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February 15 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Archbishop hears call for an inclusive church

The handing over of the petition marks the first milestone in the life
of a grassroots organization that began in August 2003 in response to
the overturning of the appointment of Jeffrey John, a celibate gay
priest, as Bishop of Reading in the diocese of Oxford. "We are an
organization set up to campaign for an open, honest and generous
spirited Anglicanism that has always been the very heart and soul of the

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline FLORIDA: Prince of Peace Anglican Church Launches with Joy and Excitement

Prince of Peace Anglican Church today held its first worship service
since joining the Anglican Mission in America-a beginning that the
congregation hopes will enable it to grow and move forward in the work
of the gospel. 350 worshipers of all ages were welcomed to the
facilities of Our Father's House, a non-denominational church that has
offered space to the fledging mission. As a leader of the host church

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Episcopal Bishop Requests Shelving of 4 Resolutions

In his address to the council, Wimberly also plans to declare out of
order a proposed amendment to the diocesan constitution and canons that
would nullify any national church assembly action that was "contrary to
Holy Scripture and the Apostolic Teaching of the Church."

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC Commends Williams for his support on new orthodox Episcopal Network

We applaud Archbishop Williams' remarks affirming his commitment to
adequate provision for Episcopal oversight. His vision is consistent
with that of the Anglican Primates (as outlined in their October 2003
statement), the new Network and the American Anglican Council, and not
with the leadership of EC USA and their proposal for "supplemental
pastoral care."

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February 13 2004 By virtueonline FIFNA: Forward in Faith statement commends Network

The circumstances at Good Shepherd, Rosemont in September 2002 provided an opportunity for new cooperation between Forward in Faith, the American Anglican Council, Ekklesia, many Primates and the former and present Archbishops of Canterbury and offered a providential foreshadowing of our emerging common life.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - Day Three

Following a lot of passion regarding the possible removal of funding to Cathedrals and Bishops the Synod voted to adjourn the debate on the Commissioners' Funds. The idea appearing to be that there will be opportunity for vested interests to twist arms.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - Day Two

It was agreed to reduce the number of Suffragan Bishops on Synod by 2. A radical suggestion by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to allow the Bishops in each Diocese to decide who would represent them was rejected, but not without significant support, on the grounds that Diocesan Bishops needed to be part of the Synod in order that they hear what everyone else has to say.

It was agreed to reduce the number of Deans on the Synod who have a special electoral constituency.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod - Church Heads Seek Harmony

"Christian tradition is dynamic and not static,'' said the Rt. Rev. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, who introduced the report to the Synod's thrice-yearly meeting at Church House in London.

The report, "Some Issues in Human Sexuality,'' calls itself "a guide to the debate'' about the church's attitude toward homosexuality and stops short of advocating changes in church policy.

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February 12 2004 By virtueonline LAMBETH: Eames Warns of Divisions over Gay Clergy

"Sincerely-held views are being expressed on all sides of the argument, but it is vital that ways are found of dealing with division on any issue which will stand the test of time,'' said Dr Eames, who chairs the 17-member Commission.

"For Anglicanism to remain a world communion, decisions need to be taken which will allow autonomy to relate to communion and relationships, while acknowledging the on-going mission of the church throughout the world,'' he added.

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