US bishop to clergy: You don’t need my permission for same-sex marriages

Jun 10, 2016 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today: A US Episcopal Church bishop has given the go-ahead to priests in his diocese to conduct same-sex marriages without asking his permission first. The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, Rt Rev Brian Seage, announced the move in a letter to churches. He said: “This significant modification of our former Diocesan policy means that parishes and missions are no longer required to engage in a process of discernment and study, culminating with formal...

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TEC going to Lambeth 2020

Jun 10, 2016 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The bishops of the Episcopal Church will be invited to attend the 2020 Lambeth Conference and will not suffer meaningful consequences for introducing same-sex marriage rites.  In conversation with the leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury outlined what the long term consequences would be for churches that defied the Communion ban on gay marriage. If the sanctions applied to the SEC, if it adopts gay marriage rites, are applied to...

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Lesbian Episcopal Priest Condemned for Saying LGBT Mov’t Is Central to Christianity

Jun 6, 2016 by

by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post: A lesbian Episcopal priest who believes queerness is central to the Christian tradition and has published a book that claims “queer and trans experience has vast potential to help the church be the church,” is being condemned by a theologian for turning “the sin of Satan into a virtue.” “We queers exist, and many of us have lives and sensibilities that don’t fit neatly into heteronormative constructs. And honestly,...

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Nigeria diocese severs link with Liverpool over same-sex blessings bishop

Jun 5, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The leader of worldwide evangelical Anglican Christians has accused the Church of England of “normalising” the “false teaching” of the US Episcopal Church over gay marriage. Archbishop of Nigeria Nicholas Okoh, chairman of the Global South orthodox Anglican group Gafcon, says a “line has been crossed” with the appointment of an American bishop who supports blessing same-sex unions to a post in the Liverpool diocese. The...

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Liberation Theology in The Episcopal Church USA: 1970-2016

Jun 2, 2016 by

by Mary Ann Mueller, VOL: General Convention Actions • 1970 Houston, TX — Women first seated in the House of Deputies; deaconesses could be translated into ordained deacons thus opening the door to women as members of the clergy. Convention voted on a measure to authorize women’s priestly ordination. It was approved by the laity but narrowly defeated by clerical deputies. • 1973 Louisville, KY — The indissolubility of marriage was revoked and a canonical change allowed...

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Reform objects to Virginia bishop’s appointment in Liverpool

May 28, 2016 by

Reform Press Release: It has come to the attention of Reform, that the Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, has appointed Bishop Susan Goff as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool.  Susan Goff is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia in The Episcopal Church.  In July 2016, she voted in favour of changing the definition and purpose of marriage according to in Canons of The Episcopal Church.  This alteration to the Canons was the action that led the...

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