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January 29 2004 By virtueonline PLANO RECTOR REFLECTS ON NEW NETWORK

The Network is Launched The first meeting was the convening session of the new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes (NACDP). The network charter, theological statement, and purposes can be found on the AAC website: The Network will provide oversight and support for congregations all over the U.S. in dioceses where invited by parishes.

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January 27 2004 By virtueonline UNEQUAL RIGHTS: Holding Homosexuals to a Different Standard by Chuck Colson

UNEQUALThe first case concerns Cheryl Clark, a former lesbian, now a Christian. Clark's former partner, Elsey McLeod, sued for joint custody of Clark's adopted daughter after Clark left their relationship. The judge ruled in McLeod's favor on the grounds that she had been a "psychological parent." As Clark's lawyer, James Rouse, stated, McLeod "is being treated like a divorcing spouse even though they aren't and can't be married in the state of Colorado.

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January 27 2004 By virtueonline GOOD GRIEF by Peter Moore

I struggled with the undeniable sense that, while we are strong and vital, we had lost. We lost a thirty-year struggle to prevent the Episcopal Church from going over the cliff.

Now the deed is done. Same-sex blessings will become commonplace throughout the Church, supported by majority vote of General Convention. And a divorced man living in a homosexual relationship is now a consecrated bishop in the Church - by majority vote.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline The NACDP - A statement from Bishop James M. Stanton

There are two points of paramount importance to me and, I trust, to us all.

1. The Charter makes very clear that the Network “shall operate in good
faith within the Constitution of The Episcopal Church” (Article I). At
no time was the suggestion made or considered that the Network would
work outside the Constitution of the Episcopal Church.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline Bishop Lipscomb Clarifies Position on new NACDP Network

I have been clear that I do not intend to leave the Episcopal Church. I cannot condone any congregation of this diocese acting to leave the Episcopal Church even though I know that individuals who are deeply troubled by the actions of our Church may find it necessary to join other ecclesial communities.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline On the Parabolic Interpretation of the AMiA by Dr. Joseph Murphy

Surrounding the creation and establishment of the {AMiA} has been charge and countercharge, innuendo, deceit, treachery, gossip, backbiting, lawsuits, and more. Substitute just about any initiative of value that you'd like in between the braces { } in the sentence above, and chances are it will still be true. To prove this point, and for fun, gather a roomful of Roman Catholics and Orthodox folks, and say out loud, "Henry VIII is the beloved founder of our Church."

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline VIRGINIA: ECUSA Priest Flees for AMiA

At the gathering of clergy you convened this past fall at Christchurch School to discuss the actions of General Convention 2003, I made clear to you all my understanding that the Episcopal Church no longer holds the teaching of the Christian Faith that it had received, thus making void the vow of ordination that I, and all Episcopal clergy, have taken.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline KENYA: Is Split in the Anglican Church Inevitable?

After this, there should be no doubt that there is now an open split between
the liberals and the conservatives in the 450-year old Anglican Communion.

The unprecedented move taken by the Church of Uganda to protest the installation of gay American bishop Gene Robinson, is the biggest jolt to hit the communion since Robinson became the head of the New Hampshire diocese.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline Frank Griswold writes to the Bishops and to the Church

I continue to be deeply grateful for the way in which you and your clergy are seeking to assist the people in your dioceses, regardless of their perspectives, to live with grace through these unsettling days.

I look forward to our being together in March when we will have an opportunity to consider how the ministry of oversight we share together might best be exercised for the good of all in this present season.

Yours ever in Christ's love,


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January 20 2004 By virtueonline IT'S THE PROPERTY STUPID !

So the main problem now is property. I begin with an anecdote from one of the first AAC Board meetings in 1996.

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