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May 03 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: Episcopal Diocese Joins Network

In his convention address, the Rt. Rev. Edward Salmon, Jr., Bishop of
South Carolina, said the crisis the Episcopal Church has experienced
since last summer is the result of improperly seeking to settle a
profound theological issue through a popular vote and described the
purpose of the network as a means to uphold orthodoxy and provide mutual
support during a trying time.

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May 01 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Bishops delay oversight decision

One of the authors of the report expressed disappointment with the decision.

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May 01 2004 By virtueonline NASSAU: Meeting of orthodox leaders reaffirms struggle for future of Communion

No papers were published, statements released or strategies produced. Therefore, you will be as surprised as we were that the purpose of the Ekklesia Mission Conference in Nassau March 30- April 2, was to minister to those who are bearing the weight of reform and renewal in the US, both on the Missions front and on the Political front. The Most Rev.

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May 01 2004 By virtueonline Letter from Archbishop Robin Eames - April 29, 2004

Following preparatory work and the first full meeting of the Commission in Windsor we are at present engaged in extensive study of certain key areas which we have identified and already agreed must be addressed in our Report.

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May 01 2004 By virtueonline ATLANTA: AAC Board Celebrates Anglican Realignment in North America

The Board also heard reports from various committees and staff members and discussed plans to encourage and minister to beleaguered individuals and parishes. The Rt. Rev. Frank Lyons, Bishop of Bolivia, was present as a special guest, offering an international perspective on the current situation.

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April 30 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Senate passes gay hate-crimes bill

The openly gay New Democrat was in self-imposed exile from the political limelight as his private member's bill jumped the last major hurdle to becoming law. Not that Robinson, disgraced after admitting he stole an expensive ring on April 9, was far away.

He was seen exchanging hugs and high-fives with jubilant supporters on a street within sight of Parliament Hill.

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April 30 2004 By virtueonline SAN FRANCISCO: Gay Episcopal Bishop Marries. Otis Charles ties knot

Charles, an Episcopal bishop, married Felipe Sanchez Paris before several hundred people at St. Gregory's of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco over the weekend. The bishop says he was guided by his belief that all human beings are called upon to live as fully as they can.

That same precept guided him in 1993 when, at age 67, he announced he was gay.

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April 29 2004 By virtueonline The Future of the Episcopal Church III - Redirection, Redevelopment or Rebirth

Several points stand out. Among these I would list:

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April 29 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Gay cleric faces new pressure to step down

To the embarrassment of the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Rev Christopher Herbert, a leading protester is Philip Lovegrove, the chairman of the diocesan board of finance and an honorary canon.

It is understood that he and another honorary canon, the Rev Nicholas
Bell, the vicar of St Mary's church in Luton, are considering their
positions at the cathedral.

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April 28 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Jeffrey John, gay cleric under pressure to quit

His appointment had sparked a storm of protest from Anglican conservatives.

Since then, the first openly gay bishop has been consecrated in New Hampshire in the US.

And the Anglican Communion has set up a commission to examine how to handle the issue of gay priests.

In the meantime, the government and church authorities were urged to hold off making controversial appointments until the commission's findings were known.

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