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special commission appointed; in related news, Dylan asks for prayer

A Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion has been appointed with the charge of "preparing the way for General Convention to receive and respond to the Windsor Report, the February 2005 communiqué of the primates from Dromantine, and the actions of the June 2005 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council." I will be serving as one of the commission's members, and I covet your prayers.

The Episcopal News Service release (which, curiously enough, doesn't seem to be up yet on their website [Correction 9/21/05 3:22 p.m. -- it's now been posted here.]) follows:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Special Commission on Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion to meet
Presiding Bishop, House of Deputies President appoint members

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

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[Episcopal News Service] The first meeting of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion will take place Monday, November 7, at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

The 14-member commission was appointed by Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold and the Very Rev. George L. W. Werner, president of the House of Deputies. They charged the commission with preparing the way for General Convention to receive and respond to the Windsor Report, the February 2005 communiqué of the primates from Dromantine, and the actions of the June 2005 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.

The Windsor Report was released in October, 2004 by the Lambeth Commission on Communion, established by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003 in response to reactions in the world-wide Anglican Communion to the election and consecration in 2003 of V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. Robinson is an openly gay man who lives in a committed relationship with his long-term partner.

The report also addressed the decision of the Canadian diocese of New Westminster to permit the blessing of committed same-gender relationships.

The primates of the Anglican Communion issued a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Dromantine in Northern Ireland. The primates asked, among other points, that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada “respond through their relevant constitutional bodies to the questions specifically addressed to them in the Windsor Report as they consider their place within the Anglican Communion.”

In June, the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), the principal deliberative body of the Anglican Communion and one of its four  “instruments of unity,” agreed with the primates’ request that ACC members from the United States and Canada voluntarily withdraw from active membership on the council for the time leading up to the next Lambeth Conference in 2008. Those members did withdraw and attended the June meeting as observers. They and others made requested presentations to the ACC about both church’s experience with same-gender relationships.

Griswold and Werner asked the commission, on which they both will serve as well, to consider those reports and actions “as they pertain to the life of the Episcopal Church and our relationship to the other provinces of the Anglican Communion.”

“In doing so, the Special Commission will need to consider how we within the Episcopal Church can be faithful to God's mission in the  world as we continue to live with divergent points of view held by faithful men and women,” the two wrote in a letter to the members.

“We were seeking a group of people of diverse opinion of the highest quality who can handle such complex issues as these,” Werner told Episcopal News Service. “I am deeply grateful to those who have accepted this appointment.”

The Special Commission will prepare a report with proposed resolutions, if any, for the Blue Book of the 75th General Convention next June. The Blue Book is each convention’s official compilation of reports and proposed legislation from the committees, commissions,  agencies, and boards of the General Convention.

The commission’s members are: Sarah Dylan Breuer of Frederick, Maryland (Province III); the Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas of Episcopal Divinity School (Province I); the Rev. Mark Harris of Lewes, Delaware (Province III); the Rev. Dr. Katherine Grieb of Virginia Theological Seminary (Province III); the Rt. Rev. Dorsey F. Henderson Jr., bishop of Upper South Carolina (Province IV); the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, bishop of Nevada (Province VIII); the Rt. Rev. Henry Louttit Jr., bishop of Georgia (Province IV); the Rev. Charles E. Osberger of Wye Mills, Maryland (Province III); the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, bishop of New York (Province II); the Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan of Virginia Theological Seminary (Province III); Katherine Tyler Scott of Indianapolis, Indiana (Province V); the Rev. Francis H. Wade of Washington, D.C. (Province III); Christopher Wells of South Bend, Indiana (Province V); and the Rev. Sandra A. Wilson of South Orange, New Jersey (Province II).

-- The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is national correspondent for the Episcopal News Service.

September 20, 2005 in Churchiness | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBack

which saint are you?

Hardly surprising, given that I'm a Franciscan ...

You are Saint Francis of Assisi! You don't care
what you look like (or smell like) as long as
you can live simply and help the poor. You
should be receiving your stigmata any day now.

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September 6, 2005 in Silliness | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

"whether you eat or drink ..."

As St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:11:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

I'd say the New York barkeeps and restaurant owners behind this story are doing better than many of us in putting that into action. On September 12, there will be a cocktail hour from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 20050902cocktails_3offering New Orleans-style drinks like the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup, Comfort Julep, Vieux Carre, Ramos’ Gin Fizz, Obituary Cocktail, French 75, Hurricane, and Brandy Milk Punch at the special -- and higher -- price of $10 each, with all receipts going to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Gawker has promised to post the list pf participating establishments.

I like that people are coming together to figure out how the gifts they have could contribute something of real and substantial help, and it seems in keeping with New Orleans' spirit (no pun intended) to have a celebration of that city's culture to raise money. I'd love to see folks with other talents -- artists, jazz musicians, and others -- to get together for similar celebrations of New Orleans culture to raise funds for relief.

September 5, 2005 in Current Affairs, Flood Aid, Food and Drink, Hurricane Katrina | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

awwww ...

I've been looking for this old photo of Foster from the day she came to live with me, and I found it!


Is she a cutie, or what?

September 5, 2005 in Cats | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

I can't believe he said this.

I can't believe that our president said this:

The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before.  Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house.  And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch.  (Laughter.)

I'm that'll make the thousands who are displaced and destitute perk right up.

Source: White House press release, Sept. 2, 2005.

September 3, 2005 in Current Affairs, Hurricane Katrina | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

a prayer for those affected by Hurricane Katrina

Erd_donatenew_wht_1I'm glad to be participating in the Blog for Relief day. Please consider donating to Episcopal Relief and Development to get relief to the areas of greatest need, and please offer your prayers as well.

Most Merciful, Most Compassionate God
Hear our prayers for your people affected by Hurricane Katrina
And let their cries come unto You.

O God, the floods have engulfed the land
The storms made a wasteland of water
How can we sing to you
when so many have died or are missing?

Strengthen those who cling to life
Keep their hope and hearts alive;
Revive the weary rescue workers and tired medical teams
Renew the resolve of those who have lost verything.

Quicken all efforts to rush resources and aid
Send our people to help;
Open our hearts to give and give again
that we may be generous bearers of healing and help.

God of the Universe
Pour out your Spirit of mercy and compassion
In Your Name we pray.  AMEN.
    -- Wilma Jakobsen

September 1, 2005 in Episcopal Relief and Development, Flood Aid, Hurricane Katrina | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack