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February 10 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: ABC Williams Text to General Synod

I'm thinking, of course, of developments particularly around decisions taken in the United States of America and the extraordinary meeting of Primates which took place in Lambeth Palace in October of last year. And Synod members will, I am sure, remember the statement issued at the end of that two-day gathering at Lambeth Palace.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - ABC Supports Americans Who Oppose Gay Bishop

His comments came as the commission assembled to resolve the controversy in the Anglican Church over the ordination and blessings of homosexuals met for the first time in Windsor yesterday.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Bishop Wimberly Requests Shelving of Four Resolutions

More than 1,100 clerical and lay delegates will begin meeting in Tyler Thursday to act on diocesan business and policy matters. It will be their first meeting since the national church's General Convention voted in August to approve the consecration of V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest, as bishop of New Hampshire.

Not everyone is happy about Wimberly's request on the resolutions.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Episcopal protest hits collection plate

Figures released at an Episcopal executive council meeting in Tampa, Fla., showed the denomination's 107 dioceses are giving $2 million less this year. A reduction in government funds for social-service programs produced an additional drop of roughly $900,000.

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February 10 2004 By virtueonline NEW WESTMINSTER: St. Martin's Parish Action by Bishop Not the Will of the People

"It is not the will of the people who worship there," she told Virtuosity at an Anglican Mission conference recently in Destin, Florida, recently. She was once an elected alternate delegate to synod.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline SOUTHERN VIRGINIA: Diocese won't reject gay bishop

At its annual meeting in Norfolk, delegates voted to acknowledge "profound differences" over homosexuality and Scripture interpretation. It created a yearlong Reconciliation Commission to discuss differences.

Opinions vary on whether this could dissuade some parishes from leaving the diocese to join a national network of conservative churches likely to form by October.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline KENYA: Anglicans ready for split over gay priests

The Book of Common Prayer still sits on the pews and is used every week,
although not in every service. The congregation still sings from
"Ancient and Modern" hymnbooks.

But it is not just the style that is traditional. Parishioners are
deeply conservative. Most believe homosexuality is abhorrent.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Women priests costs Church half a billion dollars

The size of the final bill will dismay many in the Church, which is
facing severe financial difficulties and the prospect of dioceses being
made bankrupt.

The figures will also refuel the heated debate on whether the Church
should allow the consecration of women as bishops, a reform which could
trigger another exodus of clergy.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline KENTUCKY: St. Andrew's pastor feels called to Versailles

It's a decision he and his wife have struggled with. "Claire has asked
me a million times, 'Are you sure you're getting this right?'" he told
his new congregation yesterday. "I have told her time and time again,
'Yes, this is the Lord.'"

Brannen, the new rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Versailles,
said he has felt called by God before, in 1990.

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