Anglican Communion Update… Episcopalians Still In

26 07 2010

Big Ecclesial news day apparently….

The Anglican Communion Standing Committee (or something…I can’t keep track of all these offical titles) is currently meeting.

When the question of ‘what to do about those pesky Americans’ came up, this is what has happened

“A proposal from Dato’ Stanley Isaacs that The Episcopal Church be separated from the Communion led to a discussion in which Committee members acknowledged the anxieties felt in parts of the Communion about sexuality issues. Nevertheless, the overwhelming opinion was that separation would inhibit dialogue on this and other issues among Communion Provinces, dioceses and individuals and would therefore be unhelpful. The proposal was not passed, and the group agreed to defer further discussion until progress on Continuing Indaba project had been considered.”

Not that I personally think there’s any real chance of us getting expelled, but its nice to see something ‘official.’

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News from the Lutherans

26 07 2010

Two items of note in the newsfeed this morning…

Via The New York Times…

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America welcomes 7 openly gay pastors.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=633673&f=21

Also, via Ekklesia, the Lutheran World Federation chooses as President a Palestinian bishop.

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/12712

The ELCA has a full-communion agreement with The Episcopal Church, which basically means we can share priests/pastors and celebrate Eucharist together. The Anglican Communion and the Lutheran World Federation also have very close relationships.





Launching a Ghost Tour

20 07 2010

Blogging and facebooking will be lite the next two-three weeks or so. The Ghosts & Gravestones Tour launches July 31 and preview tours start this Friday so I’m otherwise engaged at the moment.

Afterwards, I hope to start up lectionary reflections again as well as to speak about parish life in Key West amongst other things.

What’s everyone else up to?





Happy Fourth! Happy Canada Day!

4 07 2010

Today is the Fourth of July, the day we in the United States celebrate our independece from the Monarchy of England. Earlier this week, Canada celebrated Canada Day on July 1.

Fr Don made a great reference in his sermon today talking about how in the US, we celebrate our individualism, our independence. Canada on the other hand, celebrates its dependency on community, on sticking together.

Two great countries, two great partners, two great philosophies.





Shameless Self Promotion

4 07 2010

Well, not exactly.

Last week St. Peters and St. Pauls parishes in Key West celebrated our first ever joint service for the Patronal Feast of Ss Peter and Paul.

It was glorious, and promises to become a new tradition with the idea that we alternate buildings each year. I cannot post pictures as you apparently have to purchase them prior to downloading but if anyone is interested, you may view them at

http://www.conchcolor.com

We’re towards the back.

In other news, I’m getting a great introduction to Anglo-Catholic worship. Gary, our sacristan (for lack of a better title), is truly wonderful and will be a great teacher. My hope is to be one of the folks in the congregation who can actually do everything but celebrate. Fr Don (aka Fr Hemingway, because he looks like dear Earnest with a beard) is great as always and Mo. Sarah, our Deacon, is simply FABULOUS! If anyone needs a clue as to what permanent Deacons do or what they’re vocation is like vs that of a priest, spend Sunday morning with her.

In other news, since it seems I’m firmly grafted into the life of the community that is Key West, another hope is to start up lectionary reflections again. These travelogues that’s been posted the past few months are nice, I suppose, but one of the main purposes of this blog is to talk and think about what God may be trying to say through the lectionary.

I cannot almost hear the Doorman-Priest say “at least you’re posting…”