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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Church congregations fall by 100,000 in two years

The average number going to a service on Sunday but not during the rest of the week was 1,002,000, down from 1,058,000 in 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, one diocese lost 5,600 weekly worshippers and another lost 4,700.

But the Church said there were signs of growth among young people, with the average number of under-16s attending church at least once a month increasing by one per cent between 2001 and 2002.

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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Group Warns of Launching Church Faction

The network's temporary leader, Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, says the meeting will give traditionalists ``some sense there is a future.''

Delegates will adopt an organizational charter, elect leaders and debate how to help conservative parishes in liberal dioceses. Planners insist the network isn't a breakaway denomination or schism, but a ``church within a church.''

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January 19 2004 By virtueonline Historic Network Convocation to be held in Plano, Texas on Monday and Tuesday

Attacks unleashed against the AAC
A letter to AAC members from the Rev. Canon David Anderson


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline Texas priest 'unlikely leader' in fight over gay bishop

Yet the upcoming meeting puts him, once again, in the thick of the debate over homosexuality within his denomination.

The convention's aim will be to produce a church-within-a-church arrangement, so that Episcopal conservatives - estimated by opponents as roughly 15 percent of the denomination's 2.3 million members - can work together directly. Its relationship to the Episcopal Church's national structure is still emerging.

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline Anglicans face change of direction in Australia

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 18 2004 By virtueonline Some Episcopalians cut back donations

The Rt. Rev. David C. Bane Jr., bishop of the Diocese of Southern
Virginia, said church members' pledges are coming in slower than usual.
Churches pledge to the diocese based on what members pledge to their

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline Left wing religious dwindling in numbers

By contrast, there is little activity at the other end of the ideological
spectrum. Left- wing religious efforts at political mobilization - where they
exist - seem puny, aged and marginalized. After decades of riding popular social
movements such as civil rights, the left splintered and now seems unable to
regroup. Conversely, the GOP has co- opted the support of religious voters by
focusing their attention on cultural and lifestyle issues - such as gay

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline Hope amid the gloom of C of E attendance figures

The Church tried to counter the news of decline by focusing on a rise in
monthly attendance figures among young people, but it is getting harder
to encourage clergy in the face of pew drains such as those in Dioceses
such as Lichfield and Liverpool where average weekly attendance went
down by 4,700 and 3,000 respectively.

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline No gay tolerance in Africa's Anglican Church

"Those are the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah," he declared on the steps
of this city's Anglican cathedral, which is an island of calm amid the
skittering traffic and jam-packed sidewalks of Africa's largest city.
"For a bishop to come out openly and say he is gay is a sin before God
and man."

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January 18 2004 By virtueonline Gay bishop cutting into Episcopal membership

Wake up! How many years of loss and decline is the Episcopal Church
going to overlook until they awake to the realization that they're
alienating the base of their constituency?

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