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Jul
17

Tuesday

I think I already knew this subliminally, but the prevailing sense in the Global South (a term that might be morphing into Global Majority) is that they were hoodwinked by seminaries in the “first world” countries that evangelized them 200 years ago, and to which they have been sending a steady stream of ordinands until fairly recently.
Jul
17

Due in September

By John Martin. After the July sessions of its General Synod in York the Church of England remains in limbo on women in the episcopate.
Jul
17

Inversely proportionate

Philip Jenkins, author of Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses, faces statistical reality and offers a theory to explain it.
Jul
16

Monday (from Bangkok)

Bangkok with its tiny minority Christian population is emblematic of the missional challenge the worldwide church faces, and the Anglican Global South movement now has a two-decade history of taking responsible principled stands in the councils of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Jul
16

Diana Butler Bass doesn’t get it

I hate to speak in such colloquialisms, but Diana Butler Bass just doesn’t get it. In her Huffington Post response to Ross Douthat, Bass asks: “Can Christianity be saved?” Her question illuminates much.
Jul
15

A response to Ross Douthat

Douthat is right in his reminder of the important ways in which liberal Christianity contributes positively to Western culture, but he is wrong in his diagnosis of our decline.
Jul
14

Prolegomena on women’s ordination

Inevitably, conversation around gay Episcopalians will turn, in certain circles at least, to conversation around women’s ordination.
Jul
11

Bowdlerized Catholicism

If “No Covenant,” what? How do Anglicans express a sound doctrine of the Church without competent instruments of unity?
Jul
11

July 29 TLC now online

The July 29 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Jul
11

Newly strained bonds of affection?

“They’re losing 1,000 members a week,” David Hein says. “The Episcopal Church has now positioned itself way out there on the edge with the United Church of Christ, which is extremely liberal and also losing members.”
Jul
11

Bishops issue dissent

“The liturgy ‘The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant’ is for all practical purposes same-sex marriage.”
Jul
11

Hanging on

Inclusion means more than a minimal tolerance for those deemed intolerably unenlightened. Inclusion means encouragement, it means refusing to erect barriers to growth and survival.
Jul
10

Bishops: Covenant can wait

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops concurred with the House of Deputies July 10 to “decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant,” but affirmed participation in the wider Anglican Communion.
Jul
10

President Jennings

By Lauren Anderson. The House of Deputies has elected the Rev. Gay Jennings president with 426 votes — five more than what she needed.
Jul
10

Bishops: a provisional yes

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops authorized a provisional rite July 9 for blessing same-sex relationships.
Jul
9

Mr. Rehill for the defense

“This is not a discernment process,” Michael Rehill tells conference panels. “You are a court.”
Jul
9

Sing out!

By Matt Townsend. Shedding tears of joy, the Rev. Canon Gay Jennings, Ohio, sang the hymn “Sing a New Church” with the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, after the Committee on Structure approved a resolution on structural reform.
Jul
9

Birth of a task force?

Video by Matt Townsend. Members of General Convention’s Structure Committee discuss their progress on Resolution C095, which would establish a task force for structural reform.
Jul
8

Conflicting passions

By Matt Townsend. Same-sex blessings emerged again as a subject of complex and fervent debate July 7, as the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music heard testimony on a resolution that would authorize such blessings in the Episcopal Church.
Jul
8

Brightly colored conversation

By Douglas LeBlanc. Friends of The Living Church packed into an upstairs room designed for 175 people to hear Episcopal leaders speak of their faith and how it affects their work.
Jul
8

Gender identity and canons

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops approved Resolution D002 that would amend two canons to say that “gender identity (one’s inner sense of being male or female) and expression (the way in which one manifests that gender identity in the world)” should not be bases for exclusion from consideration for ordained ministry.
Jul
8

Video: Bishop William Mchombo

Bishop William Mchombo, acting provincial secretary of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, talks with Joe Thoma, communications officer of the Diocese of Central Florida, and Christopher Wells, editor of The Living Church.
Jul
8

Bishops like mission enterprise

By Joe Thoma. Many bishops urge frugality for the Episcopal Church, but they concurred with the House of Deputies July 7 in establishing a “Mission Enterprise Fund” for underrepresented populations at the diocesan level.
Jul
7

An option for the PB

By Lauren Anderson. The House of Deputies has voted to eliminate the canon requiring a newly elected presiding bishop to resign from the bishop’s previous jurisdiction before assuming the office.
Jul
7

Structure approves PB change

By Matt Townsend. General Convention’s Structure Committee passed a resolution July 7 that, if ratified, would remove the requirement that a presiding bishop-elect resign from a diocesan role.
Jul
7

Many nays to the Covenant

By Lauren Anderson. Critics of the proposed Anglican Covenant said at an evening open hearing July 6 that it creates a central authority and threatens the Episcopal Church’s self-governance.
Jul
7

A matter of polity

Eight of the nine bishops accused of violating the church's canons have responded in an open letter to the House of Bishops and addressed to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
Jul
7

Structure thinks big

By Matt Townsend. General Convention’s Structure Committee heard testimony July 6 suggesting a reimagined role for the presiding bishop, a unicameral General Convention and markedly younger leadership.
Jul
7

New seats, hot seats

By Joe Thoma. On the second legislative day of General Convention the House of Bishops consented to the election of eight new bishops after struggling in private with complaints brought against nine of its own.
Jul
7

Baptism and Communion

By Lauren Anderson. General Convention’s Evangelism Committee heard the cases for and against repealing a canon that specifies Holy Communion as intended for baptized Christians.
Jul
6

Futures in Anglo-Catholicism

Fr Robert Hendrickson recently opined that “It’s Time for a New Oxford Movement.” He rightly points out that in many ways, the ’79 BCP represents a decisive move to institutionalize an anglo-catholic liturgical vision.
Jul
6

Complaints go formal

Two bishops have accused nine brother bishops of “boundary-crossing.” Their letter follows.
Jul
6

Church and Beer

From Floating Sheep (via The Atlantic Cities) comes this fascinating map: What’s the ideal, I wonder? Perhaps this is a question for the General Convention....
Jul
5

Holy Women, Holy Men: onward

General Convention’s Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Church Music has endorsed continued trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men.
Jul
5

Mission in hard times

By Joe Thoma. Before General Convention held its first legislative sessions July 5, conversation on Independence Day centered on funding for outreach, evangelism and administration despite a shrinking budget.
Jul
3

Ordered administration

By Cheryl White. The diocese has been the organizational framework for the life of the Church throughout the ages.
Jul
2

Dallas: stunned

“[S]purious complaints against bishops demonstrate the urgent need to revisit the Title IV disciplinary Canons.”
Jul
2

Charles Alley+ on Title IV

Besides being conduct unbecoming of a church, the latest Title IV complaints violate the First Amendment.
Jul
2

ACI on Title IV

The complaints are patently frivolous and should be dismissed at the outset.
Jul
2

+Daniel Martins on Title IV

My principal concern was to not leave unchallenged the assertion that the Episcopal Church is a unitary hierarchical organism at all levels, and that the dioceses are entirely creatures of General Convention.

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