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February 12 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - Day Two

It was agreed to reduce the number of Suffragan Bishops on Synod by 2. A radical suggestion by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to allow the Bishops in each Diocese to decide who would represent them was rejected, but not without significant support, on the grounds that Diocesan Bishops needed to be part of the Synod in order that they hear what everyone else has to say.

It was agreed to reduce the number of Deans on the Synod who have a special electoral constituency.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - Church Heads Seek Harmony

"Christian tradition is dynamic and not static,'' said the Rt. Rev. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, who introduced the report to the Synod's thrice-yearly meeting at Church House in London.

The report, "Some Issues in Human Sexuality,'' calls itself "a guide to the debate'' about the church's attitude toward homosexuality and stops short of advocating changes in church policy.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline LAMBETH: Eames Warns of Divisions over Gay Clergy

"Sincerely-held views are being expressed on all sides of the argument, but it is vital that ways are found of dealing with division on any issue which will stand the test of time,'' said Dr Eames, who chairs the 17-member Commission.

"For Anglicanism to remain a world communion, decisions need to be taken which will allow autonomy to relate to communion and relationships, while acknowledging the on-going mission of the church throughout the world,'' he added.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Anglican Bishops Issue Open Letter on Human Sexuality

To provide for this, a process has been set up to continue to listen.

Three options are offered:

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline SCOTLAND: Scottish Episcopal Church Responds to Sexuality Issues

Approximately 25 responses were received and a synopsis of these, commissioned on behalf of the College of Bishops, was prepared by the Rev Christopher Smith, the Chaplain to the Archbishop of Wales. As undertaken in Human Sexuality: A Study Guide, the synopsis is now being made available to Boards and Committees of the General Synod as a way of informing them of the views received.

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February 11 2004 By virtueonline KENYA: Bishop pulls back from fete linked to ECUSA pro-gay bishop

Bishop Njoka, who is at the centre of a Nairobi City Council payments scandal, was reportedly scheduled to attend the elevation in Los Angeles, United States, of a Kenyan deacon by churchmen linked to the first openly homosexual cleric to become a bishop.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: ABC Williams Text to General Synod

I'm thinking, of course, of developments particularly around decisions taken in the United States of America and the extraordinary meeting of Primates which took place in Lambeth Palace in October of last year. And Synod members will, I am sure, remember the statement issued at the end of that two-day gathering at Lambeth Palace.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - ABC Supports Americans Who Oppose Gay Bishop

His comments came as the commission assembled to resolve the controversy in the Anglican Church over the ordination and blessings of homosexuals met for the first time in Windsor yesterday.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Bishop Wimberly Requests Shelving of Four Resolutions

More than 1,100 clerical and lay delegates will begin meeting in Tyler Thursday to act on diocesan business and policy matters. It will be their first meeting since the national church's General Convention voted in August to approve the consecration of V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest, as bishop of New Hampshire.

Not everyone is happy about Wimberly's request on the resolutions.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Episcopal protest hits collection plate

Figures released at an Episcopal executive council meeting in Tampa, Fla., showed the denomination's 107 dioceses are giving $2 million less this year. A reduction in government funds for social-service programs produced an additional drop of roughly $900,000.

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