Saturday, April 09, 2016

Such a Church—joyful, obedient, loving, and free...

Church, Sky, Religion, Cross, Faith, Christian
Instead of always being one of the chief bastions of the social status quo, the Church is to develop a Christian counter-culture with its own distinctive goals, values, standards, and lifestyle, a realistic alternative to the contemporary technocracy which is marked by bondage, materialism, self-centredness, and greed. Christ’s call to obedience is a call to be different, not conformist.

Such a Church—joyful, obedient, loving, and free—will do more than please God: it will attract the world. It is when the Church evidently is the Church, and is living a supernatural life of love by the power of the Holy Spirit, that the world will believe. ...John Stott

Cybercom sounds alarm on infrastructure attacks; Chastity and the Cosmo Girl...more

Cybercom sounds alarm on infrastructure attacks
The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command warned Congress this week that Russia and China now can launch crippling cyberattacks on the electric grid and other critical infrastructures.

“We remain vigilant in preparing for future threats, as cyberattacks could cause catastrophic damage to portions of our power grid, communications networks and vital services,” Adm. Mike Rogers, the Cyber Command chief, told a Senate hearing. “Damaging attacks have already occurred in Europe,” he stated, noting suspected Russian cyberattacks that temporarily turned out the lights in portions of Ukraine...

Chastity and the Cosmo Girl
 When Helen Gurley Brown took over as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan in 1965, the magazine became a mouthpiece for the sexual revolution.  Cosmo, as it came to be known, reflected and promoted the values of Brown’s book, “Sex and the Single Girl.”  To this day the magazine is known for its suggestive covers, and articles that focus on sex, relationships, fashion, beauty, and more sex.

So it was no small surprise when the magazine’s website recently included a feature piece that told the stories of three twenty-something women who’ve chosen to remain abstinent until marriage.  All of them, whose real names were changed, spoke openly about how faith informed their decisions.

How’s this for a quote out of Cosmo?  “I decided I wanted to wait when I read St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  In it, he discusses how Christ loves us totally, definitely, and sacrificially through his body, and that is what sex was created for us to do as well – to love others totally, definitely, and sacrificially through our bodies.”  That’s from 22-year-old Sara, who says most of the guys she dates already know about her views on sex.  She reports having many good platonic friendships with guys “because it sort of eliminates any possible sexual tension.”...

 Liturgical Time Travel
...For while our lives run their courses from day to day, we can always keep in mind the events of our salvation that changed the course of liturgical time: the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ...

The Beginning Of The End For Obamacare: Largest US Health Insurer Exits Georgia, Arkanasas ...In a statement, UnitedHealth said that "the company is evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment and will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue to serve the public exchange markets in 2017."...

The Mighty and the Almighty: George W. Bush
George W Bush and The Armies of Compassion Born to an Episcopalian father and a Presbyterian mother in 1946, George Walker Bush was baptized as an infant into the Episcopal Church. Thirty-one years later he married a Methodist and, after a long struggle with alcohol, joined a Non-Denominational community Bible study, met Billy Graham, went teetotal, and began to describe himself as “born again”. This personal conversion experience would go on to play a central role in the way he presented himself and his administration, both to the American public and on the international stage. While the jury is still out on the degree to which Bush’s Christian faith was subject to political calculation, it undoubtedly manifested itself in a kind of missional zeal that shaped both his national and foreign policy – a zeal that he made no effort to disguise. Bush’s presidential inaugural address in 2001 pledged America to a particular goal: “when we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side.” Bush certainly endeavored to uphold this over the eight years that followed...

Albert Mohler: Keeping the Faith in A Faithless Age
...“The Christian church now finds itself facing a new reality. The church no longer represents the central core of Western culture. Though outposts of Christian influence remain, these are exceptions rather than the rule. For the most part, the church has been displaced by the reign of secularism.”...

Anglican leader says DNA tests have revealed his real father The archbishop of Canterbury says DNA tests have identified his real father, but the revelation hasn’t shaken his sense of identity.

Earlier this month, DNA analysis of Archbishop Justin Welby’s mouth swabs determined that his father was not whisky salesman Gavin Welby but civil servant Sir Anthony Montague Browne. Browne and Welby’s mother, Jane Williams, both worked as aides to Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Saturday’s announcement from Welby, leader of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion, followed an investigation by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Welby said: “I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes.”...

An Archbishop’s Remarkable Paternity
Surely the BBC is already producing a new post Downton Abby miniseries based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s fantastic discovery that his biological father is actually a former secretary to Winston Churchill with whom his mother trysted shortly before marrying the man all believed to be the father.

Archbishop Justin Welby’s 86 year old mother, Lady Williams of Elvel (her second husband ascended to the House of Lords), herself a former Churchill secretary, released her own astonishing statement prompted by a DNA test that was “an unbelievable shock,” though surely not as much as to her son...

Friday, April 08, 2016

A.S. Haley: San Joaquin-Fifth District Holds that Minority Controls Corp Sole

Fifth District Holds that Minority Controls Corp Sole
In a rather contorted opinion published today, the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno, California ruled that although "the trial court made several errors in its analysis of the case", it would nevertheless affirm that court's decision to turn over all the disputed property of the former Diocese of San Joaquin to the remnant Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, which was first organized in March 2008 after its predecessor voted to leave the Episcopal Church (USA).

In so deciding, the Court of Appeal first rejected the contention that ECUSA and its remnant group were collaterally bound by the final decision of the Illinois Appellate Court rendered last year, which reached the opposite result for the Anglican Diocese of Quincy. It did not consider the Illinois case to be on all fours with this one, because the title to the church property in Illinois was held by an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, while in the San Joaquin case, the title was held by a California corporation sole.

With all due respect, this is a distinction without a difference. A corporation sole is every bit as much a religious organization as a religious not-for-profit corporation. The key question in the California case is: which diocese -- the Anglican one that withdrew from ECUSA in December 2007, or the newbie Episcopal one that started up on March 29, 2008 -- has the legal control of the corporation sole under California law?

The decision by the Court of Appeal does not address this key question. Indeed, it barely mentions the Anglican Diocese, and does not acknowledge its separate existence under California law, let alone its connection to the corporation sole. (The Episcopal plaintiffs made a strategic decision not to name the Anglican Diocese in their lawsuit, and to make the corp sole a plaintiff as though they already controlled it, because they wanted to pretend that they were the "only" diocese in San Joaquin. It looks as though the strategy confused the civil courts -- as it was doubtlessly intended to do.)

The case is not over yet -- the Anglican parties can ask the Court for a rehearing based on the factual mistakes it made in its opinion, and if the Court refuses to grant that request, they can ask the California Supreme Court to review the decision, which the Court of Appeal ordered be published in the official reports. (The California Supreme Court tends not to review unpublished opinions.) If such a request is filed, the parties will not know the disposition of the case for another 60 to 120 days.

'Forgive' says Anglican priest who lost 27 family members to suicide attack  When Rev. Fayaz Adman learned of the suicide bombing of Christians celebrating Easter in a Lahore, Pakistan, park March 27, he hadn't fully healed from a similar bombing two-and-a-half years before.

His wounds weren't physical. They were emotional and spiritual. The bombing in 2013 killed 85 members of the All Saints Anglican Church in Peshwar. Twenty-seven of the dead belonged to his family.

Fayaz, an Anglican priest in West Bolton, near Manchester, learned of the bombing through a phone call and subsequent television report. He traveled to Pakistan the next day to see how he could help the survivors...

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Rev. Canon Phil Ashey: Reflections on Archbishop Mouneer Anis’s Boycott

Posted April 6, 2016

The announcement yesterday by Archbishop Mouneer Anis (Jerusalem and the Middle East) that he will not be attending the upcoming Anglican Consultative Council meeting (ACC-16) has sent shock waves through the leadership of the Anglican Communion. His decision to not attend was filled with characteristic grace. He said he was not opposed to The Episcopal Church (TEC) participating in the meeting’s general sessions. He said he was dismayed by ACC Chairman Bishop Tengatenga’s denunciation of the authority of the Primates gathering in January to address matters of faith and order between the Churches , including discipline for TEC’s approval of same-sex marriages. Archbishop Mouneer has been characterized as an “institutional moderate” and was among the majority of Primates who agreed, for the sake of the Communion, to continue to “walk together” provided TEC stepped back from positions of leadership in ecumenical bodies representing the Anglican Communion, leadership positions on Inter-Anglican Standing Committees, and decisions on Anglican doctrine and polity. His willingness to entertain TEC participating in general sessions was especially gracious, since they would have been able to participate in agenda items such as “The Bible in the Life of the Church” which clearly involve matters of doctrine.

The Episcopal Church’s intention to continue to participate in the Joint Standing Committee of the ACC (also known as the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion), was just too much. It was a clear and direct rejection of the discipline prescribed by the Primates.  It is an act of rebellion aided and abetted by Chairman Tengatenga’s denunciation of the Primates authority.  No doubt, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s deafening silence — in the face of this rebellion against the authority of the very meeting of Primates that he convened—is just too much.

There comes a point when institutions become so corrupt and compromised that they are irredeemable. Continued participation simply enables the institutions’ corruption. Archbishop Mouneer has recognized this point, and has justifiably stepped back. His decision comes after the GAFCON provinces of Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya decided to not attend ACC-16. Each of the remaining GAFCON and Global South provinces and their Primates who joined the majority in January prescribing gentle discipline for TEC must now decide whether there is any reason at all to attend ACC-16... the rest

Monday, April 04, 2016

Anglican Unscripted Episode 223

Apr 4, 2016

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Stacy Sauls dismissed as TEC COO

04 Apr 2016
by Michael Curry

As you know on December 9, 2015 I placed Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, and Mr. Alex Baumgarten, Director of Public Engagement and Mission Communications, on Administrative Leave pending an investigation into formal complaints and allegations of potential violations of personnel policies of the DFMS, received from multiple members of the staff of the Presiding Bishop.

At my request, the firm of Curley, Hessinger and Johnsrud conducted an independent investigation into these complaints and allegations. In calling for an independent, external investigation, I presumed neither guilt nor innocence, but committed only to a search for the truth. That search for the truth required a thorough and comprehensive investigation. The investigators met with or had phone conversations with over 40 different persons, including the three individuals named in the complaints, and reviewed thousands of pages of documents. The Episcopal Church offered no constraints nor influence on the investigation, and the confidences shared with the in-dependent investigators have been safeguarded.

The actions that I am taking are based on the facts determined and findings reached by that independent investigation.

Findings and Action

Our task as staff is to serve The Episcopal Church in such a way that it can serve the world in the Name and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We are therefore all called to strive for and adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct embodying the love of God and reflecting the teachings and the way of Jesus.

I am saddened that the investigation has concluded that two staff members violated these standards. Specifically, Sam McDonald and Alex Baumgarten were found to have violated established workplace policies and to have failed to live up to the Church’s standards of personal conduct in their relationships with employees, which contributed to a workplace environment often inconsistent with the values and expectations of The Episcopal Church. Both are therefore immediately terminated.

The investigation concluded that Bishop Stacy Sauls did not violate workplace policy, was unaware of the policy violations of the two staff members reporting to him, and operated within the scope of his office. No further investigation is warranted. Nevertheless, given the needs for staff leadership in light of my priorities for the direction of the Church, Bishop Sauls will not continue as Chief Operating Officer of the DFMS. Conversations are underway to implement this decision... the rest

Bishop Mouneer Anis decides not to attend the 2016 ACC Meeting in Lusaka

Added: Letter to the primates from Mouneer Anis on ACC Lusaka