Day: January 14, 2008

Confusion in Zimbabwe

“The Archbishop of Canterbury condemns unequivocally the use of state machinery to intimidate opponents of the deposed bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, and is appalled by recent reports of Zimbabwean police forcibly stopping Sunday services in several churches in Harare where clergy have publicly and bravely refused to acknowledge Kunonga’s Episcopal authority. Kunonga’s position has become increasingly untenable within the Anglican Church over the last year, as he has consistently refused to maintain appropriate levels of independence from the Zimbabwean Government.”

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Feedback on the Covenant

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and The Anglican Church of Scotland have both weighed in on the proposed Anglican Covenant. They are both respectful but clear about what they see as shortcomings to the document as proposed and leery of the assumptions behind it. Both offer alternate ways forward.

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A son repents

Francis Schaeffer was a deep evangelical thinker whose mission was to save the West from itself one intellectual at a time. His son, Frank, took him mainstream bringing his father’s work together with the agenda and ambitions of American fundamentalism. Together they helped create what we now know as the religious right. That was then. Through a combination of what might be called religious and celebrity burn-out, raising a family and deep introspection, Frank Schaeffer says he has repented of nearly everything the American Religious Right stands for.

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Beloved one

A voice from heaven tells Jesus he is a beloved son who is well pleasing. Close your eyes. Silently or aloud say, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Then in your mind’s eye, see Jesus and imagine his unspoken response.

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Weekend in Sydney II

Serendipitously, providentially, synchronistically, as a result of kismet, or however one’s theological worldview characterizes coincidence, the celebrant announced an afternoon forum led by the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon and said that the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, on sabbatical from New Hampshire and present in the congregation, would attend.

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