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April 19 2004 By virtueonline TALLAHASSEE: Church fire ruled arson, Blaze destroys sanctuary

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit on Kerry Forest Parkway had its
6,000-square-foot sanctuary building destroyed by the fire, which was
discovered shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. An adjacent administration
building suffered smoke and water damage but was otherwise unharmed.

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April 19 2004 By virtueonline AFRICA: Archbishops reject US cash in gay clergy row

The conservative archbishops, who opposed the consecration of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in November, said that they would not sacrifice their faith and conscience on the altar of money.

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April 18 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Four candidates named in election of new primate

The candidates are:

• Bishop Ronald Ferris, 55, of the diocese of Algoma. Before becoming the ninth bishop of the northern Ontario diocese of Algoma in 1995, he served as bishop of the diocese of Yukon from 1981 to 1995. His area of expertise is episcopacy and transition into episcopacy, with course work in Anglican theology, contextual theology, and the church and law.

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April 18 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Two Dioceses reject Synod's call for blessing same-sex unions

1. On the grounds of Christian love.
We believe Jesus clearly proclaims that the love of God calls us to holy
living, and that to go against, or to advise others to go against,
Jesus' call to holy living would be an offense against the law of love -
both love of God and love of our neighbours. The most loving action is
that which empowers a neighbour to grow closer to God. We see these
motions as hindering that growth in God's love.

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April 17 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: Top job for gay cleric

The Times has learnt that Downing Street plans to announce on Tuesday that Dr John, who is in a celibate relationship with his long-term partner, another Anglican priest, is to head the chapter at St Albans. His appointment to one of the most senior jobs in the established Church is being seen as a step towards possible episcopal preferment.

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April 17 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: Funds will be redirected to orthodox Network

The Diocese of Central Florida has always had a mechanism for redirecting funds from the national church. Following the national Episcopal Church’s General Convention 2003, the Diocese of Central Florida held a special convention to deal with the aftermath of controversial votes regarding human sexuality.

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April 17 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Episcopal leader offers 'inclusionary' service

Processionals at bishops' consecrations normally are reserved for ordained clerics only, and inviting family members marks a break from tradition, church officials said. But Bishop-elect Hollingsworth's invitation to priests' and bishops' partners is a clear show of support for gay clergy at a time when the 2.3 million-member denomination is in turmoil over homosexuality.

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April 17 2004 By virtueonline CALIFORNIA: Orthodox Episcopalians to gather for AAC "Plano-West"

The first Plano conference, "A Place to Stand: Declaring, Preparing” sponsored by AAC, was held in Dallas, Texas in October 2003 and was attended by more than 2,700 individuals. AAC-Virginia hosted “Plano East: A Place to Stand, A call to Action” in Woodbridge, Virginia in January 2004 and drew more than 2,600 participants.

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April 16 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Episcopal and RC Bishop clash over gay marriage

"What is so insidious about (this bill) is that it seeks to deny citizens rights which they have not even been formally granted," he said.

Theuner's testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee contrasted starkly with that offered by Bishop John McCormack a few hours earlier. McCormack, the head of New Hampshire's Roman Catholics, rejected gay marriage as undermining "the cornerstone of our society."

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April 16 2004 By virtueonline AFRICA: Clergy reject 'gay' funds

Although two-thirds of Anglicans are in the developing world, the wealth of the church still resides in the West.

"We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation", said Archbishop Peter Akinola.

The work of African churches is, to a large extent, funded by donations from rich Western congregations.

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