Day: July 2, 2009

Bonnie Anderson’s Church Times interview

Lay people at the General Con­vention of the Episcopal Church in the United States will have some hard questions for the Archbishop of Canterbury when he visits, says the president of the House of Depu­ties, Bonnie Anderson. Deputies are unhappy with moves towards greater centralisation of authority in bishops and in panels appointed by Lambeth Palace.

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U. S. nuns under Vatican scrutiny

The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.

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Exec Council seeks comments on recent Covenant draft

A letter from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson and Rosalie Ballentine, the Executive Council member who chairs the council’s task force on the Anglican covenant, asks that responses must be turned in by September 1. The task force and the council will use the comments to formulate a response during its October meeting.

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ABC announces IASCUFO members

The remarkably clergy-heavy Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity, Faith and Order is charged with overseeing the ecumenical life of the communion. Earlier mentions of the commission had pointed to perhaps its underlying purpose: addressing the so-called “ecclesial deficit.”

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Do not worry

“Do not worry about anything,” Paul writes to the Philippians, and then continues, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God” (4:6). This compact direction contains some very specific words about developing a life of prayer in the face of debilitating distractions.

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Faith that is stronger than an iron curtain

Seeing the picture of myself as a rather nervous young man sporting his first moustache, I remembered my feelings of terror as I passed through customs in Leningrad with 20 copies of the New Testament in Russian concealed in my luggage, and my relief at getting away with my smuggling.

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