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Samoan George Pisi to move to Saints

first_img TAGS: Northampton Saints The centre found his international feet during the 2010 Autumn internationals, he finished the year as Samoa’s first choice outside centre, making his debut in the Pacific Nations Cup in June and starting against Ireland, England and Scotland during the Autumn Internationals.“Playing against Chris Ashton and Ben Foden in the Autumn was awesome and it’ll be exciting to get the chance to play with them in England. Pisi against Luke Fitzgerald during the 2010 Autumn internationalsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS today announced the signing of Samoan international George Pisi ahead of the 2011/12 season.Regarded highly as a counter-attacking full back, Pisi will finish the 2010/11 season at Top 14 team Clermont Auvergne, where he has been drafted in as a medical joker for the final third of the French domestic season. “Hopefully playing at Clermont will be good for me. The more rugby I play the better I get, so when I come back for Taranaki, then hopefully the World Cup with Samoa, I’ll be able to hit the ground running when I get to Northampton.” said George.He is looking forward to joining the Saints full-time next season. “It’s an awesome club,” he said. “I’ve admired the people who have been through it. It’s a great family club and it’s a great place for me to start my own family over there. I’ve been watching how the Saints have been going. They’ve been playing well and come along from last year and I feel that the team is building every year for higher honours.” Republic of Ireland’s full back Luke Fitzgerald (R) breaks away from Somoa’s center George Pisi (R) on November 13, 2010 during their one-off rugby union test match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Ireland beat Samoa 20-10.AFP PHOTO / PETER Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As a 24-year-old centre, he joins Saints after making a reputation as a fast, skilful and powerful player with Auckland-based Super Rugby outfit The Blues. After five years at North Harbour, Pisi impressed in the 2010 ITM Cup while playing for Taranaki. “Taranaki have been good to me and it’s hard to leave them, but it’s an opportunity for me to have a new life in Northampton with my fiancé Jessica.”Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Pisi is a good addition to the Saints squad. “George has improved a lot over the past year or so and we were impressed with what we’ve seen of him playing for Samoa in the Autumn and Taranaki in the ITM Cup,” he said. “He’s a strong runner who likes to play with the ball in hand and although he played for Samoa at centre he is comfortable in a number of positions, which will be good for our squad as a whole.”last_img read more

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How to train hard without too much strain on your body

first_imgCardio combinations and circuits have a minimal impact on the body, says Darren GrewcockCross-trainer & Press-upsCombining sets of 30-second reps on the cross-trainer – sprint-steady-sprint-steady – with press-ups on the floor can leave you feeling nauseous. But work through it!Set cross-trainer at moderate resistance so you can keep up speedVary sprints. Use arm rods for some and not for othersOnly take 30 seconds’ rest when you do your press-ups. Swap quicklyReps and SetsReps – 30 seconds work/rest              Sets – fourAlternate – after each set of four        Tempo – continuousStepper & Medicine BallAgain, the up/down effect of these exercises can make you feel dizzy. That’s inertia, and you need to work through it so your body can adapt.Make sure your stepper sprints are at a maximal pace, 95% intensityAgain, use hands to balance for some reps, and do some withoutWhen you do your medicine ball launches, if you haven’t got a partner you can use a wall to bounce the ball offReps and SetsReps – 30 seconds work/rest               Sets – fourAlternate – after each set of four         Tempo – continuousBike & Core Stability You can either use a standard exercise bike or spinning bike, which is even better as long as you can get on and off it quickly. Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Whichever bike you’re using, ensure you can reach 105-110rpmRefrain from standing up as this will slow down your leg speed and change the emphasis of what you’re working onMix with 30 seconds of core exercises such as the plank (above right)Reps and SetsReps – 30 seconds work/rest               Sets – fourAlternate – after each set of four         Tempo – continuousRowing & Counter-balance squats Technique is critical with these exercises. With both, keep your back flat with your core locked out, especially when you start to tire.Even though you’re maxing out on the rower, keep a 35-36 rpm ratePerform your squats with a 10, 15 or 20kg weight plate – no heavierCombine sets of up/down counter-balance squats with a single static squeeze squat for the full 30 secondsReps and SetsReps – 30 seconds work/rest                 Sets – fourAlternate – after each set of four           Tempo – continuousThis article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKlast_img read more

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Lions 2013: What price loyalty?

first_imgWinners: will some Brits and Irish celebrate a Lions loss, too?Fickle? It would be interesting to know how much of a surge has come in the Wallabies’ favour since Gatland’s team announcement, but in a series where some have described the Lions as the latest distraction on TV, a sentimental throwback that is more of a product than a team, it would perhaps not surprise many casual fans want to make money rather than “support” the Lions.It may not help when Australian playmaker Will Genia says: “I’m very confident that we haven’t produced our best performance yet,” and that they are improving all the time while Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree calls the game the “last throw of the dice.” during game two of the International Test Series between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Etihad Stadium on June 29, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Out of faith or out of pocket: There has been a swing in favour of Australia in terms of punters betting on the seriesBy Alan DymockEVERYONE IN Britain and Ireland would want the Lions to win on Saturday, right?Well according to Ladbrokes, the betting on Saturday’s landmark series decider has swung in favour of the Wallabies as the betting powerhouse today announced that the Lions are no longer the favourites to win on Saturday, as they have been for every match on tour up until this point, and that droves of gamblers have backed Australia.David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve been staggered by how quickly the punters have deserted [Warren] Gatland’s men. We never thought we’d see the day when the Aussies were more popular with punters than the Lions. That day has now arrived.”A cursory glance at Oddschecker supports this, with 46.59% of bets through their site going on Australia to win and 43.28% going on the Lions. However, punters stepping away now tells of a complex. Many may expect to lose, and while they can explain away chasing bets on Australia as covering themselves either way, it is a disassociation from the movement that may worry some already concerned about protecting the tour.Such negative news from home may be kept from the squad, but on the other hand they will almost certainly be made aware that they are underdogs. They were always up against the odds, but now we have the numbers to back it up and record numbers are betting every day.last_img read more

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Aviva Premiership One to Watch: David Strettle

first_imgSaracens have been in irresistible form so far this season, picking up a maximum of 15 points from their three Premiership matches so far and scoring 13 tries. Harlequins have home advantage but they lost to Northampton at the Stoop a fortnight ago, so that is no guarantee of success. Their 37-13 win at Worcester last weekend was sensational, but I am still tipping Saracens to make it four wins out of four.Watch Strettle and Saracens take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, 28 September, kick-off 3.15pm. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 08: David Strettle of Harlequins celebrates his try with Ugo Monye during the Guinness premiership game between Harlequins and Sale Sharks at The Stoop on May 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Everyone wants to score tries, but I think everyone here would rather take a team win, and that shows with how well everyone is playing right now.” TAGS: Saracens Watch Strettle and England team-mate Ben Foden pit their wits against each other in a quiz.Will he be whooping or weeping this weekend? Under the radar: David Strettle slides in for a try v Bath last weekend. He scored two for the second week in a row.By Katie FieldWho is the man of the moment?David Strettle, the 30-year-old Saracens wing who is hoping to help his team maintain their 100% record in this season’s Aviva Premiership when they take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, 28 September (kick-off 3.15pm).Why is he in the spotlight?The 14-capped England wing might have turned 30 in July but he is proving there is life in the old dog yet, scoring four tries in the first two rounds for Sarries – two against Gloucester and two in last week’s win over Bath. Strettle, who scored nine tries in the whole of the last Premiership season, is joint top try-scorer in the league this term, vying with England rival, London Irish wing Marland Yarde for top spot.Jumping for joy: Strettle in his Harlequins days, celebrating with Ugo MonyeThis weekend’s clash with Harlequins is all the more significant for Strettle as he played for Quins until 2010. What’s more, he reaches the landmark of 60 Premiership appearances for Saracens in this game.What’s Strettle got to say about it?“So far the start of the new season has gone well for me but it is always easier to score when the team is playing well as you obviously get more chances. When the team is playing well, as we are this season, opportunities to score present themselves to you but it wouldn’t be the case if the pack weren’t doing their job.last_img read more

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Alternative worship ‘pops up’ in Portland, Oregon, for Advent

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Rev. Henry Galganowicz says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Dr. Wilberforce Mundia says: December 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm Praise God we need more ways to reach the uncertain, the fearful, & who have bad experiences in another church.We do a “Blue Christmas” service for all in the community who have unhappy memories of Christmas or….. Dave Clayton says: Featured Events Rev. Charles Uhlik says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN December 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm I am very intrigued by this church. Bravo go coming up with a fresh way to provide a space where people can connect with God and each other. By Pat McCaughanPosted Dec 12, 2011 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tlhe Rev. Robert A. Terrill says: Comments (10) December 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm I see all kinds of possibilities here…and I’m 62. Young people want to experience things on their own terms and definitely don’t like being pressured or pushed into participating. I know I would participate. Provide the opportunity and the Holy Spirit will do the work. December 13, 2011 at 8:24 am I am hoping to be accepted as a novice for the diaconate in the Diocese of Massachusetts. I very much love “alternative” worship. This sounds so exciting and fantastic. At this time I visit a Methodist Church mid-week for Prayer and Praise. It is a very spontaneous service, a reading, prayers, reflection and lots and lots of music. On alternate Fridays, there is “The Link” which was created to “link” the youth to God and church and to get a re-charge during the week. I love it. Keep up the good work!! Lynn Marini says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Rev. Gillian Barr says: Rector Washington, DC Alternative worship ‘pops up’ in Portland, Oregon, for Advent Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release David Ketola says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books December 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm @Annie: It’s “Pop-up” as in the seasonal stores that “pop-up” temporarily in otherwise vacant storefronts before Hallowe’en and Christmas. Those stores like the “Spirit!” Hallowe’en places that are just there for a month, or the “Christmas decorations and New Years calendars” stores that only exist Oct-Dec. Or the temporary restaurants that well-known chefs, who have a following but currently aren’t working a regular gig, set up in a vacant kitchen space w/ a very short-term lease. Those are called “pop-up” stores and restaurants. They’re not tied to a location, but more to a season or an experience. So this is “pop-up” church. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 December 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm This is an awesome article!! Every diocese should have a priest & deacon to go and take a new and fresh liturgy to other congregations or other secular locations who can not afford them (musicians, tech. skills, style, substance) to use our liturgy to invite people on the fringes. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal News Service] A new church has literally “popped up” in Portland, Oregon, offering alternative and movable worship, an Advent vespers here, an Advent Mass celebrated there – followed by pub conversations nearby.“PopUp Church,” also known as All Souls, debuted Dec. 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Portland with a weekly series of Wednesday evening Advent vespers.An “experimental outreach,” it has no fixed address or formal membership, but offers a way to stay centered during the harried Advent and pre-Christmas season, said its founder, the Rev. Karen Ward.“It is a fresh expression of church that includes everybody game to show up, be present and participate. It is for the church-skeptical and church-curious,” added Ward, an associate priest at Sts. Peter and Paul.She was inspired to develop the concept through British-based fresh expressions of church, and such popular culture icons as mobile food trucks, pop-up local restaurants and even flash mobs, she said.“It is a new way to do church outreach, with a church that pops up and moves around a city,” she said. Its next scheduled stop is a Dec. 17 Advent Mass at St. David of Wales Church in Portland, and Ward is hoping to include additional offerings in new locations next year.PopUp Church targets people who “are not sure about church, [who] think church is uncreative and culturally irrelevant, or are fearful of ‘vampire evangelism’ where churches try to grab people under 40 and give them pledge cards and try to rope them into serving on a committee as soon as they walk in the door,” she said.“People need a safe space in which they can search for God and be found by God,” added Ward, during a recent telephone interview.Deborah Aronson, a member of Sts. Peter and Paul for little more than a year, said the Dec. 1 startup vespers service became, for her, that safe space and much, much more. “If people knew about this, they would be flocking to it,” she said.“It felt incredible,” said Aronson, who added that she’d be willing to follow the church to other locations.“The church was very warm and lightly lit. There was a lot of incense. It was quiet, reverent, it felt like a monastery, very sacred, very quiet, full of reverence. I loved it. I’m going to go for the rest of my life.”The 6:30 p.m. traditional vespers began in the darkened church chancel with a circle of chairs positioned around the Advent wreath. Candles, a small pot of incense and a Tibetan bell helped to make it “the Anglo-Catholic tradition, but in a more chilled-out, smaller way,” Ward said.The group pulled the Book of Common Prayer out of the racks to read the psalms, she said. “It’s important to use the actual physical book. I wanted people to have a tactile experience with the tradition.”The service alternates between silences and slow, deliberate, mindful prayer – “no bells or whistles,” Ward said. “We weren’t hurrying or rushing through the prayers. It’s like instead of gobbling up your food, you eat slowly so you can taste it. We punctuated everything with silence and pauses. We were trying to taste the prayers.”She also hopes to pull in “tekkies” like herself who yearn to unplug and experience contemplative silence.“I’m a technological geek — my family is me, my iPad, MacBook and iPhone,” she said. “That’s the family portrait at my house. I own 35 web addresses but when I go to church I don’t need technology. I’m looking for peace, a spiritual connection to God, mystery. The point is how can we have an authentic encounter with God and with one another.”After the Dec. 8 vespers Julia Lake, 51, joined the conversation at a local pub, The Observatory. For Lake, a mid-week evening service has helped keep the focus on the reason for the season. But she hopes the PopUp offerings extend past Advent and into the new year “because they’re so creative. I’ve really enjoyed this.”Ward hopes to build upon initial attendance at the vespers through word of mouth, adding that the ministry “will grow in its own time, by being faithful and being present,” she said. “We’re at week two. I’m happy with the progress so far. There are 30 people who’ve signed onto the website.”The Rev. Kurt Neilson, rector of Sts. Peter and Paul said the concept “has got a lot of energy.” He compared it to local mobile Portland restaurants offering specialized meals, like Korean tacos, that develop a following, then tweet their various locations “and if you’re into it, you follow them.”Similarly, it will take time for a core group of PopUp Church-goers to coalesce, he said during a recent telephone interview. “The intent is to create a worshipful atmosphere that is very open, inviting and utterly welcoming and nonthreatening, primarily to the unchurched or the de-churched, although we find that our members like these services too.”Whenever Ward discusses PopUp church she is approached by two or three baby-boomer parents of grown children who invite her to talk to their children about fresh expressions of church, she said.“What we tell our own people on our website and e-mail [listserv] is that, ‘hey, if your son or granddaughter or nephew hasn’t darkened the door for a long time, send their name over so we can send them an e-vite [electronic invitation]. It’s worked, to a modest extent.”Ward said she decided to “take a leap of faith” and create the ministry after moving three months ago to Portland from Seattle, where in 2002 she founded Church of the Holy Apostles, a young Episcopal and Lutheran fresh-expressions congregation.“I needed a place to be creative and to connect culture and God and the Gospel in new ways and find energy,” said Ward. She’d barely unpacked her U-Haul boxes when she put up a website, acquired a Facebook page and a Twitter account “and talked to folks I met, one at a time, about the new church, so hopefully it will grow by word of mouth and social media.”She hopes to hold other PopUp services at other churches throughout the diocese and possibly to eventually host them in alternative locations.St. David of Wales Church in Portland is the next stop for the PopUp Church, said the Rev. Sara Fischer, rector.An Advent Mass is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 17 as “an experiment,” said Fischer. “We’re very excited to host the event,” she added.“The liturgy is going to be very orthodox and lovely. It’s not going to be some kind of completely different out-there liturgy,” she said.She hopes it will catch on. “It would be fun if what came out of it [the mass] is people saying ‘ooh, let me know when the next one is’ and … it spreads in a viral way.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Advent, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC February 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm Now we’re beginning to get somewhere with the notion of a pop up church. The latest report to Executive Council on church membership and average Sunday attendence decline was depressing and devastating to read. It is time to do something different, and if a pop up church is one way of doing it, bravo, brava and bravit. We have long bemoaned our downward trends without doing much about it. How about now tackling the thorny issue of a theology of the church that is based on scripture and the early church. Personally, I like the idea of the church model in the British Isles prior to the coming of the Latin Church. In that model there were elements of traveling bishop/presbyters and abbot/bishop monastic communities. They were flexible, moveable, and dynamic. In the monastic model the abbot was the supervisor and the bishop was the pastor. In the New Testament model bishop/prebyters served local communities that worshiped in homes and synagogues. Certainly now the diocesan models we have today. Perhaps we need to reduce the House of Bishops, combine dioceses, let presbyters confirm, continue to support canon 9 priests, open up “pop up” and storefront churches, and NOT WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT REAL ESTATE. Then guess what, the price of doing business goes down while the opportunities for ministry evangelism go up. Do this and expand electronically. And, pray for the church. The Executive Council report cries out for it. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group December 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm Maybe I’m dense, but I’ve read the article a couple of times and gone to the link “PopUp Church” and don’t see what it is. I’ve had friends who camp using a “pop-up” camper for sleeping, so “pop up” has an image I don’t think is accurate for this? The photo w/ the article has people sitting around tables that look like tables at a “cafeteria” at a shopping mall, but it’s not clear if that’s taken at the service or the fellowship eating out later….. I’m curious, just not following what PopUp Church means. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Emergent Church Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis December 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm I love it, love it love it. My colleague in Ministry just forwarded me this article and I loved reading it. The most important thing the article and the concept of “Pop Up” church reminds me is that we need to have a wide, wide variety of ways of letting people worship. We must not be prisoners to any one place or style of worship. And, whatever else we do, we should not understate how the Lord is also speaking to and with those who come to our traditional places of worship. Finally, we must also pray that God will do God’s work in people’s lives. Part of what worries me is that we may be tempted to make these “outreach” efforts the work of human ingenuity. Pray, pray, pray that God will touch God’s people wherever they are. Pray, pray, pray that God will teach us ways of reaching humanity. It is not human cleverness that will spread the Good News. It is the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Annie Boardman says: Janis Galvin says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ December 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm Bravo! terrific, out of the box idea!last_img read more

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Rapidísimas

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Knoxville, TN La situación en el Medio Oriente sigue candente, literalmente. Dicen analistas internacionales que las protestas han tomado como excusa la película que según ellos, ofende al profeta Mahoma, pero que la realidad es el aniversario del derribo de las Torres Gemelas de Nueva York y la siguiente acción punitiva de Estados Unidos.La opositora cubana economista Marta Beatriz Roque, 67, dijo que pese a su debilidad seguirá su huelga de hambre “hasta el final”. Otros opositores están siguiendo su ejemplo en la lucha por la democracia y el respeto a los derechos humanos en Cuba. El gobierno ha soslayado la situación.La Iglesia de Inglaterra (anglicana) tendrá mujeres obispas si el Sínodo General aprueba en noviembre el proyecto de ley que fue discutido por la Cámara de Obispos este mes y recibió aprobación por gran mayoría. El arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams dijo que desde 1994 cuando se aprobó la ordenación de mujeres al presbiterado “se ha hecho cada día más evidente la necesidad de remover los obstáculos que impiden a las mujeres ejercer el ministerio episcopal”. Williams añadió que la decisión será para el bien de la misión y ministerio de la iglesia y que hay que adoptar un sentimiento de respeto y comprensión con los que piensan de otra manera.Miles de personas se congregaron recientemente en la céntrica Plaza de Mayo de Buenos Aires para protestar por las medidas económicas tomadas por la presidenta Cristina Fernández y la posibilidad que quiera enmendar la constitución para postularse para un tercer período. La popularidad de la presidenta ha disminuido considerablemente.Como parte del intercambio cultural entre Estados Unidos y Cuba el Coro Ecuménico Shalom está de gira por Estados Unidos. Recientemente se presentó en la capilla del colegio luterano San Olaf de Northfield, Minnesota. El coro integrado por 19 voces y bajo la dirección de Rita Oliva, interpreta himnos religiosos y canciones tradicionales. En 1992 el coro hizo una gira similar y al regreso cuatro integrantes optaron por desertar. La palabra hebrea “Shalom” tiene un amplio significado pero generalmente se traduce como “la paz de Dios”.El nuevo centro “Justo L. González” de Orlando, Florida, ofrecerá dos conferencias los días 19 y 20 de octubre sobre el legado y contribución de González al ministerio hispano/latino en Estados Unidos. El evento coincidirá con su cumpleaños número 75, las conferencias serán dictadas en inglés y el costo de la matrícula será de $75. González, cubano de nacimiento, pertenece a la Iglesia Metodista, es historiador eclesiástico y ha escrito más de 100 libros. Para más informes: 407-182-7599.Una delegación de la Iglesia Adventista de Ocala, Florida, ha enviado una misión médica a Jamaica integrada por 55 médicos y voluntarios. Esta es la misión número 16 y la segunda vez que van a Jamaica. La misión tiene como propósito “servir a los necesitados y elevar su nivel de vida y salud”.John Kirby, obispo católico romano de Clonfert, Irlanda, pagó recientemente 165,000 euros para evitar que casos de pederastia en su diócesis llegasen a los tribunales, informó el Irish Times. El sacerdote declarado culpable guarda prisión. En el acta judicial consta que Kirby pidió perdón por su actuación y dijo que debido a “mi ingenuidad y extrema inocencia pensé que se trataba de una amistad extralimitada”.Se sabe que Hugo Chávez, presidente de Venezuela, gusta de la música ranchera mexicana y quizás por eso recibió con tanta efusión la visita del cantante Vicente Fernández y le concedió la medalla de la Orden de los Libertadores de Venezuela. Al reseñar la noticia varios medios dijeron que lo peligroso está en que Chávez adopte como suya la letra del corrido que dice “Jalisco nunca pierde y cuando pierde arrebata”.En Argentina se están haciendo gestiones para declarar el 31 de octubre el “Día de la Reforma Protestante”. En ese día pero en 1517 el monje agustino Martín Lutero clavó en las puertas de la iglesia de Wittemberg, Alemania, una propuesta para debatir la doctrina y práctica de las indulgencias que otorgaba el papado. Esta propuesta es popularmente conocida como las “95 Tesis”. Lutero quería que la iglesia regresara a las enseñanzas primitivas sin las adiciones medioevales.Quedan días para las elecciones en Venezuela y el presidente Hugo Chávez se ha puesto furioso con los resultados de algunas encuestas que no lo favorecen. En más de una ocasión ha perdido el control y ha hecho ataques verbales poco dignos de un presidente. Dicen observadores políticos que esas amenazas no le ayudan en las urnas. Veremos.VERDAD. La blanda respuesta quita la ira: Mas la palabra áspera hace subir el furor. Proverbios 15. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas Message 2016

first_img December 12, 2016 at 9:37 pm Bishop Michael is the best to happen in The Episcopal Church in MANY years!!! He is a real blessing to all Christians, no matter the denomination. I hear the voice of God speaking through him. We love you, Bishop Michael!!! The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Kaye White says: Comments are closed. 4:09[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “This child came to show us how to change the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2016. “So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.”The Presiding Bishop’s video message is herePresiding Bishop Michael Curry Christmas Message 2016From Isaiah Chapter 9:For unto us a child is born,unto us a Son is given;and the government shall be upon His shoulder;and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.These words of Isaiah are often seen as words that foretell and foreshadow the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary. The truth is, these words befit Him because this child changed the world. This child changes lives. This child changes us.I remember when our oldest daughter was a baby. My wife and I were young. We were footloose and fancy-free.  It was just the two of us newlyweds, so if we wanted to go out to eat dinner, we went out to eat dinner. If we decided to go to a movie at the last minute, we just went.  We actually felt like we had money back then.  And we did have a little bit of discretionary income. We could pretty much do what we wanted to do, within reason, and we didn’t have to think too much about the consequences or impact of a spontaneous decision and what we had to do to make that happen.And then, all of a sudden, this little, innocent human being, a little child, came into our lives, and literally gained control over our entire world. Before we could do anything else we had to think about, “Who’s going to keep the baby?” or “Is this a good time for us to go without the baby?”  We soon learned that we were not in control of our lives anymore.  Even our sleeping patterns became very different. We would stay awake when the baby was awake and we went to sleep when the baby went to sleep. Literally this child began to control our lives and the child didn’t even know she was doing it. And then we had a second one she did the exact same thing. And I’ve since learned that that’s what babies do.  When they arrive they take over!  And their parents begin to develop their lives around this child. To mold their entire lives around this precious needy baby.Isaiah wrote, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given . . . and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This child who was born of Mary changes everything. This child born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes changes how we live. This child born to the sound of angels singing Gloria in excelcis Deo — this child to whom the wise ones came from afar bearing gifts — this child, changed the way the entire world works.And this Jesus, born into a world torn by strife and hatred and division and pain and poverty, this child is born anew wherever men and women say, “I’ll follow Him. I’ll follow Him as my Savior. I’ll follow Him as my Lord.”When this child grew up, He said His reason for coming, again quoting Isaiah, from the 61st chapter, he said,The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Good News to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.This child, when He grew up, came to show us the way to live lives of love, lives of compassion, lives of goodness, lives of kindness, lives of justice. This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for him to change us.  This Christmas help us change the world.  And make a new commitment, to go out from this day, to let this Christmas Day, be the first day of a new world.God bless you. God keep you. Have a blessed Christmas.  A Happy New Year.  And go on out and change the world! Suzette Ciancio says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Frances Gresley says: Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Maxanna Demko says: December 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry, your message is just what we need in our world which holds such much fear and division for many. May God bless you and your family during this Christmas Season. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET December 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm You renew my faith with your words, Bishop Curry. How grateful I am to be alive to hear these beautiful words of Isaiah spoken with resounding conviction and love. Many thanks to you, sir. And God Bless Us, EVERY ONE! Judy Guard says: Lisa Hlass says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC December 13, 2016 at 9:26 am What a heart warming, hopeful message. Thank you Bishop Michael Curry. Bradley Hauff says: December 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm A positive message? Abandoning the divine, resurrected, scriptural Jesus with a feel good, Jesus as social worker movement is nothing to be positive about. This leftist interpretation is pure mythology. How did this pablum from the 1970’s manage to recycle itself? Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Mireille says: Christine grem says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID December 17, 2016 at 7:31 am God’s love and wisdom shines through you! We are blessed to have such a God filled man filling us with the absolute truth of our Lord and Savior! May God’s blessings continue to fall upon you as you share His wonderful message with us!Prayers that you have a joyful Christmas with your family and friends and may the New Year be filled with God’s Peace!Thank you for ALL that you do! Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Diane L Villafane Onder says: Lynda Knowlton says: Posted Dec 12, 2016 Howard T. Ray says: Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab December 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm This is borderline Harvey Cox theology wrapped in a Christmas bow and served with post modern Kool Aid. Rector Bath, NC PJcabbiness says: December 13, 2016 at 12:12 am Bishop Micheal,Beautiful heart zapping real relevant message.Thank you for your heart which shines with the spirit overflowing. Ruth Rocchio says: Jettie Pelletier says: December 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm Thank you for your loving and most positive message. It seems that the world is so full of negative words, thoughts, and deeds. Your message gives me hope in the midst of all the noise and clatter of confusion. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and love of God with us. We, your flock are thirsty for the hope you bring. December 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm Such a wonderful message. It makes me want to go out and change the world with love and kindness.. Thank you. Beth Hardin says: Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT December 13, 2016 at 10:06 am What an inspiring and excellent message! Thank you. December 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry. And thanks for your recent visit to Arkansas. It was a pleasure having you in the Rock! Have a blessed Christmas. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA December 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm Thank you so much for this most needed Christmas message. You are a shining light in a troubled world and we are so fortunate to have you leading the Episcopal church. Makes be proud to be a member of your NC flock. May we all resolve to do just that, “Go on out and change the world!” Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your leadership help change lives. Carne Foisie says: Jean Cavanaugh says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Comments (22) December 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry for your Christmas message. I’ll be reflecting on them this Advent season.Christmas blessings to you and yours. December 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm Thank you Presiding Bishop Curry for your Christmas message, for your support of the Standing Rock Sioux, egalitarian marriage, and for keeping the Episcopal church inclusive. As a result of my past experiences with organized religion, I had vowed I would never, ever, become a member of a church again. Until I found the Episcopal church. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS December 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm Thank you Bishop Curry, I am blessed to be one of your flock and wish you and family a blessed an happy Holiday season. Marie Hughes says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI December 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm Bishop Curry, I needed this message today. I am grateful that you can gently and beautifully kick us in the rear and tell us to get out there and be “crazy Christians,” changing the world. My world needs changing. Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 December 12, 2016 at 9:13 pm Such an uplifting message . And free of politics I don’t like politics in church . We have had enough of that this year . Youth Minister Lorton, VA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas Message 2016 sasa emmanuel james says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Paula Clark says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 6, 2017 at 9:39 am happy new and mery xmass to u all in the name of our lord Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA December 13, 2016 at 10:33 am This is a wonderful and delightful message. Yes, a child is born! What a magnificent gift to all!Thank you Bishop Michael Curry and may God bless you in this Holy season. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 December 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm There is nothing more powerful or more comforting than hearing Bishop Curry speak. I’m so blessed to be a member of his flock. He and his messages fill me with love, compassion, and joy.Thank you Bishop Curry and a blessed holiday to you and your family. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC PJcabbiness says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY December 26, 2016 at 12:31 am Some see what they want to see.Others see what they need to see.Some are still blind and cannot see.Thank you Bishop Curry for the inspiring message my heart heard and needed. Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

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Texas bathroom bill’s defeat means 2018 General Convention stays in…

first_img House of Bishops, Rector Shreveport, LA Pjcabbiness says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH August 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm This line of thinking creates the basis for any type of behavior to be justified by genetics and biology. The natural conclusion of this erroneous argument is the absence of choice and free will. Am I to conclude that I was born into the wrong body because genetically and biochemically I cannot play shortstop for the Yankees or be a running back for the Cowboys? Should I then sue or March and protest to be allowed to play anyway? Texas bathroom bill’s defeat means 2018 General Convention stays in Austin Curry, Jennings say church supports opposition to state’s anti-immigrant bill Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Pjcabbiness says: August 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm The Episcopal Church continues to worship at the political altar instead of the Scriptural and Sacramental altar. Please stop pretending to be a Christian denomination! The Church has become a socialist political action organization in every respect but it still clings to collars and crosses for cover. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis August 16, 2017 at 7:47 pm Alleluia! I always wanted to visit Austin.That said, I share the sadness of Michael and Gay over the darkness that has enveloped our land and, as it seeps into the Bay Area next week, pledge to witness steadfastly – in peace and with love – to the light that is Jesus. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS RHONDA WOODFINE says: Cameron Partridge says: Featured Events Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Submit an Event Listing House of Deputies, August 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm PJcabbiness is correct. The arrogance of Bishop Curry and the Reverend Jennings is appalling. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Vicki Gray says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 16, 2017 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT President of the House of Deputies, Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK F William Thewalt says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Janet Civitelli says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings expressed thanks Aug. 16 for the defeat of a “bathroom bill” in Texas and said General Convention will convene in 2018 in Austin as planned.“We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices publicly against this proposed law and the physical, spiritual and emotional damage it threatened to do to transgender people,” the two presiding officers wrote. “Now that we can be more confident that transgender deputies, exhibitors, advocates and guests can travel to Texas safely and with dignity, we have no plans to ask Executive Council to reconsider the location of the 2018 General Convention.”The Episcopal Church General Convention is scheduled to meet July 5-13, 2018, in Austin.However, Curry and Jennings warned that they, the bishops of Texas and other Episcopalians are still concerned about Texas Senate Bill 4, which goes into effect Sept. 1 of this year. The bill threatens law enforcement officials with stiff penalties if they fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and it forbids municipalities from becoming sanctuary cities. The bill also allows police officers to question people about their immigration status during arrests or traffic stops.“Between now and next summer, we plan to follow the progress of legal challenges to Senate Bill 4 closely and to explore ways to lend the support of the Episcopal Church to Texans who oppose this discriminatory, anti-immigrant law,” they said.Saying that recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, shows that “there is darkness in our land,” Curry and Jennings asked Episcopalians to “join us in continuing to pray and to speak out for all of God’s children who have reason to be afraid in these frightening times. Dear people of God, let the light shine!”While the Texas Senate had passed the latest iteration of the so-called bathroom bill, Senate Bill 3, earlier in the special session, the bill failed when the state House refused even to hold a hearing on it. Well-financed and visible opposition by major Texas employers, including energy companies, also helped defeat the bill.The bill said that anyone using a public multiple-occupancy restroom, a shower or changing facilities in Texas, including at public and charter schools, must use the gender-labeled facility that matches the sex stated on the person’s birth certificate, driver’s license, personal identification certificate or state license to carry a handgun. It also would’ve overturned local and individual school districts’ policies on bathroom use.Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has firmly opposed the bill, and Curry and Jennings have supported him in that stance. They wrote to him in July before the special session convened to follow up on a letter they sent him in February.They reminded him that General Convention moved from Houston to Honolulu in 1955 because the Texas city could not offer sufficient guarantees of desegregated housing for its delegates.In March, Curry and Jennings were the lead signers on an amicus brief filed by 1,800 clergy and religious leaders in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving transgender-bathroom use policies.The text of their Aug. 16 letter follows.Letting Our Light Shine in Texas:A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of DeputiesAugust 16, 2017Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:Yesterday, the Texas legislature adjourned its special session without passing a so-called “bathroom bill,” which threatened to write discrimination against transgender people into state law. We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices publicly against this proposed law and the physical, spiritual and emotional damage it threatened to do to transgender people.Now that we can be more confident that transgender deputies, exhibitors, advocates and guests can travel to Texas safely and with dignity, we have no plans to ask Executive Council to reconsider the location of the 2018 General Convention. We are delighted and relieved to assure the Episcopalians of Texas that we look forward to being with you in Austin next summer.Along with the bishops of Texas and many other Episcopalians, we remain concerned about Senate Bill 4, a Texas law scheduled to go into effect on September 1 that requires local police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and forbids local municipalities from adopting sanctuary city statutes. Between now and next summer, we plan to follow the progress of legal challenges to Senate Bill 4 closely and to explore ways to lend the support of the Episcopal Church to Texans who oppose this discriminatory, anti-immigrant law.There is darkness in our land, as the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville last weekend demonstrated with sickening and deadly clarity. But we follow Jesus, about whose coming John’s Gospel said, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.” And it cannot! So when the evil one divides us from one another through darkness of racism, bigotry and intolerance, we must witness even more steadfastly to the light, the power of the risen Christ to overcome hatred, cease division, and bind us all even more closely to one another.Even as we give thanks that justice for transgender people has prevailed in Texas, we ask you to join us in continuing to pray and to speak out for all of God’s children who have reason to be afraid in these frightening times. Dear people of God, let the light shine!Faithfully,The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding BishopThe Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies General Convention 2018, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY General Convention, Gene Hulstine says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 August 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm People don’t choose to be Transgender – they are affected in the womb and from being small children know that they are in the wrong body. What will you do when one day one of these souls is born into your family? Will you turn your back on your own child/grandchild because that part of them is different? There are medical reasons for much of this, look up Estrogen Mimics and learn that Transgender people don’t make a choice to be different, anymore than the Thalidomide children chose to be born without limbs due to what happened to them in the womb. Be Charitable! Jesus was. Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC August 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm Austin is a wonderful city with many attractions that would interest 99.9% of all the delegates of the convention. One of the best city’s in the country – music, food, history, night life, and a wide variety of Episcopal churches/experiences, One of my all time favorite cities. Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA August 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm As an Austin resident and an Episcopalian, I am very pleased with this outcome. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN August 17, 2017 at 10:11 am Very grateful to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies for their steadfast leadership in these incredibly difficult days. TransEpiscopal made the following statement yesterday:http://www.transepiscopal.org/blog/on-the-conclusion-of-texas-special-legislative-session-a-statement-from-transepiscopal Submit a Press Release Comments (9) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tony Oberdorfer says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 19, 2017 at 11:22 am I can’t help but wonder how a transgender person in a bathroom affects a Texas legislator or citizen in any way.last_img read more

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Some same-sex couples will still face hurdles accessing church’s marriage…

first_img Matt Ouellette says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm It is morally reprehensible and shameful to me that in certain diocese there will exist in the Episcopal Church impediments to marriage for loving, caring LGBTQ+ couples. It is not right, just, or fair and it flies in the face of Jesus’ message of love. Ken Thomas says: General Convention 2018, Human Sexuality, Charles Pierce says: August 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm The catholic (Big C and Little c) and the mainline protestant churches are losing membership. The Evangelical churches are growing. It is time to ask the question why? Not simply spout platitudes about the loss. Comments (64) Doug Desper says: Bruce Garner says: August 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm Now comes the long, long shaming of those bishops whose consciences do not align after everyone had touted that their conscience is valued and that their alternative voices are needed. The Convention Resolution is being followed so this article is starting to look like “pile on” to stigmatize those bishops who did not wholeheartedly endorse marriage alteration. The same thing happened during the Women’s Ordination debate. While I agree with it, there were assurances given to the whole Church that no one had to go along with it, but to just make room for those who want to. How long did that last before Convention made a 180 degree reversal and created a mandate? There is a similar flavor here about altering the meaning of Marriage. Elaborate promises were made to respect conscience but now starts up a “trail of tears” which identifies non-lock-step bishops as being part of some sort of barrier. Forgive me, but I do not believe that it will be too many years before bullhorn activists shout down non-conforming consciences and Marriage will be everywhere in the Church what it has never been for 2,000 years. August 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm Mr. Pierce,You claim that Mr. Ouellette’s argument is specious and inherently wrong. How is his argument wrong? You claimed that homosexual couples do not deserve the rite to marriage because in your view marriage is a reserved act/rite for those couples who are able to procreate. Mr. Ouellette asked you therefore what of those heterosexual couples who are unable to reproduce? Are they invalid to be married? Are their marriages sinful or wrong? You did not answer this question which is a perfectly valid one and you should do so. Matt Ouellette says: August 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm I will try.Rectors may decline. They have no authority, obviously, over other clergy, and any couple may go to another priest. Same as ever, now including same sex couples. If couples go this way, it would likely follow they would worship where they have been married.As for GS resolutions, you are correct to wonder how something like B012 is meant to function, given diocesan canons, resistant bishops and dioceses, divided parishes, and on it goes. My view is that it will be messy and possibly conflictual in conservative dioceses, with lots of scope for charges, but that this will end when said bishops retire. There will be individual parishes which are known for not moving in this direction, but this will be the end of the matter.Nothing has happened to the BCP as of now, but new local options are part of the climate of “rites sur mesure.” I hope this helps. Matt Ouellette says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Jordan Sakal says: August 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm Doug, I recommend that you see my response to you below, as it covers many of the points you made here. Suffice it to say, there are good theological reasons to affirm marriage equality which are not just due to following secular standards. Your emphasis on the need for procreation in order for marriage to be valid (a common argument in the Roman Catholic Church) is mistaken, and would require us to declare infertile heterosexual marriages as invalid (and hand-waving that away with phrases like “openness to procreation” are unconvincing because these couples are still biologically incapable of procreating, just like gay couples). Doug Desper says: August 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm If sticking to a conservative understanding of the “teaching of the Bible” is essential to our growth and existence as a church, then why are the Continuing Anglicans, who are very conservative on issues of gender and sexuality, so much smaller and also shrinking? I think the issue is much more complicated than whether or not a church supports marriage equality. Matt Ouellette says: August 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm Mr. Desper, I am afraid to state this that Marriage was viewed as a Economic Contract and only peripherally as a Theological act. Your 2000 years holds little water. August 18, 2018 at 8:44 am In fact, the “entire diocese” in the eastern half of South Carolina did not depart, nor are we known as “Low South Carolina.” Actually, thanks to excellent leadership from our bishops, clergy, and laity, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has shown modest growth over the past few years. August 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm Jordan – read your Scripture, mainly at Genesis 2. Marriage was a perfectly conceived idea in the mind of God and the first gift by God to humanity as a vocation to participate in the act of creation, if possible, and therefore no human institution can amend that original design and bond or create anything equal to it. (Other relationships such as gay unions are another topic – and can be valid but do not have the same vocation as this first gift to humanity. Gay folks cannot by biology participate with God in a creating act. Marriage is not only for humans to have each other in a bond). The Bible is replete with examples of humans rebelling and “knowing better than God”. (Hence your quote about the divorce rate. The Genesis 2 concept of marriage itself is not at fault, but the sinfulness and arrogance of humanity certainly is). By the time of Jesus the perfectly conceived idea of marriage had been twisted by humanity into many aberrations – including divorce, which Jesus said, was granted by Moses because “your hearts were hard”. The gift and design of marriage is perfect. It is a vocation. The human will is what distorts and General Convention has allowed itself to be led around by the nose by Caesar to conceive a muddy concept and call it marriage. Notwithstanding, Genesis 2 and Jesus’ affirmation of it in Matthew 19 will never be amended. In it’s rush to social justice the General Convention has aimed at the wrong target and has effectively reduced marriage to a human comfort bond rather than the call by God to participate in creation. That is an injustice to the Scripture and to the special vocation that heterosexual couples have been called to. August 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm Almost every denomination has lost members in the United States. That is due to the collapse of Christendom in our society, not due to any unique failing of TEC. Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Doug Desper says: Marriage Equality, Charles Pierce says: August 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm Your argument about infertile couples is specious at best and ignorant at worst. Heterosexual couples at least have a chance of producing children. Same sex couples do not. That is a biological fact that can not be disputed. August 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm Mr. Hobart,Where is the anger and unhappiness? Unless you mean the anger and unhappiness that exists because people are uncomfortable with the direction of the church. (Which is a phenomenon that has existed across churches and across religions for generations.) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID August 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm We who believe in traditional marriage are not idiots. It is tiresome to see that being insinuated in so much of this. That said, most of the comments here on both sides miss something very important. Many of the comments here have gotten caught up in the fog of trying to prove or disprove marriage equality by various arguments from procreation or lack thereof. I do not think that is a helpful way of approaching it. The essential thing is to remember that marriage is a physical icon of Christ and his Church. Sexual difference in the physical sense is the essence of this “outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” If Christ and the Church were identical, we would not be redeemed. One who was fully God and fully human was necessary for salvation. That is the difference between us and Christ. Marriage is a sign of the incarnation of Christ, wherein God “goes out from himself” (pun intended) in order to bring salvation to the world.None of this is to question the fact that some people have a fixed and unalterable homosexual orientation. I understand that for most people it is not a “choice.” All that aside, the doctrine of marriage is unassailable and immutable, and there is no place for sexual activity outside marriage. It is worth noting that some of those who have such an orientation would agree with me on this (e.g. Dr. Wesley Hill). August 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm What better times. Know this, the Church is going through the malaise the rest of the Nation is going through. In every Diocese besides the 8, the Bishop and Clergy are quite happy with the Solution. Give up the fake ennui and learn to live with the solution. The rest of us have. August 21, 2018 at 5:58 pm Mr. Ouellette – Marriage is about children, the issue of two people and the linage that they produce. It is also about money, who will receive the property of his Father and who will not. Today most states have laws that if a child is born and the people are married in the eyes of the state, even if the Father can genetically prove the child is not his issue, he is still legally the father. Science has made many strides in many fields but has never been able to master the act of procreation. Even with DNA the parents of the child are important, because that is the way God set it and the idea of linage. Why does the Bible go so much into detail about the linage of Jesus. Who you are and where you came from is important. Using your thoughts why do we have marriage at the state or religious level at all. Simply let everyone procreate at will with who ever and when ever they want. Rector Belleville, IL Charles Pierce says: Jordan Sakal says: August 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm Charles, we all know how procreation works. What you fail to explain is why the ability to procreate is essential to a valid marriage. You still have not answered my question regarding infertile heterosexual couples. Jordan Sakal says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags August 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm As a FORMER fourth generation Episcopalian it grieves me to no end that my mother and father’s church has fallen so for from the true Christian faith. Haven been taught by God fearing priests that it is necessary to hate the sin but love the sinner it is apparent that since bishop Robinson was greeted with open arms to spill his life style over into the church that God’s word has been discarded as worthless dribble by this new modern way of professing faith. It is true the same sex couples will face hurdles, but their biggest hurdles will come when they face their maker. christopher seitz says: August 16, 2018 at 10:04 am I lover all people in an Agapeo or Storge way, and I have Eros feelings for one person, my wife. I do not profess to be able to rewrite the teaching of God because of man’s new understanding of homosexuality. That is like being Sponged, where man become more important than God. August 16, 2018 at 9:43 am Charles, perhaps you should try reading some affirming theology and see why many have decided to support marriage equality in the Church. I recommend this blog by Bishop Matthew Gunter for starters:http://anoddworkofgrace.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-i-came-to-change-my-mind-on-ssu.htmlAlso, God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines is another great resource. August 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm The denomination losing the largest per cent of membership is the most anti- gay,the Southern Baptist Convention,And if you really still think the Diocese of S.Carolina is not part of the Episcopal Church,you might want to check with the S.Carolina Supreme Court AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 16, 2018 at 9:26 am Has God teaching changed in 2000 years, why is the church throwing over doctrine that is Biblical and functioned well, for 2 or 3 percent of the population. Marriage today is a state function not a church function when a Priest preforms the marriage rites he is acting both for the church and for the state. “The 79th General Convention’s passage of Resolution B012, designed to give all Episcopalians unfettered access to two trial-use marriage rites that were approved in 2015, days after U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.” So we are now following the state rather than following our teachings. We are simply driving away people to satisfy a small percentage of our population. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Charles Pierce says: August 15, 2018 at 5:17 pm What was the membership in the TEC in 1992, what is the membership today. Many of the issues that are being portrayed in the article are the reason that people are leaving the TEC. Are we becoming a church that is to please the congregations or are we a church that is based upon the teaching of the Bible. If we do not examine our doctrine we will not exist in 10 or 20 years. Featured Events August 23, 2018 at 3:55 pm Thank you for your response. My sense is you are very correct. In the case of a rector declining to perform a same gender marriage (which is the rector’s right), if said rector would be REQUIRED under canon to allow the same gender couple to have another priest to come into the rector’s parish and perform the marriage — that way the couple could be married in their home parish. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Charles Pierce says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 16, 2018 at 11:52 am And faithful gay couples feel the same way about their spouses as you feel about your wife. Why should your Eros be considered superior to the Eros of gay people? And I do not believe non-affirming Christians such as yourself understand God’s teaching on homosexuality, as much as you think you might. We’ve changed our understanding of God’s teachings on many things in the past in response to the movement of the Holy Spirit and scientific knowledge, from the need for circumcision to be admitted into the Church, to following kosher dietary laws, to geocentrism, to the acceptability of slavery, to evolutionary biology, to the role of women in ministry. Why is this change in understanding different? Comments are closed. Charles Pierce says: Charles Pierce says: August 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm The TEC has lost 1/2 of it membership in 26 years, it is not doing fine. It is failing. Matt Ouellette says: August 16, 2018 at 10:42 am Mr. Desper,The fact of the matter is this: Those bishops that are denying the rite of marriage to same-sex couples are in fact obstructing the decisions made by the General Convention. The decision has been made and now the bishops should fall in line. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 21, 2018 at 10:32 am Your hurry to marginalize the feelings of those with whom you disagree is probably part of the problem. christopher seitz says: Susan Russell says: August 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm The question has never been whether there is a place for traditionalists with a minority opinion on marriage equality in the Episcopal Church. It is whether those holding that minority theological perspective should have the power to deny access to the sacrament of marriage to couples seeking God’s blessing on their marriage — something that is currently happening in only 8 out of 101 dioceses and to which an overwhelming majority of bishops, clergy and laity serving as the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church said “time’s up.”In the weeks and months ahead we will continue to live into that decision as a church and — as I said in the interview above — some bishops are going to do what they’re going to do. Bishop Martins can make up any ecclesiology he wants to around his episcopate — he just can’t use his own fantasy of how he thinks a bishop should be able to exercise power to trump the checks and balances our historic polity places on the power of bishops. That was the intent of B012. So prayers ascend for those having to navigate those challenges — especially for couples yearning to be married in their home church by their parish clergy. [Episcopal News Service] There are times when the Episcopal – and Anglican – tendency toward compromise makes for differing interpretations on how far the church’s big tent has been stretched, and what it all means for the people seeking shelter under its flaps.The latest example is the recent 79th General Convention’s passage of often-rewritten and often-amended Resolution B012, designed to give all Episcopalians unfettered access to two trial-use marriage rites that were approved in 2015, days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. B012 was passed in response to the refusal by eight of the diocesan bishops in the church’s 101 domestic dioceses to “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this church to have access to these liturgies.” The bishops did not authorize use of the rites and required couples wanting to use them to be married outside their diocese and away from their home church.The Episcopal Church ensures that marriage is available to all couples in all dioceses. #B012 #gc79 pic.twitter.com/1PUqbrAVOb— Scott thither bending Gunn (@scottagunn) July 13, 2018When Resolution B012 becomes effective on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, same-sex couples in most of those dioceses still will have to go through some steps that are not required of straight couples, even though the resolution moved the authority for deciding to use the rites from the diocesan bishop to their parish priests.The compromise that B012 represents is a “classically Anglican solution” to help same-sex couples in all dioceses use the rites in their home parishes and give bishops who oppose such marriages “a way to live within the canons of the church and yet still not violate their theological conscience,” according to the Rev. Susan Russell, a deputy from Los Angeles and longtime leader in the effort for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church.Russell, who worked for what she has called the “hard-won compromise” of B012, told Episcopal News Service that “bishops are going to do what they’re going to do, but that doesn’t mean that that isn’t what the resolution says, that isn’t what the resolution is requiring. They’re making those choices on their own.”She said there is a “relatively broad continuum of how [the resolution] is being interpreted or misinterpreted or framed and/or distorted.”The Rev. Susan Russell, a deputy from Los Angeles, has called the final version of Resolution B012, among other things, “a great teachable moment for the wider church about actually how our polity works, about the reality that the rector does have the prerogative or the charge to make those choices.” Photo: Screenshot from on-demand videoThe pertinent part of B012 says that when a bishop “holds a theological position that does not embrace marriage for same-sex couples, and there is a desire to use such rites by same-sex couples in a congregation or worshipping community, the bishop exercising ecclesiastical authority (or ecclesiastical supervision) shall invite, as necessary, another bishop of this Church to provide pastoral support to the couple, the Member of the Clergy involved and the congregation or worshipping community in order to fulfill the intention of this resolution that all couples have convenient and reasonable local congregational access to these rites.”For the bishops who have prohibited same-sex marriage in their dioceses and denied use of the trial-use rites (and required same-sex couples to go elsewhere in the church to get married), it comes down to the interpretation of the words “shall invite, as necessary.” Six of the eight bishops have publicly said that they would require the assistance of another bishop for clergy who want to use the rites.They are interpreting B012 as requiring – or allowing them to require – the involvement of another bishop. Some of those bishops have said that mission congregations in their diocese, where the bishop is effectively the rector, will not be allowed to use the rites.California Deputy Christopher Hayes told Episcopal News Service that he believes General Convention overwhelmingly passed Resolution B012 to give bishops with a theological objection to same-sex marriage a place to stand within the order and discipline of the Episcopal Church, while giving same-sex couples “an equal place in the church.” Photo: Screenshot from on-demand videoCalifornia Deputy Christopher Hayes, who helped lead the revision of B012 and then proposed it to the House of Deputies, agreed with Russell’s sense of the hard compromise that the final version of B012 represents.“Some of us who had hoped to see these liturgies become part of the prayer book or at least be on track to become part of the prayer book did not get as much as we would have liked to see,” Hayes told ENS. “People on the other side of the issue prevailed on that issue, but they do not get to have entire dioceses where same-sex couples are forbidden from being married. I’m concerned that these are efforts to undermine the compromise.”Russell, Hayes and other framers of the revised resolution say that B012 does not require the involvement of a bishop, except to deal with a canonical provision about remarriage after divorce. Canon I.19.3 (page 60 here) requires priests to show their bishops (or the bishop in the diocese in which the service is planned) that they have verified the annulment or dissolution of a divorced person’s previous marriage, and that they discussed with the couple the need to show “continuing concern” for the well-being of the former spouse, and of any children. Resolution B012 specifically notes that this requirement applies to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex ones and necessitates that a bishop who opposes such marriage invite another bishop to provide the needed consent.The framers changed the original version of B012, proposed by Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, to remove its requirement that congregations wishing to use the rites but whose bishop objected could ask for the 14-year-old option of Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO), which the bishop would have to grant. The House of Bishops devised DEPO in 2004 for congregations that so severely disagree with their diocesan bishops on matter of human sexuality and other theological matters that their relationship is completely broken.“We worked really hard to not use DEPO language in that resolution,” Vermont Bishop Tom Ely, who also worked on the resolution, told ENS. “We did not feel it was necessary because we kept hearing in the hearings [at convention] from those bishops that they had great relationships with the congregations. There were just some who didn’t agree with them” on this issue.East Carolina Deputy Joan Geiszler-Ludlum, who chaired General Convention’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage and worked on the B012 compromise, “implored” deputies on the final day of convention to adopt the final version of the resolution. She later told Episcopal News Service that “clergy have shelter” on both sides of same-sex marriage: they can choose to perform them or they can choose not to, although she hopes the resolution’s provisions will encourage more priests to “begin to see their way into doing this.” Photo: Screenshot from on-demand videoA summary of where the eight bishops stand nowAlbany Bishop William Love has not said whether he will require such outside support. He passionately conveyed his opposition to the resolution during debate in the House of Bishops. Love has scheduled a Sept. 6 meeting with the diocesan clergy “to discuss their concerns and the potential impact of B012 on the clergy and parishes of the diocese.”Central Florida Bishop Greg Brewer spoke on July 21 about his commitment to implement B012. However, he later told ENS that he has not yet worked out the details of his plan. Jim Christoph, senior warden of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park, Florida, a congregation that has advocated for marriage equality in the diocese, was at the July 21 gathering and told ENS that Brewer was clear that the resolution did not call for “a DEPO mechanism” but a more limited arrangement for oversight by another bishop. Christoph said he understood that Brewer will require the vestry to agree with the clergy’s desire to use the rites.Dallas Bishop George Sumner, likewise, is still working out the details of his plan, but he said on July 19 that any parish wishing to use the rites will need to have another bishop handle all of that congregation’s pastoral oversight, provide confirmation and manage the process of people discerning a call to ordination.Florida Bishop John Howard told his diocese earlier this month that he is “committed to honoring Resolution B012” even though he opposes same-sex marriage. He said he would work with clergy “to find a fellow bishop willing to undertake pastoral oversight” in accordance with the resolution.North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith said that DEPO will serve as “a roadmap for these matters” in his diocese. However, he did not say whether that “supplemental episcopal pastoral care” would involve more that same-sex weddings.Springfield Bishop Dan Martins said that he will at first require that a congregation’s “ministry leadership team” meet with him “to discern whether there is indeed a consensus around the desire to hold such a ceremony.” If so, they will agree to “the terms, conditions, and length of the relationship” with another bishop who will provide all episcopal functions.Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt calls B012 “a creative application of the principle of the local adaptation of the historic episcopate” that sets up “a particular structure that upholds the bishop’s unique role as chief pastor and teacher and presider at the liturgy,” even when the bishop cannot support same-sex marriage. Bauerschmidt said he will consult with clergy and vestries that desire to use the rites and will ask another bishop to provide the pastoral care to ensure that the trial liturgies will be available in the diocese.Virgin Islands Bishop Ambrose Gumbs told ENS via email on Aug. 9 that he will not ask clergy to request pastoral support from another bishop. “As the bishop of the diocese, I should be able to provide pastoral support to clergy who request it,” he wrote. “I am committed to following the mind of the church.”Hayes said, “I commend Bishop Gumbs for stating that he will make provisions for priests to perform marriages for same-sex couples in their parishes and that he is committed to providing full pastoral support for those priests.” He noted that the diocese is in “a legally anomalous position.” The U.S. Virgin Islands has civil marriage equality, but the British Virgin Islands, also part of the diocese, does not.Working out B012 in TennesseeIndie Pereira, who serves on the vestry of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, told ENS that she is “cautiously optimistic” about the stance Bauerschmidt has taken. “We’ll wait and see about how the details work out,” she said.Four couples at St. Philip’s hope to use the rites, but some members oppose same-sex marriage, she said.The vestry plans to use an outside facilitator “to help us come to a consensus as a parish” before the clergy move forward, she said.Pereira and her partner, who wed civilly during the time when Bauerschmidt required same-sex couples to be married in the Diocese of Kentucky, want to have their marriage blessed in their home church. “We’re pretty hopeful,” she said. “More hopeful than I have been in a long time.”Connally Davies Penley, who helped form the advocacy group All Sacraments for All People, or ASAP, in the Diocese of Tennessee, told ENS that she is grateful that the bishop “is conforming to the vote taken at General Convention.”“One of the gifts that John [Bauerschmidt] has brought to the diocese is that he really cares about unity, unity within the diocese and unity with the church,” she said. “He is really moving in a way that we can stay together. I am grateful for that.”And in DallasThe Rev. Casey Shobe, rector of Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, told ENS that he and Sumner have discussed the bishop’s “draft plan for how he envisions trying to implement this.”Shobe called it “a way forward that would potentially allow us to have even greater pastoral oversight from a visiting bishop beyond just the issue of marriage.” That, he said, could mean this bishop would perform confirmation, license clergy and supervise the discernment for those considering a call to ordination, including LGBTQ persons.“We are comfortable with this proposal, because it would result in Transfiguration experiencing a big leap forward on a set of matters that are deeply important to us, which have consistently kept us at odds with our bishop in the past,” he said.After convention approved the rites in 2015, Shobe said he did not ask Sumner for DEPO because he was not given assurance he and the congregation would not be punished for performing same-sex marriages even under the oversight of another bishop. The diocese’s canons prohibit same-sex marriage. Instead, Shobe and others spent the time until the Austin meeting advocating for convention to help remedy the issue.Meanwhile, eight couples went elsewhere to be married by other clergy. Shobe says Transfiguration hopes next year to have a “significant celebration and renewal of vows” for those people. He also anticipates a number of “long-expected and hoped for weddings” taking place at the Dallas church in 2019 and 2020.A different ecclesiology in Dallas and SpringfieldSumner of Dallas and Martins of Springfield contend that their understanding of their episcopal ministry means that any congregation wishing to use the rites must be assigned another bishop for all of their congregation’s spiritual, pastoral and sacramental oversight.Sumner said in his letter that he cannot “by conscience and conviction” oversee a parish using these rites because “a bishop and his or her doctrinal teaching cannot be separated.”“Let me emphasize that this referral will not [occur] because of any anger, breakdown of pastoral relation, or rejection – it is because of a deep difference in theology,” he said.Springfield Bishop Dan Martins, shown here speaking to the House of Bishops during General Convention, says there must be a “firewall” between congregations in his diocese who want to solemnize the marriages of same-sex couples and him, because he opposes such unions. Photo: Screenshot from on-demand videoMartins summed it up this way in an interview with ENS: “The theology that runs behind this viewpoint is that all sacramental ministry, all ordained ministry, in a diocese is a derivative of the bishop’s ministry. There’s nothing that can happen that can be separated from that. There’s no way that we can have our spiritual fingerprints on it or canonical fingerprints for that matter.”He said in his letter, “There must be a robust firewall between a community that receives same-sex marriage into its life, along with its clergy, and the rest of the diocese, including and especially the bishop. This does not have to mean that there is anger, rancor, or anything but sincere love between such a congregation and the diocese.”And, he told ENS, his July 2015 prohibition against Springfield clergy using the rites outside of the diocese still applies. “I’m hoping canonically resident clergy will take me at my word,” he told ENS, and respect his teaching about marriage and respect their oath of obedience to their bishop.Hayes, who is also the chancellor of the Diocese of California, said the view of the episcopate that Sumner and Martins hold is not supported by the Episcopal Church’s canons, which vest control of a congregation’s worship with the clergy member in charge.“The bishop’s obligation is to provide for there to be sufficient clergy to serve the needs of the people, and to be sure that the canons and rubrics are obeyed,” he said. “The bishop does not have the right to say, ‘I disagree with the priest’s lawful use of those liturgies that conform to the rubrics and canons.’ The bishop simply does not have that right and never has, not in our tradition.”Hayes added, “What’s of more concern to me is that they seem to be using it as, I’m sorry to say, an intimidation tactic” to force congregations to into a DEPO situation if their clergy want to these rites.“They’re putting up hurdles that are not contemplated in the resolution or authorized by canons,” he said. “A rector does not need to consult with the bishop about the use of an authorized liturgy of the church.”That, Hayes said, is a canonical provision that dates to 1904 and has its roots in the traditions of the Church of England. (Canon III.9.6(a)(1a) is found on page 91 here. More background is available in the highlighted sections on pages 818, 826, and 855–856 here.)Vermont Bishop Tom Ely says he doesn’t think bishops who oppose same-sex marriage need to set up a DEPO-like arrangement for priests and congregations who want to use the rites. Photo: Mary Frances SchjonbergOn its way to passage, the eight bishops called for an amendment to B012 to say that nothing in the resolution narrows the authority of the rector or priest-in-charge, as outlined in that canon, Ely said. It was meant to protect clergy who did not want to offer the rites, but he said, it also applies to clergy who do want to use them and whose bishops do not approve.“If you need to put up 27 hoops to make your clergy jump through in order to provide local access, that’s a pastoral decision you are making,” Ely said. “I don’t think you need to, but if you believe you need to, then craft it in a way that it works but make sure it works.”During convention, the California deputation shared a table in the House of Deputies with that of Springfield, and Hayes said the deputies spoke about belonging together despite disagreeing about marriage.“We belong together despite disagreeing on this issue, and that has been part of what defines Anglicanism for 500 years,” he said. “The issues of Protestant versus Catholic were a lot harder to bridge than this issue of marriage. They go much deeper into the creeds. To have people who agree about every word of the Nicene Creed say we can’t be in relationship with each other because we disagree about marriage is really is a misapprehension of what we’re called to be as church.”Read more about itFull ENS coverage of marriage equality is available here.The two rites at the root of this debate are here and here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. August 29, 2018 at 10:37 am Bishops of the Episcopal Church are not infallible on issue of Doctrine as is the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Why do a group of men and women have a right to rewrite doctrine base upon the uproar of the crowd. “Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the women and the man enter into a life-long union, making their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.” Do we still have a sacrament of Marriage or are we simply following the Nation States definition? Rector Tampa, FL August 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm Mr. Thomas,What is the “true” Christian faith to you? To me, I follow the following from the BCP, it succinctly describes the Christian faith to me. “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”My faith in God through his Son Jesus Christ, is unshaken and immovable in the face of your criticism and condemnation. I was born a gay man, someday I hope I will be a married gay man (with gasp! a husband) and I will be reunited at the end of my life with peace through Christ Jesus in the life of the world to come. The faith and beliefs of the Episcopal Church have not been “discarded as dribble” however, as all societies do, we have gained new understandings of faith and have advanced as a result.The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with my song will I praise him. August 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm Charles, I again refer you to my comments below. They demonstrate that this is not about following secular culture and laws. August 29, 2018 at 8:46 pm Sorry, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duct, then it must be a duck.” This sure look like a duck to me and many other people in the Church. August 21, 2018 at 11:38 am In my earlier days in this church, one would have imagined that to set aside diocesan canons a constitutional change and clarification would have been in order. Now not only is there practically no distinction between canons and constitution (two GC being required for constitutional changes), GC resolutions, banged out on the floor of GC, now are being held up as equivalent to canons. In theory, if we were not already so far down the road of canonical disorder, one might well imagine a bishop saying, “resolutions are just that, and I will ignore them” – which may be a bit of what is happening as an incoherent B012 is being acknowledged as somehow relevant.So one person believes B012 only deals with divorce and not bringing a bishop in to handle ss marriages. Another holds that it entails parishes effectively coming under said bishop for all matters (except paying assessment). Yet another holds that said Bishop just deals with ss marriage and the parish is fully under the diocesan umbrella. A fine Esau pottage.One sees in this article that interpretation number two is viewed as an overreach. Yet when one reads the comments of the Rector of Transfiguration in Dallas, it sounds like the interpretation he, in favor of ss marriages, prefers as well. And of course, throw in as well the fact that parishes will be divided on the matter (so TN in this article, but also Dallas and CFL for sure) — something B012 must hope is just a bump in the road. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL August 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm (cont)So how will all this play out? Is Susan Russell right, or Tom Ely, or the fine chancellor from CA, or George Sumner, or Dan Martins? Or does it not really matter very much as the conservative bishop position cannot hope to replicate itself finally, given the consents process, when this handful of bishops will have retired? Diocesan canons are pretty much meaningless. We have had a struggle over whether a bishop and a diocese can claim to stand under scripture and BCP and vows made at a time previous when TEC had not yet turned in this direction; and GC resolutions which direct Bishops to do as it says when it says it. The latter has clearly won out and we are simply observing the final innings, as these few remaining bishops approach retirement. The only question is how messy this intervening period is and whether their remaining years allow them the scope they are claiming, at least for now.What is the view on this more broadly? Same-sex marriage is the priority. Polity/order is either inconvenient or unnecessary. We have a new General Convention Church where bishops and dioceses are to choose between GC or previous commitments/understandings. Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: Jordan Sakal says: August 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm Mr. Pierce,You may have missed this part of biology nowadays, but it is possible to take a gay man’s sperm and a lesbian’s egg and fuse them together in a laboratory environment and then implant them into the female’s womb. (This is of course presuming that these couples are friends and would agree to such an arrangement) The resulting foetus would be biologically share the friend’s DNA and not need any sexually reproductive activity to occur. Artificial insemination does show how one of the two gay parents can be the biological parent.What a concept! Charles Pierce says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 16, 2018 at 9:27 am Mr. Louis,Instead of people suing the church and weakening it, (which I do not think would happen.) The bishops could you know, actually support the teachings of Christ when He says to love one another. These bishops remind me of Kim Davis, the county clerk who went to jail rightfully for violating the law even though she had the ability to recuse herself and have no part in the issuing of marriage licences. The bishops could do the same, and let their priests who actually stand on the right side of this decision marry these loving couples. That way everyone wins. Charles Pierce says: Matt Ouellette says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Charles Pierce says: Jordan Sakal says: Franklin Billerbeck says: Jordan Sakal says: christopher seitz says: August 17, 2018 at 11:36 am You seem to have completely ignored my arguments about how we have changed our interpretation of theology in response to scientific advancement in the past. Why is this change different? Also, homosexuality was not considered a mental defect only 8-10 years ago. It was reclassified in the 1970’s, over 40 years ago: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201509/when-homosexuality-stopped-being-mental-disorderThe reason for this was based on the lack of evidence that homosexuality being harmful to the individual. So are you saying a theology which assumes homosexuality is a mental disorder, contrary to the scientific consensus, should remain? christopher seitz says: August 16, 2018 at 8:12 am To paraphrase; the 79th General Convention’s passage of Resolution B012, designed to give all Episcopalians unfettered access to two trial-use marriage rites that were approved in 2015, days after U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.Did TEC paint itself into the corner? How long will it be before same sex couples denied the Rite of Marriage by a Bishop in TEC, sues the church much like the Oregon baker was sued (awarded $135K) for refusing to bake a same sex wedding cake or the Kentucky clerk that is in contempt of a court order to issue a marriage license to same sex couples. What will be the fate of a Bishop refusing to marry a same sex couple in his Diocese? TEC’s shrinking coffers will be in jeopardy of further decimation by opportunistic couples seeking a payday from the church through the legal system. Wayne Helmly says: August 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm And what do you make of infertile heterosexual couples, Charles? Should they be forbidden from marriage because they cannot procreate? Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: Bill Louis says: John Hobart says: August 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm Mr. Desper, If marriage was “perfectly designed” why then is the rate of divorce for heterosexual couples roughly 42-45% among heterosexual couples? marriage is not designed purely as a heterosexual union either (for the purposes of procreation or otherwise) or do you believe that those heterosexual couples who cannot procreate have invalid marriages before God? The problem with your separate but equal theology here is this, In 2008, California adopted proposition 8, which made gay marriage once again illegal in the state. The matter was soon taken to the court’s and in the judge who wrote the majority opinion of the court’s opinion Judge Walker stated that in effect, even if every letter of the law was the same, even if there was not one single legal difference between marriages and civil union, the very act of making a new and distinct term for gay relationships necessarily means they are different from and ‘not as good as’ the straight variety.That’s the exact problem, you want to treat us as if we are invalid and that we are inferior to you. That our love is somehow different from yours and the truth is, it is not. Jordan Sakal says: August 20, 2018 at 11:30 am Vernon — what I am arguing is that Marriage was perfectly designed, and was the first gift by God to humanity (Genesis 2 – and reaffirmed by Christ in Matthew). It is a heterosexual unity designed by God and cannot be improved upon no matter who believes themselves equal to do so. No decision of any Convention or Council will alter God’s original gift and design for human pairing found in Genesis 2, and no Christian can be called to obey such disobedience. Now, that doesn’t mean that homosexual couples should not have a union and ceremony to dedicate their bond. But, it cannot be marriage in the same equal sense that God’s perfect gift was given “in the beginning” (as Jesus recalled in Matthew). It must, by design, be different but still valid. The problem with many of us is that the Church has let Caesar determine the course and the definitions. The very moment that Caesar opened the word and concept of “marriage” up to everyone was the opportunity for the Church to teach about God’s original and perfect gift to heterosexual couples as found in the beginning, AND then chart a course for homosexual couples to have a valid but different union. The Church failed and conflated these two distinct types of unions as though they are the same thing. Fiddling with liturgy doesn’t create anything. Watering down the liturgy to be a “fill-in-the-blank” ceremony for couples destroys the meaning of Genesis 2 and looks strained to solemnize a same-gender union. It’s amusing and hypocritical how gay activists spent years railing against Caesar’s laws of the land which created a barrier, and now many of the same activists are using Caesar’s law as their support for why everyone should just fall in line.The poorly conceived decisions which satisfy an itch in 2018 will cause a rash in 2118. That’s what happens when when questions are decided according to human wisdom. Matt Ouellette says: Matt Ouellette says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Doug Desper says: Charles Pierce says: August 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm Doug, I appreciate that you are not condemning all gay relationships as sinful, and believe that they should receive blessing from the church. However, I don’t see what the point is in blessing their unions as something other than marriage. Sure, gay marriages are different from straight ones, but that doesn’t mean they are less valid. If you ask me, the church deciding to invent a new sacramental rite to bless a sexual union other than marriage would be succumbing to human wisdom over divine wisdom, since the Church has only ever allowed the institution of marriage to be the proper place for sexual unions to be sanctified. Why not just expand that understanding to include same-sex couples as well as opposite sex ones? Of course, there are challenges in doing this, especially with regards to preserving the unique experiences and witness of same-sex couples to the Church, as Bishop Matthew Gunter has noted when he decided to not support the change to the marriage canon in 2015:http://anoddworkofgrace.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-i-came-to-change-my-mind-on-ssu.htmlHowever, I think that difference can be maintained by viewing same-sex marriages as simply a different “order” of Holy Matrimony rather than a different sacrament altogether (which was one of Bishop Gunter’s proposed solutions). I just don’t think it is necessary to come up with a completely new sacramental rite when marriage would work just fine. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 15, 2018 August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm The biological process of making babies is relatively simply, one male and one female join in union and transfer sperm to the female egg. That is the way it works, no matter how much is pass between 2 males or 2 females they will never produce a child. I am not questing the loving and caring relationship that they may have but the point is they can not produce children. Jordan Sakal says: Franklin Billerbeck says: Press Release Service Grant Barber says: August 15, 2018 at 7:33 pm Mr. Pierce,So your choice/suggestion is to deny all LGBTQ+ members of TEC the same rights, rites, and privileges that you enjoy as a heterosexual member of the church? How can you justify denying people the same access you have just because we are different from you? Jordan Sakal says: August 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm “rites sur mesure.” Write your own, sound more like the Baptist Church than the Episcopal Church. All for one, one for all and every church for itself. Messy is the best description of the out come, Chaos is more likely. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA August 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm Robbie,Do you have proof of this claim or is this just another baseless accusation? Associate Rector Columbus, GA Franklin Billerbeck says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group August 17, 2018 at 10:40 am We attempt to rewrite history to fit the need of modern day theology. It will not work, the TEC might as well simply become one of the fell good churches with not doctrine but what each individual parishioner, Deacon, Priest and Bishop wants it to mean. The traditional meaning that has been around from the beginning was and still should be what is used to produce our theology. Until 8 or 10 years ago homosexuality was considered a mental defect why has it changed. Perception have changed. But the theology has not changed. Do not make up history to support your theology. Kofi Wing says: Some same-sex couples will still face hurdles accessing church’s marriage rites Seven bishops will require outside oversight in a way not required for opposite-sex couples Submit a Job Listing August 29, 2018 at 7:31 pm I, as a gay Christian myself, do not agree with Wesley Hill’s theology on marriage and sexuality. While I’m glad he has found life in his vocational celibacy, I think he is wrong to suggest it is mandatory for all gay Christians (not to mention that neither the Scriptures nor tradition mandate life-long celibacy for any particular group of people; it is a vocation). I also think he and other non-affirming Christians are reading too much of their own biases into the texts to assume that the Bible’s affirmation of heterosexual marriage is a condemnation of gay marriages. I think Matthew Vines, Eugene Rogers, and Dr. James Brownson provide a better approach to marriage and sexuality, and convincingly demonstrate that sexual differences are not required for a marriage to typify Christ and the Church. Gay Christians who are not called to celibacy need a way to fulfill St. Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 7:9, so expanding our doctrine on marriage is the best way to minister to these gay Christians rather than change our teachings on celibacy. August 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm Help! I’m confused! Setting aside the theological questions, the 7th resolve of B012 clearly indicates all couples shall have access to these rites (the two newly authorized rites) in their home congregation. So if “Tom and Sara” want one of the two newly authorized rites they must be allowed to use that rite. That is clear. But what if “Bob and Tom” or “Susan and Sally” desire to use one of these rites? It is also clear that a priest may decline to solemnize any marriage for pretty much any reason. If a rector chooses not to perform a same gender marriage, must the rector allow another canonical Episcopalian priest or ELCA pastor to perform the same gender marriage e.g., the priest’s curate? What is the order precedence? Constitution, BCP, Church Canons, Diocesan Canons, General Convention Resolutions? Has General Convention, de facto, overridden the BCP, changing the substance but not the wording? Does it have the authority to do so? Re.: Infertility. Ultimately, God is the giver of life. Couples the medical establishment deems infertile may turn out to have children (a video clip currently on St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary’s web cite provides one example of this). Bp. Gunter of Fond du Lac argues there may be a difference between same gender marriage and heterosexual marriage. If so, what are those differences and how does TEC train clergy to address them?If possible, would someone help rid me of my confusion? Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Matt Ouellette says: August 15, 2018 at 4:55 pm As I read the comments from the eight bishops, I found myself shaking my head in a mixture of sadness and amusement. Did they recall a promise they made at their ordinations as bishops from page 518 of the BCP:Bishop: As a chief priest and pastor, will you encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption?Answer: I will, in the name of Christ, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. There is nothing in that promise that provides an exception to “all.” There isn’t an exception for those you don’t particularly like, those with whom you might hold differing theological views or those who don’t meet a myriad of differences likely to exist within a diocese. Yet, several of these bishops are clearly willing to abdicate all episcopal responsibility for an entire congregation over who wants to be married in the church. That comes across to me as pretty insecure and childish. Where did it become necessary for a priest or congregation or a couple to be in lockstep agreement with a bishop about everything. Scratch below the surface and you will find a few more areas where there might not be agreement. Yet, here we are again, obsessing about human sexuality instead of the Gospel.Are these bishops so insecure that they cannot function in a situation where people hold different positions than they do? What were they taught in seminary? Theology is a broad subject with much room for differing views and interpretation. I doubt if there has ever been a time when everyone agreed on everything.The promise they made is to be a pastor, like Jesus. It’s not to be a lawyer, a Pharisee. Your flocks need you more than you might think. They might actually have faith in you if you were not so obsessive and rigid over all things related to human sexuality. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI August 24, 2018 at 11:48 am There are a number of demographic realities. Single rector parishes — this could be above 75% given the membership drop in TEC. You are speaking of a rector with staff who disagree with her/him on this. But there is also the reality of vestries and their role, and divided parishes are inevitable given this new development.There are also formal anomalies. The two canons on the books–discretion re: marrying couples and rector’s being in charge of liturgical life, fabric, etc–were never written with the present context in view. The first has to do with pastoral discretion simplicter — not a LGBT reality not in view when it was written. The second has to do with protecting a rector from harrassment and enabling her or him to set the direction unhindered. These have become defaults because everything has now been overridden–including bishops and diocesan canons–and they are alone left standing (like columns in a collapsing building…). Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Matt Ouellette says: August 24, 2018 at 1:38 am Of course such a canon COULD exist, but it does not. One could try to get one on the books, but it is hard to imagine tha passing. And the present canon would have to be expunged. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Robbie Johnson says: August 16, 2018 at 9:54 am Charles, the reason why we are re-considering the teaching on marriage in today’s society is because our understanding of homosexuality is different from what is was in the ancient world. In the ancient world, homosexuality was condemned not primarily because of the lack of procreation (after all, adoption is always an option for infertile couples), but because it was thought of as an expression of sexual excess and lust. Therefore, anyone with same-sex inclinations, according to this understanding, could simply settle down with someone of the opposite sex to get their lustful inclinations under control. However, we now know that homosexuality is the result of an inherent orientation that cannot be willfully changed, just like heterosexuality. Therefore, given this knowledge, the only options the church has in order to properly minister to gay people is to either change its teaching on vocational celibacy (where celibacy is mandatory for some types of people, rather than vocational) or expand its teaching on marriage (so that gay couples can also fulfill St. Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 7:9). Affirming Christians believe the second option is more in keeping with Christian charity and mercy. This is all explained in more detail in Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian if you want more information but suffice it to say that this has nothing to do with just following the teachings of secular culture, any more than accepting heliocentrism or evolutionary biology was for the church. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Jordan Sakal says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA August 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm It is just a matter of time until all priests and bishops will be required to perform same sex weddings. Refuse and you will be thrown out of the clergy! Bruce Garner says: August 15, 2018 at 7:22 pm I am not worried about the Anglican Church, they have their own problem mostly based upon the society in the countries where they operate. I am worried about the TEC. The entire Dioceses of Low South Carolina has departed, the cost to the TEC $40M the cost to SC about $18M. I know a large number of Priests who say that if they are required to preform same sex marriages the will simply stop being a priest. The first thing one does when they find themselves in a hole is to stop digging. We need to stop digging. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA August 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm Mr. Pierce,Of course we still have a sacrament of marriage. The sacrament is just being expanded and made more inclusive to now reflect the church’s new theological understanding of same-sex relationships. No damage is being done to heterosexual marriage, heterosexual marriages are not being taken away or changed. Rather, the blessings of God and the Episcopal Church are now being extended to LGBTQ+ couples. Simple as that. Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Matt Ouellette says: christopher seitz says: August 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm Sadly, the Episcopal Church is an angry and unhappy place. I remember better times. August 24, 2018 at 8:48 am Thank you. That is very interesting. That interpretation would then allow a rector not only to refuse to perform a same gender marriage, but prevent a same gender marriage being performed in the church where s/he is rector. Whether a vicar or priest in charge would have such authority, I’m not sure. My sense is there are some congregations where performing a same gender marriage would cost members and, in a smaller congregation, that could impact the viability of the congregation. August 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm Doug, no one is “piling on” or “shaming” anyone. Neither is anyone forcing a bishop to do anything. All that is being asked is that they stop creating barriers to full access to the life of this church as had already been guaranteed by our own canons long prior to the changes in marriage. When you speak about what marriage has been for 2,000 years, please be accurate. At one point polygamy was allowed (except for bishops and deacons) and I had been allowed for thousands of years before Christianity.. Women were “given” because they were property and their owners could give them away. Divorce did not exist no matter how bad, hurtful, abusive or any other negative descriptor of the marriage existed. There was no way out but death. Do you honestly want that? Be honest, none of these bishops are being required to do any thing except allow people to get married. Don’t create a pity party for them when they are doing it already.Ken, your God fearing priests taught something that is not in Scripture. “love the sinner, hate the sin” is a fairly recent invention not supported by a Biblical text. Do you really think God will be all that interested in who is married to whom? I think God will be much more concerned about how we loved God and how we loved our neighbors. By the way, as I recall, Jesus said that marriage wasn’t even an issue when we get to the here after. (No one gets married or given in marriage…per the Gospels.) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Jordan Sakal says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Matt Ouellette says: Charles Pierce says: August 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm Shaming? You bet, Bruce. Bishop Ely should have been asked by ENS, “Bishop, just what ARE those 27 hoops that you are accusing other bishops of creating for a same gender ceremony?” No, he got a pass to make a statement that serves no purpose other than to portray those he differs with as obstructionists. The tone of this article is clearly accusatory. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York General Convention, Same-Sex Marriage John Hobart says: August 15, 2018 at 8:31 pm Who said anything about requiring priests to perform weddings for same sex couples? That is an incredible reach–not even on the same slope if you’re going for slippery ones in your reasoning. Clergy are not required to perform marriages automatically for people who present themselves. Great example of the current ‘buckshot’ approach to argumentation–proliferate the number of (sometimes outrageous or at least demonstrably false) statements as a way to avoid focus on the matter at hand. Earlier commenter, or maybe it was in article, got it probably best: do not set up impediments for clergy to perform and couples seeking marriage, but rather a clear set of steps–no more complicated, less actually I’d hope, than re-marriage approval is now post-divorce. The real pain will come if the clergy and people of the congregation at odds with their bishop then become functionally part of another diocese. If the geographic location is on a border (Ft Worth and Dallas for example, and Diocese of TX) then culture, proximity will make things smoother than a congregation geographically located a significant drive/flight away. August 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm If you are implying it has anything to do with the evangelical churches opposing marriage equality, then you are mistaken. Conservative denominations like the RCC, Southern Baptist Convention, and Continuing Anglicans are also shrinking, and they all oppose marriage equality. The reasons for denominational decline is more complicated than that. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Steve Price says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Charles Pierce says: Matt Ouellette says: August 16, 2018 at 9:41 am We are attempting to over simplify love and its meaning in Greek. Greek has 4 kinds of love, Agapeo the love of God that all Christians have, Phileo the love of one another as brother and sister in Christ, Eros the love of a physical partner. The last is Storge or the love of family. For 2000 years the Eros has been reserved for a male-female relationship. I also recognize that Homosexuality was present in Greece and Rome and many other parts of the known world, it was tolerated but not sanctioned as it produced nothing for the society, Eros between husband and wives was to produce children for the society and sexual relations outside of marriage was not tolerated because of the parentage of the child (Bastard in the classical sense), we in modern society have decided to make homosexual marriage a tenant of modernity. For the world that is its choice but the Church does not have to follow blindly he teaching of Caesar. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Charles Pierce says: Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

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first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By David PaulsenPosted Jan 10, 2019 Damage from Hurricane Michael is still visible in late October at Holy Nativity Episcopal School in Panama City, Florida, as teachers and staff pack up items to take to temporary classrooms until the school can reopen. Photo: Holy Nativity Episcopal School, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will welcome Presiding Bishop Michael Curry this weekend as he visits some of the Florida Panhandle congregations that still are rebounding from damage caused by Hurricane Michael in October.Curry’s pastoral visit to the diocese will focus on congregations in and around Panama City, near where Michael made landfall Oct. 10 as a devastating Category 4 hurricane. At 155 mph, it was said to be one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the mainland United States. The diocese says eight churches were damaged by the storm, as well as one Episcopal school that still has not yet been able to return to its own classrooms.“The presiding bishop’s visit with us this weekend will be a powerful reminder of the best of bonds between us, and that bond is love,” Bishop Russell Kendrick said in an emailed statement. “Together we are stronger, and we will continue to find new life.”A man walks past buildings damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, on Oct. 11. Photo: ReutersThe scene on the ground looked bleak immediately after the storm, but three months later, the diocese expects to present Curry with stories of resilience and mutual support. Diocesan leaders paired unaffected congregations that had extra resources with those struggling the most during the recovery phase.“The churches themselves, our congregations, are past the initial stages, whether it’s shock or just disbelief that it happened. They are building back their lives together,” Chris Heaney, the diocese’s emergency response coordinator, told Episcopal News Service by phone. “They certainly inspire me because they’re very much relying on each other.”Hiring Heaney was one of the Kendrick’s first responses to the hurricane, just days after Michael struck, and Heaney coordinated the diocese’s efforts with help from Episcopal Relief & Development and local clergy who had lived through previous hurricanes. Heaney, senior warden at Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola, to the west of Panama City, is a retired naval officer who was available to work full time on a six-month assignment for the diocese.The diocese identified eight churches with properties that were significantly damaged by the storm: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Panama City; Grace Episcopal Church and St. Thomas by the Sea Episcopal Church in Panama City Beach; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Marianna; St. James Episcopal Church in Port St. Joe; and St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Wewahitchka.Heaney said the storm’s track spared most of those communities the severe flooding that hurricanes often bring, but the winds were intense, leaving roofs tattered, walls battered and trees down.Sixteen congregations that weren’t affected by the storm were paired with the eight congregations expressing the greatest need for money, supplies, administrative support or volunteer labor. Heaney’s own Christ Episcopal Church and St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Alabama, were assigned to support Holy Nativity.“It can’t be easy, and every time I talk to them, they’re in good spirits dealing with hard things,” Heaney said.The storm initially disrupted worship schedules, but none of the damage to the church buildings was severe enough to prevent any of the congregations from resuming services within two Sundays of Hurricane Michael’s landfall. They now are in the process of following up with insurance claims to complete repairs.A more disheartening scene was found at Holy Nativity Episcopal School, which Heaney said was the property in the diocese in the worst shape after the hurricane. The wind was particularly destructive to the school’s second floor, severely damaging the walls, the roof and a bell tower.Students aren’t expected to return to the school any sooner than fall 2019, Heaney said, but their education is proceeding. St. Thomas by the Sea in Panama City Beach offered space at the church for classes until the students were moved into temporary classrooms set up on the grounds of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.The school is one of the first stops on Curry’s two-day visit to the area. He will inspect the damaged school building Jan. 12, before making his way to two listening sessions with hurricane victims, one at Holy Nativity Church at 10 a.m. and the other at St. James in Port St. Joe at 3 p.m. He also is scheduled to preach Jan. 13 at St. Andrew’s in Panama City.The pastoral visit comes just a month after Curry made a similar trip to the Diocese of East Carolina, which was hit hard by Hurricane Florence in September. There, he heard stories from Episcopalians of neighbors helping neighbors, and the stories of surviving natural disaster will continue this weekend in Florida.“One thing that it seems that everyone in the area needs is the ability to just talk about what happened,” Heaney said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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