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November 13 2018 By dvirtue GEORGIA: Bishop Benhase to bow out. Cites health concerns

A rare honest moment for a bishop who once said this; "The unmerited grace of the Gospel of Jesus is the only medicine that can cure this socio-economic disease. That Gospel tells us that we're not valued for what we produce. We're valued because God graced humanity in Jesus and the imputed righteousness of his cross declares we all have infinite worth. But such a Gospel can only be taught by a church that sees our "performacist" culture clearly. And our culture is literally killing us."

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November 13 2018 By dvirtue Presiding Bishop Weighs in on Bishop William Love's November 10 Pastoral Letter and Directive

As members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12), we also are committed to respecting the conscience of those who hold opinions that differ from the official policy of The Episcopal Church regarding the sacrament of marriage. It should be noted that the canons of The Episcopal Church give authority to all members of the clergy to decline to officiate a marriage for reasons of conscience, and Resolution B012 of the 79th General Convention does not change this fact.

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November 09 2018 By dvirtue Diocese of Huron faces civil lawsuit over sex abuse

Here are excerpts: The former Anglican priest who was convicted Tuesday of four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault of boys from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation already is facing civil action from another victim in London and a counter-claim from the Diocese of Huron.

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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Sydney Anglicans back down on proposal to ban Indigenous smoking ceremonies

The reports have also shocked principals who have regularly held smoking ceremonies on school grounds and infuriated local ministers who told ABC News that there had been no consultation and that it would be deeply embarrassing and offensive to Indigenous friends and parishioners.

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November 06 2018 By dvirtue Baltimore judge denies ex-bishop Heather Cook's request for immediate release from prison in fatal DUI crash

He said if he granted the terms Cook requested -- that two of her four sentences be changed from consecutive to concurrent status -- it would amount to ruling that she spend no time behind bars on one of those counts: the crime of leaving the scene of a collision.

If approved, would have cut two years off Cook's time served, leaving her eligible for almost immediate release.

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue HOB to see an increase in the number of female bishops joining its ranks

This year (2018) many bishops have been throwing their miters into the retirement ring sending their dioceses into a search mode for a new bishop.

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October 27 2018 By dvirtue Irish Evangelical Anglicans Excoriate Cathedral for allowing Muslim Politician to give pulpit address

Whilst acknowledging the cultural and religious diversity of 21st century Ireland, we remain convinced of the Church of Ireland's historic position that the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ is for all and must be shared with all including people from other faiths or of none

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October 25 2018 By dvirtue Episcopal House of Bishops to see numerous changes in membership

Only two domestic diocesan bishops were elected in 2005. Bishop Jeffrey Steenson (VIII Rio Grande) left The Episcopal Church in 2007 to become Roman Catholic and became a mitered monsignor and the founding ordinary of the Anglican ordinariate in the United States.

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October 25 2018 By dvirtue GAFCON Networks Move Forward

I think of recent news; a Congolese member of the Global Mission Partnerships network joyfully reports that twenty-four people were converted as he preached at an open-air mission. And the new Gafcon-endorsed province of the Anglican Church in Brazil has just planted another church with over 200 people, this time in the city of Natal, the second since June. The fire is spreading!

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October 24 2018 By dvirtue Former NY Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore labeled serial sexual predator

For those of us who were present at General Convention, the careful, well-planned presentation of personal stories, by both women and men, was a powerful learning of both the depth and breadth of the inappropriate exercise of power and the sexualizing of personal, working and pastoral relationships in the church.

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