New TEC statistics: what do these numbers say?

Nov 22, 2015 by

by Neal Michell, The Living Church: Well, the latest statistics for the Episcopal Church were recently released thanks to the number cruncher par excellence, Dr. Kirk Hadaway. Let me express my gratitude to Dr. Hadaway for his time, attention, and discussion regarding these statistics. Other figures below were reported in the Blue Book for the 78th General Convention. What do they reveal about us? Look at the most recent five-year history of membership: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Active Baptized Members 1,951,907 1,923,046 1,894,181 1,866,758 1,817,004 Net Change from Prior Year -54,436 -28,861 -28,865 -27,423 -49,754 And here is a summary of the most recent five-year history of average Sunday attendance (ASA): 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total ASA 657,831 657,887 640,142 623,691 600,411 Net Change  from Prior Year -25,132 +56 -17,745 -16,451 -23,280 There are a couple of things to note about these figures. The years with the most losses due...

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Installation: The Desolation of the Episcopal Church

Nov 2, 2015 by

by Sarah Frances Ives, Virtueonline: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s installation at the Washington National Cathedral offered variegated panoplies of music, drumming, dancing, cultures, religions and theologies. The lengthy service finally ended with a new vision for the Episcopal Church. This vision comes from Bobby McFerrin, as Michael Curry proudly yelled many times at everybody, “Don’t worry, be happy!” Curry seemed oblivious to the fact that this dated pop song from early 1988 was foreign to most people’s experience. Yet everything done in the installation service was foreign to most people’s experience. Curry seemed like a magician trying to dazzle people with his bizarre liturgy accented by the loud drumming that accompanied music and movement. Wildly rhythmic drumming began the day with about 150 bishops processing in to this. The repeated syncopated rhythm created a hypnotic effect that became not joyful, but oppressively overwhelming. Almost every musical selection included drumming,...

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Farewell from Katharine Jefforts Schori

Oct 25, 2015 by

From Anglican Ink: The Episcopal Church has come a long way in the last 10 years. We are no longer consumed by internal conflict over various social issues. We are clearer about who we are – a multinational church, with congregations in 17 nations, worshipping in countless different languages, thriving in international, immigrant, and multicultural contexts everywhere, and discovering the abundant life that comes in turning outward to love the neighbors nearby and far away. We are far more conscious about our vocation as partners in the mission of God to reconcile and heal the world, particularly shaped by the Five Anglican Marks of Mission. We are holding our identity as Episcopal Christians a bit more confidently, even in the midst of our diversity. We are also more willing to hold that identity lightly and gracefully in engaging other Christians and people of other religious traditions, searching for what...

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Episcopal Losses Accelerate

Oct 23, 2015 by

from Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion & Democracy: “ACNA is not an escape from the problems plaguing Episcopalians, it is an opportunity to minister to the lost in a way that we were sometimes hindered from doing in TEC.” – Jeff Walton Dear Anglican Friend, Although you likely didn’t see many headlines, the past two weeks have been significant. Biblically faithful Anglicans are witnessing encouraging developments on the global, provincial and local levels. I’ll outline three of them for you here. First, there is increasing international recognition and support for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The Global South, a grouping of 24 out of 38 provinces in the worldwide Anglican Communion, formally voted to recognize ACNA as a partner province and extended an invitation for ACNA to join the group with both voice and vote. While ACNA has long had strong support from the leaders of the Global...

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Last Tango in Canterbury?

Oct 22, 2015 by

by David Virtue, VOL: It is now more or less recognized that if agreement is not reached in Canterbury in January when the Primates of the Anglican Communion meet, and conflicting theological issues in the Anglican Communion are not resolved, then the Communion as we know it could dissolve. A long-time global Anglican traveler ACNA Bishop Bill Atwood said that if the January gathering of Primates does not fully address the real issues, the Communion will not survive–nor should it. He has assiduously followed the Communion for more than 23 years. A primary question that must be asked is what has kept the Communion together for so long. The answer is, I believe, institutional loyalty. While everyone knows you don’t need to go through Canterbury to get to Jesus, it is hard to break filial ties with someone you have loved for nearly 100 years. Case in point: Many...

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ATLANTA: Episcopal Bishop Endorses Pansexuality to Children in Gay Pride Parade

Oct 15, 2015 by

By David W Virtue, VOL: Episcopal participation in Gay Pride parades is not new. Episcopal bishops from New York to San Francisco have been regular habitues at such events, praising and supporting the LGBTQ community in all its pretentious colorful array and full precocious public acclamation of pansexuality. However, until now we have not seen a bishop so overtly supportive of such events featuring bizarrely dressed men and women with the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta, participating in a Gay Pride parade IN THE PRESENCE OF CHILDREN. This is not merely the support of a lifestyle condemned by Scripture, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Southern Baptist Convention, numerous evangelical churches, 2000 years of church history, reason, and revelation. The gay lifestyle is now being eulogized and proclaimed as good and right in the eyes of God–because a revisionist Episcopal bishop says so. And...

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