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Claiming our Anglican Identity Seeking the mind of Christ for the Body of ChristClaiming our Anglican Identity The Case Against the Episcopal Church, USA A Paper Commissioned For the Primates of the Anglican Communion by The Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, The Most Rev. Peter Akinola, and The Most Rev. Gregory Venables © Copyright 2003 The Anglican Communion Institute 601 North Tejon Street Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 All Rights Reserved Table of Contents: Preface iv Summary 1 General Convention Actions in Dispute 2 General Convention Actions Violate: Meaning of Scripture 2 Common Reading of...
Microsoft Word - 40D1A1C1-1DC0-1089A5.doc Communion and Discipline A Submission to tho Lambeth Commission by the Anglican Communion Institute Seeking the tmnd of Christ for the Body of Christ Table of Contents PREFACE 3 P REVIOUS PAPERS 3 T HE C ALL FOR D ISCIPLINE 4 T HE P RIORITY OF T HEOLOGY EVEN IN A C RISIS 5 INTRODUCTION: THE PRESENT CRISIS OF COMMON LIFE 6 N ORTH A MERICA : A CCELERATED D ISINTEGRATION 6 T HE W IDER C OMMUNION : MAJOR REALIGNMENTS 8 A W AY F ORWARD ? 8 A FALSE PARADIGM OF RESPONSE 10 T HE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUE OF THE PRESENT CRISIS IS NOT COHERENT WITH THE PARADIGM OF...
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April 01, 2004
NEAC 4 Monday 22 September at 7.15 pm Edith Humphrey The New Testament Speaks on Same-Sex Eroticism A faithful reading of scripture is crucial to understanding the issue before us. Scripture is, of course, key to the thinking of the Christian. While we are first of all people of Christ, we are also people of the Book. It is most particularly in the Bible that the supreme glory of our Lord is shown so that the Church can together know the One who is the Truth, and therefore worship together. To read scripture as it is meant to be read, we begin with an understanding of its character. It is not...
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September 22, 2003
Radner 2004 Oct Note_on_the_Windsor_Report-Radner A note on the Windsor Report The Rev. Ephraim Radner What has the Report offered as a whole? A definition of "communion" generally An insistence that we, as Anglican churches, are "in fact" bound up in this general definition as a reality of our life. A definition of the responsibilities of this communion A description of how these responsibilities have been contradicted by ECUSA, Canada, and "interveners" A description of the structures by which "communion responsibility" can be better advanced and enacted A recommendation of ways to move...
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October 19, 2004
Noll, Evangelical Commentary on Draft Covenant 1 June 07 Sec. 6: The Unity of the Communion Proposed Amendment (6) We acknowledge that in the most extreme circumstances, where member churches choose not to fulfil the substance of the covenant as understood by the Councils of instruments of the Communion, we will consider that such churches have relinquished membership in the Anglican Communion. Explanation Throughout history, the Good News has caused division, and the church has faced the twin dangers of heresy and schism. Scripture warns against attacks from without and within. The Covenant...
Corruption as the “historical reality of sin”, it’s condition in human life: disappearing, dying, rotting The Corrupted Church: A Comment on the Pragmatism of To Set Our Hope On Christ Ephraim Radner David Brooks has called this the “Hobbesian Decade”. Looking at all the social, international, and natural disordering of lives in the present, and the responses we have collectively offered in return, he sees these years we are living in a special way as the throbbing image of our desperate and brutal humanity. It isn’t exactly clear why some decades deserve such characterization more than...
Freedom and Covenant: The Miltonian Analogy Transfigured Ephraim Radner My purpose in what follows is to draw positive attention to the Windsor Report’s “Proposed Anglican Covenant”. It is a part of the Report that has received little attention, apart from initial media hyperbole; and what it has received has generally been negative. The proposed Covenant’s obscurity in discussion has perhaps been due to the fact that, on most accounts, it is in any case a long-term project, and what we really need to deal with are immediate concerns over North America’s place in the Communion and sexuality...
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October 01, 2005
The Windsor Report and the American Evasion of Communion Ephraim Radner Summary In the following reflection, I want to consider why it is that ECUSA does not have the right or the means to “do whatever it wants” in its local and provincial councils, most especially in General Convention. From a theological perspective, there are a number of avenues by which appropriately to address this question. But here I want to dwell on the character of ECUSA as a Christian “church”, and therefore on the character of the structures that order this church. Many American Episcopalians have, after all,...
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December 14, 2004
I want to respond to Phil’s wonderfully clear and compelling set of questions regarding Alternative Oversight. I. Do we want to stay Anglicans and/or Episcopalians? The question of AO makes sense only if we wish to remain within the Episcopal Church and/or the Anglican Communion. Let us be clear on that. And let us each answer that for ourselves. The “alternative” part makes sense only within a functioning structure of “given” bishops under whom we now live and work. If we want to throw over or leave this structure, then we have no need of “alternatives”. Of course, answering this question is...
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January 01, 2004
How to think about Cross-Jurisdictional Episcopal Intervention in the ECUSA. A Proposal I admire the admonition to faithfulness and holiness coming from many voices in our list- serve discussions that, like the prophets, we might speak the truth in love, and from a place of suffering not wasted because our Lord’s provisions and promises are sure. I agree this is God’s way. Our earnest desire is that the Savior’s prayer, “That we all may be one,” may, in its deepest and truest sense, be speedily fulfilled. BCP p. 876 The Virtue of Staying Augustine called “schism” is a “damnable heresy”, and...
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January 01, 2004