Saturday, December 06, 2008

Devotional: Praying at all times in the Spirit...

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints... Ephesians 6:18

The easiest target of attack in the life of a child of God is prayer. We must be watchful in guarding the time set aside for prayer, protecting the prayer that is being prayed, preventing all worthless and vain prayers, and precluding Satan from interrupting our prayers. We must watch for the effects of our previous prayers and adjust our current prayers accordingly. Prayer is a ministry -- a more excellent service.
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Apostolicity: The Episcopal Church Renounces the Anglican Communion

Fr. Christopher Cantrell SSC
Saturday, December 06, 2008

With yesterday's action of the PB of TEC interpreting Bishop Iker's announcement that he is now a bishop of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone as a renunciation of his episcopal orders, the PB goes too far. Apparently now, all members of the clergy transferring from one province of the Anglican Communion to another should be so deposed. Or perhaps it is just those leaving The Episcopal Church, because it now stands alone.

She writes, "Other, similar letters … have also been treated as voluntary renunciations and with the consent of my Council of Advice I have accepted them and removed and released those bishops from our ordained ministry, (emphasis added) as well.

"It is a new day in Narnia my friends - always Winter, never Christmas. the rest

Stand Firm: Schori Accepts +Iker’s Renunciation. Only One Small Problem.

Theologians’ first virtue is obedience to the faith, says Pope

In receiving the members of the International Theological Commission, Benedict XVI said that there is an “urgent need” to create the conditions to raise awareness of the value of natural moral law,” which is everyone’s “true guarantee” against ideological manipulations and the law of the strongest.
12/05/2008

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – For Pope Benedict XVI the “fundamental virtue” of theologians is to obey “the faith” so that they can co-operate with ‘truth” which “objectively” is “God’s Revelation in Jesus Christ.” This way, theologians “do not talk about themselves” but let “the truth speak through them”.

In meeting today the participants to the plenary session of the International Theological Commission the Pope outlined the guidelines theologians must follow in their work as he discussed the Commission’s own study on the “nature of theology, its meaning and methods”. the rest

Nigeria: Death in the streets as Christians flee

December 05, 2008
Ruth Gledhill's blog

Horrific stories of ruthless killings on the streets of Jos in northern Nigeria are emerging. At least one church pastor was shot dead, along with three members of his household and an Augustinian monastery attacked, the abbot narrowly escaping death after a molotov cocktail was thrown into his room. The Church Times and The Economist have reports, with the latter reporting that mosques were also burned down. On Thursday I spoke to the Bishop of Jos, Dr Benjamin Kwashi. According to his eyewitness report, the violence was directed solely against Christians, with some Muslims shot by armed forces only when they broke curfew. Estimates vary, but it seems about 400 people might have been killed. While not lessening the horror of that atrocity, this is about twice the number killed in Mumbai.

Some pictures on the Jos diocesan website give an idea of the bleak conditions there now. the rest

Enigmatic life of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

By Christopher Howse
06/12/2008

At the age of 11 Rowan Williams explored the church of All Saints, Oystermouth, above the bay at Swansea, to which his parents had just moved. It was an Anglican church in the "Prayer Book Catholic" tradition, and his parents were Nonconformists, but the young Rowan asked them to take him back there.

It was an unusual way into Anglicanism for a future Archbishop of Canterbury. At All Saints, Rowan Williams learnt the Nicene Creed by singing it. His musicality has continued into adulthood, as one factor in the amazingly talented character of today's Primate of All England.

I've been thinking about that complicated character while reading Rupert Shortt's fascinating biography Rowan's Rule (Hodder, £20). Even in 400 pages, to depict the whole man is impossible. the rest image

Over 400 College Students in Beijing Detained

By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Dec. 05 2008

More than 400 Christian college students were arrested and interrogated in a span of about a month in Beijing, a China-focused human rights group reported this week.

Texas-based China Aid Association confirmed that from the end of September to early November 2008, a large police force was dispatched to raid house gatherings in Beijing and in areas near college campuses in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

The hundreds of students as well as house church leaders who led the gatherings were detained for interrogation.

In total, four house church leaders were sentenced to re-education through labor for one to one-and-a-half years. The Christian leaders were accused of “preaching to students” and “engaging in cult activities,” according to CAA. the rest

Decision on Obama citizenship pending

Court delays action on suit
Tom Ramstack
Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Supreme Court held off Friday on deciding whether to grant a hearing in a long-shot lawsuit that would decide whether Barack Obama can constitutionally become president as a "natural born" U.S. citizen.

The Friday list of court orders that denies or grants hearings did not mention the lawsuit, which says Mr. Obama should be disqualified from the presidency because he purportedly acquired the same British citizenship that his father had when he was born.

A spokesman for the court said the decision on whether to hear the suit brought by retired New Jersey lawyer Leo Donofrio is likely to be announced next week. the rest

Researchers Stepping Up Study of Health And Religiosity

Small Field Devoted To Exploring Possible Link Is Expanding Despite Criticism, Lack of Funding
By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 6, 2008

To critics, the few dozen researchers who met this week for a Washington conference are part of an ideological crusade, a modern-day sham meant to infect science with religious belief.

To participants, they are studying what they say is becoming increasingly obvious: the link between a person's religion or spirituality and their health.

The meeting Wednesday at the Reagan Building represented the growth of a research field that has existed on a small scale for decades but has expanded significantly in the past few years. The researchers include psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, statisticians and others who believe being religious or spiritual has health benefits.
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Conservative Anglicans Vow to Press Ahead With Split

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
December 5, 2008

Conservative Anglicans in the United States and Canada said Friday that they intended to proceed immediately with plans to create their own branch of the Anglican Communion, separate from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, despite warnings from the archbishop of Canterbury that winning official recognition could take years.

“This is not being put on hold while we wait for a committee in England to tell us which form to fill out,” said the Rev. Peter Frank, a spokesman for Bishop Robert Duncan, who led a majority of churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh out of the Episcopal Church this year and is to become the archbishop and primate of the new province. the rest

The Prayers of the People from Wednesday’s Service in Wheaton

From Lent and Beyond

With HUGE thanks to a friend from CANA who sent this to me, here are the prayers of the people as offered at the historic service that followed the announcement of the new Anglican Province in formation on Wednesday Dec. 3rd in Wheaton, Ill.

I was very struck by the prayers for those who disagree with us, and the prayers for mission and thus put out some feelers to try and obtain the text. I hope that this kind of charity and committed intercession focused on mission will mark all of us who are associated with the emerging Anglican Church in North America. (KB)

Found here: you could even print them out and use them in your quiet time. They will help you focus on the broader picture.

Don't forget the Advent resources!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Gafcon Primates welcome North American Province

6th December, 2008 AD

Primates of the GAFCON Primates' Council meeting in London have issued the following statement about the Province of the Anglican Church in North America.

We welcome the news of the North American Anglican Province in formation. We fully support this development with our prayer and blessing, since it demonstrates the determination of these faithful Christians to remain authentic Anglicans.

North American Anglicans have been tragically divided since 2003 when activities condemned by the clear teaching of Scripture and the vast majority of the Anglican Communion were publicly endorsed. This has left many Anglicans without a proper spiritual home. The steps taken to form the new Province are a necessary initiative. A new Province will draw together in unity many of those who wish to remain faithful to the teaching of God’s word, and also create the highest level of fellowship possible with the wider Anglican Communion.

Furthermore, it releases the energy of many Anglican Christians to be involved in mission, free from the difficulties of remaining in fellowship with those who have so clearly disregarded the word of God. link

A Worldwide Anglican Melee

Conservative Revolt Expected to Roil International Communion
By Jacqueline L. Salmon and Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, December 5, 2008

Episcopal Church experts and disaffected conservatives predicted yesterday that intense lobbying would soon begin over dissidents' plans to leave the church and create a new Anglican community in the United States.

The two sides will try to convince Anglican leaders worldwide either of the value or the cost of a second branch of the U.S. church, one that would be based less on geography than on theology.

Bishop Martyn Minns, a Virginia-based leader of the breakaway movement, confidently predicted victory. "I think we've got a good basis of support for what we're doing," he said. the rest

Louisiana Bishop Sets Retirement Date

December 5, 2008

The Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins, Bishop of Louisiana, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2009. He informed the diocese’s standing committee of his decision Dec. 4, according to a letter published on the diocese’s website.

“This move is based on issues of health and a concern for the mission strategy of the diocese,” Bishop Jenkins said. “To that end, I now call for the election of the eleventh Bishop of Louisiana.”

He said the decision, and the timing of the announcement, “are not what I had hoped. the rest

Patriarch who revived Russian Orthodox Church dies

Fri Dec 5, 2008
By Michael Stott

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Patriarch Alexiy II, a staunch conservative who revived Russia's Orthodox Church after the collapse of communism and forged close links with the Kremlin, died on Friday at the age of 79.

The Moscow Patriarchy said Alexiy, who led the powerful church for 18 years, died at his residence in Peredelkino, a former Soviet writers' colony outside Moscow.

The official cause of death was heart failure but diplomats said he had been suffering from cancer. The day before his death, Alexiy officiated at a religious ceremony in Moscow. the rest

Albert Mohler: It's About Theology, Not Territory

December 05, 2008

Christian leaders formerly associated with the Episcopal Church have announced the creation of a new denomination -- the Anglican Church in North America. The announcement came Wednesday as conservative Anglican leaders met in Wheaton, Illinois to plan for a future province of the Anglican Communion -- in this case a province determined by theological conviction, not geographical designation.

As The New York Times reported:

Conservatives alienated from the Episcopal Church announced on Wednesday that they were founding their own rival denomination, the biggest challenge yet to the authority of the Episcopal Church since it ordained an openly gay bishop five years ago.

The move threatens the fragile unity of the Anglican Communion, the world’s third-largest Christian body, made up of 38 provinces around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England and its spiritual leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The strange part of that account is the statement that this move "threatens the fragile unity of the Anglican Communion." That fragile unity was shattered by the actions of more liberal churches in North America to bless same-sex unions, ordain homosexual ministers, and elect an openly-homosexual bishop. The lack of unity is what has prompted the establishment of this new denomination. the rest image

The New Hollywood Blacklist

by Brent Bozell III
Friday, December 05, 2008

Hollywood can still mount a soapbox and recall the dark days when people lost their jobs in show business for daring to take an unpopular political position that was outside the mainstream. Whenever they're criticized, they proclaim, "McCarthyism," accuse their critics of "blacklisting," and condemn the deplorable "intolerance."

Hollywood has yet to accept, perhaps even to understand, that it is the entertainment industry that excels at this slanderous behavior. After California voters narrowly approved Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, it was revealed that Scott Eckern, the artistic director of the California Musical Theater in Sacramento, the state's largest nonprofit musical theater company, had donated $1,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign. the rest

Anglican Church in North America: new church or new province?

Leigh Anne Williams
staff writer
Dec 5, 2008

Leaders of the Common Cause Partnership, a coalition of conservative Anglicans in the U.S. and Canada, released a draft constitution on Dec. 3 for a new Anglican province that they propose would be defined by theology rather than a geographic location. Gathered in Wheaton, Ill., leaders of the partnership, which represents about 100,000 Anglicans (3,000 in Canada) – those who have left the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the U.S. largely over blessing same-sex unions and the ordination of an openly gay bishop – outlined their vision for the new Anglican Church in North America.

According to Bishop Robert Duncan, who led the diocese of Pittsburgh out of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. and is the provisional leader of the new province, the future of this body may go further than being a parallel province operating in the same geographic regions as the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada; it may become a rival church. “I think what the Lord is doing is that the Lord is displacing the Episcopal Church,” Bishop Duncan said. “The Episcopal Church has been in extraordinary decline … over the last 50 years,” he added. “What we are focused on is our mission together. We are a body that is growing, that is planting new congregations, that’s concerned to be an authentic Christian presence in the U.S. and Canada.” the rest

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Devotional: In Advent spirituality...

In Advent spirituality we are also called on to meditate on the birthing of Christ in our hearts. In this matter we are dealing with the conversion of life, the movement away from the old life lived under the power of evil to the new life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. True conversion is a turning from one way of life to another. Christ calls us to be converted to him, to make him the pattern of our lives, to make our living and dying a living and dying in him. This can only be accomplished as we completely submit to him and live our lives in respect to his paschal mystery and by the example he left for us to follow..Robert Webber image

Massachusetts Study:

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

More evidence that homosexuality and heterosexuality are not “equal,” as so many homosexual activists assert: a Massachusetts study finds people practicing homosexuality and bisexuality are more likely to suffer various health, emotional and other problems, including “sexual assault victimization.” To connect with the leading pro-family group in Massachusetts fighting the homosexual agenda, visit the MassResistance website and blog.

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Episcopal Church leader says defections will have little effect

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says that conservatives' creation of new Anglican Church in North America is painful, but that she thinks 'we're past the worst of it.'
By Duke Helfand
December 5, 2008

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church predicted Thursday that an initiative by hundreds of conservative congregations to form their own church in North America had largely run its course and would not trigger further large-scale defections from the denomination long divided over issues related to homosexuality.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, making her first public comments since a coalition of breakaway congregations declared their intention Wednesday, said the departures were personally painful but would have little effect on the 2.4-million-member Episcopal Church. The new Anglican Church in North America represents about 100,000 people. the rest

Episcopalian churches in Georgia may join new Anglican group

By CHRISTOPHER QUINN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Friday, December 05, 2008

About 30 congregations in North Georgia with an estimated 3,000 members could join a new conservative Anglican church that would compete with the Episcopal Church for worldwide recognition.

The rift is the result of theological conservatives pulling away from what they believe is a liberal drift in the Episcopal Church, the American branch of Anglicanism.

Conservative leaders, including former Episcopal bishops, announced the creation of the Anglican Church in North America on Wednesday. It is expected to begin with about 700 congregations and 100,000 members in North America. the rest

Emergency summit in London to discuss US schism

Five Anglican archbishops have flewn into London to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow
Ruth Gledhill Religion Correspondent
Times Online
December 4, 2008

Five senior Anglican Archbishops flew into London on Thursday for an emergency summit with the Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow to discuss the unfolding schism in the American church.

The meeting between Dr Rowan Williams and the primates of Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Southern Cone comes two days after conservatives in the US unveiled the constitution and canons of the new Anglican Church in North America.

With a membership of 100,000 drawn from The Episcopal Church of the US and from traditional Anglican churches that broke off in earlier disputes over women’s ordination, leaders of the new “province” claim they are not breaking away from the 75-million strong worldwide Anglican Communion. the rest

Ruth Gledhill's blog: Lambeth Palace on new province as Gafcon primates fly in for summit

Sydney Anglican Church League Greets new Province of North America

December 4, 2008

THE COUNCIL OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH LEAGUE SENDS GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS GATHERED IN THE NEW PROVINCE OF NORTH AMERICA

Statement

Anglican Leaders Begin Forming New Church in North America

By Jeremy Reynalds
4 décembre 2008

Bishops, clergy and lay leaders from the United States and Canada unveiled a provisional constitution and the first set of canons for the new Anglican Church in North America at a news conference and worship service Wednesday at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church in suburban Chicago.

A news release reported that the movement unites 700 orthodox Anglican congregations, representing about 100,000 people, in an organization that members believe will be recognized as a province – the Anglican term for the church’s largest regional jurisdictions – by many of the world’s Anglican leaders. the rest

Christianity Today: Conservative Anglicans Create Rival Church

Top leader Duncan expects to see Episcopal Church 'displaced.'
Timothy C. Morgan in Wheaton, Illinois
12/04/2008

In a history-making gesture, conservative evangelical Anglicans, deeply alienated over the decline of the U.S. denomination, sounded a shofar to herald the creation of the Anglican Church of North America.

On a snowy Wednesday evening, about 1,000 worshipers, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, gathered in Wheaton, Illinois, for a worship service to celebrate the creation of the new entity, which includes 656 congregations, 800 clergy, 30 bishops, and 100,000 people in regular worship. They represent evangelical, charismatic, and Anglo-Catholic traditions within Anglicanism.

During a pre-service press conference, Bob Duncan, the former Episcopal bishop of Pittsburgh and now archbishop-designate for the new church, told news media that he expects the Episcopal Church (TEC) to continue in its decline and that in time, the new province will come to replace it.

He said, "The Lord is displacing the Episcopal Church." the rest

Suit contesting Barack Obama's citizenship heads to U.S. Supreme Court Friday

Justices will decide whether to consider the case
By James Janega Tribune reporter
December 4, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama's election.

The meeting of justices will coincide with a vigil by the filer's supporters in Washington on the steps of the nation's highest court.

The suit originally sought to stay the election, and was filed on behalf of Leo Donofrio against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court's schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama's election over accusations that he either wasn't born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia. the rest

Planned Parenthood suspends employee after video on abortion counseling



Indiana Planned Parenthood Covers Up Sexual Abuse of 13-year Old - video powered by Metacafe


By Marcela Creps
December 3, 2008

Print-friendly A local Planned Parenthood employee has been suspended after the release of a video surreptitiously shot at a clinic which shows a woman who identifies herself as a 13-year-old being given advice that is a violation of the organization’s policies.

A statement by Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, was released Wednesday in response to the video shot by a UCLA student who said she visited the Bloomington Planned Parenthood office in June, posing as a young teen. She said she spoke to a nurse there and told her she was 13 and pregnant from sex with an adult.

“We are deeply concerned about the content of the video,” the prepared statement read. “While we cannot be certain whether this video has been altered, the apparent actions of the employee would be in violation of our strict policies and procedures. Therefore, a thorough internal investigation of this matter has begun, and the employee has been put on an immediate, unpaid suspension. Further disciplinary action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.” the rest

Albert Mohler: A Generation Immersed in Media

December 04, 2008

A new report indicates that the average child in America now spends 45 hours a week immersed in the media -- a multiple of the hours spent with parents or in the classroom.

Commonsense Media, a group that advocates for better programming in the media, commissioned and released the report. Researchers looked at 173 studies done on media and its effects on children and adolescents. The results are sobering. Taken together, these reports strongly suggest that significant exposure to the media is related, among other concerns, to behaviors such as smoking and early sexual activity, as well as low academic achievement and obesity.
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LATimes: Split in Episcopal Church hits new level

Conservatives who fled liberal views of Scripture have formed a breakaway church in North America.
By Duke Helfand
December 4, 2008

Hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America, rejecting liberal biblical views of others in the denomination, formed a breakaway church Wednesday that threatened to further divide a global Anglican body already torn by the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Leaders of the new Anglican Church in North America said they took the extraordinary step to unify congregations and dioceses that had fled the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada over issues of Scripture. the rest

Toronto Star: Anglicans formalize split

Legal framework set for new Third Province in North America

Thursday, 4th December 2008
By George Conger

Leaders of the Third Province movement sidestepped the contentious issue of women clergy last night, and have endorsed a provisional constitution and canons governing the emerging Third Province in the Americas.

“God did a great work today,” Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan told supporters at a church service in Wheaton, Illinois at the end of the Dec 1-3 gathering, as the disparate members of the Common Cause Partnership (CCP) of Anglican traditionalists in the US and Canada “came together with the proposed draft of the constitution and canons” and after discussing each proviso, “adopted unanimously” each article of the code.

This was “staggering considering who was around the table” said Bishop Duncan — the moderator of CCP and now the interim primate and archbishop of the provisional province.

Comprised of approximately 700 congregations with an average Sunday attendance of 100,000, the newly created Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) boasts Anglo-Catholics, Evangelicals, Charismatics, and a variety of traditionalists at odds with the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada. the rest

Ohio: Former Episcopal breakaway parishes join new North American Anglican Church

by Patrick O'Donnell/Plain Dealer Reporter
December 04, 2008

Five local churches are joining the new North American Anglican Church, an attempt to create a more conservative rival to the Episcopal Church.

The local churches all left the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio after the national church's selection of a homosexual man as bishop in 2003 and started recognizing gay unions.

A representative of those churches and other dissenters joined leaders of four breakaway dioceses from across the country Wednesday night outside Chicago to unveil a constitution for the new umbrella church.

Organizers hope to become a full province of the Anglican Communion, a status that would make it a peer of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada. It is the first attempt to create a province defined by theological orientation, not by geography.

"It's something that has never happened before in the Anglican community," said the Rev. Roger Ames of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Fairlawn, who attended the event. "You will have a more orthodox group that will, in time, be recognized as an alternative to the United States Episcopal Church." the rest

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Devotional: Sow for yourselves righteousness...

Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hosea 10:12

Conservatives form rival group to Episcopal Church

By RACHEL ZOLL
posted December 3, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Theological conservatives upset by liberal views of U.S. Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans formed a rival North American province Wednesday, in a long-developing rift over the Bible that erupted when Episcopalians consecrated the first openly gay bishop.

The announcement represents a new challenge to the already splintering, 77-million-member world Anglican fellowship and the authority of its spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The new North American Anglican province includes four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, many individual parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and splinter groups that left the Anglican family years, or in one case, more than a century ago. the rest

WSJ: Episcopals Form Rival Church

Statement from The Episcopal Church

CANA Supports New Anglican Constitution & Canons

December 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HERNDON, Va. (December 3, 2008) – The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) issued a statement of support for the provisional constitution that will unite orthodox North American Anglicans under a new province. CANA leaders, including Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns joined representatives of the Common Cause Partnership, a federation representing more than 100,000 orthodox Anglican Christians in North America, in Wheaton, Ill., on December 3 to introduce the provisional constitution for the new province.

“This constitution represents a major component of the new Anglican province’s structural and spiritual foundation. We support this constitution as it reflects the very qualities that all of us in CANA and in Common Cause have hoped for in the new Anglican province: biblically grounded, Christ-centered, mission driven, outwardly focused, committed to evangelism and discipleship, and proudly Anglican.,” said CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns.

Bishop Minns continued, “There is a division in the Anglican Communion that we hope to overcome with this outlined set of traditional Anglican beliefs. We have already proven in North America that we can come together as Anglicans of faith with a passion for mission. We will continue to pray for Christ’s guidance as we work to establish this singular province that will advance the Good News of Jesus for the least, the last, and the lost.”

The landmark Wheaton, Ill., event follows the June 2008 gathering of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in which leaders representing half of the world’s 77 million Anglicans called for a new Anglican body in North America as part of a formal declaration of faith.

CANA Website

Provisional Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in North America

Preamble

In the Name of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We are Anglicans in North America united by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures and presently members of the Common Cause Partnership.

We know ourselves to be members of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

We are grieved by the current state of brokenness within the Anglican Communion prompted by those who have embraced erroneous teaching and who have rejected a repeated call to repentance.

We are grateful for the encouragement of Primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion who gathered at Jerusalem in June 2008 and called on us to establish a new Province in North America.

We believe that this Constitution is faithful to that call and consistent with the Historic Faith and Order of the Church and we invite the prayers of all faithful Anglicans as we seek to be obedient disciples of Jesus Christ our One Lord and Savior.

ARTICLE I – FUNDAMENTAL DECLARATIONS OF THE PROVINCE
As the Anglican Church in North America (the Province), being a part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, we believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, we identify the following eight elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:

1. We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.

2. We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.

3. We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.

4. We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian.

5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.

6. We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.

7. We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1562, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.

8. We affirm the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and Jerusalem Declaration issued 29 June 2008.

In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain, as the Anglican Way has received them, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to our posterity.

We seek to be and remain in full communion with all Anglican Churches, Dioceses and Provinces that hold and maintain the Historic Faith, Doctrine, Sacraments and Discipline of the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

ARTICLE II – THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE PROVINCE
1. The founding entities of the Anglican Church in North America are the members of the Common Cause Partnership namely:

The American Anglican Council
The Anglican Coalition in Canada
The Anglican Communion Network
The Anglican Mission in the Americas
The Anglican Network in Canada
The Convocation of Anglicans in North America
Forward in Faith – North America
The Missionary Convocation of Kenya
The Missionary Convocation of the Southern Cone
The Missionary Convocation of Uganda
The Reformed Episcopal Church

2. New dioceses, clusters or networks (whether regional or affinity-based) may be added to the Province by invitation of the Provincial Council, pursuant to the process outlined by canon.

3. Member dioceses (or groups of dioceses organized into distinct jurisdictions) are free to withdraw from the Province by action of their own governing bodies at any time.

ARTICLE III – THE MISSION OF THE PROVINCE
The mission of the Province is so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit that people everywhere will come to know Him as Lord and serve Him as King in the fellowship of the Church. The chief agents of this mission to extend the Kingdom of God are the people of God.

The work of the Province is to equip each member of the Province so that they may reconcile the world to Christ, plant new congregations, and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and, and teaching them to obey everything commanded by Jesus Christ.

The Province will seek to represent orthodox North American Anglicans in the councils of the Anglican Communion.

ARTICLE IV – THE STRUCTURE OF THE PROVINCE
1.The fundamental agency of mission in the Province is the local congregation.

2. Congregations and clergy are related together in a diocese, cluster, or network (whether regional or affinity-based), united by a bishop.

3. Each diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based) shall be represented in the Provincial Assembly.

4. Dioceses, clusters or networks (whether regional or affinity-based) may band together for common mission, or as distinct jurisdictions at the sub-Provincial level.

5. Each bishop in active episcopal ministry shall be included in a Provincial College of Bishops as provided by canon.

6. There shall be a Provincial Council elected by the Provincial Assembly.

7. This Constitution recognizes the right of each diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based) to establish and maintain its own governance, constitution and canons not inconsistent with the provisions of

ARTICLE V – AREAS OF PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Provincial Council, subject to ratification by the Provincial Assembly, has power to make canons ordering our common life in respect to the following matters:
1. Safeguarding the Faith and Order of the Province
2. Supporting the mission of the Province
3. Common Worship
4. Standards for ordination
5. Clergy support and discipline
6. Ecumenical and international relations
7. Norms for Holy Matrimony
8. Providing for the proper administration of the Province

ARTICLE VI – THE PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY
1. The chief work of the Provincial Assembly shall be strengthening the mission of the Province.

2. The Provincial Assembly shall ratify Constitutional amendments and Canons adopted by the Provincial Council. The process of ratification is set forth by canon.

3. The Provincial Assembly shall elect the Provincial Council.

4. The Provincial Assembly shall be composed of representatives of all the dioceses, clusters and networks (whether regional or affinity-based) in balance and in number from the laity, bishops and other clergy as from time-to-time determined by canon.

5. The Provincial Assembly may meet as often as annually, but shall meet as an Electing Assembly at least quintennially. Meetings shall be called as provided for by canon.

ARTICLE VII – THE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL
1. The Provincial Council is the governing body for the Anglican Church in North America and shall have the authority to establish the program and budget of the Province.

2. The Provincial Council shall be composed of an equal number of bishops, clergy and lay persons, chosen by the Provincial Assembly from among its members. Initially, the Provincial Council shall be composed of the members of the Common Cause Leadership Council, as constituted under the Common Cause Articles.

3. Provincial Council members hold office for five years. The term of office ends at the close of the Provincial Assembly meeting which elects the successor.

4. A retiring member of the Provincial Council is eligible for re-election for one additional term, but not for a third.

5. The Provincial Council may appoint up to six persons as full members.

6. The Provincial Council may appoint a deputy chair, a secretary, a treasurer and such other office bearers as it deems necessary.

7. The Provincial Council will meet at least once in each calendar year. A minimum of fifteen days notice must be given for each meeting.

8. Special meetings of the Provincial Council may be called by the Chair or by the request of one-third of the Provincial Council's membership.

9. The Chair with the assistance of the other office bearers will be responsible for the agenda of each Provincial Council meeting. Any member has a right to have items of business placed on the agenda for consideration.

10. The Provincial Council shall have an Executive Committee, whose membership and duties may be established by canon. Initially the Executive Committee shall be composed of the members of the Common Cause Executive Committee, as constituted under the Common Cause Articles.

ARTICLE VIII – THE LIMITS OF PROVINCIAL AUTHORITY
1. The member dioceses, clusters or networks (whether regional or affinity-based) and those dioceses banded together as jurisdictions shall each maintain all authority they do not yield to the Province by their own consent. The powers not delegated to the Province by this constitution nor prohibited by this Constitution to these dioceses or jurisdictions, are reserved to these dioceses or jurisdictions respectively.

2. The Province shall make no canon abridging the authority of any member dioceses, clusters or networks (whether regional or affinity-based) and those dioceses banded together as jurisdictions with respect to its practice regarding the ordination of women to the diaconate or presbyterate.

ARTICLE IX – THE ARCHBISHOP
1. The Archbishop will be known as the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America. The Archbishop will be elected by the College of Bishops.

2. The person elected as Archbishop will hold office for a term of five years concluding at the end of the meeting of the College of Bishops which elects the next Archbishop. An Archbishop who has served one term of office may be elected for a second term of office but not a third. Initially, the Moderator of the Common Cause Partnership shall serve as Archbishop and Primate of the Province.

3. The Archbishop convenes the meetings of the Provincial Assembly, Provincial Council and College of Bishops and represents the Province in the Councils of the Church.

ARTICLE X – COLLEGE OF BISHOPS
1. The chief work of the College of Bishops shall be the propagation and defense of the Faith and Order of the Church, and in service as the visible sign and expression of the Unity of the Church.

2. Each bishop in active episcopal ministry shall be included in the College of Bishops as provided by canon.

3. The College of Bishops shall elect the Archbishop from among its members.

4. The College of Bishops will meet with such frequency as best serves its chief work, and at the call of the Archbishop or of the episcopal members of the Provincial Council.

5. The College of Bishops shall have authority in the election of bishops of the Province which may be: a) consent to an election from a diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based), or b) the actual choice and consent from among two or more nominees put forward by a diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based), in the manner set forward by canon.

ARTICLE XI – PROVINCIAL TRIBUNAL
There shall be an ecclesiastical court of final decision to be known as the Provincial Tribunal consisting of seven members, both lay and clergy, who shall be appointed by the Provincial Council on such terms and conditions as determined by canon. The jurisdiction of the Provincial Tribunal shall be to determine matters in dispute arising from the Constitution and Canons of the Province and such other matters as may be authorized by canon.

ARTICLE XII – OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY
All church property, both real and personal, owned by each member congregation now and in the future is and shall be solely and exclusively owned by each member congregation and shall not be subject to any trust interest or any other claim of ownership arising out of the canon law of this Province. Where property is held in a different manner by any diocese or grouping, such ownership shall be preserved.

ARTICLE XIII – FINANCES
Each member diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based) or any group of dioceses organized into a distinct jurisdiction agree to share the cost of operating the Province as provided by canon.

ARTICLE XIV – REMOVAL FROM MEMBERSHIP
As may be provided by canon, a member diocese, cluster or network (whether regional or affinity-based) or any group of dioceses organized into a distinct jurisdiction may be removed from membership in the Province, after due warning from the Executive Committee, if agreed to by two-thirds of the members present and voting and at least a majority in two of the three orders of bishops, clergy and laity within the Provincial Council.

ARTICLE XV – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF THIS CONSTITUTION
This Constitution has been adopted by the Leadership Council of the Common Cause Partnership serving as initial Provincial Council. It shall be submitted to the Provincial Assembly for ratification at a meeting to be called by the Provincial Council not later than 31 August 2009.
This Constitution may be amended by the Provincial Assembly by two-thirds of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. Any changes or amendments to the Constitution shall not become effective in less than ninety days following that meeting.

We certify that the text of the Provisional Constitution set out above is the text of the Provisional Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America adopted by resolution of the Common Cause Leadership Council functioning as Provincial Council on the third day of December in the Year of our Lord 2008.

The Right Reverend Robert Duncan
Moderator of the Common Cause Partnership

The Venerable Charlie Masters
Secretary of the Common Cause Partnership

Constitution
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Provisional Canons
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1. Definition of a Diocese, Cluster or Network:
A diocese, cluster or network is a grouping gathered for mission under the oversight of a bishop consisting of a minimum of twelve congregations with an Average Sunday Attendance ("ASA" calendar year) of at least fifty each and a collective ASA of at least 1,000. These requirements may be modified on a case-by-case basis by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Provincial Council.

2. Representation at the Provincial Assembly:
Every diocese, cluster or network has representation at the Provincial Assembly at the basic level of its bishop(s), two clergy and two laypersons. For dioceses, clusters or networks with an ASA in multiples of 1,000, there will be an additional cleric and lay person for each additional 1000 ASA.

Each diocese, cluster or network shall make application to the Provincial Council for certification of the number of allowable delegates to the initial Provincial Assembly. Upon certification of the allowable number of delegates their election shall be reported to the Provincial Council no later than 30 days prior to the Provincial Assembly.

3. Representation of a Diocese, Cluster or Network "In Formation":
A diocese, cluster or network "in formation" may apply to the Provincial Council for temporary "in formation" status. If the application is approved by a majority vote of the Provincial Council, the Archbishop may appoint a Vicar General to assist in leading the diocese, cluster or network "information" to final qualification as a diocese, cluster or network in the Province. The diocese, cluster or network "in formation" shall be represented in the Provincial Assembly by the Vicar General and one clergy and one layperson. No diocese, cluster or network "in formation" shall be continued under this provision for more than five years.

4. Of Bishops and Their Election
Bishops shall be chosen by a diocese, cluster or network in conformance with their respective procedures and consistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Province. Eligibility for bishop must include being a duly ordained male presbyter of at least 35 years of age, who possesses those qualities for a bishop which are in accordance with Scriptural principles, and who has fully embraced the Fundamental Declarations of this Province.
An electing body shall certify the election of a bishop for consent by the College of Bishops, or may certify two or three nominees from which the College of Bishops may select one for the diocese, cluster or network.
Where the originating body is "in formation," that body shall normally nominate two or three candidates, from whom the College of Bishops may select one.
Consent or, choice and consent, shall require the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership of the College of Bishops, which consent shall be given within 60 days and in writing.
Upon the consent or choice of a bishop-elect by the College of Bishops, the Archbishop shall take order for the consecration and/or installation of such bishop.
In the event the bishop-elect or the nominees are rejected by the College of Bishops, the College shall so inform the originating body inwriting.

5. Of Congregational Property
All congregational property, both real and personal, owned by each member congregation now and in the future is and shall be solely and exclusively owned by each member congregation and shall not be subject to any trust interest or any other claim of ownership arising out of the canon law of the Province. No diocese, cluster, or network (whether regional or affinity based) may assert a trust claim over the real and personal property of its parishes without the express written consent of the congregation.
A valid trust claim existing in favor of a diocese, cluster, or network (whether regional or affinity based) at the time of admission to the Province shall not be made invalid by the forgoing provisions.

6. Of Prayer Book and Common Worship
The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, are received as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
The Prayer Book and Common Worship Task Force of the Common Cause Partnership, continued as a standing committee of this Church, will develop a resource for Common Worship for Provincial events and to be commended for wider use throughout the Province. All Books of Common Prayer and liturgies previously authorized by the originating jurisdictions shall be permitted in use for this Church.

7. Of the Ordination of Deacons and Presbyters
Every Bishop shall take care that he admit no person into holy orders but such as he knows either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, to have been baptized and confirmed, to be sufficiently instructed in Holy Scripture and in the doctrine, discipline and worship of this Church, as defined by this Province so as to be a wholesome example and pattern to the entire flock of Christ.
No person shall be ordained a Deacon or Presbyter in the Church until such person shall have subscribed without reservation the following declaration:
"I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation, and I consequently hold myself bound to conform my life and ministry thereto, and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline and Worship of the Anglican Church in North America."

8. Stewardship and Provincial Financing and Budget
The Biblical principles of tithing shall be taught and encouraged at every level within the Province.
The Provincial Executive Committee, with the assistance of the Financial Vision and Stewardship Task Force, shall develop the program and budget of the Province based on commitments of the dioceses, clusters and networks, plus other monies raised. The program and budget shall be presented annually to the Provincial Council for adoption.

9. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall have authority to carry out the work of the Province between meetings of the Provincial Council.

Canons

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Bishop Ackerman Accepts Call to Springfield

December 3, 2008

The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, who resigned last month as Bishop of Quincy, will serve as an assisting bishop in the neighboring Diocese of Springfield. The Rt. Rev. Peter H. Beckwith, Bishop of Springfield, said the Presiding Bishop’s office had been notified that the new position would become effective Dec. 1.

Bishop Ackerman’s resignation came a week before an overwhelming majority of delegates to the annual synod of the Diocese of Quincy voted to leave The Episcopal Church and to affiliate with the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, based in Argentina. the rest

NYT: Conservatives Expected to Split Episcopal Church

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
December 3, 2008

WHEATON, ILL. — Conservatives disaffected from the Episcopal Church are expected to declare on Wednesday that they are founding their own rival Anglican province in North America, the biggest challenge yet to the authority of the church in a five-year battle over the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

The move threatens the fragile unity of the Anglican Communion, the world’s third largest Christian body, made up of 38 provinces around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England and its leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is the first effort to create a province defined by theological orientation, not by geography.

The schism would create two competing provinces on the same soil, each claiming the mantle of historical Anglican Christianity. The conservative group plans to unveil a constitution and canons for its new province in an event at a large evangelical church here in Wheaton, which is outside of Chicago, on Wednesday evening. the rest

Telegraph: US Anglicans form breakaway church

CBN News: New Anglican Church Constitution Unveiled

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Constitution to reunite conservative Episcopal groups

BREAKING: Constitution Approved for New Province

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stand Firm

Stand Firm: A Note from Bishop Skip Adams

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
via email

Dear Clergy of Central New York,

You will remember the resolution that passed at our recent Diocesan Convention which addressed the openness of the ministries of the Church to all regardless of sexual orientation or marital/partnered status. National canons already establish that the process for ordination is open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation. It is the matter of marital/partnered status which I address in this note for your review.

Diocesan Convention Resolutions cannot bind a bishop to anything other than what is already a part of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. I certainly take our resolutions seriously and receive them with the care and thought intended by Convention. In regard to this particular resolution, as bishop I have the freedom to receive it and make my own judgments regarding my approval of people for possible ordination in The Episcopal Church.

It seems that the part of the resolution addressing marital/partnered status was ambiguous at best and although I believe I know what was intended, it left many with a lot of questions. I believe it is important for you to know where I stand on this. If a person who has the option of Holy Matrimony, as with most heterosexual relationships, makes a decision not to be married yet chooses to live with a partner as if married, then that person has by that decision removed him or herself from the ordination process. Since, at this time in New York State, gay and lesbian couples are not able to be married, I would be looking for relationships of monogamous commitment and integrity as intended for any married couple.

Faithfully yours,
+Skip Adams
Bishop of Central New York

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Gay Bible angers Christians

Alison Flood
guardian.co.uk
Monday December 1 2008

A gay version of the Bible, in which God says it is better to be gay than straight, is to be published by an American film producer.

New Mexico-based Revision Studios will publish The Princess Diana Bible – so named because of Diana's "many good works", it says – online at princessdianabible.com in spring 2009. A preview of Genesis is already available, in which instead of creating Adam and Eve, God creates Aida and Eve.

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Aida, and she slept: and he took one of her ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from woman, made he another woman, and brought her unto the first. And Aida said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of me. Therefore shall a woman leave her mother, and shall cleave unto her wife: and they shall be one flesh.' And they were both naked, the woman and her wife, and were not ashamed."
The film studio said it would also adapt and direct the revised Bible as a two-part mini-series, The Gay Old Testament and The Gay New Testament, once it is completed. the rest

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North American Anglicans to split

By Christopher Landau
BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent
Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Anglican Church has been struggling with internal divisions
Traditionalist Anglicans are to formally announce that they are setting up a new church in the US and Canada.

The move will make the long-discussed split in the Anglican Church in North America a reality.

It means in each country there will be two competing churches, both claiming allegiance to the Anglican Communion.

The American Church's liberal stance on homosexuality has led some traditionalists, including some whole dioceses, to leave the Church.

They have instead formed a range of new alliances, often with Churches in Africa.

On Wednesday those disparate groups are uniting to form a new North American Church.

During a celebration service in Illinois, its leaders will unveil a draft constitution for the new Church. the rest

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Devotional: The Season of Advent...

The Season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… .What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God's [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.
...Jan L. Richardson
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The Blawg 100: Best Legal Blogs

By Molly McDonough, Sarah Randag
December 2008

On our second annual list of the best legal blogs, just half of last year’s honorees make a return appearance.

What explains the high turnover? For one thing, every day new legal blogs are started, and some existing blogs—including some that appeared on last year’s list—cease to be updated regularly.

Plus, some of the upstart blogs are just plain better than some that made the cut last year.

This year, blogs that aren’t updated at least weekly—no matter how interesting—often didn’t make the grade. We put a premium on blogs that broke news in 2008, or were among the first to provide trenchant analysis of one or more breaking legal news stories. We also gave props to bloggers who made the most of audio and video (in our new podcast category) or social networking applications.

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Westerners Welcome Harems

November 28th, 2008
by Daniel Pipes

A Scottish judge recently bent the law to benefit a polygamous household. The case involved a Muslim male who drove 64 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone - usually grounds for an automatic loss of one’s driving license. The defendant’s lawyer explained his client’s need to speed: “He has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow and sleeps with one one night and stays with the other the next on an alternate basis. Without his driving licence he would be unable to do this on a regular basis.” Sympathetic to the polygamist’s plight, the judge permitted him to retain his license.

Monogamy, this ruling suggests, long a foundation of Western civilization, is silently eroding under the challenge of Islamic law. Should current trends continue, polygamy could soon be commonplace.

Since the 1950s, Muslim populations have grown in Western Europe and North America via immigration and conversion; with their presence has grown the Islamic form of polygyny (one man married to more than one woman). Estimates find 2,000 or more British polygamous men, 14,000 or 15,000-20,000 harems in Italy, 30,000 harems in France, and 50,000-100,000 polygamists in the United States. the rest

'UK men, women most promiscuous'

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Breakaway Anglicans Aim for Less Division with New Province

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Dec. 02 2008

FAIRFAX, Va. – As breakaway Anglicans prepare to introduce a draft constitution for their new conservative province in North America on Wednesday, many within the global church body are debating whether a separate structure is the best way to deal with the current divisions.

For many orthodox Anglicans, it is.

Returning to Truro Church in Fairfax to preach this past Sunday was former rector, or senior pastor, the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns who has been leading some 80 breakaway congregations in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) as missionary bishop. the rest

Conservative bishops propose a competing North American Anglican church

Recent moves within the American Anglicanism, like recognizing an openly gay bishop, lead some traditionalists to set up a new church.
By Jane Lampman
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the December 3, 2008 edition

Five years after the Episcopal Church consecrated the first openly gay bishop, traditionalists are moving to create a separate and competing North American Anglican church.

On Wednesday, a network of groups from the United States and Canada will unveil a draft constitution for a unified entity that they hope will be recognized by Anglicans elsewhere in the world. They were encouraged to take this step by a group of leaders in the global Anglican Communion who say the Episcopal Church (TEC) – the US branch of Anglicanism – has abandoned traditional Christian teaching and practice.

"This has been our aim since 2004, and it's been the call of the [conservative global leaders] that it was time for the rest of the Anglican world to recognize an orthodox province here in the States," says Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, who heads the network. the rest

Canada: New indigenous province proposed

MARITES N. SISON
staff writer
Dec 1, 2008

Niagara Falls, Ont. -The Governance Working Group (GWG) is proposing the creation of a new ecclesiastical province that would allow the Anglican Church of Canada’s indigenous members to govern themselves and achieve “self-determination, jurisdiction and authority.”

The proposed model, which was presented to the house of bishops meeting here at the end of October, would create a province that is not geographically-based, that will be named by indigenous Anglicans, and where membership is “invited, not coerced or compulsory,” the group said.

The group, which has been working on proposed constitutional changes that would provide a framework for a national indigenous ministry (NIM) within the church, said establishing a province would provide “maximum flexibility and control” over how this ministry evolves, and would employ “well-understood structures within the church’s existing constitution.” It noted that the declaration of principles of General Synod, the church’s governing body, provides the governance framework necessary to set up this new province. the rest

Pastoral Assistant will Guide Reorganizing Dioceses

December 1, 2008

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has named the Ven. Richard I. Cluett as pastoral assistant to reorganizing dioceses. In this capacity, Archdeacon Cluett will report to Bishop Clay Matthews in the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development.

In this new position, Archdeacon Cluett, who was formerly archdeacon of the Diocese of Bethlehem (Pa.), will provide pastoral guidance and assistance to dioceses of The Episcopal Church who are in the process of reorganizing and reconstituting. His main office will be located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. the rest

Silence 'deafening' over murder by homosexual

Allie Martin and Jody Brown
OneNewsNow
12/2/2008

A pro-family activist is questioning why there is no outrage over the murder of a college student by a homosexual.

On November 21, William Smithson, 43, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to life in prison for the September 2006 strangulation murder of 23-year-old Jason Shephard.

Smithson, a homosexual, murdered Shephard after slipping him GHB, a date rape drug, then hid the body in the basement of his home. Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, says it is ironic that homosexuals used the murder ten years ago of Matthew Shepherd to push for hate crimes laws -- yet remain largely silent about the murder of Jason Shephard. the rest

Australian Health Minister Fires Men’s Health Ambassador for Documenting Risks of Homosexuality

“Today someone who dares to speak the truth about homosexuality will lose his job. Tomorrow he will likely see prison, fines and other draconian penalties imposed."
By Ellen M. Rice
SYDNEY, December 1, 2008

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Last week, Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon appointed Warwick Marsh of the Fatherhood Foundation as one of six men’s health ambassadors who were charged with the task of building a federal men’s health policy, in part to address the epidemic of male suicide in Australia. The Australian homosexualist group, Coalition for Equality, however, immediately demanded Marsh’s firing, and two days later, on November 27, he was gone.

Marsh drew fire from the Coalition for Equality largely because he was one of 34 co-authors of the Fatherhood Foundation’s document, “21 Reasons Why Gender Matters.” The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the pro-homosexual Coalition immediately urged Ms. Roxon to fire Mr. Marsh, and fellow men’s health ambassador Barry Williams, of the Lone Fathers Association, another co-author of the Gender Matters document. Coalition for Equality Spokesman Rodney Croome said, "If the federal government is sincere about an inclusive and effective men's health agenda it must remove these hatemongers immediately." the rest

The Archbishop - BBC One Wales documentary

Wednesday, December 3, BBC One Wales, 10.45pm

As head of the Anglican Church in Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has had a turbulent and fascinating year. In BBC Wales documentary The Archbishop (Wednesday, December 3, BBC One Wales) David Williams follows The Archbishop of Wales through a year which has seen widespread division in the church.

2008 has been dubbed ‘The Year of the Bishop’ thanks to heated debate around the consecration of gay bishops and the ordination of women bishops as well as a number of high profile media stories about Welsh bishops.

The personal profile of Dr Morgan examines his navigation of the arguments currently raging in the Anglican community.
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Final draft of Anglican covenant could take five years to sign on

Commentary reacts to St. Andrew’s Draft
EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE
Dec 1, 2008

The Covenant Design Group has published a document “which sets out the responses of the bishops at the Lambeth Conference in their discussions of the St. Andrew’s Draft for an Anglican covenant,” an Oct. 22 news release from the Anglican Communion Office announced.

The 33-page Lambeth Commentary, compiled at the Covenant Design Group’s recent meeting in Singapore, was sent to all 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion “to assist in their discernment and response to the St. Andrew’s Draft,” the news release said.

The provinces have until March 9, 2009 to respond to the St. Andrew’s Draft, which will also be sent to ecumenical partners of the Anglican Communion, inviting their reflections and responses. the rest

Desert Like a Rose

By Peter Leithart
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
First Things

Time was when Christian missions occurred “over there.” Every now and then, the missionary would show up at church dressed like a time traveler, to show slides of exotic places and to enchant the stay-at-homes with tales about the strange diet and customs of the natives. Foreign missions still happen, but that model seems like ancient history. With the new immigration and the increased ease of travel and communication, the mission field has moved into the neighborhood, and every church that has its eyes open is asking every day how to do “foreign missions.”

That poses a problem. Missions has always been the place where the bookish question of “Christ and culture” turns practical. Now, at the same time that missions has become a challenge “right here,” multiculturalists question the very legitimacy of missions. Since the gospel always comes clothed in culture, how, on the premises of multiculturalism, can missionary work be anything but a veiled form of cultural imperialism? From Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart to Barbara Kinglover’s Poisonwood Bible, missionaries are depicted as tools of Western hegemony. But, if we’re all missionaries now, are we all cooperating in genocide?

Under the regime of multiculturalism, mission efforts face a cruel dilemma. Either missionaries can preach an uncompromising gospel that will cause everything to fall apart, or they can soft pedal the gospel of God’s judgment and grace in order to permit non-Christian cultures to survive. But is the situation as dire as this? Does the Bible perhaps offer a model for re-conceiving the question in a way that avoids the unhappy choice between compromise and cultural cataclysm?
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Franklin Graham Speaks Against Abortion at Calif. Megachurch

By Kenneth Chan
Christian Post Correspondent
Tue, Dec. 02 2008

Evangelist Franklin Graham delivered a message Sunday night at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., mixing a bit of politics into his call for repentance.

Reading from 2 Samuel 9:1-8, Graham recalled an event in the life of King David, in which the ruler of Israel called for the son of his childhood friend Jonathan with the intent to show God’s kindness.

“You see, David is a picture of God in Heaven.” Graham told attendees at the Sunday night service of evangelist Greg Laurie's megachurch. the rest

Orissa: Christians forced to leave relief camps, group says

by Dibin Samuel
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Victims of anti-Christian violence in Orissa's Kandhamal district are being forced to return to their villages by the state administration, a local Christian body claimed.

Kandhamal Christian Jankalyan Samaj (KCJS) alleged at a media conference that the administration has been forcing people to leave the relief camps even when little has been done to assist the reconstruction or repairing of their homes.

They lamented that people still feel "insecure" in their villages, even three months after violence erupted on August 23. the rest

'Inaccurate Reporting' Could Fuel More Anti-Christian Violence, Nigerians Say

Houses of Worship Burned, Over 300 Killed in Nigeria

Albert Mohler: Is Michelle Obama "Letting Down the Team?"

December 02, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office on January 20, thereby accepting the constitutional office to which he has been elected. Simultaneously, Michelle Obama will also accept an official role, though not a constitutional office. The role of the "First Lady" has developed over time, and the wife (thus far at least, all presidential spouses have been wives) of the President of the United States is invested by the public, if not by the Constitution, with a massively influential platform.

Michelle Obama is a woman of significant achievement. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School. She worked for a respected Chicago law firm and later drew a very large salary as an executive with the University of Chicago Hospitals. She is also the wife of the President-elect and the mother of their two daughters, Malia (10) and Sasha (7). She often campaigned alongside her husband and is a gifted public speaker. Thus, the question many people have been asking is this: What kind of First Lady will Michelle Obama choose to be? the rest image

Monday, December 01, 2008

Devotional: He comes to us...

He comes to us in the brokenness of our health,
in the shipwreck of our family lives,
in the loss of all possible peace of mind,
even in the very thick of our sins.
He saves us in our disasters, not from them.
He emphatically does not promise to meet
only the odd winner of the self-improvement lottery:
He meets us all in our endless and inescapable losing.
...Robert Farrar Capon, "The Astonished Heart"
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