Thursday, November 30, 2006

Two more responses to "Primatial Vicar" Proposal

Integrity has responded as follows:

Integrity President Susan Russell commended the alternative primatial oversight proposal developed in New York earlier this week and announced today: “It is a proposal steeped in the classical Anglican approach of “both/and’-protecting the polity of The Episcopal Church while offering a pastoral response to those who hold a minority theological opinion.”

Russell went on to say: “Since this meeting was attended by Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, I think it is fair to assume that the Archbishop of Canterbury supports this proposal. Integrity
urges those dioceses that have requested alternative primatial oversight to accept this proposal so we can all get on with the work of the Gospel. It is long past time to put these divisive issues to rest and unite as one to do the work of God-such as striving to end the AIDS pandemic and proclaiming together the Good News of God in Christ Jesus.”


Stand Firm has posted comments by Bishop Iker here:

While I am grateful for the efforts of those who crafted the proposal, I find it unacceptable and unworkable in its present form.

Perhaps it needs to be clarified that we have not requested someone to serve as “the Presiding Bishop’s designated pastor” to us; we have appealed for an alternative primate. Nor has this appeal been made to the Presiding Bishop, but to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion. We expect a suitable response from them at the Primates’ Meeting in February.

This new proposal is deficient in that it seeks to reinforce the PB’s authority over us rather than provide an acceptable alternative. We cannot accept a Primatial Vicar appointed by her and accountable to her, who “could” function for her only when so delegated by her. In addition, the provisional nature of the proposal does not meet our needs for a long-term solution to our irreconcilable differences.

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Episcopal leaders make concessions to conservatives

November 30th, 2006 posted by admin at 6:21 pm

Associated Press

NEW YORK - Episcopal leaders offered conservatives more independence from the national church Thursday, just ahead of a California diocese’s vote on whether it should split from the denomination.

A “yes” vote by the Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno, would put it on the brink of leaving The Episcopal Church in its feud over the Bible and sexuality. Church leadership supports same-gender relationships and installed an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire three years ago. However, traditionalists believe gay partnerships violate Scripture.

The church’s new proposal would create a leadership position called a “primatial vicar.”

The vicar would work with conservative dioceses, performing functions that normally fall to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, including consecrating local bishops.

A representative of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the global Anglican Communion, would have a role on a panel of church leaders supervising the appointee. However, the vicar would ultimately be under the authority of Jefferts Schori. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. wing of the 77 million-member Anglican family.

Virginia Bishop Peter Lee, a leader in developing the proposal, said the group that worked on the idea was “conscious of the need to respond quickly to the needs of parishes and dioceses.” The Diocese of San Joaquin is scheduled to hold its balloting Saturday.

Six other conservative dioceses have also rejected Jefferts Schori’s authority, but have stopped short of a full break.

Canon Kendall Harmon, a conservative leader from the Diocese of South Carolina, said he was encouraged that Lee and others acknowledged the urgency of the situation. But he said the proposal failed to address underlying theological differences and their impact on the church.

“It’s as if at the last minute they pulled a feather out of their hat and said, ‘Here,’” Harmon said.

The plan was finalized during a meeting Monday of Jefferts Schori and a small group of bishops. Five conservative bishops who had been invited did not attend. Fort Worth Bishop Jack Iker and Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, two of the conservative invitees, said in a statement Monday that relations with national leaders have deteriorated so much that they have been advised to bring attorneys to any future talks.

Read it all here.

Southwest Florida Episcopal bishop hopefuls to face faithful

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:39 pm

On Friday, Episcopalians across the region will have their only chance to question candidates hoping to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

The final slate of candidates is down to seven, including four from the diocese, said Jim DeLa, a diocese spokesman. A diocese search committee picked three candidates from outside the area. Four others nominated by petition have local roots.

A new bishop will be elected Dec. 9 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown St. Petersburg.

Current Bishop John Lipscomb, who wants to eventually retire, has the option to work with his coadjutor/assistant until May 2010, DeLa said.

During a traditional “walkabout” 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, the seven will move room to room at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, and answer questions from roughly 500 lay people and clergy, DeLa said.

The process to elect the fifth bishop since the diocese was incorporated in 1969 comes at a time when Episcopalians nationwide are divided over social issues, especially the choice of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003.

Although no one will know exactly where the new local bishop would stand regarding social issues until elected, it appears that the slate is tipped in favor of conservative candidates, according to both lay and clergy members of the diocese.

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Truro May Leave Episcopal Church

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:37 pm

Truro Episcopal Church, an institution in the City of Fairfax with roots dating to colonial times may soon split off from the Episcopal Church of the United States.
The church’s vestry — the governing board of the church — voted to recommend the split last month. The congregation as a whole will vote on Dec. 10 to decide their fate. If Truro decides to make the split, it will be the first church in Virginia to do so.
The split, also being considered by The Falls Church in Falls Church, is the culmination of 40 years worth of theological differences, said Jim Pierobon. While a parishioner at the Falls Church, Pierobon is acting as spokesman for both churches.
The issue came to a head in 2003 when the church confirmed an openly gay bishop. “Among the presenting issues was Gene Robinson’s consecration in New Hampshire,” Pierobon said.
The vestries of the two churches decided that they could not accept the liberalization in the American church. They wish to adhere to what they say is a strict interpretation of the Bible which forbids …[homesexual pratice].

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Network and AAC respond to ECUSA proposal for "Primatial Vicar"

Anglican Communion Network responds to latest ECUSA proposal re: “Primatial Vicar”

November 30th, 2006 posted by admin at 4:59 pm

This morning Kendall posted the ENS article about ECUSA leaders’ proposal to appoint a “Primatial Vicar” for those dioceses that have requested Alternate Primatial Oversight.

The Anglican Communion Network has issued a press release:

National Church “Response” Falls Short

From the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Episcopal News Service today released a proposal responding to the request by seven Episcopal dioceses for Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO). It suggests that a “primatial vicar” be appointed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to serve as her “designated pastor in such dioceses.” The “primatial vicar” would be accountable to Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and perform those functions she chooses to delegate, such as episcopal ordinations.

“We are heartened that the national leadership of The Episcopal Church has realized the time has come for structural change. We will study this proposal,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, bishop of Pittsburgh and moderator of the Anglican Communion Network. “However, at first glance what is proposed is neither primatial, nor oversight, nor is it an alternative to the spiritual authority of one who, by both teaching and action, has expressly rejected the Windsor Report and its recommendations. This is obviously not what was asked for.” Bishop Duncan also observed that what is proposed is in fact less than what was offered and rejected at the first meeting held in New York during September.

Bishop Duncan reiterated his commitment to find a mediated solution to the crisis in The Episcopal Church. “We really do want to talk about all the issues. We want to protect everyone who is unable to travel down the path the majority of The Episcopal Church has clearly chosen, not just those in dioceses that have requested APO. We want to have this conversation and find a way forward that allows all of us to get on with our mission. We are committed to remaining in the mainstream of the Anglican Communion as we proclaim the faith once delivered to the saints,” he said.

The full text of the proposal was made available through the Episcopal News Service.


The Canon David Anderson of the AAC has issued this comment.

“The proposal does not take into account the heart of the issue and problem which is that Katharine Jefferts Schori has adopted a form of faith, theology and Christology that is so seriously out of step with historic Anglicanism and Christianity that it calls into question her capacity to give appropriate leadership on this matter. It keeps all the power in her hands. The proposal is to be in consultation with not the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Thus she makes all the decisions. It is a non-starter.”

Canon David Anderson, President of the American Anglican Council

Reactivating the backup blog

We're reactivating this backup site for a few days as traffic on CaNNet sites may be high due to the interest in the San Joaquin convention and the beginning of Advent, etc.

Below you will find all the 15 most recent posts that were on the Titusonenine main page as of 16:30 Eastern Thursday November 30. We'll be updating this blog with all the current posts 2-3 times per day.

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Regional intrigue worries Fiji church

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 3:39 pm

Anglican Church Bishop Apimeleki Qiliho yesterday expressed concern over Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in Fiji’s problems.

Bishop Qiliho said the Fiji leaders were quite capable of solving their own problems.

“The least we can expect from Australia and New Zealand is an expression of their confidence in the wisdom, abilities, goodwill of our people,” he said.

He also asked Fiji’s citizens to rally behind its President and Vice-President on the reasoning that “the high offices of the land need moral support at this time”.

Bishop Qiliho expressed dismay with the police search of the Office of the President, which he labelled as an insult.

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Common Declaration by Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Bartholomew I

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 2:16 pm

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

(Ps 117:24)

This fraternal encounter which brings us
together, Pope Benedict XVI of Rome and
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, is God’s
work, and in a certain sense his gift. We give
thanks to the Author of all that is good, who
allows us once again, in prayer and in dialogue,
to express the joy we feel as brothers and to
renew our commitment to move towards full
communion. This commitment comes from the
Lord’s will and from our responsibility as
Pastors in the Church of Christ. May our meeting
be a sign and an encouragement to us to share the
same sentiments and the same attitudes of
fraternity, cooperation and communion in charity
and truth. The Holy Spirit will help us to
prepare the great day of the re-establishment of
full unity, whenever and however God wills it.
Then we shall truly be able to rejoice and be glad.

1. We have recalled with thankfulness the
meetings of our venerable predecessors, blessed
by the Lord, who showed the world the urgent need
for unity and traced sure paths for attaining it,
through dialogue, prayer and the daily life of
the Church. Pope Paul VI and Patriarch
Athenagoras I went as pilgrims to Jerusalem, to
the very place where Jesus Christ died and rose
again for the salvation of the world, and they
also met again, here in the Phanar and in Rome.
They left us a common declaration which retains
all its value; it emphasizes that true dialogue
in charity must sustain and inspire all relations
between individuals and between Churches, that it
“must be rooted in a total fidelity to the one
Lord Jesus Christ and in mutual respect for their
own traditions” (Tomos Agapis, 195). Nor have
we forgotten the reciprocal visits of His
Holiness Pope John Paul II and His Holiness
Dimitrios I. It was during the visit of Pope John
Paul II, his first ecumenical visit, that the
creation of the Mixed Commission for theological
dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and
the Orthodox Church was announced. This has
brought together our Churches in the declared aim
of re-establishing full communion.

As far as relations between the Church of Rome
and the Church of Constantinople are concerned,
we cannot fail to recall the solemn ecclesial act
effacing the memory of the ancient anathemas
which for centuries had a negative effect on our
Churches. We have not yet drawn from this act all
the positive consequences which can flow from it
in our progress towards full unity, to which the
mixed Commission is called to make an important
contribution. We exhort our faithful to take an
active part in this process, through prayer and through significant gestures.

2. At the time of the plenary session of the
mixed Commission for theological dialogue, which
was recently held in Belgrade through the
generous hospitality of the Serbian Orthodox
Church, we expressed our profound joy at the
resumption of the theological dialogue. This had
been interrupted for several years because of
various difficulties, but now the Commission was
able to work afresh in a spirit of friendship and
cooperation. In treating the topic
“Conciliarity and Authority in the Church” at
local, regional and universal levels, the
Commission undertook a phase of study on the
ecclesiological and canonical consequences of the
sacramental nature of the Church. This will
permit us to address some of the principal
questions that are still unresolved. We are
committed to offer unceasing support, as in the
past, to the work entrusted to this Commission
and we accompany its members with our prayers.

3. As Pastors, we have first of all reflected on
the mission to proclaim the Gospel in today’s
world. This mission, “Go, make disciples of all
nations” (Mt 28:19), is today more timely and
necessary than ever, even in traditionally
Christian countries. Moreover, we cannot ignore
the increase of secularization, relativism, even
nihilism, especially in the Western world. All
this calls for a renewed and powerful
proclamation of the Gospel, adapted to the
cultures of our time. Our traditions represent
for us a patrimony which must be continually
shared, proposed, and interpreted anew. This is
why we must strengthen our cooperation and our common witness before the world.

4. We have viewed positively the process that has
led to the formation of the European Union. Those
engaged in this great project shouldnot fail to
take into consideration all aspects affecting the
inalienable rights of the human person,
especially religious freedom, a witness and
guarantor of respect for all other freedoms. In
every step towards unification, minorities must
be protected, with their cultural traditions and
the distinguishing features of their religion. In
Europe, while remaining open to other religions
and to their cultural contributions, we must
unite our efforts to preserve Christian roots,
traditions and values, to ensure respect for
history, and thus to contribute to the European
culture of the future and to the quality of human
relations at every level. In this context, how
could we not evoke the very ancient witnesses and
the illustrious Christian heritage of the land in
which our meeting is taking place, beginning with
what the Acts of the Apostles tells us concerning
the figure of Saint Paul, Apostle of the
Gentiles? In this land, the Gospel message and
the ancient cultural tradition met. This link,
which has contributed so much to the Christian
heritage that we share, remains timely and will
bear more fruit in the future for evangelization and for our unity.

5. Our concern extends to those parts of
today’s world where Christians live and to the
difficulties they have to face, particularly
poverty, wars and terrorism, but equally to
various forms of exploitation of the poor, of
migrants, women and children. We are called to
work together to promote respect for the rights
of every human being, created in the image and
likeness of God, and to foster economic, social
and cultural development. Our theological and
ethical traditions can offer a solid basis for a
united approach in preaching and action. Above
all, we wish to affirm that killing innocent
people in God’s name is an offence against him
and against human dignity. We must all commit
ourselves to the renewed service of humanity and
the defence of human life, every human life.

We take profoundly to heart the cause of peace in
the Middle East, where our Lord lived, suffered,
died and rose again, and where a great multitude
of our Christian brethren have lived for
centuries. We fervently hope that peace will be
re-established in that region, that respectful
coexistence will be strengthened between the
different peoples that live there, between the
Churches and between the different religions
found there. To this end, we encourage the
establishment of closer relationships between
Christians, and of an authentic and honest
interreligious dialogue, with a view to combating
every form of violence and discrimination.

6. At present, in the face of the great threats
to the natural environment, we want to express
our concern at the negative consequences for
humanity and for the whole of creation which can
result from economic and technological progress
that does not know its limits. As religious
leaders, we consider it one of our duties to
encourage and to support all efforts made to
protect God’s creation, and to bequeath to
future generations a world in which they will be able to live.

7. Finally, our thoughts turn towards all of you,
the faithful of our two Churches throughout the
world, Bishops, priests, deacons, men and women
religious, lay men and women engaged in ecclesial
service, and all the baptized. In Christ we greet
other Christians, assuring them of our prayers
and our openness to dialogue and cooperation. In
the words of the Apostle of the Gentiles, we
greet all of you: “Grace to you and peace from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 1:2).

At the Phanar, 30 November 2006

XVI Bartholomew I

Pro-lifers call on Rick Warren to bar Barack Obama from AIDS summit

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 2:14 pm

Members of Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California are hosting a two-day summit on the global AIDS crisis in an effort to “serve the hurting like Jesus did.” But the event is not without critics — among them conservative Christians.

The event, which begins Nov. 30 and concludes on World AIDS Day Dec. 1, will feature Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), among others. But according to some evangelicals, and Southern Baptists in particular, Warren cannot hope to fight the “evil” of AIDS while “justifying another” evil — abortion. In a Nov. 28 letter, representatives from 18 pro-life groups condemned Warren for inviting Obama, who supports abortion rights.

“In the strongest possible terms, we oppose Rick Warren’s decision to ignore Senator Obama’s clear pro-death stance and invite him to Saddleback Church anyway,” the letter said. “If Senator Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis. You cannot fight one evil while justifying another. The evangelical church can provide no genuine help for those who suffer from AIDS if those involved do not first have their ethic of life firmly rooted in the Word of God.”

The signatures on the letter included Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, and Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association.

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Bishops develop proposal responding to ‘Appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury’

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 10:53 am


A group of bishops, including Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has developed a proposal responding to “An Appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury” addressing what other petitioning bishops and dioceses have termed “alternative primatial oversight” or “alternative primatial relationship.” Full texts of the group’s response and accompanying statement follow here.
A Response to “An Appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury”

Some bishops and dioceses of the Episcopal Church have requested that the Archbishop of Canterbury provide what they have variously called “alternative primatial oversight” or an “alternative primatial relationship.” In consultation with the Presiding Bishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury proposed that a number of bishops from the Episcopal Church meet to explore a way forward. A first meeting took place in September, and a second meeting in November developed the following proposal that seeks to address the concerns of those parishes and dioceses which for serious theological reasons feel a need for space, and to encourage them to remain within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

1. Taking seriously the concerns of the petitioning bishops and dioceses, the Presiding Bishop, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, will appoint a Primatial Vicar in episcopal orders to serve as the Presiding Bishop’s designated pastor in such dioceses. The Primatial Vicar could preside at consecrations of bishops in these dioceses. The Primatial Vicar could also serve the dioceses involved on any other appropriate matters either at the initiative of the Presiding Bishop or at the request of the petitioning dioceses.

2. The Primatial Vicar would be accountable to the Presiding Bishop and would report to an Advisory Panel that would consist of the designee of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Presiding Bishop’s designee, a bishop of The Episcopal Church selected by the petitioning dioceses, and the President of the House of Deputies (or designee).

3. This arrangement for a Primatial Vicar does not affect the administrative or other canonical duties of the Presiding Bishop except to the degree that the Presiding Bishop may wish to delegate, when appropriate, some of those duties to the Primatial Vicar. The Primatial Vicar and the Advisory Panel shall function in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.

4. Individual congregations who dissent from the decisions of their diocesan leadership are reminded of the availability of Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight and its process of appeal.

5. This arrangement is provisional in nature, in effect for three years, beginning January 1, 2007. During that time, the Presiding Bishop is asked to monitor its efficacy and to consult with the House of Bishops and the Executive Council regarding this arrangement and possible future developments.


A group of bishops, including the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, gathered at the initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has developed a proposal for the appointment of a Primatial Vicar in response to those bishops and dioceses that have requested what they termed “alternative primatial oversight” or an “alternative primatial relationship.”

Those present at the September meeting, in addition to Bishops Griswold and Jefferts Schori, included Bishops Peter James Lee of Virginia, and Bishop John Lipscomb of Southwest Florida, as co-conveners, and Bishops James Stanton of Dallas, Edward Salmon of South Carolina, Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, Jack Iker of Fort Worth, Dorsey Henderson of Upper South Carolina, Robert O’Neill of Colorado, and Mark Sisk of New York. Bishop Don Wimberly of Texas was invited but did not attend. The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion was also present at the September meeting.

The same bishops and Canon Kearon were invited to the November meeting with the exception of Bishop Griswold who had completed his tenure as Presiding Bishop. Bishop Don Johnson of West Tennessee joined the group in November. Bishops Salmon, Stanton, Iker, Duncan and Wimberly did not attend the November meeting. Bishop Lipscomb, who had been involved in the planning of the meeting, was unexpectedly hospitalized at the time of the November meeting, sent his sincere regrets, and was briefed on the meeting at its conclusion.

The proposal provides for the appointment by the Presiding Bishop, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury of a Primatial Vicar as the Presiding Bishop’s designated pastor to bishops and dioceses that have requested such oversight. The Primatial Vicar, in episcopal orders, could preside at consecrations of bishops in those dioceses. The Primatial Vicar, accountable to the Presiding Bishop, would report to an advisory panel that would include the designees of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, and a bishop of the Episcopal Church selected by the dioceses petitioning for pastoral care by the Primatial Vicar.

The response makes clear that the arrangement does not affect the administrative or other canonical duties of the Presiding Bishop except to the degree that the Presiding Bishop may wish to delegate some of those duties to the Primatial Vicar. The response also specifies that the Primatial Vicar and the Advisory Panel shall function in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church.

The response drafted at the New York November 27th meeting is provisional in nature, beginning January 1, 2007 and continuing for three years. The New York group asked the Presiding Bishop to monitor its efficacy, and to consult with the House of Bishops and the Executive Council regarding the arrangement and possible future developments.

The response has been submitted to the Archbishop of Canterbury and to the bishops of the petitioning dioceses.

Bishop Lee of Virginia, co-convenor of the meetings that drafted the response said: “The group was conscious of the need to respond quickly to the needs of parishes and dioceses which felt themselves to be under pressure and sought a proposal which could be put into place without delay. Accordingly, this is a provisional measure that is entirely within the discretion of the Presiding Bishop and requires no canonical change nor any action by the General Convention. It is intended to provide some space for dioceses and congregations that feel they need it while the Anglican Communion sorts out more lasting measures to deal with differences. Those of us who drafted it hope it will be received and used in good faith.”

Lure of Great Wealth Affects Career Choices

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 10:48 am

A decade into the practice of medicine, still striving to become “a well regarded physician-scientist,” Robert H. Glassman concluded that he was not making enough money. So he answered an ad in the New England Journal of Medicine from a business consulting firm hiring doctors.

And today, after moving on to Wall Street as an adviser on medical investments, he is a multimillionaire.

Such routes to great wealth were just opening up to physicians when Dr. Glassman was in school, graduating from Harvard College in 1983 and Harvard Medical School four years later. Hoping to achieve breakthroughs in curing cancer, his specialty, he plunged into research, even dreaming of a Nobel Prize, until Wall Street reordered his life.

Just how far he had come from a doctor’s traditional upper-middle-class expectations struck home at the 20th reunion of his college class. By then he was working for Merrill Lynch and soon would become a managing director of health care investment banking.

“There were doctors at the reunion — very, very smart people,” Dr. Glassman recalled in a recent interview. “They went to the top programs, they remained true to their ethics and really had very pure goals. And then they went to the 20th-year reunion and saw that somebody else who was 10 times less smart was making much more money.”

The opportunity to become abundantly rich is a recent phenomenon not only in medicine, but in a growing number of other professions and occupations. In each case, the great majority still earn fairly uniform six-figure incomes, usually less than $400,000 a year, government data show. But starting in the 1990s, a significant number began to earn much more, creating a two-tier income stratum within such occupations.

The divide has emerged as people like Dr. Glassman, who is 45, latched onto opportunities within their fields that offered significantly higher incomes. Some lawyers and bankers, for example, collect much larger fees than others in their fields for their work on business deals and cases.

Others have moved to different, higher-paying fields — from academia to Wall Street, for example — and a growing number of entrepreneurs have seen windfalls tied largely to expanding financial markets, which draw on capital from around the world. The latter phenomenon has allowed, say, the owner of a small mail-order business to sell his enterprise for tens of millions instead of the hundreds of thousands that such a sale might have brought 15 years ago.

Three decades ago, compensation among occupations differed far less than it does today. That growing difference is diverting people from some critical fields, experts say. The American Bar Foundation, a research group, has found in its surveys, for instance, that fewer law school graduates are going into public-interest law or government jobs and filling all the openings is becoming harder.

Something similar is happening in academia, where newly minted Ph.D.’s migrate from teaching or research to more lucrative fields. Similarly, many business school graduates shun careers as experts in, say, manufacturing or consumer products for much higher pay on Wall Street.

And in medicine, where some specialties now pay far more than others, young doctors often bypass the lower-paying fields. The Medical Group Management Association, for example, says the nation lacks enough doctors in family practice, where the median income last year was $161,000.

“The bigger the prize, the greater the effort that people are making to get it,” said Edward N. Wolff, a New York University economist who studies income and wealth. “That effort is draining people away from more useful work.”

Interesting to read this the day after I preached on the tenth commandment on Sundau in a series on the ten commandments. Read it all.

Archbishop appoints woman to top theological post

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 8:43 am

Congratulations to Esther Mombo.

An Interview with Bishop Robert Duncan

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:37 am

You’re the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion Network - does that present any pastoral or spiritual conflicts for you?

If I could do what I wanted to do, I’d be a parish priest. But right now I’m doing what I think God wants me to do. … My pastoral heart is for the work in Pittsburgh.

Your own diocese has joined the network - has that created problems for those in your diocese who are not at odds with the Episcopal Church?

Sure. I’ve certainly offered if they want to join another diocese or go under another bishop, they could. In some ways they’ve decided that it’s more fun to stay and fight. … I’ve had two of my 70 congregations gather and sue me in court in Pittsburgh … saying that we’re not fit trustees of what’s been entrusted to us in the diocese. That was settled out of court.

Bishop Howard has sued a church in Jacksonville that quit his diocese but remains on the property where it worships. Is that happening a lot around the country?

It’s happening in some places. In some places there are settlements being made where a diocese and a congregation come to an agreement without recourse to the courts. I’m pressing the national leadership [of the Episcopal Church] for a negotiated settlement in all these cases.

Some overseas Anglican bishops have urged American congregations not to fight over property. Do you advise them to just pick up and go?

No. … Their advice is an exhortation to make sure we don’t make it [property] our god. The question I want to ask is, for a church that hasn’t changed what it believes or where it stands, and whose people have built the buildings, often with no diocesan involvement, why should they turn that property over to somebody who has no interest in it except the claim of a hierarchical church?

Have you been gravitating toward any particular Scripture or prayers during this turbulent time in the church’s history?
Certainly in this time the story of the Exodus in the Book of Exodus has been something I’ve thought about and quoted as we’ve gone through this time. What has astounded me about the Episcopal Church and its majority has been its hardness of heart . … I would have guessed we would have dealt with this in a kind and charitable way, but that’s not what happened. The Lord hardened their hearts - just like he hardened Pharaoh’s heart.”

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One in every 32 American Adults in Jails, on Probation or Parole

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:25 am

A record 7 million people _ or one in every 32 American adults _ were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.

More than 4.1 million people were on probation and 784,208 were on parole at the end of 2005. Prison releases are increasing, but admissions are increasing more.

Men still far outnumber women in prisons and jails, but the female population is growing faster. Over the past year, the female population in state or federal prison increased 2.6 percent while the number of male inmates rose 1.9 percent. By year’s end, 7 percent of all inmates were women. The gender figures do not include inmates in local jails.

“Today’s figures fail to capture incarceration’s impact on the thousands of children left behind by mothers in prison,” Marc Mauer, the executive director of the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based group supporting criminal justice reform, said in a statement. “Misguided policies that create harsher sentences for nonviolent drug offenses are disproportionately responsible for the increasing rates of women in prisons and jails.”

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Dwight Longenecker: In just over one month I will be ordained a Catholic priest. My wife will be in the front row.

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:20 am

In just over one month I will be ordained a Catholic priest. My wife will be in the front row. My oldest son will be an altar server. My daughter and younger sons will present my priestly vestments as part of the ordination rite.

Since I was a married Anglican priest when I became a Catholic, the Church allows me to be dispensed from the vow of celibacy. Remember, celibacy is a discipline of the Church and not a doctrine. This exception is processed through a special office set up to deal with each case as it arises.

When a married former Episcopalian or Anglican is given permission to marry, is Rome changing the rule about priestly celibacy? No. These few exceptions prove the rule. Those of us who are given “special treatment” are not pushing for clergy to marry or for the Church to ordain married men. The tradition of priestly celibacy is the norm in the Roman Church, and none of us wishes to campaign for a change to that discipline.

However, the presence of married clergy through this exception (as well as their presence in the various Uniate churches) does raise some interesting questions. They are questions that I ponder as I face a life within the Catholic priesthood while being married with a young family. The questions are practical, theological and spiritual.

Read it all.

Pope’s mass at Ephesus is a picture of a church embattled

November 30th, 2006 posted by kendall at 6:20 am

On the second day of his visit to Turkey, Pope Benedict turned parish priest, celebrating Mass with 250 people beside a house where the Virgin Mary is reputed to have spent her last years. He also honoured the name of an Italian Catholic priest shot dead in February by a Turkish teenager, apparently in an act of revenge during the row over “blasphemous” Danish cartoons.

“Let us sing joyfully,” the Pope told the congregation, one of the smallest in memory for a papal mass, “even when we are tested by difficulties and dangers as we have learnt from the fine witness given by the Reverend Andrea Santoro.” Fr Santoro was shot while praying in his church in Trabzon, a former Greek enclave on the Black Sea coast. His murderer, Oguzhan Aydin, 16, was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

The sense of a church embattled and besieged was strongly present during the ceremony. On Tuesday, the Pope was a head of state and the head of a world religion, chauffered from one stiff state engagement in Ankara, the Turkish capital, to another. Yesterday, he celebrated mass before parishioners who crowded in among the olive trees next to “Mary’s House”. He did not say whether Mary moved here from Jerusalem some time after her son Jesus was crucified AD30 but simply called Ephesus - the ancient Greek name for the area - “a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy”. He focused on theological questions rather than scant historical facts.

Read it all and guess how many of the 70 million in Turkey are Christians before you click.

Bishop Schofield Responds to Bishop Schori’s Letter of November 20th

November 29th, 2006 posted by kendall at 8:04 pm

Diocese of San Joaquin: November 29, 2006

Bishop Schofield Responds to Bishop Schori’s Letter of November 20th.

November 28, 2006

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori
The Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Dear Bishop Schori:

Greetings in the name of our Lord and only Savior Jesus Christ.

I am in receipt of your letter to me and wish to make clear from the outset that I have always remained faithful to my vows as an ordained bishop in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. At my consecration, I vowed to “guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church of God.” I was charged by my chief consecrator to “Feed the flock of Christ committed to [my] charge, guard and defend them in his truth, and be a faithful steward of his holy Word and Sacraments.” I carry out my vow by defending and propagating “the historic Faith and Order” which The Episcopal Church commits to upholding in the preamble of its own Constitution.

In 2003, the General Convention committed itself to a theological path that is irreconcilable with the Anglican faith this Church has received and has torn the fabric of the entire Communion. The Primates repeated calls for repentance have not been heeded. More than half of the Primates and Provinces of the Anglican Communion have declared themselves to be in impaired or broken communion with The Episcopal Church. Beyond our Anglican Communion, relations throughout Christendom have been profoundly strained. With obvious reference to innovations and novelties introduced by The Episcopal Church, last week Pope Benedict XVI publically stated to Archbishop Rowan Williams that recent developments, “especially concerning ordained ministry and certain moral teachings,” have affected not only the internal relations within the Anglican Communion but also relations between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church.

The Episcopal Church, as an institution, is walking a path of apostasy and those faithful to God’s Word are forced to make painful choices.

At a diocesan level, the choice is between continuing membership in an unrepentant, apostate institution or following Holy Scripture and the Anglican faith. Whether or not the Diocese of San Joaquin will continue its institutional membership in The Episcopal Church is a choice that will be made by the people and the clergy and not by me. They will express their collective will as provided in the diocesan governing documents which were approved by the General Convention when the diocese was first admitted to membership.

It is important to point out that the vote at the Diocesan Convention in December 2006 is neither final nor irrevocable. Should the Constitutional amendments being proposed pass the “first reading,” then the diocese will simply have positioned itself to make a final decision at a second consecutive Annual Convention in 2007 if that proves God’s call.

Under our diocesan constitution, the second and final reading is automatically scheduled for October 2007. The setting of the exact date may be advanced or delayed by the bishop. There are some significant factors that would influence such a decision.

First, at the meeting with the leading Primates of the Global South in Virginia, November 15-17 this year, the Global South Primates Steering Committee encouraged us by supporting our faithful stand and commitment to Christ, and they expressed a desire to be of help to us to relieve our untenable position. They have promised assistance, the form of which they will bring to the entire Primates meeting scheduled for Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in February 2007. In the meantime, in keeping with the goals of the Windsor Report and positioning ourselves to accept the Primates’ help, we are responding to the Primates who called upon us to remain flexible until the details are worked out.

An additional consideration was your letter to me. I believe you have shown wisdom and restraint by not issuing an ultimatum. Instead, you have invited further discussion which could possibly lead to some degree of reconciliation. In recognition of what you have proposed, I, too, will exercise restraint by not advancing the date of what could be an historic and final act. However, should proceedings be instituted against me as threatened in your letter, I would not feel obliged to exercise restraint. My prayer is that neither of us takes action which upsets the delicate balance which now exists until the Primates have given us direction at their February 2007 meeting. Until then, powerful forces will be at work that will ultimately shape the future.

I pray that God’s will be revealed to us all.

You may be assured of my prayers for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and guidance.

In Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John-David M. Schofield, SSC
Bishop of San Joaquin


On a Personal Note

November 29th, 2006 posted by kendall at 7:58 pm

I have been getting a lot of emails lately which have a similar theme: you have been quiet lately, are you all right?

I appreciate the concern. Tomorrow I am journeying back to New York for the third time in the last five weeks to see my Mom and Dad, since my Mom continues to battle ovarian cancer, radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and other challenges–like the visits of her two sons. Also, since August I have been on a very serious supervised diet. Between these two things and the upcoming diocesan transition from one bishop to another there is just a little going on! So please continue to pray for me. Thanks–KSH.

South African Lesbians wait for wedding bells to chime

November 29th, 2006 posted by kendall at 7:37 pm

South African lesbians Franci Schoeman and Bianca Berrios got “married” two years ago but are now primed for the real thing as same-sex unions become legal for the first time on the continent.

The Anglican pastor who risked earning the church’s wrath by solemnising their union in a ceremony not recognised by law said he would be happy to perform the rites all over again.

“It is something I did and would do again. I believe they love each other and should be taken seriously,” he said, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Schoeman and Berrios are readying for a “bigger and better bachelors’ party” than the first time around before exchanging their I dos.

Parliament’s decision this month to approve same-sex marriages, which must come into force by December 1, was the latest step in the government’s bid to banish discrimination in all its forms after the downfall of apartheid in 1994.

The overwhelming vote for the Bill was guaranteed by the unanimous support of the ruling African National Congress, but the measure remains vehemently denounced by smaller conservative parties.

Read it all.

Doug LeBlanc: You do have to go through Lambeth to remain Anglican

November 29th, 2006 posted by kendall at 7:35 pm

Some of my fellow conservatives talk about Archbishop Williams as if one more meeting, usually of the primates, will force him to cast his lot either with the Global South or with the Episcopal Church. Some conservatives talk, with what seems to be utter seriousness, about their vision for an Anglicanism that does not depend on being in communion with the archbishop of Canterbury.

I can think of only one thing to call this: crazy talk. Churches do, of course, declare themselves Anglican and in the same breath declare their independence from the archbishop of Canterbury. As the editors of Anglicans Online have pointed out, there is no copyright on the word Anglican.

But honest Anglicans who are serious about catholic order will recognize that a Canterbury-free Anglicanism carries the same ecclesial credibility as the late Marcel Lefebvre’s decades-long insistence that he, not the bishop of Rome, represented true Catholicism. How many legions has the pope? Quite enough to make Lefebvrites look like buffoonish upstarts.

As Episcopalians’ arguments with one another grow more pointed and angry, I sense a fairly widespread denial that Archbishop Williams intends to oversee an Anglican Communion that still includes the Episcopal Church, the Church of Nigeria, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of Uganda — you get the picture. Both sides will continue wishing that he would slap the other side upside the head. Both sides will keep wishing that one radical action too many will bring sudden clarity to a debate that only grows messier with each passing month.

I have a feeling that Archbishop Williams will remain the coolest head of the Anglican Communion in the months and years ahead. With the other three Instruments of Unity (the Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates Meeting and the Lambeth Conference), he will affirm the mind of the communion and work to keep its body from blowing itself into a thousand pieces. He will continue to befuddle his critics. The archbishop will abide.

Read it all.

No room in the plaza for `Nativity Story’

November 29th, 2006 posted by kendall at 7:31 pm

A Nativity display has a spot at this year’s holiday celebrations in Daley Plaza. So does an Islamic crescent and a Jewish menorah.

But clips from a film celebrating the birth of baby Jesus are too much for the Christkindlmarket, a Christmas festival held at the plaza for more than 10 years.

Stung by criticism that the film’s maker was dropped as a sponsor to ensure the event appealed to all faiths, city officials said Tuesday they objected to “The Nativity Story” because it was too commercial.

“This particular incident is about a movie studio aggressively marketing a movie and trying to sell tickets to that movie,” said Veronica Resa, spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

Still, that explanation has failed to appease critics, who were swift to spread the word about a new aggressor in what some see as the annual “war on Christmas.” The controversy highlights the difficulty Americans have as Dec. 25 approaches in reconciling the distinction between secular and religious celebrations of Christmas.

“It is politically correct nonsense gone amok,” said Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America. “It’s another symptom of narrow-minded city officials and businesses who want to cash in on Christmas without acknowledging Jesus.”

The dispute flared when the German American Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the yearly festival, asked the city for guidance regarding New Line Cinema’s sponsorship.

Jim Law, the city’s executive director of special events, said Monday that showing scenes from the film would be “insensitive to the many people of different faiths” who attend the festival. Officials amended their position Tuesday, citing guidelines “to refuse or reduce any blatant commercial message.”

City officials said their original advice was blown out of proportion. A spokesman for the chamber referred all calls to the city.

Read it all.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday late afternoon posts

A roundup of links re: Bishop Schori’s investiture

November 4th, 2006 posted by admin at 6:00 pm

Updated 6:00 Eastern with two new ENS articles, and Integrity Press Release

We’ll be updating this thread periodically tonight as we come across stories or blog entries. When Kendall gets back online we’ll let him choose what to post as separate entries


Sermon and Investiture Webcast
Bishop Schori’s investiture sermon and reader comments

Open Discussion thread during Webcast

NEW!*** For those of you who could not watch the live webcast, videos of the service are HERE (under the Features listing) ***


Media Articles:
Associated Press [Rachel Zoll]: Episcopalians install female leader [related comment thread]

St. Petersburg Times: Reconciliation is Her Byword.
[related comment thread]

The Living Church: Historic Investiture of New Presiding Bishop

ENS [Mary Frances Schjonberg] Amid prayer and ’shalom,’ Katharine Jefferts Schori invested as Episcopal Church’s 26th Presiding Bishop

Lots of pictures from ENS here.

ENS [Matthew Davies]: International guests bring global context to Jefferts Schori’s investiture

ENS [Daphne Mack]: Thousands line up outside Cathedral poised to observe history in the making


Other Statements, Blog entries

Integrity Press Release: Integrity Has High Expectations for New Primate [related comment thread]

Bloggers who attended the investiture:
Jim Naughton, Baby Blue, Uncle Dino

A Statement Just Released by Ted Haggard’s Former Parish

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:24 pm

Read it all (hat tip: Matt Kennedy).

Here’s the text since we know some folks don’t have Adobe Reader for PDF files:

Dear New Lifers and friends of New Life Church,

This is the press release from the Board of Overseers that will be released to the media this afternoon. We want you to know first what the actions of the overseers are going to be.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Ted and his family and let’s all continue to stand strong together for the kingdom of God. We will get through this together. Remember, New Life Church has never been a man, or a building or anything else–we are a family.

Pastor Ross

November 4, 2006

New Life Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado

We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard. Our investigation and Pastor Haggard’s public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct.

The language of our church bylaws state that as Overseers we must decide in cases where the Senior Pastor has “demonstrated immoral conduct” whether we must “remove the pastor from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary.”

In consultation with leading evangelicals and experts familiar with the type of behavior Pastor Haggard has demonstrated, we have decided that the most positive and productive direction for our church is his dismissal and removal.

In addition, the Overseers will continue to explore the depth of Pastor Haggard’s offense so that a plan of healing and restoration can begin. Pastor Haggard and his wife have been informed of this decision. They have agreed as well that he should be dismissed and that a new pastor for New Life Church should be selected according to the rules of replacement in the bylaws.

That process will begin immediately in hopes that a new pastor can be confirmed by the end of the year 2006. In the interim, Ross Parsley will function as the leader of the church with full support of the Overseers. A letter of explanation and apology by Pastor Haggard as well as a word of encouragement from Gayle Haggard will be read in the 9:00 and 11:00 service of New Life Church.


November 4th, 2006 posted by admin at 5:22 pm

Source: Integrity Press Release


November 4, 2006, Washington, DC—“The election of the first primate in the history of the Anglican Communion is, indeed, part of ‘the year of the Lord’s favor,’” said Integrity President Rev. Susan Russell, echoing Bishop Schori’s Gospel text at her historic investiture today. “We support her wholeheartedly! We also believe that same gospel text demands revisiting BO33—the controversial resolution passed at the church’s General Convention last June, which institutionalized de facto discrimination against gay and lesbian candidates for the episcopate.”

Russell also announced that Integrity USA has allocated a gift of $7500 to Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation in solidarity with Bishop Schori’s support of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. “This is the vital work of the Gospel and Integrity will partner with our new Presiding Bishop in furthering this important work and finding new ways to work together in the future. At the same time, we remind the Presiding Bishop of the commitment she made last summer in Columbus—both to the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies—that the divisive, discriminatory resolution BO33 must be, in her own words, ‘revisited in the very near future.’ The future is now.”

“The future,” said Russell, “began at today’s investiture. We expect Bishop Schori will acknowledge the wave of BO33 dissents which are being passed at diocesan conventions across the church—so far by California, El Camino Real, Michigan, Northern Michigan, Olympia, Rochester and Utah—with more pending. A ‘mind of the church’ is emerging that unity at the price of injustice is unacceptable. BO33 simply hasn’t worked. We expect BO33’s failure will be at the top of the Presiding Bishop’s to-do list.”

Russell noted that the investiture service was “streamed” all over the world. “The good news of the Episcopal Church is not only alive but thriving. That is why the hopes of Integrity’s membership—and all who believe that God’s love is limitless—are so high on this great day.”

Minister Admits Buying Drug but Denies Tryst

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:20 pm

After denying that he had ever met a gay escort who claimed to have had a three-year sexual relationship with him, the Rev. Ted Haggard admitted yesterday that he had summoned the escort to give him a massage in a Denver hotel room and bought methamphetamine from him.

But Mr. Haggard, one of the nation’s leading evangelical ministers, maintained that the two men never had sex and that he threw out the drugs without using them.

“I never kept it very long because it was wrong,” Mr. Haggard said, smiling grimly and submitting to questions from a television reporter as he pulled out of his driveway yesterday, his wife, Gayle, silent in the passenger seat. “I was tempted, I bought it, but I never used it.”

Mr. Haggard’s explanation came two days after the male escort, Michael Jones, stepped forward to claim that Mr. Haggard was a monthly client for the last three years. On Thursday, Mr. Haggard had resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as pastor of his 14,000-member Colorado Springs megachurch, pending an independent investigation of the accusations.

The escort failed a lie detector test on Friday that he had volunteered to take, but the man who administered the test said the results might have been skewed because Mr. Jones had slept little and was suffering from a migraine. Mr. Jones insisted he was telling the truth and said he would take another lie detector test.

Mr. Haggard’s difficulties are bound to echo beyond his own church, especially on the eve of the midterm elections. He is at the center of several intersecting evangelical power circles and has ties to the Bush administration.

Read the whole article.

Anglican Mainstream Statement about what Transpired in New Zealand

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:05 pm

From there:

“Today is a sad day for the Anglican Communion. Despite well-founded objections and protests the Bishop of Dunedin has knowingly and deliberately ordained a man in a committed same-sex relationship as a deacon into the Anglican Church of Aotearoa on Saturday November 4 in contravention of the constitution of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa.

We call on the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa to disassociate themselves from this precipitate action outside the Windsor Process which has specifically called for a moratorium on all such breaches of the agreed teaching and discipline of the Anglican Communion. By their silence the other Bishops and Archbishops of the Church in New Zealand are failing in their duty to guard the faith and drive away error. If they are giving their support to the Dunedin ordination, they would appear to be wanting to take their church out of the global Anglican Communion in the same way as the leadership of ECUSA is doing.

We express our strong support for the witness of the Latimer Fellowship and Anglican Mainstream New Zealand to the concern for obeying God’s will for the health and wholeness of human society and for the good ordering of his people in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and hope others will do the same.”

Dr Philip Giddings Convenor, Anglican Mainstream
Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary

New Life Church E-Mail on Ted Haggard

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 5:01 pm

From here:

The following is an e-mail obtained by NPR that was sent to members of the New Life Church by Acting Senior Pastor Ross Parsley.

Dear New Lifers and friends of New Life Church,

Many of you have expressed concern about today’s news regarding our pastor. Thank you all for your prayers and support, and for your concern for our church family.

As you’ve likely heard by now, Pastor Ted has voluntarily placed himself on administrative leave as New Life’s senior pastor to allow our external board of overseers to work effectively. Below is the statement that we released to the media on Thursday afternoon.

Since that time, the board of overseers has met with Pastor Ted. It is important for you to know that he confessed to the overseers that some of the accusations against him are true. He has willingly and humbly submitted to the authority of the board of overseers, and will remain on administrative leave during the course of the investigation.

I am serving as the acting senior pastor of New Life Church. I met with the pastoral staff and elders Thursday night, and I assure you that the leadership team is strong and united. We remain resolute in our commitment to serving New Life Church and the people of our community.

Please continue to keep Ted and Gayle and their family in your prayers.

I love serving God with you all,

Ross Parsley

November 2, 2006

No matter what one thinks about this mess (and there is still much we do not know), I sincerely hope some will pause and pray for the leadership of New Life Church. They have a big challenge ahead–KSH.

Pope to meet Archbishop of Canterbury

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 4:48 pm

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, the worldwide head of the Anglican communion, will meet with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) in a private audience on November 23.

The Anglican leader will be making his first official visit to the Vatican since the election of Benedict XVI in April 2005. Archbishop Williams met with Pope John Paul II (bio - news) at the Vatican in October 2003.

The November 23 date of the papal audience carries special significance, because it marks the 40th anniversary of the day when Pope Paul VI greeted Archbishop Michael Ramsey, in the first meeting between the Roman Pontiff and the Archbishop of Canterbury since the Reformation.

Read it all.

Update: there is an AP article there.

ENS: Episcopal Majority meets, affirms reconciliation

November 4th, 2006 posted by admin at 3:49 pm

By Pat McCaughan
Friday, November 03, 2006

[Episcopal News Service] Getting organized and “waging reconciliation” was on the agenda as the newly created Episcopal Majority met for the first time November 3 to become advocates for a moderate voice within the Anglican Communion.

“We need to wage reconciliation, to constantly work for dialogue and conversation, reaching out and touching others who are different than us,” Bishop Jon Bruno of Los Angeles told the gathering during a keynote address frequently interrupted by appreciative applause.

Bruno quoted Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, on the eve of her investiture: “At our meeting at Kanuga, Katharine told a story about how whales come to the breeding ground, singing one song, but they go away singing a new and different song because they’ve listened and heard what each other sang.”

The national gathering was planned to coincide with Jefferts Schori’s November 4 investiture. She did not attend the gathering “but sent us her blessing and said we have her support and that this is an important meeting,” the Rev. David Fly, an event organizer from Missouri, told the audience.

Fly said he and others organized the Episcopal Majority to give voice to the “broad middle majority” of Episcopalians who agree with the church and the direction it has taken regarding issues of human sexuality as well as Jefferts Schori’s election as primate.

About 150 participants from 46 dioceses, including several network dioceses, attended workshops on the Anglican covenant, how to communicate with one another, how to be a reconciling force amid the changing landscape of the Anglican Communion, and legal issues arising from the conflict within the church.

The group also elected the steering committee as a board of directors for a one-year period and authorized them to seek nonprofit status. Members of the steering committee, in addition to Fly, are: the Rev. William R. Coats, Diocese of Newark; the Hon. Robert P. Smith, Diocese of Florida; Lisa Fox, Diocese of Missouri; the Rev. Canon Mark Harris, Diocese of Delaware; Judy Wright Mathews, Diocese of Florida; the Very Rev. Thomas Woodward, Diocese of the Rio Grande; the Rev. Dr. George C. Bedell, Diocese of Florida; and the Rev. Dr. Richard Tombaugh, Diocese of Connecticut.

The Rev. Meg Ingalls, rector of Holy Trinity Church in Fruitland Park, Florida, was among several people who attended from dioceses affiliated with the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes.

“I came to see whether or not there was hope for the church,” said Ingalls, who is from the Diocese of Central Florida, which has asked the Archbishop of Canterbury for alternative primatial oversight.

But she added: “there is hope for tomorrow, I believe there’s hope. And in the meantime, we continue to work, we continue to love, we continue to reach out to send people to seminaries, to make sure we continue to uphold our dioceses as much as possible, even from a peripheral space, and hope for tomorrow.”

Participants at a workshop about the Anglican Covenant sent a variety of possible strategies to the steering committee. The committee will meet on the morning of November 4 to begin to plot a future course. Among those suggestions were ways to reach out to those in network dioceses, and to other like-minded churches throughout the Anglican Communion, such as churches in Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. The group also discussed a letter writing campaign to the Archbishop of Canterbury and attending the November 27 Inclusive Anglicans gathering in England and possibly to make pilgrimages to Nigeria and other nations, for one-on-one people contact.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley, of the Diocese of Washington, D.C., said citing the Chicago Lambeth Quadrilateral’s assertion, that “Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation,” might be a starting place for a new conversation.

“The Episcopal Church hasn’t violated that and everyone agrees to it,” he said.

Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who attended the meeting, said “we don’t want a covenant that tries to be a set of international canon law and is basically a format whereby we can punish any errant constituent church.”

Fly said General Convention fueled the idea for the group, then the gathering and said “our experience in the last four months has been a mountaintop experience.

“I feel God has led us to the mountaintop and allowed us to look over and see other side, and what I see is hope. What I have heard tonight and all day long is hope and I just want to celebrate that. We have something we’ve just begun, but it will be powerful in this church of ours.”


Here are several additional links to texts and materials about the Episcopal Majority group’s meeting in Washington this weekend.

From the Episcopal Majority Group’s blog:
* David Fly Introduces Remaining Faithful Gathering
* Waging Reconciliation, one of the talks presented by Christopher Wilkins, a Via Media Facilitator.

From the reasserting blog Episcopal Majority (focusing on scrutinizing Episcopal majority’s membership and goals)
* Organization aims to thwart Windsor Report

Jim Naughton of the Diocese of Washington has a preliminary report and a lot of links here.

Saturday November 4: Afternoon posts -- Includes Schori's investiture sermon

Conservative Paradise Valley Episcopal church to come under oversight of Rio Grande Bishop

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 1:03 pm

The Paradise Valley church where the late Sen. Barry Goldwater worshipped and where his ashes are interred, where renowned broadcaster Hugh Downs was last Sunday’s lay leader, has worked out an agreement with Arizona’s Episcopal bishop to transfer pastoral oversight to a New Mexico bishop “whose views more closely reflect that of the parish.”

It’s an arrangement that other Episcopal parishes nationally will watch closely as they wrestle with what they say is a denomination that has strayed from orthodoxy and traditional Anglican teachings. It was exacerbated in 2004 with the ordination and installation of the fi rst openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire. That event riled the 77 millionmember international Anglican community and prompted calls to separate from the American church over the issue of homosexuality.

Now Christ Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church, led by the Rev. Kenneth Semon, has completed a three-way agreement that still keeps it part of the Arizona diocese, gives it a different bishop for pastoral support and offers parish members a way to redirect fi nancial donations to areas other than the diocese.

Describing themselves as a “Christ-centered, Bible-based Anglican community,” Christ Church members and vestry have sought a way to respond to changes in the larger church. The church has weighed whether to do nothing and risk losing members, whether to bolt from the Episcopal Church or align with a foreign Anglican communion, as a large breakaway faction from St. James parish in Tempe has done. Some parishes have renounced the Episcopal Church and joined the new American Anglican Council, which touts tradition and orthodoxy.

With the daunting prospect that some Christ Church members were poised to leave if nothing was done, the vestry established a committee to develop options for the parish, whose church sits on land donated by Goldwater. (His home sat on a mountain just south of the campus.) “He had a fence around his property, but he had a gate, and he’d come down here,” Semon said. “He owned all this land but gave us four acres, and we bought four acres” for the church erected in 1975 and recently remodeled.

Rector of Christ Church since 1999, Semon believes that his church will better relate to the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Steenson, bishop of the Rio Grande Diocese, who was the third signer to the agreement. “We are really waiting for the Anglican community to work this out at a higher level and provide a structure for orthodox Episcopalians, so we can still be part of the Anglican community,” he said.

Read it all.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s investiture sermon

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 1:01 pm


4 November 2006
National Cathedral

Where is home for you? How would you define your home? A friend in Nevada said to me just before I left that he had thought I would only leave Nevada to go home, and in his mind, that meant Oregon. But in the six years I spent there, Nevada became home. The state song is even called, “Home means Nevada.” And for a place filled with folk who have come from elsewhere, that is quite remarkable – all sorts and conditions of rootless people trying to grow new roots in the desert.

So where is home for you? Des Moines or Anchorage or Taipei or San Salvador or Port au Prince?

What makes it home? Familiar landscape, a quality of life, or the presence of particular people?

Some people who engage this journey we call Christianity discover that home is found on the road, whether literally the restless travel that occupies some of us, or the hodos that is the Way of following the one we call the Christ. The home we ultimately seek is found in relationship with creator, with redeemer, with spirit. When Augustine says “our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee, O Lord” he means that our natural home is in God.

The great journey stories of the Hebrew Bible begin with leaving our home in Eden, they tell of wandering for a very long time in search of a new home in the land of promise, and they tell later of returning home from exile. And eventually Israel begins to realize that they are meant to build a home that will draw all the nations to Mount Zion. Isaiah’s great vision of a thanksgiving feast on a mountain, to which the whole world is invited, is part of that initial discovery of a universal home-building mission, meant for all. Jesus’ inauguration and incarnation of the heavenly banquet is about a home that does not depend on place, but on community gathered in the conscious presence of God.

In Death of the Hired Man, Robert Frost said that “home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” We all ache for a community that will take us in, with all our warts and quirks and petty meannesses – and yet they still celebrate when they see us coming! That vision of homegoing and homecoming that underlies our deepest spiritual yearnings is also the job assignment each one of us gets in baptism – go home, and while you’re at it, help to build a home for everyone else on earth. For none of us can truly find our rest in God until all of our brothers and sisters have also been welcomed home like the prodigal.

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Reconciliation is her byword

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:53 pm

A former oceanographer and bishop of the diocese of Nevada, Jefferts Schori’s election in June touched off widespread controversy in a church already split by disagreements on the ordination of gay priests.

We spoke with Jefferts Schori, a 52-year-old native of Pensacola, on the eve of her installation about the state of the Episcopal Church and her plans for unifying Episcopalians.

You’re a female bishop who supports the ordination of gays and lesbians, two things that did not sit well with many Episcopalians and Anglicans this summer. Did you foresee such a virulent reaction to your election?

I was aware that some of that reaction was a possibility … but it’s a fairly small minority in most places. They’re vocal. I certainly understand that they disagree. That’s a part of the richness and diversity of our tradition. We affirm the appropriateness of having a diversity of theological opinion, and we think that’s a blessing.

Some people worry that your election has hurt local churches as some members withhold finances. Have you heard about this?

Yes, there’s some withholding of finances, but people often vote with their pocketbooks. It’s not usually seen as a spiritually appropriate way of expressing dissent. But it’s certainly understandable.
Did you ever consider not accepting the position?


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From the Associated Press: Episcopalians install female leader

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:51 pm

Katharine Jefferts Schori took office Saturday as the first woman presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, a first not only for her denomination but also for the global Anglican Communion, which has never before had a female priest leading one of its provinces.

In a ceremony at the cavernous Washington National Cathedral, filled by more than 3,000 well-wishers, Jefferts Schori took leadership of the U.S. church as the Anglican rift over the Bible and sexuality threatens to erupt into schism.

Jefferts Schori, 52, was bishop of Nevada when she was the surprise winner of the election for presiding bishop at the Episcopal General Convention in June.

Worshippers stood and faced the doors of the cathedral as Jefferts Schori knocked and entered, wearing a multicolored robe and miter. She walked in a procession toward the front of the church, led by people waving streamers and flags, as applause filled the sanctuary.

Outgoing Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold turned over the symbol of her new authority, the primatial staff, to Jefferts Schori.

She will now represent the American denomination to the many Anglican leaders angered by the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Her job is further complicated by her personal support for Robinson’s election. She believes the church should ordain gays and bless same-sex couples, though she insists she won’t impose her views on others.

“If some in this church feel wounded by recent decisions, then our salvation, our health as a body, is at some hazard and it becomes the duty of all of us to seek healing and wholeness,” Jefferts Schori said in her sermon Saturday.

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First Episcopal female priests were ‘rebels’

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:49 pm

Today is a happy day for the Rev. Alison M. Cheek, once considered a feminist rebel.

Thirty-two years after Cheek and 10 other women — the Philadelphia 11 — were “irregularly” ordained as the first female priests in the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will be consecrated as the first female presiding bishop.

It’s not something Cheek ever would have imagined in 1974 when she was ordained without the church’s permission.

“I never in my born days thought it would happen so fast,” she said by telephone from her home in Maine.

Women struggled for more than 100 years to be equal partners in the church, she said. After they were approved for the priesthood by the 1976 General Convention, the next breakthrough was the election of the first female bishop in 1988.

“I think the visual image of a woman behind the altar is important,” Cheek said. “Different women bring different things: Some steer toward the male position, and others try to operate in a more collaborative way. I don’t like to generalize, but I think we bring a more human touch, and that can create a different atmosphere.”

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Bishop Robert Duncan’s Convention Address to Diocese of Pittsburgh

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:47 pm

Embracing Fruitfulness
The Bishop’s Address to the 141st Annual Convention

My Father cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every
branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
[John 15:2]

Fruitfulness…embracing fruitfulness: this is the theme of our 141st Annual Convention. Why this theme? Why now? The notion that we should focus on fruitfulness during the course of this last year was something that God gave to our good canon missioner, Mary Hays, back in January.

The theme of fruitfulness has been useful to us all, I think, but especially so to me this year as your bishop. This is the fifteenth time I have stood before you in an Annual Convention, the tenth time as diocesan bishop. Holy Scripture makes it plain that fruitfulness is our God’s evaluative category, the ground on which he judges the stewardship he has entrusted to us. From the very first instructions God speaks to Man and Woman – “Be fruitful and multiply.” [Gen. 1:28] – to the parables and teachings of our Lord, it is fruitfulness – increase – that is held up as the measure of fulfilling our purpose and His, the “measure of God’s pleasure,” if you will.


Worship (as represented by the 10th Anniversary Evensong) and Teaching and Fellowship and Pastoral Care (as symbolized by the Donegal event) do not, in themselves, produce new believers, but they are central to disciples who are committed to making new disciples. New disciples are brought through Christian outreach, in acts of love and service wherever there is human need or suffering, and in direct witness about Jesus Christ, with demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power, in every circumstance of human life. This explains our diocesan commitment to the Millenium Development Goals, to the .7% Lambeth Resolution, and to agencies like the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, Five Talents and ERD. Locally, conversion takes place in social ministries like healthcare and feeding and housing and short-term missions and youth ministries and summer camps. The measure of their fruitfulness is not in the numbers they serve, but, in fact, whether those served actually have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ presented and response made. How many homeless or hungry or dying or lost or adolescents actually make decisions to give the rest of their lives to Jesus and to His purposes? These are the fruitfulness questions. Many ministries and many congregations have ceased from their original fruitfulness because they have failed to embrace the pruning necessary to any kind of renewed fruitfulness. Has our message become “Jesus-lite” rather than the fullness of the radical living and demanding Jesus? The words in John 15:4 are haunting: “You cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Even moreso are the words from John15:2: “Every branch in me that bears no fruit [my Father] cuts off.”


One of the goals we set for ourselves for the first decade of the 21st century was to increase from 20,000 to 40,000 Episcopalians in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The truth is that some congregations have made remarkable contributions toward the goal, but mostly we are just staying even, and at present there seems no possibility of hitting the mark. Yet, it must be said that, if everyone of us brought one other person to saving faith in Jesus Christ in the next three years – and if they all joined our congregations and they mostly did not move away – we would be at 40,000 in 2010. Remember the 1:1:3 goal? Remember our hope of growing from 70 to 85 multiple-congregation parishes? We continue to have great challenges before us. Fruitfulness is the biblical measure of faithfulness. How must I be pruned, how must I be re-shaped, in order that Jesus can bear fruit through me? It is the great question for every Episcopalian (and every Christian), and for every congregation in our part of the world (and in every part of the world.) Why is it that in Nigeria and in Sabah (Malaysia) God’s people and their congregations are actually doing it, and not here? Let’s join them.


At its most fruitful, the Episcopal Church is only marginally fruitful. We here in Pittsburgh are only marginally fruitful. Our total membership grew a meager 1% last year, but our average Sunday attendance actually decreased by 63 souls! Again we ask, what must we change, what must we re-shape to be all that God intends? It is certainly not accommodation to the culture or compromise on the fullness of the Word of God or the person of Jesus Christ. Yet clearly it is also much more, for we can claim these minimums. From John 15 we are driven to ask, “What would it look like to be fully ‘in Him’ and consequently abundantly fruitful?”

This Convention faces another in its series of defining decisions. It is the Standing Committee’s judgment that the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting at Columbus in June did not adequately respond to the requests of the Anglican Communion in the Windsor Report. Moreover, it is the Standing Committee’s judgment, in light of her teachings on the nature and work of the Second Person of the Trinity and her teaching on and authorization of same-sex blessings, that the election and confirmation of the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to be Presiding Bishop is an aspect of the decision of the majority of the Episcopal Church to “walk apart” from the Anglican Communion. This “walking apart” is something the 140th Convention of this Diocese said, by resolution last year, it would not do. This “walking apart” is also something the Constitution of the Episcopal Church expressly rejects, committing us as “constituent members of the Anglican Communion, within the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, propagating the historic Faith and Order.” Consequently, in Resolution One, this Convention is asked to confirm the action of our Standing Committee to appeal to the archbishops of the Communion for “alternative primatial oversight.” The Convention is also asked to confirm the Standing Committee’s action in withdrawing consent, under Article VII of the federal Constitution, for membership in our internal domestic province, the Third Province, the Province of Washington. The Chancellor, Mr. Robert Devlin, has rendered opinions about the propriety of confirming both actions.

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Pittsburgh Episcopal Diocese Seeks Mediated Disengagement

November 4th, 2006 posted by kendall at 12:46 pm

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh voted yesterday at its annual diocesan convention to withdraw from a national church province and seek alternative oversight.

The clergy voted 97 to 14 in favor, with three abstentions, while the lay vote was 117 to 40, with 17 abstentions. The overwhelming vote, which was expected, does not change the diocese’s standing in the Episcopal Church. Nor will it have any immediate impact on the Pittsburgh diocese’s 20,000 members.

The resolution underscores the Pittsburgh diocese’s distancing from the national church’s new presiding bishop, the Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Pittsburgh Bishop Robert W. Duncan Jr. stressed yesterday that the resolution’s passage cements the diocese’s commitment to being part of the Episcopal Church and a constituent member within the 70-million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church, with 2.3 million members, is the American arm of the communion.

The resolution, he said, marks the diocese’s “continuing commitment to function under the constitution of the Episcopal Church …”

He said he would work with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori “to come to some mediated disengagement that will allow all of us to get on with the mission [of the church] as we understand it.”

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