Saturday, January 19, 2019

Malawi’s Anglican Bishop Malasa under siege; office sealed

From Central Africa-

Some concerned Christians under the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire have sealed Bishop Brighton Malasa’s office at the Diocese’s headquarters at Chilema in Zomba, following the collapse of dialogue between the two parties’ representatives.

Before sealing the offices, the disgruntled members presented a petition to a visibly calm Malasa who stood at the gate of his house which armed police officers guarded heavily.

In the letter, the Anglican followers are demanding that Malasa should quit with immediate effect due to alleged mismanagement of the diocese’s affairs as well as corruption allegations.

On Thursday morning, the concerned members were expected to meet the church’s leaders led by Zambia- based Provincial Secretary for Anglican Church responsible for Central Africa, William Mchombo,to address the concerns.

More here-

http://www.maravipost.com/malawis-anglican-bishop-malasa-under-siege-office-sealed/

Victim impact statements delayed in Anglican priest’s sexual abuse case

From Global News-


A former Anglican priest convicted of sexually abusing four First Nations boys decades ago was expected to hear from victims Friday in a London courtroom on Friday, but proceedings have been rescheduled for next month.

David Norton was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault back in November in a case involving men who said the 72-year-old abused them while they were altar boys at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in the 1970s and ’80s.

The victims came from troubled backgrounds and grew to see Norton as father figure who provided attention and affection

More here-

https://globalnews.ca/news/4862441/victim-impact-statements-anglican-sexual-abuse-case/ 

Friday, January 18, 2019

9 couples will have their weddings acknowledged by their home congregation

From Dallas-

Bishop Gene Robinson will be the guest preacher at the Sunday morning service at the Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle.

Robinson, the first openly-gay Episcopal bishop, will be in town to celebrate the commencement of same-sex marriage in Episcopal churches in the Dallas diocese.

Nine married couples that are members of St. Thomas but married elsewhere will be blessed at the Holy Eucharist Service on Sunday morning at the celebration of “All sacraments for all people.”
“For us, it’s an emotional moment,” said St. Thomas member Carl Youngberg.

He said the former Dallas bishop opposed same-sex marriage, and it was very disappointing when George Sumner was appointed bishop and announced there would be no same-sex marriages allowed in the diocese’s churches.

More here-

https://www.dallasvoice.com/marriages-will-be-blessed-at-st-thomas/

This just in: Not all Christians agree on marriage and sex! This schism even affects their schools!

From Get Religion-

How did I miss this story?

Apparently, there is some kind of move afoot in elite media to push for the establishment of the Episcopal Church, or perhaps the United Church of Christ, as the state-mandated religion in the United States. Have you heard about this?

That’s one way to read the remarkable media response to Second Lady Karen Pence’s decision to return to the teaching at an ordinary evangelical Protestant school that attempts to defend ordinary conservative or traditional Christian doctrine on sexuality. (Yes, I am writing about this issue again.)
Why bring up Episcopalians? Well, Episcopal schools are allowed to have lifestyle and doctrinal covenants that defend their church’s evolving pronouncements blending liberal Christian faith with the editorial pages of The New York Times. Private schools — on left and right — get to define the boundaries of their voluntary associations.

More here-

Episcopal Minister Penalized After Prohibiting Pastors in His Diocese From Officiating Same-Sex Ceremonies

From Christian News-

Michael Curry, the presiding “bishop” and primate of the apostatized Episcopal Church, has issued a partial restriction against a New York minister who recently released a directive prohibiting any pastors in his jurisdiction from officiating same-sex “weddings.”

Curry, who had been chosen to deliver a message at last year’s royal wedding in the United Kingdom, recently forbade William Love of the Diocese of Albany from participating in any disciplinary procedures against clergy in his diocese who participate in homosexual ceremonies.

“I am … persuaded that as presiding bishop I am called upon to take steps to ensure that same-sex marriage in The Episcopal Church is available to all persons to the same extent and under the same conditions in all Dioceses of the Church where same-sex marriage is civilly legal,” Curry wrote in a response published by the Episcopal News Service.

He stated that while he believes that Love’s convictions about homosexuality are sincere and of “good will,” he noted that a resolution passed last year at the General Convention, B012, requires ministers who object to same-sex “marriage” to contact another member of the clergy to officiate in their place. Therefore, Love can’t ban all clergy under his authority from officiating such ceremonies.

More here-

https://christiannews.net/2019/01/17/episcopal-minister-penalized-after-prohibiting-pastors-in-his-diocese-from-officiating-same-sex-ceremonies/

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Church of England ambassador to the Vatican clarifies views on Jesus' resurrection

From Premier-

The Archbishop of Canterbury's representative in Vatican City has declared "Christ is risen!" after his views on the physical resurrection of Jesus attracted scrutiny.

Dr John Shepherd, the interim director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, took steps to clarify his stance after a video emerged of him seeming to question whether the resurrection was a "physical event" eleven years ago.

During the Easter 2008 sermon, he said: "The resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality.

"It is important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the resurrection was an extraordinary physical event which restored to life Jesus' original earthly body."

In a new statement, Shepherd said: "There has been speculation in the press and on social media about my views on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Part of this is based on a sermon I preached in 2008.

More here-

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Church-of-England-ambassador-to-the-Vatican-clarifies-views-on-Jesus-resurrection

Anglican Bishop Attacks Gambling Companies That Target Children

From Vegas-

Dr. Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans in the UK, has resumed his attack on gambling operators that harm society, particularly by targeting under-18s. In his latest intervention, Smith said gambling had become a “generational scandal,” with at least 55,000 children now identified as problem gamblers.

Smith launched a major attack on the gambling companies in the Express newspaper. He said gambling is now a bigger problem for youngsters than alcohol or drugs, but there is not enough publicity about it.

He commented: “Moaning about gambling isn’t good enough – substantial change is needed. Children are the next target of an industry making billions in profits which shows little inclination to take any form of responsibility.”

He pointed out that youngsters typically are exposed to more than three advertisements for gambling every day. He added that 90% of pubs “fail to stop children from gambling on the fruit machines found in nearly every establishment.”

More here-

https://www.vegasslotsonline.com/news/2019/01/16/bishop-attacks-gambling-companies-target-children-problem-gamblers/

The Book of Common Prayer is becoming more common to all

From Ireland-

Though its influence over English life and writing since the reign of the Tudors has been immense, almost as great as the King James Bible itself, the Book of Common Prayer, the essential text for the communal life of the Anglican Communion, has long been misunderstood.

Indeed it is a book which Catholics, especially perhaps those who live in Ireland, are unaware of. This is a pity, if only from the point of view of providing a sense of history and present-day ecumenism. But this may be about to change, even here.

The Personal Ordinate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales, the ‘home in Rome’ for former Anglicans, is now allowed to use the Book of Common Prayer, making it in effect a document of the Catholic as well as Anglican Church.

So perhaps it behoves Catholics to learn more about it. This new Oxford University Press paperback edition comes with an introduction and notes which will fill in the background and the long and controversial history of the manual.

More here-

https://www.irishcatholic.com/the-book-of-common-prayer-is-becoming-more-common-to-all/

Local church helping Coast Guard families affected by government shutdown

From Mobile-

As the government shutdown enters into another day, families affected are working hard just to stay above water.

That's where churches and food pantries are stepping in to lend a helping hand.

Church of the Redeemer’s weekly community dinner is now a spot Kasey Cummings and her family can get a meal while her husband who works for the Coast Guard is not getting paid.

"You have to eat and we're fortunate enough to have this community and church be able to do that," Cummings said.

Cummings brought her two children and invited other Coast Guard families to stop by for dinner.
"We did just miss our first pay check," she said. "So, if you think about it, what do you normally buy with your pay check? Groceries and gas and things to get by on and some people just don't have that anymore."

More here-

https://mynbc15.com/news/local/local-church-helping-coast-guard-families-affected-by-government-shutdown

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy who disputes the resurrection of Christ urged to quit Vatican post

From The Telegraph-

A row has erupted within the Church of England as senior Anglicans are calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to force his ambassador to the Vatican to resign because he does not believe Jesus rose from the dead.

It has emerged that Dr John Shepherd, an Australian cleric appointed last week as the new representative to Rome, had delivered a sermon in which he said Christians should be “set free” from the traditional view of the resurrection.

The controversial comments, delivered while he was Dean of Perth Cathedral, have been criticised for flying in the face of the most fundamental Christian doctrines.

In a 2008 Easter sermon, he said: “It’s important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the resurrection was an extraordinary physical event, which restored to life Jesus’s original earthly body. The resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality.”

More here-

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/archbishop-canterbury-urged-act-vatican-envoy-questioned-resurrection/?fbclid=IwAR2xdSXL4SoZfmId7zD54g5Iq4_lVqsZyfvGZvn_seun9tOvEdx_D_dYA9E

Over 100 Anglican clergy, critical of their bishops’ LGBT guidance, threaten to go elsewhere

From England-

More than 100 Anglican priests in the Diocese of Oxford signed a letter critical of their bishops’ advice permitting active homosexuals to receive communion and to be ordained.

The priests warned their bishops that if they fail to affirm traditional church teaching, many will seek placement outside the Oxford Diocese.

The four Oxford bishops had advised clergy in a letter last fall that “Nobody should be excluded or discouraged from receiving the sacraments of baptism or the Lord’s supper on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” while also affirming that “LGBT+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church.”

In response, the Oxford clergy wrote to express their “grave concern.”

“We are dismayed that nowhere in the letter is there any articulation of the current teaching of the Church of England on marriage and sexual relationships, based as it is on the words of Scripture, nor is there any expressed support for it. Instead, we read references to ‘attitudes changing,’ respect for ‘different views,’ and willingness to ‘listen to different streams in the debate.’”

More here-

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/over-100-anglican-clergy-critical-of-their-bishops-lgbt-guidance-threaten-t

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

From North Dakota-

“The plaintiffs’ peaceful protests were disrupted by a violent criminal faction that required responsible public officials to take necessary and appropriate steps to quell a criminal riot, protect private property from criminal activity and to ensure public safety,” Nicolai said.

TigerSwan asked to be dismissed as a defendant, arguing that it had nothing to do with the decision to close the road. Attorney Lynn Boughey also asked U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to force the plaintiffs to pay the company’s attorney fees.

The three plaintiffs are reservation businesswoman Cissy Thunderhawk, pipeline opponent Waste’Win Young and the Rev. John Floberg of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball. They’re suing the county, its sheriff, Burgum and Dalrymple, and the heads of the state Transportation Department and Highway Patrol.

In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit seeks stricter rules for road closures in such instances and class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people, if granted.

More here-

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/North-Dakota-officials-seek-dismissal-of-road-closure-suit-504383701.html

Tossing Lines: A forgotten story of intrigue tucked in an attic

From New London CT-

Rummaging through my attic recently, I came upon a battered, weatherbeaten little book, its title long worn off, its pages fragile with age.

It was called “Memoirs of the Rev. Ammi Rogers A.M., A Clergyman of the Episcopal Church,” published in 1832. Rogers’ words on the title page caught my attention: “…persecuted in the State of Connecticut, on account of religion and politics, for almost twenty years” and “Falsely accused and imprisoned, in Norwich Jail, for two years…”

A local reverend persecuted and falsely imprisoned? Intrigued, I found it to be a remarkable local story indicating that the famous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 was born right here in our own back yard.

Born in Branford in 1770, Ammi Rogers graduated from Yale College in 1790, and chose to serve the Episcopal church.

Interning under the Rev. Jarvis in Middletown, Rogers initially boarded with the mean-spirited Jarvis family, but soon left in disgust.

This greatly insulted Jarvis, and he committed decades to relentless, cruel retaliation.

Jarvis objected when Rogers was ordained a priest in 1794, and followed him to churches in upstate New York, attempting to sabotage his career and integrity at every opportunity, through outright lies and false documentation.

More here-

 https://www.theday.com/local-news/20190115/tossing-lines-forgotten-story-of-intrigue-tucked-in-attic

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome rebuffs “resurrection” criticism

From Anglican News Service (additional link below)

A retired Anglican priest from Australia who has been chosen to lead the Anglican Centre in Rome on an interim basis has sought to rebuff criticism about his beliefs in the resurrection. The former Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia, Dr John Shepherd, was appointed as interim director last week following the resignation of Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi.

“Christ is Risen!”, Dr Shepherd said in response to widely reported criticism about his appointment. “There has been speculation in the press and on social media about my views on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Part of this is based on a sermon I preached in 2008.

“It is my faith that Jesus rose from the dead and I have never denied the reality of the empty tomb. The risen Christ was not a ghost – he ate and could be touched – but at the same time he appeared in a locked room (John 20. 26) and vanished from sight (Luke 24.31) and he was often not immediately recognised.

More here-

https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/01/interim-director-of-the-anglican-centre-in-rome-rebuffs-resurrection-criticism.aspx 

and here-

https://www.christianpost.com/news/anglican-ambassador-to-vatican-under-fire-for-saying-jesus-didnt-physically-rise-from-dead.html

Satan Claims Responsibility For Kale

From Babylon-

Amid claims that the ungodly, disgusting substance could not have possibly been conceived of by a benevolent creator, the great adversary, Satan, published a video claiming he alone was responsible for the violent attack upon humanity known as “kale.”
 
Authorities had long surmised that whoever invented the bitter, repulsive leaf cabbage did so with malevolent intent, and the dark lord’s statement confirms that kale was in fact designed to be an act of terrorism against mankind.
 
“Yes, you fools! It was me all along,” Satan said on the video posted to social media Tuesday. “Who else do you think could have deceived people into paying tons of money for horrible, overpriced organic kale chips and salads?”

More here-

https://babylonbee.com/news/satan-claims-responsibility-kale?fbclid=IwAR0Ph1Kt7bhxcM8PlOWDNz4c8AOlxWll5xf3stqZAwu1vllF7yC8y-6xTa8

Episcopal Church Prepares to Punish New York Bishop for Barring Homosexual Marriages in His Diocese

From CBN-

A New York bishop now faces disciplinary action after barring all same-sex marriages in his Albany-based diocese.

The Rev. William Love claims the church has been "hijacked by the Gay Rights Agenda," according to The Associated Press.

Last week, the Episcopal Church nullified Love's order.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wrote that Love's action "may constitute a canonical offense" and referred his case for disciplinary review. While the case is pending, Curry placed restrictions on Love that forbid him from penalizing clergy, laity or worshippers in the diocese for arranging or participating in same-sex marriages.

Last July, church leaders passed a Resolution B012 that gives bishops with theological objections to same-sex marriages the option of having another bishop conduct the wedding ceremony. The new policy went into effect on Dec. 2. 

Love said he would abide by the restrictions against him but would appeal any disciplinary action.

More here-

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/january/episcopal-church-punishes-new-york-bishop-for-barring-homosexual-marriages-in-his-diocese 

and here-

https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/01/albany-bishop-william-love-appeals-against-presiding-bishop%E2%80%99s-restriction-of-ministry.aspx

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Leading evangelical bishop apologises for role in gender transition liturgy guidance – and now opposes it

From Christian Today-

A leading evangelical bishop who oversaw the production of controversial Church of England guidance about gender transitioning has apologised – and confirmed that he now doesn't back it.

The Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, was chair of the House of Bishops' Delegation Committee, the body which oversaw the publication of guidance last month on how to use the existing Affirmation of Baptismal Faith to enable transgender adults to mark their transition.

When the guidance was published, the official Church of England website quoted Bishop Henderson as saying: 'This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people who have "come to Christ as the way, the truth and the life", to mark their transition in the presence of their Church family which is the body of Christ. We commend it for wider use.'

But just a few days later, the Bishop was the lead signatory on a statement from the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC), of which he is president. The CEEC statement described the guidance as 'highly divisive and theologically and pastorally questionable'. The statement said the guidance 'also risks raising serious concerns both within the wider Anglican Communion and ecumenically'.

More here-

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/exclusive-leading-evangelical-bishop-apologises-for-role-in-gender-transition-liturgy-guidance-and-now-opposes-it/131451.htm

Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy who disputes the resurrection of Christ urged to quit Vatican post

From The Telegraph-

A row has erupted within the Church of England as senior Anglicans are calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to force his ambassador to the Vatican to resign because he does not believe Jesus rose from the dead.

It has emerged that Dr John Shepherd, an Australian cleric appointed last week as the new representative to Rome, had delivered a sermon in which he said Christians should be “set free” from the traditional view of the resurrection.

The controversial comments, delivered while he was Dean of Perth Cathedral, have been criticised for flying in the face of the most fundamental Christian doctrines.

In a 2008 Easter sermon, he said: “It’s important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the resurrection was an extraordinary physical event, which restored to life Jesus’s original earthly body. The resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality.”

More here-

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/archbishop-canterbury-urged-act-vatican-envoy-questioned-resurrection/

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Episcopal Church to victims of clergy abuse: Come forward

From Olympia-

The Episcopal Church, lifting a statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse by clerics, has created a three-year window when any allegation of misconduct at any time can be brought forward to church authorities.

"In short, you do not have to wonder if the allegation comes from long ago," the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Episcopal Bishop of Olympia, has written in a pastoral letter to be read in parishes and missions across Western Washington.

The General Convention of the church, meeting in Austin, Texas, last summer, passed a resolution amending church canons (laws) and suspending the statute of limitations on reporting misconduct. It created a three-year period, starting Jan. 1, 2019 and lasting through Dec. 31, 2021.

More here-

U.S. Episcopal Church issues restriction against Albany Bishop

More From Albany- (additional links at the bottom)

The U.S. Episcopal Church, responding to the Albany bishop’s continued ban on gay marriage despite national approval, has issued a “Partial Restriction on Ministry” prohibiting him from penalizing anyone for participating in same-sex rites while his conduct is further examined by the church.

In a statement issued Friday morning, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announced that Bishop William Love “is forbidden from participating in any manner in the Church’s disciplinary process in the Diocese of Albany in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage.”

More here-

https://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/U-S-Episcopal-Church-issues-restriction-against-13526487.php 

And here-

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article224288580.html

and here-

https://www.christianpost.com/news/episcopal-church-head-michael-curry-punishes-ny-bishop-who-wont-allow-gay-marriage-in-diocese.html

and here-

https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/01/us-bishop-faces-partial-restriction-on-ministry-over-same-sex-marriage-stance.aspx

and here-

https://onenewsnow.com/church/2019/01/11/episcopal-bishop-punished-for-banning-same-sex-marriage-in-diocese

Friday, January 11, 2019

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry partially restricts Bishop William Love’s authority for refusing to obey General Convention

From ENS-

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has temporarily restricted part of Diocese of Albany Bishop William Love’s ministry because of Love’s refusal to allow same-sex marriages after General Convention mandated liturgical marriage equality in the church’s U.S. dioceses.
Love is “forbidden from participating in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage,” Curry said in a document released Jan. 11. The restriction applies both to the Episcopal Church’s formal Title IV disciplinary process and to any action “that has or may have the effect of penalizing in any way any member of the clergy or laity or worshipping congregation of his diocese for their participation in the arrangements for or participation in a same-sex marriage in his diocese or elsewhere.”
The restriction appears to enable clergy in the upstate New York diocese to solemnize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples, something Love steadfastly refused to allow.
More here-
 

When Great Writers Wrestle with Faith

 From Christianity Today-

The metaphors we use in given situations show us more about our assumptions than we often realize. In politics, we speak of the “arena,” our “opponents,” or even “battle lines.” Our language betrays a hostile environment filled with warring parties. When we discuss education, we may refer to “values,” “costs,” or “benefits,” revealing economics as our lens for assessing learning.

The title of Richard Harries’s book, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith, revolves around two contrasting metaphors for writers and religion. On the one hand, Christ is scary, unpursued, and ephemeral, haunting writers like a ghost. In the subtitle, though, the writers are active agents wrestling with an unknown entity, like Jacob with the angel, for the prize of faith. Harries explores both types of artists in his book, those who flee religion and those who chase it. He focuses primarily on those who lived in the 20th century, starting with 19th-century novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and ending with modern writer Marilynne Robinson.

More here-

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/january-web-only/haunted-by-christ-writers-richard-harries.html

Anglicans mull replacement for conversion of Jews prayer

From Canada-

The Anglican Church of Canada, one of the largest Protestant denominations, is considering replacing a prayer for the conversion of the Jews with a new one calling for “reconciliation” with the Jewish people.

Right Rev. Bruce Myers, Bishop of the Quebec diocese, has proposed that the last vestige of anti-Semitism in the traditional Anglican prayerbook be removed. He was tasked by the church’s leadership to draft a motion to that effect, leading up to the triennial General Synod, the church’s highest governing body, which meets in July in Vancouver.

Inexplicably, the Prayer for the Conversion of the Jews remains in the 1962 edition of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), more than 25 years after another, more harshly worded prayer that was recited on Good Friday was expunged.

The prayer now in question, which is found on page 41 of the BCP, is apparently not often recited nowadays, largely because the 1985 Book of Alternative Services is often used instead. In addition, unlike the Good Friday prayer, which had roots in 16th-century England and was part of an annual service, the Prayer for the Conversion of the Jews is among about 50 prayers that are used discretionally, Rev. Myers explained.

More here-

https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/anglicans-mull-replacement-for-conversion-of-jews-prayer

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Justin Welby: No-deal Brexit would be 'moral failure'

From Premier-

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested a second referendum may be required on the Brexit debate.

Speaking in the House of Lords, Justin Welby also said it would a moral failure should the UK leave the European Union without a deal.

The Anglican leader was taking part in a debate in the upper chamber as MPs continued talks in the Commons next door ahead of a vote on the Prime Minister's plan next Tuesday.

Welby said: "There has to be an agreement in which all accept the need to deliver the will of the people, which was expressed in the referendum. While also recognising that when it was expressed in such a close result there is a duty to build in compromise, an inevitability, albeit unwelcome to some.

"If not there will by default be a no-deal Brexit. That outcome would be not only be a political and practical failure but a moral one, equally as serious as ignoring the result of the referendum entirely.

More here-

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Justin-Welby-No-deal-Brexit-would-be-moral-failure

Church leader finds internet never forgets

From Eternity News-

The internet forgets little, not even a Easter talk. An old message by Australian Anglican leader John Shepherd, who has just been appointed as Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome – a sort of “embassy” for Anglicans to the Vatican – brings back uncomfortable memories.

Shepherd was formerly the Dean (senior minister) of Perth’s St George’s Cathedral. Back in Easter 2008, he released a video on the resurrection – Jesus’ rising from the dead. In this message, Shepherd appears to deny the physical resurrection of Christ.

“The resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality,” Shepherd says on a video released by the Perth cathedral. “It is important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the resurrection was an extraordinary physical event which restored to life Jesus’ original earthly body.”

More here-

https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/church-leader-finds-internet-never-forgets/

Smartphone users warned to be careful of the Antichrist

From The BBC-

People's dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.

Russian social media users largely responded with humour and scepticism, while some accused the Church of "serving the regime".

Speaking to Russian state TV, Patriarch Kirill said smartphone users should be careful when using the "worldwide web of gadgets" because it represented "an opportunity to gain global control over mankind".

"The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind," he said.

More here-

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-46794556?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR203WOXP9O6IMAnfgrv1gHNAL2oEk9Gf-xFNmNbn3KOdZc4Vl9lQT-vee0

Episcopal group says bishop's same-sex wedding policy is five weeks overdue

From Tennessee-

Episcopalians advocating for marriage equality say the bishop for the Tennessee diocese is five weeks late on issuing guidelines for same-sex church weddings.

They mailed letters this week to Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt and the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, taking issue with the delay and calling on Bauerschmidt to act.

"We are gravely concerned that the decision of the General Convention allowing for same-sex marriage rites to be made available to all members of the church has yet to be implemented in the Diocese of Tennessee," the Jan. 7 letter addressed to Bauerschmidt states. 

More than 100 people signed the letters. They are connected to All Sacraments for All People, a grassroots organization pushing for marriage inclusion within the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, said Connally Davies Penley, who is on the group's steering committee and signed the letters. 

More here-

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Conservative Evangelicals Attempt to Disentangle Their Faith from Trumpism

From The New Yorker-

On a recent afternoon at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, Karen Swallow Prior was leading a discussion of Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden” for the seventeen students enrolled in her English course on Victorian literature. Prior, who is fifty-three and was wearing a high-necked floral-print dress, looked as if she might have stepped out of “Great Expectations,” except for her startling magenta lipstick, and her hair, which is dyed bright orange at the crown and a paler blond around her face, resembling an upside-down flame. On the whiteboard behind her in the windowless classroom, she’d written, “Colonialism, Imperialism, Darwinism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism / Anglocentrism.”

She read aloud, “Take up the White Man’s burden— / Send forth the best ye breed— / Go bind your sons to exile / To serve your captives’ need,” then noted, “Kipling was encouraging the United States to use Christianity as a tool of empire.” The aggressive spread of the faith was an ideal of the Victorian age, she went on, but that doesn’t mean that the Bible supports imperialism. During the nineteenth century, Christianity was used as a justification for secular political projects, and this collapse continues today. “So much of what we think is Biblical Christianity is really Victorian,” she said. For example, contemporary Christians often claimed that traditional notions of proper gender roles—such as that a woman’s place was in the home—came from scripture, when, in fact, they were largely products of nineteenth-century European thought. “It’s super important to learn to distinguish between Victorianism and Biblical Christianity,” she said. It was the last day of classes before the Christmas break, and, outside, among the red-brick buildings, carols played from speakers on lampposts hung with wreaths. Students might have been forgiven for paying scant attention to the Victoriana, but Prior’s earnest-looking students, most of them women, were so engrossed in her lecture that, when the class ended, they lingered around her, reluctant to leave.

More here-

https://www.newyorker.com/news/on-religion/conservative-evangelicals-attempt-to-disentangle-their-faith-from-trumpism

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has called for the Article 50 process to be revoked to allow the UK to come to a “reasoned sensible conclusion” on Brexit. Dr Williams said he feared the country was approaching a “very dangerous cliff edge” and needed more time to resolve the issues raised by the Brexit debate. The European Court of Justice ruled in early December that Britain could unilaterally revoke Article 50 and remain inside the EU on existing terms.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/brexit-article-50-archbishop-of-canterbury-rowan-willams/

he former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has called for the Article 50 process to be revoked to allow the UK to come to a “reasoned sensible conclusion” on Brexit. Dr Williams said he feared the country was approaching a “very dangerous cliff edge” and needed more time to resolve the issues raised by the Brexit debate. The European Court of Justice ruled in early December that Britain could unilaterally revoke Article 50 and remain inside the EU on existing terms.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/brexit-article-50-archbishop-of-canterbury-rowan-willams/
he former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has called for the Article 50 process to be revoked to allow the UK to come to a “reasoned sensible conclusion” on Brexit. Dr Williams said he feared the country was approaching a “very dangerous cliff edge” and needed more time to resolve the issues raised by the Brexit debate. The European Court of Justice ruled in early December that Britain could unilaterally revoke Article 50 and remain inside the EU on existing terms.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/brexit-article-50-archbishop-of-canterbury-rowan-willams/

Anglican Centre appoints Interim Director

From The Tablet-

The Anglican Centre in Rome has appointed an Interim Director following the resignation of its Director, Bernard Ntahoturi, over allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Very Revd Dr John Shepherd will take on the role as the Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome announced on 8 January.

Dr Shepherd served as Dean of St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia from 1990 to 2014.
He was ordained at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne in 1966 having completed his BA at the University of Melbourne. He also has a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Seminary in New York and a PhD from St.Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11215/anglican-centre-appoints-interim-director-

Oxford diocese in meltdown as clergy reject bishops' view on sexuality

From Christian Today-

The Church of England's Oxford diocese is facing an uncertain future after a large group of its serving clergy publicly rejected their bishops' views on sexuality.

A letter to the bishops signed by a wide grouping of more than 100 church ministers says that 'the situation [in the diocese] is serious. If not addressed, we would all struggle to support the leadership of our bishops in this matter and a number of our churches may want to seek alternative means of receiving episcopal ministry, in recognition that your position is seriously differentiated from theirs. This would be a tragedy.'

The warning comes in response to the Oxford bishops' offer of 'interim LGBT guidance and support' in their diocese last October, in a move seen by many as pre-empting the outcome of the official Church of England 'Living in Love and Faith' discussions on sexuality, which will not conclude until 2020.

The letter to the bishops was sent before Christmas, and in turn the bishops have responded to the signatories with a statement of their own. Christian Today understands both letters are to be circulated to all clergy in the Oxford diocesan email news today, Wednesday. They are now also in the public domain on the website of the Oxford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship.

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https://www.christiantoday.com/article/oxford-diocese-in-meltdown-as-clergy-reject-bishops-view-on-sexualityexecute1/131426.htm