30 June 2008

Bishop Chane offers comment on Archbishop Williams' response to Gafcon

from the Times....(via Ruth Gledhill's blog)...

Bishop Chane tells The Times in response:

"The archbishop's thoughtful letter is helpful, and his defense of the Communion's structures is persuasive. I am particularly grateful to hear him say that "the conviction of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God and the absolute imperative of evangelism are not in dispute in the common life of the Communion." This slanderous bit of boilerplate has been repeated frequently by the opponents of the Episcopal Church, and it is heartening to know that the archbishop realizes that it false.

'I am quite concerned however that Archbishop Williams seems not to understand that there are primates, bishops, and others in the Communion who are actively seeking to undermine his office. He says that we should not "input selfish or malicious motives to those who have offered pastoral oversight to congregations in other provinces." But there is no doubt that extending such oversight is an effort to foment discord, and punish those who argue on behalf of the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of our Communion. Peter Akinola is unwilling to articulate a simple condemnation of violence against homosexuals. What more does he have to do to persuade the archbishop that his views are dangerous, malicious and un-Christian?'

Read Ruth Gledhill's full posting, Summer of Schism: Cantuar slams Gafcon... HERE

Archbishop Rowan Williams Responds to the Gafcon Declaration

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has responded to the final declaration of the Global Anglican Future Conference with the following statement:

The Final Statement from the GAFCON meeting in Jordan and Jerusalem contains much that is positive and encouraging about the priorities of those who met for prayer and pilgrimage in the last week. The ‘tenets of orthodoxy’ spelled out in the document will be acceptable to and shared by the vast majority of Anglicans in every province, even if there may be differences of emphasis and perspective on some issues. I agree that the Communion needs to be united in its commitments on these matters, and I have no doubt that the Lambeth Conference will wish to affirm all these positive aspects of GAFCON’s deliberations. Despite the claims of some, the conviction of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God and the absolute imperative of evangelism are not in dispute in the common life of the Communion

However, GAFCON’s proposals for the way ahead are problematic in all sorts of ways, and I urge those who have outlined these to think very carefully about the risks entailed.

A ‘Primates’ Council’ which consists only of a self-selected group from among the Primates of the Communion will not pass the test of legitimacy for all in the Communion. And any claim to be free to operate across provincial boundaries is fraught with difficulties, both theological and practical – theological because of our historic commitments to mutual recognition of ministries in the Communion, practical because of the obvious strain of responsibly exercising episcopal or primatial authority across enormous geographical and cultural divides.

Two questions arise at once about what has been proposed. By what authority are Primates deemed acceptable or unacceptable members of any new primatial council? And how is effective discipline to be maintained in a situation of overlapping and competing jurisdictions?

No-one should for a moment impute selfish or malicious motives to those who have offered pastoral oversight to congregations in other provinces; these actions, however we judge them, arise from pastoral and spiritual concern. But one question has repeatedly been raised which is now becoming very serious: how is a bishop or primate in another continent able to discriminate effectively between a genuine crisis of pastoral relationship and theological integrity, and a situation where there are underlying non-theological motivations at work? We have seen instances of intervention in dioceses whose leadership is unquestionably orthodox simply because of local difficulties of a personal and administrative nature. We have also seen instances of clergy disciplined for scandalous behaviour in one jurisdiction accepted in another, apparently without due process. Some other Christian churches have unhappy experience of this problem and it needs to be addressed honestly.

It is not enough to dismiss the existing structures of the Communion. If they are not working effectively, the challenge is to renew them rather than to improvise solutions that may seem to be effective for some in the short term but will continue to create more problems than they solve. This challenge is one of the most significant focuses for the forthcoming Lambeth Conference. One of its major stated aims is to restore and deepen confidence in our Anglican identity. And this task will require all who care as deeply as the authors of the statement say they do about the future of Anglicanism to play their part.

The language of ‘colonialism’ has been freely used of existing patterns. No-one is likely to look back with complacency to the colonial legacy. But emerging from the legacy of colonialism must mean a new co-operation of equals, not a simple reversal of power. If those who speak for GAFCON are willing to share in a genuine renewal of all our patterns of reflection and decision-making in the Communion, they are welcome, especially in the shaping of an effective Covenant for our future together.

I believe that it is wrong to assume we are now so far apart that all those outside the GAFCON network are simply proclaiming another gospel. This is not the case; it is not the experience of millions of faithful and biblically focused Anglicans in every province. What is true is that, on all sides of our controversies, slogans, misrepresentations and caricatures abound. And they need to be challenged in the name of the respect and patience we owe to each other in Jesus Christ.

I have in the past quoted to some in the Communion who would call themselves radical the words of the Apostle in I Cor.11.33: ‘wait for one another’. I would say the same to those in whose name this statement has been issued. An impatience at all costs to clear the Lord’s field of the weeds that may appear among the shoots of true life (Matt.13.29) will put at risk our clarity and effectiveness in communicating just those evangelical and catholic truths which the GAFCON statement presents.

© Rowan Williams

29 June 2008

Md. Diocese Consecrates First Black Bishop

Md. Diocese Consecrates First Black Bishop
A Descendant of Slaves, Sutton to Stress Environmentalism, Reconciliation

By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 29, 2008; C07

As he kneeled at the altar of Washington National Cathedral, the Rev. Canon Eugene Taylor Sutton was surrounded by bishops -- their hands laid on his back, their lips moving in whispered prayer.

When Sutton rose moments later and turned to face the congregation, he did so as Maryland's first African American Episcopal bishop.

Sutton was consecrated yesterday as the 14th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which has 44,000 members. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected as the presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Barry Black, the first black chaplain for the U.S. Senate.

Almost 3,000 people attended the service in Northwest Washington, including more than 30 bishops from across the country.

"The significance of it is just overwhelming," said Stewart Lucas, an associate rector from Annapolis who watched the 2 1/2 -hour ceremony from the north wing of the cathedral. "There's been an excitement in the churches ever since he was elected."

There are other African American bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church, whose membership is predominantly white, but there has never been one in Maryland -- which has a large black population, especially in the diocese's seat, Baltimore.

There is a deeply symbolic element to his election, Sutton has said. The church's first Maryland bishop, the Rev. Thomas John Claggett, was a slave owner. Sutton himself is the descendant of slaves.

Sutton, 54, was raised in Washington. His father was an auto repair shop owner, and his mother was a State Department employee. He attended Baptist churches as a youngster, but was introduced to the Episcopal Church as a teenager.

Sutton graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and earned a master of divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary, also in Holland, Mich. He has taught at several seminaries, including Vanderbilt University in Nashville and General Theological Seminary in New York.

In Washington, he has served as an associate rector and priest in charge at two churches, St. Columba's and St. Margaret's. In 1997, he co-founded the Contemplative Outreach of Metropolitan Washington, an ecumenical network devoted to contemplating the gospel in daily life.

Until his consecration yesterday, he had been serving as canon pastor at Washington National Cathedral and director of its Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, which he said was work that he held close to heart.

Even as the last-minute preparations for the ceremony began, he told the congregation yesterday, he had been praying at the cathedral's center.

"I was praying, 'Lord, make me ready' . . . I didn't feel ready," he said. "But then when the time finally came, the Lord's message to me was, 'Put your clothes on and get to work.' "

Sutton intends to be a vocal bishop once he arrives in Baltimore, and one who is unafraid of delving into the problems evident in that city. In his first message -- a written statement -- to his new flock in Maryland, Sutton talked about the problems of the poor and children falling behind in Baltimore's public school system.

He outlined plans to lead a charge for the environment within Maryland's Episcopal churches. He has said repeatedly since his election in March that he would rather be known as the diocese's first green bishop than simply its first black bishop.

He also highlighted the need for reconciliation because of deep divisions in today's society, describing "strained relationships between black and white, rich and poor, male and female, conservative and liberal."

"The world is crying out for healing," Sutton wrote, "and wherever there is division and brokenness, we are called to build bridges."

Are we about to go to war against Iran?

Wow, is this really going to happen .... what is GWB doing?

Report: U.S. "Preparing the Battlefield in Iran"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration has launched a "significant escalation" of covert operations in Iran, sending U.S. commandos to spy on the country's nuclear facilities and undermine the Islamic republic's government, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.

An Iranian flag flies outside the building containing the reactor of Bushehr nuclear power plant, south of Tehran.

An Iranian flag flies outside the building containing the reactor of Bushehr nuclear power plant, south of Tehran.

White House, CIA and State Department officials declined comment on Hersh's report, which appears in this week's issue of The New Yorker.

Hersh told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that Congress has authorized up to $400 million to fund the secret campaign, which involves U.S. special operations troops and Iranian dissidents.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have rejected findings from U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran has halted a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb and "do not want to leave Iran in place with a nuclear program," Hersh said.

"They believe that their mission is to make sure that before they get out of office next year, either Iran is attacked or it stops its weapons program," Hersh said.

The new article, "Preparing the Battlefield," is the latest in a series of articles accusing the Bush administration of preparing for war with Iran.

He based the report on accounts from current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. Watch Hersh discuss what he says are the administration's plans for Iran Video

"As usual with his quarterly pieces, we'll decline to comment," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told CNN.

NYTimes Article ... Let Your Fingertips Be Your Guidebook, ...yea right....

So, today I'm on the train back to NYC and I start reading a discarded NYTimes and run across this article about how great the Wi-Fi is in New York City, and how you can be so hip to the scene at a moment's notice by googling all sorts of stuff. My experience has been that if you're willing to pay out the nose for T-Mobile at Starbucks, you are in good shape (provided that you don't need to walk 10 blocks to get to one), however, if you are not in Lower Manhattan, the Wi-Fi options are not so great ... still, an interesting article (even if it is a bit of a stretch)...

June 29, 2008
Weekend in New York | Wireless Explorations

Let Your Fingertips Be Your Guidebook

IS it worth taking a laptop along when you visit New York City?

Not to check your e-mail at the hotel or to sneak in a few hours on a PowerPoint presentation for next week. That is definitely not worth it; you’re on vacation.

But what about a laptop as a guidebook-that-knows-all, at least when it can find a free Wi-Fi hot spot? New York is, almost certainly, the most well-documented city in the land; from Chowhound’s no-menu-unturned food discussion boards to HopStop’s subway directions to Wikipedia’s accurate-enough-for-tourists historical summaries of just about everything under the Manhattan sun. Not to mention the information on nytimes.com and its worthy competitors, as well as the omnipotence of Google.

Read the rest HERE...

27 June 2008

Can we announce the gospel in the same way...?

from Jim Wallis's "God's Politics" blog....here is the voice of the day today...

Can we announce the gospel in the same way to the oppressor and to the oppressed, to the torturer and the tortured?

- Mortimer Arias
protestant church worker in Bolivia

wow! I would say that the quick answer is "no, we cannot announce the gospel in the same way"...but then I wonder about what "way" means here...living out the gospel, preaching the gospel, working for justice, visiting the prisoner, the sick, reaching out to those in need, "comforting the afflicted, afflicting the comfortable"...hmmmm....

Tradition is the living faith of dead people

I ran across this quote from Jeroslav Pelikan on a friend's page on Facebook and thought it was challenging and particularly interesting....I wonder, however, sometimes what "tradition" and "traditionalism" really are...

"Tradition is the living faith of dead people to which we must add our chapter while we have the gift of life. Traditionalism is the dead faith of living people who fear that if anything changes, the whole enterprise will crumble." - Jaroslav Pelikan

But, much food for thought in this little morsel!

The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Neighborhood Pictures, NYC

Here are a few pictures from a walk through our summer neighborhood in NYC ....

Father Matthew on the Ascension and Mary Poppins

Father Matthew Moretz pretty much rocks when it comes to communicating our Faith to us folks who live in a (mostly) secular world...

This video is just terrific!

The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Rowan Williams on the Building Bridges Seminar

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and participants of the Building Bridges Seminar give their thoughts on the event chaired by the Archbishop. The Building Bridges Seminar is a unique annual series which brings together a range of internationally recognised Christian and Muslim scholars for an intensive study of relevant Biblical and Qur'anic texts. Lord Carey (no relation to yours truly) convened the first Building Bridges seminar in 2002.

Does it ever seem like these folks are willing to sit down at the table with just about everyone but gay Anglicans/Episcopalians?

Archbishop Jensen on Leviticus

Ever wondered how to figure out what parts of the Bible we are supposed to follow, and which we are not?...dive into the question and it can get pretty tough...

Archbishop Peter Jensen does his own explaining about why some parts of Leviticus are to be followed and others are not ... a very "interesting" way of interpreting the Holy Scriptures, to say the least!

Hat Tip goes to Ann Fontaine and Scott Gunn...

25 June 2008

The moment

This is the second summer that I am spending in New York City so that my wife can finish the coursework for a graduate degree at Columbia University. So, during the day, it is my job to watch our 3 kids in the city. Today, we went to Riverside Park, not too far from Riverside Church to one of many terrific playgrounds in this city. The "agenda" (if you could call it that when you are dealing with kids under 6) was to go to the playground, then to check out St. John the Divine Cathedral, and (if I felt ambitious) attend the 12:15 Holy Eucharist (I know this would be a bit hard with the three kiddos, but I feel the need to go to church.)

So, we started out to the playground, with the three kids on the stroller and made it to the playground pretty quickly. The two boys went off to play on the various contraptions, swings, fountains and all, and I sat with our infant and read the daily office. With all the turmoil that is going on in the Anglican Communion, and all the turmoil in our political life here in our country, I sometimes miss the moment that is before me and I miss the beauty and wondrous presence of God in the everyday stuff of life. I began this blog being motivated by the sense of the sacred indwelling the so-called secular, the so-called ordinary. My own understanding of the Incarnation is that God is present with us, and, as Michael Ramsey wrote often, the nearness of God is palpable and real, if only we have the senses to know it.

As I sat and watched my kids and the various other children play in the playground, as I read the words of the Daily Office, as I enjoyed the beautiful morning, I found myself praying for those in need, also (even!) for those people at Gafcon (and, bless you if you don't know what that is), for those people I went to seminary with who have already left The Episcopal Church for CANA or AMIA, and also for the people in the nearby communities in the city of New York City. The moment is a beautiful moment, if only we have eyes to see it. I pray that we all might slow down to see and hear and taste the good things that God has done for us, and out of this knowledge we might carry this good news to the world.

The Rev. Peter Carey

24 June 2008

from Father Jake: "The Schism Has Been Postponed"

From Father Jake Stops the World blog...a very helpful rundown of some analysis of the GAFCON meeting/pilgrimage/conference in Jerusalem....

Yesterday, Ruth Gledhill offered this report from GAFCON:

Several of the bishops in the audience in Jerusalem last night are drawing up secret plans to form a “Church within a Church” in an attempt to counter Western liberalism and reform the Church from within...

...The aim is not to split with the worldwide Anglican Communion, which counts 80 million members in 38 provinces, but to reform it from within.

Formal ties will be maintained with the Archbishop of Canterbury but fellowship members will consider themselves out of communion with provinces such as the US and Canada.

Members of the fellowship could attempt to opt out of the pastoral care of their diocesan bishop and seek oversight from a more conservative archbishop, either from their own country or abroad.

The success of the fellowship in averting schism will depend on the response of the local leadership...
Jim Naughton clarifies what most likely caused such a shift in goals:
...So the leaders of GAFCON are attempting to dress up strategic failure as the dawning of a new phase of their march toward victory, hoping that the media will bite. After five years of schismatic maneuvering, they have said, in effect, that they will associate closely with some Anglicans while trying to make life miserable for others--a state of affairs in no way different today than it was last month, last year or last decade...
Tobias Haller has come to a similar conclusion, while reminding us that postponing the schism is going to play havoc with the plans of one of our local break away groups:
...The leaders also appear to be grasping that the revolution and reformation of Anglicanism is going to take longer than they thought. Rather than a turning point, GAFCON will be the continuation of more of the same, as the leaders continue to work from within at the glorious reform of the Anglican Communion. Perhaps they are realizing at long last that there is not the impetus for a split they may have thought there was. As the whole independence effort by CANA in Virginia was to prove there was a “division” in the Anglican Communion (and The Episcopal Church) — after all, the judge said so, so it must be true! — the language of “working from within” will be of little solace to those who were, quite literally, banking on a split...
Mark Harris suspects this temporary backing away from schism may be part of a more long-range plan to grab the entire Anglican "franchise":
...So I don't buy the notion that the realignment gang is opting for a more modest option...not yet. The take over of the Anglican Communion is a long term process and if the realignment crowd must rest a while in the world of accommodation, where it claims to be a fellowship of real Anglicans within the shell of the remnants of the old, so be it.

But that fellowship will be working to remake the Anglican Communion into a world wide church with a head elected by a curia (read Primates) who will for sure demand to be representative of blocks of people, so that in effect the Global South Primates group will dictate the terms of office and elect the Metropolitan. They will work for a Covenant with a clear disciplinary code and separate out the sheep from the goats early on - don't sign don't come. From the front end they will exact an entry fee consisting of agreement to a statement of belief, or a covenant, or some other screening device...
Today, Riazat Butt reports that Peter Jensen of Sydney, who seems to be emerging as the leader of the GAFCONites, has confirmed that there will be no schism in the near future:
...Jensen is seen at the conference as the bridge between the hardline conservatives who want nothing to do with liberal churches in the US and Canada and those who wish to stay in the communion despite profound ideological differences over the ordination of gay clergy. It is agreed among the clutch of westerners at the conference that the real power will lie with the Australian delegates, not those from Africa...

...He also expressed doubts about the long-term prospects for Gafcon. "This is a coalition of people who would not necessarily work together. Will it work? We don't know." He insisted there was not a schism, but confirmed that there would a "structure within a structure", which would allow clergy and congregations to opt out of liberal churches and join more conservative groups.
I tend to agree with Mark's take on what is happening. Quite possibly the strategy has shifted from schism to going after the whole Anglican "franchise." I don't think it is going to work, any more than it did back when David Anderson was using the same line about TEC.

I suspect that they know such an attempted coup is not going to work, but they hope this ploy will keep their supporters in line by dangling a "new" strategy on which to hang their hopes (even though it is really a continuation of an "old" strategy, slightly repackaged). They hope this will buy them some time, maybe a decade or so, to get their ducks in a row. They can continue their plum picking forays in North America, until the time is finally right to form some new denomination which will be free of gay cooties.

It could make the next few years "more of the same," which is unfortunate, although the longer this is prolonged, the fewer Anglicans who will be left that agree with their take on things. In twenty years, not too many folks will still be listening to rhetoric that is so obviously the last gasp of a dying world view.

I'll let this Guardian editiorial have the last word:
...The issue on which all of this currently hinges is the status of openly gay people. Over the past half century, civil society in many parts of the world, including ours, has broken free from the long tradition of hostility and discrimination against gay people - and both society and individual lives are immeasurably the better for it. Now, inevitably and rightly, the same process is taking place in the churches, with pressure for the election of openly gay clergy and bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. In the past, the church has managed such issues by covering them up. But on this issue in these times, that is no longer possible.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has battled to hold both his church and the wider communion together in the face of these pressures. That is one of his jobs - and it has not been a dishonourable effort. Yet it seems clear that it has only delayed an inevitable - and ultimately necessary - confrontation over this issue. Dr Williams has not, contrary to the views of Archishop Akinola, led the church into this. But, now that it is coming, he has a profound responsibility to lead the church out of it, happily and without fear. The question facing Anglicans - and facing other religious groups too - is whether theirs is a faith that is loving enough to treat gay people as equals. If the communion cannot hold together in the face of this question, then so be it. Unity matters as long as the cause is a good one. If the cause is not good, then maybe nor is the unity...

A person is a person through other persons

We say in our African idiom, ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. I need you in order to be me as you need me in order to be you. We are caught up in a delicate network of interconnectedness. I have gifts that you don’t, and you have gifts I don’t–voila! We are made different so that we may know our need of one another. The completely self-sufficient human being is subhuman. Thus diversity, difference is of the essence of who we are.

Desmond Tutu, An address at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, February 16, 2000

Merton on how to love another...

Merton on how to love another...

To love another as a person we must begin by granting him his own autonomy and identity as a person. We have to love him for what he is in himself, and not for what he is to us. We have to love him for his own good, not for the good we get out of him. And this is impossible unless we are capable of a love which ‘transforms’ us, so to speak, into the other person, making us able to see things as he sees them, love what he loves, experience the deeper realities of his own life as if they were our own. Without sacrifice, such a transformation is utterly impossible. But unless we are capable of this kind of transformation ‘into the other’ while remaining ourselves, we are not yet capable of a fully human existence.

Thomas Merton, Disputed Questions

hat tip to Inward-Outward Blog

Pre-Seminary Reading List from Inhabitatio Dei

I found this posting by Halden over at Inhabitatio Dei to be excellent, and got me thinking about Pre (and Post!) - Seminary Reading...!


Pre-Seminary Reading List

Recently I was asked by a friend who is going to seminary in the next year or so to give him a list of theological books that I would recommend for reading prior to seminary. Here’s what I gave him. I can’t help but wonder how much better off I would have been if I had read these books before I started seminary.

  • Rowan Williams, Resurrection; The Wound of Knowledge
  • Alan Lewis, Between Cross and Resurrection
  • David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite
  • Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology I & II; The Triune Identity; Story and Promise
  • Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom; A Community of Character
  • John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus; The Priestly Kingdom
  • Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society; The Household of God
  • Colin Gunton, The One, The Three, and the Many
  • William Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist; Theopolitical Imagination
  • James Torrance, Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Love Alone is Credible; Mysterium Paschale
  • Chris Huebner, A Precarious Peace
  • John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory
  • Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Sanctorum Communio; Discipleship; Ethics
  • Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology; Dogmatics in Outline

Of course, these books are really just some of the ones that I have found particularly formative and which have shaped my vision in a significant way. They are not necessarily the most important theological books ever written, though I think they are some of the most helpful in terms of shaping the kind of theological vision I think the New Testament calls for.

"I Wanna Be Banned By you"

"I Wanna Be Banned By you"

I wanna be banned by you, just you,
Nobody else but you,
I wanna be banned by you, alone,
Pooh pooh bee doo!

I wanna be d by you,just you,
Nobody else but you,
I wanna be d by you,alone

I couldn't aspire,
To anything higher,
Than to smell you perspire
You bishops at Gafcon
Paah-dum paah-dum pa-doodly-dum poooo!

I wanna be banned by you, just you,
Nobody else but you,
I wanna be banned by you, alone

I couldn't aspire,
To anything higher,
Than to smell you perspire
You bishops at Gafcon

Paah-dum paah-dum pa-doodly-dum poooo...

I wanna be banned by you, just you,
Nobody else but you,
I wanna be banned by you,
Poo poo bee doo!

Banned from Gafcon...

From the London Times, story by Ruth Gledhill...

Img00029_3The eight men and women pictured here are on the official list of those to be denied entry to Gafcon should they try to show up. 'Not allowed in' it says at the top of the page, given to security officials at the conference. 'The Gafcon 8' as they have been christened, they are Colorado Bishop Robert O'Neill, Nigerian gay activist Davis MacIyalla being embraced by the Church of England's Rev Colin Coward, Louie Crew, Susan Russell, Scott Gunn and Deborah and Robert Edmunds. Bishop O'Neill is staying with Jerusalem primate, Bishop Suheil Dawani, who never wanted the conference here in the first place. Father Edmunds is Bishop Suheil's new chaplain, meaning, as Jim Naughton comments on Thinking Anglicans, that an Anglican meeting is banning entry of the bishop's chaplain in the bishop's own diocese.

Should these or any other activists attempt to breach the security around the conference at the Renaissance Hotel in west Jerusalem the 1,100 delegates have been instructed to start singing the hymn: 'All hail the power of Jesus' name.' In reality though security is extremely tight. Ex-military men from Israel are guarding all the doors, with two assigned purely to guard the Archbishop of Nigeria, Dr Peter Akinola, for the entire week.

Update: A Facebook group, I want to be banned by Gafcon too! has been started by Episcopalians and Anglicans upset to have been left off the list of the banned and within minutes it has acquired more than 50 members and is still growing.

Anglican Church schism recedes over gay issue with African leaders

so, I wonder if Time, Newsweek and all the others will report that the Anglican Communion just might stay together...?

June 24, 2008

Anglican Church schism recedes over gay issue with African leaders

The prospect of schism in the worldwide Anglican Church receded as African leaders meeting in Jerusalem stepped back from the brink and declared they are not seeking to start a new church.

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, Primate of Kenya and leader of that country's four million Anglicans, and the Ugandan Primate Archbishop Henry Orombi confirmed last night that there will be no split.

Archbishop Nzimbi's comments are especially significant because he is heading the committee that will draw up the final communique to be issued on Sunday night.

It also confirms the word behind the scenes in Israel and as disclosed by The Times on Monday, that the agenda is now reform from within rather than starting a breakaway conservative Anglican church that excludes homosexuals or tried to "convert" them to heterosexuality.

The emerging figure that is crucial in the softening of the line on schism is the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, who has become the key player on the Anglican conservative wing, shifting the emphasis from the US and African conservatives to Australia. Significantly, the Pittsburgh Bishop Bob Duncan, who heads the US conservative grouping Common Cause, is not in Israel although he is named as one of the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) leadership team in the programme.

In a recent interview in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Jensen said that it would be legally impossible to engineer schism. The Episcopal Church of the US has already launched a number of legal actions against breakaway parishes and bishops. Dr Jensen said: "I can't. I'm part of a constitution, which is virtually unchangeable, of the Australian Church. I wouldn't want to. I love the Church. It would be bad for Christianity, bad for the Gospel." He continued: "I think there is going to be an evolution in the Anglican Communion. It has occurred. And what the Future Conference is going to work out is how to live best within that evolution. That's its business."

23 June 2008

Advice for those in the Discernment Process - from "Ember Days"

I think that "Ember Days" has some wonderful thoughts, solid wisdom, and a great sense of humor...check out his advice for those in the discernment process towards ordination in the Episcopal Church. I've listed the 9 main points, for details, click HERE.


From "Ember Days" Blog...

Now that my discernment process for ordained ministry is behind me (and the ministry itself in front of me), I thought I'd offer my advice -- for whatever it might be worth -- to those who are in the process, or at least that part of the process that begins with admission to postulancy and ends with the imposition of episcopal hands. Basically, here's what I learned by doing a lot of stuff wrong.

(1) Have a regular and reliable connection with someone on the Commission on Ministry.

(2) Make sure the expectations for your "program of preparation" are explicit and in writing.

(3) Have an understanding with the Bishop (and other relevant parties) about how the General Ordination Examination will be used.

(4) Be persistent.

(5) Keep your Bishop informed.

(6) Let your sponsoring parish see you from time to time.

(7) Have a copy of the canons handy.

(8) Keep good records.

(9) Keep reminding yourself that the telos of this process is not getting ordained; it's being a priest.

Read the post HERE

(and one more from me...

If you don't know what telos means, look it up before you go to seminary!

Back to Blogging...!

I've been off on vacation with my wonderful family up in New England and am now settling in for the summer in the Morningside Heights/Harlem area of New York City. It has been a wonderful few weeks of resting, prayer, reflection, reading the Bible, re-engaging my spiritual life, enjoying the beach, my family, reading, sleeping, cycling and taking in the natural world all around us. My Internet access was severely limited for the last 2+ weeks and this helped to force an Internet Sabbatical on me ... I recommend it for all of us who can tend to live very close to our keyboards so much of the time...

I hope this season affords you time and space for rest, for prayer, and for theological reflection.


Peter Carey+

04 June 2008

Robert Kennedy killed 40 years ago

from John Chilton at The Episcopal Cafe...

Robert F. Kennedy was killed 40 years ago today, on the day he had won the California primary.

On April 4, 1968 -- the day of the assassination of Martin Luther King -- he made an extemporaneous speech in a poor, black district of Indianapolis. In it he said,

For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times....

Read the rest HERE

03 June 2008

The St. Catherine's School Class of 2008 Celebrates Commencement

The Class of 2008 Celebrates Commencement

The senior class was honored during the 118th commencement event held Sunday, June 1, at St. Catherine's.

It was a time of reflection, a time of remembrance, but most of all it was a time of celebration.
The Class of 2008 was honored during Sunday’s commencement at St. Catherine’s, the school’s 118th graduation event.

“The world awaits you,” Head of School Laura Erickson told the 59 graduates. “And what a wonderful gift you will be. You are strong, talented, articulate and educated. But you are also warm, kind and accepting. We are so very proud of you as this new journey begins.”

While the sun remained behind the clouds during the ceremony, a few rain drops fell during the valedictory address given by June Scholar Elizabeth Tyler Harris. But she was undeterred and inspired her classmates to create their own unique "puzzles" with their lives and always look for the missing pieces.

“No matter how different our lives become, we will always have the experience of St. Catherine’s with us,” Harris said in her speech. “…I know we will draw upon our St. Catherine’s education and use our knowledge to help others.”

Herbert Fitzgerald III, chair of the parent and grandparent gift committee, announced the contribution of nearly $800,000 from 16 families and the naming of the renovated arcade in honor of the senior class. “The arcade is part of the original Grove Avenue campus and now you will always be a part of that,” Fitzgerald said.

The ceremony, which included the presentation of a variety of awards, concluded with the traditional Daisy Chain Ceremony on The Green.

from the St. Catherine's website at www.st.catherines.org

St. Catherine's School - Chaplain's Blog: The St. Catherine's School Class of 2008 Celebrates Commencement