Episcopal Forum to meet as Diocese of SC and the ANC move toward schism
October 18, 2006

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Episcopal Forum to meet Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Episcopal Forum will meet from 6-8 pm on Thursday, October 26, 2006. The meeting will be held at the Senior Citizens Center at the corners of Meeting Street & Society Street in downtown Charleston, SC

>> Enter the building from Meeting Street door.
>> Park in Wentworth St. Garage or on the Street.
>> Coffee & iced tea will be served.
>> Bring a sandwich or snack to eat if you wish.

Please Respond if you plan to come by email link below or call 209-8247

RSVP for 10/26/06 Forum

Florida ViaMedia Issues statement of support for The Episcopal Church

We, as people of the Episcopal Church in Central Florida, acknowledge our allegiance due to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ and recognize the body known as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America otherwise known as the Episcopal Church, to be a true branch of said Church, having rightful jurisdiction in all its dioceses, and hereby declare our adhesion to the same and accede to its Constitution and Canons.

We do not accede to any actions, efforts, letters or resolutions by Central Florida's diocesan leadership or its conventions which seek to disassociate us further from the Episcopal Church, or from the actions and authority of General Convention, or from the fellowship of the Anglican Communion.

We commit ourselves to build up of the Body of Christ and, as the Windsor Report asks, seek ways of reconciliation, and to heal our divisions in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida.

We will worship together, stay in community with each other, care for our neighbors and in love follow Jesus, who was, and is, the perfect expression of love in the world.

Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC)-promotes schism

LEAC Mission Statement

During the present crisis in our American Episcopal Church, we will help passive, faithful Episcopalians (“the silent middle 80%”) know and understand the gravity of radical Episcopal bishops’ offenses against Our Lord and His Scripture, and we will attempt to protect them from further non-Christian incursions by those and other revisionists. In order to prepare caring, committed Episcopalians to assist in saving our church within the Christian bond of the worldwide Anglican Communion, we will provide educational opportunities and make known to them the agenda of our theological adversaries.

A letter sent by LEAC to parishes in Central Fla.

Dear Reverend Rector and/or Clergy leader:

You are cordially invited to take a personal role in a new and vital educational campaign for Episcopalians. The objective is to prepare for a life-changing decision - the choice of (a) remaining in the Anglican Communion or (b) abandoning our faith for that of The Episcopal Church, which has separated itself. That decision and that choice are the theme of a unique, action-oriented training conference: "One Christian Question for Episcopalians." Attendee cadres will be empowered by a strong curriculum and faculty..........


“One Christian Question for Episcopalians” is the conference theme. It prepares parish leaders for the most important task of their church careers -- educating their flocks to decide whether to stay in the Anglican Communion. Successfully teaching the silent, passive “Middle 80%” in the pews likely is the most historic challenge of their church leadership careers.

Know these 5 facts about our church:

1. The American Episcopal Church has abandoned Christianity.
2. The Anglican Communion remains our Christian home.
3. LEAC Rises Up to preserve with you our Christian faith and values.
4. LEAC needs your prayers, your donations and your talents TODAY.
5. You are invited to join LEAC in this essential holy work.

In every passing day without bolder, braver action more American Anglicans are lost, perhaps forever.

Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC)

All Will Be Well - Katie Sherrod defends The Episcopal Church

Fort Worth based writer, producer and commentator Katie Sherrod gave her reflections on the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion at a meeting of Via Media Dallas on Sunday, October 1, at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Click the link below for an online version of her talk.

This is the most thoughtful and thorough analysis I have seen or heard of the current debate in the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion. It needs to be disseminated throughout the church.

Thank you for your clarity!......Bill Nix
(The Rev. Canon William D. Nix, Jr.)

Should be required reading for every Standing Committee; Diocesan Council;Commission on Ministry; and Vestry.
....J. Michael Povey

Speech by Katie Sherrod - 10/1/06 - Dallas Texas

There's nothing "Anglican" about the Anglican Communion any more…

Ok, I'm not a life-long Episcopalian. I found and was found by God through this church as a college student. And what struck me most profoundly about Anglicans was that we could fight like cats and dogs (or Sunni and Shiites, or Dempsey and Louis, or the Red Sox and Yankees—choose your metaphorical poison) about anything and when someone said, The Lord be with you", all the conflict ended while we leafed through the Book of Common Prayer and did what we DO and what "defines" us. Praying together was the only "bottom line" in the church where I found God and God found me. The other stuff was interesting and kept our hearts pumping, but all that mattered was being able to worship together—break the bread and pass the wine in spite of (perhaps "because of") our disagreements.

Now, all these years later, I am a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and when I suggested we begin the six pre-Convention gatherings around Connecticut with a short, simple Eucharist, the initial response was this: "that might be divisive."

The point was that there are Episcopalians who don't want to break bread and pass wine with other Episcopalians because they may not be "doctrinally" pure. (Read between the lines: they may be in favor of the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks in the mission, work and worship of the church.) Well, pinch me awake and call me Rip Van Winkle—when did we reach this point and why didn't we know it?

I can tell you this much for sure: at the General Convention in Minneapolis there were three people—a bishop, a priest and a lay person—who were supposed to be at my worship table for Eucharist every morning who were never there. About half-way through Convention I figured out they were all members of the American Anglican Council and were having their own Eucharist somewhere else lest the Body be moldy and the wine be sour because heretics like me were at the table. So this "divisiveness" of the one thing that defines us as a church and makes us who we are is nearly three years old.

And I think the time has come for people like me stop being polite and start claiming the banner of Anglicanism before people who aren't Anglican at all drag it away into a new church I would not recognize as the one where I found and was found by God. There's all this buzz that the boy's club we call the House of Bishops has sworn a blood brothers' oath to each other to keep the Episcopal Church firmly within the Anglican Communion even though it will require them to regret, repent, and never be naughty again by approving a duly and canonically elected bishop who loves and is faithful to another person of their own gender. I pray devoutly that this rumor is only that and that our bishops have enough gravitas and faithfulness to not make Gene Robinson's episcopate something to be apologized for and "regretted".

I voted to consecrate Gene Robinson. I voted to approve the blessing of same-sex unions. I did it because it was appropriate, right, just and holy. I do not "regret" my vote and I certainly don't intent to "repent" about it. The God I found and was found by as a college sophomore led me to cast that vote. The God of the Anglican Church I became a part of and have been a priest in for 30 years guided and inspired me in what I did in Minneapolis.

Now the Fundamentalists of the third world who call themselves "Anglican" want to destroy the ethos and genius of Anglicanism by making us a church based on doctrine and hierarchy rather than worship and equality. And I'm sick and tired of listening to them and those in the Episcopal Church who ride on their coat tails. The Windsor Report, besides slapping the hands of the American and Canadian Church for the offense of believing all people are God's children, would turn the so-called Anglican Communion into a "little Rome" with the Pope in waiting (the Archbishop of Canterbury) ready to head the "curia" (the Primates—all men and all Archbishops) and the house of Cardinals (the Lambeth gathering of world-wide bishops). We would become a church burdened and oppressed by bishops all who would determine what the 39 previously independent churches could or could not do before being disciplined and brought into line.

The European Provinces are so gun shy that no one wants to stand up to the bullies in Africa lest they be accused of "racism" or "colonialism". Here's what I think—the church in Africa is no more truly "Anglican" in terms of openness, acceptance, calmness, tolerance and true Christian charity than my friends up the road in the Assembly of God Church. Anglicanism is not a doctrine, creed or confession—it is a Book of Common Prayer and a remarkable dose of "common sense". Several of the Primates from Africa and other parts of the third world refused to participate in a service of communion at one of their gatherings (imagine the secret hand shakes and code words and tree houses the Primates' Boy's Club could come up with!) because Frank Griswold was simply present. There is no way that having the Eucharist be "divisive" is part of the Anglican ethos!

I am sick and tired and beyond exhausted at bending over backwards to appease fundamentalists masquerading as Anglicans, whether in Africa or in the American Anglican Council. I'm ready to stand up straight and say, "Ok, you say you are Anglicans, let's do this the way Anglicans always have. You have your opinion and I'll have mine. It complicates both our lives but it is just the way it is. Now let's break the bread and pass the wine because that is the only thing that defines us as a church and the only way we know who we are as a people of God. You turn from the table because someone is there who doesn't agree with you…fine, you've made the choice to leave this fragile communion of Anglicans. God bless you. We're here if you want to come back and join us and you will be welcomed back with joy and wonder like a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son/daughter. But don't try to turn my church into a mini-Roman Catholic Church. That's not who we are. That's not who God is calling us to be."

I became an Episcopalian in my heart when someone told me that old phrase: this is the church for all sorts and conditions of men (sic). Sounded a lot like the Kingdom to me….

I am not willing to have anyone undermine that and refuse to share the Table with me and tell me I'm not an Anglican.

I'm the Anglican here. I'm the "big tent" guy. I'm willing to be in communion with anyone who will come to the Table. I am waiting patiently, compassionately, lovingly, ready to break the bread and pass the wine. Join me if you can. If you can't…well, god's speed and good luck…know you can always "come home" when you want to.

The Rev. Dr. James Bradley, Rector of St. John's, Waterbury, CT 06702

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