Saturday, February 07, 2009

Devotional: True worship...

True worship is not about me. It is not about my knowledge, my experience, my healing, my empowerment. True worship proclaims and enacts the narrative of God's story. It is about the God of character, the God who is just, righteous, holy, merciful, and loving. It is about the God who acts, the God who creates a good world, the God who mourns over a world gone astray, the God who rescues the world-not by power but by weakness. It is about the God who cannot be contained in all the heavens, yet became contained in the womb of the Virgin Mary, born of her the Savior of the world. Worship is about the God who does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It thankfully remembers how God became incarnate as the second Adam to reverse the human situation. He who knew no sin became one of us, and took on the consequence of our sin, death. By death he destroyed death, restored the nature of humanity, and opened the way to heaven. ...Robert Webber image

Exorcist: Devil Influences Abortion Industry

By John P. Connolly
The Bulletin
Tuesday, February 03, 2009

An exorcist authorized to perform exorcisms in several dioceses spoke at a religious ministry luncheon on Sunday, explaining the basics of exorcism and its connection with abortion.

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International and an exorcist, spoke at a luncheon hosted by In His Sign Network (IHS). He is an exorcist authorized to perform exorcisms in several states, and highlighted the connection between the abortion industry and demonic influence.

“Abortion is a demonic industry,” he told The Bulletin. “Abortion is blood sacrifice of innocent blood to the devil. The clinics are like temples, the doctors are like priests, the medical table is like their altar. It’s a ritualized sacrifice. They have a dogma called choice, a hierarchy called Planned Parenthood, and guardian angels in the form of police guards that will arrest you if you try to stop them.”

He said that there have been abortionists who have called abortion “their sacrament.” Fr. Euteneuer advocates prayer as a necessary step to successfully fighting abortion. the rest

Fla. botched abortion case could impact life debate

U.S. Catholic seminarians evaluated

February 06 2009
By Julia Duin

I wanted to call attention to a little piece of news that snuck past us in recent weeks.
Which is that, last month, the Vatican put out a report on its apostolic visits to 229 U.S. seminaries, chiefly to ferret out how some of these institutions of learning have become such centers of gay men that they're called "pink palaces" and how other seminaries have been a little light when it comes to good doctrine. What? You've not heard a report was released? That is because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not post a press release about it in early January when the news came out. Instead, they posted the letter from Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and the report itself on the "Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations" page of I could not find it by clicking about, so I finally got it through a word search here.

Essentially, the 20-page Vatican document, dated Dec. 15, spelled a few weaknesses that need to be corrected. They include teaching on the doctrine of the priesthood (page 5), a reminder to seminary rectors to not travel outside the seminary so much (page 6), faculty members who are contemptuous of church teaching (page 7), concerns about the lowering of standards for seminarians due to the vocations crisis (page 10), cases of homosexuality "here and there" (page 11) along with "ambiguity" about it and, on the same page, an observation that in "not a few seminaries," educators have not a clue as to what seminarians do when they are off campus. the rest

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An Honest Look at the Primates Communique

February 6, 2009
By the Rev. Phil Ashey, J.D.,
American Anglican Council Chief Operating Officer

The American Anglican Council values the importance of speaking the truth—even when it is uncomfortable or unwelcome. For as Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) The truth that Jesus proclaimed sets people free and transforms lives, but it is often unwelcome and uncomfortable for those who do not want to change and who cannot acknowledge the need to be set free. We believe the false Gospel proclaimed by the leadership of TEC, and advanced by its surrogates throughout the Communion, continues to enslave people in sin and deters them from seeing the need to change. We believe this false gospel threatens to undermine the Anglican Communion’s witness to the uniqueness and universality of Jesus Christ—the truth that sets us free. We regret that the Primates’ Communiqué fails to provide an effective response to this threat.
the rest

Here comes the e-book revolution

Six trends are conspiring to drive electronic books into the mainstream
By Mike Elgan
February 7, 2009

At what temperature do electronic books catch fire? We're going to find out sometime this year. E-book sales are about to ignite.

On Monday, is expected to unveil a new version of its Kindle reader. It will probably be a lot better and a little cheaper than the first version. But the real news already broke this week: A company spokesman announced that Amazon plans to offer Kindle books on cell phones.

This news countered Google's announcement that the 1.5 million public domain books available on its Google Book Search offering will soon be available (free, of course) via a new cell phone application. the rest

The Main Pro-Life Defense - Location, Location, Location

February 6, 2009

Several reasons are given when someone is promoting abortion: It doesn't look like a baby. It's a blob of tissue. It will be born in poverty. It's disabled. It's unwanted. It will be a crack baby. It will interfere with school or work. The mother is too young. It's in the mother's body, so she can do what she wants with it.

When the issue is being discussed with an abortion proponent, a simple rebuttal can be made for most of their arguments. They should be asked if they are for the killing of a baby outside the womb because it's born in poverty, unwanted, addicted to drugs, etc. Of course, they will say that is different, because the baby is already born. Obviously, they just answered the main pro-life argument for not aborting the baby.

The only difference in those two examples is the location of the baby, and that's it. the rest

Friday, February 06, 2009

Episcopal dioceses at war over beliefs

February 6, 2009

PHILADELPHIA -- With its towering stone steeple, marble steps and crimson doors, Pittsburgh's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral looks every bit a "mighty fortress" of faith.
But the 226-year-old cathedral is a house divided, like the denomination that built it.

Since October, Trinity's priests have been saying Sunday masses for two warring dioceses: the older one composed of 28 theologically moderate or liberal parishes, and one newly created of 66 breakaway conservative parishes. Each claims to be the true "Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh."

The cathedral parish has not taken sides. the rest

Statement of Bishop Robert Duncan on the Alexandria Primates Meeting

February 6, 2009
Statement of Bishop Robert Duncan
Moderator of the Common Cause Partnership
Bishop of Pittsburgh

We are thankful for the time spent by the Primates of the Anglican Communion in wrestling with tragedies confronting all God’s children, among them the situations in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Gaza, and in the global economic crisis. The suffering in these situations is tremendous and commands the prayerful attention of every Christian.

In North America, though the immediate temporal circumstances are in no way as severe as those in other regions, the spiritual consequences of innovations in Faith and Order are staggering. We are thankful for the many Primates (and Provinces) who continue to stand with those of us in North America who are attempting to remain faithful amidst vast pressures to acquiesce to beliefs and practices far outside of the Christian and Anglican mainstream. We appreciate what was clearly an extensive discussion of the North American situation within the whole of the Primates Meeting. We are also grateful for the public recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Windsor continuation group of the desire of the “coalition” (the Common Cause Partnership) constituting the new Anglican Church of North America “to be Anglican and to be in relationship with the Anglican Communion.” the rest

“Gay-Friendly” Miami Archdiocese Features Goddess-Worshipping Nun at Diocesan University

Thursday February 5, 2009
By LexEtLibertas

February 5, 2009, ( - Just days after the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has ordered an apostolic visitation of all non-contemplative women’s religious orders in the United States, LifeSiteNews has learned that a notorious Catholic dissenter, known for her promotion of goddess-worship and “eco-spirituality,” is scheduled to speak at the Miami Archdiocese’s Saint Thomas University.

Sr. Miriam Therese MacGillis, O.P will be presenting a lecture, “Cosmology, Faith, & Sustainability,” at Saint Thomas, on 24 February.

Many lay Catholics have documented Sister Miriam’s dissent from official Catholic doctrine on various matters. Sister Miriam is an active proponent of so-called “eco-spirituality,” a quasi-pantheistic religious movement recently chronicled in some detail in Sarah McFarland Taylor’s book "Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology." Taylor, an Episcopalian sympathetic to the eco-spiritual movement, has chronicled this heterodox belief system, and her book features Sister Miriam MacGillis and the community she co-founded, Genesis Farm. the rest

Bankrupt California buys ads for 'gay' adoptions

Facing $42 billion deficit, state pushes homosexual guardianship
February 05, 2009
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

SACRAMENTO – Facing a $42 billion deficit and a state debt that grows by $28,000 every minute, California has managed to find enough room in its budget to sponsor an elaborate statewide campaign to promote homosexual adoption.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has partnered with the California Department of Social Services and the Los Angeles County to promote a "Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Family" campaign that invites homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals to adopt children. the rest

Despite Massive Budget Deficits, California Has Plenty Of Money For Ads Supporting Gay Adoption

Furlough Fridays begin for Calif. state workers

Christian Groups Answer Atheists With Own Ads on British Buses

By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, February 6, 2009

LONDON, Feb. 5 -- Three Christian groups in Britain are putting ads on city buses proclaiming that there is a God, a reaction to a high-profile atheist campaign here that has spread around the globe.

From the United States and Canada to Italy, Spain and Australia, nonbelievers have been placing anti-religious ads on buses -- usually seen promoting toothpaste, cellphones and other products -- and stirring up national debates about God.

Thousands of people in Britain recently raised $200,000 to place an ad on 800 London buses that reads: "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." the rest

Anglican church leaders to bring in 'relationship counsellors' over sexuality dispute

Professional mediators are to be used by church leaders in an attempt to resolve the deep divisions within the Anglican Communion over sexuality.
By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
06 Feb 2009

A report backed by the heads of all the Anglican provinces around the world has put forward the innovative proposal as a way to settle the dispute between conservatives, who oppose the ordination of homosexual clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions, and liberals.

The external mediators will try to reconcile differences between the Common Cause Partnership, a group of orthodox Anglicans in America and Canada who want to set up a new province, and the national churches from which they have split.

At the end of a week-long gathering of the leaders of the 38 Anglican provinces in Alexandria, Egypt, known as the Primates Meeting, they said in a joint communique: "We request the Archbishop of Canterbury to initiate a professionally mediated conversation which engages all parties at the earliest opportunity. We commit ourselves to support these processes and to participate as appropriate. the rest

Anglican Primates agree mediation programme
Friday, 6th February 2009
By George Conger

Anglican primates have endorsed a mediation programme to reconcile liberals and conservatives. A report backed by the heads of all the Anglican provinces around the world has put forward the innovative proposal as a way to settle the dispute between conservatives, who oppose the ordination of homosexual clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions, and liberals. the rest

Damian Thompson: Disintegrating Anglican Communion to call in professional mediators

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Pope ‘wants personal prelature’ for ex-Anglicans

By Ed West
6 February 2009

Plans to create a personal prelature for former Anglicans in the Catholic Church could lead to a flood of converts, according to a senior figure in the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England.

The cleric, who asked not to be named, was speaking after an Australian magazine announced that the Vatican is progressing with plans to bring the 400,000-strong Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) into the Church.

The TAC was founded in 1991 from groups that had broken with the Anglican Communion over the issue of the ordination of women and other issues. It has been in discussions with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since late 2007. the rest

Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion

02/05/09 02:15 PM
Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion
Associated Press Writer

Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn't arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out. the rest

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Devotional: Revival cannot be organized...

Revival cannot be organized, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again. ...G. Campbell Morgan image

Conservative Bishops Laud Outcome of Meeting, Archbishop’s Leadership

February 5, 2009
The Living Church

High marks have been awarded to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the 2009 primates’ meeting by conservative archbishops, who report that consensus was reached following four days of intense talks in Alexandria, Egypt.

“Archbishop Peter Akinola is pleased, I’m pleased, Henry [Orombi] is pleased” with the outcome of the meeting, the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, the Most Rev. Gregory Venables, told The Living Church.

“Something like the freshness of the Holy Spirit” descended upon the meeting, Bishop Venables explained. There was “something different here, something special,” he said. “Without a doubt there was a lot of anger and tension,” he added, but the “orthodox had a calmness and peace” that Bishop Venables attributed to divine intervention.

While the divisions over doctrine and discipline that have led to an impairment of Eucharistic fellowship remain, Bishop Venables felt the Feb. 1-5 meeting featured honest conversation between the liberal and conservative camps that recognized a division exists. the rest

AnglicanTV: Final Press Conference, Alexandria, Egypt

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Communion ‘Deeply Divided’ But No Schism, Archbishop Williams Says

February 5, 2009
The Living Church

There is no “schism” in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams declared today at the close of the meeting of primates of the Anglican Communion in Alexandria, Egypt. The archbishop did acknowledge there was “deep division” within the Communion, but “what that will mean, we don’t know.”

Speaking as “presider of the primates’ meeting,” Archbishop Williams said the way forward for the Communion was to adhere to the Windsor process and work toward an Anglican Covenant. “Unless the covenant is robust and accepted,” he said, “the federal model is on the horizon” for the Anglican Communion.

While the Sudan, Zimbabwe, global warming, Gaza, and international finance were addressed by the primates during their four-day meeting in closed sessions, the principal topic of conversation was “ecclesiology,” Archbishop Williams said. the rest

Anglican Journal:No consensus on separate North American Anglican province
The primates (national archbishops) of the Anglican Communion ended their Feb. 1 to 5 meeting with no consensus on how to deal with a coalition of Anglicans who have left their churches in North America because of differences over such issues as sexuality and want to be recognized as a separate province.

Added: Church Times: Primates agree: hold the moratoriums while we talk further

CANA Responds to Primates’ Communiqué

HERNDON, Va. (February 5, 2009) – CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns issued a statement in response to the Primates’ Communiqué issued from Alexandria , Egypt , today.

“We are grateful for the hard work of the Primates who met this week in Alexandria , Egypt , in tackling not only important global issues such as the crises in Gaza , Zimbabwe and Sudan but also the brokenness in the Communion brought about by The Episcopal Church.”

“We applaud their consistent stand for biblical truth and the importance of reconciliation between all peoples and their Creator.

“We welcome the Primates’ unanimous reaffirmation of the entirety of Lambeth 1:10 as the Church’s teaching on human sexuality although we are disappointed that they were not unanimous in their call to repentance for those who continue to defy this teaching.

“We also welcome a period of gracious restraint as the Primates describe it but are distressed by the reality that The Episcopal Church continues to initiate punitive litigation on a massive scale. To date, there are at least 56 lawsuits initiated by The Episcopal Church, or its dioceses, against individual churches, clergy and vestries across the country.

“We are saddened to read that within hours of agreeing to this statement Presiding Bishop Schori is already questioning whether the Primates’ call for gracious restraint is something to which The Episcopal Church wants to make a commitment …’the long-term impact of ‘gracious restraint’ is a matter for General Convention,’ she said in a statement.

“We appreciate the encouragement for those of us connected with the Anglican Church in North America to continue to move forward as faithful Anglicans and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.” Here

The Convocation of Anglicans in North America ( currently consists of more than 70 congregations and 150 clergy in 21 states. CANA was established in 2005 to provide a means by which Anglicans living in the USA who were alienated by the actions and decisions of The Episcopal Church could continue to live out their faith without compromising their core convictions. Created as a missionary initiative of the Church of Nigeria , about a dozen of the congregations are primarily expatriate Nigerians. CANA is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America , an emerging Anglican province that includes about 700 congregations.

Anglicans remain split on gay issues at meeting

Thu Feb 5, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) - The worldwide Anglican Communion ended a five-day meeting on Thursday without reaching consensus on the thorny issues of homosexual bishops and same-sex marriages.

The final statement of the conference, released a day after a bishop from Sudan restated his opposition to the consecration of openly gay U.S. bishop Gene Robinson, stressed the complexity of Anglican divisions that have at times threatened to split the church. the rest

Split Anglicans call in mediators

Ruth Gledhill: Archbishop plans 'mediated talks' with conservatives

ENS: Primates support 'pastoral visitors' to assist in healing Anglican divisions

AP: Anglicans seek extended moratorium on gay bishops

Acns: Primates' Communique

February 5, 2009

Deeper Communion; Gracious Restraint

A Letter from Alexandria to the Churches of the Anglican Communion

1. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, as the Primates and Moderators of the Churches of the Anglican Communion[1], we gathered for prayer and consultation in the ancient city of Alexandria, with the Most Revd Mouneer Anis, President Bishop of the Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East, as our host. We prayed, worshipped God, and studied the Scriptures together, seeking to be faithful to the call of God in Christ, and to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit. There was a common desire to speak honestly about our situation.

2. Since we were meeting in Alexandria, we were conscious of the historical, cultural, ecumenical and inter-faith contexts of our meeting. This was reinforced during our visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. We met with the State Governor of Alexandria, General Adel Labib; we were received warmly by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria, and Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He spoke to us powerfully of the vocation and calling of a bishop to witness to the Gospel of Christ. We were also conscious that we were meeting in a country which is majority Muslim, but in which there is a strong Christian heritage and presence. We were able to celebrate the heritage of faith received from SS Mark, Clement, Anthony, Athanasius, and the desert fathers and mothers. Meeting in Egypt, a country which is the home of Al Azhar Al Sharif, one of the historic intellectual centres of the Muslim world, we were also very conscious of the importance of constructive engagement between Christians and Muslims in many Provinces of the Anglican Communion. We draw attention to the significant recent initiatives[2] undertaken by the Archbishop of Canterbury and by the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. the rest

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A strategy for social conservatives in a socially liberal era

Charles Colson with Anne Morse

For the first time in three decades, socially conservative Christians find themselves in a dramatically changed political environment: outside in the cold, so to speak. No more easy access to the Oval Office or powerful friends in Congress.

How do we respond in this unfamiliar role? After all, we have been in the center of things, politically speaking, since 1976. As a brand-new Christian attending the Christian Booksellers Convention, I remember being stunned that there were "Jimmy Carter for President" signs. For the first time, evangelicals were openly organizing.

Later, their disillusionment with the born-again President led to the Reagan surge, the Moral Majority, and the Christian Coalition during the heyday of political activism. The Religious Right became a pejorative term, but it achieved needed political victories. the rest

Tutsi bishop brings God's word to Hutus

Kevin Morrow
Thursday, February 5, 2009

John Kabango Rucyahana stood facing a crowd of killers in a prison yard at Gitarama, Rwanda. Years earlier, during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Gitarama's Hutu inmates would have hacked or clubbed to death this stout, bespectacled Tutsi preacher and former refugee. Today, they were all ears, for Bishop Rucyahana had come with a simple, powerful, badly needed message: Confess your crimes to God and to your victims, and you will be forgiven.

"I was speaking to prisoners at Gitarama," said Bishop Rucyahana, 62. "And I said to them, 'Close your eyes. Remember yourself hacking people. Remember them lifting up their hands begging for their lives, and you hacking their hands and arms and cutting their necks.'

"In about 10 minutes, everyone was crying, sobbing. I said, 'Open your eyes. That which makes you cry is what God wants you to repent of.' " the rest

Class Breaks in Tokyo More Suited for Children

Erin Irving

As the bell rang ending my first forty-five minute English lesson I expected the Japanese teacher to switch to the next lesson as would typically happen in an American elementary school. Instead, the third graders I was teaching immediately packed their notebooks into their desks, stood up, slid their chairs under their desks and scrambled down the stairs to the outdoor field as fast as they could. The teacher stayed in his desk and continued grading papers. I was confused. Could it be time for recess at 9:30 am?

I followed the children outside to find that most of the 800 students in the school in urban Tokyo were running around completely rampant, jumping rope, playing soccer, climbing on the jungle gym and walking on stilts. Six teachers stood at designated places around the playground watching the children for injuries, but otherwise hundreds of kids ran around freely.

Fifteen minutes into playtime, another bell rang. The kids hung the jump ropes and the stilts, threw the balls back into bins and ran back to class. My second period was starting in a new class of fifth graders. They shuffled back into the room, saw that English was the next subject on the day's agenda written on the board, quickly seated themselves and focused on the lesson.

Again, after I finished my forty-five minute lesson a bell rang and the kids ran back downstairs this time for a twenty-five minute break. Since this was an older group of students, some stayed in the classroom to play board games with friends or read books instead of playing outside. the rest

Gay activists map strategy

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Associated Press Writer

DENVER -- There's a party mood at the nation's largest gathering of gay activists after the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But amid the cheers is plenty of talk about what went wrong last year when anti-gay ballot measures passed, and concern that the economy has overshadowed gay-rights questions.

Some 2,000 members of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force erupted in whoops and applause whenever the president was mentioned, with the group's head quipping that the name "Obama" will make an easy applause line before gay crowds for months to come.

But conference members also hunkered down to talk about their failures last year: four anti-gay ballot measures that passed even as the nation voted for what organizers call the most gay-friendly president in history.

"We know that our moment has arrived," proclaimed the task force's president, Rea Carey. the rest

Rethinking identity politics a theme at Creating Change

China:Human embryos cloned for treatment in Shandong


A research team at the Shandong Stem Cell Engineering Research Center has successfully cloned five human blastulas from 135 eggs on experiment, according to a press conference jointly held by the research center and a hospital in Yantai on Monday.

Of the five cloned human blastulas, four were from skin fibrocytes of healthy donors while the other one was from lymphocytes of patients with Parkinson disease.

At the press release, leader of the research team, Li Jianyuan explained the newly invented cloning technology is expected to facilitate medical treatment for patients like the sufferers of Parkinson disease. the rest

Link TV Mocks Catholicism; Video Produced with Federal Funds

MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 5 /Standard Newswire/ -- On February 3, Link TV featured a three and a half minute video that mocks Catholicism. The media outlet is available as a basic service in more than 31 million homes that receive direct broadcast satellite TV.

The video, "Divine Food," opens with a priest waking up to a rumbling noise that shakes the religious symbols and statues in his room. He proceeds to a Catholic church where he discovers several wafers near a cup (the implication is that they are consecrated Hosts). In a disrespectful manner, he chews them vigorously and then admonishes the statues that are "looking at him." He falls asleep in the church and when awakened he is asked to say Mass, which he refuses to do. The priest then makes large wafers out of dough and gives the pancake-like substance (which he calls the "Body of Christ") to confused parishioners at Communion. The video ends when he drops the remaining "Hosts" into a dirty aquarium. the rest

European Court Rules Portugal Broke the Law by Blocking Abortion Boat

Wednesday February 4, 2009
By Hilary White

STRASBOURG, February 4, 2009 ( - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Portuguese government broke the law in preventing the Dutch abortion boat from landing when it attempted to enter Portuguese territory in 2004, when abortion was against the law. Abortionist and foundress of the "Women on Waves" project, Rebecca Gomperts, said she is delighted with the finding. "We shall use the judgment for new campaigns outside Europe," she said.

In 2004, the abortion ship was denied access to Portuguese ports by politicians and the courts. Portuguese officials ordered two naval vessels out to ensure that it would not enter Portugal's sovereign waters. At that time, Portugal had some of the strongest legal protections for unborn children anywhere in Europe. the rest

President Barack Obama's New Faith-Based Advisors Include Abortion Advocates

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 4, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- President Barack Obama has compiled a new group of faith-based advisors who will comprise his new White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. However, unlike President Bush's group of religious advisors, Obama's includes abortion advocates.

The revamped White House office will direct federal funds to religious and neighborhood groups for social service projects.

The members of the office will officially be announced on Thursday, but a preview of the some of the people who have been appointed shows Obama has included some abortion advocates. the rest

Archbishop of Sudan calls for New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson to resign

Riazat Butt in Alexandria
Thursday 5 February 2009

There were renewed calls yesterday for the resignation of the Right Reverend Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, and of the clergy those who consecrated him.

The demand came from the Archbishop of Sudan, the Most Reverend Daniel Deng, who last summer shocked Anglicans by issuing a statement condemning the 2003 decision to consecrate Robinson, a non-celibate gay man, and the US bishops responsible for his appointment.

The position was supported by the Episcopal Church of Sudan, which with has four million followers, 300 primary schools and 24 dioceses. It had previously remained neutral on the issue of homosexuality. The unexpected statement was of special concern for the US Episcopal Church, which enjoys close ties to the African country. the rest

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Devotional: The greatest thing...

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray. ...S.D. Gordon image

"Miracle on the Hudson" pilot gets extension on overdue library book

February 2, 2009

Chesley Sullenberger has a problem. He borrowed a book from the Danville Library – and it’s overdue. To complicate matters, the book was an interlibrary loan from Fresno State.

Sullenberger contacted librarians and asked for an extension on the loan and a waiver on the overdue fine. The reason? The book is in the cargo hold of the US Airways plane that made an emergency landing last month in New York’s Hudson River. Sullenberger is the pilot who made that landing. No one was seriously injured.

Fresno State library officials were impressed with Sullenberger’s sense of responsibility… and waived all fines and fees, even the one for losing the book. The library’s going one step further: when the replacement book goes up on the shelf, it will have a special template in front, dedicating it to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

Oh, by the way. The topic of that book? Professional ethics. story

Episcopal Church upholds ouster of Pa. bishop

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Episcopal Church panel announced on Wednesday that it had upheld its decision to defrock a bishop from Pennsylvania for covering up his brother's sexual assaults of a teenage girl in the 1970s.

The special Court for the Trial of a Bishop rejected a request by Charles E. Bennison Jr. to reduce the sentence, but added that his ouster "does not alter the church's deep and abiding compassion" for him. The nine-person panel of bishops, priests and church members said it hoped the ruling would allow Bennison to seek "reconciliation and peace."

After a four-day trial in June, the panel found Bennison guilty of two counts of "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy." the rest

Richard Foster: Spiritual Formation Agenda

Three priorities for the next 30 years.

Our world today cries out for a theology of spiritual growth that has been proven to work in the midst of the harsh realities of daily life. Sadly, many have simply given up on the possibility of growth in character formation.

Vast numbers of well-intended folk have exhausted themselves in church work and discovered that this did not substantively change their lives. They found that they were just as impatient and egocentric and fearful as when they began lifting the heavy load of church work. Maybe more so.

Others have immersed themselves in multiple social-service projects. But while the glow of helping others lingered for a time, they soon realized that all their herculean efforts left little lasting imprint on the inner life. Indeed, it often made them much worse inwardly: frustrated and angry and bitter. the rest-don't miss this!

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Obama's Justice pick supports porn 'rights'

Ogden's clientele, legal arguments, raise alarms
February 03, 2009
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

President Obama has expressed his belief the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the lens of current events and now he's apparently preparing to install as a senior official at the U.S. Justice Department a lawyer who goes one step further, advocating for constitutional protections for abortionists, pornographers and protesters.

The evaluation of Justice Department nominee David Ogden, who would be deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder, comes from Fidelis, a consortium of organizations working to promote religious freedom, values of human life and the institutions of marriage and the family. the rest

Obama's charm offensive and the global jihad

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Google Offers "Latitude" To Track People

New, Free Software Enables You To Keep Tabs On Others' Whereabouts, And Vice Versa, Using Cell Phones, Says Natali Del Conte
Feb. 4, 2009

CBS) Google is releasing free software Wednesday that enables people to keep track of each other using their cell phones.

CNET got a sneak peek at it, and CNET-TV Senior Editor and The Early ShowNatali Del Conte explained how it works on the show Tuesday.

She says "Latitude" uses GPS systems and what's called cell tower triangulation to do the job. The software seeks the closest three cell towers and, with GPS, combines the data to show where someone is.

It is designed to work on any phone with Internet capabilities, except the iPhone. the rest

How to pray in the midst of financial catastrophe

Philip Yancey

Historians will look at the year that just ended as a financial tsunami that left in its wake millions of foreclosed homes, bankruptcies, and lost jobs. As if competing to abandon the basic tenets of capitalism, governments threw money at banks, investment companies, and huge insurers in an attempt to restore trust and stanch the flow of capital.

During one of the most volatile periods, a week in which global stock markets declined by $7 trillion, I received a call from an editor at Time. "You wrote a book on prayer, right?" he said. "Tell me, how should a person pray during a crisis like this?" In the course of the conversation, we came up with a three-stage approach to prayer. the rest

Religious Discrimination Embedded in Stimulus Bill

By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Feb. 03 2009

The economic stimulus bill before the Senate contains a provision that would discriminate against religious activity, according to a Christian legal firm.

The legislative team at American Center for Law and Justice has noticed that a provision in Section 803 of the measure contains language that would prohibit schools that accept funding for the renovation of university facilities from allowing religious activity to take place at those facilities.

ACLJ made the observation on Tuesday. the rest

Added: The Godless Stimulus

North Korea worst persecutor of Christians

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The oppressive, isolated country of North Korea headed by dictator Kim Jong Il retains its grip as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.

According to Open Doors' 2008 World Watch List released today, North Korea is ranked No 1 for the seventh year in a row. Christians are persecuted constantly under the communist government, which denies human rights to its citizens.

The Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia is No 2 and Iran No 3. Both countries are ruled by Shariah law. the rest image

Albert Mohler: "The Ghost at the Table" -- Are Kids a Threat to the Environment?

February 04, 2009

The contemporary clash of worldviews comes immediately into view with controversies over children, contraception, abortion, and now the environment. A recent controversy in Great Britain makes this point all too clear.

Jonathon Porritt, chairman of the British government's Sustainable Development Commission, told The Times [London] that it is high time that the government moves to limit family size in the nation -- all in the name of the environment.

From the Times:

“I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate,” Porritt said.

“I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the “p” word.”
the rest

Priest honoured by Anglican Communion

Wednesday, 04 February 2009

The spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Communion has honoured a Canadian Catholic priest for his service to ecumenism.

Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury awarded Mgr Donald Bolen the Cross of St Augustine in recognition of his work in the field of Anglican-Catholic relations.

Archbishop Williams bestowed the honor on Mgr Bolen during a private audience in Lambeth Palace, the archbishop's residence.

"The archbishop paid warm tribute to the theological acumen and spiritual discernment that Mgr Bolen had put unreservedly at the service of Anglican-Roman Catholic relations during his seven-year assignment to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome," said a statement from Lambeth Palace. the rest

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Devotional: We say, then, to anyone who is under trial...

We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.
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New Undercover Video Shows Tucson Planned Parenthood Hiding Rape of 15-Year-Old Girl

Feb. 3, 2009

( - New hidden-camera footage from Tucson, AZ, implicates a third Planned Parenthood clinic in a multi-state child abuse scandal. In the video, UCLA student Lila Rose and her friend Jackie Stollar enter a Tucson Planned Parenthood clinic where Rose tells the nurse that Stollar, posing as a 15-year-old, is pregnant by her 27-year-old boyfriend. The nurse disregards the age difference and even cautions Stollar not to bring her "boyfriend" before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent for an abortion. This negligence on the part of the Planned Parenthood staffer is punishable under Arizona law. the rest

Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity, dies


ATLANTA (AP) — Millard Fuller, the millionaire entrepreneur who gave it all away to help found the Christian house-building charity Habitat for Humanity, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Fuller died about 3 a.m. after being taken to a hospital emergency room, according to his wife, Linda. The cause of death was not immediately known. the rest

Anglican District of Virginia Calls for an End to Litigation

Va. Court Issued Final Rulings in Favor of Anglican Churches in December
(via email)

FAIRFAX, Va. (February 3, 2009) – In response to the appeal filed today by The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia, the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) called for an end to the two year Virginia church property litigation. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Bellows issued his final rulings in December. The rulings were in favor of the nine ADV congregations and found that each has a legal right to their church property.

“Judge Bellows upheld the written law, correctly applied the Constitution, and was judicious in his rulings throughout this legal process. We hoped that TEC and the Diocese would recognize this and would have put this legal battle behind us,” said Jim Oakes, vice-chairman of ADV. “We are saddened that The Episcopal Church and the Diocese find it necessary to continue with more litigation. An appeal process will cost additional millions of dollars that could be spent on mission and ministry. Both sides have already spent some $5 million in legal costs, money that could have gone to our communities in need during these tough economic times. Although we are disappointed by this development, we are fully prepared to continue to defend ourselves and remain confident in our legal position.

“These legal victories for religious freedom have encouraged us to stand firm in our Anglican faith. Our congregations will continue to work together delivering the message of Christ. All we have ever wanted to do is continue to worship and serve God in the same tradition as our ancestors and the worldwide Anglican Communion.”

On December 19, 2008 , the Anglican District of Virginia congregations received favorable final rulings regarding whether four parcels of property owned by the Anglican congregations were covered by the congregations’ Division petitions. (TEC and the Diocese had previously acknowledged that the congregations’ other properties were all covered by the congregations’ Division petitions.)

On April 3, 2008 , Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows issued a landmark ruling that acknowledged a division within The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Virginia and the larger Anglican Communion. Judge Bellows affirmed that the Anglican congregations in Virginia could invoke the Virginia Division Statute (Virginia Code § 57-9) in their defense. The Virginia Division Statute states that majority rule should apply when a division in a denomination or diocese results in the disaffiliation of an organized group of congregations. On June 27, 2008 , Judge Bellows issued a ruling that confirmed the constitutionality of Virginia Division Statute (Virginia Code § 57-9) under the First Amendment. On August 22, 2008 , he issued a ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the Division Statute under the Contracts Clause of the Constitution.

“We continue to maintain that the Division Statute is constitutional and are confident that the Virginia Supreme Court will agree and uphold the written law. At the same time, we are ready to put this litigation behind us so we can focus our time, money and effort on the work of the Gospel,” Oakes concluded.

The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Diocese abruptly broke off settlement negotiations with the Anglican congregations in January 2007 and filed lawsuits against the Virginia churches, their ministers and their vestries. The decision of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese to redefine and reinterpret Scripture caused the Anglican churches in Virginia to sever their ties with TEC and the Virginia Diocese.

The Anglican District of Virginia ( is an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia . Its members are in full communion with constituent members of the Anglican Communion through its affiliation with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary branch of the Church of Nigeria and other Anglican Archbishops. ADV members are a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a community of 77 million people. ADV is dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples while actively serving in three main capacities: International Ministries, Evangelism, and Strengthening Families and Community. ADV is currently comprised of 23 member congregations.

Virginia Diocese Appeals Circuit Court Property Decision

Blizzard of anger follows London snowstorm

Tue Feb 3, 2009

LONDON – Britain's capital cleared the soggy remnants of a paralyzing snowstorm on Tuesday as businesses counted the multibillion-pound (-dollar) cost.

An estimated 6 million people skipped work Monday when the largest snowstorm to hit London in 18 years stopped bus and subway services, grounded airliners and hobbled businesses.
The Federation of Small Businesses said the cost to Britain's economy through lost productivity could be as high as 3 billion pounds ($4.3 billion).

Transportation officials, business leaders and local authorities accused one another of failing to prepare for the long-predicted storm that crippled Britain's transport network by dropping more than four inches (10 centimeters) of snow in London overnight Sunday, and another four inches Monday. the rest

Iran sends first home-built satellite into orbit

Feb 3 2009

Iran said on Tuesday it has launched its first home-built satellite into orbit, raising fresh concerns among world powers already at odds with Tehran over its nuclear drive.

"Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit," a jubilant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state television after a launch coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

"With this launch the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space," he said. the rest

Minister of Christ Church of Vero Beach suspended

By Elliott Jones
February 2, 2009

VERO BEACH — Citing allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct, an Anglican bishop has suspended the lead minister of a year-old church that broke off from the national Episcopal Church, officials said Monday.

The Rev. Lorne Coyle, of Christ Church of Vero Beach, was suspended effective 2 p.m. Sunday because his bishop received an out-of-state woman’s allegations that she and Coyle, who is married, had an affair, said the church’s senior warden, Jim Reamy III.

The bishop, from Virginia, met with Coyle last week in Vero Beach to inform him of the accusation.

On Sunday, Coyle stood in front of the 400-member congregation and confirmed he had sexual relations with an adult women over a period of years, Reamy said. Coyle left the building before the recessional hymn. the rest

ACNS: Primates Meeting questions language of sanctions

February 3, 2009

The first full day of business at the Primates meeting in Alexandria, Egypt, has been held in a relaxed atmosphere with primates generally positive about the days ahead.

The media spokesman for the primates meeting, Australia’s Primate, Archbishop Dr Phillip Aspinall, said day two of the meeting included a presentation by five Primates about the impact of the current situation on province mission priorities.

Archbishops Fred Hiltz from Canada, Thabo Makgoba from Southern Africa, Henry Orombi from Uganda, Stephen Oo from Myanmar and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori from the United States made presentations.

Dr Aspinall said the five Presentations were very different considering the differing contexts and how they influenced mission priorities and the life of the church. the rest

Primates See Covenant ‘With Teeth’ As Unrealistic

February 2, 2009

There has been a “pulling back from the language of sanctions and teeth” in the crafting of the Anglican Covenant, the Primate of Australia told reporters at the Primates' Meeting in Alexandria on Feb 2.

The Most Rev. Philip Aspinall said that whereas earlier drafts of the covenant envisioned sanctions for violations, disciplinary mechanisms were not likely to make it into the final draft.

“Hitting people over the head with sticks” was not what the Anglican Communion wanted to do to provinces that violated the Covenant, Archbishop Aspinall said. Instead, the covenant—designed to set the parameters of Anglican life and worship—is evolving into a document about “koinonia…fellowship…of communion” between churches, and would not be a sanctions-based legal code, he explained. the rest

Star Trek Actor Who Paid for Three Abortions Now Condemns Woman's "Right to Choose...

By Kathleen Gilbert
February 2, 2009

( - Actor Gary Graham knew that by writing about his personal experience and rejection of abortion, he would be incurring the ire of not a few among the Hollywood elite.

Yet a blog column posted last Tuesday by the seasoned actor, known most recently for his roles as Ambassador Soval in the TV series "Star Trek: Enterprise" and Capt. Ingles on "J.A.G.", took an unflinching look at truths almost entirely ignored by those in the Hollywood establishment.

"I’m going to say what millions know in the front of their brains, and many, many more millions know in the depths of their hearts … but won’t allow themselves to think it, much less feel it," wrote Graham. "And believe me, I know I’ll be hated for saying it, I’ll be hated by people who don’t know me, have never worked with me, have never golfed with me, had a drink with me.

"I’m going to say it anyway: Abortion is murder." the rest

"Get Involved on Campus: unless you are pro-life

by Scott Gilbreath
February 3rd, 2009

Here’s the home page of the University of Calgary’s website, as it appears this morning. (Click on image for larger view.) [in original post] Unless you’re pro-life. In that case, the university does not want you to “get involved on campus”. If you get involved in pro-life activities on campus, the university will send Calgary police to your home and have you charged with trespassing on the campus where you were encouraged to “get involved”.

Over the past few weeks, Calgary police have been turning up at the homes of anti-abortion university students, charging them with trespassing on the very campus where they are enrolled in classes.

Campus Pro-Life members will not be deterred from getting involved on campus. the rest

University of Calgary Charges Pro-Life Students with Trespassing

Google and Nasa back new school for futurists

By David Gelles in San Francisco
February 3 2009

Google and Nasa are throwing their weight behind a new school for futurists in Silicon Valley to prepare scientists for an era when machines become cleverer than people.
The new institution, known as “Singularity University”, is to be headed by Ray Kurzweil, whose predictions about the exponential pace of technological change have made him a controversial figure in technology circles.

Google and Nasa’s backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Mr Kurzweil’s views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilisation.

To be housed at Nasa’s Ames Research Center, a stone’s-throw from the Googleplex, the Singularity University will offer courses on biotechnology, nano-technology and artificial intelligence. the rest image

Pitch for adultery finds Houston market

Feb. 2, 2009

Football fans are used to outrageous ads on Super Bowl Sunday, but a 30-second pitch for adultery had Monday-morning quarterbacks buzzing.

“Infidelity is a form of betrayal, and the idea of portraying betrayal as an answer to relationship problems is mind-boggling,” said family therapist Tim Louis in Houston.

He was referring to the $250,000 spot for, an online dating service for married folk. the rest

First gay Episcopal bishop leads Maryland Senate prayer

The Associated Press
February 3, 2009

The first openly gay bishop in the U.S. Episcopal Church led a prayer in the Maryland Senate Monday night in which he asked God to bless the legislators with "anger at discrimination in all its forms."

The Rev. V. Gene Robinson also asked for the legislators to be blessed with "freedom from fear," including fear of their next election and criticism from unpopular votes during the invocation prayer. the rest

Italy woman sent to clinic to die

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

A woman at the centre of the right-to-die debate in Italy has been moved to a clinic where she will be allowed to die after 17 years in a vegetative state.

Eluana Englaro was transferred by ambulance overnight to the private facility in the northern city of Udine.

The Vatican and anti-euthanasia groups have strongly opposed the move.

In November, Italy's highest court ruled Ms Englaro's feeding tubes could be withdrawn, but the health ministry then warned state clinics not to do it. the rest image

Monday, February 02, 2009

Devotional: Cultivate a thankful spirit!

Cultivate a thankful spirit! It will be to thee a perpetual feast. There is, or ought to be, with us no such thing as small mercies; all are great, because the least are undeserved. Indeed a really thankful heart will extract motive for gratitude from everything, making the most even of scanty blessings.
...JR MacDuff image

Catholic Campus Productions of ‘V-Monologues’ Are in Full Retreat

Catholic PRWire

MANASSAS, Va (February 2, 2009) - Performances of The Vagina Monologues on Catholic university and college campuses are in steady decline after eight years of protest, according to the national Catholic organization that has led public opposition to the lewd production. The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) reports that the number of U.S. Catholic campus performances scheduled for 2009 are now at 15, fewer than half their largest number of 32 in 2003. the rest

The following 15 Catholic colleges and universities are identified by V-Day as hosting The Vagina Monologues in 2009:
Bellarmine University
College of Saint Rose
College of the Holy Cross
DePaul University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
John Carroll University
Loyola University Chicago
Regis College
Santa Clara University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Saint Xavier University
Seattle University
University of San Francisco

Reorganisation looms for Church of England

Monday, 2nd February 2009
By Judy West

The structures of the Church of England are set to be reviewed in an operation that could see dioceses merge.

Further provisions of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 came into force on 1 February. The Measure makes it a duty of the Dioceses Commission to review the provincial and diocesan structure of the Church of England, including the size, boundaries and number of provinces and dioceses, and arrangements for episcopal ministry. It will also have the power to draw up reorganization schemes.

The Commission, chaired by Dr Priscilla Chadwick, consulted diocesan bishops as to what its priorities should be and drew up an initial work programme in the light of comments and suggestions. the rest

Meeting Must Honor Past Decisions, Primates Say

February 2, 2009

If the meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion in Alexandria fails to address the issues of same-gender blessings and homosexual bishops this week in Egypt, some of the archbishops of the Global South may not participate in future meetings.

Global South primates affiliated with the GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) movement told a reporter that they see little merit in continued calls for dialogue when past undertakings of the primates’ meeting are ignored. The primates must be consistent, the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria, said to his colleagues in an informal conversation outside St. Mark’s pro-Cathedral on Feb. 1, and their past statements must be honored.

However, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has signaled his continued desire for conversation rather than action. In a sermon delivered Feb. 1 at St. Mark’s, the archbishop said the church must be open to a diversity of views. the rest

Episcopalians still a house divided

Mon, Feb. 2, 2009
By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

With its towering stone steeple, marble steps and crimson doors, Pittsburgh's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral looks every bit a "mighty fortress" of faith.

But the 226-year-old cathedral is a house divided, like the denomination that built it.

Since October, Trinity's priests have been saying Sunday Masses for two warring dioceses: the older one composed of 28 theologically moderate or liberal parishes, and one newly created of 66 breakaway conservative parishes. Each claims to be the true "Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh." Each is dug in. the rest

Minister of Christ Church of Vero Beach suspended

By Elliott Jones
February 2, 2009

VERO BEACH -- An Anglican bishop has suspended the minister of a year-old church that broke off from the national Episcopal Church, a church official said Monday.

The Rev. Lorne Coyle, of Christ Church of Vero Beach, was suspended at 2 p.m. Sunday. He led establishment of the 500-member church in response to what he said was the national Episcopal Church's straying from Biblical scripture.

Church chancellor Brian Bolton referred further comment to other officials of the Christ Church, 920 14th Lane. link

Primates’ Meeting opens in ‘fog of confusion’

Monday, 2nd February 2009
By George Conger

The 2009 Primates’ Meeting in Alexandria, Egypt, has opened in a fog of confusion with little expectation the five day meeting will resolve the Anglican crisis.

In their fourth meeting since the 2003 emergency session called by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams to respond to the consecration of V Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, the primates appear exhausted and frustrated, unsure of their authority within the Anglican Communion and the purpose of the meeting.

The viability of the Primates’ Meeting as one of the communion’s four “instruments of unity” is also under question. Archbishop Peter Akinola has urged primates to be consistent and not abandon the undertakings and pledges made at past gatherings. Others have voiced frustration with the Communion’s current ecclesial structures, suggesting that Alexandria and the May meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Jamaica may be the last pan-Anglican global gatherings. the rest

Ash falls on Tokyo as volcanoes erupt

TOKYO (AFP) — Two volcanoes erupted near major cities in Japan on Monday, with one spewing white smoke and ash into the heart of Tokyo, the weather agency said.

Authorities advised residents to wear masks in the towns near Mount Asama, some 150 kilometres (95 miles) northwest of Tokyo, which belched lava shortly before 2:00 am. the rest

Evidence of Alaska volcano eruption continues to mount

St. John’s Episcopal parish bravely marks its final rites

By Priyanka Dayal

WORCESTER — Along with the hymn books and prayer guides, there were packets of tissues at St. John’s Episcopal Church yesterday on a table parishioners passed on the way to the pews.

By the end of the nearly three-hour service, just about everyone needed a tissue. It was the last service for a parish that has been in existence for 125 years. St. John’s, at 166 Holden St., is the first area Episcopal church in years to shutter its doors because of financial constraints and a decline in active members.

About 100 people were in the church yesterday; many of them having returned to the same pews, facing the same stained-glass images of St. John, every Sunday morning for decades. the rest

India set to follow cheap car with £7 laptop

The government-developed computer prototype will assist in bridging the 'digital divide' between rich and poor
From Times Online
February 2, 2009
Rhys Blakely in Mumbai

India is poised to unveil the ultimate in credit-crunch computing: a 500 rupee (£7) laptop.

A government-developed prototype, due to be shown for the first time tomorrow, will mark the most ambitious attempt yet to bring computers to the developing world and to bridge the "digital divide" between rich and poor.

It is also the latest example of ultra-cheap engineering to emerge from the sub-continent. India has already given the world a 100,000 rupee (£1,420) car, the Tata Nano, and a super-basic £10 phone — goods that are now expected to find favour among relatively affluent Westerners as the global economic downturn bites. the rest

Quarter-million still without power in icy Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) -- Over a quarter of a million people in Kentucky remained without power Monday after a devastating winter storm pummeled the state last week with ice and snow.

National Guard troops continued to go door-to-door Monday morning, checking on families in the areas worst hit by what Gov. Steve Beshear called "personnel said up to 6,500 residents had to leave their homes for other shelter across the state as conditions deteriorated.
"Folks that thought they could weather it out are now heading to shelters because they're running out of supplies," Kentucky Emergency Management Agency spokesman Gary "Buddy" Rogers told CNN. the rest

Episcopal Theologian Blasts Action of Toronto Anglican Bishops' proposal to Affirm same-sex relationships

By Ephraim Radner
February 1, 2008

I remain at a loss as to why this is being proposed NOW, and being made public NOW, just as the Primates meet. I am grateful for the openness and desire for discussion around the concrete proposals (unlike some dioceses with which I am familiar). And in the spirit of such discussion, I included the following in a letter I sent yesterday to two of the Toronto bishops.

It is hard to escape the fact that the process you have now set in motion-one that involves public proposals, discussions, synodical actions, and all dealing with a way of ordering a particular "pastoral response" that involves episcopal oversight and particular permissions, following directives that involve the nature of prayers - cannot avoid being seen as one of ecclesial "authorization" of liturgical matters surrounding same-sex unions.

the rest at Virtueonline

Childcare children pay price ‘as adults put themselves first’

The Archbishop of Canterbury believes that Britain must change its attitude
Rosemary Bennett and Ruth Gledhill
The Times
February 2, 2009

Children’s lives are being blighted by “obsessive” testing, relentless advertising and a long-hours culture that contributes to family breakdown, the Archbishop of Canterbury says in a report published today.

In a scathing attack on a society that he says is organised around the needs and desires of adults, Dr Rowan Williams argues that people must change their ways if Britain is to become a better place for children to grow up in.

He also makes an impassioned plea for marriage to be encouraged and valued, not least to set an example to young people about commitment. the rest

Primates Unsure What Egypt Gathering Will Achieve

February 2nd, 2009
By George Conger

Primates from both the liberal and conservative factions of the Anglican Communion tell The Living Church that they expect little of substance will arise from this week’s meeting in Alexandria, Egypt, and they are unsure what the gathering has been designed to achieve.

Conservative primates are expected to push for the recognition of the Anglican Church in North America as an official province of the Anglican Communion. Liberals are equally adamant in opposing the innovation. Neither side expects the issue will be settled in Alexandria.

Unlike past gatherings, none of the Communion’s advocacy groups have sent representatives, and as of the start of the conference only six journalists have been accredited. Two of those are not scheduled to arrive until the meeting’s last day. the rest

Sexuality debate looms as Anglicans gather in Alexandria

Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Churches must not be too busy.'

ACNS: Primates Meeting begins with celebration in Egypt

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Nurse suspended after offering to pray for patient’s recovery

by Anne Thomas
Monday, February 2, 2009

A Baptist community nurse has been suspended after she offered to pray for the recovery of an elderly patient during a home visit.

Caroline Petrie, from Weston Super Mare, says she had offered to pray for the patient after applying dressings to her legs but the offer was refused and she did not push the matter any further, reports the BBC.

"The woman mentioned it to the sister who did her dressing the following day. She said that she wasn't offended but was concerned that someone else might be,” she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Mrs Petrie, 45, was suspended without pay on 17 December following a complaint from the patient to the North Somerset Primary Care Trust. the rest

My Journey Through Abortion and Back

by Shari
February 1, 2009

My story starts in my childhood.

I grew up with 2 alcoholics and a stepfather who sexually abused me. My parents divorced when I was 9 years old and my mother quickly remarried. The sexual abuse started within a month of their marriage. I was never raped, but it was always threatened and I lived in constant fear. What a terrible thing for a child to live through. I looked at my kids at 9 years old and wondered how anyone can do something so horrendous to a child.

I decided early on that I would not have sex until I was 18, so I could at least support the child if I became pregnant. I stuck to this promise to myself and did wait. As a child of sexual abuse, I looked for love within sex. I wasn’t going from man to man, but I definitely equated love with sex. I met my husband and we became friends first, then after a period of time, lovers. We started living together and became careless one night and I ended up pregnant. I was 22 years old.

Looking back now, I cannot fathom what I was thinking, although at the time I was drinking and doing drugs to numb the pain of the childhood I had experienced and I believe this played a big factor in my decision. As an adopted child myself, I often wonder why I didn’t chose this route. The sad truth is I felt scared and alone and it was easier at the time to “just get rid of it.” the rest

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Devotional: Things great have small beginnings...

Things great have small beginnings. Every downpour is just a raindrop; every fire is just a spark; every harvest is just a seed; every journey is just a step because without that step there will be no journey; without that raindrop there can be no shower; without that seed there can be no harvest.
...William Wilberforce image

Jesus visits the Super Bowl

Does God play favourites when it comes to football
Joe O'Connor, National Post
Saturday, January 31, 2009

This was not the Super Bowl. It was not even the Grey Cup championship game. It was a Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp in 1985, and Steve Kearns, a Canadian receiver with modest skills and an unwavering faith in God, was wrestling with some inner demons. Football was what he wanted to do. He did not want to get cut by Hamilton. He did not want to see his CFL dream come to an end.

But the son of Christian missionaries was not afraid of disappointment, because for him, failing to make the team would not really be a failure at all. The good book had taught him that all God wanted was for him to do his best, and so that is exactly what he did. the rest

First Things: Gridiron Nation

Worshipers find movie theaters just the ticket

Congregations put their faith in film venues and say the benefits go far beyond the financial savings
By Patrick T. Reardon Tribune reporter
January 31, 2009

Each Sunday morning, more than 200 people flock to the Regal Lake Zurich theaters, but not to see a movie. They come to pray.

Part of a nationwide trend, Northwest Family Church members transform the multiplex's auditoriums into worship spaces.

On one recent Sunday, adults and teens sang along with a rock band as lyrics were projected onto a huge screen that only the night before had been showing "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

Later, Bible passages filled the screen."What's better than to be in an auditorium where great stories are told when you have a great story to tell?" senior pastor Darrin Hughes said moments before the service started. the rest