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Global South Statement on the Pilling Report
December 12, 2013 We are writing to express our serious concerns in regard to the Pilling Report. We know that the House of Bishops of the Church of England will be discussing this and we would like to assure them of our prayers so that the Holy Spirit would guide them to the right decisions.
First, we would like to say that we believe that the church of Christ should not in any way be homophobic or have any kind of phobia. We should follow in the steps of Jesus Christ who embraced all the marginalized of his society; having said that, we must say that we did not read of any homophobic statement from any bishop or clergy in the Church of England.
It is sad that anyone who does not support the ministry of gay and lesbians, as well as same-sex marriages, is considered homophobic. Obviously there is a big difference between those who refuse to recognize the presence of homosexuals in the church, i.e. homophobic, and those who do support Lambeth 1998 Resolution 1.10 and do not support the ministry and ordination of non-celibate gay and lesbians, as well as same-sex marriages.
The Pilling Report: Statement by the Council of Bishops of the Society
December 12, 2013
The Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality (the Pilling Report) is an important piece of work which deserves careful consideration. We encourage our clergy and people to read it and reflect upon it prayerfully.
We note that the Report proposes no change in the doctrine of the Church of England and that its practical recommendations remain, at this stage, recommendations to the House of Bishops.
Those of us who are members of the Church of England's College of Bishops will be discussing it with other members of the College in January, and we shall also be discussing it at our own meeting in February. We plan to comment more fully after those discussions.
DALLAS, TX: Bush Library, Parish Episcopal School create Education Partnership
Nov. 20, 2013
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Parish Episcopal School have announced a multi-faceted and comprehensive educational partnership which will allow Parish students and educators access to the vast archives of the eight years of the Bush Presidency.
Creating an educational model that will extend throughout North Texas, a Bush Library partnership will offer students educational programming, mentoring experiences and access to human and archival resources materials.
FT. WORTH: Breakaway Diocese Files Legal Response to The Episcopal Church Over Property Dispute
By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post Reporter
December 9, 2013
A Texas diocese that opted to break away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences has filed a legal response before the state supreme court.
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed Friday in response to TEC's motion for a rehearing regarding the legal dispute over the name and property of the diocese. In the 17-page document, the breakaway diocesan leadership argued that TEC's lawsuit over the property should be dismissed.
UK: Today the House of Bishops debates the Pilling Report on homosexuality
LENT & BEYOND Anglican Prayer Blog
December 10, 2013
Tamar bore the twin sons of Judah. While she was in labor, one twin put out his hand. The midwife tied a scarlet thread around his wrist, thinking he would be the firstborn. He drew back his hand, and and out came his brother. "What." the midwife exclaimed. "How did you break out first?" So he was named Perez, which means breaking forth. Perez was an ancestor of Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father,
GAFCON Chairman's Advent Letter
GFCA chairman says Fellowship must build on the success of GAFCON 2013
To the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends
By Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
December 7, 2013
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24
My dear brothers and sisters,
UK: The Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John is a vote away from first gay bishop
By Ruth Gledhill
December 8 2013
The Church of England is on the brink of appointing its first gay bishop. The Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, came within one vote of being recommended as the new Bishop of Exeter, The Times has learnt. The successful candidate to succeed the Right Rev Michael Langrish is to be announced soon.
This is thought to be the first time that Dr John has made the shortlist for a diocesan post, although he has been longlisted several times. It means that he is back on the "list" of candidates for bishoprics. Senior insiders believe that it is only a matter of time before he gets a diocesan post, with the money being on the liberal-catholic diocese of Europe.
Exeter has a strong conservative evangelical tradition, which is a key reason why he lost out in the meeting to a more traditional candidate.
At least one bishop is understood to be "furious" that Dr John, 60, did not get the post and pressure is growing for the Church to prove that it practises what it preaches and does not discriminate against homosexuals who live according to its guidelines.
Anglican Leaders Lament Mandela's Passing
Archbishop of Canterbury praises Nelson Mandela's courage
Justin Welby reflects on former South African president's capacity for resistance and forgiveness in face of oppression
Sam Jones and agency
December 8, 2013
Justin Welby said Nelson Mandela's 'courage was undefeated, indomitable, extraordinary' at a sermon in London. Photograph: Jack Hill/The Times/PA
The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised Nelson Mandela's "extraordinary" courage and described him "that rarest of leaders" - a man who found wisdom in adversity and refused to yield to "bitterness and hatred".
Giving the sermon at a service of thanksgiving for the life of the former South African president at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Sunday, Justin Welby reflected on Mandela's capacity for resistance and forgiveness.
MARYLAND: Evidence indicates man intended to commit suicide in fatal fire
Officials believe man doused himself in gasoline before entering church on fire
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
December 5, 2013
Ten days after a fatal fire at St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, Maryland the congregation is thankful to the community. Photo: St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church FAcebook page
Ocean City, Maryland, investigators say they believe a local man bought gasoline, poured it on himself and set himself on fire before he ran into St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Nov. 26, begging for help.
The man, John Raymond Sterner, 56, died on the scene and the church's rector, the Rev. David Dingwall, died from smoke inhalation in the ensuing fire in the church's old rectory building.
OKLAHOMA: New same-sex blessing in Episcopal Church
Although not legally binding in the state, the blessing of same-sex couples is becoming a reality in Episcopal churches
By Greg Horton
November 27th, 2013
Finally, Episcopal churches in Oklahoma are getting approval to perform blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Trinity Episcopal Church, in Guthrie, and St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, in Oklahoma City, are the first two in the state's western half to receive approval from Episcopal Bishop Ed Konieczny.
Father John Borrego, the rector of Trinity, said his congregation went through a lengthy process to determine if the church would offer the ceremony.
Virginia Episcopal Bishop Conducts Same-Sex Blessing
by Jeffrey Walton
December 4, 2013
Virginia Bishop Shannon Johnston (center) presides over a same-sex blessing ceremony in November for Leslie Hague (Left) and Katie Casteel (Right).
Bishop Shannon Johnston of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has presided over the blessing of a same-sex union, according to an Arlington clergywoman.
Mother Leslie J. Hague, rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Arlington was joined in "holy union" with her partner, Katie Casteel, at Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring on November 23. The afternoon blessing ceremony followed Hague and Casteel's civil marriage in nearby Washington, DC exactly one year before. Same-sex marriages are not recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A Statement from Archbishop Duncan on the Pilling Report
The Church must not waiver from its received teaching
December 4th, 2013
The Pilling Report, a document presented to the Church of England by its "Working Group on Human Sexuality," is reflective of the season in which Anglicanism in the West finds itself. There are certainly elements of the report that are to be commended:
In a day when the temptation is to partisanship and easy answers, there is a balance of views and perspectives within the report that is commendable.
The report rightly emphasizes that fear and hatred have no place in the Church's response to any persons, and calls upon Christians to show Christ's love to those living with same-sex attraction.
Irish woman becomes first female bishop in UK and Ireland
Pat Storey consecrated Bishop of Meath and Kildare
The Rt. Rev. Pat Storey after her ordination and consecration as Bishop of Meath & Kildare at Christ Church in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times
November 30, 2013
The first woman bishop in the UK and Ireland has been consecrated by the Church of Ireland. Right Rev Pat Storey (53), former rector of St Augustine's in Derry, made history when she was chosen by the Church of Ireland as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare last September.
The married mother of two was consecrated at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin in a two-hour service this afternoon led by the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev Dr. Michael Jackson.
In a homily the Rev Nigel Parker, guest preacher, paid tribute to her. "Pat, it has been our privilege over the years to see you respond to our Father's love with love, trust and obedience," he said.
Rev. Melissa Skelton elected bishop of Vancouver-area Anglican diocese
Seattle parish head known to be progressive on moral and religious issues
BY DOUGLAS TODD,
DECEMBER 1, 2013
Rev. Melissa Skelton elected bishop of Vancouver-area Anglican diocese.
The female American priest chosen as the new bishop for the Vancouver-area Anglican diocese says she attracts people to her church who have been "wounded" by other Christian traditions.
Rev. Melissa Skelton, who leads St. John's Episcopal parish in Seattle, Washington, was elected a bishop in Canada on the third ballot at a vote held Saturday at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in downtown Vancouver.
Skelton will replace retired Anglican bishop Michael Ingham, who was at the centre of a storm within the 60-million-member worldwide Anglican communion when he became the first Anglican bishop to formally support the blessing of same-sex couples.
CofE: Statement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on the release of the Pilling Report
November 28, 2013
Earlier this month, the Review Group established in 2011 by the House of Bishops under the chairmanship of Sir Joseph Pilling delivered to us its Report.
This is a substantial document proposing a process of facilitated conversations in the Church of England over a period of perhaps two years. The document offers findings and recommendations to form part of that process of facilitated conversations. It is not a new policy statement from the Church of England.
The House of Bishops will be meeting next month and the College of Bishops the following month to consider the Report and decide how such a process might best be shaped. In view of the interest in the Report we have decided that it should be published now, without delay.
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