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March 31 2004 By virtueonline The Implosion of a Small Parish - by Bob Seitz

It became subtly obvious not long after the General Convention that there are two sides to this debate, and they are emotionally incompatible. (The exception, of course, is the larger group of the apathetic and purely parochial in outlook -- the "what's a presiding bishop?" crowd.)

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March 27 2004 By virtueonline Let's Heed the Call to the Promised Land - by Claudia C. Kalis

The Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes has made magnanimous and ingenious efforts to try to respond to the tear streaked faces of the orthodox who stand pleading, … “Fix it. Please fix it.” At some point, and I hope it is soon, the Network will need learn, as did I, that some things that are broken simply cannot be fixed. There are times when what is broken must be set aside and replaced with something new.

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March 26 2004 By virtueonline Crisis in the Anglican Communion - by Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard

Furthermore, that Communion and the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church of which it is a part, holds those actions to be contrary to Scripture. The Communion has also repeatedly urged restraint from radical innovations until they can be more widely recognised as legitimate expressions of Christian faith and practice.

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March 23 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Offical Pastoral Care Statement Being Considered by HoB

We are called to be one, as Jesus prayed (John 17:22ff). While we know
that our unity is strained, we will continue to strive for godly union
and concord. Consistent with the ancient teaching of the Church,
ordination and consecration provide the gifts necessary for the
sacramental effectiveness of all bishops.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Griswold defiant in face of confirmations

Provisions for "episcopal oversight of dissenting minorities" is thus
clearly a matter to be resolved by the province. That is precisely what this
church is seeking to do. In consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury
and his chancellor, our bishops have been considering a draft plan for
episcopal pastoral care which they will address further when we gather for our spring
meeting later this week in Texas.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline A response to Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold - by Rev. Matt Kennedy

You see Frank, it does no good to prooftext canon. What was going on in the
canonists community at the time the canon was written? What particular social,
economic, ethnic or political struggles marked the community in which the
canonist lived? Surely you are not suggesting that we simply take the words of the
text written in one social context and apply them directly to our own?

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline The Pill made same-sex nuptials inevitable - by Rev. Donald Sensing

The three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) actually recognize this explicitly in their holy writings. The book of Genesis ascribes the foundation of marriage in the very acts of God himself in the creation of the world: "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. . . . A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:18, 24).

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Mainstream writes to Canterbury - ECUSA Primate Celebrates Eucharist

At a time when most of the communion is in some form of impaired or broken communion with ECUSA, it is inexplicable, indeed highly provocative, that, at the first major Communion gathering after the Lambeth Primates Meeting, the chief consecrator of Gene Robinson, the person who ignored the pleas of the Primates last time they met, the presiding bishop who within days of agreeing to a statement with his fellow Primates acted in direct contravention of it, should be invited to preside at a

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline ALABAMA: Bishop Parsley Blasts Media Characterization of Diocesan Events

The headline of the Sunday edition of The Birmingham News read, "Diocese
rejects gay N.H. bishop". This statement is not true, nor was any such
statement made in our convention, either formally or informally.

In a multi-faceted resolution adopted by the convention, the words
appear, we reject the unilateral actions of the 74th General Convention
on issues of human sexuality. This is quite different from rejecting a
person or a bishop of this church.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline New Hampshire Consecration seen through the eyes of a layman - by Andy Freborg

RUSSELL: The church was full, the children in the choir were wiggly, the
people in the pews predictably increased the volume of their
conversation when the organ prelude started.

FREBORG: How predictably reverent

RUSSELL: The procession had all the ordinary suspects94 for such an
auspicious episcopal occasion: crucifers and torchbearers, choristers
and clergy with
a smattering of bishops in their red and white regalia.

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