Episcopal Rector Forced to Resign because He Would Not Perform Gay Weddings

Dec 27, 2015 by

by David Virtue, VOL: The Rev. Jonathan Erdman, rector of Calvary Church in Louisville, KY, is resigning because he could not in good conscience perform gay weddings. He will leave his church Jan. 10, 2016. The vestry of his parish had been trying to force him out since the Episcopal Church authorized priests to perform gay weddings, and Fr. Jonathan, a high churchman, said he would not do that. The vestry has the support of Kentucky Episcopal Bishop Terry Allen White, who was complicit in the...

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Kenya reaffirms break with TEC

Dec 14, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Kenya has reaffirmed that it remains in a state of impaired communion with the Episcopal Church of the USA. At its September 2015 meeting, the synod adopted Resolution 15 “On Mission” expressing disappointment with the decision by the June 2015 meeting of General Convention to authorize rites for the blessing of same sex marriages. The resolution stated in part: 15.2     Arising from the Archbishop’s Charge, and given...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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