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A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (II)
By A.S. HALEY
THE ANGLICAN CURMUDGEON
March 6, 2014
In Part I of these posts, I went through the concept of rethinking the Episcopal Church (USA), or ECUSA, in such a way as to restore its pastoral and missional capabilities. The solution was to downsize its grossly overweight administration, by first reducing the number of dioceses from 110 to just ten (or a similar small number, such as 12, or 7), along with the number of diocesan bishops.
The meaning and cost of witness
By ANDREW SYMES
AMERICAN ANGLICAN COUNCIL
March 4, 2014
Growing up in England and attending evangelical churches and student Christian unions, I learned that 'witness' and 'friendship evangelism' were more or less interchangeable.
We were encouraged to share our testimony: we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ which we can describe in terms of the benefits in the present; we can tell the story of how we began this relationship; we can explain how the new life and eternal security is possible through the death and resurrection of our Saviour.
My story, my present experience, the Bible's theology - these together tie the personal to the universal; 'my truth and reality' to what is true and real and therefore urgent for everyone. An individual confirming the testimony of other individuals, creating a family bond with them and thereby being the church.
A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (I)
By ALLAN HALEY
March 4, 2014
The Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church (TREC) has been busy reporting on the ideas it is considering to restructure how ECUSA works, and its proposals have been garnering both positive and negative comments. The most recent split seems to be between those who view ECUSA as their personal vehicle for "social justice", and those who would like to make General Convention "more efficient."
Briefly, TREC has proposed to limit the kind of resolutions that General Convention may consider -- only those which would amend the Constitution, Canons, or Book of Common Prayer, or which fulfill election duties entrusted to it. Gone would be the hordes of special interest resolutions -- and presumably also, the innumerable Agencies, Boards, Committees and Commissions which generate them.
BOSTON: Key Questions Remain Unasked About Copley Square's Trinity Church
By DOUGLASS SHAND-TUCCI
March 1, 2014
THE recent Boston Globe article on the new rectory of Trinity Church, Copley Square, was very ill judged.
Trinity is hardly to be blamed for the fact that to buy a rectory in its neighborhood requires the expenditure of millions of dollars. Unless, that is, the rector is to be forbidden to live near the church and encouraged to move to another less fashionable neighborhood.
A more pertinent argument against the purchase might have been to ask why it would not have sufficed for the rector and his wife to have an apartment above the church offices now in the old rectory on Clarendon Street, the gracious first floor of which has been left furnished for parish entertaining. Even bishops have rejoiced to live this way. When I knew Bishop Paul Moore of New York in the mid 1990s, he lived in such an apartment over the diocesan offices that had been introduced into the lower floors of the original Bishop's residence next to his cathedral.
Ashes to Go or not to go, that seems to be the question...
By Michael Sniffen
February 28, 2014
To my fellow Presbyters in The Episcopal Church,
It's that time of year when we will be treated to enthusiastic media reports and Facebook posts about fellow clergy "taking to the streets" on Ash Wednesday. Perhaps you are planning to do just that. You might be thinking, "What an innovative, relevant, outward-focussed, accessible, hospitable, humble ministry to undertake."
Before you put on your gear and head out with the Lenten swat team, can we be real for a moment? I know you are chomping at the bit to "meet people where they are" at your local commuter hub, but please pause with me in the sacristy for just a second.
Orthodox Mr. Putin is no Sunday School Teacher
By Harry M. Covert
Special to Virtueonline.org
March 3, 2014
Many people, wizened and otherwise, have long believed that Russia of the past and present is the Great Satan. It's probably a bit too late now but the question looms did American intelligence agencies drop the ball, completely and totally of late.
The furor over the National Security Agency's phone-tapping and listening in to world leaders didn't mean much because the black baggers apparently didn't sneak in on Mr. Putin's telephonic commiserations.
Somehow Edward Snowden's stealing NSA files and defecting to Moscow, Russia has been silenced.
Is Katharine Jefferts Schori eyeing a second term as Presiding Bishop?
The PB reveals thought process on Missouri Public Radio interview
By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
March 1, 2014
The persistent rumors, which have been floating around The Episcopal Church since the 2012 General Convention, that Katharine Jefferts Schori would like to remain Presiding Bishop were given some teeth by her recently in a Missouri Pubic Radio interview which was the prelude to an address at the C.S. Lewis Legacy Lecture at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
In an 18-minute wide-ranging interview, Steve Kraske, host of KCUR's Up to Date program, asked the Presiding Bishop about the Episcopal Presiding Bishop term limits.
"You are in Year eight of a nine-year term as Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church," Kraske noted. "You can't seek another term. Do I have that right?"
RESISTING THE REVISIONIST INTERFAITH CRUSADE
By Julian Mann
Special to virtueonline
March 2, 2014
It should not need to be said. But the revisionist Anglican crusade for inter-faith 'partnerships' is making it increasingly difficult to say it at synods and clerical gatherings without being accused of heresy: Muslims are not the spiritual brothers and sisters of Christians.
The New Testament is clear that the family or household of God is comprised of believers in the real biblical Lord Jesus Christ who, contra the Koran, was the incarnate Son of God, was crucified in person and did rise again bodily from the dead.
For example, the Apostle Paul thus addresses former pagans who became Christians and joined local churches in and around Ephesus in the 1st century AD:
The Anglo-Catholic/Evangelical Divide
By Bishop Jack Iker
February 28, 2014
This Sermon by The Right Reverend Jack L. Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth was preached at the REC Synod Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas for the annual meeting of the Diocese of Mid-America on February 21, 2014
This could never have happened 20 years ago. When I became a Bishop in 1993, The Episcopal Church and the Reformed Episcopal Church were not even talking to one another. It would have been unthinkable that the Bishop of a high-church, Anglo-catholic diocese like Fort Worth would have been invited to preach at the annual synod of an REC Diocese.
Thank You, Article XXXVII: Renouncing my orders...NOT
By Henry Jansma
February 24, 2014
One of the realities when you switch churches and denominations is how one network of communication is unplugged and another network is connected. It takes a bit of time to find out where you are in all of this. But after having done moves to England and back again I have found that it is best to just listen to the conversations taking place in your new network for a time before you speak. But when you do be prepared for energizing dialogue and new information.
My new network of reformed, confessing Anglicans is international in its reach. I have made new friends and reestablished friendships with others with whom I have been out of touch. One new friendship and I had a fascinating dialogue over a small niggle of mine: Did the Bishop of New Jersey have the jurisdiction to depose me of my Holy Orders when my Orders were conferred by the Church of England and not by the Episcopal Church? When I raised it with the then Bishop in our last, tense, interview he dismissed it out of hand. His view was simple. If I was canonically resident in the Diocese, I fell under the deposition canon in its entirety as he interpreted it and how he would present it to the Standing Committee, and that was that. And that's where we left it.
WHY OUR SEMINARIES ARE STRATEGIC
By Canon Philip Ashey
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children." Hosea 4:6
Dear Friends in Christ, brothers and sisters in the Anglican Realignment,
The struggle for Gospel truth in The Episcopal Church (TEC) was really lost many years ago when most TEC seminaries abandoned any faith in Christ as the one, unique Lord and Savior of all people everywhere, and lost faith in the Holy Scriptures as the divinely inspired word of God and the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice.
This battle was lost long before the 2003 unilateral TEC innovation of consecrating a non-celibate homosexual as bishop and leader for the whole church, and the Canadian Diocese of New Westminster's authorization of rites for the blessing of same-sex unions-both in direct violation of settled Biblical and Anglican teaching (Lambeth 1998 Resolution 1.10)
Claim: "Schori discouraged attendance at Nashotah"- Part 2
Salmon Invites Schori to Preach at Nashotah House
By Robert S. Munday
February 22, 2014
As more information becomes available about the invitation of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House on May 1 of this year, Bishop Salmon has made the claim that the invitation stems from a concern that the Presiding Bishop, either directly or through representatives, tried to discourage three students (a male deacon who serves on the Episcopal Church's Executive Council and two women students) from attending Nashotah House. The thought seems to be that this invitation might improve relations between the House and Bishop Jefferts Schori and cause her to say nice things about the House in the future, or at least not discourage students from attending.
If I had it to do all over again - Part 1
By Robert S. Munday
February 21, 2014
On August 1, 2001, I became Dean and President of Nashotah House Theological Seminary. I had spent the previous fifteen years as a faculty member at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, where I had directed the library, been an associate dean in three different capacities, and gone from assistant, to associate, to full professor in Systematic Theology. Trinity had been formed in 1976 because a growing number of both Evangelical Episcopalians and those who had been involved in the Charismatic movement were convinced that none of the existing Episcopal seminaries could ever be reclaimed from the heterodoxy into which they had fallen or produce biblically faithful clergy who were capable of leading congregations in spiritual renewal.
From the beginning, people associated with Trinity realized that, if they were to be part of a spiritual renewal in the Episcopal Church, they would necessarily have to be somewhat counter-cultural to it. One could not seek to be part of renewing the Episcopal Church while buying into the status quo. Although I never heard it explicitly articulated, I think there was an implicit understanding on the part of some that, if the Episcopal Church could not be spiritually renewed and returned to biblical orthodoxy, an alternative would have to be found--or created. This explains why so many Trinity alumni were among the early members of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA), and John Rodgers, the Dean/President under whom I first served at Trinity (and one of the wisest and godliest men I have ever known), became one of the first two bishops consecrated for the AMiA.
One Person's Pilgrimage from Anglican to Roman Catholic
February 21, 2014
I have been a conservative Anglican for many years. I was raised Methodist and Greek Catholic as my dad was Carpathian Russian and even though Protestant, I spent a lot of time in the Russian church. My mom's family was Calvinist and Church of England (they were an old Bermudian family).
My dad died when I was 11 and I rejected God for years until I married and had children. I knew they needed a religious upbringing and so, I became evangelical. I was always dissatisfied with their form of worship however. No liturgy, no order, a hippy with a guitar instead of an organist and choir, and the constant altar calls with the same folks going forward each week.
I was finally introduced to the Episcopal Church. I joined and loved it. I stayed. I became, in effect, an Evangelical Anglican. But that was not to be for long, as I watched the Episcopal Church deteriorate and become apostate. I began to attend an Anglican breakaway group - several, in fact - because I moved a couple of times. With one exception, those churches were more Methodist than Anglican. The last one I attended here in XXXXXX doesn't even practice the sacrament or Eucharist every week. Their reason was that they didn't want to be too "high" church, thereby disobeying Christ's direct command "to do this as oft as you gather together in remembrance of me."
The last six days: the story so far and the implications of HOB Statement on Same Sex Marriage
By Andrew Symes
February 18, 2104
On Wednesday, the Archbishop of Canterbury used his Presidential address at General Synod to portray a vision of the Church of England as a place of gracious conversation and "good disagreement", overcoming fear with love, as a witness to the Gospel of reconciliation. He expressed hope that through facilitated conversations, those who believe that homosexual practice is sinful, and those who believe it to be a natural part of a loving relationship between gay people that is perfectly compatible with Christian discipleship, should be able to co-exist in a church which has a united mission in Christ's name.
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