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Weekend Roundup for September 7th

Weekend Roundup for September 7th

Welcome to this week’s roundup.

 

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
TEC released info from last year’s parochial reports.
https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/pressreleases/data-from-2018-parochial-reports-now-available/

 

Tom Ferguson, the Crusty Old Dean, had a great response
http://crustyoldean.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-collapse-is-here.html

 

Speaking of stats, the CoE released theirs yesterday too
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/ministry-statistics-published

 

 

Marriage Equality
A diocese in the Australian state of Victoria has decided to move ahead with same-sex marriage
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-01/same-sex-marriage-blessings-wangaratta-anglican-diocese/11468984

and

https://www.eternitynews.com.au/australia/first-official-anglican-same-sex-blessing-within-two-weeks/

 

Sydney’s Glenn Davies isn’t pleased about that
https://qnews.com.au/archbishop-blasts-anglican-priests-blessing-of-same-sex-marriage/

 

And in Canada, the church is dealing with the ongoing effects of the failure of their marriage equality resolution by a vote in their House of Bishops
https://www.anglicanjournal.com/marriage-vote-failure-ripples-through-church/

 

 

Hurricane Dorian and relief for the Bahamas
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article234649772.html

 

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miamis-bahamian-community-collects-donations-for-hurricane-dorian-disaster-relief-11257626

 

Also, ERD has a special Donation Fund to respond
https://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-resources/responding-hurricane-dorian/

 

 

From Around the Anglican Communion
A good short primer on the euthanasia debate in New Zealand
http://www.anglicantaonga.org.nz/news/common_life/eolc_background

 

Archbishop Welby hasn’t decided whether he or any other representative will attend the next GAFCON gathering
https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/No-decision-on-Justin-Welby-s-attendance-at-GAFCON-conference

 

 

Episcopal Church
Georgia’s slate for the upcoming episcopal election
https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/09/04/diocese-of-georgia-announces-five-person-slate-of-candidates-for-bishop/

 

UTO will match up to the first $60,000 in donations to create the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/pressreleases/united-thank-offerings-camino-challenge-grant/

 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards which are meant to bolster rural and small town ministry
https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/pressreleases/2020-roanridge-trust-grants-available-for-leadership-development-in-small-towns-and-rural-communities/

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Statistics are essentially a measurement. A metric is neither explanation nor analysis. It is interesting to consider the measured decline of institution (A ) alongside the measured growth rate of its competitor (B). Further analysis of a decrease in (A) in tandem with an increase in (B) requires judgment about and verification of causes. The decline of liberal institutions and the growth in illiberal competitors ( we see this at play in political parties and movements) may together measure a larger social decline. Values such as liberality, egalitarianism, intellectualism decline while there is a commensurate increase in undifferentiated populism, anti-intellectualism, and chauvinism. Stats, even with a trend line, remain empty data without a verified contextual hypothesis ---the latter distinguishable from the vindication of individual or group bias.

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Christopher SEITZ
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Christopher SEITZ

In one of the stranger bits of strained logic, while here we see Episcopalians accepting that the TEC decline is real and indeed likely to end in a very serious recalibration of identity, Ron Caldwell on his SC schism blog is wanting us to see 'the Church diocese in the eastern part of the state' as a counter-example, brimming over with joy and good news. It has around 7k -- up from 5k when the 'schism' occurred. It is growing, while elsewhere in TEC we see decline!

But think about this for a second. This is the same entity that wants to claim it IS the historical diocese (despite his odd nomenclature above). If this were a fact, as he and others want to claim, then the present 'Church diocese' went from around 22K to its present 7K. You can't have it both ways.

Those who have remained in the historic diocese are at least twice the number that consists of TECSC. ACNA could cite growth on the same standard. Zero to X is always stastically anamolous. (last comment missing, btw).

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Christopher SEITZ
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Christopher SEITZ

The Ferguson essay is odd. He makes fun of doomsayers but in the end says TEC is collapsing. We are just not to be surprised. TEC was never much of anything until the baby boomer period, and so this is a return to form (though worse). It is hard to know what such a long investment in words is meant to contribute. 'Don't worry, TEC is collapsing and it isn't that bad. Call off GC, get rid of 815, merge dioceses, and do so with a knowing smile.' I'd think this kind of a message would irk the liberal TEC ascendancy. But maybe that is his goal?

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Kenneth Knapp
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Kenneth Knapp

I don’t have enough knowledge to know the answer to the larger questions involved in the church’s demise, but I think they would be wise to start dismantling a lot of the elaborate superstructure that was erected in the glory days. The franchise fees are becoming harder and harder for parishes to afford and much (if not most) of what the national church does is only marginally relevant to those of us who are just parishioners.

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