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June 18 2004 By virtueonline ACI on its Submission to the Lambeth Commission

Sketching features of this ‘unprecedented and dangerous moment within the Anglican Communion’, it highlights the need for the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primates ‘to bring order into a frighteningly chaotic situation’.

The argument that the Communion has been here before in relation to the ordination of women and that Anglicans are now in a period of ‘reception’ in relation to acceptance of same-sex unions and bishops who live within such unions is firmly rebutted.

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June 18 2004 By virtueonline Christianity is not a feeling - by James E. Flowers

Sadly, our me-oriented, self absorbed generation, has elevated “feeling” to the point that in our culture, absolutely nothing is more important. Thus, the criteria of “how I feel” proceeds, and becomes the litmus test for every decision, every commitment, every behavior, regardless of whether or not the decision, commitment, or behavior is right or wrong, noble or ignoble.

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June 16 2004 By virtueonline Letter to an Influential Atheist - by Roger Steer

Roger Steer decided to write his letter after reflecting on perhaps the most famous sentence Dawkins has ever written. Dawkins begins The Blind Watchmaker with these words: “This book is written in the conviction that our own existence once presented the greatest of all mysteries, but that it is a mystery no longer because Darwin and Wallace solved it, though we shall continue to add footnotes to their solution for a while yet.

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June 13 2004 By virtueonline WASHINGTON DC: Chane's Same-Sex Ceremony Prompts Protests, Prayer

The blessing reportedly followed a new liturgy under development in the diocese, but one which has not yet been formally adopted at diocesan convention.

Bishop Chane sent copies of the proposed new liturgy to priests in his diocese earlier this week, asking for comments.

Crosses Draped in Black

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June 08 2004 By virtueonline UGANDA: Martyrs Day 2004 - by Stephen Noll

The site of the Martyrs' celebration is Namugongo, the traditional royal
killing ground. The Anglicans possess the actual site and have erected two little structures there: one a replica of the Executioner's hut, the other a replica of the pyre on which the martyrs were roasted. Before the service, people queue up for hours waiting to visit these shrines.

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June 07 2004 By virtueonline Where is the candlestick? - by Dr. Edith M. Humphrey

Resolution A-134 was bad enough:
it settled for a three-year extension to a discussion that has gone about as far as possible, ending in theological impasse between irreconcilable positions.

it implied that the issue of blessing homoerotic relationships may well not be a matter of doctrine—that is to be decided.

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May 23 2004 By virtueonline Open letter to all Canadian Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada

My plea for each of you is that you will immerse yourself in fervent prayer and contemplative meditation on your role as shepherd. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will lift the scales from all encrusted eyes so that the Truth will reign.

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May 23 2004 By virtueonline A Crisis In Koinonia: Biblical Perspectives For Anglicans - by David Short

If those in power choose the first course of action, biblically orthodox Anglicans will be forced to choose between the gospel and Anglican structures. Either way the Anglican communion as we know it will cease to exist. And all this in a denomination supposedly known for its tolerance of diversity, its generosity of spirit, its comprehensiveness.

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May 17 2004 By virtueonline Wandering Shepherds -- Anglicans have had non-Christian bishops for decades

At the meeting, as reported by the Catholic Family & Human Rights
Institute, Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the IGLHRC, called for
a "showdown with religion." One panel member, Princeton University
professor Anthony Appiah, called for limiting religious freedom whenever
it poses a "challenge" to the homosexual agenda. This would involve
criminalizing as "hate speech" religious teachings and Bible readings

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May 16 2004 By virtueonline On Bishop Otis Charles' "Marriage" - by Dr. Bill Atwood

It is easy to imagine how a relationship could be so intoxicating that objectivity about it is lost, but there is clear medical evidence that men who engage in same-sex intimacies shorten their lives dramatically. While there may be individual exceptions, that data is shocking. For the church to advocate and bless that which robs three decades from many people’s lives is reprehensible. People are far too precious to be cast aside like that.

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