Archive for August, 2009

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

159th Church of Nigeria Anglican Diocese Inaugurated

People from all walks of life visited Doko in Doko Local Government of Niger State to witness the inauguration of the newly created Doko Diocese and the enthronement of its pioneer Bishop.

The newly built 2,500 seat ultramodern Cathedral Church of St. Peter Doko was filled to capacity and the gallery too. Tents mounted outside the church were also filled but the people conducted themselves in an orderly manner.

The joy of a fulfilled dream of having a diocese of their own was full. It was singing and dancing galore with praises eulogizing God for His mercies support and encouragement. The combined choir gave a good account of themselves as they rendered special solemn melodious tunes with their sonorous voices to the admiration of Bishops laity and the clergy. Local musical groups are not left out adding colour in their indigenous language.

In his sermon of inauguration the Rt. Rev Sunday Timothy Gbade Adewole, bishop of Jebba Diocese who took his text from Revelation 3:7-13 said God has strategically placed Doko and its people there for a purpose. He said there is nothing God will do that does not have a reason. According to him what God requires of the new Diocese, its people both the clergy and laity is faithfulness to keep His words and not deny His name; to labour, spend and be spent for the Lord. He advised that they should not allow the fire to quench after inauguration and enthronement for faithfulness is not momentary, he said according to Joshua 1:8 the bible, the word of God must not depart from their mouth.

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D025 2009 – Descriptive – thats right!!!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

MINNESOTA: Episcopal Bishop Nominees Include Leading Church Lesbian

By David W Virtue, Virtueonline

The Rev. Bonnie Perry, a homosexual in a “partnered” relationship, is one of three nominees to be the next Bishop of Minnesota replacing the retiring Bishop James Jelinek.

The Diocese of Minnesota has clearly heard the siren call of the recently passed Resolution D025 at GC2009. Perry was one of two out gay individuals for nominee for bishop of California in 2006.

Perry is the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago and has been in a partnered lesbian relationship for 22 years with the Rev. Susan Harlow. She has been at All Saints’ since 1992.

Integrity officials immediately applauded the nominations for Diocese of Minnesota calling the slate of qualified candidates “stellar.”    Read more ……..

LOS ANGELES: Episcopal Bishop Nominees Include Homosexual and Lesbian Rectors

The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool, canon to the bishops in the Baltimore-based Diocese of Maryland and a lesbian, is one of six candidates seeking nomination as the next Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of Los Angeles.

In her resume to the diocese, she says that she met her “life partner” Becki Sander in Boston when she was studying for a dual degree in theology and social work. They have been together since 1988.

A second candidate, The Rev. John L. Kirkley, rector of St. John the Evangelist Church in San Francisco in the Diocese of California, states he has been “married” to his “husband” Andrew Aldrich for 15 years. They are parents of an eleven year-old son, Nehemiah.

The other candidates are: The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, rector, St. Clement’s by-the-Sea Church in San Clemente, California is married (to a man); The Rev. Zelda M. Kennedy, senior associate for pastoral care and spiritual growth, All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, was born in 1947 and is a widow with one daughter. The Rev. Silvestre E. Romero, rector, St Philip’s Church in San Jose, California (Diocese of El Camino Real); is married to Thelma; and The Rev. Irineo Martir Vasquez, vicar, St. George’s Church is married to Elena.

According to a press release from the Diocese of Los Angeles, fifty-one priests were nominated during the six-week nomination period ending on May 15. Twenty submitted applications consisting of answers to written questions and sample sermons.

The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, held one-on-one meetings with the nominees whom the committee selected and then notified the committee that he would consider it a blessing to work with any of the six.

“I affirm each and every one of these candidates, and I am pleased with the wide diversity they offer this Diocese,” Bishop Bruno said in a statement.  Read more ……..

Bishop Minn’s Pastoral Call

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

by the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns

It is a great privilege to be able to speak to you at this third CANA Council. I am so very grateful for your prayers and your presence here today. Who would have believed that we would come so far in such a short time? CANA has become a remarkable community of believers stretching across the USA and Canada and you are here as a testimony to the miracle that God is doing. I note with profound gratitude the distinguished guests who are with us at this Council, many of whom have traveled long distances to be with us. Thank you – you honor and bless us by your presence. It has been almost a year since we met together in Ohio and throughout that time I have continued to give thanks for all of you. Your faith and courage have been an inspiration to me and I am reminded again of one of Paul’s prayers in Ephesians, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

This prayer captures much of how I feel about each one of you, clergy and lay members of our CANA community. We are a rather “rag?tag” bunch and yet inspired by the Spirit of God we have been able to accomplish far more than we could have ever asked or imagined. Many of you have paid a high price for this journey of faith and yet your faithfulness has inspired countless others and God has been glorified through you. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your willingness to stand firm on the Word of God. Thank you for your confidence in the Lord and thank you for the many ways in which you bless and encourage me. Thank you!

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