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January 12 2004 By virtueonline SC STANDING COMMITTEE URGES BISHOP SALMON TO DROP LAWSUIT

As evidenced by the resolutions passed at the Special Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina held in October of 2003, the Diocese, including the members of All Saints', are deeply concerned about the crisis in the Episcopal Church. We strongly believe that our working together is the best witness in this struggle.

At our meeting on January 5th, the Standing Committee, in an effort to find common ground made the following proposal:

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January 12 2004 By virtueonline REC PRESIDING BISHOP ACCEPTS HOTCHKISS RESIGNATION

Under date of November 30, 2003, I have received a letter from Gregory K.
Hotchkiss in which he officially vacates his episcopal office and renounces his
ministerial orders in the Reformed Episcopal Church. In his correspondence he
cites changes in his "moral and theological understanding" which have resulted
in a "growing distance" between himself and the Reformed Episcopal Church. In

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January 12 2004 By virtueonline Support for homosexuals angers local Episcopalians

The gathering was larger than the 2,700 Episcopalians who met last fall in Plano, Texas, in what became known as the "Plano Conference" to oppose the Aug. 5 consecration of Canon V. Gene Robinson at the Episcopal General Convention as the new bishop of New Hampshire. The meeting this weekend at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, termed "Plano East," was held for those who couldn't go to Texas.

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January 11 2004 By virtueonline Sermons & Addresses from Plano East Read more
January 11 2004 By virtueonline Theological Training in Rwanda

Today, Theological Education by Extension, or TEE, is thriving in Rwanda, having trained nearly 2,000 candidates since 1999. The Rev. Canon Martin Nzaramba, TEE’s Coordinator, is clear about the vital role the program fills: “Our immediate vision is to help the Episcopal Church in Rwanda to grow numerically and spiritually.

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January 11 2004 By virtueonline Truce collapses as Ingham closes church

Archdeacon Ronald Harrison told the National Post Holy Cross brought the closure upon itself. At its October meeting, the New Westminster diocesan council voted to “disestablish” Holy Cross and terminated its funding for having requested alternative Episcopal oversight. Bishop Ingham told Holy Cross that funding would be restored if the congregation rescinded its request for alternative Episcopal oversight.

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January 10 2004 By virtueonline Episcopalians who oppose election of gay bishop meet in Woodbridge

About 2,600 Episcopalians are expected to attend the "Plano-East" conference in Woodbridge, a follow-up to a meeting among conservative members of the denomination held in Dallas in October.

Unlike the Texas gathering, this event, to be held at the Hylton Memorial Chapel on Gideon Drive, will be open to all members of the Episcopal Church USA, without a requirement that they sign a statement in opposition to the election of the Rev. Gene Robinson last August.

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January 10 2004 By virtueonline Clark’s awful choice: Abortion on demand, no pro-life judges

He then added that judges must uphold existing law on abortion. But existing law restricts a mother’s “right to choose” by placing limits on when a baby can be killed. So Clark’s own views are inconsistent with the law and with the majority of Americans on both sides of the issue.

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January 10 2004 By virtueonline City of San Diego cancels pact with Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts, however, vowed to continue fighting for its 18-acre headquarters even without city support, because it believes its constitutional liberties are at stake. Last month, the group received a letter of support from the U.S. Justice Department, stating the group's predicament raised "substantial concerns" that the group's rights were being violated.

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