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September 03 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina and 29 Parish Churches File Motion for Rehearing in State Supreme Court

In a decision that partly reversed the February 2015 Circuit Court ruling of Judge Diane Goodstein, the Supreme Court significantly changed court precedents in multiple areas and divested the property rights of at least 28 congregations and over 20,000 church members.

Grounds for Rehearing

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue WALES: Bishop Joanna makes history by leading worship at Pride Cymru

Pride Cymru's Big Weekend began on Friday and took place on the lawns of Cardiff City Hall, in the heart of the capital city.

The #FaithTent was run by the Gathering -- an LGBT+ church for everyone -- in partnership with the Christian group, CATAC -- Changing Attitude Cymru.

Other Church in Wales leaders also took part in events at the #FaithTent, which this year focused on welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue PERTH: The Dean of St George's Cathedral backs a Yes vote in same-sex marriage postal survey

Stressing he is fronting the campaign as an individual Christian, rather than his position as a senior Anglican, Mr Pengelley said that he had real experience of the struggles faced by same-sex attracted people.

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue Hurricane Harvey brings out the best and worst in people

Even though I come from northern Wisconsin, I have lived through hurricanes in five states: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Maine. This is my third in Texas -- Rita, Ike and now Harvey. I rode out Hurricane Andrew in the Courthouse of New Iberia Parish for USA Today. I know how strong a hurricane can be. During the height of Andrew's fury, the courthouse shook!

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August 30 2017 By dvirtue Seminaries Reflect Struggles of Mainline Churches

"We're going to see a bunch of seminaries close in the next 50 years," said Gary Hall, the chair of EDS's board of trustees. "The church is shrinking. The need for clergy is shrinking. And the institutional support is shrinking."

Mainline Protestant seminaries are facing an existential crisis after a decade of mounting red ink.

Enrollment has fallen by nearly 25% over the past decade, according to the Association of Theological Schools, an accrediting agency.

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August 29 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Camp Allen flooded, 30 people trapped with three days of food

On Thursday (Aug. 24) two things happened. Cursillo started at Camp Allen and a weakened and disorganized Harvey decided to intensify in the bath-warm water of the Gulf of Mexico and zero in on the south Texas coast with 130 mph winds. By Thursday evening, feeder band clouds were starting to swirl and the first few drops of rain fell. That was just a hint of what was to come.

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August 28 2017 By dvirtue Support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare: "Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

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August 22 2017 By dvirtue Our Lady of the Atonement's new rector installed amidst bittersweet ceremony

For more than three decades, August 15 has had a very special significance for Fr. Phillips and Our Lady of the Atonement. For it was on August 15, 1983, that Christopher Phillips, a former Episcopal priest, led 18 Episcopalian souls into the Catholic Church and was himself ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. On that day, in addition to Fr.

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August 18 2017 By dvirtue ACNA Archbishop Calls for Prayer. Condemns Racism

I want to draw your attention to two statements from the Anglican Church in North America over the weekend. These were shared on social media, but deserve as wide a distribution as possible. The first is a Call to Prayer from Bishop John Guernsey, Dean of Provincial Affairs, whose diocese includes Charlottesville, Virginia. I encourage you to pray this prayer with me this week. The second statement comes from the Anglican Church in North America's Anglican Multiethnic Network.

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August 18 2017 By dvirtue Virginia Seminary Labyrinth to Commemorate 1880s Black Chapel

"There was really strong sentiment in favor of commemorating the St. Cyprian's Chapel," said organizer Serina Sides in an article about the installation featured in the summer 2017 edition of the VTS journal News from the Hill. "Race relations, racial justice, racial reconciliation -- all have been a point of discussion ever since we arrived on campus."

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