Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Posts from 8 - 10 p.m. Eastern Tuesday

From Bp. Stanton’s website: this puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 9:54 pm

We so greatly appreciate Bishop Stanton’s faithfulness in writing his diocese daily, and his willingness to share those updates with the wider church. His website is one of the first we have turned to at the end of every day. He has a wonderful post up tonight, but mostly it is words written him by someone else. Read it all and see if it doesn’t help put all of the mess in Columbus in perspective.

20 June - Tuesday:
This has been an excruciatingly long day, and I am between meetings. The Conevntion is in some disarray. If you read the bloggers, you will find most of the hard news. I will write later, if time permits - and it is already after 9 PM.

One thing I did was check my email. I got a message from Fr. Craig Reed, usually of St. Andrew’s, Farmers Branch, but serving now as a Marine chaplain in Iraq. I am posting his email. Read it. And pray for our friend, priest, and servant of Christ:

Bishop Stanton,
I have been on the road and have not had the opportunity to write anything substantive for your use on the website.

I have been able to keep up with the news from Columbus over the past couple of days and I am going through an emotional roller coaster as I read. For those of you who are there that same feeling must be even more intense. As I see it the convention has spoken with great clarity about where we are in relation, not only with the Anglican Communion, but also orthodox Christians throughout the world. The Episcopal Church, of whom I am an ordained priest, has chosen to walk apart. No nuance or deception in the form of resolution will be able to delay or prevent the disintegration of this body. Deep in my heart I am relieved and in some ways glad that we have finally arrived at this place.
As a chaplain I have to deal with Christians from all denominations and, for that matter faith groups. Many are from very traditional evangelical backgrounds and are well versed in Scripture. Even those who are not what you would call “churchmen” understand basic Christian morality. Invariably the question arises as to my denominational affiliation. Eyebrows are raised and the inquisitive “Oh?” follows more often than not. From that point on I spend too much time explaining that I am not “one of those” Episcopalians. I have to justify my validity as a minister of the Gospel before they can trust me as a pastor and chaplain. The time that is wasted, the opportunities missed and the lack of effectiveness in ministry is a bitter judgment about where we are in the eyes of fellow believers. Perhaps now, in the not too distant future, we will no longer have to justify our legitimacy. We can talk all day about remaining focused on the Gospel and indeed do that with every fiber of our being. The problem lies in how that lens is shaped by the institution. No matter how hard we try the end result is always fuzzy. Clarity may now be possible and the cataract that has clouded our sight for so long may soon fall away.
You, our deputation and the Diocese have my prayers as you finish the work of this General Convention. Be strong, bold and confident in Christ, his is the triumph and victory that will come out of these days. With a little luck I will be back in time for our Diocesan Convention in October.
Blessings and Semper Fidelis,
Craig Reed
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A new video on CT6 — Martyn Minns
June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 9:37 pm

Hurray. Kevin has got a video interview posted with one of our favorite rectors: Martyn Minns of Truro Church. So, we’re gonna take a break from news posting and go watch.
Catch you later.

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Beisner gets consent
June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 9:34 pm

Don’t think we’ve posted this news here. I think we only posted it on the backup site. There’s not a lot of detail that we’ve seen so far. If anyone has seen more details, please leave a link in the comments. THanks.

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Stand Firm: A166 Passes in Deputies re: Anglican Convenant Process
June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 9:31 pm

Yes, the Stand Firmers are blogging.

How they keep going we’ll never know. They report A166 has passed in Deputies. Kendall spoke in favor of it. Here’s what he said (not verbatim of course).

Harmon: I rise to support this resolution. We are committing ourselves to a principle and a community. No one in this room who is married had any idea what they were committing themselves to. And that was right and good, WE can commit ourselves to this even though we don’t know the outcome. We worship a God who promises and who honors promises.

Read the resolution here

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June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 8:51 pm

By Sarah Dylan Breuer
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

General Convention Resolution A161 — which, as amended by the Special Committee meeting during convention, included language urging the church to refrain from electing or consecrating bishops whose “manner of life poses a challenge to the wider church” and bishops and GC2006 to refrain from authorizing official rites for blessing same-sex couples — has gone down to decisive defeat in the House of Deputies.

Early indications are that moderate deputies perceived the resolution as amended by the Special Committee as no longer being moderate — particularly in its rejecting the counsel for those involved in the nomination, election, consent, and consecration of bishops to exercise “very considerable caution” and substituting counsel to “refrain” from selecting and consecrating a bishop “whose manner of life presents a challenge to the church.” Perhaps even more influential was the vocal agreement of Integrity president Susan Russell and noted conservative Kendall Harmon that the resolution should be voted down — Harmon arguing that it did not conform sufficiently to the language of the Windsor Report and Russell arguing that it “manages in the same resolution to balance the unity of the Anglican Communion on the backs of gay and lesbian people by urging the church to refrain from allowing any of them to respond to the Holy Spirit’s call to the episcopate AND to apologize to them for the new one they were getting ripped by the church they’re trying to serve,” and that it furthermore violated church canons prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in discernment processes for church ministries.

A resolution from the floor of the House of Deputies to reconsider Resolution A161 — potentially to amend its language to match that of the resolution as originally proposed by the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion — has now failed in the House of Deputies. It needed the votes of two-thirds of the House to pass; it received 486 (or 59.1%) ‘yes’ votes and 336 (or 40.9%) ‘no’ votes.
At this point, it seems that the only likely way a resolution dealing with the Windsor Report’s recommendations regarding the election and consecration of bishops will be passed is if the House of Bishops takes up Resolution A162 — much of which had been rolled by the Special Legislative Committee at convention into Resolution A161. The House of Bishops could, in theory, choose to amend Resolution A162 to address issues surrounding the selection of bishops, and send the newly amended Resolution A162 to the House of Deputies for consideration.

But it is now nearly 5:00 p.m. on the day before General Convention 2006 ends, and many crucial matters before convention — including the budget for the next triennium — still require action from the Houses. The time pressure is considerable, and outcomes regarding the Windsor Report of discussion and reception are in doubt save for at least one point: It is clear that conversation and discernment in what is now being called the “Windsor Process” are likely to continue for years beyond GC 2006.

Read the rest.

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Best Headline of the Day
June 20th, 2006 posted by admin at 8:11 pm

No contest! And the winner is…… KEVIN KALLSEN!!!

BREAKING NEWS: 7:34PM House of Bishops hide the fat ladies microphone

(we could quibble about grammar and punctuation, but we’re laughing too hard!)

As a prize, please consider leaving a tip in Kevin’s contributions jar.

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