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July 06 2018 By dvirtue #MeToo movement hits Episcopal General Convention

"We know these stories," said Bishop Dede Duncan-Probe (XI Central New York). "But we have never heard these stories in a liturgy."

The Central New York bishop is the chair of the House of Bishops' Pastoral Response to #MeToo Planning Team. She planned and orchestrated the service.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led the assemblage in a litany recognizing corporate wrong doing.

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July 06 2018 By dvirtue Conservative bishops have impossible job at General Convention

These men are faced with an impossible task: to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints" in the face of overwhelming odds. The dilemma is how to maintain the ideal in the face of reality. Or rather, the question is can they maintain the ideal -- the biblical understanding of marriage -- in the face of current reality?

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July 05 2018 By dvirtue General Convention Leaders Praise Media in Opening Salvo

For the most part, the three Episcopal Church officers were very complimentary to the press.

"Thank you for being here and for what you do," the Presiding Bishop said starting off the press conference after "losing" the coin toss. "Part of the work of communicators is not just general communication but communicating good news and most importantly the Good News of Jesus Christ."

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July 05 2018 By dvirtue Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.

And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity.

This week, the church is debating whether to overhaul that prayer book -- in large part to make clear that God doesn't have a gender.

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July 02 2018 By dvirtue Seven TEC Bishops bow to DEPO to accommodate same-sex marriage

"In the circumstance of disagreement regarding the actions of the (2003) 74th General Convention on issues of human sexuality, we commit ourselves to providing and to making provision for pastoral care for dissenting congregations, and we recognize that there may be a need for a bishop to delegate some pastoral oversight," the Episcopal bishops said in their 2004 document entitled 'Caring for all the Churches.' "Oversight means the episcopal acts performed as part of a diocesan bishop's min

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June 30 2018 By dvirtue The Vocation of Anglican Communion - A Statement of TEC Communion Partner Bishops

As Communion Partner bishops in the Episcopal Church, we seek to "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" with our brothers and sisters here at home and throughout the Anglican Communion (Eph. 4:3). We believe that we all are joined together indissolubly by the waters of baptism, and that we all are called to share one bread and one cup in the Eucharist as the principal sign of our common faith and full communion in the Lord.

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June 28 2018 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: Report on GAFCON

A sizeable cross stands on the stage, following delicate negotiations with the ICC management. "We will proclaim" with the congregational response "Christ faithfully to all nations" is the watchword of the gathering. The role of the African church in the movement and the Communion was silently stated by the background of the first Bible Reading by Bishop Alfred Olwa from Uganda and the Keynote address by the GAFCON chairman, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria.

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June 26 2018 By virtueonline Church of Ireland bishop defends attendance at conservative forum

Bishop of Down and Dromore Harold Miller said, at the event, he "saw a spirit of forgiveness, love and blessing of others, alongside a determination to stand firm in what they believe. This for me was one of the most powerful experiences of the week".

Bishop Miller and Bishop Ferran Glenfield of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh diocese attended the meeting with other senior clergy from the Church of Ireland and members of Gafcon Ireland which was set up last April.

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June 25 2018 By virtueonline IRELAND: Bishops' presence at Gafcon an 'absolute disgrace'

They have described it as "an absolute disgrace", "schismatic", and as illustrating "how utterly out of touch some senior clergy" were with church membership.

Bishop Harold Miller of Down and Dromore and Bishop Ferran Glenfield of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh attended the meeting with other senior clergy from the Church of Ireland and members of Gafcon Ireland set up last April.

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June 24 2018 By virtueonline ACNA primate gets top GAFCON post

Taking the General Secretary's slot is to be Archbishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria). He is to be assisted in his task by five newly-created regional deputies, including two from ACNA.

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