Saturday, August 02, 2008

Devotional: Many a true servant of the Lord is slow of speech...

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Exodus 4:12

Many a true servant of the Lord is slow of speech, and when called upon to plead for his Lord, he is in great confusion lest he should spoil a good cause by his bad advocacy. In such a case it is well to remember that the Lord made the tongue which is so slow, and we must take care that we do not blame our maker. It may be that a slow tongue is not so great an evil as a fast one, and fewness of words may be more of a blessing than floods of verbiage. It is also quite certain that real saving power does not lie in human rhetoric, with its tropes, and pretty phrases, and grand displays. Lack of fluency is not so great a lack as it looks.

If God be with our mouth, and with our mind, we shall have something better than the sounding brass of eloquence or the tinkling cymbal of persuasion. God's teaching is wisdom; His presence is power. Pharaoh had more reason to be afraid of stammering Moses than of the most fluent talker in Egypt; for what he said had power in it; he spoke plagues and deaths. If the Lord be with us in our natural weakness we shall be girt with supernatural power. Therefore, let us speak for Jesus boldly, as we ought to speak. ...CH Spurgeon

Bishops ask Archbishop of Canterbury for an 'orderly separation’

Senior church of England bishops have challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury to declare a split in the Anglican Communion for the sake of orthodox Christianity.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Religious Affairs Correspondent
La 02 Aug 2008

They said that the Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams, would fail to avert a schism because liberals were determined to press ahead with their pro-gay agenda.

Instead, they called on Dr Williams to acknowledge that there were now two distinct Churches and negotiate an “orderly separation” to preserve a traditional identity for Anglicanism.
Liberals warned that such an action could lead to civil war in the Church.

The comments from the bishops of Winchester and Exeter, came as bishops at the Lambeth Conference released their final briefing paper on plans to solve the crisis over homosexuality. the rest

Fourth Draft Of Reflection Document

Saturday, August 2, 2008

pdf here

Sitemeter Kills Thousands Of Sites For IE Users

Nik Cubrilovic
Saturday, August 2, 2008

In yet another case of widgets going crazy and causing havoc, a bug in Sitemeter has caused a large number of websites and blogs using the free web analytics tool to fail loading for users of Internet Explorer. Users of Google's Blogger were amongst the first to report experiencing problems with sites running Sitemeter at 6pm pacific time on Friday. The problem has since been partially rectified, although some 16 hours later and without a notification or official response from the company either via email or on their blog.

Sitemeter proudly displays a list of the most highly trafficked sites running their service on their homepage. The sites include the entire Gawker Media network, the gossip blogger PerezHilton and the popular political blog DailyKos. We verified that all of these sites were failing to load in Internet Explorer, with nothing more than a blank page and a response in the form IE error window indicating a connection issue with The issue also affected our own Techcrunch France blog, which resorted to removing the sitemeter code as the only solution. The browser error indicates that the problem was with the Javascript code that is included in each page. the rest

AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008: A Conversation with Archbishop Venables

New Aids Infections up 40%

Over 56,000 new AIDS infections each year in U.S.
Sat Aug 2, 2008
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 56,000 people become infected with the AIDS virus every year in the United States -- 40 percent more than previous estimates, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC stressed that actual infection rates have not risen but said better methods of measuring new diagnosed infections and then extrapolating this to the general population led to the fresh estimates.

"CDC's first estimates from this system reveal that the HIV epidemic is -- and has been -- worse than previously known. Results indicate that approximately 56,300 new HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2006," the CDC said in a statement.

"This figure is roughly 40 percent higher than CDC's former estimate of 40,000 infections per year, which was based on limited data and less precise methods." the rest

Lambeth seeks common ground in proposed covenant

Marites N. Sison
staff writer
Aug 1, 2008

Bishops of the Anglican Communion Friday began the first of two days of discussions on the second draft of the proposed Anglican Covenant that is being heralded as a way for the Anglican Communion to heal relationships fractured by deep divisions over human sexuality.

“This (Covenant) is a badly-needed mechanism for solving our problems”, said Archbishop Drexel Gomez, primate of the Church of the Province of the West Indies and chair of the Windsor Covenant Design Group. Anglicans have “only used meetings in the past,” to deal with issues. “We have no legal framework, no magisterium.”

Archbishop Gomez said that the covenant is not intended to be a legal contract, but rather “a mechanism to redefine the basic tenets of Anglicanism.” the rest

Anglican Covenant May Be 10 Years Away

August 1, 2008

After a day of discussion on Aug. 1 concerning the proposed Anglican Covenant, there is widespread support in principle for such an agreement among the bishops attending the Lambeth Conference. It is unlikely that anything would be in place for at least 10 years, however.

During a Lambeth Conference media briefing Friday morning, the Rev. Canon Gregory Cameron, deputy secretary general and director of ecumenical affairs for the Anglican Consultative Council, explained that there is currently no provision to welcome into the covenant a diocese whose province rejects it.

“At the moment we are playing a ball game to win provincial support,” he said, “but provided it is within the constitution and canons of the province, there is no harm in having a diocese declare itself in sympathy with a covenant.” the rest

Bishops back Archbishop Rowan Williams and still see value in being in Communion

Times Online
August 2, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Archbishop of Canterbury has the overwhelming support of bishops at the Lambeth Conference, according to a survey for The Times.

However, one quarter of Anglican bishops at the meeting in Canterbury, Kent, are unsure that he is providing the leadership needed to save the Church from schism.

Few bishops support the idea of solving the church's differences by changing the Anglican Communion to a looser federation.

Three-quarters of those at the conference are happy with Dr Rowan Williams' leadership. the rest

Friday, August 01, 2008

Endless debate on sexuality ‘is exposing Anglicans to ridicule as the Gay Church’

The Times
August 2, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Anglican Communion is ridiculed as “the Gay Church” and is losing members over homosexuality, say bishops meeting in Canterbury.

Mission is being damaged and confidence in the validity of the Anglican Communion is being hurt, they say.

The bishops’ comments appear in a draft of the final Reflections document of the Lambeth Conference.

About 670 bishops from 38 provinces worldwide have contributed to the document after meeting in African-style indaba, or discussion, groups during the 2½ week conference at Kent University.

The final document will be published tomorrow. It is the main report to emerge from the conference, which has been designed to enable debate without votes or resolutions that might widen divisions. the rest

Rome's plans for the Anglicans

Friday, August 1, 2008
Damian Thompson

The presence of three cardinals at the Lambeth Conference has not attracted the attention it deserves. Rome is keeping its cards close to its chest with regards to the Anglican Communion. But something is going on, and the future shape of the Church of England may depend on it.
We can, perhaps, discount the presence of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor at Lambeth. He's an old-style, glad-handing ecumenist, still wedded to the vision of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), whose proceedings ran into the ground about 15 years ago. One of these days, someone is going to have to break the news to Cormac.

Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelisation, is made of sterner (not to say ruder) stuff. He told the Lambeth bishops that they were in danger of suffering from spiritual Alzheimer's and ecclesial Parkinson's. That is the sort of language that plays well with spiky Anglo-Catholics who have given up on the C of E and are hoping to transfer as soon as possible to the Catholic Church.

The surprise came from Kasper, the Vatican's head of ecumenism, who is German but not a close ally of the Pope. He said yesterday that the decision to ordain women bishops had closed the door on any hope of Rome recognising Anglican orders. He also spoke cryptically of his hopes that a "new Oxford movement" would arise within Anglicanism, based on a true understanding of the priesthood and sacraments. the rest

Hills of the North on Lambeth: Vacuum

Nature abhors a vacuum, and it's pretty clear that when Lambeth is behind us, and the vacuum created by the Archbishop's weakness is not filled as it should be, all manner of forces will seek to fill that vacuum.

The plan to do just this is already in place on the American side. While Episcopal Church bishops have dishonestly tried again to deny that same-sex blessings are happening with authorization, all they have done is underscore their mendacity. But even these dissembling bishops have not tried to deny that what lies ahead in the Episcopal Church after Lambeth is a full-bore push to make same-sex blessings--if not marriages--officially sanctioned as a good and holy thing. Some institutional liberal bishops will understand the dangers this poses, but they now have no power or authority, as the inmates are plainly running the asylum. And the revisionists do not have to worry about the next Lambeth invitation just yet, and the hard leftists among them frankly are already wondering whether the Anglican Communion is worth the bother. In short, once Lambeth ends, there are no governors remaining on their behavior.

The only counterbalance to this is GAFCON. This may not be what the more institutional of us would have wanted to see, but it is now fact, and we must accept and embrace it. And this is no "power grab": right now there are more bishops, clergy, and laity represented by GAFCON than any other structure, province, or power within the Communion. The moment Lambeth is over, the baton is effectively passed to GAFCON, whether the Archbishop likes it or not. And GAFCON must be ready to assume that leadership. It must pay due deference to the Archbishop, as any new leader ought to do to a predecessor. But it must not hesitate in moving forward, in exercising the leadership it has been given. It cannot afford to be viewed as a handmaiden of existing structures, the Archbishop included. It must be beholden to the Gospel, and the Gospel alone. the rest

Syria's grand mufti invites pope to Syria

posted August 1, 2008

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Syria's grand mufti, the country's top Sunni Muslim religious authority, says he would like to meet Pope Benedict XVI and persuade him to visit Syria.

The mufti, Sheik Ahmad Badereddine Hassoun, made the comments in Damascus, according to the Italian news agency Apcom and other reports Friday.

"I would like to invite the Holy Father to visit our country, following in the footsteps of St. Paul," Hassoun was quoted by Apcom as saying. "I am available for a meeting at the Vatican. I would like to see him one on one to plan the visit together." the rest

Primate expresses ‘frustration’ that Canadian church’s voice hasn’t been heard at Lambeth hearings

Marites N. Sison
staff writer
Aug 1, 2008
Canterbury, England

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has expressed “frustration” that the Canadian church has not been given an opportunity to present its situation with regards to the blessing of same-sex unions during hearings conducted by a body formed to determine the next course of action for the Anglican Communion to salvage its fractured unity.

Archbishop Hiltz, who is attending the once-a-decade conference of the world’s Anglican bishops here, said that it would be “a huge challenge” to merge what has been happening in bishops’ discussion groups, called indaba, with what the Windsor Continuation Group (WCG) has been recommending as the way forward for the Communion.

“I think what we’re running into is a kind of difficult rubbing between the indaba process which has been in large measure very conversational, very relational” and the work of the WCG, which is “seeking to find structures and procedures whereby we can remain in communion with one another,” said Archbishop Hiltz. “How the two can interface for the well-being is a huge challenge at this moment.” the rest

Proposed ‘retrospective’ moratorium means New Westminster will be asked to withdraw all same-sex blessings, says Windsor Continuation Group member

Russian Orthodox Church denounces Church of England

Friday, 1st August 2008
George Conger

The Russian Orthodox Church has released a statement denouncing the Church of England, calling the July 7 vote by General Synod not to create legal safeguards for opponents of women bishops an abandonment of the true faith.

The decision taken by General Synod "alienates Anglicans from the Orthodox Church and contributes to further division of the Christian world,” the Moscow Patriarchate said in a statement released on its website on Aug 1.

The Moscow Patriarchate stated that it opposed the ordination of women to the priesthood as “such a practice contradicts centuries-old Church traditions dating back to the first Christian community. Orthodox Christians consider women bishops to be even more unacceptable," the statement said. the rest

Son of top Hamas leader converts to Christianity

'I hope my father and family open their eyes to Jesus and the Kingdom of God'
July 31, 2008
By Aaron Klein
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – The son of one of the most popular leaders in the Hamas terrorist organization has moved to the U.S. and converted to Christianity, it has emerged.

In an exclusive interview with Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Masab Yousuf, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheik Hassan Yousef, slammed Hamas, praised Israel and said he hoped his terrorist father will open his eyes to Jesus and to Christianity. the rest

Drexel Gomez speaks on the Anglican Covenant at Lambeth

At Stand Firm: Text of Press Conference

Church times: Covenant is ‘future-directed’ says Gomez

Stand Firm: Bishops’ First Reflection on Sexuality Weakens Lambeth 1.10

Friday, August 1, 2008

Matt Kennedy: This is the first draft of the sexuality section. Here

Greg Griffith: Reflection on Sexuality: Send it Back

++Mouneer Anis: N. Americans push sexuality issues and then blame us for talking about it

CofE warned of legal action if it tries to 'steal' churches from Rome parishes

A leading bishop has warned the Church of England it could become embroiled in costly legal action if it tries to "steal" churches from traditionalists ready to defect over the the introduction of women bishops.
By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
01 Aug 2008

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham, claims most of the church's assets once belonged to the Roman Catholic Church.

He says it would be "legalised theft" if the Church of England tried to keep buildings used by Anglo-Catholics who may defect to Rome after its governing body voted to bring in women bishops without special concessions for traditionalists.

Anglo-Catholics have already said they hope entire parishes will be accepted into the Roman Catholic Church while keeping their existing churches, a move which would be strongly resisted by the Church of England and would inevitably lead to legal disputes. the rest

Tipsy on Wall Street

Chuck Colson
July 29, 2008

The problem was greed unchecked by any moral restraint.

For example, look at what some big-time sellers of high-risk, mortgage-backed securities did. As reported in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, when the market for these securities began to look shaky, one house sold much of its stockpile of mortgage-backed securities to eager customers-all the while selling the securities short, betting the market would go down. The company made handsome profits, of course, but what about its customers? So where are we after years of unrestrained greed on Wall Street, coupled with a lack of prudence on the part of individual lenders and borrowers? Well, the U.S. economy is, to put it mildly, shaken, as is the world economy. Second, due to the unscrupulous behavior of a few, the Fed, the SEC, and Congress are ready to step in and regulate the markets more than ever. the rest image

African church leader accuses Rowan of ‘betrayal’

by Maria Mackay
Friday, August 1, 2008

The Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev Henry Orombi, has accused the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams, of betraying biblically faithful churches by inviting bishops involved in the consecration of the openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to the Lambeth Conference.

Archbishop Orombi, one more than 200 bishops boycotting the two-week conference, said in a comment for The Times that the current system for appointing the Archbishop of Canterbury was a “remnant of colonialism”.

“Even the Pope is elected by his peers. But what Anglicans have is a man appointed by a secular government,” wrote Archbishop Orombi. the rest

Abortion Decline in US Leads to Long-Term Reduction in Infant Mortality Rates

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 31, 2008

Washington, DC ( -- Americans received good news back in January when new figures from Planned Parenthood's research group showed the number of abortions nationwide have fallen to their lowest point in 30 years and have declined 25 percent since 1990. That has resulted in a drop in the nation's infant mortality rate.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute report found just over 1.2 million abortions in the United States in 2005, down nearly 25% from their high of 1.6 million in 1990.

The last time the number of abortions was that low was 1976 -- just three years after Roe v. Wade. The abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women age 15-44) came in at 19.4 per thousand in 2005 -- the lowest since 1974. the rest

Abortion's link to premature birth

Clear weather for sun eclipse observation in west China

YIWU, Xinjiang
Aug. 1, 2008

(Xinhua) -- Eclipse tourists who swarmed to small towns in west China's Xinjiang and Gansu were happy to be greeted by bright sunshine on Friday.

"The weather would be favorable for the eclipse observation," said Carolyn Ng, a program manager and science education specialist from NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of America).

She led a 12-member crew to broadcast the solar eclipse live from Yiwu, a small pastoral county in Hami Prefecture 500 kilometers east of Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital. the rest/image

Lambeth diary: Anglicans in turmoil

Friday, 1 August 2008
Robert Pigott

After two weeks of discussion on issues such as the environment and mission, Anglican bishops turned their attention to homosexuality on Thursday. Some traditionalists have criticised the way that formal debate of the very issue that is tearing the Anglican Communion apart has been left to the final few days of the Conference.

Even then the 670 bishops in Canterbury for the conference were split up into groups of only 40 to talk about homosexuality, and what the Bible teaches about it.

There was no vote, and no resolution. The media was excluded from the discussions, but conference officials acknowledged that none of the bishops had changed his or her mind about sexuality. the rest

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Devotional: The Lord always deserves to be praised...

The Lord always deserves to be praised for what He is in Himself, for His works of creation and providence, for His goodness towards His creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness. ...CH Spurgeon image

'Mini Lambeth' would be the way forward, say dissatisfied bishops

Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent
The Guardian
Friday August 1 2008

The once-a-decade gathering of the world's Anglican bishops in Canterbury has been described as inadequate by those attending it, who yesterday recommended that a smaller group meet every three years.

It is thought that a "mini" Lambeth would allow bishops to have more frequent contact and discussions when attempting to resolve disputes over issues such as the ordination of gay clergy.

The suggestion was one of several to come out of an ongoing process, called Reflections, designed to gain consensus from group meetings involving the 670 bishops who have been in Canterbury for more than a fortnight. the rest

Archbishop Orombi: The Church cannot heal this crisis of betrayal

Those who violate biblical teaching must show repentance and regret before we can share communion with them
Henry Luke Orombi
The Times
August 1, 2008

I love the Lord Jesus Christ, and I love the Anglican Communion. So, why did the bishops of the Church of Uganda and I decide not to attend the present Lambeth Conference? Because we love the Lord Jesus Christ and because we love the Anglican Communion.

St Francis of Assisi said: “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words.” We believe that our absence at this Lambeth Conference is the only way that our voice will be heard. For more than ten years we have been speaking and have not been heard. So maybe our absence will speak louder than our words.

The crisis in the Communion is serious; our commitment to biblical and historic faith and mission are serious; and we want to be taken seriously. In 2003 the Episcopal Church in America consecrated as bishop a man living in an active homosexual relationship. This unilateral and unbiblical action was directly contrary to a resolution of the 1998 Lambeth Conference.

I participated in that conference and we overwhelmingly resolved that “homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture” and the conference “cannot advise the legitimising of same-sex unions”. As a result, the 2003 action of the American Church plunged the Anglican Communion into a crisis that, as the primates of the Anglican Communion said in 2003, “tore the very fabric of our communion at its deepest level”. The crisis is about authority - biblical authority and ecclesiastical authority. the rest

AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008: 7/31 Round Table

Mary Ailes, Kevin Kallsen , Matt Kennedy+, and Sarah Hey

Lambeth Diary: Rowan accused of 'betrayal'

Ruth Gledhill's blog
July 31, 2008

In a comment piece in tomorrow's Times, the Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, will accuse the Arcbishop of Canterbury of a betrayal at the very deepest level. He will argue that even the Pope is elected by his peers, but Dr Williams in his office is little better than a remnant of colonialism. 'The spiritual leadership of a global communion of independent and autonomous Provinces should not be reduced to one man appointed by a secular government,' he says. Nor is the absence of Uganda, Nigeria and other Global South churches a sign that they want to leave the Communion. Far from it. It is a sign of how much they care that it endures. Read it all from when it goes online at 2100 BST and in the paper tomorrow, it is strong stuff! the rest

Interview with Bishop Harold Miller of Ireland

Sarah Hey interviews Bp. Harold Miller of the Diocese of Down and Dromore
July 31, 2008

AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008: Bishop Peter Beckwith


New Commission proposed to save the Communion

Thursday, 31st July 2008
Andrew Carey

A renewed plan for moratoria on same sex blessings, gay consecrations and cross border interventions were outlined at the Lambeth Conference earlier this week.

Together with plans for a Faith and Order Commission, a Pastoral Forum, a safe-space for parishes under overseas oversight until they can be reunited with provincial bodies, the Windsor Continuation Group drip-fed their recommendations into the Conference with a series of three special hearings. Yet American and Canadian Bishops told a hearing this week that dioceses were openly authorizing and allowing same sex blessings and did not intend to stop. Of the African Primates who have crossed borders into the United States to consecrate American missionary bishops, none of them are in attendance at the Lambeth Conference to respond in person to the call for a moratorium on their actions. the rest

Catholic-Anglican relations reach new low over women bishops

Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
The Times
July 31, 2008

The Roman Catholic Church has finally ended all hope that Anglican priestly orders will ever be recognised as valid.

In an address to the Lambeth Conference of 670 Anglican bishops from around the world, the cardinal who heads the Council for Christian Unity said the dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics would be irrevocably "changed" as a result of the ordination of women and the recent vote to go ahead with consecrating women bishops.

Cardinal Walter Kasper also reiterated the Vatican's stance that homosexuality is a "disordered" condition.

In a well-attended closed session at the conference at the University of Kent University, Canterbury, Cardinal Kasper said relations between the two churches are now deeply compromised. He urged bishops to consider their shared inheritance, which he said was "worthy of being consulted and protected." the rest

Cardinal Kasper's address

Condemn homosexuality, Vatican official tells Lambeth conference
Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent
Guardian /Thursday July 31 2008
Homosexuality is a disordered behaviour that must be condemned, a Vatican official said yesterday...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Devotional: So come!

So come! With heads erect, let us advance, ignoring everything, and remaining always satisfied with God and with all that he makes us do and accomplishes within us. Let us take good care not to get foolishly involved in all those fears and doubts which, like paths leading nowhere, only tempt us to wander on and on until we are hopelessly lost. Let us leap over this maze of self-love instead of trying to explore its endless alleys.
...Jean-Pierre de Caussade image

AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008: 7/30 1:30pm Press Conference

Press Conference: Here

Lambeth 2008: Coming to a Church near you: Here

Doctors may have found a way to destroy HIV

By Lee McGuire
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

“We have found an innovative way to kill the virus by finding this small region of HIV that is unchangeable,” Dr. Sudhir Paul of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston said.

Dr. Paul and Dr. Miguel Escobar aren’t talking about just suppressing HIV – they’re talking about destroying it permanently by arming the immune system with a new weapon lab tests have shown to be effective. the rest image

Daily pill that halts Alzheimer's is hailed as 'biggest breakthrough against disease for 100 years'

The Rev. Todd H. Wetzel on Gene Robinson-the most dangerous man in the Episcopal Church.

July 30, 2008
Canterbury, England

In 2000, I called the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson the most dangerous man in the Episcopal Church.

Before you jump to conclusions, let me say that I was very clear that it was not because I considered him a “bad” person. Quite the contrary, he was (and is) very articulate, a capable and well liked priest, intelligent, reasonably good looking, a skilled consultant who was (and is), by his own admission, non-celibate and a person of homosexual orientation. As a member of the diocesan staff, he was well known locally. I called him ‘dangerous’ because he was elect-able. And, if elected, and consecrated, chaos would emerge within the Episcopal Church and the Communion.

Americans elect their bishops from a slate of candidates. In most cases, the electing convention is made up of members of the parishes and convention officers of the diocese. Each parish selects a given number. Those elected to do the voting meet the candidates in what is called a “dog and pony show.” Often, most if not all candidates, will otherwise be unfamiliar to those doing the voting.

At some times before the election, the candidates are flown in and talk to the electing convention. People with strong views are usually dismissed by the laity who fear they will be “insensitive.” Academic, theologically informed individuals are dismissed as well because they are intimidating to both clergy and laity. More often than not, the candidate who bubbles to the surface is reasonably good looking, one who knows how to work the crowd and engage people in conversation. His or her credentials often involve serial parochial experiences never having been in any parish long enough (usually five or less years) to have been tested in serious leadership issues and styles before moving on to the next size larger parish. They tend to view conflict as unnatural and have, consequently, never gained the skills to work in and through conflict, a skill every bishop needs. the rest

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'A Problem of America' at Lambeth

July 30, 2008

Bishop K.D. Daniel of East Kerala in the Church of South India (United) never wavered in his determination to the Lambeth Conference, but that does not mean he is happy with the situation in the Anglican Communion.

“The problem we are basically facing is a problem of America,” he said. “They want to push their problems on to other nations.”

Bishop Daniel was one of 16 nominated to serve indaba group listeners on July 25. This is the group that will prepare the conference “Reflections” paper.

Issues of human sexuality do not predominate in East Kerala, said Bishop Daniel. His diocese is about 360 miles long, but averages less than 50 miles in width. It was created about 25 years ago by dividing the Indian state of Kerala in half. Western Kerala has a prosperous and growing service-sector economy, including tourism, public administration, banking and finance, transportation, and communications. East Kerala is much less developed with large tropical rain forests and agriculture as the primary source of employment. Unemployment is high in East Kerala, Bishop Daniel said. the rest

Belarus: Christians Threatened and Fined for Leading Worship Services

July 29, 2008

Government officials in Belarus are prohibiting three Protestant communities from having church services in Grodno region, northwestern Belarus.

According to Forum 18 News,”On August 3, in the small town of Svisloch, a planned open-air baptism has been banned, despite the attempts of Pentecostals to negotiate with the authorities. They just don’t want to allow it.”

This is the latest incident of Christian persecution in Belarus. Forum 18 News added that in the town of Mosty, a Pentecostal pastor was fined nine months’ wages for leading a small unregistered church. Forum 18 News said, “The court verdict notes as evidence of wrongdoing that ‘at meetings they read the gospel, discussed questions of religious faith, sang songs and conducted religious rites.’” the rest

Albert Mohler: Cohabitation in Contemporary America

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The U.S. Census Bureau has just reported that cohabitation among heterosexual couples has hit record numbers as living together -- as opposed to getting married -- becomes more and more mainstream.

USA Today provides extensive reporting on this issue, along with analysis that seems to celebrate this development.

In one article, "Census Reports More Unmarried Couples Living Together," the paper provides a summary of the findings.
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Vatican official: Anglican Communion must stay true to Scriptures

Vatican City

(CNS) -- The Anglican Communion needs to find a way to affirm the dignity of all people and encourage the active role of women in the church while remaining faithful to the Christian tradition and Scriptures, said Cardinal Walter Kasper.

The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke July 30 at a session for bishops attending the Anglican Communion's Lambeth Conference, which is held once every 10 years, in England.

Offering "Roman Catholic Reflections on the Anglican Communion," the cardinal told the bishops he spoke "as a friend" representing a church committed to dialogue with Anglicans and praying that the Anglican Communion does not split as a result of differences over ordaining women and over homosexuality. the rest

KENYA: Anglican primate rejects call to stop 'intervention' in U.S.

By Fredrick Nzwili
July 30, 2008

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi] Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya has said churches in Africa and the Global South will not stop setting up parallel church structures in the United States, despite a call at a gathering of Anglican bishops from all over the world for a halt to such "cross border interventions."

"We won't stop going to America to preach the Gospel. We are going to preach the Gospel. We are going to tell the good news to the people," Nzimbi said in Nairobi on July 30 while addressing journalists before being installed as the president of Church Army Africa, a society of Anglican evangelists.

Nzimbi leads one of several churches from the Global South that say they are providing pastoral care to U.S. parishes that broke away from the U.S. Episcopal (Anglican) Church after it consecrated an openly gay cleric as a bishop in 2003. the rest

Bishop Catherine Roskam: Bishops who are wife beaters..

Bishops who give and take a beating
By George Pitcher, Religion Editor in Canterbury

There are moments in any political conference – and I think that we should stop pretending that the Lambeth Conference isn’t a political one – when warring factions show their true colours.

There are times here in Canterbury with the Anglican Communion’s bishops when it feels like a classic Conservative Party conference of the Nineties, with everyone pretending to be united on Europe, until a Portillo-style figure stands up and says that he’d bomb Brussels because it’s full of homosexuals (or whatever).

Such a moment arrived today when the Rt Rev Catherine Roskam, Suffragan Bishop of New York, declared in a liberal magazine article that some of the bishops here at the conference are wife-beaters. the rest

US female bishop Catherine Roskam: male prelates 'beat up wives'
July 30, 2008
Ruth Gledhill
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has challenged an American woman bishop to produce evidence to back up her claim that bishops beat their wives...

Woman bishop claims church leaders from ethnic minorities beat their wives, United Kingdom
A woman bishop has claimed that church leaders from ethnic minorities beat their wives, sparking outrage among members of the Anglican church at the Lambeth ...

This ridiculous comment by American Bishop Catherine Roskam that some of the bishops in attendance must beat their wives is about as stupid a remark as the accusation made at the last Lambeth conference that bishops were bribed with chicken dinners to vote for Resolution 1.10. The not so subtle condescending racism directed toward the Africans apparently continues. These insulting remarks have now become a Lambeth tradition. So much for indaba.
-Raymond Dague

A panel of Anglican bishops share their views with Faith Online

July 30, 2008
We have asked a selection of Anglican bishops attending the Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade gathering of the Anglican episcopate, to share their views on the meeting as it progresses
Bess Twiston Davies

Bishop Mouneer Anis of Eygpt, Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East:
"I found the presidential address of Archbishop Rowan very clear. He clearly described what is happening and the thinking of people on both sides. I found his address helpful and very honest in expressing both sides of the conflict. While some very positive things are happening at the conference, some unresolved issues are still dividing the Communion. Those issues are still very much unresolved and untackled. I wonder if during the next few days we will do something about these unresolved issues. I have some doubts. The positives are that we are sitting down together, we are studying the Bible together, we are talking to each other and we are listening to each other.

Yet I see that a big wall still divides us. It is big because it involves the essentials, the foundation of our faith. We are not divided by mere trivialities, or issues on the periphery of faith. We are finding it very hard to come together in the essentials. This diversity of opinion is about the heart of our faith, the faith which we received from the saints. I speak the mind of many of my colleagues in the Global South, especially in the Diocese of Eygpt. I am aware that not all of us in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East have the same mind. I respect and love them.

I find that many of our North American friends blame us and criticise us for bringing in the issues of sexuality and homosexuality but in fact they are the ones who are bringing these issues in. Here at Lambeth, you come across many advertisements for events organised by gay and Lesbian activists which are sponsored by the North American Church. If you visit the marketplace at the conference, you will notice that almost half the events promoted on the noticeboard promote homosexuality and are sponsored by the North Americans. And in the end, we, the people who remain loyal to the original teaching of the Anglican Communion, which we received from the Apostles, are blamed. They say that we talk a lot about sexuality and that we need to talk more about poverty, about AIDs, and injustice. They are the ones who are bringing sexuality into this conference. It’s not us. We want to talk about the heart of the issues which divide us, not only sexuality. That is just a symptom of a deeper problem.

They talk about the slavery and say that 200 years ago Christians were opposed to the freedom of slaves and they compare us to those Christians for our attitude to gay and lesbian practises. To be honest, I think this is inviting us to another kind of slavery, slavery of the flesh, to go and do whatever our lusts dictate. Sometimes, I think that maybe because of the pressure in Western culture to push the practise of homosexuality, our friends in the West are pushing these issues. But, on the other hand, I see many who live in the West and still want to preserve the faith and the tradition of the Church. Should we allow culture to pressure the Church or should the Church be distinctive, light and salt to the world? Cardinal Ivan Dias said that we didn’t bring the Gospel to the culture we could end up suffering from spiritual Alzheimers." the rest

Catharine Roskam, Suffragan bishop of New York
Kirk Smith, bishop of Arizona
Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales
Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, Bishop of Mauritius
Todd Mcgregor, Bishop of Madagascar

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Twin baby moose and sprinkler

Very sweet!

Devotional: Christ turned the world's accepted standards upside down...

Christ turned the world's accepted standards upside down. It was the poor, not the rich, who were blessed; the weak, not the strong, who were to be esteemed; the pure in heart, not the sophisticated and the worldly, who understood what life was about. Righteousness, not power or money or sensual pleasure, should be man's pursuit. ...Malcom Muggeridge image

Rowan Williams: Second Presidential Address to the Lambeth Conference 2008

Ruth Gledhill's Lambeth Diary
29 July 2008

‘What is Lambeth ’08 going to say?’ is the question looming larger all the time as this final week unfolds. But before trying out any thoughts on that, I want to touch on the prior question, a question that could be expressed as ‘Where is Lambeth ’08 going to speak from?’. I believe if we can answer that adequately, we shall have laid some firm foundations for whatever content there will be.

And the answer, I hope, is that we speak from the centre. I don’t mean speaking from the middle point between two extremes — that just creates another sort of political alignment. I mean that we should try to speak from the heart of our identity as Anglicans; and ultimately from that deepest centre which is our awareness of living in and as the Body of Christ.

We are here at all, surely, because we believe there is an Anglican identity and that it’s worth investing our time and energy in it. I hope that some of the experience of this Conference will have reinforced that sense. And I hope too that we all acknowledge that the only responsible and Christian way of going on engaging with those who aren’t here is by speaking from that centre in Jesus Christ where we all see our lives held and focused. the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury accuses Anglicans of threatening 'death to each other'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the opposing sides in the Anglican Communion's divide over sexuality of "threatening death to each other", in an emotional plea for peace.
By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
29 Jul 2008

Dr Rowan Williams warned liberals who have elected a gay bishop and blessed same-sex unions that their actions are felt as a "body blow" by some, and create "literal physical risk" in countries where Christians are persecuted for tolerating homosexuality.

But he also told conservatives, some of whom have defected from their national churches in protest at the liberal developments, that their reactions are felt as an "annihilating judgement" that "pours scorn" on the whole church's legitimacy. the rest

Strong quake shakes Southern California

Jul 29, 2008
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported.

The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.

Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude 5.8, centered 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles near Chino Hills in San Bernardino County. Ten aftershocks occurred in the next dozen minutes, including three estimated at 3.8, and the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake was about 8 miles below the earth's surface. the rest

AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008: 7/28 5:30 pm Press Conference

Stand Firm: First Draft of the Lambeth Reflections document

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Proposal calls for moratorium on same-sex blessings and gay ordinations

New Westminster’s Ingham calls action ‘punitive’
Marites N. Sison, staff writer
Jul 28, 2008
Canterbury, England

The Windsor Continuation Group (WCG) Monday presented the world’s Anglican bishops with a proposal to create a pastoral forum that would create a “safe space” for conservative Anglicans who have left their churches. It also recommended a “future” and “retrospective” moratorium on same-sex blessings, the ordination of openly gay homosexuals and cross-border interventions by provinces.

Bishop Clive Handford, WCG chair and former primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, clarified that “retrospective” did not imply that Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, would have to resign.

“We are not anywhere intending to imply that Bishop Gene Robinson should resign. We are aware that (he) was elected bishop according to the processes of The Episcopal Church, whatever we may think of that,” said Bishop Handford. the rest

Remarks by Bishop Michael Ingham

'Time Out' Proposed at Lambeth Conference

July 28, 2008

Private blessings of same-sex unions would continue under a preliminary proposal submitted to the Lambeth Conference Monday by the Windsor Continuation Group. A few hours later, the first draft of the conference’s final reflections paper was distributed. It calls for support of those “who are isolated in their diocese by initiatives such as that by GAFCON (the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference).”

The document from the Windsor Continuation Group was the third to be distributed during the 20-day conference which began July 16 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. As currently configured, the report calls for all to agree to a “time out,” with the one exception being the proposal for the formation of a plan under which dioceses and parishes which already have broken with their province would be held in trust until they were reconciled. the rest

Guardian: Anglican forum to deal with controversial issues in bid to heal rift between factions

Case Attempting to Force Ireland to Legalize Abortion to be Heard in European Court of Human Rights

By Hilary White

DUBLIN, July 28, 2008 ( - A suit brought by an Irish abortion lobby group to demand that the Republic of Ireland drop its legal protections for unborn children will be heard in the European Court of Human Rights. The Ireland Family Planning Association (IFPA) has been told today by the Court that the case, first launched three years ago, will go ahead.

The action in the European Court was brought by the IFPA, a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as only one aspect of a larger legal and lobbying attack on Ireland's constitutional protections for unborn children.

An IFPA spokesman said, "We hope the case will advance quickly through the court, ultimately making a strong recommendation to the Government to reform Irish laws and the current status quo on abortion." the rest

When Mother Comes Home

By Frederica Mathewes-Green
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In the last thirty-four years we’ve done a great deal of discarding; about forty-eight million little American bodies have gone down garbage disposals, into incinerators, and into landfills. If we stopped for a moment to imagine that some day Mother might be coming home, we might have a prickle of anxiety.

And if the purpose of life is pleasure, what do we do with people who reach an age or a state of health when they are enjoying substandard levels of gusto? The obvious response is to terminate them, right? No one would want to survive in a permanent coma.

No one would want to survive in a conscious state either, I guess, if they were brain damaged. And they probably wouldn’t want to live even if they were fully alert and aware, but quadriplegic.

Paraplegic. Had a limp. I expect some would look at me, a plump, graying grandmother, and find it terribly poignant, suitable grounds for “release.”

These pink billows of compassion flow outward further and further, embracing all the weak and old and unsightly of the world. Tender poison would free them from their misery—or, at least, make their misery disappear. And a world without misery is a perfect world, isn’t it? Last week I saw a young woman with Down Syndrome, and realized how rare it is to see them any more. the rest

Oppose gay bishops, Anglicans urged

Robert Pigott
Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News
Monday, 28 July 2008

A group of senior Anglican clergy has told the Lambeth Conference that liberal churches must end the ordination of gay bishops and stop blessing same-sex relationships if the Communion is to arrest its slide towards a permanent split.

The working party given the task of finding possible solutions to the rift told the 650 bishops meeting in Canterbury that traditionalist churches in Africa must also stop setting up parallel church bodies in the United States as homes for congregations splitting away from the American Church because of the dispute.

The group, headed by the former President Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Middle East, Clive Handford, said in the long term some sort of statement of shared beliefs and an agreement to abide by them would be necessary. the rest

Anglicans told to stop homosexual consecrations, blessings

In the meantime:
Episcopal Seminarian Releases Gay Christian Poetry Anthology

Dio. of Northern California: Lawsuit against St. John's on hold

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A lawsuit over ownership of a Petaluma church was postponed Monday to await the outcome of a similar case before the California Supreme Court.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Lloyd von der Mehden said in a tentative ruling that motions in the case brought by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California against the breakaway St. John's Anglican Church would be continued to Dec. 2.

The diocese sued the congregation in February after it split from the church in objection to gay ordinations, but retained the 117-year-old church building on 5th and C streets. the rest

Monday, July 28, 2008

Devotional: Deep unto deep, O Lord...

Deep unto deep, O Lord,
Crieth in me,
Gathering strength I come,
Lord, unto Thee.
Jesus of Calvary,
Smitten for me,
Ask what Thou wilt, but give
Love to me.
... Amy Carmichael

Church to set up forum to resolve disputes such as homosexuality

Riazat Butt
religious affairs correspondent
Monday July 28 2008

A pastoral forum is to be set up to resolve disputes within the Anglican communion over divisive issues such as homosexuality, same sex blessings and cross border interventions.

The recommendation was one of several in a key document, issued today to hundreds of bishops attending a landmark summit in Canterbury, and is designed to avoid a split in the 80m-strong communion through the reconciliation of warring conservatives and liberals.

According to the Windsor Continuation Group, which was established to analyse the crisis and proposed the initiative, the "swift formation" of this body would "engage theologically and practically" with situations of controversy as they arose or divisive actions that might be taken.

A forum would act as a "holding bay" for provinces or dioceses wanting to break away from their leadership and its president would be the archbishop of Canterbury, who would also be responsible for appointing its members and a chair. the rest image

Archbishop of Canterbury to create group to punish rule-breaking Anglican churches
The Archbishop of Canterbury is to set up a new group with the power to punish Anglican churches that break rules on ordaining gay clergy and blessing same-sex "marriages".
By Martin Beckford,
Religious Affairs Correspondent
28 Jul 2008

Anglicans to halt gay bishop consecrations and same-sex blessings
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
Times Online, July 28, 2008

Court Orders that Pro-Homosexual Proselytism by Students be Permitted in Schools

By John Jalsevac

July 28, 2008 ( - A judge in Holmes County, Florida, has ruled that the school board cannot forbid students from "wearing or displaying t-shirts, armbands, stickers, or buttons containing messages and symbols which advocate the acceptance of and fair treatment for persons who are homosexual."

The case that led to the ruling surrounded incidents at Ponce de Leon High School in Holmes County. According to court documents, a 12th grade student - called "Jane Doe" by the court - went to school officials last year to complain that she was being taunted by a group of middle schools students because of her homosexuality.

The complaint was passed on to the school's principal, David Davis, who met with the student after school on September 10, 2007. Davis allegedly questioned Doe about her sexual orientation, and in the process told her that it was "wrong" to be a homosexual. Davis also stated his intention to inform Doe's parents that she was a homosexual. the rest

Bishop hints at legal action after vote on women bishops

Monday, 28th July 2008
Michael Brown

London: A traditionalist Anglican leader has strongly hinted at possible legal action if assets are "stolen" from Anglo-Catholics as a result of the divisive move by the General Synod over women bishops.

The spectre of protracted and costly litigation is held up by the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst, who leads Forward in Faith, the traditionalists' umbrella body. the rest

Australia was extraordinary: Pope

July 28, 2008

Pope Benedict has described his trip to Australia for World Youth Day as "an extraordinary experience" which demonstrated the youthful face of the Catholic Church.

Speaking before the weekly Angelus prayer at his summer residence outside Rome, he paid tribute to "the multicoloured mosaic created by the boys and girls from every part of the earth, all reunited by one faith in Jesus Christ".

"I still have in my eyes and in my heart this extraordinary experience, in which I was able to meet the youthful face of the church," the Pope said. the rest image

Stand Firm: The Third Report from the Windsor Continuation Group

Sarah Hey
July 28, 2008

I am transcribing it below now and will be periodically updating and correcting.

Windsor Continuation Group
A Presentation at the Lambeth Conference

1) How do we get from here to there?
The various initiatives set out in Part Two and the Covenant is a longer term process to reverse the trends described in Part One; to restore the sense of trust, fellowship and communion on which we thrive. In the period leading up to the establishment of a covenant, however, there are urgent issues which need addressing if we are going to be able to get to the point where such a renewal of trust even becomes possible.

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Gledhill's Lambeth Diary: 'Pastoral Forum' proposed

Lambeth Diary: Storm clouds gather

Ruth Gledhill
July 28,2008

This is a crucial week for the Anglican Communion. This afternoon, we get the third document from the Windsor Continuation Group. That could be a reiteration of Windsor, or an attempt to enforce Dar es Salaam, in other words, the removal of rebellious Primates from the councils of the church. Both conservatives and liberals could then be at risk. Then there are the Covenant and human sexuality debates. Liberals are deeply unhappy about the Covenant, in particular the appendix. Read it here and you'll understand why. Conservatives are even more unhappy about TEC resistance to rowing back on human sexuality, as made clear by Bishop Mouneer Anis in his letter back home to Egypt.

the rest

Archbishop Chew: Clarity needed before next ACC

25 July, 2008
by Pat Ashworth

IT WOULD be unwise to dismiss the Sudanese statement and the comment that followed it as solely an African voice.

Archbishop Deng’s suggestion that 500 of the bishops had been present at a meeting of provinces of the Global South on Monday was described by someone who had been there as a huge over-estimate: the number was around 150. But his claim that 17 provinces agreed with the statement was thought extremely likely to be accurate by the Archbishop of South-East Asia, the Most Revd John Chew.

Archbishop Chew has been secretary to the Global South Anglicans since 2003, and is widely respected for the serious theological input that the group has had into matters such as the Covenant and the Anglican catechism that it published two weeks ago.

As a land of ancient civilisations, Asia probably had a longer and wider perspective than Africa, and, because of its presence alongside the other major world religions, did not speak in isolation or in absolute terms, the Archbishop suggested. “We might be saying the same thing, but, because of our context, we say and see it in a different way. the rest

Albert Mohler: Blame Africa? The Anglicans and their Troubles

The Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops is meeting in Britain, even as the worldwide Anglican communion is about to tear itself asunder over issues of homosexuality, gender, and biblical authority. Over 200 conservative bishops are boycotting the conference, and the global media are trying to figure out how to report the meeting.

One of the most creative and revealing attempts at an explanation comes now from The Economist. The London-based periodical reports that the main threat to Anglican cohesion is a group of African bishops who refuse to go along with the flow when it comes to normalizing homosexuality, electing openly-homosexual bishops, and the like.

Here is how The Economist explains the dynamic:

The simplest way of describing the cracks running down the middle of the 80m-strong Anglican family is to say that the traditionalists, reflecting the conservative social mores of Africa, are at odds with liberals from the rich world, especially over the issue of homosexuality. To explain the Africans' conservatism, many point out that they are on the front line of a contest with Islam; and that missionary work in Africa was carried out by evangelicals who reflect a rather fundamentalist strain of British Christianity. the rest

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Devotional: Unity is necessary to the outpouring of the Spirit of God...

Unity is necessary to the outpouring of the Spirit of God. If you have 120 volts of electricity coming into your house but you have broken wiring, you may turn on the switch, but nothing works - no lights come on, the stove doesn't warm, the radio doesn't turn on. Why? Because you have broken wiring. The power is ready to do its work..., but where there is broken wiring, there is no power. Unity is necessary among the children of God if we are going to know the flow of see God do His wonders. ...AW Tozer image

Traditional Anglicans Hear More From Rome

By Randy Sly
Catholic Online

WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) – For several years reports have been floating around the Internet about an independent group – The Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) – seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Some within the Roman Catholic Church as well as other Anglican groups quickly dismissed the seriousness with which the Holy See would be viewing this.

The TAC recently released a letter they received from Cardinal Levada of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office responsible for such relationships. The communiqué made it very clear, without going into specific, that the request from the TAC is being seriously scrutinized. The Cardinal also indicated that the recent activities in the Anglican Communion (per se) did complicate the matters somewhat. the rest

A sermon from Jefferts Schori in England

Sun, Jul 27, 2008
The Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, is in England for the once-every-ten-years Lambeth Conference. She preached this sermon today at St Martin in the Fields, London.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Good morning. I bring you greetings from Episcopalians in the United States and Taiwan, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, -- both the British and US - and a grouping of churches in Europe.

It has been a joy to be in this country for the last two and a half weeks. Two weeks ago I was in Salisbury, where we were celebrating the 750th anniversary of their new cathedral. Part of that celebration involved a pilgrimage - a couple of miles' walk from the ruins of the old cathedral, which has been excavated only in the last few decades, and we walked down into the town that has grown up around the new one. While I was there, the dean drove us past Stonehenge, where archaeologists continue to discover intriguing things about what life in this land was like three and four millennia ago.

The burials that have been excavated are informative, both because of what scientists can learn from those bones, but even more so because of what is buried with the dead - implements of daily life, jewels, weapons - all that variety of items that are hidden in graves to protect, to ward and guide the dead on their next journey. In spite of looters, the treasures hidden in graves like those are valuable for what they teach us about the living. the rest

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Lambeth Bishops Review Communion’s Legal Principles

July 26, 2008

The Lambeth Conference communications department released a 111-page booklet titled “The Principles of Canon Law Common to the Church of the Anglican Communion” prior to the start of a press briefing July 26.

The purpose of the book is “to stimulate reflection on what it is to be a Communion of ordered churches seeking to live out the Anglican tradition in a world of intensely rapid communication,” said Canon John Rees, convener of the Anglican Communion Legal Advisors’ Network and legal advisor to the Anglican Communion. Canon Rees responded to questions from the media after the booklets were distributed.

“If we are going to be able to continue to work together in response to God’s call and for the good of God’s world, as those who have taken part in these deliberations passionately hope, then we need to keep faith with out Anglican heritage, doctrinally, liturgically and structurally,” he said, reading from a preface to the booklet. “These principles are an attempt to map out what the main legal themes of that inheritance might look like, when some of the peripheral local detail is stripped away.” the rest