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July 12 2005 By virtueonline Is This A Serious Theological Dispute? - by Neil G. Lebhar

In conversation with seven of us clergy meeting with him on June 16, 2005, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson Howard asked if our request for alternative episcopal oversight (appended) was the result of a "serious theological dispute." This question goes to the heart of the matter, and I will address it shortly.

But there is a preliminary question to be addressed first. What integrity and legitimate needs of these congregations (see Communiqué above) are we seeking to have protected?

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July 10 2005 By virtueonline Terror - a Tale of Two Deities

Now, I am no teetotaler. Drowning one's grief in ample amounts of beer or wine is no exclusive English trait but simply a very human reaction, though not exactly the wisest.

Yet I was appalled to find only four other people kneeling in my favorite London church, Saint Paul's, Knightsbridge, when I went there that bloody Thursday afternoon, saddened even more when I discovered that these four were not even English but faithful visitors from Ohio.

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July 10 2005 By virtueonline On Gays, Anglicans Use Bible 4 Ways - by Dick Ostling

Spong finds the Old Testament's homosexual prohibitions ignorant and "morally incompetent" expressions of "popular prejudices." With the New Testament, he disdains Paul's condemnations as "ill-informed" ravings from a zealot who, he hypothesizes, was a "deeply repressed, self-loathing" homosexual.

"The contending positions are mutually exclusive," he concludes, and "there can be no compromise." He dismisses conservative views as "frail, fragile and pitiful."

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July 09 2005 By virtueonline Selective Inclusivity - by Fr. John Parker

Two days later, I received by mail a most delightful cover letter, thanking me for agreeing to deliver the benediction and inviting me to a number of related festivities. Included with the letter, though, was a distressing memorandum from the Office of the President of the Medical University: "Guidelines for Invocation and Benediction at Public Functions," guidelines to which I would be required to conform in order to bless the graduates.

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July 09 2005 By virtueonline ORLANDO: ECUSA priest reflects on REC/APA conference

We began attending a local REC parish when the Episcopal parish we had been attending was taken over by the Bishop, following the abandonment by its rector and three quarters of its congregation. Half of these went with the rector to form a new Orthodox Presbyterian mission. The other half "discovered" the Reformed Episcopal Church across the street. It was described to me by one of the fleeing Episcopalians as "the Episcopal Church of the 1950's" in terms of its liturgy and atmosphere.

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July 08 2005 By virtueonline Jesus and homosexuality: a reflection - by Peter Lee (Natal)

Let me suggest that there are three ways in to this subject: firstly, the search for a sound moral theology for Anglicans; secondly, discerning and following the mind of Christ; and thirdly, what the Holy Spirit of God is saying now.

1.. A moral theology for Anglicans

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July 03 2005 By virtueonline What the Episcopal Church is offering to the world - by Peter Toon

1. In the 21st century the Churches of the West have a greater understanding of sexuality as an orientation than they did even in the 20th century.

2. It is clear that God made some people heterosexual and others homosexual in orientation, and thus homosexuality, as an attraction towards the same sex/gender, cannot be wrong in itself, for God does not create evil.

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July 03 2005 By virtueonline Report on APA/REC Synod by The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Adams

* the predominant activity and purpose of the joint synods was worship, charitably and gloriously expressing the range of forms found in orthodox Anglicanism.

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July 02 2005 By virtueonline A statement on the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council

At its meeting this spring, the Council of General Synod considered the request contained in the communiqué issued last February by the Primates of the Anglican Communion that the Anglican Church of Canada "voluntarily withdraw" its members from this meeting of the ACC. After considerable debate, CoGS decided that we should send our three members to the meeting, but that they should not participate in the proceedings. According, Bishop Sue Moxley, Rev.

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June 29 2005 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: Reawakening The Teachings of Contempt

Despite repeated assertions that they have removed all traces of anti-Semitism from their theology, the leadership of mainline Protestant denominations in the US have helped breathe new life into the teachings of contempt for Jews in their indiscriminate support for Palestinian theologians such as Naim Ateek, a former Anglican canon who serves as president of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.

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