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July 18 2005 By virtueonline ANGLICAN BELIEF AND PRACTICE

II. The Church

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July 01 2005 By virtueonline "Stay in the Boat...." - by David Roseberry

"No matter what happens and what seems to come at us, we need to stay in the boat. The Texas saying is "you dance with the one that brung you." It is the same principle. If you are following Jesus on to the boat...you stay with Jesus in the boat...even if he appears to be sleeping!

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June 29 2005 By virtueonline Shipwreck and Kingdom: Acts and the Anglican Communion

But actually I was delighted when I heard that you had been mulling over Acts, because I've been doing that as well; and I believe there are fresh things to be heard from within this great book, which comprises roughly one-eighth of the whole New Testament and yet is often neglected as we analyze the gospels and squabble over Paul.

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June 28 2005 By virtueonline REFORM IRELAND: Hopes Shattered by ECUSA's document at ACC

The document seeks to connect the acceptance within ECUSA of 'same-sex affection' (Note the new 'gentle' marketing term!) with the acceptance of societal outcasts by Christ, with the experience of the early church in accepting Gentile Christians, with women's ordination and even with the acceptance of the length of a man's hair (2.17).

In response we would say that today homosexuality is not an outcast in western society but is accepted, embraced and promoted widely.

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June 28 2005 By virtueonline KENYA: "We have been Disappointed and felt Betrayed"

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b) Listening to the experiences of homosexual persons and ministering pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation.

Before we settled to our homework the tables were shaken by the hurricane of official statements and actions of ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada which went in the opposite direction to the spirit of the said resolution.

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June 27 2005 By virtueonline ANGLICAN COMMUNION INSTITUTE: After The ACC - June 2005

third, the decision to endorse the Primates' February request that ECUSA and Canadian representatives voluntarily withdraw from Council decision-making.

It is important to see these decisions in the unfolding context of the Communion's response to ECUSA's corporate rejection of the Lambeth Conference teaching on sexuality, a rejection provided in the consent and consecration of a sexually-active gay bishop and the permission of same-sex blessings around the church.

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June 27 2005 By virtueonline UGANDA: Church issues statement on Scripture, Authority and Sexuality

There appears to be no authority within the Communion at all four levels of its Instruments of Unity - The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Lambeth Conference of Bishops, The Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council.

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline Arguments for same-sex behavior: outlines and inadequacies

Given the historic Anglican commitment to the primacy and sufficiency of Scripture, it would seem difficult to make a case from an Anglican perspective for the approval of same-sex activity, for the blessing of same-sex relationships, or for the ordaining of practicing homosexual clergy. Those who attempt to make such a case necessarily have to address the question of biblical authority.

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline Another Gospel? Anglican Revisionism Compared with Churches of Nazi Germany

This was signed by 22 Bishops of the ECUSA, and among other demands called for the recognition of same sex unions and the adoption of a new sexual ethic based on "personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts".

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline "Ancestor veneration to be approved by the Church"

The necessity of African Theology, and its dangers.

African theology, in the sense of theology written by Africans, is not a new phenomenon. The great theologians Origen, Clement and Augustine were African, and some have suggested that the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews may have been from Alexandria in Egypt.

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