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February 27 2017 By dvirtue Rome's Anglican pastor: Papal visit an exciting, but normal, step

"It's the most exciting thing that's ever happened, except it isn't," he said, explaining that it's a very "natural and normal thing" for a group of Christians to welcome the leader of their brethren to their house.

For Pope Francis to become the first Roman Pontiff to step inside an Anglican parish in Rome, then, is "the most exciting thing, and it's the most normal thing," he said, saying it's a gesture "that explains a truth about our Christian living."

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February 25 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Divinity School Pursues Union Merger

One of ten seminaries educating students for ministry in the Episcopal Church, EDS announced in July that it will cease granting degrees at the conclusion of the current academic year, citing "unsustainable" levels of spending. At the same time, the school's dean tendered his resignation. In November, trustees from the school released a letter revealing staggering financial losses at the troubled progressive seminary.

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February 22 2017 By dvirtue SOUTH CAROLINA: Judge remands Episcopal Church case

The case has gone before the U.S. District Court in Charleston two times, and both times, Judge C. Weston Houck decided not to proceed with the case, preferring to wait until a separate state lawsuit is resolved that will clarify ownership of property and identities in the diocese.

That state suit now is stalled in the S.C. Supreme Court.

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February 21 2017 By dvirtue GAFCON Statement on Synod's rejection of Bishops' report in CofE

GAFCON UK have already commented that 'The confusion created by the General Synod vote on 15th February makes it abundantly clear that a new vision is now needed of what Anglican Christianity in England can and should be.'

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February 21 2017 By dvirtue Death row inmate may get a new trial, a potential juror was dismissed because she was a Christian

The potential juror was a participant in her church's Outreach Ministries, a program that was their congregation's attempt to fulfill the example of Jesus to minister to the poor, the hungry, those without shelter & clothing, the imprisoned and the sick. The woman herself did not work in the prison ministry of the Outreach program but was dismissed as a juror because of her affiliation with a church that had such a ministry.

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February 17 2017 By dvirtue Radical New Inclusion needed post Synod Vote say Archbishops Canterbury and York

How we deal with the real and profound disagreement - put so passionately and so clearly by many
at the debate - is the challenge we face as people who all belong to Christ.

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February 16 2017 By dvirtue Egyptian Anglican Archbishop criticizes US immigration restrictions of President Trump

"Under so much pressure in their home countries, refugees need a refuge. Much poorer nations like Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt have been accommodating the thousands that the United States is turning away. This decision is contrary to the teachings of the Bible, which requires us to welcome the stranger and treat him well. Jesus Christ, we must remember, was once a refugee in Egypt."

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February 16 2017 By dvirtue Church of England's report on marriage and sexuality suffers setback at Synod

Responding to the vote, the Rt Revd Graham Jones, the Bishop of Norwich said: "I can guarantee that the House of Bishops will consider carefully and prayerfully all the contributions made in the debate today...there is no simple and easy answer to this issue beyond committing ourselves to engagement with each other when the views on what we should do are profoundly contested."

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Pansexualists Lay out their Agenda in OneBodyOneFaith document

 In addition to the Sexuality and Relationships Working Group there needs to be a significant level of LGBTI+ representation on each of its boards, councils and divisions for which the Archbishops' council has oversight -- the representatives should be chosen by members of all houses of Synod, not by the Archbishops' Council or bishops alone

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue GAFCON UK's response to the lobby group OneBodyOneFaith

The authors of the statement suggest that they are wiser than 4,000 years of Biblical revelation, 2,000 years of Christian theology and the overwhelming majority of Christians down the ages and around the world.

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