Friday, September 15, 2006

September 15 Posts, Batch #2 (late morning, early afternoon)

Communiqué from the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission

September 15th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:56 pm


The Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission met between Monday, September 4th September and Sunday, 10th September at St Julian’s Retreat Centre, Limuru. The Commission is grateful for the warmth of the welcome from the staff of the Centre, from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, and for the work of Professor Esther Mombo and Professor Joseph Galgalo, of St Paul’s Theological College, Limuru, who were responsible for much of the local organisation in preparation for the Commission’s meeting. On the Sunday morning, members of the Commission worshipped with several local congregations.

The work of the Commission concentrated on three areas: continuation of the work of the Communion Study on which the Commission has been working since its formation in 2001, reflection on the proposal for an Anglican Covenant, and preparation for the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

The Commission received the responses to the third round of consultation undertaken with the bishops and theological institutions of the Anglican Communion during the early part of 2006. Four questions had been formulated by the Chairman which reflected the current situation of the Communion, and had been circulated for response. The Commission considered how responses received could be incorporated into its ongoing study, and hopes to move towards the publication of its report in 2007.

The Commission also produced a paper “Responding to a Proposal for a Covenant”, in which it reflected on the proposal of the Windsor Report for the establishment of an Anglican Covenant in the life of the Communion. The paper considers the biblical and ecclesiological background of the concept of covenant, and offers particular observations on how the concept of covenant might most fruitfully be employed in the development of a covenant for the Anglican Communion.

The Commission also gave attention to the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to offer theological resources to the forthcoming Lambeth Conference for the equipping of bishops for their ministry and work. Work was undertaken to formulate a number of theses in relation to the Bishops’ ministry in fostering and upholding the Communion of all the baptised, and this work will be made available to the Saint Augustine’s Seminars which are undertaking preparatory work in relation to the Conference.

It is the intention of the Commission to meet again in September 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, where it will conclude its work on the Communion Study.

Those present in Limuru were:

The Rt Revd Professor Stephen W Sykes (Chair), Church of England
The Revd Dr Philip H E Thomas (Assistant to the Chair), Church of England
The Revd Canon Gregory Cameron (Secretary), Anglican Communion Office
The Revd Dr Victor R Atta-Baffoe, Church of the Province of West Africa
The Rt Revd Dr Samuel R Cutting, Church of North India
The Rt Revd Tan Sri Dr Lim Cheng Ean, Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Revd Professor Joseph Galgalo, Anglican Church of Kenya
The Revd Dr Bruce N Kaye, Anglican Church of Australia
Professor Esther M Mombo, Anglican Church of Kenya
The Rt Revd Dr Matthew Oluremi Owadayo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
The Revd Canon Luke Pato, Church of the Province of Southern Africa
The Revd Professor Stephen Pickard, Anglican Church of Australia
The Rt Revd Paul Richardson, Church of England
The Revd Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, Church of England
Dr Eileen Scully, Anglican Church of Canada
Dr Jenny Te Paa, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
The Rt Revd Dr N Thomas Wright, Church of England
The Rt Revd Hector ‘Tito’ Zavala, Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America


Mrs Clare Amos, Anglican Communion Office
The Revd Dr A Katherine Grieb, The Episcopal Church
The Revd Canon Philip Groves, Anglican Communion Office

Administrative staff

Ms Gill Harris-Hogarth, Anglican Communion Office
The Revd Terrie Robinson, Anglican Communion Office

Religious leaders across Mideast rage against pope’s comments on Islam

September 15th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:55 pm

Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted party joined a wave of criticism of Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, accusing him of trying to revive the spirit of the Crusades with remarks he made about the Muslim faith.

Pakistan’s parliament unanimously condemned the pope and the Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to express regret over the remarks.

The Vatican said the pope did not intend the remarks — made in Germany on Tuesday during an address at a university — to be offensive.

Benedict quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.

“The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war,” the pope said. “He said, I quote, ‘Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.’”

Benedict did not explicitly agree with the statement nor repudiate it.

Read it all and there is more here and there.

South Carolina Episcopal Nominees Answers to Diocesan Survey Questions

September 15th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:04 pm

Here they are from Steve Wood, Ellis Brust, and Mark Lawrence.

Philip Goff: What ever happened to the televangelists of the 1980s?

September 15th, 2006 posted by kendall at 11:27 am

Not a few Americans have grown nostalgic for the 1980s–at least in music and fashion. For those of us who study the intersection of religion and culture, it is hard not to be. Just think back: In the ’80s, the Religious Right was in its infancy and ministers from both the left and right were making serious runs for the presidency. Not least, televangelists had successfully jumped from early-morning Sunday network slots to prime-time cable television.

Twenty years ago televangelism had its greatest year on record. With their own slick productions that looked less like church than variety shows, evangelicals tuned in by the millions. Those heady days ended suddenly. Beginning in 1987, a series of scandals broke the faith of some, the wallets of others, and confirmed the fears of millions that such religious showmanship was all a sham.

It seems like a dream now: Oral Roberts sequestered himself in his Tower of Prayer, telling audiences that he would certainly die unless someone bailed him out from the financial ruin caused by his building an unneeded medical center. He said that he was commanded to undertake that construction project by a 900-feet-tall Jesus he saw in a vision. (The fact that Mr. Roberts had to flee the tower, which was hit by lightning during his vigil, never struck him as an ironic answer to his prayers.)

Jim Bakker was led away in handcuffs from his mansion while Tammy Faye, makeup sliding from spidery eyes, sang for the cameras. Jerry Falwell, who loathed Mr. Bakker nearly as much as he did feminists, took over Mr. Bakker’s PTL (Praise the Lord) ministries, including its theme park, and enjoyed a widely photographed plunge down the water slide in his dark suit. Finally, Jimmy Swaggart offered one of the greatest public, teary, lip-quivering confessions ever recorded about his relationship with a prostitute and his addiction to pornography.

Read it all.

Recruit Muslims to defeat secularists, says Dr Sentamu

September 15th, 2006 posted by kendall at 10:58 am

THE DOWNGRADING of religion has damaged Britain, the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said in a lecture on Wednesday evening. He suggested that Muslims could help Christians fight against a “creeping secularism” that was harming the country.

Dr Sentamu was giving the first in a series of public lectures in York St John University College. He has just been made the Chancellor of the newly elevated church college…. He said that a nation “where God’s purposes are discarded” might end up like the countries in the Middle East. The recent conflict between Israel and Hizbollah had been characterised by “the cheapening of human life”.

“For both sides, the political and propagandist pictures presented of their opponents reinforced the gradual process of dehumanising which takes place in conflict; where the life of an individual is less valuable once they wear a label of terrorist, soldier or militant, and where the deaths of innocents are regretted in the same breath as the next volley of rockets are launched or air sortie scrambled.” Yet all their lives were equally valuable.

He also condemned the West’s “wandering interest” in Darfur, which had allowed evil to flourish. Unless the UN provided effective intervention, God’s purposes would be frustrated in that place, he said.

Turning to terrorism, Dr Sentamu accused Muslim terrorists of having too small a vision of God. He rejected the term “Islamic fundamentalists” for the term “Salafi jihadists”. “In their rejection of all forms of Islamic scholarship in favour of a politically driven agenda, Salafi jihadists reject the reality of God’s creation for a fantasy. Their starting point is victimhood, especially against the West and Christianity.”

Read it all.


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