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March 09 2004 By virtueonline IOWA CITY: Strong voices debate gay marriage. Episcopalians weigh in

The Rev. Mel Schlachter, of Trinity Episcopal, supports gay marriage.

"There is a lot of polarizing of groups going on," Schlachter said. "There needs to be people of every persuasion sitting down and talking."

In Johnson County, there is a wide variety of viewpoints and arguments on both sides of the gay marriage issue.

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March 09 2004 By virtueonline The Rebirth of Christianity: The Gospel Blossoms in the East

And who could blame him for his pessimism? Christianity in the West appears to be in the process of retreating everywhere under the advancing assault of secularism and New Age spirituality.

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March 09 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: Appeals court remands lawsuit over Episcopal property

In 2000, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina filed a public notice
that All Saints was subject to the church rules under which churches hold property in trust for the diocese and the Episcopal Church.

All Saints sued, asking a judge to order the notice removed from public

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March 09 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: No absolute truth governs Griswold's thinking in BBC interview

BISHOP GRISWOLD: I find it difficult to answer hypothetical questions. I can only say that given our experience and given the desires of the people and clergy of the diocese of New Hampshire, I feel that they have acted honourably, that the Episcopal Church has acted honourably and I do hope in the fullness of time that the Anglican communion will hold together in spite of differences.

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March 08 2004 By virtueonline DALLAS: Orthodox Bishop faces serious opposition in his diocese

We, the clergy listed below, are requesting the Executive Council to take no action that would give the appearance of endorsing the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes. We feel this decision needs to be made by the delegates to the Diocesan Convention.

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March 08 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: The Future of the Episcopal Church - by Rev. Kevin Martin

The Dean of EDS tells us that the actions of General Convention will open the doors of the Episcopal Church to thousands of new people because it declares that we are an open and inclusive church.

One conservative leader has stated that ECUSA could lose 50 percent of its membership over the next few years.

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March 08 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Row over sex-change weddings

Members of the Anglican group Reform do not want such ceremonies to be carried out in church buildings at all.

They fear it could establish a precedent that paves the way for same-sex blessings, or even marriages.

But the move has been welcomed by more liberal Anglicans, who say transsexual people only want the same rights that others take for granted.

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Edward Norman joins Rome after Anglican disillusionment

One of the Church of England's leading academics has announced that he
is converting to Catholicism.

Canon Edward Norman, chancellor of York Minster, has become
disillusioned with the Anglican Church and its lack of authority.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Norman said: "There is a
big hole at the centre of Anglicanism its authority. I don't think it's
a Church; it's more of a religious society."

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: Episcopal diocese votes to join ranks of NACDP

The vote to join the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes had been expected because S.C. Bishop Edward Salmon Jr. was one of the founding members and because the diocese's standing committee and executive committee had each voted unanimously to join.

But a couple of delegates spoke against it at the meeting at the North Charleston Convention Center.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gay Bishop Says he wants to Marry Partner

"It is very irritating to me that Britney Spears, when she traipsed off to be married in Las Vegas, instantly had what my partner and I of 15 years do not have," he told The Associated Press.

Robinson takes over in a Sunday ceremony from retiring Bishop Douglas Theuner at a time when the debate over gay rights, including marriage, is making headlines nationwide.

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