Saturday, August 09, 2008

Devotional: Beauty in Brokenness

During a time of deep despair and suffering, King David wondered about God's ability to be present in his dark places--to bring about beautiful redemption in the midst of brokenness. He cried out to God, "Will your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Abaddon? Will your wonders be made known in the darkness? And your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?" (Psalm 88:11-12). David wondered about God's work in his life--had he been abandoned? Was God still guiding him even in the deepest, darkest places of brokenness and fear? And even in those places seemingly forgotten, would God continue to make things right? David struggled to see how beauty could emerge out of brokenness. And yet, he later affirmed in Psalm 139, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there... if I say, 'surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." It is in those dark places of brokenness and suffering that God brings forth luminous light so that even the dark is illuminated.

The prophet Isaiah repeats this theme by promising one who would redeem the exiles, giving them "a garland of beauty instead of ashes" and "the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord... who summons you by name" (Isaiah 61:3, 45:3). Perhaps, these were Scriptures recalled by the apostle Paul when he declared that "we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body" (2 Corinthians 4:7-9). Indeed, Paul declares that "the God who said, 'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the one who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (4:6). And so often, that face of Christ is demonstrated with beautiful radiance through the broken and dark places in our lives.

Today, if you are experiencing hardship, difficulty or personal darkness, seek the light and beauty of Christ, for he longs to be present to you, to give you a garland of beauty instead of ashes, to call you by name, and to bring forth treasures of darkness. He is there in the brokenness with you. ...Margaret Manning
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American sceptisim over Lambeth Conference

Saturday, 9th August 2008
By Jenny Taylot

AMERICAN Anglicans at the centre of the row over gay unions have spoken of their ‘scepticism’ at the outcome of the Lambeth Conference.

Brian Turley, 51, twice a Fulbright Scholar, former Professor at the University of West Virginia and now priest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has accused Dr Rowan Williams of being ‘elastic’ with the Gospel, and of replacing the demands of love with ‘tolerance of anything’.“What you are left with is endless conversation,” he said, speaking from his parish, the Church of the Holy Spirit.

“Christians don’t share tolerance as a core value. Increasingly we are falling into a situation where we are adopting this doctrine of tolerance which is falling well short of where Christ wants us.”

Turley, who attended the Gafcon group meeting in Jerusalem said however that he did not believe there would be schism. And he added that Dr Williams was a man of integrity who was constrained by ‘his culture’. the rest

Schori: The road from Lambeth

Despite huge and obviously divergeneces, the Anglican communion is struggling to reach a new level of maturity
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Saturday August 09 2008

The recently-concluded Lambeth Conference provided an opportunity for bishops from around the Anglican communion to discover the deeper realities of the contexts in which each seeks to spread the gospel.

One bishop from India reported a legislative requirement to obtain a magistrate's certificate before baptising a convert, with a prison term of several years and a significant fine as the penalty for proceeding without legal sanction.

A bishop's spouse from Africa reported the church's difficulty in supporting widows who are pressured to marry the dead husband's brother (even if already married), or else forfeit their children and property. the rest

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Church Already Showing ‘Restraint’ with Blessings, P.B. Asserts

Purple-shirted flatulence: Schism is better than heresy

Saturday August 9, 2008
Mark Dawes, Religion Editor

Five years ago this week, V. Gene Robinson, an openly homosexual clergyman, secured enough votes from the Episcopal Church in the United States to become the Bishop of New Hampshire.

It was a landmark decision. But that appointment also served to create serious and seemingly irrevocable splits in the Anglican communion worldwide.

That infamous anniversary happened this year during the 2008 Lambeth Conference of (Anglican) Bishops, July 16-August 3. The conference, which is held on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent, is a forum where Anglican bishops and archbishops from all over the world meet once a decade to fellowship principally in prayer and Bible study. At the end of the meeting a release was issued reflecting the thoughts of the bishops. Resolutions are also passed, but these are non-binding. the rest

China lifts the curtain on £20billion Olympics extravaganza

By Liz Hazelton and Nicola Boden
08th August 2008

It has been the most eagerly anticipated Olympics in history and today, at exactly 8.08pm on the 8th day of the 8th month, the Beijing Games finally began.

Such was the extravagance of what followed, the London 2012 Olympics Committee must be wondering how on earth they will top it in a modest stadium in Stratford.

First came a heart-stopping explosion of fireworks which turned the night sky crimson and coated the landmark Bird's Nest in a blaze of red.

Then came a thunderous tattoo, produced by exactly 2,008 perfectly synchronised drummers massed on the stadium floor.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Thousands of Christians take to the street against application of Islamic law

In the Indonesian Papua, Christians are opposing the possible introduction of sharia. The provincial government is reassuring them, but many doubts remain.
by Mathias Hariyadi
08/08/2008

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - More than 3,500 Christians have protested in Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian Papua, against the introduction of sharia, Islamic law, in the region.

The demonstration of a few days ago was organized by the Indonesian Christian Communication Forum, and took place to the cry of "Papua Pancasila, yes. Papua Syariat Islam, no!". Pancasila, literally "the five basic pillars", is the official ideology of the state founded on modern democratic principles like freedom of expression and of religion. Recently in Jakarta there has been talk of introducing sharia in Indonesia. The Christians of the province object that Papua enjoys special legal autonomy, which would prevent the introduction of such law without local approval.

The demonstrators went to the offices of the provincial government, where Tedjo Suprato (who is standing in for the governor Barnabas Suebu, a Catholic, in Mexico on official business) reassured them that Islamic law will not be adopted in Papua. the rest

Egypt's Christian-Muslim Gap Growing Bigger - Assyrian International News Agency

BREAKING NEWS: Brett Favre arrives in NYC; Schori leaves for Diocese of New Westminster

In an inexplicable double trade yesterday, two larger than life figures were traded to the wastelands of their respective organizations for no discernable reasons.

First the big news: Brett Favre. The Green Bay Packers sent their legendary quarterback to the New York Jets where that football franchise hopes to energize a lackluster team with the most famous quarterback to hit the City since Joe Namath. Favre, a 14 year NFL veteran and the quarterback with more wins and more starts than any other player in football history, left Green Bay to take over the helm of a faltering team in this surprise development.

And from the Episcopal Church: Katherine Jefferts Schori. The folks at 815 Second Avenue announced a trade of their presiding bishop to the Diocese of New Westminster in Canada. Much like Brett Favre, Mrs. Schori has amassed a record which exceeds all other presiding bishops in Episcopal Church history: she has sued more parishes and enraged more Anglican Communion primates than any other presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Schori’s trade to New Westminister is expected, much like the Favre trade to the Jets, to buck up the Canadian diocese which has suffered major PR problems when its beleaguered bishop, Michael Ingham, tried to discipline and humiliate J. I. Packer, one of the most famous Anglican theologians in the world.

There was no immediate word on a potential trade of Ingham, but word on the street in front of 815 Second Avenue was that he might be traded to Green Bay, since the Packer management has shown unusual interest in the Canadian bishop. As for J. I. Packer, there is no confirmation of the rumor that he would move to Green Bay, Wisconsin despite his last name being a perfect match for relocation to that city. As for Schori, the people at 815 Second Avenue did not immediately release the name of her replacement, but Stacy Sauls of the Diocese of Lexington was mentioned as a possible successor to continue her litigation strategy for the Episcopal Church.

In a striking coincidence Mrs. Schori, sporting her famous rainbow-patterned oven mitt miter, was seen stepping on board her private plane bound for Vancouver just as Favre was getting ready to fly to New York.

Story by Raymond Dague August 8, 2008, but backdated to April 1, 2008. Favre image

Pelosi says she’s never been denied Communion: “It depends on the bishop”

Pelosi insists again that she’s “Catholic,” says she’s never been denied Communion
August 7, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, whose longtime support for homosexual rights and abortion has made her the darling of groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign, has once again made it a point to describe herself as “Catholic.”

In a Sunday, Aug. 3, interview about her recently published book Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters for the C-SPAN network’s “Q&A” program, host Brian Lamb asked Pelosi, “The one word I read several times in your book is the word ‘faith.’ And you wrote, ‘Growing up Catholic had an enormous impact on me -- greater, I am certain, than growing up in a political family.’ Why?”

Pelosi responded, “Well, I think it’s self-evident, I mean, I make that statement because everybody knows that I grew up in a political family. But faith was a very – is and has been a very important part of my family life growing up and now. And it informs my decision-making, my value system and my sense of responsibility to the community. And it is a joy in my life.” the rest image

Casey to get prime-time slot in Denver to appease Catholics

Peggy Noonan: Political Cycles

August 8, 2008

Excerpt:
Is Mr. Obama's self-conception in line with his gifts, depth, wisdom and character? That's the big question, I suspect, on a number of minds.

As for Mr. McCain, I think he had the best moment of the month this week at the big motorcycle convention in Sturgis, S.D., when he was greeted with that mighty roar. And his great line: "As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day." Oh, that was good.

There's a thing that's out there and it's big, and latent, and somehow always taken into account and always ignored, and political professionals always assume they understand it. It has been called many things the past 50 years, "the silent center," "the silent majority," "the coalition," "the base." The idea of it has evolved as its composition has evolved, but the fact that it's big, and relatively silent, and somehow always latent, maintains. And watching that McCain event—vroom vroom—one got the sense it is perhaps beginning to pay attention to the campaign. I see it as the old America, and if and when it reasserts itself, the campaign will shift indeed, and in ways you can even see from 10,000 feet. the rest

TIME: A Whole New McCain

Abortion Debate Rages in India After Court Decision

Friday, August 08, 2008
By Deepak Mahaan

New Delhi (CNSNews.com) – A nationwide debate over abortion is under way in India, where a court dismissed a couple’s request to end a pregnancy to prevent birth of a disabled child.

Pitting pro-life supporters against abortion lobbyists, the Mumbai High Court verdict has raised moral, legal and medical questions.

Under a 1971 law, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, any abortion in India after 20 weeks’ gestation is illegal unless medical opinion holds that there is a grave danger to a woman’s life. the rest

Gay Issues Left Undecided at Lambeth Conference

Rebekah Montgomery
Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

Whether or not you are Anglican or Episcopal, you will want to take notice of what happened—or didn't happen—at the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, southeast England. Regardless of denominational affiliations, the same issues chaffing Anglicans worldwide are demanding the attention of nearly every group of believers and very well may affect your church's direction now and in the future.

Some 650 bishops attended the 20-day conference, which ended July 31, for intensive sessions of worship, study, and discussion. Yet, about a quarter of the Anglica Communion's bishops—including most from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda—opted to stay away after the Church of England, the Communion’s mother church, okayed women as bishops. the rest

'Gay marriage' letters could wreck plans to salvage the Anglican Communion

Damian Thompson
Holy Smoke
Thursday, August 7, 2008

The revelation that Rowan Williams thinks gay relationships are "comparable to marriage" will have devastating consequences for his attempts to hold together the Anglican Communion.

American Episcopalians will seize on his leaked letters as the perfect excuse to ignore the ban on same-sex blessings that Dr Williams supported at Lambeth.

Rowan's defenders will argue that, in his letters, he makes it clear that he is speaking as a theologian, not a church leader – and, anyway, we already knew that this was his view, from a previous lecture he gave. Those arguments don't work. the rest

Archbishop pressure over gay partnerships beliefs

Aug 8 2008
by Tomos Livingstone, Western Mail

ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury Rowan Williams was under fresh pressure from conservative Anglicans yesterday after the release of correspondence in which he compared gay relationships to marriage.

In letters dating from 2000 and 2001 when he was still Archbishop of Wales, Dr Williams wrote that gay relationships could “reflect the love of God” in a way comparable to marriage.

There are suspicions that the leaking of the letters, published in The Times newspaper, are an attempt to undermine Dr Williams’ efforts to heal the Church’s rifts over sexuality. the rest

Apple iPhone 'kill switch' discovered

Software hidden in iPhone 'could allow Apple to delete applications'
By Claudine Beaumont
08/08/2008

Software developers have found a line of code buried in the iPhone's operating system that could enable Apple to remotely delete applications stored on the device that it no longer approves of.

The discovery of a so-called "kill switch" comes as Apple is embroiled in a controversy over the removal of several applications from its iPhone Application Store.

The App Store is an online shop that allows iPhone users to download new software and programs to their handset, such as currency converters and restaurant guides. Applications have to be pre-approved by Apple before they can be sold through the store. the rest image

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Devotional: The Creator of the universe has revealed Himself...

If...we know Him by the revelation of the Holy Spirit and in our daily experience of Him as a personal loving heavenly Father, and are acquainted with both His gentleness and His awesome holiness, we will run to Him as children with open arms and yet deepest respect. The most important Person who ever existed loves you and me! The Creator of the universe has revealed Himself as having the tender heart of loving Father, and has by his Spirit made us His true-born children. He knows your name, He knows my name, He laughs and weeps with us! In Him we have discovered that we are valued infinitely far above our worth. How can we keep quiet about such a God? ...Graham Kendrick image

In live webcast, Presiding Bishop says making connections was a highlight of Lambeth

By Solange De Santis
August 07, 2008

[Episcopal News Service] Making connections and forging relationships with Anglican bishops from around the world was a highlight of the just-concluded Lambeth Conference, said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in a live webcast on August 7.

Also appearing on the webcast from the Episcopal Church Center in New York City was Bishop Mark Sisk of the Diocese of New York, who said the gathering was "an opportunity to put a face to this communion."

The conference, which took place in Canterbury, England from July 16 to August 3, is a once-per-decade meeting of the bishops of the Anglican Communion that is held at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The 2008 conference drew 670 bishops from 37 of the 38 Anglican provinces; about 135 bishops of the Episcopal Church registered.

During the webcast, questions were accepted from a live audience in New York and via email.
One of the contentious issues of the conference was a continued call for moratoria on blessing same-sex unions and consecrating partnered gay persons to the episcopate and on interference in other jurisdictions to minister to conservatives. the rest

The Anglican Communion: The high price of togetherness

The bishops got on fine for a while—but was it only a holiday romance?
Aug 7th 2008
From The Economist

BY ITS own unusual lights, the Lambeth conference of Anglican bishops was a great success. Its self-imposed task was to avoid any nasty rows between 650 purple-clad gentlemen (and a few purple-clad ladies) who hold widely diverging views on issues which they see as matters of principle, not detail. And a “surprising level of sheer willingness to stay together” was finally reported, on August 3rd, by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury—after nearly three weeks of well-choreographed confraternity in which participants took no votes and made no firm decisions. (Such a luxury would hardly be possible for a body like, say, the International Telecommunication Union, where success is judged by earthly yardsticks.)

Still, the Anglican leader’s own standing as a mediator, doing his best to hold together the almost irreconcilable, rose as a result of the gathering. And in a very Anglican way, the thorny issues facing the church were artfully concealed by euphemism and arcane procedures that will unfold over several years. Minds were distracted from trickier subjects by a hyper-inclusive march against poverty. the rest

Study: Network TV Likes Sex, But Not in Marriage

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
By Lynn Elber, Associated Press

Los Angeles - Marriage gets little respect on network TV shows that instead revel in the pleasures of extramarital and even kinky sex, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study by the Parents Television Council includes a strongly worded condemnation of prime-time TV, contending it "seems to be actively seeking to undermine marriage by consistently painting it in a negative light.”

Even more troubling, according to the watchdog group, is what it characterized as TV's recent obsession with what it termed "outre" or bizarre behavior, including partner swapping and pedophilia. the rest

Can't Stop Web Surfing? Go to Rehab

Illinois In-Patient Facility First of Its Kind to Treat Internet Addicts.
By AMY JACOBSON and EMILY FRIEDMAN
PEORIA, Ill., Aug. 7, 2008

At the height of his Internet addiction, Ben estimated that he spent at least 16 hours a day surfing the Web.

"Days would pass before I would shower, shave or eat," Ben told ABCNews.com.

The college student, who asked that his last name not be used because of privacy concerns, said that he simply could not get off the computer.

Ben said he would play computer games until the sun came up and then sleep for a few hours during the day. Eventually, he simply lost interest in the world around him and flunked out of college. the rest image

Obama’s View on Abortion May Divide Catholics

August 7, 2008
By JOHN M. BRODER

WASHINGTON — Sixteen years ago, the Democratic Party refused to allow Robert P. Casey Sr., then the governor of Pennsylvania, to speak at its national convention because his anti-abortion views, stemming from his Roman Catholic faith, clashed with the party’s platform and powerful constituencies. Many Catholics, once a reliable Democratic voting bloc, never forgot what they considered a slight.

This year, the party is considering giving a speaking slot at the convention to Mr. Casey’s son, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who like his late father is a Roman Catholic who opposes abortion rights.

The likely shift reflects concern among Democrats that they need to do more to regain the allegiance of Roman Catholic voters, who broke decisively for President Bush in 2004 and could be crucial to the outcome in a number of battleground states this year. Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, lost the Catholic vote badly to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, like Mr. Obama, is a supporter of abortion rights, during the primaries in states like New Hampshire, Missouri and Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Catholic voters preferred Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama by a 40-point margin. the rest

Obama's Abstract Patriotism

Obama Pledges ‘Total Equality’ for Same-Sex Families

Why many Americans prefer their Sundays segregated

By John Blake

(CNN) -- The Rev. Paul Earl Sheppard had recently become the senior pastor of a suburban church in California when a group of parishioners came to him with a disturbing personal question.

They were worried because the racial makeup of their small church was changing. They warned Sheppard that the church's newest members would try to seize control because members of their race were inherently aggressive. What was he was going to do if more of "them" tried to join their church?

"One man asked me if I was prepared for a hostile takeover," says Sheppard, pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California.

The nervous parishioners were African-American, and the church's newcomers were white. Sheppard says the experience demonstrated why racially integrated churches are difficult to create and even harder to sustain. Some blacks as well as whites prefer segregated Sundays, religious scholars and members of interracial churches say. the rest
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Statement Of Presiding Bishop At The Conclusion Of Lambeth

August 03, 2008
[Episcopal News Service, Canterbury]

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued the following statement August 3 at the conclusion of the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

Many bishops came to this gathering in fear and trembling, expecting either a distasteful encounter between those of vastly different opinions, or the cold shoulder from those who disagree. The overwhelming reality has been just the opposite. We have prayed, cried, learned, and laughed together, and discovered something deeper about the body of Christ. We know more of the deeply faithful ministry of those in vastly differing contexts, and we have heard repeatedly of the life and death matters confronting vast swaths of the Communion: hunger, disease, lack of education and employment, climate change, war and violence. We have remembered that together we may be the largest network on the planet – able to respond to those life and death issues if we tend to the links, connections, and bonds between us. We have not resolved the differences among us, but have seen the deep need to maintain relationships, even in the face of significant disagreement and discomfort. The Anglican Communion is suffering the birth pangs of something new, which none of us can yet fully appreciate or understand, yet we know that the Spirit continues to work in our midst. At the same time patience is being urged from many quarters, that all may more fully know the leading of the Spirit. God is faithful. May we be faithful as well. link

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

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Bishop Shaw will ordain gays

Shaw plans to consult on same-sex weddings
By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / August 7, 2008

A month ago, the world's Anglican bishops flew off to London, hoping to do something to keep the world's third largest Christian family from falling apart over the ordination of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire.

But as the bishops return to their dioceses around the world, the plight of the Episcopal Church, and its parent Anglican Communion, remains as muddled as ever. With conservatives contending that the denomination is moving toward schism and liberals arguing that the denomination is stabilizing, the path forward is unclear.

Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, said in an interview upon his return from London that he will continue to ordain gay clergy, which he called "pastorally important." the rest

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Devotional: Sunlike thy visage shone with rays of splendour...

Author of all things, Christ, the world's Redeemer,
Monarch of Monarchs, judgement's dread Awarder,
Now to our praises, as to our petitions,
Graciously hearken.

While the night fleeteth, we our votive anthems
Frame to thine honour; grant that they may please thee;
And as we hymn thee, Source of Light eternal,
Ever refresh us.

Sunlike thy visage shone with rays of splendour,
Brightly thy raiment gleam'd with snowy whiteness,
When mid the Prophets, Moses and Elias.
Thou wast transfigured.

Then did the Father own thee Sole-begotten;
Thou art the glory of the holy Angels;
Thee, the Way, Virtue, Life, the world's Salvation,
Ever confess we.

Glory and power be to thee, Creator,
Who alone all things rulest and controllest,
Throned in thy kingdom, Monarch everlasting,
Trinal and Onely. Amen
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AnglicanTV: Lambeth 2008 Final Panel Discussion



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

Archbishop of Canterbury compares gay relationships to marriage

The Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed that active homosexual relationships are "comparable to marriage" in the eyes of God.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Martin Beckford
06 Aug 2008

In private correspondence, seen by the Daily Telegraph, Dr Rowan Williams, refutes the Anglican Communion's traditional teaching that homosexuality is sinful.

Furthermore, he expresses his hope that the Church will change its position to be more accepting of gay partnerships. the rest

New light on Archbishop of Canterbury's view on homosexuality
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
August 7, 2008

Theology students at Cambridge in the 1980s remember their lecturer and tutor Rowan Williams, now 58, as a deeply spiritual, holy and compassionate man. They also remember the hostility with which he was viewed by the growing number of evangelicals gaining admission to one of the nation's two top seats of learning.

The battles played out among Christian students in the sanctums of Cambridge colleges mirror the war being waged today in the Anglican Communion. Dr Williams left academia, by all accounts reluctantly, as none could match him for intellect and spirituality in the ivory towers of Oxford and Cambridge. the rest

Rev. Dr. Robert J. Sanders: Judgment Begins at the Household of God

Special to Virtueonline
8/6/2008

What is God doing in the Anglican Communion? This, of course, is a matter of discernment. Such discernment, however, is not a private matter, but must be judged corporately. So, to that end, consider the following:

Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees -- that is, their hypocrisy. Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3)

The time has come for the judgment to begin at the household of God; and if what we know now is only the beginning, what will it be when it comes down to those who refuse to believe God's Good News? (I Peter 4:17) the rest at Virtueonline

Sarah Hey: The Post-Lambeth Anglican Communion

Clarified Divisions, Hardened Stances, & Unfettered “Freedom”
Sunday, August 3, 2008

I am sitting in one of my little sanctuaries at the University of Kent -- a very quiet computer lab on the second floor of a building -- on Sunday. In a few hours tomorrow morning, I will God willing be heading home. [I did some editing and added the final section of this article on Tuesday prior to posting.]

For my own clarity, good order, and reflection, and hopefully for readers' as well, I'd like to offer some thoughts on the Lambeth Conference, as well as some thoughts on the aftermath of the Lambeth Conference, and what the conference will mean for the various players in the Anglican Communion.

The rest at Stand Firm

ENS: Episcopal Church to hold 'Day of Repentance' to apologize for participation in slavery

By Daphne Mack

August 06, 2008
[Episcopal News Service] A two-day solemn observance has been planned for October 3-4 at the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Episcopal Church will take a monumental step and publicly apologize for its involvement in the institution of transatlantic slavery. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will serve as celebrant and preacher at the October 4 service of repentance.

"This gathering is of vital importance because this is a stain on the church that's been around for a long time," said John Vanderstar, Executive Council member and author of resolution A123, which called for the occasion. "I strongly believe that the church needs to confront its past and change its future." the rest

A.S. Haley: The Trigger-Happy Church: Documentation of TEC lawsuits

Monday, August 4, 2008
Anglican Curmudgeon

At Lambeth, TEC's bishops were (whether deliberately, or negligently---it makes no difference) giving out wrong information about the lawsuits they are involved in with their own parishes. The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt. Rev. Jonathan Gledhill, in the Province of Canterbury, reports on his Weblog about the meeting of his indaba group on August 2 (Day 18 of the Lambeth Conference):

In the discussion afterwards we are told that the US House of Bishops has regretted for the hurt it has caused and its lack of consultation and has issued a public apology - though no one has the exact wording. We are also told that the Canadians have voted against same-sex blessings - though two dioceses are pressing their bishops to change that. We are told that in the lawsuits in America between parishes and their dioceses it is the dioceses who are the defendants and the conservative parishes who are the accusers.

The rest-don't miss this!

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Albert Mohler on Lambeth 2008

A 'Season of Gracious Restraint?' Not Likely.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops ended with something more like a whimper than a bang. The once-a-decade meeting of bishops of the Anglican Communion was a matter of controversy long before it started. In an unprecedented move, over 200 conservative bishops boycotted the meeting and held their own gathering in Jerusalem a few weeks before the Lambeth conclave. The 650 bishops who did attend had faced one unavoidable question -- will the Anglican Communion survive?

Anglicans -- like most denominations -- are no strangers to controversy. But the stresses and strains in the Anglican Communion have clearly reached the breaking point. Some of the tensions can be traced back to the historical roots of the church and the attempt to forge a national church out of the turmoil of English history. In more recent years the church has claimed a principle of "comprehensiveness" that has produced the radical doctrinal diversity that is now tearing the church apart.

The Anglican Communion includes the Church of England and other national churches associated with that church and its primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the United States that church has been the Episcopal Church U.S., which made its break from the Church of England in the course of the American Revolution. Virtually all of the member churches are evidence of the long reach of the British Empire and the missionary efforts of the Church of England. the rest image

Top NARAL Activist Promises to Keep Democratic Party Platform Pro-Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 5, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Every four years Americans elect a president and both political parties hold conventions to coronate their nominee and build up excitement in advance of the November elections. They also review and approve party platforms and one top pro-abortion is ready to get involved.

NARAL president Nancy Keenan informed her supporters on Tuesday that she is headed to Pittsburgh this Thursday to participate in the Democratic Party's platform committee meetings.

When she's there, she promises to keep the party's position in support of unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense in place. the rest image

Growing doubts weaken Obama, polls show

White, independent voters hedge
S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Growing doubts among white working-class and independent voters blunted the momentum of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential run in recent days, leaving him in a tight contest with Republican candidate Sen. John McCain, pollsters say.

"His bubble hasn't burst, but it's leaking a little bit," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It is not massive. It is incremental, but we've seen it across the board in all of these states, that [Mr. McCain] is doing better among white voters, especially white voters without college educations."

Mr. Obama, Illinois Democrat, led by double digits earlier this summer but now barely edges out the Arizona Republican in most national polls. A Gallup daily tracking poll released Tuesday showed Mr. Obama with a four-point advantage but, for the first time since June, losing the battle for independents 43 percent to 40 percent. the rest

They're Baaaack... Swift Boat Veterans Take Aim At Obama

The Canterbury Travails

08/06/2008
Susan Easton

On August 3rd, Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, released a statement at the end of the Lambeth Conference urging the Church’s hierarchy not to consecrate any more openly gay bishops. Held once every ten years, the Lambeth Conference is a meeting of all bishops serving in the worldwide Anglican Communion and derives its name from the Palace of Lambeth, the official London residence of the ABC. In Williams' summary remarks, he also petitioned the 77 million members of Anglican Communion -- which includes the U.S. Episcopal Church -- to give its leaders “further space for study and free discussion without pressure” on matters of human sexuality.

The space to which Williams refers opened up first in 1992, when the Church of England (HQ for the Anglican Communion) began ordaining women as priests. This resulted in a mini-exodus of male traditionalists who contended that Jesus only wanted men in leadership positions. Taking its own counsel, the Episcopal Church forced the issue. It began independently ordaining women bishops and eventually elected a woman as its national Presiding Bishop. When the dust cleared at Lambeth, a resolution was passed which will now allow women to become bishops throughout the worldwide Communion. That put a high hurdle in the Anglican-Catholic dialogue, but Rowan Williams and Co. no longer risk being labeled as “misogynists.” The sexuality hurdle has proved insurmountable at present. the rest

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Devotional: We are generally desirous of bargaining with God...

We are generally desirous of bargaining with God; we would like at least to impose the limits and see the end of our sufferings. That same obstinate and hidden hold of life, which renders the cross necessary, causes us to reject it in part, and by a secret resistance, which impairs its virtue. We have thus to go over the same ground again and again; we suffer greatly, but to very little purpose. The Lord deliver us from falling into that state of soul in which crosses are of no benefit to us! God loves a cheerful giver, according to Paul; ah! what must be his love to those who, in a cheerful and absolute abandonment, resign themselves to the entire extent of his crucifying will!
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Franklin Graham brings message of rebirth to North Koreans

by Michelle A Vu, Christian Post
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Rev Franklin Graham concluded his trip to North Korea on Sunday with a message about rebirth through Jesus Christ at a Protestant church in capital city Pyongyang.

He shared from the book of John about the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus. Graham told the hundreds of North Koreans in the audience that they could be born again through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, according to the Christian relief agency Samaritan’s Purse, which Graham is president of.

The North Korean choir sang “Amazing Grace” after the sermon. the rest

As Marriage Declines, Church Attendance Falls

8-5-2008
by Devon Williams, associate editor

'Marriage is a gateway into family life, and family life, in turn, is often a gateway into church attendance.'

A dramatic decline in marriage, particularly among young adults, has led to a decline in church attendance over the last three decades, according to a study by Robert Wuthnow, a sociology professor at Princeton University.

Men are 57 percent less likely to regularly attend church if they are not married. Single women are 41 percent less likely to attend church than their married counterparts.

"It exaggerates only a little to say that Americans in their 20s and early 30s divide into two groups of about equal size: those who are married, the majority of whom participate in religion; and those who are not married, the majority of whom do not participate," Wuthnow said at a conference at The Heritage Foundation. the rest

Three decades after Solzhenitsyn's speech, where do we find ourselves?

Jeremiah at Harvard
Charles Colson with Anne Morse
8/05/2008

Thirty years ago this summer, a 59-year-old bearded dissident, whose writings helped expose and eventually bring down Soviet tyranny, stood facing rows of robed faculty and graduates at Harvard's historic Yard for its 327th commencement. Expectations ran high. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was admired for his literary achievements and lionized by the faculty, if not for his outspoken views on Communism, at least for the fact that he was an oppressed intellectual.

Solzhenitsyn delivered each line in his high-pitched voice in Russian. The translation blunted the impact somewhat—in fact, there were even sporadic bursts of applause. But soon enough, outraged professors realized that Solzhenitsyn was charging them with complicity in the West's surrender to liberal secularism, the abandonment of its Christian heritage, and with all the moral horrors that followed.

As it happened, this summer I was reading a tattered copy of Solzhenitsyn's speech at the same time I was studying Jeremiah in my devotions. I was struck by the chilling parallels between the dissident's words and Jeremiah's warning to the Israelites. the rest

BBC's Robert Pigott: Final thoughts from the Lambeth Conference

August 4th, 2008

DARING THE EXTREMES TO LEAVE: 4 AUGUST

All through Sunday night Anglican bishops were leaving their student rooms on the campus of the University of Kent and getting into mini-buses and taxis for the airport, and journeys to most of the 160 countries they represent.

After almost three weeks in Canterbury what would they have to tell their scattered flocks about the state of the fractured Anglican Communion? Did they succeed in bringing it back from the brink of schism? the rest

Diocese Of CNY: Bp. Skip Adams misses Gene Robinson at Lambeth

August 1st, 2008

Dear Clergy and People of Central New York,

We continue at Lambeth, seeking to live into the Archbishop of Canterbury’s vision for the conference that we have gathered to consider the themes of “Equipping Bishops for Mission” and “Strengthening Anglican Identity.” There have been a few voices which have sought to move us into a legislative mode and even to make various pronouncements, but these have been resisted by the Archbishop as well as the design group. Just yesterday the Archbishop reiterated that there is no need to go back and reissue previous resolutions nor will we be making new ones at this conference.

The necessary conversations at this conference have been occurring in our daily Bible studies as well as in our “indaba” groups. For those who are interested in our daily schedule and the topics with which we have been dealing, I hope you have checked the Lambeth Conference website (http://www.lambethconference.org/). Beyond daily Eucharist and other worship opportunities, each day has also included hearings on the Windsor Continuation Process and the work of that committee, plenary sessions and self-select opportunities for education and formation.

The Windsor process hearings have had some moments of tension and difficult things have been said to one another but, for the most part, it has been respectful and even generous. Some are proposing a shift in the emphasis in the Windsor process from “autonomy in communion” to “communion with autonomy and accountability.” How the accountability is worked out is, of course, huge. For some a proposed Covenant looks to be punitive and too juridical, my perspective, as this does not lead to encouraging “bonds of affection.” Today we move more heavily into conversations concerning a proposed Anglican Covenant. A comprehensive report on the Lambeth Conference will be issued at its conclusion and each day we gather in hearings to consider the content of that report.

Yesterday we grappled with human sexuality and as you might guess the anxiety did ratchet up a bit. I found the conversations to be deeply moving as I listened to bishops from settings in which there is a predominantly Muslim population, and heard of how difficult it is to be a Christian in those places. It is not possible to have any conversation about homosexuality in such a setting and the Christians believe it hurts their ability to proclaim the Christian faith. At the same time, I have gone to several presentations from African Anglican gay people who have been heavily persecuted just for who they are. I saw the editor’s cut of a new film called “Voices for Witness: Africa,” which movingly portrays the stories of African gay Christians. It is powerful and disturbing. As I said to one bishop from Africa, “I am not only concerned about LBGT people in the United States and my diocese, I am concerned for the voiceless gay people in his diocese as well.” In my opinion this is one of the reasons why we need to find a way to remain together as a Communion.

Some of the other work I and others do is dealing with the many misperceptions of the Episcopal Church in particular and explaining in individual conversations what we have and have not said. Some, for instance, believe that the Episcopal Church never made a response to the Windsor Report. We have tried to disavow folks of that perception. I made a report in one group where we were asked to respond to two questions: “What do I need from my fellow bishops to enable me to be true to my role as leader in God’s mission?” and, “What am I prepared to offer my fellow bishops to help them?”

My response to the first question was this: “To recognize the possibility that the potential for holiness of life in the inclusion of all God’s people is a legitimate reading of the Gospel.” My second response was “I will always ask the question of myself, ‘How will this or that action effect others?’” It is in moments like this that I very much miss the presence of my brother Bishop Gene Robinson at this conference.

Lastly, I would say that the March of Witness through London for the Millennium Development Goals was a great highlight. At the end, at Lambeth Palace, we heard an eloquent statement on Micah 6 from the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning God’s desire for justice and compassion. Then the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, spoke in as stirring a speech as I have ever heard. Please access it at: http://e4gr.blogspot.com/. It is well worth hearing.

I believe that is enough for now. Know you all continue in my prayer for the mission we are about as the people of Central New York. Grace and peace to you all.

Bishop Skip
Lambeth 2008

CNY website

Bishop Adams' Second Lambeth
letter here

Monday, August 04, 2008

Lambeth Bishops complain of 'patronising' West

Monday, 4th August 2008
By Judy West.

Canterbury: Bishops from the Global South movement have condemned the ‘patronising attitude’ of the Western churches during the Lambeth Conference, claiming that their traditionalist views are both misrepresented and misunderstood in the West.

The Bishops, who unlike the Gafcon bishops, did not boycott Lambeth, nevertheless regretted that “substantial theological voices outside of the Western world have not been present in the evening plenary sessions of the Lambeth Conference. We are concerned with the continuing patronising attitude of the West towards the rest of the churches worldwide.”

They said in a statement issued yesterday: “We regret attempts to cause divisions and break the bonds between churches in the Global South, and are distressed that the realities in our churches are often misrepresented and misunderstood in the West.” the rest

Document: Global South Bishops respond to Lambeth

Monday, 4th August 2008
A Staff Reporter

Statement from Global South Bishops at the Lambeth Conference 2008

Official statement

1. “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).

We the undersigned Primates, Archbishops and Bishops and our Episcopal colleagues from all over the Communion are gathered together at the Lambeth Conference 2008 to seek the face of God, to hear His Word afresh and to be renewed by His Spirit for discipleship and obedience to Christ—Lord of the Church and Light of the world, and the mission of God.

In the midst of the current critical crisis in the Communion we strive faithfully and honourably to ensure the Communion remains and continues steadfast in and to the faith once delivered to the saints. In this, the Holy Scripture – which, as the testimony to God’s work given by the Spirit of God is the written Word of God – is the final authority for Christian belief, teaching, life and conduct. Authentic traditions of doctrine and practice acknowledge its supremacy. It underpins all bonds of affection, expressions of fellowship and shaping of structures in the Communion. the rest

Albert Mohler: "One Word of Truth Will Outweigh the Whole World" -- The Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Monday, August 04, 2008

"One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world." Alexander Solzhenitsyn cited that Russian proverb in his 1970 acceptance speech as he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He did not deliver that speech in person, for he knew that if he left the Soviet Union he would never be allowed to return. Even after he was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, his great wish and absolute determination was to die in Russia, the land and people of his birth.

Solzhenitsyn died in Moscow on Sunday, ending a life of 89 years -- one of the monumental lives of the twentieth century.

Few writers have exerted so great an influence on contemporary events. David Remnick of The New Yorker described Solzhenitsyn as "the dominant writer of the 20th century." As he explained, "Who else compares?" the rest

NYT: Anglicans to Seek Pact to Prevent a Schism

By JOHN F. BURNS
August 4, 2008

CANTERBURY, England — Nearly three weeks of discussion aimed at preventing a breakup of the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexuality ended Sunday at a conference here with 650 bishops and archbishops agreeing to seek a new pact among all parties to the ecclesiastical controversy.

The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, announced a consensus to seek the pact, known as a covenant, in the absence of a formal vote at the Lambeth Conference, which meets in Canterbury every 10 years.

Archbishop Williams, the supreme voice of a church that is reckoned the third largest Christian denomination, after the Roman Catholic and Orthodox faiths, had decided ahead of the meeting to avoid resolutions and votes in hopes of preventing a schism that might well rupture worldwide Anglicanism more severely than at any time in more than 450 years. the rest

GAFCON post-Lambeth Press Release

Issued by the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) 2008
For Immediate Release
4 August 2008

The Primates' Council of GAFCON will wish to study the outcome of the Lambeth Conference carefully and consult with those they are leading. They are meeting towards the end of August and will make their response following that meeting. here

‘There is no desire to separate’ says Williams

Bishops end conference with ‘wide agreement’ on moratoria for same-sex blessings, cross-border interventions, and ordination of gay bishops, says Williams
Marites N. Sison
staff writer
Aug 3, 2008
Canterbury, England

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Sunday said that the world’s Anglican bishops ended their conference with a desire to remain together despite differences over sexuality and with “wide agreement” on moratoria for same-sex blessings, the ordination of persons living in same-sex unions to the episcopate, and cross-border interventions.

There was also “wide support” for a proposed Anglican Covenant intended to heal relationships broken by deep conflicts over the place of homosexuals in the life of the church, he said. the rest
Ruth Gledhill: Dr Rowan Williams restores peace at the troubled Lambeth Conference Commentary

The Guardian: Lambeth conference: Archbishop blames liberals for church rift

Telegraph: Lambeth Conference branded 'exercise in futility'

What the Lambeth Conference Accomplished

August 3, 2008

The Lambeth Conference accomplished some very important work, but in the closing press conference on Aug. 3, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said if the North American churches do not accept the need for a moratorium on same-sex blessings and the consecration of additional partnered gay bishops, then the Anglican Communion is no further forward.

Archbishop Williams listed three accomplishments for the 20-day Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in Canterbury, England:

1 Bishops proved they could speak to each other respectfully and prayerfully.
2. They expressed a strong commitment to remain unified.
3. The Millennium Development Goals demonstration in London on July 24 proved that even “in its current rather wobbly state,” the Anglican Communion was capable of accomplishing significant action and witness.

On the other hand, the idea of moratorium was apparently not taken seriously by many bishops from The Episcopal Church. Bishops Jon Bruno of Los Angeles and Marc Andrus of California already have said they would not attempt to stop the blessing of gay relationships in their dioceses, and in the Diocese of Massachusetts on Aug. 2, two priests participated in civil same-sex marriages for two couples inside Episcopal churches. the rest

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Devotional: How easy it is for me to live with you, Lord!

How easy it is for me to live with you, Lord!
How easy for me to believe in you,
When my spirit is lost, perplexed and cast down,
When the sharpest can see no further than the night,
And know not what on the morrow they must do
You give me a sure certainty
That you exist, that you are watching over me
And will not permit the ways of righteousness to be closed to me.
Here on the summit of earthly glory I look back astonished
On the road which through depths of despair has led me here.
To this point from which I can also reflect to men your radiance
And all that I can still reflect - you shall grant to me.
And what I shall fail you shall grant to others.
prayer by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dies at 89

By VOA News
03 August 2008

Nobel prize-winning Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was forced into exile for books strongly critical of the Soviet government, has died at 89.

His son said Sunday Solzhenitsyn died of heart failure while Russian news reports said he suffered a stroke.Solzhenitsyn was an iconic world symbol of censorship and oppression in the Soviet Union. the rest

Bishop Lawrence: GAFCON is Heir Apparent

August 3, 2008

The Global Anglican Fellowship Conference (GAFCON) is the heir apparent to assume leadership of the Anglican Communion, said three bishops during an informal media briefing this afternoon at the Lambeth Conference.

Bishops Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and Keith Ackerman of Quincy were joined by Bishop Hector Zavala of Chile from the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone on the campus of the University of Kent, Canterbury, shortly before Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was scheduled to deliver his final presidential address of the conference.

Bishop Lawrence criticized the existing Instruments of Communion of being too slow to adapt. “I witnessed a new birth last month [at GAFCON],” Bishop Lawrence said. “The Global South has come to its place of maturity. I don’t know how the two structures will work together in the future. Those who adapt the quickest will be the ones who win the day.” the rest

ACNS: Press Conference, Sunday August 3rd, 2008

Anglican Communion News Service
Audio from Press Conference
August 3, 2008

Audio from Press Conference, Sunday August 3rd, chaired by Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Here

The Living Church: Archbishop Lays Out Vision for Moratorium

Anglican bishops wrap up global meeting

By RACHEL ZOLL
posted Aug. 3, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans urged church leaders Sunday not to consecrate any other gay bishops for now, as he ended a once-a-decade Anglican assembly that was dedicated to preventing schism in the troubled fellowship.

In his final speech at the Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the Anglican Communion needs "space for study and free discussion without pressure" about whether to accept changes in the traditional biblical understanding of same-sex relationships. the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Concluding Presidential Address to the Lambeth Conference 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I began the second of these plenary addresses with a reminder of the question, ‘What is Lambeth ’08 going to say?’ And I suggested that we also needed to ask ‘Where are we going to speak from?’ I hope that in recent days there has been some growing clarity about both of these questions and how we answer them : but today there is no avoiding the question of the central message, and I have the rather dangerous task of trying to discern some of what that message might be and to share with you what I perceive. I’ll do this by moving from the obvious and more superficial level to what I hope is a more fully theological perspective, so bear with me on the journey - even in the middle of a summer afternoon!

The first thing to say about this Conference - and I say it with gratitude and admiration to all of you - is that it has been a time when everyone has taken responsibility for everyone else. People have been loyal to the process devised - even when they have had serious difficulties and objections to it; and in so doing they have been loyal to one another. The level of commitment has been shown not only in people’s steady involvement in the work of the groups but also in their reluctance to step outside the Conference and look for a platform or an audience elsewhere. The rest at StandFirm

GAFCON, the future and the Jerusalem Statement

Anglican Mainstream
August 3rd, 2008
by the Rev David Holloway,
vicar of Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle, England.

GAFCON and its history

The Global Anglican Future CONference held in Jerusalem at the end of June 2008 occurred not to stop a split in the Anglican Communion but because there already exists such a split. That is a sad but hard fact. The presenting problem is homosexual relationships, with things coming to a head in 2003 in the United States with the consecration as bishop of New Hampshire of a partnered homosexual, Gene Robinson. Since the 1970s and the “Gay Liberation” movement the Western Churches have tried to pretend the “gay agenda” is not a problem. The leadership has wanted this to be considered a secondary issue over which there is liberty to disagree. The majority of Christians, however, think otherwise. Votes in the Church of England’s General Synod in 1987 and the Lambeth Conference in 1998 made this crystal clear. A significant number of bishops, however, ignored these resolutions.

In 2002 Rowan Williams was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams had publicly admitted to ordaining a man he knew had a homosexual partner and acknowledged “that ‘conforming your life … to Christ’ doesn’t necessarily mean giving up a homosexual lifestyle.” Before his appointment was official, therefore, some of us, incumbents of larger Anglican churches, felt obliged to write to the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, registering our opposition. We said:

“such actions and views [as those above] fly in the face of the clear teaching of the Holy Scriptures and the resolutions of the Lambeth Conference 1998. Rowan Williams would not have the confidence of the vast majority of Anglicans in the world, who are now in the third world and who, as loyal Anglicans, take the Holy Scriptures as their supreme authority. His appointment would lead to a major split in the Anglican Communion (including the Church of England).” the rest

A Word from the Bishops of the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa

August 03, 2008
[Ed. Note: This statement calls for the cessation of ordination of homosexuals and lesbians to holy orders for all orders of ministry. The Windsor Continuation Group calls for cessation of consecration to the episcopate of homosexuals and lesbians. Cheryl M. Wetzel]

+ Mouneer Egypt, +Derek Eaton, +Andrew Proud
Sunday, August 3, 2008

WE, the bishops of the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, wish to express our appreciation and thankfulness for the Lambeth Conference now ended. It has been a great joy to experience the fellowship, mutual support and counsel of fellow bishops from around the world. This conference has been a most valuable opportunity to express our thoughts and concerns and to listen to the concerns of others.

We give thanks to God for the witness of the Anglican Communion and for the many testimonies of faith we have shared during this special time together. We are humbled by the faithfulness of so many who bring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ at great cost in places of hardship and even oppression.

We wish to convey a special word of appreciation and thanks to Archbishop Rowan and also to Jane Williams for all their hospitality and we will continue to hold them in prayer daily. We also wish to thank all the Lambeth Palace and Anglican Communion and Consultative Council staff for all their hard work as well as the staff of Kent University. the rest

AnglicanTV: Conference with Mouneer Anis

Statement at the Lambeth Conference 2008

1. “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).

We the undersigned Primates, Archbishops and Bishops and our Episcopal colleagues from all over the Communion are gathered together at the Lambeth Conference 2008 to seek the face of God, to hear His Word afresh and to be renewed by His Spirit for discipleship and obedience to Christ—Lord of the Church and Light of the world, and the mission of God. In the midst of the current critical crisis in the Communion we strive faithfully and honourably to ensure the Communion remains and continues steadfast in and to the faith once delivered to the saints. In this, the Holy Scripture – which, as the testimony to God’s work given by the Spirit of God is the written Word of God – is the final authority for Christian belief, teaching, life and conduct. Authentic traditions of doctrine and practice acknowledge its supremacy. It underpins all bonds of affection, expressions of fellowship and shaping of structures in the Communion.

2. We are consciously mindful of the absence of our fellow Episcopal colleagues from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and elsewhere, who, for principled reasons could not be present at this Lambeth Conference. We thank God for their costly faithfulness and vigilance. We acknowledge the issuing of the Jerusalem Declaration which deserves careful study and consideration. At the same time, we also stand in solidarity with all the faithful Bishops, Clergy and Laity in the United States and Canada and elsewhere who are suffering recrimination and hostility perpetrated upon them by their dioceses and/or national churches which have not unequivocally complied with the specific Windsor proposals required of them in full. the rest

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