Posts Tagged ‘Episcopal Church General Convention’

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Some Unfinished Business in the Communion

March 1, 2015

From June to July, 2015, is the General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Running up to this convention, in which a new Presiding Bishop of TEC will be elected, it is important for Christians to consider the state of belief and teaching in the Anglican Communion.

The current TEC Presiding Bishop is seated in two of the four Instruments of Unity of the Anglican Communion.  As this letter from the head of the Anglican Church of Nigeria noted (in the report appended to the letter) – there are grave problems in the teaching of the Communion, through this church of the Communion – with the Presiding Bishop herself having taught things which seem to deny that Jesus is God, and that Jesus rose from the dead.  Or at the very least – that these things should be important to Christians.

The silence from world Christianity which followed this open, official letter was rather dumb-founding.  It is worth considering how the world’s largest Protestant body became so diffident in this manner regarding what its highest leaders teach about the Son of God, and how Christians worldwide have either: neglected to learn this, neglected to act upon it, or neglected to care about it – a combination of all three of these.

The open letter is no longer online in its original location, but can be seen in the internet archive: here.

I have taken the liberty of putting a copy of the attached report online here: Primates-Report-Final

This is the only careful analysis of which I’m aware dealing with the issue: here

I would advise prayer before you begin contemplating these things.

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Pray for the Episcopal General Convention

July 3, 2009

Pray for Episcopal General ConventionDuring the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, we will be encouraging people from all over the Anglican Communion – and also Christians in general – to pray for this important event, as well as for TEC as a whole, the Communion at large, and for the body of Christ.

Prayer – for anyone – is always a good thing. God never acts contrary to His own will, and will not cause plans to flourish which are not a part of His will. And the people in TEC need prayer for this moment – and for their future. The Anglican Communion also needs prayer; and we wish to pray also for the whole body of Christ.

This is also an opportunity for people from the whole Communion to express its love for the people of TEC and for our fervent wishes that God’s will is done in The Episcopal Church, during this time that our Communion sadly is so at odds about things, and some within The Epsicopal Church in particular are feeling that others in the Communion do not care. It is also an opportunity for those across the Anglican divide in the United States that lies between TEC and the ACNA, to demonstrate that we are united in God’s love, and are intent upon praying for all of His children – even those with whom we may be in disagreement. We’ll also be using different technologies reaching across a divide – between web chat (for anyone with a browser) and Second Life, to allow the faith community of Second Life to pray together with others who aren’t in Second Life.

The purpose here is to pray for God’s Will to be done. We hope that liberals and conservatives alike will come to pray. For the sake of preserving an atmosphere of peace, we hope that prayers posted will not presume or ask for any particular outcome, nor preach on any hot-button issue. Let’s bathe the General Convention in prayer, draw close to Him as we might and trust God for truth, clarity, and courage to face the future. We hope these guidelines are clear enough. If they aren’t, we have some more “fine-print” specific guidelines regarding prayer in chat, since history shows us that internet behavior isn’t always ideal, and chat media especially need good moderation.

For the first time we know of in history, we’ll be linking three web platforms together for prayer, and adding a fourth. This means you can pray with us at Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:00 PM Pacific Time simply by using your web browser in an easy chat interface. Or if you are in Second Life, you can pray with us as there at the same time – the two will be linked.

You simply have to come to this site. There will be a link to the chat room. If you are in Second Life, come to the chapel at Willoughby – secondlife://Willoughby/151/35/22/ (link will only work if you have Second Life installed).

And finally, we’ll be encouraging people also to pray on Twitter with the hashtag #pray4TEC througout the entire General Convention, though this won’t be linked to the corporate prayer in browser chat and Second Life.

Flyers and bulletin inserts are available for promoting this prayer event.

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