Roback Morse notes in the National Catholic Register, “Legalizing same-sex ‘marriage’ is not a stand-alone policy . . . Once governments assert that same-sex unions are the equivalent of marriage, those governments must defend and enforce a whole host of other social changes.”

The bad news is these changes affect other liberties we take for granted, such as religious freedom and private property rights. Several recent cases give us a sobering picture of what we can expect if we do not actively embrace—and even promote—same-sex “marriage.” the rest

I've Seen the Future, and It Has a Kill Switch

Bruce Schneier
06.26.08

It used to be that just the entertainment industries wanted to control your computers -- and televisions and iPods and everything else -- to ensure that you didn't violate any copyright rules. But now everyone else wants to get their hooks into your gear.

OnStar will soon include the ability for the police to shut off your engine remotely. Buses are getting the same capability, in case terrorists want to re-enact the movie Speed. The Pentagon wants a kill switch installed on airplanes, and is worried about potential enemies installing kill switches on their own equipment.

Microsoft is doing some of the most creative thinking along these lines, with something it's calling "Digital Manners Policies." According to its patent application, DMP-enabled devices would accept broadcast "orders" limiting capabilities. Cellphones could be remotely set to vibrate mode in restaurants and concert halls, and be turned off on airplanes and in hospitals. Cameras could be prohibited from taking pictures in locker rooms and museums, and recording equipment could be disabled in theaters. Professors finally could prevent students from texting one another during class. the rest image

Michelle Obama's address to the DNC's Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council

From the DNC's GLLC dinner in New York, Thursday, 6/26/08
Excerpts at Hugh Hewitt's blog

Michelle Obama Praises Husband's Commitment to Homosexuals

Pro-Homosexual Researchers Conceal Findings Relevant to Same-Sex Marriage Debate: Openly Homosexual Parents Influence Sexuality of Children

Trayce L. Hansen, Ph.D

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- This November, California voters will be asked to decide by ballot if marriage in their state is to be defined as solely between one man and one woman. No doubt voters in other states will soon face that same decision. With such a radical cultural change hanging in the balance, it's more important than ever that voters be aware of important social-science research that sheds light on the issue.

Trayce L. Hansen, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, recently reviewed the available research on homosexually parented children and reports findings relevant to the same-sex marriage debate: Children raised by openly homosexual parents are more likely to engage in homosexual behavior themselves. And some self-described pro-homosexual researchers who uncovered such results attempted to conceal them by declaring that no differences were found. the rest

Church of England clergy plan mass exit over women bishops

1,300 write protest letter to archbishop
The Times
July 1, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

More than 1,300 clergy, including 11 serving bishops, have written to the archbishops of Canterbury and York to say that they will defect from the Church of England if women are consecrated bishops.

As the wider Anglican Communion fragments over homosexuality, England’s established Church is moving towards its own crisis with a crucial vote on women bishops this weekend. the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury hits out at breakaway Anglicans

Riazat Butt religious affairs correspondent, and Peter Walker
Tuesday July 1, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday accused rebel Anglicans who have launched a breakaway faction within the global communion of lacking legitimacy, authority and, by implication, integrity.

Breaking his silence over the threat to the unity of the 77 million-strong communion, Dr Rowan Williams warned leaders of the conservative coalition that "demolishing existing structures" was not the answer to their concerns.

The Church of England faces further upheaval on a second front, with a group of clergy and bishops threatening to defect over the issue of women bishops. the rest

Abide With Me: Hayley Westenra

Monday, June 30, 2008

Devotional: Abide in Me...

Abide in Me: These words are the command of love, which is ever only a promise in a different shape. Think of this until all feeling of burden and fear and despair pass away, and the first thought that comes as you hear of abiding in Jesus be one of bright and joyous hope. ...Andrew Murray

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
...Henry Lyte image

Olympic nightmare: A red tide in the Yellow Sea

By Jim Yardley
June 30, 2008

BEIJING: With less than six weeks before it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the city of Qingdao has mobilized thousands of people and an armada of small boats to clean up an algae bloom that is choking large stretches of the coastline and threatening to impede the Olympic competition.

Local officials have initiated an all-out effort to clean up the algae by mid-July. Media reports estimate that as many as 20,000 people have either volunteered or been ordered to participate in the operation, while 1,000 boats are scooping algae out of the Yellow Sea. The official news agency, Xinhua, reported that algae currently covered a third of the coastal waters designated for the Olympic races. the rest

Media Silent on Far-Left Anti-Abstinence Alliance

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are teaming up to take down federally funded abstinence education.
By Kristen Fyfe
Culture and Media Institute
June 30, 2008

It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood wants the federal government to stop funding abstinence-only education programs, but did you know the ACLU is working with them hand in hand?

The abstinence-themed headlines making the news recently are like the one from an Associated Press story that ran last week in The Washington Times, “States abandon Bush funding for sex education.” The article reports that 17 states, for various reasons, now have refused federal grant monies for abstinence education. For some the grant comes with too many restrictions on what can be taught. For others the fact that the grant program comes up for renewal annually and there is no guarantee it will pass. Still other states cannot come up with the matching funds required. the rest

Canadian Pro-Life Groups Appalled that Abortionist Morgentaler May be Awarded Order of Canada July 1st

By Steve Jalsevac

OTTAWA, June 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Various sources are reporting that Canada's Governor General intends to approve a bypassing of normal routine and bestow the Order of Canada on abortionist and militant atheist Henry Morgentaler on Canada Day, Tuesday July 1st. More than any other single person, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who is referred to as Canada's Father of Abortion and Father of Secular Humanism is responsible for the current Canadian legal situation of no law restricting or regulating abortion.

"It is dreadful that this honour should even be considered for a man who's only claim to fame is that he is a professional killer of defenseless babies in their mothers' wombs," said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. "Those who have received this prestigious medal should return it because it will have been devalued and disgraced," he continued.

"If Morgentaler had any integrity he would refuse the medal", said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC. "This presentation should be given to people who have made Canada a better place to live and the elimination of thousands of human beings who would have contributed to the future of Canada is a disgrace not an honour." the rest

TIME: An Anglican Schism: Headed for US?

By DAVID VAN BIEMA
Monday, Jun. 30, 2008

A group of conservative bishops meeting in Jerusalem have raised anew the possibility of a schism in the worldwide Anglican church, largely over the contentious issue of gay priests. But a nearly simultaneous court ruling in Virginia has increased the chances that the battle over Anglican unity could come to a head in the United States. Says conservative Canon Kendall Harmon with the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina: "[The U.S.] has become a hot zone, and it's going to become much hotter."

The Global Anglican Future conference (GAFcon), the group of conservative Anglican bishops and believers that ended its weeklong meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, released a statement that stops short of outright schism with the Anglican Communion. However, it seems to set up an alternative fellowship of conservative Anglicans within the Communion, made up of its own group of key archbishops, or primates. It also states an unwillingness to recognize as fellow Anglicans all whom the Archbishop of Canterbury designates as such. the rest

Presiding Bishop responds to GAFCON statement

June 30, 2008

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has responded to the Global Anglican Future Conference with the following statement.

Much of the Anglican world must be lamenting the latest emission from GAFCON. Anglicanism has always been broader than some find comfortable. This statement does not represent the end of Anglicanism, merely another chapter in a centuries-old struggle for dominance by those who consider themselves the only true believers. Anglicans will continue to worship God in their churches, serve the hungry and needy in their communities, and build missional relationships with others across the globe, despite the desire of a few leaders to narrow the influence of the gospel. We look forward to the opportunities of the Lambeth Conference for constructive conversation, inspired prayer, and relational encounters.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
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Comments at Stand Firm

Schori's Easter Cow Message

ACNS: Archbishop of Canterbury responds to GAFCON statement

June 30, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has responded to the final declaration of the Global Anglican Future Conference with the following statement:

The Final Statement from the GAFCON meeting in Jordan and Jerusalem contains much that is positive and encouraging about the priorities of those who met for prayer and pilgrimage in the last week. The ‘tenets of orthodoxy’ spelled out in the document will be acceptable to and shared by the vast majority of Anglicans in every province, even if there may be differences of emphasis and perspective on some issues. I agree that the Communion needs to be united in its commitments on these matters, and I have no doubt that the Lambeth Conference will wish to affirm all these positive aspects of GAFCON’s deliberations. Despite the claims of some, the conviction of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God and the absolute imperative of evangelism are not in dispute in the common life of the Communion

However, GAFCON’s proposals for the way ahead are problematic in all sorts of ways, and I urge those who have outlined these to think very carefully about the risks entailed.

A ‘Primates’ Council’ which consists only of a self-selected group from among the Primates of the Communion will not pass the test of legitimacy for all in the Communion. And any claim to be free to operate across provincial boundaries is fraught with difficulties, both theological and practical – theological because of our historic commitments to mutual recognition of ministries in the Communion, practical because of the obvious strain of responsibly exercising episcopal or primatial authority across enormous geographical and cultural divides. the rest

GAFCON Final Press Briefing

Audio from the final press briefing in Jerusalem.
Questions answered by Archbishops Henry Orombi of Uganda, Peter Jensen of Sydney, and Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda.

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GAFCON: What's in it for me?

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Bobby J. Kennedy

My Rector and Bishop were in attendance at GAFCON this past week. That is well known information. Today, following Mass, a group of us, from Grace Church, met Fr. Riley at the airport as he returned from his pilgrimage in Jerusalem. He was greeted by a warm round of applause, handshakes, and hugs. Hearing him speak about the conference, and hearing his wife speak her second-hand information about the conference, leaves one feeling that there is a new found sense of unity developing among Anglicans who oppose the progressive agenda within the Communion. While many people within the Anglican Communion, on all sides of the issues, expected GAFCON to be the divorce event for Anglicanism, and the beginning of global Anglican disintegration, it seems the opposite is true. In a way, the most unlikely of outcomes has occurred. Who would have guessed that GAFCON would have been a rallying point, or regrouping? For those who are familiar with war films, it is as if the traditionalists were surrounded, and retreat seemed inevitable, but someone picked up the fallen banner, charged the enemy positions, reinvigorated the troops in the trenches, and is now leading a counter attack on the enemy’s front lines. GAFCON has picked up the fallen banner of the Anglican Communion, and positioned itself to faithfully dig in, hold the bridgehead, and move deeper into enemy conquered territory. These are promising days for the future of many Anglicans. the rest (Brad Drell)

Hills of the North: Initial thoughts on GAFCON

GAFCON final day: Making a Statement!

NYT: Anglicans Face Wider Split Over Policy on Gays

By DINA KRAFT and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
June 30, 2008

JERUSALEM — Anglican conservatives, frustrated by the continuing stalemate over homosexuality in the Anglican Communion, declared Sunday that they would defy historic lines of authority and create a new power bloc within the communion led by a council predominantly of African archbishops.

The announcement came at the close of an unprecedented weeklong meeting in Jerusalem of Anglican conservatives who contend that they represent a majority of the 77 million members of the Anglican Communion. the rest

Conservative Anglicans stay with Communion, launch global fellowship