The two Episcopal churches Bristol, Connecticut are headed down different roads. One, Trinity Church on Summer Street, is among five parishes at odds with Bishop Andrew E. Smith. The other, St. John’s Church on Stafford Avenue, less than 3 miles from Trinity, once was in that group but, since its rector left and was then deposed by Smith, is again on good terms with the bishop and an active member of the diocese. Trinity’s stance in opposition to the bishop will be made all the more stark Saturday, when Deacon William Hesse is ordained a priest at Bishop Seabury Church in Groton by a conservative bishop from Pittsburgh.
Akinola’s action “seems to lay out a claim that he has a better sense than the Archbishop of Canterbury, and that’s a bold claim,” said Mark Sisk, the Episcopal Bishop of New York. Last week’s events are more than just another tremor on an existing fault line, Sisk said in an interview, and what may be very significant is that the Archbishop of Canterbury tried to stop Akinola. His is “a new public voice in this and welcome from my prospective,” Sisk said.
The Panel of Reference has always had a very limited primary brief – “to
supervise the adequacy of pastoral provisions made by any churches” for a dissenting
group within its diocesan or provincial life. The Panel has now been operating for close to two years. It has received five references, of which three have remained within the Panel’s brief, and two were recalled by the Archbishop. All three reports have been published, and it has no further references from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon said recently that the Anglican Consultative Council is uniquely poised to be an instrument of reconciliation, adding that he was encouraged by the conversations underway “where people have been engaged in dialogue in a public way across what looked like an irreconcilable divide.”
Diana Butler Bass explores how her travels through faith have always been accompanied by the Bible—but, she notes, not always the same translation. Her essay relates a journey from her first, now dog-eared Revised Standard Version given to her in 1967, through more evangelical-friendly editions in the 70s, to an eye-opening moment in 1989 when the NRSV provided her with a fresh insight into Ephesians 5:21-22.
The news from Greenburg, Kansas, this weekend has been heart-wrenching. A tornado devastated the town in mere minutes, and uplifting stories of survival and hope have alternated with tragic tales of loss. As a result of this and flooding in other parts of Kansas, the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is working closely with ERD and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas to coordinate an effective response to this situation…
He writes: “I have received your note expressing your reservations regarding my plans to install Bishop Martyn Minns as the first Missionary Bishop of CANA. Even though your spokesmen have publicized the letter and its general content I did not actually receive it until after the ceremony. I do, however, want to respond to your concerns and clarify the situation with regard to CANA.”