Saturday, December 13, 2008

Devotional: We ought never to forget...

We ought never to forget, brethren, that we have renounced the world. We are living here now as aliens and only for a time. When the day of our homecoming puts an end to our exile, frees us from the bonds of the world, and restores us to paradise and to a kingdom, we should welcome it. What man, stationed in a foreign land, would not want to return to his own country as soon as possible? Well, we look upon paradise as our country, and a great crowd of our loved ones awaits us there, a countless throng of parents, brothers and children longs for us to join them. Assured though they are of their own salvation, they are still concerned about ours. What joy both for them and for us to see one another and embrace! O the delight of that heavenly kingdom where there is no fear of death! O the supreme and endless bliss of everlasting life! ...St Cyprian image

Anglican congregation in South Haven joins breakaway group

by Ron Cammel
The Grand Rapids Press
Saturday December 13, 2008

SOUTH HAVEN -- U.S. Anglicans are now split, and a West Michigan pastor says he's excited about joining dissidents in the province that formed last week.

"Is it a divisive move? It might be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing," said the Rev. Andrew Gross, pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in South Haven. "When our core proclamation is at stake, division is not necessarily bad."

Holy Trinity is now part of the new Anglican Church in North America, a breakaway from the Episcopal Church that is the worldwide Anglican Communion's American branch. the rest

Nuns use power of prayer in crisis

"It's a miracle," mother superior says as elderly saved from evacuation
Saturday, December 13, 2008

COLONIE — God works in mysterious ways apparently, especially during ice storms.
Without power since 2 a.m. the indoor temperature dropped by the hour and evacuation was imminent at Our Lady of Hope retirement facility run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Against this natural disaster, they offered prayers, fingered rosary beads and heard Mass celebrated.

Just as the 86 elderly, low-income residents and the 10 nuns who care for them had packed suitcases and were about to begin loading into ambulances and buses for a temporary placement in a nursing home across town, the lights flickered on and the furnace roared back to life, just before 1 p.m. Friday. the rest

Friday, December 12, 2008

Devotional: If there be anything...

If there be anything that is capable of setting the soul in a large place it is absolute abandonment to God. It diffuses in the soul a peace that flows like a river and the righteousness which is as the waves of the sea. ...Francois Fenelon image

Matt Kennedy+: Some Scenes from a Binghamton Courthouse

Friday, December 12, 2008 • 2:55 pm

After the bulk of the argument had passed, Jonathan Fellows, the diocesan attorney, made a point of standing to tell the judge how "trying" the entire "ordeal" has been for the diocese, made worse by the fact that Raymond filed his papers at just the last possible moment, giving him little time to prepare. "After all we've been through," he said, "I think the court needs to take what we've endured--being strung out for so long--into account."

Read the rest of Matt Kennedy's+ comments

Central New York v. Good Shepherd: Today’s Hearing Results

Matt Kennedy+
Friday, December 12, 2008

Just got back from the courthouse. The judge has reserved judgment on all motions. He pressed Raymond Dague (our attorney) hard and Raymond did not get flustered or exasperated. He argued our position earnestly but respectfully.

Now we wait.

I am thankful for your prayers and intercessions on our behalf. No matter the outcome, God has granted us Christmas at Good Shepherd. Thanks be to God.

Comments at Stand Firm

Forward in Faith reacts to attack on Bishop Iker and the Anglican Communion

December 12th, 2008

Forward in Faith is appalled by TEC Primate Jefferts Schori’s continued attack upon Bishop Jack L Iker, a bishop of the Province of the Southern Cone. The actions of Jefferts Schori are an embarrassment to Christians and all of Anglicanism. Her actions clearly demonstrate her disregard for other provinces of the Anglican Communion and the canons of her own denomination. Clearly her statements misrepresent the facts. Bishop Iker has not renounced his orders, nor has he abandoned the Communion.

the rest at Anglican Mainstream

New Anglican province comes into being in US

Church Times
by Pat Ashworth
12 December, 2008

THE NEW Anglican province in North America proposed by a coali­tion of conservative Anglican groups in the United States and Canada published its draft constitu­tion and canons in Wheaton, Illi­nois, last week (News, 28 November).

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), formed by the Common Cause Partnership, says it has 700 congregations and about 100,000 members. It “will seek to represent orthodox North Amer­icans in the councils of the Anglican Communion”. It will have an Arch­bishop — initially the Rt Revd Bob Duncan, former Bishop of Pitts­burgh, and the Moderator of Com­mon Cause.

At a press conference on Wednes­day of last week in Wheaton, Bishop Duncan told the gathering: “The Lord is displacing the Episco­pal Church.”

In the new provincial structure, congregations and clergy are related together “in a diocese, cluster, or network, whether regional or affinity-based, united by a bishop”. These are defined in the canons as consisting of a minimum of 12 congregations with an Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) of at least 50 each, and a collective ASA of at least 1000. They choose which bishop they want to be under: “A duly ordained male presbyter of at least 35 years of age.” the rest

Avery Cardinal Dulles, 1918–2009

By Joseph Bottum
Friday, December 12, 2008

Word has reached us that Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., died here in New York early this morning.

Created cardinal for his theological work by John Paul II, Avery Dulles was one of the great figures of the twentieth century: a theologian, an intellectual, a teacher, a writer, a lecturer, and a kind and gentle man.

In his long life, he wrote more than 700 articles and twenty-two books, and it is hard to imagine how anyone today can fill the roles he played in the Catholic world and American public life. As the disease that took his life progressed, his final months were a trial that took away his powers to speak, write, and move. But he seemed, in those months, to live even more serenely, more spiritually, and more beautifully. May God welcome him home. the rest image

Archbishop to ask drinkers 'can God mend broken Britain'

Dec 12 2008
WalesOnline

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will speak to young drinkers in a city centre bar tomorrow.

The event, organised by Solace, a church group that meets in Cardiff pubs, will see the Archbishop pose the question: “Can God mend broken Britain?”.

It is hoped hundreds of people will attend Edwards on St Mary Street – which boasts a stretch of bars usually popular with hen and stag parties – for the discussion.

A question-and-answer session with Dr Williams will follow his address. the rest

Palestinian Christians: Cruelty and silence in Gaza

Dec 12, 2008 8:53
By Jonathan Spyer

Unremarked upon by the Western media, a systematic campaign of persecution is taking place in the Gaza Strip, and to a lesser extent in the West Bank. The general silence surrounding this campaign aids its perpetrators. The victims are Palestinian Christians, in particular the small Christian community of Gaza.

The perpetrators are a variety of Islamist groups, all of which are manifestations of a process of growing Islamic militancy and piety taking place across the region.

The Christian population of the Gaza Strip is small - 2,000-3,000 people. Gazan politics has long been characterized by a conservative, Islamic bent. Gaza's Christians as a result have tended toward political invisibility. the rest

Vatican forbids designer babies

Document outlines biomedical ethics
Julia Duin
Friday, December 12, 2008

Designer babies, human/animal hybrids, cloning, stem cell research and a whole range of common biomedical innovations are forbidden, the Vatican said Friday in a document about procreation and genetic technologies.

But gene therapies, some fertility treatments and possibly embryo "adoption" are allowed, according to Dignitatis Personae, a 32-page document. It was penned by Cardinal William J. Levada, the American who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, and his staff.

The title, which means "the dignity of a person" in Latin, stresses repeatedly why an embryo must be treated as a person even before implantation on the uterine wall. It merits "unconditional respect" from the moment of conception, which occurs as soon as an egg is fertilized, thus creating a genetically distinct individual. the rest

Check “Boy” or “Girl”

December 11, 2008
by Gina L. Diorio, M.A.

The age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has just taken on a whole new meaning. Forget the myriad options ranging from teacher and engineer to actor or electrician. Now, the biggest decision may be down to two choices: boy or girl.

Yes, seriously.

This week, the near-century-old Endocrine Society recommended that children suffering from gender identity disorders be given hormones to block puberty in order to give the kids time to decide which gender they prefer. Specifically, the BBC reports that the guidelines state: “We recommend that adolescents who fulfil [sic] eligibility and readiness criteria for gender reassignment initially undergo treatment to suppress pubertal development.”

Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up. the rest

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Devotional: Trust in the Lord...

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Psalm 37:3

Trust and do are words which go well together,
in the order in which the Holy Spirit has placed them. We should have faith, and that faith should work. Trust in God sets us upon holy doing: we trust God for good, and then we do good. We do not sit still because we trust, but we arouse ourselves and expect the Lord to work through us and by us. It is not ours to worry and do evil but to trust and do good. We neither trust without doing nor do without trusting.

Adversaries would root us out if they could; but by trusting and doing we dwell in the land. We will not go into Egypt, but we will remain in Immanuel's land-the providence of God, the Canaan of covenant love. We are not so easily to be got rid of as the Lord's enemies suppose. They cannot thrust us out nor stamp us out: where God has given us a name and a place, there we abide.

But what about the supply of our necessities? The Lord has put a "verily" into this promise. As sure as God is true, His people shall be fed. It is theirs to trust and to do, and it is the Lord's to do according to their trust. If not fed by ravens, or fed by an Obadiah, or fed by a widow, yet they shall be fed somehow.

Away, ye fears! ...CH Spurgeon image

Prayer for Good Shepherd

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, this elegant old courthouse in Binghamton, New York will be the site of the oral argument of the motion where I will go to bat against the lawyers for the Diocese of Central New York who are seeking to seize the Church of the Good Shepherd from its priest, Fr. Matt Kennedy, and the people who have worshiped there for over a hundred years. Please pray for me and for this church. ...Raymond Dague

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Tony Blair Organizing World's Faiths to Stump for Abortion Via UN Millenium Development Goals

By John Jalsevac
TORONTO, December 10, 2008

(LifeSiteNews.com) – Tony Blair, former U.K. prime minister, has teamed up with one of Canada’s most well-known pro-abortion politicians, Belinda Stronach, in a combined effort to promote the U.N’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Blair and Stronach met last week in Toronto with representatives of 30 different faiths to discuss their plan to support the Faith Acts Fellowship, a program of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. In its first stage the program involves selecting 30 youth and educating them in how to promote the MDGs. The pair has also established a “steering committee” to determine what direction the joint effort will take in the future.

Critics of Blair’s Faith Foundation have observed, however, that during Blair’s tenure as Prime Minister, his government interpreted the Millennium Development Goals as including a universal right to abortion. While the MDG’s, as stated, make no mention of abortion, pro-abortion forces have insistently interpreted goal #3 (“promote gender equality and empower women”) as implicitly including the universal right to abortion. the rest

5.4 Million Names Submitted to UN in Favor of the Family and the Right to Life

Canterbury won’t block or bless new province

December 11, 2008
George Conger

The Archbishop of Canterbury will not block the creation of a third Anglican province in North America, sources familiar with Dr. Rowan Williams’ Dec 5 meeting with five traditionalist archbishops, tell The Church of England Newspaper.

However, the archbishop will not give it his endorsement either, arguing his office does not have the legal authority to make, or un-make, Anglicans.

On Dec 5, five members of the Gafcon primates council: Archbishops Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone, and Henry Orombi of Uganda met with Dr. Williams in Canterbury for approximately five hours to discuss the current state of affairs within the Communion.

In a half day meeting interspersed with prayer and lunch the archbishops had a “full and frank” discussion of the issues, sources familiar with the proceedings said. “There was no indaba-ding on Friday,” one senior Gafcon bishop told CEN, referring to the ‘Indaba’ process of directed listening used at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. The Gafcon bishop said the conversation was a direct and forthright discussion of all of the presenting issues. the rest

Richard Cizik Resigns from the National Association of Evangelicals

Longtime lobbyist and media spokesman recently said 'I'm shifting' on gay unions.
Sarah Pulliam
12/11/2008

Richard Cizik resigned Wednesday night as vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) during a week of growing uproar over his comments that he is shifting his views on same-sex unions.

"Although he has subsequently expressed regret, apologized, and affirmed our values, there is a loss of trust in his credibility as a spokesperson among leaders and constituencies," Leith Anderson, president of the NAE wrote to board members today. Cizik did not return calls for comment.

Last year, more than two dozen evangelical leaders sought to oust Cizik, who has been vice president for 28 years, because of his "relentless campaign" on global warming.

"For better or for worse, Rich became a great, polarizing figure," said Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship. "He was gradually, over a period of time, separating himself from the mainstream of evangelical belief and conviction. So I'm not surprised. I'm sorry for him, but I'm not disappointed for the evangelical movement." the rest

Breakaway Anglicans Begin Official Transition for New Rival Body

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Dec. 11 2008

Though it may take years to gain official recognition from the entire Anglican Communion, conservatives disaffected from The Episcopal Church have voted to begin transitioning as they create their own branch in North America.

Delegates to the Anglican Communion Network’s fifth annual council meeting in Overland Park, Kan., passed a resolution Tuesday to begin turning over the financial and administrative support of their breakaway group to the new province that is seen as a rival to The Episcopal Church – the U.S. arm of Anglicanism. the rest

Catholic Politicians Funded by Abortion Lobby

by Deal W. Hudson
12/11/08

Lisa Correnti is a San Diego mother of seven children. But like many other Catholic mothers, she has engaged in politics in order to defend the basic values of her faith. For several years she has quietly built her Web site, http://www.onenationundergod.org/, into a goldmine of up-to-date information on the performance of Catholic politicians.

In the midst of compiling information on political donations, Correnti noticed large amounts of money being regularly accepted by Catholic politicians from the pro-abortion lobby. She decided to uncover the total amount of campaign donations given to Catholic members of Congress by organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, NOW, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In the end, Correnti found that a number of the 162 Catholics currently in Congress have taken money from pro-abortion groups -- to the tune of more than $9 million. the rest

Unity despite tensions in Charlotte's Episcopal community

Julie Rose
Thursday December 11, 2008

Divisions in the Episcopal Church over homosexuality deepened last week when hundreds of conservative congregations announced plans to form a rival denomination in the United States. A handful of churches in Charlotte are part of that movement and they provide a striking contrast to some of the city's most established Episcopal churches. WFAE's Julie Rose visited two congregations last Sunday and filed this report.

The members of All-Saints Anglican Church have been singing and praying for more than an hour. Then Father Filmore Strunk stands to share the news, "This week has been a most historic week. . . "

He says they are joining with about 700 other churches in the United States – and about five here in Charlotte – to create a new denomination that rivals the Episcopal Church.

The announcement is major for Strunk's parishioners and they erupt in applause and "Amens!" Last year, they followed him in splitting from St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. Larry Strawn is among them.

"We are a very conservative group of people," says Strawn. "And I do believe the Episcopal Church in general is becoming more of a liberal congregation." the rest

Robert Gagnon: Response to Lisa Miller of Newsweek against Scripture and Jesus

Prof. Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Dec. 10, 2008

As its cover story for the Dec. 15, 2008 issue, the editors of Newsweek offer readers a hopelessly distorted and one-sided propaganda piece on “gay marriage” entitled “Our Mutual Joy.” The 2800-word article is by Lisa Miller, religion editor and author of the “Belief Watch” column for the magazine (her academic credential is a B.A. in English at Oberlin College). She claims that Scripture actually provides strong support for validating homosexual unions and no valid opposition to “committed” homosexual practice. She quotes from scholars such as Neil Elliott and “the great Bible scholar” Walter Brueggemann, who are strongly supportive of “gay marriage.”

There is not the slightest effort on Miller’s part to think critically about her own line or reasoning. The lone voice that she cites against homosexual practice is not from a scholar but from a certain Rev. Richard Hunter, a United Methodist minister who offered a short comment for a “roundtable” discussion sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the thousand pages or so that I have written on the subject over the past decade Miller cites not a word, including my critique of Elliott’s untenable claim that Paul in Romans 1:24-27 was thinking only of the exploitative homosexual intercourse practiced by depraved emperors like Nero and Caligula; and my critique (pp. 11-12) of “Brueggemann’s” use of Gal 3:28 (“there is [in Christ] no ‘male and female’”) as support for homosexual unions (my critique is directed at Prof. Stacy Johnson of Princeton Seminary but it applies equally to Brueggemann’s claim).

the rest

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Devotional: Keep God's covenant in your trials...

Keep God's covenant in your trials; hold you by His blessed word, and sin not; flee anger, wrath, grudging, envying, fretting; forgive a hundred pence to your fellow-servant, because your Lord hath forgiven you ten thousand talents: for, I assure you by the Lord, your adversaries shall get no advantage against you, except you sin, and offend your Lord, in your sufferings.
...Samuel Rutherford image

Good Shepherd: Hearing Friday to decide local church ownership

Press and Sun-Bulletin
By William Moyer
Staff Writer
December 10, 2008

BINGHAMTON -- State Supreme Court Judge Ferris D. Lebous will be asked Friday to decide whether a local church or a regional diocese owns property on Conklin Avenue, which is occupied by Church of the Good Shepherd.

The decision, whether rendered Friday or more likely reserved by Lebous for a future date, could be a precedent in ongoing legal disputes in New York state and elsewhere between the Episcopal Church and individual congregations who've withdrawn from the national denomination.

That split came when V. Gene Robinson, a self-avowed homosexual, was ordained a bishop in 2003.

Already, a state appeals court sided with the denomination in a similar case involving the Rochester diocese and a congregation in Irondequoit, which withdrew in January 2006. All Saints Church claimed it was entitled to church property, but the court ruled in October in favor of the diocese. the rest

Congregation In Jeopardy

Controversy at Good Sheppard(sic)

Archbishop of Canterbury accused of creating confusion in the church

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused by a senior American bishop of creating confusion and anxiety in the Anglican Communion.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Religious Affairs Correspondent
10 Dec 2008

The Rt Rev John Chane, the Bishop of Washington, has criticised Dr Rowan Williams's handling of the crisis over gay clergy in the Church.

In a letter to his clergy, he claims that the archbishop has encouraged conservatives who are determined to destroy the Anglican Church by listening to their demands for a breakaway province.

Dr Williams last week met with the primates of Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, who boycotted this summer's Lambeth Conference and instead held their own conference, called Gafcon, which proposed the creation of a rival global network of traditionalists. the rest

Bishop Chane's letter

Times Online: An Academic Archbishop

St. Patrick's Anglican Church (CANA) to move to new facility

by Tom Tirman
December 10, 2008

The clergy and parishioners of St. Patrick's Anglican Church in Noblesville will worship at their new facility at 3032 State Road 32 East in Westfield (in the Westfield Crossing Shopping Center) beginning Sunday, at 9 a.m. Father Tom Tirman will both preach and celebrate at the first service. St. Patrick's had been worshipping previously at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

St. Patrick's Anglican Church is a Parochial Mission of St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church. A Parochial Mission is a smaller church started by a larger one. Father Tirman is the founding Pastor.

St. Michael the Archangel is a gathering of traditional, and orthodox in belief, Anglican mission churches within the Great Lakes District of CANA, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. It is part of the new North American Province in Formation in the Anglican Communion, requested by the GAFCON Primates, and led by Bishop Bob Duncan of Pittsburgh. the rest

LGBTs and the new Anglican church

by Yasmin Nair
Windy City Times
Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

The Anglican Communion has seen several rifts in the past few years, with members divided over issues like the ordaining of women and openly gay priests. On Dec. 3, members of the Episcopal Church (the American branch of Anglicanism) met at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church in Wheaton, Ill., and unveiled a draft constitution for a newly formed Anglican Church in North America. It will be headed by Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh.

The Anglican Church’s spiritual leader is the archbishop of Canterbury, a post currently held by Rowan Williams. The Archbishop came under fire from conservatives for a statement in August that gay relationships "were comparable to marriage." Until now, Episcopalians who disagreed with their church hierarchy over such issues could defer to the authority of African and Latin American bishops. This further bolsters the idea that communities of the faithful in those areas are particularly prone to be far more socially conservative on issues related to gender and homosexuality.

According to Robert Lundy, a spokesperson for the new Anglican Church in North America, "what we have from these leaders in Africa is spiritual leadership. The leadership was not practicing traditional and faithful Christianity. These leaders from other countries give us guidance. We’re teaching nothing that hasn’t been taught for 2,000 years. We want the world to conform to the Bible, not the Bible to the world." the rest

Happy Birthday!

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24–26

LA's Episcopal diocese continuing 'downward spiral'

Allie Martin
OneNewsNow
12/9/2008

An official with the Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) says it's no surprise that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles wants more homosexuals to become bishops.

The vote at the diocesean convention approving the resolution means the Diocese of Los Angeles joins seven other dioceses calling for lesbians and homosexual men to be ordained as bishops.

The Associated Press says the vote at the convention rejected the Episcopal Church's de facto moratorium on electing homosexual bishops since its 2003 consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who lives with his same-sex partner. Faith McDonnell with the IRD says the Los Angeles Diocese has been pushing for the ordination of homosexuals for some time now. the rest

Albert Mohler: The Secularization of the Church

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Secularization is the process by which a society becomes more and more distant from its Christian roots. Though the formal sociological theory is more complicated than that, the essence of secularization is the fact that the culture no longer depends upon Christian symbols, morals, principles, or practices. While most of the world is resolutely unsecular, much of Europe is pervasively secular -- and this includes Great Britain.

Nevertheless, the secularization of society is one thing, but the secularization of the church is another. Yet, at least one major leader of the Church of England now assumes what can only be described as a secular vision of the church.

Writing in a new publication of the Institute for Public Policy Research in London, Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, calls for the Church of England to represent people of all faiths, and those of no faith at all. the rest

Anglican Curmudgeon: Trouble for the Dennis Canon?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Diocese of Central New York has brought an action against the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, the church where the Rev. Matt Kennedy of the Stand Firm in Faith blog is rector, and his wife, the Rev. Anne Kennedy (who has her blog as well) assists him. The Church voted to leave the Episcopal Church (USA) in November 2007, and the Diocese is seeking a court order declaring (as per the Dennis Canon) that it now owns the Church buildings and assets.

The Diocese has brought a massive motion for summary judgment (see it pictured here) which will be heard by the court this Friday, December 12. The Church of the Good Shepherd will be defended by my friend and colleague, Raymond Dague. (Thus you know my bias in this matter. And in the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I link in my sidebar to the blog Transfigurations maintained by Raymond's wife Pat, who does a Herculean job of posting all the latest news of interest in the Anglican community---and on other topics as well.)

the rest-don't miss this!

Diocese of CNY vs. Good Shepherd, Binghamton

Stand Firm has done an excellent job in posting the legal documents in the Good Shepherd case:

Motion challenging the existence of the Dennis Canon filed this Afternoon in CNY v. Good Shepherd

Conger Affadavit: No Evidence Dennis Canon Was Ever Passed by General Convention

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Devotional: Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God...

Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God - to be the son, the spouse, the love, the delight of the King of glory? Christian, believe this, and think about it: you will be eternally embraced in the arms of the love which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting - of the love which brought the Son of God's love from heaven to earth, from earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory - that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spat upon, crucified, pierced - which fasted, prayed, taught, healed, wept, sweated, bled, died. That love will eternally embrace you. ...Richard Baxter image

Anglican Communion Network Celebrates Successes, Prepares for Hand Over to Province

2008-12-09

Delegates to the Anglican Communion Network’s fifth annual council meeting in Overland Park, Kansas, voted today to begin handing over ministries as well as financial and administrative support services to the forming Anglican Church in North America.

Network members spoke of how much the organization has meant to them since its founding in 2004. “This has been my lifeline. Without the Anglican Communion Network and you all, I don’t know what would have happened,” said Episcopal Church Bishop Jim Adams of Western Kansas.

During the approximately six months the hand over is expected to take, the Network office will continue to provide key organizational, administrative and other services for Network members and the Common Cause Partnership as it completes the creation of the Anglican Church in North America.

The hand over will not be complete until the summer of 2009. When it is complete, the Network as it is currently configured will cease operation. the rest

Good Shepherd Binghamton Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit by CNY Episcopal Diocese

December 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Raymond J. Dague 315‑422‑2052
Daguelaw.com

The Church of the Good Shepherd filed motion papers today seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit brought by the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York against the 100 member parish in Binghamton, New York. The motion to dismiss and for summary judgement by the parish was based on the lack of proper adoption of the Dennis Canon by the Episcopal Church. The Diocese previously served a motion against the parish for summary judgment based largely on the Dennis Canon. Both motions are scheduled for oral argument at 9:30 am Friday, December 12, 2008 at the courthouse in downtown Binghamton. Judge Ferris Lebous could issue an immediate ruling, but a written reserved decision from the judge sometime early next year is also possible.

Syracuse attorney Raymond Dague is defending Good Shepherd. The diocesan motion papers were notable for their great bulk, commented the attorney. “The 9" tall stack of motion papers they served against the parish was too big for an envelope,” said Dague. “A messenger dropped it off at my office in a box.” Today’s more modest filing by the parish claims that the Dennis Canon was not adopted by the 1979 General Convention, and hence the Diocese has no basis for their lawsuit. “Despite that enormous pile of papers, they just assume that the Dennis Canon is the law of the church, but don’t bother in a single sentence to argue that it was properly adopted,” said Dague. “We are going to call them on that. Since the Dennis Canon is the basis of the lawsuit to take away the church building, the judge will need to address this issue one way or the other.”

Dague’s legal papers claim that the Episcopal Church’s own documents and archives show that the Dennis Canon was not adopted.

If the Diocese prevails it could add a third empty church to the two it currently has from past diocesan efforts to force out worshiping congregations. The other church buildings are still for sale in Syracuse and Vestal, New York, but with tight borrowing and many empty churches on the market, there seem to be few prospects to buy the closed Episcopal churches.

Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams of Syracuse sued the Binghamton church last spring when process servers for the diocese served the summons and other legal papers on Good Friday on its priest, Fr. Matt Kennedy. Fr. Kennedy is a commentator on the internationally known Stand Firm website.

The diocese sued Good Shepherd because the Binghamton church and the bishop are on the opposite sides of a controversy over homosexual bishops and the authority of Scripture which has engulfed the Episcopal Church for the last few years. Good Shepherd adheres to the traditional teaching of the church that sex outside of marriage is prohibited by the Bible, while the Bishop and the leaders of the diocese have been outspoken supporters of the homosexual bishop of New Hampshire who divorced his wife and now lives with his male partner. Good Shepherd recently switched its affiliation in 2007 to an American bishop who is under the Anglican episcopal jurisdiction of Kenya in Africa. The Episcopal Diocese then broke off negotiations for a peaceable resolution of the dispute and filed this lawsuit.

Bishop John Chane on ACNA

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane
Bishop of Washington
December 9, 2008

To the Clergy and Congregations of the Diocese:

Last Thursday a front page article appeared in the New York Times, and a smaller article in the Washington Post, about the proposed formation of a new non-geographical province within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Episcopal Church. The proposed archbishop of this envisioned province is Bob Duncan, deposed bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. First and foremost, let me assure you that the formation of a non-geographical province within an existing province is highly unlikely. Before the establishment of any such province, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church would have to give her consent, and it is difficult to imagine that she would do so. If consent was given, the Archbishop of Canterbury would then form a committee of primates to discuss the feasibility of forming the new province. If two thirds of the primates felt that such a new province would assist and strengthen the ministry of the Anglican Communion, then the primates would forward their recommendation to the Archbishop of Canterbury who in turn would forward his recommendation to the Anglican Consultative Council for final vote and action. At present, neither two-thirds of the primates, nor the Archbishop seem favorably disposed to this development. the rest

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Study finds depression suffered by 80% of women who abort

Madrid, Dec 9, 2008

(CNA).- A study by a group of experts in Spain has revealed that 80% of women who have had an abortion suffer symptoms of depression, while 40% have considered suicide.

The study, carried out by psychiatrist Carmen Gomez-Lavin of the University of Navarre, also uncovered other symptoms that affect women who suffer from Post-Abortion Syndrome. These include sexual dysfunction (40%), drug abuse, especially among adolescents (30%), behavioral changes (60%) or irritability (70%).

During the process and in the year that follows an abortion, the study indicates, the mortality rate of women who have undergone an abortion is between 3.5 and 6 times higher than that of women who give birth, mainly due to suicides, accidents and murders. “The suicide rate is between 6 and 7 time higher than in women who give birth,” the study finds. the rest

Stand Firm: “St. Ives Fund” Solicits Money from Lawyers to Fund TEC Lawsuits

December 9, 2008

And you thought Katharine Schori and David Booth Beers were already beneath contempt. But alas, each day dawns anew, with fresh opportunities for new depravity:

On behalf of the Presiding Bishop, I am writing to ask you - as a member of the St. Ives Guild of the Diocese of New York - to participate in the St. Ives Fund. You are aware, no doubt, that The Episcopal Church in the past few years has been forced to litigate to defend and protect Church property against those who wish to secure the property on behalf of a foreign province. In each case, the Church takes this action in order to ensure that the heritage of the Church will be preserved for the Church's service to God's mission, both now and for generations to come.As someone engaged in the legal profession, you understand that the cost of such litigation can be significant. In an effort to alleviate the pressure such litigation has placed on the Church's financial resources (which are needed for its broader mission work), the Church has recently established the St. Ives Fund, named in honor of the patron saint of lawyers.

Suggested donations are $5,000, $1,000, and $500.

You have to see this thing to believe it [PDF]

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Theologian Rebukes NY Times for Mischaracterizing Episcopal Church Rift

By Ken Shepherd
December 9, 2008

Newsweek is hardly the only MSM publication that is clueless about the Christian faith. The New York Times is also reliably feckless when it comes to reporting on what makes biblically orthodox Christians tick.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler took the Gray Lady to task last Friday for its reporting on the recnet formation of a new coalition of Anglican churches that have broken off from the liberal Episcopal Church USA over concerns of doctrinal liberalism.
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CANA Welcomes Julian Dobbs as Canon Missioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2008
(via email)

HERNDON, Va. (December 9, 2008) – The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) has appointed the Rev’d Canon Julian Dobbs to the position of Canon Missioner.

In this position, Mr. Dobbs will work to establish a CANA Clergy Deployment Office, help Anglicans in North America to understand and engage with the challenges posed by the rise of Islam, and develop a mission partnership with West Africa for the development of Anglican clergy and lay leaders.

“We are excited that Julian has accepted this position and we believe that his talents and dedication to preaching and teaching the Gospel will advance the Kingdom of Christ . The job description of Canon Missioner is largely shaped by the gifts and experiences that the individual brings to the position and what the needs of the church body are. Julian is well suited to assist CANA and the recently announced Anglican Church of North America,” said CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns.

An ordained Anglican priest, Mr. Dobbs was most recently the U.S. executive director for the Barnabas Fund, at which he developed awareness for the persecuted church and this growing ministry across the U.S. He has traveled internationally and ministered with the Suffering Church across six continents including; Laos , Malaysia , Syria , Egypt , and North Korea . Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Julian’s work in Aceh , Indonesia was recognized by the New Zealand Government who awarded him with the New Zealand Special Services Medal. Julian presented a weekly 60 minute Christian television programme for nine years in Nelson , New Zealand .

“I am glad to join CANA at this critical juncture in the history of the Anglican Communion. As Christians, we face many challenges towards spreading the Gospel, and I am dedicated to finding ways to meet these challenges. One way to do this is to find and develop clergy who will stand for Biblical truth. Anglican Christians have great opportunities to spread the Gospel and CANA is leading the way,” said Mr. Dobbs.

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Conference Explores Communion from a Biblical, Theological and Historical Perspective

December 9, 2008

Episcopal scholars and clergy sought at a Dallas conference on Dec. 6 to kindle support for the proposed Anglican Covenant that is expected to take final shape early next year.

With the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, Bishop of Dallas, and the Rev. Prof. Ephraim Radner, author and professor of historical theology at Wycliffe University in Toronto, as featured speakers, the conference brought scholarship and wit to bear on the question of how 21st century Anglicans might live with diversity and yet commitment to a common life grounded in “continuity and consequence with scripture and the catholic and apostolic faith, order and tradition.” The group also created a website as a resource for interested parishes and clergy.

Organizers of the one-day conference at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas view the occasion as a “sort of prototype” for use in other dioceses prior to the General convention, said Christopher Wells, a website organizer presently serving as scholar in resident for the Diocese of Dallas. the rest

Bishop Duncan preaches at breakaway church

Dec 08, 2008
Marti Maguire, The Associated Press

A Raleigh congregation that broke with the Episcopal church after its consecration of a gay bishop welcomed a new national leader Sunday -- days after a new denomination was formed from splinter groups in the United States and Canada who had also left the church.

Bishop Robert Duncan's sermon at Holy Trinity Church was his first since the announcement Wednesday that 11 groups of former Episcopalians will form the new Anglican Church of North America. Duncan, bishop of the Pittsburgh diocese, will lead the new denomination as its first archbishop.

Holy Trinity is aligned with one of the member groups of the new church, which are united by a distaste for what they say is the liberal direction of the established national church, the Episcopal Church USA. the rest

Episcopalians launch legal action over deconsecrations

Tuesday, 9th December 2008
By George Conger

Episcopalians on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota have filed a lawsuit against the diocese and Bishop Creighton Robertson, asking the Oglala Sioux tribal court to block plans to deconsecrate surplus churches and cemeteries.

On Nov 22 a writ was served against the diocese seeking an emergency stay halting the closure of nine of the 16 churches on the reservation slated for the first Sunday in Advent. Last Monday the executive committee of the Sioux tribal council also called upon the diocese to turn over the properties to the tribe, should it shutter the buildings.

Writing in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Robertson defended the closures saying “this is not an ‘Indian War’,” but “a responsible review of property and use of resources entrusted” to us. the rest

Albert Mohler: Turning the Bible on its Head -- Newsweek Goes for Gay Marriage

Monday, December 08, 2008

Newsweek magazine, one of the most influential news magazines in America, has decided to come out for same-sex marriage in a big way, and to do so by means of a biblical and theological argument. In its cover story for this week, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage," Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller offers a revisionist argument for the acceptance of same-sex marriage. It is fair to say that Newsweek has gone for broke on this question.

Miller begins with a lengthy dismissal of the Bible's relevance to the question of marriage in the first place. "Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does," Miller suggests. If so, she argues that readers will find a confusion of polygamy, strange marital practices, and worse.

She concludes: "Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script?" She answers, "Of course not, yet the religious opponents of gay marriage would have it be so." the rest

GOP Finds an Unlikely New Hero in Louisiana

By Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Less than 24 hours after his upset defeat of a longtime Democratic congressman from New Orleans, Anh "Joseph" Cao found the weight of the entire Republican Party resting on his diminutive shoulders.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Cao's election Saturday night showed that, even battered and bruised from political drubbings in the past two years, Republicans "still know how to win elections." House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) was more blunt, issuing a memo Sunday declaring: "The future is Cao."

Yet just three weeks ago, no one in the GOP establishment had even heard of Cao. They didn't know his improbable story of triumph -- how he fled war-torn Vietnam after the fall of Saigon as an 8-year-old refugee jammed into a helicopter. Now they've seized on his rags-to-political riches story, along with the victory last week of Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a special election in Georgia, as rare pieces of good news after the dismal November elections. the rest image/website

Godless in Seattle

Bill O'Reilly
December 7, 2008

Just in time for the Christmas season, Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire has insulted Christians all over the world. Inside the state Capitol building in Olympia a traditional holiday display features a tree and the Nativity scene - perfectly appropriate since the federal and state Christmas holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

But this year Mrs. Gregoire decided to add another item to the display. Standing alongside the baby Jesus is a giant placard designed by atheists that reads: "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." You read that correctly. The governor of Washington State has permitted an attack on religion to be displayed in her office building as part of a Christmas presentation...

...Seattle now rivals San Francisco for secular-progressive nuttiness. The city fathers allow public nakedness in city parks and nude bike riding. In Fremont, a Seattle suburb, they actually put up a statue honoring Vladimir Lenin, the father of communism. Some on the Seattle school board actually supported denigrating Thanksgiving by teaching children about the atrocities against Native Americans by the Pilgrims. the rest image

EHarmony settlement erodes everyone's freedom

James G. Lakely
Monday, December 8, 2008

The decision by EHarmony to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit last month by creating a same-sex matchmaking service is no victory for justice. It did nothing less than allow government to take away the freedom of entrepreneurs to establish and stick to their own business plans.

In 2005, Eric McKinley logged onto EHarmony's matchmaking service, and was troubled to learn that the Web site did not offer him the option of "male seeking male." McKinley promptly filed a complaint with the New Jersey Attorney General's Civil Rights Division, which picked up the case, accusing EHarmony of discriminating based on sexual orientation.

Instead of continuing to fight the government - which enjoys limitless public resources and can afford to litigate indefinitely - EHarmony decided to submit. That result should trouble anyone who values liberty, no matter where one stands on gay rights. the rest

Monday, December 08, 2008

Devotional: I ought to consider...

I ought to consider the business which occurs in the daily order of Providence as the work which God appoints me; and I should apply myself to it in a manner worthy of God, namely, with exactness and with tranquility. I ought not to neglect anything or be passionately vehement about anything, for it is dangerous to do the work of the Lord negligently, on the one hand; or, on the other, to appropriate it to ourselves by self-love and false zeal. In this latter case, our actions arise from a principle of self-will: we are eager and anxious for the success, and that under the pretense of seeking the glory of God.

O God, grant me Thy grace to enable me to be faithful in action and resigned in success! My only business is to do Thy will, and to do it as Thy will, not forgetting Thee in the performance of it. ...François Fénélon image

Episcopal Schism: Both Sides' Leaders Unsure Of Next Step

By ELIZABETH HAMILTON
The Hartford Courant
December 8, 2008

The decision by conservatives who have left the Episcopal Church to form their own province in North America is both unprecedented and fraught with uncertainty for the future of the church, both nationally and in Connecticut.

The creation of a new province, announced last week at an evangelical church outside of Chicago, poses a potential threat to the Episcopal Church — the U.S. arm of the Anglican Communion — if the new province succeeds in attracting even more conservative churches or dioceses to its roster.

The defection of congregations from the Episcopal Church began five years ago, when the church ordained an openly gay bishop. This incited a backlash among its conservative churches and priests, which quickly took on international significance.

The decision created deep rifts within the Anglican Communion, the world's third-largest Christian denomination. It prompted property battles between the U.S. church and break-away parishes, and ultimately led to the action taken Wednesday by conservative bishops and priests. the rest

Matt Kennedy+: Rector’s Journal: Failed Negotiations, Email Exchanges, An Ambush, the Rest of the Story

Monday, December 8, 2008

...The Bishop ["Skip" Adams of CNY Diocese] and I are willing to meet with you, however, prior to the meeting, we will need to receive from you a written listing of the items we will be discussing and any requests you will be bringing to the meeting. We will be unable to set a meeting date/time until we have had a chance to review your proposal. As to the speculation and confusion, we are clear on what we understand the next steps to be and will be more than willing to share those with you...
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Please read this account and then be at prayer for Good Shepherd, Binghamton and for Raymond Dague, their attorney, as he prepares the defense for Good Shepherd-Pat Dague

Episcopal Diocese of L.A. officially condones the blessing of gay unions

Though many churches in Southern California have been doing so for years, Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno endorses the rite as policy. It's not mandatory -- clergy may choose not to perform the practice.
By Jessica Garrison
December 8, 2008

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has announced that church leaders can bless the unions of same-sex couples as a matter of policy.

The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, whose diocese encompasses Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, made the announcement Friday during a diocesan convention in Riverside.

Bruno acted just days after hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America formed a breakaway church amid a rift that began with the ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire five years ago. the rest

UCLA undergraduate gets $50,000 award for her pro-life work

“Exposed racism and statutory rape cover-up by Planned Parenthood”
December 8, 2008

Lila Rose, the feisty pro-life UCLA undergraduate who has been a constant thorn in the side of Planned Parenthood, has been awarded a $50,000 “Life Prize” by the Gerard Health Foundation of Natick, Massachusetts.

Rose was among six of the first ever “Life Prize” recipients announced by the foundation last month. The foundation said in a statement that the awards go to “individuals or groups that have made unsurpassed strides in preserving and upholding the sanctity of human life. These winners have demonstrated their leadership and progress in pro-life achievements through public advocacy, scientific research, legal action, outreach and public discourse activities.” the rest image

Bishops see Freedom of Choice Act as threat to health care

By G.M. Corrigan
Examiner correspondent
12/8/08

A controversial pro-abortion rights bill, co-sponsored by both of Maryland’s U.S. senators and tagged by President-elect Barack Obama as “the first thing I would do” as president, has the nation’s Catholic bishops mulling the shuttering of the Catholic health care system should the bill be enacted.

“We may need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals entirely,” Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki said at a recent general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell [the hospitals] to someone who would perform abortions.”

Nationwide there are 614 Catholic hospitals, which treat more than 5 million patients a year, and 61 affiliated health care systems, according the Catholic Health Association, which opposes the Freedom of Choice Act. In the Baltimore area alone there are four Catholic hospitals, and there are three more throughout the state. the rest

Homosexual Activists Protest at Vatican, Say Vatican Wants to “Exterminate” Them

By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
ROME, Italy
December 8, 2008

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of about a hundred homosexualist activists and media gathered outside the perimeter of St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Saturday, claiming that the Catholic Church has an unspoken agenda to “kill” homosexuals. The protest was organised by Italy’s leading homosexualist activist organisation, Arcigay, a representative of which told LifeSiteNews.com that the group was there to protest “the pope and the Vatican.”

“What they say is three things,” the group’s spokesman said. “That it is normal to kill a homosexual. It is normal to kill a lesbian. It is normal to kill transsexual.”

The protests and comments were made in response to the assertion by the Vatican's envoy to the United Nations that the Holy See would not support a UN resolution to “decriminalize homosexuality.” Archbishop Celestino Migliore, told a French news agency last week that the Vatican opposes the declaration because it would place even more pressure on countries to adopt or expand same-sex “marriage” or unions and would generally fuel the movement to normalize homosexuality. the rest

Attorney Who Aided Terri Schiavo’s Husband Now Advising Barack Obama

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 7, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- An attorney who won an award for representing Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife is now an advisor to the transition team of incoming president Barack Obama.

Thomas Perrelli, who raised over $500,000 for the pro-abortion presidential candidate and is the managing partner of a Washington law firm, Jenner & Block LLP, is helping advise Obama on putting together a Justice Department team.

However, Perrelli provided Michael Schiavo with legal advice during his response to the Congressional bill that President Bush signed allowing the Schindler family to take their lawsuit seeking to prevent Terri’s euthanasia death from state to federal courts. the rest

Pro-Choice as Rhetoric

Walking and Talking
By Chuck Colson
12/3/2008

The smartest thing “abortion rights” advocates ever did was to coin the phrase “pro-choice.” That shifted our attention towards the act of choosing and away from what was being chosen—the dismemberment of a human being in utero.

Eventually, however, at some point, “choice” has to go from mere rhetoric to an actual deed. Somebody has to actually perform an abortion if “freedom of choice” is to become a reality, as one medical student learned recently.

The November 23rd issue of the Washington Post Magazine told the story of a medical student named Lesley Wojick. She plans to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology and is unapologetically “pro-choice.” She even helped organize a “day-long abortion seminar” at her medical school.

At the seminar, a medical director for Planned Parenthood of Maryland asked the attendees, “How pro-choice are you?” She asked them what their families and neighbors would think of their performing abortions.

Wojick was determined to “walk the talk,” to make her “actions to be consistent with [her] words.” She thought that if “pro-choice” doctors like her didn’t do this, “the right to abortion might be rendered meaningless.”

Wojick then attempted to “walk the walk.” But not for long. During her obstetrics rotation, she realized that “vacuuming out a uterus and counting the parts of the fetus” wasn’t for her. “Somebody else . . . would become an abortion provider. But it wouldn’t be her.” the rest

War on God in America


God Bless America

Normally, I'm for keeping church and state out of each other's business as much as humanly possible, mostly to protect religion from government intrusion and idolatry, but also to protect us from zealots who think Jesus wears an American flag lapel pin.

Inserting "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance and adding "In God We Trust" to our money diminishes religious faith, which recognizes no national borders or economic systems. And it disrespects America's pluralistic promise.

But lately, I'm beginning to think that evangelical Christians who are complaining about the "War on God in America" have a point.

"There's a terrible movement to rewrite our history and obscure our faith," J. Randy Forbes, a Republican congressman from Virginia, told the National Review this week.

I don't know about a movement, but things are getting a bit suspicious. the rest

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Devotional: Great God, what do I see and hear!

Great God, what do I see and hear!
The end of things created!
The judge of mankind doth appear
On clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds; the graves restore,
The dead which they contained before;
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!
...Martin Luther
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AnglicanTV: Bishop Duncan on the Anglican Church of North America




Press Conference: December 3, 2008

Bishop David Anderson on the formation of the Anglican Church in North America

December 7th, 2008

Beloved in Christ,

There is very positive news coming out of Chicago this week: the launch of the new Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as an outgrowth of the Common Cause Partnership, which will keep everyone watching for further developments. Numerous planned meetings of Primates in smaller and larger groups, sometimes with the Archbishop of Canterbury and sometimes not, and together with laity in Jamaica as the Anglican Consultative Council, will be occurring over the next six months, guaranteeing that the issues brought forward by GAFCON, the formation of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, and now ACNA, will stay in the center of attention for some time to come.

The launch of the new Anglican Church in North America, an outgrowth of the Common Cause Partners Federation, has been positioned such that there is reasonable hope that Primates of the Anglican Communion, perhaps beginning with the GAFCON Primates’ Council, might begin to recognize the entity as a province in the Anglican Communion. The Jerusalem gathering of GAFCON gave a call for such a new province to be formed, and the approval of a provisional Constitution and Canons of the ACNA is seen as the beginning of this process. the rest

Fort Worth Episcopal bishop weighs in on the church's split

By DARREN BARBEE
Fri, Dec. 05, 2008

Resolute and unbending in his beliefs, Bishop Jack Iker, leader of the Fort Worth Episcopal Diocese, said he and three other bishops could take no more after four years of what he called revisionist theology.

In an interview Thursday, Iker discussed the formation of the new Anglican Church in North America, a rival denomination to the U.S. Episcopal Church. He also touched on the ramifications for worshippers and likely fights over property for those local churches that remain in the Episcopal Church.

The theologically conservative Fort Worth Diocese voted overwhelmingly last month to dissociate from the Episcopal Church and to associate temporarily with a more orthodox Anglican group. the rest

Interview with Archbishop Peter Akinola

December 7, 2008

Most Rev. Peter Akinola is the Primate/Metropolitan of Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion). He spoke to Okey Muogbo and Kolawole Daniel of our Abuja Bureau on how pro-homosexual Europeans are buying over weak churches in Africa to keep quiet, GAFCON and how God rescued one of his bishops from a lion.

Interview-Excellent!

Anglican Coalition in Canada Welcomes New Province

Saturday, 06 December 2008
Dec 6th 2008
Vancouver, Canada

The Anglican Coalition in Canada is pleased to announce its full participation in the emerging Province called the Anglican Church in North America. This new province was called into existence by the GAFCON Primates, representing the vast majority of the Anglican Church worldwide.

The Rev Barclay Mayo, National ACiC Network Leader, commented: “Who would have believed 10 years ago when we were in the midst of painful challenges that we would see the day when faithful Anglicans would be working together in unity? We were told repeatedly that it couldn't be done, that we were too divided, that our differences were too great. God has shown the impossible to be possible.”

Peter Turner, a Canadian member of the Provincial ACiNA Council which just met in Chicago, said that “we are excited to be full founding partners with our other Canadian Anglican jurisdictions, including ANiC, CANA, and the Reformed Episcopal Church. We are committed to working together in unity for the sake of blessing Canada and North America.” the rest