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March 15 2004 By virtueonline New Hampshire Consecration seen through the eyes of a layman - by Andy Freborg

RUSSELL: The church was full, the children in the choir were wiggly, the
people in the pews predictably increased the volume of their
conversation when the organ prelude started.

FREBORG: How predictably reverent

RUSSELL: The procession had all the ordinary suspects94 for such an
auspicious episcopal occasion: crucifers and torchbearers, choristers
and clergy with
a smattering of bishops in their red and white regalia.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline The Gay Divorcee. Robert Hart on the Real Robinson Affair

I saw this at a meeting held by and for Episcopalians who were trying to deal with the practical effects of this latest crisis. These well-meaning and very sincere people were concerned only about his homosexuality. It is for them the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the point of no return. What I heard that night has been said over and over again: “We cannot allow the consecration of an openly ‘gay’ man to the office of bishop.”

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March 10 2004 By virtueonline PLANO: Rector Tackles Gay Marriage on National Public Radio

Gay marriage continued to grow as an issue this week as more gay couples chose to exchange marriage vows. In San Francisco, Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime companion were among the gay couples who decided to tie the knot. And in New Paltz, New York, just up the Hudson from New York City, several couples were married by the city's 26-year-old mayor. At the same time, the politics heated up.

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March 10 2004 By virtueonline DALLAS: Activist layman exhorts diocese to stand firm in the faith and Network

I have been in prayer and reflection concerning the diocese's position on the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes. I have read the March 3, 2004 letter to the Executive Council signed by the Rev. Chuck Treadwell and 16 clergy.

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March 09 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Betrayal of Trust Makes Claims Ring Hollow - by Erik Nelson

Which is why it is difficult to take Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold seriously when he said in a February 25 statement on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) that the Episcopal Church is “committed to continuing discussion and discernment” concerning human sexuality.

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline A Response To Mark Harris - by Ernesto M. Obregon

It may help the reader to understand Fr. Harris' article if it is
deconstructed using two key paragraphs of his monograph and some key
historical facts. The key historical facts are (of course): the
overwhelming vote at Lambeth 1998 where nearly 90% of the assembled
bishops voted for the approved sexuality statement, the Primates'
statement of 03, and the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury. These

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: The "Lone Ranger" or Lonely Prophet?

Add to that the suspension of relations with the Episcopal Church by Anglican bishops and provinces worldwide. Church leaders such as the presiding bishop who have accused George Bush of being the “lone ranger” in foreign policy have themselves formed a small band of “lone rangers” in acting unilaterally against the other 67 million members of the Anglican Communion and 1.3 billion Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians.

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March 04 2004 By virtueonline Bad Doctrine Turned Episcopal Church Into a Political Circus - by Bishop Kelshaw

It is not a group dedicated to break away from the Episcopal Church, as some have portrayed it, and neither is it an attempt to take the Diocese out of the Episcopal Church, as has also been charged. It is an attempt to remain within the Episcopal Church and make a voice heard which is largely at variance with decisions made at the last General Convention in August 2003.

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline MISSOURI: A Layman responds to Bishop's letter to Good Shepherd

I would bring to your attention the words of the Apostle Paul to his son
Titus:

"For a Bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God, just, holy,
temperate; holding fast the faithful word he has been taught." (Titus
1:7-9).

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February 29 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Robison's Electionn "RIGGED", Planned a Year in Advance

These people met all the candidates, as did I and many non-delegates, and we prayed and inquired of God about their choice and vote. I know of others who apparently did not bother meeting the candidates, including one who told me, wouldn’t it be great for Gene to be bishop, as she knows him.

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