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September 30 2017 By dvirtue LAMBETH AT 150 YEARS?

These are some of the questions that are in my mind, as we pass the 150th anniver-sary of the first Lambeth Conference, held from 24 to 27 September,1867. Archbishop Longley invited 150(sic) bishops, and 67 came. The Archbishop of York was vehement-ly opposed and did not come, nor any bishops from his province. The Dean of West-minster refused to allow a service to be held there.

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September 27 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina Rebuts TEC Recusal and Rehearing Arguments

"Today's filings by the Diocese of South Carolina address the property law issues at the heart of this case. TEC failed to establish a trust interest in property, of any sort, that can be recognized under 300 years of existing South Carolina legal precedent. And to claim such an interest now is to grant TEC favored status against the Diocese and its parishes, establishing one church body over another.

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September 24 2017 By dvirtue Response to Holy Orders Task Force Report -- Six Anglican Leaders Reflect on ACNA Statement

Response to Holy Orders Task Force Report
Prepared for the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America
August 2017

Why we are writing

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September 24 2017 By dvirtue A crisis of character at the top of the Anglican Communion

In the Bible, believers discover they have an insight into the mind of God through the voices of the prophets and the gift of the Law in the books of the first covenant.

A mystery we could not solve for ourselves unfolds. We learn about the mutuality and the interdependence of the two sexes and the invitation to share in co-creation with the Creator, who is our Father.

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September 23 2017 By dvirtue Robert E. Lee was a devoted Episcopalian

As a result of Lee's greatness as a college president and prominence as a senior warden, both intuitions honored him for who he was as a person and as a Christian, not what he was as a Civil War general. Washington College was renamed Washington & Lee University and Grace Church became R.E. Lee Memorial, an Episcopal Church within the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

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September 23 2017 By dvirtue Who Decides Membership in The Anglican Communion? Not the Secretary General of The ACC!

In other words, the process of recognition of the Anglican Church in North America as a member Church within the Anglican Communion is already a 10-year process initiated by Primates of the Anglican Communion, representing Churches of the Anglican Communion, and in keeping with their "long-standing" procedural authority to do so.

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September 23 2017 By dvirtue The Past is Never the Past

In 1867, the year after Bishop Elliott's death, Thomas M. Hanckel wrote a "memoir" of Bishop Elliott in a book of the Bishop's sermons. Hanckel's work is more hagiography than memoir. As I read it again this week, I noticed how carefully Hanckel avoided any engagement with the issues of race and slavery.

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September 21 2017 By dvirtue South Carolina Diocese Fights Back Against Episcopal Church

However, representatives of the diocese allege that the state Supreme Court breached due process and that Justice Kaye G. Hearn, one of five judges who ruled in this case, had a major conflict of interest. The court's ruling, according to the diocese, threatens freedom of religion, freedom of association, and due process of law.

The Split

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September 21 2017 By dvirtue The Episcopal Church's knee-jerk reaction to Confederate names

In fact, the entire stormy debate over the removal of confederate statuary -- including his -- seems to fall on Lee's bronze, marble or stone shoulders all around the country in: New Orleans ... Charlottesville ... Antietam ... Dallas ... Richmond ... Austin ... Durham ... Seattle ... Baltimore ... Gettysburg ... Washington, DC ...

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September 20 2017 By dvirtue Is GAFCON divisive?

I never tire of telling the story of the meeting of Primates at the end of the Jerusalem Conference 2008. I was asked by the chairman to become the secretary to the movement.

Before answering, I asked the Primates, 'Is it the aim of Gafcon to break away from the Anglican Communion? Are we setting up a new Communion?'

The reply was an instant, unanimous and resounding 'No!' Just as well, as I would not have had any further role in Gafcon had the answer been anything else.

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