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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Statement of Senior Bishops at Multi-Congregational Service

Next, it is my honor to present our highly honored guest, the Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti, Bishop of Northern Brazil.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Senior Bishops Cross Diocesan Lines

Local diocesan bishops, or those bishops they designate, preside over confirmation for churches in their jurisdiction. In the Anglican tradition, the Service of Confirmation represents “a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of baptism.” However, these congregations consider their relationship with the Rt. Rev. Clark Grew, Bishop of Ohio, to be “impaired” due to his support of divisive decisions at ECUSA’s General Convention last summer.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Six Episcopal Churches Move to Split from Diocese

Today's ceremony, at which more than 100 adults and teenagers will be confirmed into the Episcopal church, is apparently designed to force a confrontation with the national church. It will be administered by, among other active and retired conservative bishops, Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti, Bishop of Recife, Brazil. The Rt. Rev. Maurice Benitez is expected give opening remarks that will declare the American Anglican Council's intent to establish separate "orthodox" jurisdictions, or regions.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline EL CAMINO REAL: Bishop Quits After Struggle in Diocese

``There's been a conflict in the diocese for a long time, and the bishop's response has been unsatisfactory and harmful to a lot of people,'' said Dr. Gordon Gritter, a member of the diocese's standing committee. The committee is composed of clergy and laypeople who advise the bishop.

Shimpfky this week sent the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop a letter of resignation, which takes effect March 31.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline Episcopal Urban Caucus Persists in Political Extremism

Approximately 130 attended the meeting, including the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff of the Diocese of Maryland; several staff members from the Episcopal Church Center, including the Rt. Rev. Arthur Williams, acting Coordinator for the Ethnic Congregational Development; Maureen Shea, the director of the Washington Office of the Episcopal Church; the Rev. Susan Russell, Executive Director of Claiming the Blessing; and the Rev. Michael Hopkins, former president of Integrity.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline WYOMING: Bishop wants license of orthodox Wyoming priest revoked

The unprecedented move violates the church's territorial jurisdiction
and "flies in the face of the whole structure of the church," Caldwell
told the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Pressure from church leaders on both sides of the border may force
Canadian Bishop William Anderson to withdraw the license of the Rev.
Skip Reeves. Anderson could also face censure from his country's
church.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline OKLAHOMA: New Anglican Church kicks off in Oklahoma City

The Mission of the church is “To Proclaim The Uncompromised Gospel Of Christ.” The group had it's first worship service on the 4th of January 2004 at the Midwest City community center, located at the corner of Midwest Blvd. and Reno Street in Midwest City, Oklahoma. The first service was attended by about fifty who are committed to the course of the new mission. Subsequent services have been described as uplifting , powerful, and reassuring.

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March 12 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglican council crafts motion on same-sex blessings issue

The blessing of same-sex unions has been a matter of controversy in the Canadian church since 2002, when the bishop of the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster agreed, after being asked three times by his diocesan synod, to authorize such blessings. The New Westminster decision has had repercussions throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is badly divided on the issue.

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March 12 2004 By virtueonline PITTSBURGH: Bishop Duncan's priorities questioned

The bishop is a nonvoting member of the council, and while several others among the council's 30 current members also were absent, Duncan has missed numerous diocesan-related meetings during the past several months because of his involvement with the new network.

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March 12 2004 By virtueonline ATLANTA: "If you have to choose between heresy and schism, choose heresy"

In recent weeks, some of our sisters and brothers, mostly from St. Alban's Church in Monroe and St. Jude's Church in Marietta, have decided to leave the Episcopal Church and venture out on their own. I am saddened by this turn of events, because the principal work of the church is to bring everyone into a reconciling relationship with God and with each other. Reconciliation is hard work, and it takes time and effort.

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