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January 10 2004 By virtueonline Southern Baptists to pull out of ‘leftward’ world body

A key element in the rift is a report of the BWA study committee prepared for the Southern Baptist Convention by Professor Paige Patterson of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Southern Baptists were not being given a fair hearing, said Professor Patterson. The BWA showed a “leftward drift”, which included an anti-American tone, continued emphasis on women as pastors, and no open discussion about abortion.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline Australian Anglicans Face Change of Direction

At 59, Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen is a relatively youthful bishop.

The most senior contenders for the position, Archbishop of Adelaide Dr Ian George, and Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Watson, are set to retire in the next few years.

The church's other senior bishop, Archbishop of Brisbane Dr Phillip Aspinall, has only been in the job for two years, but could be a compromise candidate.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline South Carolina Church severs Episcopal ties

Of 507 voting members present, two stood to voice objections. "What's the
rush?" said Guerry Green. "We need to keep trying."

The denomination's approval of an openly gay bishop last summer might have
been the last straw, but the separation had been coming for a long time.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline Southern Cone Primate writes to Frank Griswold & ECUSA

Our deep sadness comes on two fronts. First of all, you have done what you had no right to do. You have represented as God's blessing your promotion of an unbiblical agenda. You must know that the overwhelming majority of the people in this province view that as absolutely scandalous. Our concern is very great for those who embrace the deception you foster. Spiritually, it is a terrible place to be.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline All Saints Pawley's Island Leaves ECUSA

A congregation that claims over 1,000 parishioners and deep roots to its
founding in 1745, All Saints officially amended its charter to reflect a
revised statement of purpose, as well as its official affiliation. The vote
affirmed the unanimous decision of the church’s vestry, made in October. The
church joins nine international Anglican provinces that recently severed
ties to the ECUSA—an institution whose revisionist and liberal actions are

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline Presbyterian Pastor Says He Will Stand for Truth -- Even at Cost of His Ministry

A committee in the Presbytery of Western North Carolina is recommending
that Pastor Parker T. Williamson be removed from his position as CEO of
the Presbyterian Lay Committee and editor-in-chief of its publications.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline Priest leads other Episcopalians to join Orthodox Church

The Rev. John Flora, 57, retired rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, w ill lead the new congregation, which will begin worshipping at
St. George's Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Flora said he and the group of former St. Stephen's parishioners have
grown frustrated with the Episcopal Church, including its approval of
its first openly gay bishop in August.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline Dissenting Episcopal Bishop Robert Duncan on CNN

Dissenting Episcopal Bishop

Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan on CNN

BY Soledad O'Brien

Duncan explains why he and his group are challenging the Episcopal
Church leadership over the ordaining of the first gay bishop. He says
they are basing their challenge on the scripture, not opposition to

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: One of the dissenting Episcopal bishops
joins us this morning from Pittsburgh.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: New Bishop of Reading Appointed

Philip Giddings, Jonathan Wilmot and Vaughan Roberts on behalf of
Anglican Mainstream Oxford Dr Philip Giddings Convenor of AM UK The Ven
Paul Gardner Archdeacon of Exeter The Rev David Banting Vicar of St
Peter's Harold Wood On behalf of AM UK

Tuesday 6th January 2004

It has been announced from 10 Downing Street today that the Queen has
approved the nomination of The Revd. Canon Stephen Cottrell, as the next
Bishop of Reading.

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline International Pentecostal Church of Christ writes ABC over Robinson Consecration

International Pentecostal Church of Christ writes Williams over Robinson

The following is a letter to the Archbishop:

The Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace
London SE1 7JU England

Dear Archbishop Williams:

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Christ .

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