Friday, December 22, 2006

Real moral courage

[] 22 December 2006--More Episcopal parishes voted over the weekend to leave the U.S. church, and perhaps those responsible for the parishioners' anguish over the direction of this Christian denomination feel little remorse. Perhaps they think they stood tall for the moral good when they decided as they did in national conventions on the question of homosexuality.

Virginia Diocese Will ‘Assert’ Canonical and Legal Rights

[The Living Church] 22 December 2006--Following a joint Dec. 18 meeting of the executive board and standing committee, the Diocese of Virginia began the process of sorting through options to recover the property of seven churches where the majority voted to leave.

Related article:
Bishop Lee: Extension to 30-Day Standstill Agreement Possible - The Living Church

Two Important Letters from CANA

[Global South Anglican] 22 December 2006--This pastoral letter and a number of articles upon recent developments within The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion can be found at the Global South Anglican website.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bishop eyes sanctions at All Saints

[The Sun Chronicle] 13 Dec 2006--A strongly-worded letter from their bishop has led the Rev. Lance Giuffrida and parishioners of All Saints on North Main Street to face the possibility that they may have to leave their parish property if they continue to operate as a separated Anglican congregation.

American Anglicans visit Nigeria

[Church of Nigeria News] 13 Dec 2006--A team of missionaries from the Anglican Communion Network in the United States (ACN-US) recently completed a partnership working visit to Nigeria, home of the largest concentration of the 70 million Anglicans worldwide.

Not All San Joaquin Parishes Plan to Leave

[The Living Church] 13 Dec 2006--At least four congregations in the Diocese of San Joaquin will probably remain with The Episcopal Church if clergy and lay delegates to the 2007 annual convention in the Diocese of San Joaquin approve a second reading of constitutional changes that would effectively remove the California diocese from the denomination.

National Church May ‘Retain Interest’ in Virginia Church Properties

[The Living Church] 13 Dec 2006--Beginning Dec. 10, eight congregations representing slightly less than 10 percent of communicants in the 90,000-member Diocese of Virginia began voting on whether to leave The Episcopal Church and previously cordial relations between the diocese and the parishes have grown acrimonious.

Bishop-elect Lawrence Sees Election Resistance in Broader Context

[The Living Church] 13 Dec 2006--The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence, rector of St. Paul’s Church, Bakersfield, Calif., recognizes that he is in a difficult position. Elected Bishop of South Carolina Sept. 16, Fr. Lawrence must receive consent from a majority of standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction within 120 days from Nov. 9, the date they were formally notified of an election.

Tanzanian Bishops declare they are in severely impaired communion with Episcopal Church

[Global South Anglican] 13 Dec 2006--The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) issued a statement December 7 saying that its “communion with the Episcopal Church (USA) is severely impaired” in light the 75th General Convention’s response to the Windsor Report.

It is not a crime to hold traditional values

[The Times Higher Education Supplament] 13 Dec 2006--The belief among conservative Christians that some behaviour is sinful does not amount to an expression of hate, says Rowan Williams, so why have some student unions withdrawn recognition from religious societies?

Daniels of the Year: Men of the Hard Cloth

[World] 13 Dec 2006--Jesus asked His disciples, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A man clothed in soft garments?" John the Baptist, of course, was no such man, and neither are WORLD's 2006 Daniels of the Year Peter Jasper Akinola and Henry Luke Orombi. Their biblical stands are making a difference not only in Africa but in the United States, as the crisis in the oldest American denomination reaches its climax.

Another Diocese of Virginia Parish Disaffiliates with Diocese and National Church

[All Saints' Church] 13 Dec 2006--The Rector, Wardens and Vestry have announced that the motion to disaffiliate from The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia has carried with 402 votes in favor and 6 against. This being more than the required two-thirds majority, the motion is carried!

Related article:
Episcopal Church sees first defection - The Washington Times

A Statement from Bishop Peter Lee

[Stand Firm] 13 Dec 2006--Bishop Lee appeals for "unity through diversity".

The Clergy and Wardens of Church of the Apostles, Fairfax, Virginia, write Bishop Peter Lee

[Stand Firm] 13 Dec 2006--Originally posted at TitusOneNine.

A Covenant for the Church of England

[EV News] 13 Dec 2006--Text of the Covenant released yesterday (Tuesday 12th December 2006). At this stage an initial list of signatories is not available.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Episcopal bishop bids goodbye to congregants

[North County Times] 9 Dec 2006--In what may be described more as an amiable parting than a stormy divorce, two priests from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church turned in their keys Wednesday night and left the local diocese to begin a new church.

Episcopal bishop revokes 6 priests

[The Florida Times-Union] 9 Dec 2006--Six of the first seven North Florida priests to join overseas Anglican provinces have had their ordinations revoked by the leader of the Jacksonville-based Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

Episcopal Parishes May Split From National Denomination

[The Ledger] 9 Dec 2006--They are two of the biggest churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, with roots stretching back to Colonial times.

Archbishop of Nigeria prevented from preaching in Sheffield

[EV News] 9 Dec 2006--The Church of England Newspaper reports that the Bishop of Sheffield has been accused of preventing the Archbishop of Nigeria from preaching at a church in his diocese.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Simon Vibert: a New Booklet entitled Why I am an Anglican

[titusonenine] 6 Dec 2006--Published October 2006, “Why I am an Anglican” has contributions from 12 of today’s evangelical leaders (FWS Orthos booklet 23). The authors range from leaders of large and small churches, leaders of Anglican evangelical networks, a Bishop (Wallace Benn) and a theological college principal (Richard Turnbull). The collective conclusions should encourage a fresh commitment to Anglican Evangelicalism today as: a place for Gospel proclamation; a desire to reach the nation, under God, for Christ; a commitment to the godly reform of the denomination; and a network of relationships across the nation and around the world.

Bishop-Elect Mark Lawrence Answers TEC Bishops and Standing Committees

[Stand Firm] 6 Dec 2006--1. In what ways will you work to keep the Diocese of South Carolina in The Episcopal Church? Although this appears to be a reasonable and straightforward question, it is actually anything but. I might as well have been asked while I was engaged to my wife, Allison, “In what ways will you work to keep your wife from leaving her commitments?” The question assumes something that has yet to be demonstrated by any prior action. Unless, of course, one makes the assumption that the request of the Standing Committee for Alternative Primatial Oversight was an initial step of departure, which I do not believe it needs to be. As you are well aware, The Episcopal Church, because of its reliance on constitutional and canonical autonomy, rather than the bonds of affection, has acted not merely unilaterally, but also precipitously towards the considered position of the vast majority within the Anglican Communion, and is now itself in a state of increasing disarray. This action of TEC is quite different from a respectful request made by an aggrieved diocese to the acknowledged Spiritual Leader of our Communion. Certainly we concede that the Archbishop of Canterbury has, heretofore, no jurisdictional authority in these matters. Yet we also know The Episcopal Church’s action in 2003, unlike the APO request, has caused more than a few Episcopalians, as well the worldwide Communion, much consternation. I would ask you to consider the fact that many of us want to remain in the Anglican Communion as well as The Episcopal Church. I would also suggest that you consider that the Diocese of South Carolina, in its recent request for APO, is actually seeking to find a way to remain at one and the same time in TEC and in covenant with the Communion. It serves none of us well to ignore the developing crisis and take refuge in polity which is proving to be no longer sufficient for the challenges we presently face....

With that said, back to your question. I shall commit myself to work at least as hard at keeping the Diocese of South Carolina in The Episcopal Church, as my sister and brother bishops work at keeping The Episcopal Church in covenanted relationship with the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Uganda Field Worship

[Prayer Book Society of USA] 6 Dec 2006--The Christians in the village churches are poor.
Most of them do not own a prayer book or bible. You can buy a local language prayer book (1662
BCP translated) in Kampala, a day’s trip from most of the country, but it is of very poor quality and quite likely out of print. There is a market for prayer books, of course, but almost no printer will undertake the effort to print 5000 copies of the prayer book in, say, Lugbara or Runyoro, when he cannot be sure of recovering his investment. So most of the Christians have never thumbed their fingers through the pages of a prayer book, a hymnbook, or even a bible. Everything they know about Christianity and about the Lord has come to them orally
or through fellowship with other believers. And is this not as it should be?

You will need an Acrobat Reader to read this article. You will also need to scroll down to the article.

Christianity under siege

[The Jamaica Observer] 6 Dec 2006--Christianity is under siege the world over and Christians everywhere need to come together urgently, whether they like it or not, to defend against further erosion of the common faith.

Archbishop Venables: Primates Coalition Will Support Second U.S. Jurisdiction

[The Living Church] 6 Dec 2006--In a message to the Dec. 1-2 convention in the Diocese of San Joaquin, the Primate of the Southern Cone assured clergy and lay delegates that the Global South primates’ coalition will support pleas for a second Anglican jurisdiction in the United States—one independent of The Episcopal Church.

Archbishop Williams: Existing Communion Links No Longer Effective

[The Living Church] 6 Dec 2006--The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended the selection of the Primate of the West Indies, the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, as chair of the Anglican Covenant drafting committee.

Related article:
Archbishop of Canterbury says he has no 'pre-cooked' agenda for resolving conflict - Episcopal News Service

Departure of Seventh San Diego Parish Called ‘Totally Respectful’

[The Living Church] 6 Dec 2006--After consultation with the Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, Bishop of San Diego, the clergy leadership at St. Timothy’s Church, San Diego, have resigned in order to begin a new Anglican congregation to be named Resurrection Community Church in Poway. The decision was announced to the parish in a joint letter to parishioners as well as during services on Dec. 3.

Presiding Bishop ‘Laments’ San Joaquin Action

[The Living CHurch] 6 Dec 2006--Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said she “laments” the action taken by the annual convention of the Diocese of San Joaquin this weekend to “repudiate their membership in The Episcopal Church.”

"Shall the Fundamentalists Win?"

[] 6 Dec 2006--An excerpt from Philip Jenkins' new book, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South.

Christian Convert: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Islam

[The Christian Post] 6 Dec 2006--The son of a devout Islamic leader who converted to Christianity in 1982 listed ten points he believes everyone should know about Islam in order to better understand who Muslims are and how to reach them.

Missional Bricks and Mortar

[Out of Ur] 6 Dec 2006--Can a church be truly missional and own a building?

Friday, December 01, 2006

'Asian Tiger' to discuss Anglican missions in U.S.,0,3794325.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines

[The Stamford Advocate] 1 Dec 2006--The recently retired leader of a Christian missionary organization that was borne out of a rift between the worldwide Anglican Communion and its American wing will speak at a conference in Fairfield this weekend.

Open Letter Attacks Requests for Alternative Primatial Oversight

[The Living Church] 1 Dec 2006--Five retired bishops are among the more than 140 Episcopalians who have signed an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury that urges him to reject all requests for alternative primatial oversight.

Bishops develop proposal responding to 'Appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury'

[Episcopal News Service] 1 Dec 2006--A group of bishops, including Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has developed a proposal responding to "An Appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury" addressing what other petitioning bishops and dioceses have termed "alternative primatial oversight" or "alternative primatial relationship."

Related article:
Episcopalians Reach Out to Conservatives - The Christian Post

Observations on the new Presiding Bishop and the Anglican Communion (Jordan Hylden, First Things)

[Global South Anglican] 1 Dec 2006--The problem is that… [Katharine Jefferts Schori] is on a direct collision course with the rest of the Anglican Communion. And, while she will not admit it in so many words, it has become increasingly clear that Bishop Schori and her supporters know perfectly well that their actions will end in a final break with Canterbury and the Global South. The church’s Executive Council has already proposed the formation of an “Anglican Convocation of the Americas,” comprising liberal churches such as ECUSA, Canada, and Brazil. Even the Episcopal Church’s name no longer officially includes reference to the United States, which Bishop Schori has stated reflects the “transnational” character (better put, “ambition”) of the church. Liberal voices from England and elsewhere have signaled their desire to join such a convocation, which almost certainly will set itself up as a “progressive” alternative to mainstream Anglicanism.

AAC Responds to 'Primatial Vicar' Proposal

[Stand Firm] 1 Dec 2006--“The proposal does not take into account the heart of the issue and problem which is that Katharine Jefferts Schori has adopted a form of faith, theology and Christology that is so seriously out of step with historic Anglicanism and Christianity that it calls into question her capacity to give appropriate leadership on this matter. It keeps all the power in her hands. The proposal is to be in consultation with not the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Thus she makes all the decisions. It is a non-starter.”

Episcopal Church APO Proposal Dead on Arrival

[Stand Firm] 1 Dec 2006--We are heartened that the national leadership of The Episcopal Church has realized the time has come for structural change. We will study this proposal,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, bishop of Pittsburgh and moderator of the Anglican Communion Network. “However, at first glance what is proposed is neither primatial, nor oversight, nor is it an alternative to the spiritual authority of one who, by both teaching and action, has expressly rejected the Windsor Report and its recommendations. This is obviously not what was asked for.”

Bishop Iker Writes His Clergy about TEC's Proposal

[Stand Firm] 1 Dec 2006--While I am grateful for the efforts of those who crafted the proposal, I find it unacceptable and unworkable in its present form.

Perhaps it needs to be clarified that we have not requested someone to serve as “the Presiding Bishop’s designated pastor” to us; we have appealed for an alternative primate. Nor has this appeal been made to the Presiding Bishop, but to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion. We expect a suitable response from them at the Primates’ Meeting in February.

This new proposal is deficient in that it seeks to reinforce the PB’s authority over us rather than provide an acceptable alternative. We cannot accept a Primatial Vicar appointed by her and accountable to her, who “could” function for her only when so delegated by her. In addition, the provisional nature of the proposal does not meet our needs for a long-term solution to our irreconcilable differences.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Massachusetts Congregation Joins AMiA

[Anglican Mission in America] 21 Nov 2006--On Sunday October 29th, All Saints Anglican of Attleboro was received into the Anglican Mission in America under the episcopal oversight of the Rt. Rev. Thaddeus Barnum. The Anglican Mission in America is a missionary outreach of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, begun with a desire to plant churches and reach out to the un-churched in North America. The Sunday service of reception followed a Saturday meeting of Common Cause partners in the North East.

Related article:
The Episcopal Church of Rwanda - Anglican Mission in America

New Michigan Churches

[Anglican Mission in America] 21 Nov 2006--Michiganders often will point out their relative location by using a hand--a proximation of the shape of their home state. Now two new congregations are raising hands in celebration over their mission journey, and their new home with the Anglican Mission in America and its Heart of America Network.

FORT WORTH: Diocese withdraws from Province VII, adopts procedure for parishes to leave Anglican Communion Network

[Episcopal News Service] 21 Nov 2006--The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, meeting in its 24th annual convention on November 17 and 18, adopted four resolutions, including one that withdraws the diocese's consent to membership in Province VII of the Episcopal Church, and another that provides a mechanism for parishes to remove themselves from membership in the conservative Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, also known as the Anglican Communion Network (ACN).

Episcopal split reaches Mass. diocese

[The Boston Globe] 21 Nov 2006--The wave of defections that has rocked the Episcopal Church since the ordination of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 has reached the liberal Diocese of Massachusetts, where one congregation has severed its ties to the national church. Nearly two dozen others across New England have disassociated themselves from the church's teachings on gay clergy, homosexuality, and salvation.

Hallelujah, they're standing up for Jesus,,3561-2460047,00.html

[Times Online] 21 Nov 2006--The example of Islam in this country, for better and for worse, has powerfully concentrated Christian minds. Confronted with Muslim convictions, Christians — and particularly Anglicans — find themselves and their own faith renewed. There is nothing like a strong consciousness of a different identity for clarifying one’s own. Years of milksop tolerance and ecumenical dither have given way, here and there, to a new conviction. The church strikes back!

New Anglican Parish Birthed Outside of ECUSA

[The Christian Post] 21 Nov 2006--An interdenominational church in Richmond, Va. started a new Anglican congregation under the oversight of an offshore bishop. The church plant is one of a number of new congregations that was never a part of the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Sauls: Not All APO Requests Violate Canons

[The Living Church] 21 Nov 2006--The members of the House of Bishops’ Task Force on Property Disputes have come to no conclusions as to impermissible dissent from General Convention by diocesan leadership, but the acting chair said the six official and four informal members have been asking that question.

Pursuing the desired outcome of the 'Windsor process' - a GSSC report

[Global South Anglican] 21 Nov 2006--The Global South Steering Committee, at the request of the Global South Primates, recently met with bishops and representatives of eight Anglican Communion Network Dioceses who have appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Global South Primates for various forms of Alternative Primatial Oversight. Representatives of other Windsor-compliant Dioceses and the more than one hundred congregations that are now separated from the Episcopal Church also joined us.

Schori writes +Schofield: "Seek a home elsewhere"

[Stand Firm] 21 Nov 2006--I certainly understand that you personally disagree with decisions by General Conventions over the past 30 and more years. You have, however, taken vows three times over that period to uphold the "doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church." If you now feel that you can no longer do so, the more honorable course would be to renounce your orders in this Church and seek a home elsewhere. Your public assertion that your duty is to violate those vows puts many, many people at hazard of profound spiritual violence. I urge you, as a pastor, to consider that hazard with the utmost gravity.

For more articles from Stand Firm, go to

Related article:
Presiding Bishop Urges San Joaquin Bishop to Reverse Course - The Living Church

Burned by Branding

[Out of Ur] 21 Nov 2006--What churches can learn from the anti-Starbucks movement.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bishops' Task Force Identifies 'Problem' Dioceses

[The Living Church] 17 Nov 2006--The House of Bishops’ Task Force on Property Disputes has identified eight “problem dioceses” and will maintain contact persons within those dioceses who wish to “remain loyal to The Episcopal Church,” according to a report presented to The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council. The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Bishop of Lexington, presented the written report to the council on Nov. 15.

Archbishop Williams: ‘Full Support’ for Women’s Ordination

[The Living Church] 17 Nov 2006--Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has denounced British press reports that he was rethinking the Church of England’s decision to ordain women to the priesthood.

Related article:
Archbishop of Canterbury Reopens Debate on Women Priests - Christianity Today UK
Williams admits doubts over ordination of women - EV News

Truro and The Falls Church Vestries recommend severing ties with The Episcopal Church

[Global South Anglican] 17 Nov 2006---The following is the official press release that the Global South Anglican website received by e-mail from the vestries of Truro and The Falls Church. The text is also available online at BabyBlue’s blog. An earlier entry about Falls Church is also posted on the Global South Anglican website.

Related article:
Episcopal leaders vote to leave - The Washington Times
Falls Church and Truro: Protocol Does Exist; We are Following It - Stand Firm

Churches Saving the Wrong 'Lost,' Says Youth Leader

[The Christian Post] 17 Nov 2006--More youth leaders are preaching the alarming exit of college students from the church yet churches don't seem to be grasping the significance of the loss of even one youth.

Bible-Based Youth Ministry Bumps Out Pop Culture

[The Christian Post] 17 Nov 2006--Sugarcoated, MTV-style youth ministry is over, Time magazine reported. The current trend that is packing teens in pews: Bible-based worship.

Opening the Bible for Seekers

[] 17 Nov 2006--Discussion Bible studies are powerful agents of change.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Kendall Harmon Interviewed on the Albert Mohler Radio Show

[Stand Firm] 11 Nov 2006--Stand Firm provides a link to this interview at its web site.

Chancellor Sees Hopeful Outlook For TEC On Church Property Issues

[The Christian Challenge] 11 Nov 2006--Though some have cultivated the opposite impression, there is no "epidemic" of church property lawsuits in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church (TEC), and TEC has won or is winning most of the property disputes of recent years.

"Episcopal Majority" Mobilizes To Defend TEC

[The Christian Challenge] 11 Nov 2006--A November 3 gathering of moderate and progressive Episcopalians in Washington is evidence, it seems, of a perhaps-surprising phenomenon: Though last June's Episcopal General Convention was widely seen as failing to change the liberal course of the U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC), some who have supported that course still think their church may be "overtaken" by reforming forces.

Indeed, they are concerned enough - despite having another co-religionist as presiding bishop - to conclude that a nationwide effort is needed to "defend" TEC and "combat" the Anglican Communion's 2004 Windsor Report, in the words of the Rev. William Coats, a retired Diocese of Newark priest.

Friday, November 10, 2006

IRD: New Episcopal Bishop Fails to Bridge Gap Within Splintering Church

[ChristianNewsWire] 10 Nov 2006--"Sadly, Bishop Jefferts Schori's investiture may exacerbate tensions already existing in the Anglican Communion, which is still deeply wounded as a result of TEC's actions in consecrating an openly gay bishop and approving same-sex blessings as a local option subject to the approval of the diocesan bishop...."

'Separated' Anglicans may get alternative bishop

[] 10 Nov 2006--ARCHBISHOP Terry Buckle has offered to appoint an alternative bishop for B.C. Anglican parishes which still refuse to accept Bishop Michael Ingham's approval of the blessing of same-sex unions.

Battersea vicar causes stir by remarks about Global South

[Church Times] 10 Nov 2006--A vicar of a south-London parish where one of the Church of England’s most senior officials is a Reader explained this week why he asked for the tape-recording system to be turned off at the end of a Sunday service so that he could talk about supporting the Global South.

Episcopal congregations seeking spiritual shelter in Africa

[The Mercury News] 10 Nov 2006--Angry over their U.S. church's position on homosexuality, a growing number of Episcopal congregations are seeking spiritual shelter thousands of miles away, in the Anglican churches of Africa.

Legal Setback for San Diego Diocese

[The Living Church] 10 Nov 2006--Last summer, the rector of St. John’s, Fallbrook, and the bulk of the congregation voted to disassociate from the diocese and The Episcopal Church. Now, a California court has handed a legal setback to the Diocese of San Diego in its attempts to regain possession of the property.

Related article:
Judge tentatively rules against diocese in Fallbrook church dispute - North County Times

Diocese of Virginia, All Saints’ Church Agree on Disposition of Property

[Stand Firm] 10 Nov 2006--The Diocese will lease the property to the congregation for five years at $1 rent per year while All Saints’ proceeds with a building program on other property. The congregation will bear responsibility for all costs associated with use of the Saratoga Lane property, including utilities, insurance, routine maintenance and capital repair.

Jim Naughton on TEC's Membership Problem

[Stand Firm] 10 Nov 2006--Jim Naughton questions 815's handling of TEC's recent grim membership statistics....

Outside the Bounds of Christian Orthodoxy: Many Mediators or One Mediator of the Divine?

[Stand Firm] 10 Nov 2006--I was and remain surprised that neither Fr. Jake nor Mr. Naughton seem to have actually read the criticism in full or grasped its content. Nor do they seem to understand the nature of the wider debate within Christendom.

Survey: How Americans View Christian Groups, Muslims

[The Christian Post] 10 Nov 2006--Americans generally have a positive outlook on some Christian groups, a new survey revealed, while their view on Mormons and Muslims are less favorable.

5 Moral Fences

[] 10 Nov 2006--Fact: Some kids like to play "near the edge," and some kids don't. I always did! Whether the "edge" was rock jumping into a cool mountain lake or "bumper jumping" moving cars to slide along an icy winter street, the potential of peril invigorated me.

But "when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Cor. 13:11). I was a pastor and in seminary when the moral failures of the late '80's hit the news. In addition to the big names, I heard a shocking number of similar tragedies from my own circle of pastor/friends.

5 Keys to Explosive Growth

[] 10 Nov 2006--Doubling the size of your church may sound fantastic, but feel impossible. Bil Cornelius, senior pastor of Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas, and church growth consultant Bill Easum, share the multiplication secrets they've learned along the way.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mere Comments: What Katharine Jefferts Schori Does Not Say

[Stand Firm] 8 Nov 2006--David Gustafson on omission....

More articles from Stand Firm can be found at

Chancellor: Episcopal Church Will Prevail in Communion and Courts

[The Living Church] 8 Nov 2006--Although The Episcopal Church currently finds itself in uncharted territory both legally over ownership of diocesan property and with respect to its standing within the Anglican Communion, the Presiding Bishop’s chancellor, David Booth Beers, does not anticipate that the Archbishop of Canterbury will make any formal change in the church’s membership status in the Communion nor does he expect any dioceses affiliated with the Anglican Communion Network to attempt to leave.

"...a badly behaved and vocal minority has left some Episcopalians with the mistaken idea that their church is under siege"?! Denial?!

Research Director Calls Membership Loss ‘Precipitous’

[The Living Church] 8 Nov 2006--C. Kirk Hadaway, the director of research for The Episcopal Church, told the magazine that “we were actually doing better than most other mainline denominations in the 1990s through 2002, with a few years of growth. So it is a precipitous drop in losing 36,000 in both 2003 and 2004, and now 42,000 in 2005.” The losses bring the church’s reported active membership to just over 2.2 million.

A Statement by the Global South Steering Committee on Consultations with bishops requesting APO

[Gobal South Anglican] 8 Nov 2006--As indicated in the Kigali Communiqué (September 2006), we will be holding a consultation with the leadership of Episcopal dioceses requesting Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO). Our aim is to investigate their appeal in greater detail and identify possible responses.

Episcopal Forum calls for caution in consent process

[Episcopal News Service] 8 Nov 2006--A second group of Episcopalians has called on bishops and standing committees to consider seriously South Carolina Bishop-elect Mark Lawrence's stance toward the diocese's continued affiliation with the Episcopal Church, as they decide whether or not to consent to his ordination.

Anglican Church split on gay marriage

[] 8 Nov 2006--Cracks persist within the leadership of the Anglican Church over the same-sex marriage bill that is to be signed into law next month, Dispatch Online reported on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

New era in Episcopal Church,1,5066924.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

[Chicago Tribune] 4 Nov 2006--When Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori takes hold of the staff that symbolizes her rise in rank on Saturday, she will turn the tables on five centuries of Anglican history and quite possibly alter its course.

"a new Pentecost"?!

Related article:
Satanic Female Eipscopal Bishop Installed - News By Us Or "a new phenomena in the world where there are Christian leaders who no longer believe the Christian faith, and yet stay on as leaders"?

New Anglican Head Beyond Heresy

[Cripe's Corner] 4 Nov 2006--When Schori was elected on the fifth ballot, I predicted her appointment pretty much as a guarantee of future schism within the disunified denomination. Last week, I believe she sealed that eventuality by stating that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven.

Related article:
Schori: Homosexuality Not a Choice, Jesus Not the Only Way - Stand Firm
Bending the Map: Schori is Betraying Gays and Lesbians - Stand Firm

Resolution I Passes

[The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] 4 Nov 2006--Diocese of Pittsburgh overwhelmingly passes APO resolution.

Related article:
Pittsburgh Episcopalians Vote to Withdraw from National Church - The Christian Post

Follow-up letter from Bishop Donald Harvey

[Anglican Essentials Network] 4 Nov 2006--On the surface the Report seems eminently reasonable. But dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly find serious problems. At the core, the Panel failed to deal with the fundamental problem and, in doing so, failed to fulfill the mandate given them by the Primates and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Related article:
Sticking Plaster - Anglican Mainstream

Archbishop to meet leaders seeking split from liberal Church

[Telegraph] 4 Nov 2006--Conservative Anglican leaders are to flesh out plans for a formal split in the worldwide Church at a confidential meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, later this month.

Presiding Bishop invites fellow Primates into dialogue

[Episcopal News Service] 4 Nov 2006--A remarkable public invitation has been issued by Katharine Jefferts Schori on the eve of her installation.

Presiding Bishop Offers to Meet Global South Visitors - The Living Church

Anglican Church in New Zealand could split if 'practicing homosexual' is ordained

[EV News] 4 Nov 2006--The Latimer Fellowship (New Zealand) report that the ordination of a ‘practising homosexual’ in Dunedin this Saturday could split the Church in New Zealand.

Related article:,20867,20693149-1702,00.html
Gay ordination threatens to split church - The Australian
Protest at Dunedin Ordination - Anglican Mainstream NZ
Latimer Fellowship press release on Dunedin - EV News
New Zealand Anglicans Divide over Gay Ordination - Global South Anglican
Constitutional Basis for objecting to the Ordination of Persons in same-sex relationships - Latimer Fellowship

Cathedral bans Carey as a 'divisive force'

[EV News] 4 Nov 2006--The Times reports today that the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey has been banned from speaking at Bangor Cathedral in North Wales in February.

Related article:
Canterbury banned, but an imam's OK - Daily Mail (You will need to scroll down to this article)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Are we ready for Sydney's future?

[] 1 Nov 2006--Twenty-first century peopple have lived through a tumult.

No other generations has experienced such ever-hastening transformation as we have.

Latest News from the Anglican Mission in America

[Anglican Mission in America] 1 Nov 2006--The latest news posted on the Anglican Mission in America website.

Episcopal Church 'Regarded, Currently' as U.S. Anglican Province

[Stand Firm] 1 Nov 2006--UPI uses an interesting choice of words to describe the Episcopal Church....

More articles from Stand Firm can be found at

Dioceses' Appeal for APO Modified

[The Living Church] 1 Nov 2006--The dioceses which appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury for alternate primatial oversight (APO) last summer have modified their demands and no longer seek an “alternative primate” to exercise metropolitan oversight. Instead they have asked Archbishop Rowan Williams for a “commissary” from Canterbury. The Living Church has learned that Archbishop Williams recently informed the petitioning bishops the issue will be discussed during the meeting of Anglican primates Feb. 14-19 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Williams has no answer to questions of life

[EV News] 1 Nov 2006--In an interview on Radio 4 this morning, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury engaged in discussion with John Humphreys.

Humphreys invited Rowan Williams to try and persuade him that God exists. Humphreys said that he used to believe in God but he has seen too much suffering in the world to believe in God now. He set about asking Williams a number of questions about suffering, God's existence, why he can't believe, life after death etc. To all these questions Williams was completely incapable of delivering a straight forward biblical answer, but instead gave very vague philosophical answers.

20 Questions to Help You Share Your Faith

[] 1 Nov 2006--Transitions you can use to turn a conversation to spiritual things.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Future of Anglicanism

[Global South Anglican] 30 Oct 2006--This address was given by Bishop Robert Duncan on the occasion of his receipt of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nashotah House. A long but helpful read.

Sydney dreams of being a new Canterbury

[The Sydney Morning Herald] 30 Oct 2006--… and there's no denying it has attributes attractive to Anglicans disenchanted with their present leadership, writes Chris McGillion.

Episcopal 'U2-charist' uses songs in service

[USA Today] 30 Oct 2006--When Anglican Archbishop Thomas Cranmer compiled the Book of Common Prayer during the 16th century, he wanted to make the prayers accessible, so he wrote in English, not Latin, and made sure it was distributed to every church.

About 450 years later, there is another attempt to make prayers more accessible — by an Irish bard who wears wrap-around shades instead of a clerical collar.

Got Street Smarts?

[] 30 Oct 2006--Do you need to know culture to reach culture? Discover why and how you can relate to today's unchurched like Christ did—incarnationally.

Evangelism for the Ordinary Church

[] 30 Oct 2006--Just because your people don't like to evangelize doesn't mean they can't share their faith.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Via Media group asks bishops, standing committees to refuse consent to South Carolina bishop-elect

[Episcopal News Service] 26 Oct 2006--In letters sent October 19 to bishops with jurisdiction and all the Episcopal Church's diocesan standing committees, Via Media USA argues that the episcopacy of the bishop-elect of the Diocese of South Carolina "would represent a threat to the unity of our church and to the cohesion" of the diocese.

Related letters and article:
Letters to Bishops and Standing Committees from Via Media - Lionel Deimel's Farrago
No Consents A Crucial Test for The Episcopal Church - Lionel Deimel’s Farrago

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Peter Jensen gains support from Sydney diocese

[ABC AM] 25 Oct 2006--TONY EASTLEY: Conservative Anglican, Dr Peter Jensen has gained support for his views against homosexual clergymen and same sex unions. The Anglican Synod in Sydney last night formally voted against the more liberal sections of the Anglican Church in the United States.

Dr Jensen, the Archbishop of Sydney wants Australia to take a lead role in dealing with what he calls the crisis over sexuality afflicting the Anglican Community.

But some believe he's going too far, as Lindy Kerin reports.

Ugandan consecrated bishop in Congo

[The New Vision] 25 Oct 2006--A Ugandan, Enock Kayeye, was on Sunday consecrated as the assistant bishop of North Kivu Diocese in the DR Congo.

Third N.Va. church renounces affiliation!news&s=1045855934842

[Richmond Times-Dispatch] 25 Oct 2006--A Woodbridge church has voted to pull out of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church USA in part over issues involving gay people.

Related article:
Episcopal congregation dissolves, abandons property - The WashingtonTimes

Sydney speaks on women's ordination

[] 25 Oct 2006--Sydney Synod has spoken decisively on ordaining women as priests, with a clear majority of members voting to move forward and not revisit the debate.

Related articles:
Bid for women's ordination blocked - The Sydney Morning Herald,23599,20639440-1702,00.html
Church gags female priest debate -

Jesus supports gay rights, say S.African Anglicans

[Reuters] 25 Oct 2006--But not all Anglicans in Southern Africa subscribe to the liberal leanings of its leadership. Anglican Mainstream, a group that urges orthodox interpretation of scripture, says ties with the U.S. church are too strong and do not reflect the views of ordinary Anglicans in South Africa.

Head of US Episcopal Diocese Enflames Anglican Divisions by Granting Same-Sex Blessings

[Christianity Today UK] 25 Oct 2006--The controversial head of the Diocese of Connecticut has enflamed the divisions within the Anglican Communion this week, after he announced that Episcopal Church priests in the diocese may give pastoral blessings to same-sex unions in church ceremonies.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cuckoo Theology

[The Kew Continuum] 24 Oct 2006--It has seemed to me for a while now that as you look at the history of the church, and its efforts to make known the apostolic faith down through the centuries, there have been major episodes when what I will describe as a Cuckoo Theology has, somehow, landed in the nest and caused great difficulties. Gnosticism, Arianism, the aridity of Rationalism, and various other -isms, have played a significant role in elbowing their way to center stage and intimidating or even seeking to destroy the legitimate offspring.

Network Makes Mission Connections in Asia

[Anglican Communion Network] 24 Oct 2006--Network Director for Mission, the Rev. John Cruikshank recently returned from a mission trip sponsored by the Diocese of Singapore, September 18–28. During the trip, Cruikshank was able to meet with three of the six missionary deans, priests that have been appointed by Archbishop John Chew, Province of Southeast Asia, to coordinate efforts to reach people in the difficult-to-evangelize countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, and Laos.

The Episcopal Church (USA) allies with IEAB Bishop of Recife before Archbishop of Canterbury issues his report

[Episcopal News Service] 24 Oct 2006--The Archbishop of Canterbury sent two bishops to investigate the situation in Recife and Brazil over the summer. He has yet to issue his report on the situation. Meanwhile TEC (USA) has by the presence of bishops and its report fully endorsed the IEAB Bishop at his investiture attended by 400 people including his 14 clergy. The Diocese of Recife with Bishop Cavalcanti has 32 clergy and one congregation alone 1000 people. There is a clear division and overlap here between a self-styled “liberation theology” diocese and a charismatic and evangelical diocese who hosted an international SOMA conference in 2005. Anglican Mainstream

Fitness for Choirs

[The Living Church] 24 Oct 2006--Singing is an athletic activity that requires stamina of body, mind and spirit. Yet volunteer choir members may not tap into this reality until they say, “I don’t have an ounce of breath left,” or “That anthem was so long I couldn’t stand on my feet any longer.” If this sounds familiar, let’s explore how incorporating a basic fitness strategy can empower you and your voice.

Virginia Mission Dissolves Without Notifying Diocese

{The Living Church] 24 Oct 2006--The Diocese of Virginia said Oct. 20 that it may interpret its canons to hold All Saints’, Woodbridge, financially liable after the congregation at a parochial mission All Saints’ founded voted to dissolve and reincorporate under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of North Kigezi in the Church of the Anglican Province of Uganda.

Related article:
Christ Our Lord Church Clarifies Their Situation - Stand Firm

We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News

[Daily Mail] 24 Oct 2006--It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.

Archbishop Jensen: Sydney in the Anglican Communion

[Global South Anglican] 24 Oct 2006--With what seems like immense power the cultural situation continues in many ways to be unfavourable to the faith. This is so in the general community. It has also impacted the church community. Mr Peter Young sent me an account of his recent visit to a famous Chapel in Britain: ‘A female layperson conducted a brief prayer service. She was doing this in an Anglican Church. She commenced by ringing a Buddhist bell three times. She concluded with a prayer, “May the god who is God in your judgment, according to whatever faith you hold, give you peace.”’ He continues, ‘I immediately thought “How often has Peter or his brother (Phillip, the Dean of Sydney) expressed this very prayer in his cathedral?” I’m sure I know the answer!’

The Archbishops of Nigeria and South East Asia report on a recent (July 2006) visit to China

[Church of Nigeria News] 24 Oct 2006--The Nigeria Primate and his South East Asia counterpart the Most Rev. John Chew decided to jointly visit the vast country in July 2006. As usual with Abp. Akinola, he went along with a serving bishop of the Church of Nigeria. This time, he was accompanied by the archbishop of Ibadan ecclesiastical province, the Most Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa.

Synod supports Gobal South

[] 24 Oct 2006--Sydney Synod has overwhelmingly endorsed Archbishop Peter Jensen's support of Global South Primates who are holding the line against liberal trends in the American and Canadian churches.

Moves to make Aust global centre for Anglican churches

[ABC Lateline] 24 Oct 2006--The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, has moved to position Australia as a global centre for conservative Anglican churches throughout the world.

Archbishop urges global push for conservative values

[ABC News Online] 24 Oct 2006--Sydney's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, says other countries should look to his diocese as an example of strong conservative values.

Synod rejects same-sex unions

[The Age] 24 Oct 2006--Sydney Anglicans have formally opposed homosexual clergy practising in the US and the blessing of same-sex relationships in the US and Canada.

Anglican rift leads dissenters to Jensen

[The Sydney Morning Herald] 24 Oct 2006--At least two overseas churches in rebellion over gay clergy have applied to join the conservative Sydney Anglican diocese as the global rift in the Anglican Communion reaches Australia.

Episcopal bishop OKs same-sex blessings

[Houston Chronicle] 24 Oct 2006--Episcopal parishes in Connecticut may bless same-sex couples, the state's bishop announced over the weekend.

Save the E-Word

[Christianity Today] 24 Oct 2006--This past spring, John Buckeridge, editor of the U.K. magazine Christianity, struck a nerve among many evangelicals when he wrote, "I worry that the tide has gone out on the E-word."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

New Church Plant Increases Southern Cone Presence in Liberal ECUSA Diocese

[VirtueOnline] 19 Oct 2006--The Rev. Chris Waters, 50, had been vicar of the small but thriving biblically conservative Holy Cross Episcopal Church for more than 10 years, on the outskirts of Tulsa, when GC2003 hit and V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was consecrated bishop.

Missio: Creating Church Where It Doesn't Exist

[Church Resource Ministries] 19 Oct 2006--Apprenticing a global network of missional leaders and their communities to transform the world’s culture, inform the greater church, & empower a new era of spiritual leaders who are culturally savvy, deep in character, & clear in calling.

Purgatory and Penance

[Churchman] 19 Oct 2006--The nineteenth century champion of conservative Calvinistic theology at Princeton Seminary, New Jersey, reminds us, when speaking of the Church of
Rome’s understanding of the sacraments and the means of grace, that ‘she says that the power of a priest is above that even of angels and archangels’. ...Whilst discussing his ordination on 18 October, 1951 as a priest of the Church of Rome, after four years of painstaking, incisive work in dogmatic and moral theology, the Mexican Cipriano Valdes Jaimes says that, on that day, through the laying on of hands by the bishop, I was given...the ability to forgive men’s sins, both inside and outside the...confessional box. On that day I received the power to sacrifice Christ
over again on an altar...I could now release souls from purgatory.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Amicable Separation?

[Stand Firm] 18 Oct 2006--The words, “amicable separation,” have been used quite frequently in these latter/last days of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Duncan used them in his address to the Network Conference in Pittsburgh in late July of this year. The concept of amicable separation is implicit in the combined Alternative Primatial Oversight requests that seek both “disassociation” from the current leadership of the Episcopal Church and a “cease-fire” with them. The possibility of amicable separation was apparently entertained at the September summit meeting in New York. And an amicable separation of “ecclesiastical structures” seems to be the desired outcome of the Kigali proposals found in section 10 of the Communique.

Archbishop Yong Ping Chung answers Dean Colin Slee’s critique of Kigali

[Anglican Mainstream] 18 Oct 2006--Archbishop Yong Ping Chung, the retired Archbishop of South East Asia, and a former Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, responds to the arcticle by Dean Colin Slee in the Church Times: Why the Kigali Declaration is wrong:

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Episcopal church in Edwardsville asks for new leader

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch] 14 Oct 2006--In the end, the Edwardsville church and its bishop just couldn't get along.

Archbishops Gomez and Venables Respond to POR Report

[Stand Firm] 14 Oct 2006--While one appreciates the legal logic displayed by the Panel, one cannot help but conclude that the Panel has failed to understand the political and theological reality of the situation in which the applicants find themselves. Consequently, in my opinion, the recommendations of the Panel do not respond adequately to the real situation. In addition the Panel seems to have ignored the present situation in the Communion as described by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his 14th of September, 2006, letter....

Related articles:
Panel of Reference proposals for New Westminster - EVNews
Panel Rejects Jurisdiction for Parishes Seeking Alternative Oversight - The Living Church
Anglican Network in Canada say recommendations fall short in Panel Report - VirtueOnline

Friday, October 13, 2006

Church of England Faces Opposition after Approving Cohabitation Rights

[Christianity Today UK] 13 Oct 2006--The Church of England stirred up criticism earlier in the week when it voiced support for legal rights for cohabiting couples. The Catholic Church has responded by reaffirming its clear opposition to such measures, warning that it could further erode the status of marriage in society.

'Curia' Model Would Be Disastrous, Welsh Primate Says

[The Living Church] 13 Oct 2006--The Most Rev. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, has endorsed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for an Anglican Covenant, but said any attempt to impose a “curia” on the Communion would be “disastrous.”

Bishop Beisner: Dialogue Needed on Open Communion

[The LIving Church] 13 Oct 2006--The Rev. Canon Barry Beisner was consecrated Sept. 30 in Sacramento as Bishop Coadjutor of Northern California after undergoing extensive confirmation hearings during the 75th General Convention in June, particularly over the fact that he was divorced twice before his current marriage. He will assume the office of diocesan upon the retirement of Bishop Jerry Lamb in January. Bishop Beisner responded to questions put to him by a reporter for The Living Church during his first week in his new role.

Anglican church must be 'reimagined,' primate says

[The London Free Press] 13 Oct 2006--The Anglican Church of Canada must come out of the 19th century and be "reimagined" for the 21st, says Archbishop Andrew Hutchison.

Illinois Episcopal parish asks for new bishop

[The Boston Globe] 13 Oct 2006--An Episcopal parish in Edwardsville is asking for a temporary change in leadership because church officials think the overseeing bishop is too conservative.

Elementary Disciplines

[] 13 Oct 2006--Enacting spiritual disciplines before our children models the Christian life in ways they can imitate.

What's Next: Evangelism

[] 13 Oct 2006--Urgent still: What evangelical leaders say are the priorities and challenges for the next 50 years.

Only 60 Percent of Churches 'Functioning' in New Orleans

[] 13 Oct 2006--An ongoing study by Bill Day at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary revealed that only 60 percent of all the greater New Orleans-area churches are open and functioning one year after Hurricane Katrina.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Arizona Couple Resigns as Heads of Pot Church

[Stand Firm] 10 Oct 2006--Honestly now, people... when there's schism even in the pot church, what hope is there for the rest of us?

More articles from Stand Firm can be found at

Massachusetts Parish Joins the AMiA

[The Living Church] 10 Oct 2006--The rector and vestry at All Saints Church in Attleboro, Mass., voted unanimously on Sept. 18 to leave The Episcopal Church and affiliate with the Anglican Mission in America. The Rev. Lance Guiffrida told parishioners in an Oct. 1 letter that the leadership is seeking negotiations with the Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, III SSJE.

Former South Carolina Bishop Candidate Joins AMiA

[The Living Church] 10 Oct 2006--The Rev. Canon Ellis Brust, chief operating officer of the American Anglican Council (AAC) and one of three candidates in the episcopal election in the Diocese of South Carolina last month, has accepted a call to be president of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA).

To read more articles from The Living Church, go to

A Pastoral Letter from the Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network

[Global South Anglican] 10 Oct 2006--The Network has been ten dioceses standing together, and we will continue to stand as we have done. Nevertheless, having twenty or, God-willing, thirty dioceses standing together as Windsor dioceses, committed to live within Anglican Communion boundaries and under an emerging Anglican Communion Covenant, should be a great sign of hopefulness for us all.

More articles from the Global South Anglican website can be found at

Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers

[The New York Times] 10 Oct 2006--Despite their packed megachurches, their political clout and their increasing visibility on the national stage, evangelical Christian leaders are warning one another that their teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves.

Pure & Simple

[] 10 Oct 2006--Ever wonder what the plain people's churches look and feel like? Here's an insider account.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Church Society welcomes Primates’ proposals

[Church Society] 4 October 2006--We welcome their clear signal that the Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada have effectively put themselves out of the Anglican Communion and that steps should now be taken to encourage and formally recognise those groups and Dioceses which have taken their stand against the errors which ECUSA and ACIC have espoused.

Stand Firm is back

[Stand Firm] 4 Oct 2006--Here is a list of the more recent articles on the Stand Firm website:

Dr. Mabuse on Abortion, Heaven and Episcoporn
Webmaster Narrowly Avoids Rampage
Stephen Bates: Harvesting Intolerance
The Church Times: Taking the Road from Kigali
Bishop Ed Little: The Camp Allen Statement
Bishop Michael Smith: Statement by Windsor Bishops
Proposed Resolutions from the Diocese of Rio Grande (Recommending APO)
Resolutions to the Convention of the Diocese of Dallas
Resolutions to the Convention of the Diocese of California
Anglican Report: Episode 3 and an Interview of Bishop Martyn Minns
Fr. Tony Clavier...prayers needed
Church Times Article on the Kigali Statement: "ALL EXCEPT ONE of the Primates. . . endorsed"
Martyn Minns and Bishop Peter Lee work out an agreement

Packer Stomp

[] 4 Oct 2006--Beeson Divinity School hosts a tribute to J. I. Packer.

What's Next: Youth

[] 4 Oct 2006--Church Reconnect: What evangelical leaders say are the priorities for the next 50 years in youth ministry.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Intentional Congregation

[The Alban Institute] 3 Oct 2006--A tale of two churches - Diane Butler Bass considers how we can foster vitality in mainline congregations.

Related articles and resources:
The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church - The Alban Institute Bookstore
The Practicing Church - The Kew Continuum
INTERVIEW:Diana Butler Bass - Religion & Ethics News Weekly
Diane Butler Bass - The Living Church

Latest articles on The Living Church website

[The Living Church] 3 Oct 2006--These articles have been posted at The Living Church website:

Complaints Mount Against Panel of Reference
Archbishop of Canterbury Clarifies Role in Camp Allen Meeting
Seminarians Explore Communion Relationships
San Joaquin to Consider Leaving The Episcopal Church

New articles on the Global South Anglican website

[Global South Anglican] 3 Oct 2006--The following articles have been posted on the Global South Anglican website:

Global South Primates Meeting at Kigali: Some different points of view
Brazilian Anglican Leaders Create Pro-Unity Movement
One Church, Two Minds; or Two Churches, Two Minds? - Bishop Mouneer Anis
A Statement from Bishop Mouneer Anis, Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt
More reports related to Kigali and Camp Allen
Quo Vadis? – Questions along the Road from Lambeth - A response to CAPA\'s Invitation
Bishop Lee and Truro Vestry agree - Bishop Minns remains at Truro in rector role (till 1 Jan 2007)

Lausanne Leaders Emphasize Christian Unity, Evangelism-Centered Church

[The Christian Post] 3 Oct 2006--Unity within the body of Christ and the common mission of evangelism were emphasized Thursday at a six-day Lausanne gathering in Malaysia.

Mission Expert: Evangelicalism Fastest Growing Religious Movement

[The Christian Post] 3 Oct 2006--Young Christian leaders from around the world listened to a mission expert present about the rapid growth of evangelicalism, especially in the global South, at a Lausanne gathering in Malaysia this week.

Survey: Faith a Minor Impact on Children

[The Christian Post] 3 Oct 2006--A new Barna survey measured what works for kids and what doesn't and found family experiences outweigh the influence of the Church.

What's Next: Local Church

[] 3 Oct 2006--We asked 114 leaders from 11 ministry spheres about evangelical priorities for the next 50 years. First up: Fresh basics for the local church.

The Local Church in Mission

[Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization] 3 Oct 2006--The full title of this Lausanne Occasional Paper is THE LOCAL CHURCH IN MISSION: BECOMING A MISSIONAL CONGREGATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GLOBAL CONTEXT
It is a definite must read for those interested in making their congregation more missional.

Note: This paper would have benefited from careful proof-reading before it was posted on the Internet. Some words and phrases from the original text have been omitted.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Bishop of Manchester to steer Women Bishops legislation

[EV News] 30 Sep 2006--It was announced this morning that Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester, will chair the group charged with initial drafting of legislation regarding Women Bishops.

What is a Gospel Church?

[Reform Ireland] 30 Sep 2006--‘Always winter and never Christmas’, that line from C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe could be reasonably applied to much within the Church of Ireland today. The embracing of moral relativism (especially in the area of human sexuality), the liberal theological outlook of many of the clergy and the lack of confidence and conviction in the Bible as the Word of God has led to churches declining, both numerically and spiritually. Sadly there appears to be a blanket of complacency and apathy amongst many and a refusal to recognise the crisis facing the Church of Ireland today. So how can we bring spring into the winter of the Church of Ireland? When you examine churches that are growing, within Ireland and the rest of the world, it is clear that the majority are evangelical with an emphasis on expository preaching of the Word of God. For example if you look at the Anglican diocese of Sydney, you can see that it has experienced a 9% growth in church numbers which is at odds with the 7% decline of Anglican churches in Australia generally. Why? It is apparent that the difference is in focus on preaching the Word of God.

San Diego Diocese Sues for Church Property

[The Living Church] 30 Sep 2006--The Diocese of San Diego filed suit Sept. 28 against St. John’s Anglican Church, Fallbrook, Calif., the Rev. Donald Kroeger, and nine church volunteers, according to an online report. The dispute centers on the right of the congregation to continue worshiping at St. John’s.

Related article:
Lawsuit is filed over Fallbrook church -

Anglicans merge with Lutheran parish

[Main Street Newspaper] 30 Sep 2006--The recently announced merger of a new conservative Anglican fellowship with a small Lutheran parish represents the best of two worlds, its supporters believe. The former Live Oaks Fellowship has become St. Peter's Anglican congregation. Live Oaks was an independent Anglican group formed three months ago by former Episcopalians who believe that denomination in America has drifted too far from the Bible.

Anglican bishop to visit Brewster

[] 30 Sep 2006--The Rt. Rev. James K.O. Ochiel, bishop of Southern Nyanzia of the Anglican Church of Kenya, is visiting The Anglican Church of the Resurrection, 1573 Main St., Brewster, at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1. Ochiel will also visit the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road in Forestdale the same day, at 9 a.m.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Ousted Anglicans find place to worship

[Democrat and Chronicle] 29 Sep 2006--All Saints Anglican Church on Thursday announced that the congregation had vacated its Irondequoit building and had started to meet in the chapel of Reformation Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Anglican ministry comes to Brewster

[] 29 Sep 2006--Assuming the responsibility of spiritual leader for a congregation can seem a daunting task for any minister, especially when it's your first job.

Split in Episcopal Church would lead to Chaos, says Griswold

[Christianity Today UK] 29 Sep 2006--The Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church has rejected the suggestion by Global South primates that the Church be split into two churches as a means to solve the dispute over gay issues.

Related articles:
Presiding Bishop Critical of Camp Allen, Kigali Meetings - The Living Church
Episcopal Church head says split would cause chaos - The Washington Post

Bishop of London on Civil Partnerships

[EV News] 29 Sep 2006--Bishop Richard Chartres has written to a number of churches in London Diocese clarifying his position on Civil Partnerships in the wake of the continuing anger following the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Statement issued in September 2005.

Marge Christie - Moderate?

[The Episcopal Majority] 29 Sep 2006--Marge Christie is a member of a group that claims to represent the majority of Episcopalians. Her activism has helped shape the agenda of the Episcopal Church. Read on and see if you believe she represents the face of the majority in The Episcopal Church.

Why I'm Not Remotely Distressed Over the Camp Allen Statement

[Stand Firm] 29 Sep 2006--As a first meeting of this group, they are *light years* behind the Network bishops on community building, purpose statements, communication, trust, and action. They have a long ways to go before they have achieved any sort of community of purpose. And yet, it appears to me in reading the comments, that my Anglican-allies-in-theology desired that this group of bishops LEAPFROG over even the Network bishops and make statements and commitments far beyond those same Network bishops, which is a smaller and more cohesive group, and certainly far beyond the abilities of the "Windsor" bishops. I have to wonder what were people smoking that they expected that a larger group of bishops, hesitantly moving forward together, would make some bold pronouncement committing themselves to stating that they desire to leave ECUSA and be in a separate province, when a smaller group of bishops, the Network bishops, has not done so?

David Ould Interviews Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Nigeria

[Stand Firm] 29 Sep 2006--An extraordinary interview. Thanks to our Sydney, Australia-based friend David Ould for getting it. He's transcribed the whole thing, which is available at his web site. Bishop Josiah was a member of the Lambeth Commission that produced the Windsor Report.

Pennsylvania Standing Committee Rejects Bishop's Choice of Chancellor

[The Living Church] 29 Sep 2006--Citing a possible conflict of interest during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Sept. 26, the standing committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania declined to give its consent to Mary Kohart, the person recently named chancellor by Bishop Charles E. Bennison, Jr.

Bishop of San Joaquin Cleared of Abandonment Charges

[The Living Church] 29 Sep 2006--The Title IV [disciplinary] Review Committee has exonerated the Bishop of San Joaquin on charges that he had abandoned The Episcopal Church.

Global South Primates Trade Accusations of Bad Faith

[The Living Church] 29 Sep 2006--The Anglican Province of Southern Africa did not endorse the communiqué issued at the conclusion of a Sept. 19-22 meeting of primates and leaders from the Global South coalition of Anglican provinces, according to the Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, primate, who was present for the first two days of the meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

Finding Your Leadership Style

[] 29 Sep 2006--Ten different ways to lead God's people.

Axis Denied

[] 29 Sep 2006--Willow Creek ends "church-within-church" for 20-somethings.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Sad Day In Rochester, NY

[The Kew Continuum] 28 Sep 2006--In the last few days I learned that All Saints' Anglican Church, in the leafy Rochester, NY, suburb of Irondequoit was taken back into possession by the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester under court order. I was the Rector of All Saints' Church from the late seventies until early 1985, and although the years we spent in Rochester were very difficult for our family, I feel grieved for the people of that congregation -- some of whom were parishioners when I served there.

An interview with the Rev. Mark Lawrence

[Anglican Communion Network] 28 Sep 2006--Father Mark Lawrence was elected on September 16 to succeed the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. as the next bishop of the Network Diocese of South Carolina. Elected on the first ballot by a majority vote from among three candidates, Lawrence will likely move to South Carolina to assume fulltime duties in early 2007.

Global South Confirms Support of North American Anglicans

[Anglican Communion Network] 28 Sep 2006--The Anglican Communion Network welcomed a statement by the leaders of more than 70 percent of the Anglican Communion that confirmed their support for orthodox Anglicans in North America.

In the statement, the leaders of 20 Anglican provinces propose that orthodox Anglicans in the United States be represented by a bishop of their own choosing at the February 2007 primates meeting, commit to develop a proposal for granting Alternative Primatial Oversight to those American dioceses that have requested it, and call for the communion to take “initial steps” toward the formation of a distinct orthodox Anglican body in the U.S.

Episcopal Witness

[American Anglican Council] 28 Sep 2006--In January 2006, the American Anglican Council (AAC) adopted and began implementing a new lay outreach program called Episcopal Witness. The program complements existing tools and resources offered by the AAC for equipping and informing the laity; however, the program is unique in that it is exclusively lay-led and lay-implemented. It is particularly designed for addressing the gap in communication with congregations where relevant information and resources are being institutionally restricted or stifled.

The Sermon at the Consecration this past Saturday of the New Bishop of Albany

[titusonenine] 28 Sep 2006--Someone asked me: are you targeting anyone in your sermon? Yes: everyone!

Related video:
The Tree of Life & The Tree of Good and Evil -

Resolutions from the Diocese of Rio Grande

[Stand Firm] 28 Sep 2006--DRAFT RESOLUTION SIX “For Those Departing The Episcopal Church”

Pennsylvania Bishop, Standing Committee Face Legal Challenges

[The Living CHurch] 28 Sep 2006--Legal and financial challenges continue to mount in the Diocese of Pennsylvania as the standing committee held its regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 26 with the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., bishop of the diocese. The meeting occurs before the Oct. 1 resignation of the diocesan chancellor becomes effective and shortly after the standing committee issued an appeal for donations to hire independent legal counsel.