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April 06 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Orthodox Episcopalians Say No To Robinson

"We haven't left the church. We're still part of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and that's the problem," said Lisa Ball, a vestry member of the Church of the Redeemer in Rochester. "We don't want to follow Gene Robinson."

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April 06 2004 By virtueonline WESTERN NEW YORK: Diocese hit by fiscal jolt in protest to gay cleric

An additional 22 parishes - out of 63 in the diocese - have yet to submit a pledge or have pledged less than the diocese requested.
The total revenue deficit - including shortfalls stemming from other reasons - is more than $200,000 in a budget of about $1.1 million, said Bishop J. Michael Garrison.

The bishop cited a combination of economic difficulty within many parishes and a "significant amount of protest" over the approval of a gay bishop.

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April 04 2004 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Africa's Top Anglican Warns U.S. Church

Akinola also said in a telephone interview that unless conditions change, he will not attend meetings alongside the leader of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, or attend the 2008 meeting of the world's Anglican bishops if the U.S. hierarchy participates.

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April 04 2004 By virtueonline FT. WORTH: Canon Writes Open Letter to Frank Griswold

This is a serious indictment, and knowing several of the bishops involved I have asked myself why they did not attend and what would have been gained if they had. It seems to me that all of us who sincerely want to maintain "the greatest possible communion among us" must try to understand sympathetically their decision before criticizing it. And we must ask what more the HOB could have learned from them about their needs that has not already been made quite clear.

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April 04 2004 By virtueonline WASHINGTON, DC: Rowan Williams: To Understand Believers, Understand Unbelievers

The lecture was delivered as part of a "Building Bridges" interfaith seminar between Muslim and Christian scholars that began last night and will continue through Wednesday. It is the third such
"Building Bridges" conference, following on the heels of similar gatherings in London in 2002, hosted by Williams's predecessor, Lord Carey, and Qatar in 2003.

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April 04 2004 By virtueonline BUFFALO: Episcopal churches see cut in donations

Nationally, donations to the Episcopal Church are down about $3 million, or 6 percent, since the confirmation of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, officials said.

Elsewhere in New York, dioceses reported none of the hardship being felt in Buffalo, where at least five parishes are withholding most or all of their financial pledges. An additional 22 parishes have not yet submitted pledges or have pledged less than the diocese had hoped for.

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April 03 2004 By virtueonline WESTERN NEW YORK: Bishop Faces Financial Backlash To Robinson Consecration

Our parishes and missions have been most generous over the years in making our giving a sign or sacrament of the generosity of our God in giving us all that we have.

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April 03 2004 By virtueonline SYDNEY: Priests Forced to Reveal Sexual Past

The use of internet chat rooms and pornography comes under scrutiny in the eight-page document approved by the diocese's professional standards committee, a copy of which has been obtained by The Australian.

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April 02 2004 By virtueonline ALBANY: HoB Responds - Is half a loaf better than none?

Last October, the Primates - the archbishops of the thirty-eight Churches of the Anglican Communion, our Presiding Bishop being one of them - stated in a pastoral letter, "Whilst we affirm the teaching of successive Lambeth Conferences that bishops must respect the autonomy and territorial integrity of dioceses and provinces other than their own, we call on the provinces concerned to make adequate provision for episcopal oversight of dissenting minorities within their own area of pastoral car

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April 02 2004 By virtueonline TORONTO: Archbishop protests interference of foreign primates

Four out of 11 churches that do not recognize the authority of Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster and formed the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW) have accepted the offer.

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