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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
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
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...
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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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 Archbishops Kolini’s and Yong’s reply to E. Radner A brief response by E. Radner The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Senior Fellow, The Anglican Communion Institute Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20040220061552/http://anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/radner2koliniandyong040129.htm Archbishops Kolini of Rwanda and Yong of Southeast Asia have sent out a weighty rebuke for what I have written regarding the need for mutual accountability within the larger church as we seek to right the listing vessel of the Anglican Communion’s common teaching, and the Christian teaching and witness of...
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February 20, 2004
A Response to Bishop Johnson's Pastoral Letter Concerning the AAC Memo Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20040216210428/http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/responsetojohnson.htm By The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner Senior Fellow, The Anglican Communion Institute The only thing surprising about Bishop Johnson's pastoral letter is the level of vituperative hostility; the content itself represents a consistent ignorance about the Anglican Communion and a willful denial about ECUSA's standing, externally and internally, with respect to its canonical legitimacy in the eyes of both that...
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January 01, 2004
Apprehending the Truth: A Conservative Perspective Ephraim Radner Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20040407015334/http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org:80/articles/apptruth.htm The current struggle for ECUSA’s future, and indeed for the whole Anglican Communion’s, offers a wonderful opportunity to clarify what we understand the Church’s character in history to be, how we think it faithful and reasonable as a church to orient our decision-making process within time, and what we apprehend as being the ties linking God’s creatures – including ourselves as ecclesial creatures in this...
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April 07, 2004