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June 20 2018 By virtueonline GAFCON III: Ugandan Anglican bishop stirs global Christian conference

A gifted speaker, Olwa used his oratorical skills to stir delegates from more than 50 countries.

"As the Anglican community, do not fear to take a stand for Jesus. You are either in or out. You cannot sit on the fence," he said to thunderous applause.

The Anglican Communion, like many sections of global Christianity, is faced with the relativisation of biblical teaching by culture, particularly on biblical authority, the true Gospel, mission, marriage and sexuality.

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June 20 2018 By virtueonline The Five Bishops of Brazil

Archbishop Miguel Uchoa and Bishops Marcio Meira, Flavio Soares, Marcio Simoes, and Evilasio Tenorio Silva gathered outside during Gafcon 2018 to talk about church planting strategies in the new province.

One such strategy is the House of Peace. Church planting is promoted primarily through cell groups, which, when they multiply to five or seven groups, combine to form a new congregation. Archbishop Miguel Uchoa explained the process:

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June 20 2018 By virtueonline GAFCON III: Jerusalem Archbishop urges GAFCON delegates to pursue "diversity and difference"

Dawani, who had been banned from GAFCON II by Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and had Colorado Bishop Rob O'Neill looking over his shoulder to make sure he never came near the conference, greeted the 2,000 delegates meeting at the International Conference Center and welcomed them to his diocese, urging delegates to be a catalyst for reconciliation within the Christian community and the wider world.

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June 19 2018 By virtueonline GAFCON III: Nigerian Primate Calls on Delegates to Proclaim Christ Faithfully to the Nations

God's Gospel is the life-transforming message of salvation from sin and all its consequences through the death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is both a declaration and a summons: announcing what has been done for us in Christ and calling us to repentance, faith and submission to His Lordship.

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June 19 2018 By virtueonline No "Fence Sitting" For GAFCON Anglicans

"Some people like Pilate want to take a pass on deciding about Jesus," assessed Bishop Alfred Olwa of the Diocese of Lango, Uganda in a morning bible study drawing upon Luke Chapter 22:66-23:25. "Some people fear the jeering of the crowd more than the judgment of God."

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June 18 2018 By virtueonline A Letter from Bishop Mark Lawrence after the Supreme Court Decision Re: South Carolina

Before leaving, however, let me share a few thoughts regarding the denial of our recent petition. The U. S. Supreme Court's denial is not an affirmation of the South Carolina Supreme Court's August 2 opinion nor of the merits of our position. It leaves us, however, back in the Dorchester County Court with a conflicted and fractured ruling.

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June 14 2018 By virtueonline "Day of Jubilation" as new Primate enthroned for Province de L'Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda

In his charge, the Archbishop thanked his House of Bishops for doing him the honour of electing him to be their leader. He pledged to work hard for the Province and to maintain the team spirit and unity among the bishops. A former vice president of Compassion International, he said his experience would help him to build the Church. He also spoke of the Church being a blessing to the Anglican Communion.

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The central issue the high court was asked to review was whether the same rules for determining property ownership applied to church property as in any secular case (neutral principles of law). Courts across the nation have been deeply divided on this issue. There was in this instance, the serendipity of a Minnesota case simultaneously petitioning the Court for review, with essentially identical facts but an opposite outcome in Minnesota.

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June 09 2018 By virtueonline Episcopal National Cathedral Rallies for Capital Pride Parade

Much of the initiative for the Episcopal cathedral's shift came under the leadership of Dean Gary Hall who was brought on in 2012 amidst years of financial challenges. While cathedral officials have embraced LGBT causes since at least the early 1980s, Hall attempted to invigorate the congregation by bringing it national attention. He proclaimed from the pulpit that "It is not only just OK to be gay, straight, bisexual, or transgendered.

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June 07 2018 By virtueonline Guyana Pride: Anglican bishop lends support; opponents lose

Just saw a post from one of my clergy about "Georgetown ministers call for banning of LBGT March."

I disagree with the call to ban and must point out that the LGBT community has the right like all of us to march on the streets of Georgetown with police permission.

WE ARE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN and our rights must be protected.

I am the Bishop of Guyana and I approve this message.

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