TEC General Convention 78: A Turning Point to a Renewed Church — A Critique

Jul 4, 2015 by

By David W Virtue, VOL: “This might be an historic convention,” writes the Very Rev. Ian Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. MARKHAM: It is always difficult to judge that which is historical about the present, while you are in the middle of the present. However, as The Episcopal Church proceeds through this 78thGeneral Convention, there are real grounds for believing that a decisive shift is occurring in the fortunes of The Episcopal Church that will have...

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Mind of the House of Bishops Statement: ‘Communion Across Difference’

Jul 3, 2015 by

From ENS: We the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church wish to express our love and appreciation to our colleagues who identify as Communion Partners and those bishops who have affinity with the Communion Partners’ position as stated in their “Communion Partners Salt Lake City Statement.” Our time together in Salt Lake City, in conversation and in prayer, has demonstrated how profoundly the love of God in Jesus binds us together and empowers us for service to God’s mission. As we have...

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Global South Primates Condemn Actions of The Episcopal Church for Changing Definition of Marriage

Jul 3, 2015 by

From Virtueonline: Statement in response to the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church resolution regarding same sex marriage. We are deeply grieved again by the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) Resolution to change the definition of marriage in their church canons in their current ongoing General Convention. By this action, TEC has chosen by its own will and actions in clear knowledge to depart from the Anglican Communion’s standard teaching on human sexuality according to Lambeth...

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Statement of dissent issued by bishops to gay marriage vote

Jul 3, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Bishops of Tennessee, Central Florida, Dallas suff, Northern Indiana, Albany, Springfield, North Dakota, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Litoral, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and the resigned bishops of Albany, Texas, South Carolina, and the Dominican Republic (asst) have presented a statement of dissent today to the vote to authorize trial rites for the same-sex marriages and amend the canons to make marriage gender neutral. After the...

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LGBT Episcopalians Celebrate “Disordering Our Boundaries”

Jul 1, 2015 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism:” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians marked 40 years of advocacy in the Episcopal Church during a Monday night Eucharist characterized by inclusive language, liturgical innovations and prayers for “disordering our boundaries and releasing our desires.” Hundreds of Episcopalians at the denomination’s triennial General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah participated in a festive Eucharist hosted by Integrity USA, the church’s unofficial...

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Marriage redefined?

Jul 1, 2015 by

by Jordan Hylden, The Living Church: There are headlines today, even in such august magazines as The Living Church, that say that the Episcopal Church’s “Bishops Redefine Marriage.” Understood as a headline, that is probably the best way to say what happened yesterday. But details matter, and they matter here. It is probably more accurate to say that the bishops redefined marriage insofar as the constitutional process of this church allowed them to at this time, and if the deputies concur...

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