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A Request for Action from the Archbishop of Canterbury Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20031204202101/http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/request4action.htm * We are confused about the need for elaborate canon law consultation in the matters of ECUSA and New Westminster, in order for the See of Canterbury to act. * The consistent plea of the Anglican Communion Institute has been for the Archbishop of Canterbury to exercise his unimpeachable right to gather or not gather members of this Communion. * We again respectfully request that the Archbishop of Canterbury, joining with...
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November 30, 2003
A Response to General Convention 2006 Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20060805174629/http://anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/articles/2006/Goddard_responce_gc2006.html In his response to General Convention, the Archbishop of Canterbury noted that ‘It is not yet clear how far the resolutions passed this week and today represent the adoption by the Episcopal Church of all the proposals set out in the Windsor Report’. What follows is an initial attempt to set out the necessary details and possible assessments in order to gain greater clarity on the crucial test of whether or not the...
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August 05, 2006
(6361) “ Be ye sure that the LORD he is God” – Crisis in Interpretation and the Two Testament Voice of Christian Scripture This chapter looks at the two-testament character of Christian Scripture from the standpoint of a contemporary crisis affecting all churches. It seeks to make the following points. 1. The same-sex crisis in the American Episcopal Church and in other churches is a symptom of a deeper disagreement over the interpretation of Scripture. 2. Particularly challenging—though not often stated clearly—is the formal character of scripture, that is, as consisting of two testaments. 3...
… according to John The Network and The Institute Dear Diocesan Family, In January 2004, the week before our Thirty-Fifth Annual Convention, the Anglican Communion Network was formed, and at our Convention we voted by about two to one to be the first Diocese to officially join it. Interestingly enough, I asked Convention four times in a row to refer that decision to the Diocesan Board, but the Convention determined to do so anyway! (Moments like that help a Bishop to understand the limits of his authority!) Eventually, nine other Dioceses became member Dioceses, along with several hundred...
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July 01, 2008
The Authority of General Convention Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20030922233029/http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/authorityofgc.htm We face a crisis in the Episcopal Church over decisions about same-sex partnerships. We believe that this crisis affects the very foundations of the common life of the Episcopal Church, and its claim to status as a church in the catholic tradition. We wish to address this crisis by considering a series of basic questions. 1. What does it mean to be a “conciliar” church? We too often imagine that our system of governance is simply about...
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September 22, 2003
On supremacy : From “Is The Episcopal Church Hierarchical?”, pp. 11-13. So, how are we to interpret the silence in the TEC constitution regarding hierarchy? To begin, two points are paramount. First, it is a fundamental principle of many legal systems, including both United States constitutional law and Anglican canon law, that power is generally reserved to a local body if not explicitly granted to the central body. As summarized by the foremost expert on Anglican canon law, Norman Doe, in the context of provincial assemblies: “It is a general principle of Anglican canon law that, unless a...
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September 01, 2008
Is this any longer a Church one wants to join? A Plea to the Leaders of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church (TEC) is experiencing a precipitous decline in Sunday morning attendance. Without addressing some of its institutional pathologies, TEC will render itself evermore irrelevant. Yet the current proposals to restructure the church ignore its basic problems. 1 The present practices, or likely outcomes in the very near future, of TEC raise a number of questions. Here is a sample: A proposed modification of the Book of Common Prayer Marriage Rite wherein the rubrics are malleable and...
In attempting to evaluate the HoB response it is necessary to sketch the key stages in the four years of the Windsor Process since the Lambeth Commission was created in October 2003 (Section I). It is then necessary to examine very carefully the wording of the HoB response in the light of that history (Section II). Here a major question arises concerning the stance of the interpreter. Some people, as becomes especially obvious in times of crisis, are optimistic and generous ('surely it's half full') while others tend to be pessimistic and suspicious ('actually, it's half empty (at best)')...
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September 29, 2007