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March 18 2004 By virtueonline VIRGINIA: Episcopal bishop names 'reconciliation' panel

The commission, which was established at a diocesan convention in January, met for the first time yesterday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. It aims to avert splits in the diocese after the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire.

Members were handpicked by the Right Rev. Peter James Lee, bishop of the Virginia Diocese, the country's largest, with more than 89,000 members.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline CHARLOTTE: Boiling Over In The Episcopal Church

The controversies in the Episcopal Church boiled over at one Charlotte congregation on Feb. 22. Liberal North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, who voted to consecrate homosexual bishop Gene Robinson, spoke at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church as part of his normal pastoral visits to his parishes. But before the service, one of St.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline NEW YORK: 2 ministers charged in gay marriages

Dozens of rabbis and ministers across New York state responded to the charges by pledging to continue performing same-sex religious ceremonies, even at the risk of arrest.

As of yesterday afternoon, 83 ordained clergy had signed the pledge, which began with 20 signers last Thursday, according to Rabbi Ayelet Cohen of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world's largest gay Jewish congregation.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Archbishop hits back in homosexuality row

Last week, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, a senior figure in the Church of Ireland, said in a speech the State should give legal recognition to gay civil unions. However, in an apparent side-swipe at the Catholic Church, he also said: "I have to ask how people who are so certain about homosexuality being evil could have been so indifferent and even devious when it comes to facing up to the issue of child abuse?"

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishop Duncan Offers Support for Ohio Confirmands

“I pray for those newly confirmed and for the congregations from which they were presented. I also pray for the retiring Bishop of Ohio and for the Bishop-elect that they might respond with grace to the canonical irregularities with which they now find themselves confronted,” said Bishop Duncan.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishops Respond to Confirmations

An action of this sort, designed to break down the community of faith, has no place in our polity. No one group can define for the whole Church what constitutes an "emergency." The laity and the clergy of the Diocese of Ohio, meeting in convention last November, clearly articulated their support of an inclusive theology in the larger Church, and their affirmation of its actions in last summer's General Convention.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline Canterbury Eucharist by Griswold criticised by Anglican Mainstream

"A celebration of the Holy Communion should be an expression of the unity we are privileged to enjoy around the Lord's Table. It should not be used as a propaganda tool in church politics.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline PRESBYTERIANS: Leaders clarify stand on same-sex unions

The OGA's March 8 statement concludes that the Presbyterian Church (USA)
"has demonstrated a historic commitment both to the sanctity of marriage
between a man and a woman and to human and civil rights for all persons."

The full text of the OGA document:

1. Has the General Assembly defined marriage?

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Statement of Senior Bishops at Multi-Congregational Service

Next, it is my honor to present our highly honored guest, the Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti, Bishop of Northern Brazil.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Senior Bishops Cross Diocesan Lines

Local diocesan bishops, or those bishops they designate, preside over confirmation for churches in their jurisdiction. In the Anglican tradition, the Service of Confirmation represents “a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of baptism.” However, these congregations consider their relationship with the Rt. Rev. Clark Grew, Bishop of Ohio, to be “impaired” due to his support of divisive decisions at ECUSA’s General Convention last summer.

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