Day: October 19, 2007

UCC church barred from Angel Tree project

Friends Congregational UCC in College Station, Texas, learned this summer that the church was disqualified from Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program, which encourages churches to buy Christmas presents for the children of inmates.

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Some Central Fla. parishes exploring disaffiliation scenarioes

A news release from the Diocese of Central Florida reports that yesterday, the rectors and senior wardens of seven parishes of the Diocese of Central Florida and two church planters met with Bishop John W. Howe and representatives of the Diocese to discuss the possible scenarios by which all or part of the congregations may disaffiliate from The Episcopal Churc

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Montreal synod to examine same-sex blessing issue

The 148th Synod of the Diocese of Montreal convenes today, and it opens hot on the heels of Ottawa’s recent approval of a same-sex blessing option, as reported here. The issue is on the table for Montreal as well, as the Montreal Anglican notes.

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Bishop candidates in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune has bio capsules and information about regional appearances of the eight final candidates for Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago: “The slate of nominees reflects the changing face of the nation’s Episcopal church, with three women and two Africans among those running. Before this election, no woman had been nominated for Episcopal bishop of Chicago.”

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September resurrection

Before I began to cry in public I ducked out to sit on the front steps of Grace Cathedral to have a chat with God. I was angry. I was so mad that my jaw hurt from clenching and my eyes burned with tears. I don’t understand why these amazing young people die.

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Already in heaven

O send thy light and thy truth, that we may live always near to thee, our God. Let us feel thy love, that we may be as it were already in heaven, that we may do all our work as the angels do theirs.

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Illinois mandates moment of silence

From Associated Press religion briefs yesterday, an Illinois Democrat in that state’s legislative body successfully changed a law so that schools now are required (rather than have the option) to have a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day, despite the Illinois governor’s veto of the measure. Critics are decrying the slippery slope towards “compulsory school prayer,” even though the one-word change in the law isn’t about prayer at all, says its author, Rep. Will Davis.

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