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Oct072015

Marriage redefined by The Episcopal Church

By Sharon Dewey Hetke 

MAJOR CHANGES to church law as well as the election of a new leader dominated the General Convention of The Episcopal Church (TEC) when it gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 25 to July 3.  

On June 30, the House of Bishops passed resolutions to provide new marriage liturgies as well as to make changes to Canon 18, which governs the Church’s practice on marriage. Both the new liturgies and the revised Canon are ambiguous

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Friday
Sep272013

New York City: Faith groups granted after-hours school space for worship

By Nicola Menzie

THE NEW YORK City Council passed a resolution May 22nd in support of Christians and other faith groups being granted “equal access” to gather for worship on public school property after hours. The 38-11 vote is seen as another sign of progress in a lengthy battle that threatens the right of Christians and other faith groups to use such spaces to gather for worship.

“We had a huge, huge victory today,” Pastor Bill Devlin said of the “Right to Worship” resolution,

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Thursday
Feb072013

Mere Anglicanism: Holy City hosts ‘Behold the Man!’

Paul Barnett (Photo: Sue Careless)

By Sue Careless

FOR ALMOST a decade Mere Anglicanism has attracted clergy and laity alike for thought-provoking presentations and glorious choral worship in the community that has been dubbed the Holy City because of its many spires. 

About 280 people gathered at the eighth and largest annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, Jan. 24th-26th to hear stimulating talks on the theme: “Behold the Man!: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ.” While it was mostly theologians who spoke from the podium, the audience they were addressing was not predominantly academic so their talks had to be clear and concise.

Two scholarly bishops addressed the gathering. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Barnett, an historian of ancient history and a former Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, Australia, said “I could not reject the historical reliability of the New Testament,

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Thursday
Feb072013

TEC given temporary injunction: Court initially favours Diocese

By Sue Careless

Late-breaking news: IN ADDRESSING what would seem to be a case of ecclesiastical identity theft, a circuit court judge issued first a temporary restraining order and then a temporary injunction against The Episcopal Church (TEC), preventing it from using the names and seal of the independent Diocese of South Carolina.

The order, which took effect on Jan. 23rd, prohibited misappropriation of the Diocese’s identity for ten days. A hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 1 to determine

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Friday
Dec212012

Katharine Jefferts Schori moves on South Carolina

Declares Abandonment of Ministry

’I have not renounced my orders as a deacon, priest or bishop any more than I have abandoned the Church of Jesus Christ.’
–Mark Lawrence

(Photo: Sue Careless)

By Sue Careless

 

PRESIDING BISHOP Katharine Jefferts Schori claims she has “accepted the renunciation of the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church of Mark Lawrence as made in his public address on Nov. 17” and she has “released him from his orders in this Church.” However, Lawrence denies that he has renounced his orders per se, only that he and his diocese have withdrawn from TEC. 

The Presiding Bishop made the announcement

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