Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Monday Evening posts

Kevin Kallsen Interviews Bishop Duncan

September 18th, 2006 posted by kendall at 11:24 pm

Watch and listen to it all and he addresses the New York Summit and this week’s Camp Allen meeting.

Special Synod in Quincy Approves APO Request

September 18th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:43 pm

A little more detail is contained in this Living Church report, including this:

“Fr. Spencer said the resolution sponsors delayed finalizing the resolutions which were presented to synod Saturday until after the conclusion of the meeting in New York City. Fr. Spencer said the approved resolutions contained “minor, mostly technical changes” from the originals. Prior to debate on the individual resolutions, synod met as a committee of the whole in order for discussion on whatever topic a speaker wished to address. Fr. Spencer described the conversation as courteous and respectful. The approved resolutions were not available for distribution, he said, because only the Rev. Steven McClaskey, secretary of synod, is authorized to do so and he had not certified them by the afternoon of Sept. 18.

In addition to the resolution requesting APO, delegates to the special synod also approved measures reaffirming the diocesan constitution and canons, a statement critical of certain actions approved during the 75th General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, in June; a resolution encouraging other Anglican congregations and individuals to consider entering into a companion relationship with the Diocese of Quincy; and the first reading of a resolution that would permit the diocese to end active participation in Province 5.”

British Evangelical Head Issues Call for Unity

September 18th, 2006 posted by kendall at 4:37 pm

The head of Britain’s evangelicals said if Christians allow themselves to become divided over “truth,” there is something wrong with the truth they are telling.

“Evangelicalism has become a synonym, in popular understanding, for moralizing bigotry, fundamentalism and reactivity,” Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, wrote in the September-October issue of the Alliance’s Idea magazine.

Representing 1.2 million Christians in 40 denominations, the Evangelical Alliance promotes evangelical unity and represents evangelical concern to government and media. Established in 1846, it is the oldest alliance of evangelical Christians in the world.

In the first of a series of articles about how evangelicals should connect with a changing culture, Edwards, elected as the Alliance’s first black director in 1997, appealed for internal unity and urged a rethinking of how evangelicalism comes across to the wider world.

“We have somehow given the impression that truth means we have no questions to ask and nothing to learn, that vulnerability is weakness and that compromise has no place in our political philosophy,” Edwards said. “We come across as judgmental and obnoxious.”

Edwards said not all evangelicals are like that. “There are plenty of caricatures and misrepresentations out there, but too often we perpetuate them by our actions,” he said. “We need a change of mindset which recognizes that truth is safe without our anxieties about it.”

He said it is blasphemy for Christians to think that God is too weak to look after his own honor, and his followers have to do his work for him. “Evangelicals must recognize that we can be secure in our faith in God, and this security then frees us to be risky and curious at the same time,” he said. “Asking questions is a great evangelistic tool–it’s a technique Jesus used all the time.”

Read it all.

Ed Young spreads his Fellowship to Florida

September 18th, 2006 posted by kendall at 4:19 pm

On most Sundays, the Rev. Ed Young takes the stage at Fellowship Church in Grapevine. And at Fellowship churches in Plano, downtown Dallas and Justin.

And in South Miami, Fla.

He’s live in Grapevine. The other “Ed Youngs” are recorded – projected in high-definition on screens so large that the images are life-size, almost holographic.

Experts count at least 1,500 American churches operating on more than one site, including a quarter of the nation’s largest congregations.

Only a handful jump time zones like Fellowship.

So far.

What Mr. Young and a few other pastors are offering is a religious take on a successful business model, like that of Wal-Mart or Burger King. Instead of the old tradition of big churches planting new, independent churches, these congregations are using their size and power to duplicate themselves over and over.

“Let’s leverage the technology. Let’s save a heap of money. Let’s take the church to where the people are,” Mr. Young said in a recent interview.

Read it all.

Anti-semitism program brings together Catholics, Jews

September 18th, 2006 posted by kendall at 4:16 pm

At Sunday’s Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary, most of the front pews in the 1,200-seat cathedral were filled not by Catholics but by Jews.

Members of South Florida’s Jewish community had come to hear Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora celebrate Mass to launch the National Conference for Community and Justice’s new anti-Semitism education program.

The program uses Pope John Paul II as a model and teacher, focusing on the late pope’s efforts to bridge the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2005, was the first pontiff in recent times to visit a synagogue during a religious service. In 1993, he established diplomatic relations with Israel, which he visited while he was pope. He visited the Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami in September 1987.

Sunday’s Mass came as anger spread in the Muslim world over remarks by Pope Benedict XVI about Islam. He expressed regret that a speech he gave last week at a German University offended Muslims, sparking protests around the world.

Favalora said after Mass that he would like to see future reconciliation efforts by church and civic leaders to include Muslims. After all, he noted, Christianity, Judaism and Islam have the same root.

‘’The dialogue will not be complete until there’s a dialogue that includes Islam,'’ Favalora said. “Those are the three major religions coming from Abraham. It behooves the world, as well as our community, that we live together in peace and love.'’

Read it all.


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