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September 08 2004 By virtueonline So where was God at Beslan? - by Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has admitted it led him to momentarily doubt his faith in God. He said it would be inhuman not to question one's beliefs in the light of such evil.

Dr Williams branded the terrorists' actions "evil" and called for them to be imprisoned for life.

He said, "I think it is probably the suffering of children that most deeply challenges anybody's personal faith.

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September 08 2004 By virtueonline UTAH: Moment of Truth. Episcopalians break with church over gay ordination

Both faced a moment of truth when the Episcopal Church U.S.A. voted to ordain Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire at its first openly gay bishop, an act that outraged many Episcopalians and Anglicans. Just this week, The Times of London reported that the Episcopal Church may be suspended from membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion for its approval of the ordination.

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September 08 2004 By virtueonline Oppose Hate Crime Bill, says Presbyterian Theologian

A "hate crime" bill does not reduce violent crime. It rather establishes homosexual and bisexual behavior as valued practices that society wants to promote. It opens up the possibility of criminal prosecution of persons who speak out publicly against the harmful effects of promoting homosexual practice.

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September 07 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Ex-Gays make submission to Lambeth/Eames Commission

Individually we have often been cowed into silence by those who seek to revise Biblical teachings on this issue. When we have had the courage to speak out, we have been ignored, dismissed, or overruled. What we ask is that our stories be heard.

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September 06 2004 By virtueonline California Case Cause for Optimism on Church Property Issues - by Charles Nalls

The case involved the issue of who controls a local church's property when the congregation ends its affiliation with a national or worldwide religious body. As such, the case has implications for other denominations, particularly the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA), which claims a trust over parish properties based on an internal church rule.

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August 29 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Hope for a New Church still can Prevail says leading U.S. Rector

So allow me to summarize where we are today:

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August 28 2004 By virtueonline We'd like you to understand us - by Tad de Bordenave

Let me try to explain this failure to understand us. I do this not to change any minds but to help them see what is coming.

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August 13 2004 By virtueonline Episcopal Chaplain Berates Fellow Chaplains over Teachings - by Fr. Brad Page

I was with a group of Episcopal priests (several of whom were college chaplains, and several of them were in homosexual relationships). In one of the few brief periods where we weren’t talking about homosexuality we discussed how we as college chaplains might identify the students to encourage toward priesthood.

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August 05 2004 By virtueonline Communion and Union - the future for our congregation - by Fr. Ian Montgomery

Following the passing of the General Convention 2003 votes related to human sexuality it was as if a knife had been stabbed in the heart of our congregation. A choice between “yes” and “no” was forced upon us. No longer could pastoral discretion make some sense of our sexual confusions. No longer could we as a more evangelical/catholic congregation ignore the theological innovations and actions of our national leadership.

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August 05 2004 By virtueonline A HISTORY LESSON: Limits to Doctrinal Innovation - by Ephraim Radner

Granted, it says nothing different than what is contained in our Prayer Book's 18th-century Preface; and what is recorded in the founding Conventions of our Church -- that is, that the "independence" of (P)ECUSA as a church is focused solely within the realm of "civil concerns" and limits solely the imposition within the American church of the "civil" and "ecclesiastical will" of a "foreign country"; and the "independence" of the American church does not in any way touch upon the unity of "do

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