Saturday, September 16, 2006

Saturday Sept. 16th, a.m. posts

We are Live at Saint Philip’s in Charleston

September 16th, 2006 posted by kendall at 9:18 am

The eucharist begins at 9:30 with Bishop Salmon preaching and the first ballot is at 11 a.m.
Watch this space for live results if I am able to post them.

Large Dallas area Parish gets OK to leave Episcopal denomination

September 16th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:32 am

Jill Kinsella, a spokeswoman for Christ Church, said Bishop Stanton had arranged for the church to be supervised temporarily by the bishop of Peru.

“We’re thrilled with the choice,” she said. “We have four full-time missionaries in Peru. We’ve been supportive of a seminary there, and some of their children’s homes.”

Christ Church had been one of the Episcopal Church USA’s largest congregations, with weekend attendance of 2,200 over five services.

Ms. Kinsella said the church’s differences with the denomination were widespread and Bible-based.

“It really has to do with our discontent with the Episcopal Church’s view of the authority of Scripture, and homosexuality and sexuality in general being just one part of that view.”

Read it all.

‘Soaking prayer’ still calming after schism in the Episcopal diocese of San Diego

September 16th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:28 am

At St. Anne’s Anglican on Wednesday night, the doors shut out the noise. The music soothed. Those soaking in prayer were oblivious to whatever role they have in church history.

Some participants aren’t even members, coming from other Christian traditions to take part in this opportunity for intensive contemplation.

Those who are members say they’ve noticed little difference in their church home. Virginia Carpenter, a St. Anne’s member since 1959, says leaving the Episcopal denomination was not an easy decision to make. “But we knew we were doing the right thing.”

Baron, the rector, describes soaking prayer as a time to listen for holy words. “God often speaks in silence, and he often speaks in whispers, and we have to slow down to hear,” he says.

But in these divisions, like so many divisions, people are hearing different messages.

Read the entire article.

Senate Candidate Speaks of Life, Faith

September 16th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:24 am

Robert P. Casey Jr., the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in one of the country’s hottest election campaigns, told a largely Roman Catholic audience yesterday that in his view, “neither party has gotten it right when it comes to life issues.”

Casey, a lifelong Catholic who opposes abortion, is the second high-profile Democrat who has recently given a major address defending the place of religion in politics. In June, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) criticized “liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant.”

Since the 2004 presidential election, in which voters who attend church weekly voted 2 to 1 for President Bush over Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Democrats have sought to close what some call the “God gap” in U.S. politics.

Casey’s candidacy is viewed by Democratic strategists not only as one of the party’s best opportunities to pick up a Senate seat, but also as an illustration of its growing inclusion of politicians who oppose abortion and of its desire to reach out to religiously motivated voters.

In a 45-minute lecture at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, his alma mater, Casey said that America “must be a country dedicated to the common good” and that “my understanding of our common good comes from my family and my faith.”

He described a year that he spent teaching at the Gesu School, an inner-city parochial school in north Philadelphia, after graduating from Holy Cross and before going to law school. “My short year as a Jesuit volunteer had a profound impact on my life, and the struggles of those I met in the inner city continue to inspire me,” he said.

Casey said the common good is built on a foundation of social justice. “Justice demands our understanding that the hungry, the impoverished and the uninsured in this country are not statistics; they are children of God,” he said.

Read it all.

Bishop Stanton: A Listening Update… Engaging the Diocese

September 16th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:22 am

VISITING our congregations over the last month has been a great opportunity for me. As you may know, the recommendation made to me by the Standing Committee on July 5 is what occasioned this effort (see It seemed clear to me that many clergy and people in the diocese would be looking for what only Diocesan Convention could provide - a common response to the recent General Convention.

I had listened to the Standing Committee very carefully. It occurred to me, however, that on matters of such importance, it would also be necessary to listen to the leadership of all the parishes and missions of the diocese. Thanks to the openness of the clergy and people of the diocese, we were able to put in place a schedule of listening that has proceeded with extraordinary smoothness over the last month.

At the appropriate time, I will issue a report based on this experience. I cannot now do so in any full sense. But I will give you a brief update.

As I write this, I have visited 71 percent of our 77 congregations. I have listened to over 670 people share their feelings, perceptions, opinions, and questions. By the time you read this, I will be approaching the completion of the task.

Those with whom I have met have appeared to be very well informed. They have followed the events and actions of the General Convention. They have also given a lot of thought to their Church. They have been articulate and forthright. Often, people have brought with them various articles they have read, statements they have seen, and notes they have made. More importantly, they have brought their willingness and readiness to be engaged.

They have shared with me their understandings of the General Convention, the direction of the Episcopal Church, their place in the Anglican Communion, and their hopes for the future. I have heard many stories about how these leaders came to find a home in the Episcopal Church. Many are, as they say, “cradle Episcopalians.” Many have chosen this Church. Hearing these stories has moved me deeply.

Many have shared their joys and their sorrows at what is going on from their perspective. And almost all of them have struggled, in a deeply thoughtful way, with what the future may hold.

I have come home every night, sometimes after two or even three such meetings, tired to the bone. But I have also come away with a deeper affection for our people and admiration for their common life. Large and small, urban and rural, growing or holding on, each Church is alive, attentive, and involved in their communities. And I give thanks to God for each one.

I appreciate the prayers that all have told me they are offering up for me during this time. I ask theirs, and yours, for our diocese and our Church.

+James, Bishop of Dallas

Source: Diocese of Dallas

Bishop Sisk comments on the NY Bishops Meeting

September 15th, 2006 posted by admin at 11:07 pm

ENS has published an additional article citing more bishops’ statements about the meetings in NY earlier this week. The only bishop mentioned in that article whose statement had not already been posted here on Titusonenine is Bishop Mark Sisk, Diocese of NY.

ENS adds this blurb by +Sisk at the tail end of the article:

Sisk issued a statement to ENS via email on September 14, describing the sessions as “forthright conversations in which the depths of the divisions which challenge us became abundantly clear.”

“Sadly, we were not able to reach an accommodation adequate to the expressed needs of some of the appealing dioceses, while, at the same time remaining consistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church,” he said. “Despite this failure, it would be my hope that future conversations might be able to build on the foundation of the candor of these three days of talks.”

We would welcome comment from anyone in the diocese of NY with the full text of +Sisk’s statement. Thank you.

Don’t forget, we have provided a one-stop roundup of links to all the bishops’ statements here.

To our knowledge, no statements from Robert O’Neill, Dorsey Henderson or Edward Salmon have been released.


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