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August 01 2022 By dvirtue LAMBETH CONFERENCE FAILED TO CELEBRATE A DIGNIFIED SUNDAY EUCHARIST

The majority of the bishops wore the classic Anglican snow white rochet and cardinal red chimere topped by a black tippet embroidered with their diocesan and seminary seals. Others wore white stoles or gold or an odd distinctive orange. Some of the African bishops wore their colorful Kente stoles. Other bishops simply wore their purple cassocks sans stole. Most of the bishops were bear-headed but a few wore a bishop's zucchetto or a classic biretta, or even a Canterbury cap.

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August 01 2022 By dvirtue Does a bit of quiet chuntering count?

Apparently, silence will be taken as "Yes", but there will be a chance for a verbal "No".

Even in parliaments, members get an "Aye" or "No". It is a truly bizarre form of voting when silence is taken as, to quote Justin Welby, "a verbal indication of agreement."

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August 01 2022 By dvirtue LAMBETH 2022: IS WHITE PRIVILEGE MAKING THE CALLS?

I am not always a fan of the language of "white privilege," but it is certainly discernible here. Eight Episcopal dioceses in the USA have fewer than 1,000 people in church on an average Sunday as of 2019 (there are more "micro-dioceses" now). In 2019, the diocese of Northern Michigan claimed 385 attended its churches on an average Sunday -- that's fewer than a good many individual Anglican congregations. This cannot be serious. And these micro-dioceses are, mostly, led by white bishops.

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August 01 2022 By dvirtue Ministry and Leadership in a Christian Community under Persecution - Archbishop Ben Kwashi

I will speak of the biblical basis for addressing persecution, my own experience, what we are planning in the future and then draw conclusions.

The biblical basis

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July 31 2022 By dvirtue IT'S ALL ABOUT SEX!

In 1908, during the reign of Edward VII, the issue of divorce was first raised.

In 1920, contraception crept into Lambeth discussions.

At the 1930 confab, the issue of abortion was broached and the marriage bed was to be considered undefiled although married couples were allowed to space pregnancies.

In 1948, the Lambeth bishops were first faced with women's ordination by the wartime ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi in Hong Kong.

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July 31 2022 By dvirtue Toxic Mix of Religion and Nationalism Responsible for Religious Persecution

The blend of religion and nationalism is not necessarily or even mostly bad. It all depends on what is the religion in question and how the two are mixed. The combination of religion and national identity on balance can be, and often is, a very healthy alternative, especially when the alternative is secular nationalism or the dissolution of all ethno-religious or national identity in the acid bath of global consumerist cosmopolitanism.

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July 30 2022 By dvirtue TWO FACES, TWO COMMUNIONS

The question remains, however: will the Archbishop of Canterbury even allow this motion to come to the floor on Monday? If so, will he ultimately add his name to those of the GSFA bishops who represent 75% of the Anglican Communion?

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July 27 2022 By dvirtue A SERMON PREACHED AT THE ORDINATION OF CALVIN ROBINSON TO THE DIACONATE

So, I remember the panic I had when I left her behind and something of that panic is what we find in the Gospels today. Luke is telling us about this event in the life of Jesus, and he may be telling us to remind those of us who've lost our children once upon a time how lucky we are not to have lost them permanently. That would be worthwhile remembering, but of course, there's something much more profound in this Gospel passage he wants us to understand.

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July 26 2022 By dvirtue THE LIMITATIONS OF LAMBETH

"It has never been contemplated that we should assume the functions of a general synod of all the churches in full communion with the Church of England, and take upon ourselves to enact canons that should be binding upon those here represented. We merely propose to discuss matters of practical interest, and pronounce what we deem expedient in resolutions which may serve as safe guides to future action."

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July 25 2022 By dvirtue Welby's chief regret? His carelessness over other people's views

And he answers with not one creative work, but with the last moving example of each: "Joe Wright's Churchill film, Darkest Hour. Music: Thomas Tallis, Lamentations. Novel: Elif Shafak, The Island of Missing Trees. Poem: Denise Levertov, 'Agnus Dei' in the Collected Poems."

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