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July 24 2018 By dvirtue A Message From Bishop Love Concerning the 79th General Convention

All together over 400 resolutions were presented during the 10 days of General Convention, most of which will have little to no impact on the Diocese of Albany or the world around us. With that said, there were a few resolutions of great significance that will greatly impact the Diocese of Albany and the wider Episcopal Church. Some of which were positive and others I see as greatly problematic.

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue The origins of GAFCON 2018

No motions were presented at Lambeth 2008. None are expected at Lambeth 2020. This feels like the actions of a government that knows it will lose a Commons vote.

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE 2018 GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Four: Proclaiming God's Gospel

As agreed at our first meeting, the Statement Group followed the topics of the Conference plenaries. The first section on "Proclaiming God's Gospel" falls into two main segments: the first part defines the Gospel and the second part defends it from false teachings and substitutes.

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue Why I was wrong about Christianity

With time, it darkened further still. My obsession with dinosaurs -- glamorous, ­ferocious, extinct -- evolved seamlessly into an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the Bible, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Romans.

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July 20 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE 2018 GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Three: Introducing the Letter

As mentioned in the previous post, one of the Primates -- in fact, it was Archbishop Foley Beach -- proposed the title "Letter to the Churches," and almost immediately this proposal seemed right to our Statement Group.

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July 19 2018 By dvirtue Episcopalians, Anti-Israel Divestment and a Battle of Perceptions

Episcopalians considered 15 separate resolutions on Israel-Palestine matters during General Convention July 5-13 in Austin, Texas. Six of those resolutions were adopted by both houses of the church's bicameral governing body. Each of these six resolutions is advisory, stating the church's "recognition" of a problem or resolving that dioceses be "encouraged to engage earnestly" in education, advocacy, and prayer on matters such as the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.

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July 16 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE 2018 GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Two: Coming to One Mind

"For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us..." (Acts 15:28). How does a church council go about coming to one mind?" What an awesome task! The role of the Conference Statement, it seems to me, is to speak to those assembled and to speak for them to the wider church and world in the name of God. The role of the Statement Group is to so listen to the Conference Assembly that it can propose words for the Conference to speak. Again, an awesome task.

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July 13 2018 By dvirtue Post-Gafcon Contention 1: REPLY TO FULCRUM ON GAFCON 2018

Fulcrum Response to GAFCON 2018

Concerning the GAFCON 2018 Conference in Jerusalem, and its Letter to the Churches, we outline eight encouragements, five questions and five observations.

Eight Encouragements

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July 09 2018 By dvirtue Seven things I learned about God from Nigerian Christians

I just returned from an intense nine days teaching in Jos, Nigeria, at the center of this religious cleansing. Dedicated young Christian leaders and seminarians told me they cannot sleep because the attacks always come in the middle of the night. Many know believers who have been killed. Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi's home was attacked last week, his cows stolen, and his beloved neighbor who tried to protect him was gunned down.

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July 09 2018 By dvirtue AUSTIN, TX: Bishop Martins Reflects on Resolution B-012

B012 was originally authored by a trio of center-left "moderate" bishops, in consultation with the leadership of the Communion Partners. Their aim was to provide a viable alternative to the more draconian A085, which came out of the Marriage Task Force.

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