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Development of Doctrine and Discipline in the Christian Church. One of the justifications frequently offered for the adoption of same-sex blessings and partnerships by the Christian Church is that this is a legitimate outcome to the way Christian doctrine “develops” over time. Just because such new practices go against consistent Church teaching for 2000 years, and even against explicit Scriptural injunction—so the argument goes -- that does not necessarily make them unfaithful, because, after all, “doctrine develops” and always has. Some of the precedents offered for such purported...
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January 01, 2005
A Letter to the Bishops of the Episcopal Church 9 March 2015 Dear Bishops, We have watched developments over the past years. We are loyal members of this Church. We have long-serving family members in this Church. We have known this Church over several generations. We are watching the precipitous decline in attendance in the Episcopal Church. Current proposals to restructure the church are ignoring basic problems. 1 We are frankly concerned. As loyal Episcopal priests, we put this question to you: "Is this any longer a Church one wants to join?" We are looking at a Church in which the...
August 1, 2015 The Anglican Communion Institute, Inc. P.O. Box 7544 Beaumont, Texas 77726 Dear Sirs: I read with interest your recent assessment, "The New Episcopal Church: What Hath General Convention 2015 Wrought." I very much share the concern that the Episcopal Church (TEC) as a national body may, as a result of the actions of the 2015 General Convention (GC), become no longer recognizably "Anglican." I very much doubt that initiatives to lay the groundwork for redefining marriage could be endorsed throughout the wider Communion; the danger is real that TEC is deliberately moving to...
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August 01, 2015
Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20030812022501/http://www.anglicaninstitute.org:80/trueunion/trueunion.htm About this capture Seeking the mind of Christ for the Body of Christ TRUE UNION in the BODY? A contribution to the discussion within the Anglican Communion concerning the public blessing of same-sex unions The Mos A Paper commissioned by the Most Revd Drexel Wellington Gomez Archbishop of the West Indies TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Learning the Mind of Christ: Opening Questions 2 Mission, Identity and Gospel (1.2-4) 2 Overriding Concerns: Love and People, Identity and Truth (1.5-10) 3...
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August 12, 2003
DO BISHOPS DESERVE DUE PROCESS? By Mark McCall On Friday the Presiding Bishop notified the House of Bishops that she would seek the deposition of Bishop Duncan next week. This announcement was contrary to other public statements by her office and the published agenda of the upcoming meeting. Any bishops wishing to speak against this unprecedented use of summary procedures against a sitting bishop of the church were given five days notice. She also served notice that she intends to run roughshod over the canons in seeking to depose Bishop Duncan and that only a two-thirds vote of those present...
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September 14, 2008
Response to the Statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury Regarding Lambeth Conference Invitations Some Anglicans, especially critics of the authority of the Primates Meeting as an Instrument of Unity/Communion have tended to see the four Instruments of Communion as competitors. There is no evidence that this view is held by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is himself an Instrument, and who presides at the Lambeth Conference, the Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council. Clearly he views the Instruments as mutually encouraging, even as they have a specific discrete identity and...
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May 23, 2007
ACI strategy 12/1/08 #217: OK, here we go again. 1. press the no hierarchy beyond diocese character of our Constitution and Canons as a fact in letter and in history; 2. organize significant diocese to diocese linkages around this; 3. press for a covenant that is a vehicle for CP diocesan links to Communion, as true to our own canons; 5. build a solid phalanx of rectors and others in non CP dioceses around mission, theological education, etc; 6. stick with principles and do not give in to innovation or GC overreach. That is, live within the significant space now available and do not give it...
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January 12, 2008
DON ARMSTRONG ON TITUS 1:9 4/20/07 Don Armstrong Says: April 20th, 2007 at 4:03 pm Not that this is particularly relevant to this thread, but I do want to make clear a couple of matters concerning ACI. The confusion concerning ACI’s own funding by my parish is born out of an single action taken by a vestry trying to fight a full frontal attack by the Diocese of Colorado (that included my own inhibition and absence from the system) and people writing on blogs whose major source of information is bad newspaper reporting. The goal of the Diocese of Colorado has been and continues to be my own...
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April 20, 2007
To the Members of the Covenant Design Group and the Windsor Continuation Group: I write to you as a concerned member of the Covenant Design Group, as a committed member of the Episcopal Church (USA), and as one whose professional and spiritual life has been and continues to be devoted to the strengthening of our common witness as Anglican Christians. This is a simple plea for us to do our work better in the midst of continuing ecclesial disintegration. What motivates this plea at this time? On the one hand, no more than the general evidence of ongoing divisions within North America and the...
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January 2009
MEMORANDUM TO: Working Group April 21, 2008 FROM: [Redacted] RE: Canonical Violations This memorandum evaluates whether the Presiding Bishop has violated the constitution and canons of The Episcopal Church and what procedures would be applicable for charging her with a presentable offense. This memorandum identifies at least eleven violations of TEC's constitution and canons by the Presiding Bishop in her dealings with Bishops Cox, Schofield and Duncan and the Diocese of San Joaquin. Taken together, these actions demonstrate willful violation of the canons, an intention to repeat the...
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May 01, 2008