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What the Anglican Church of Canada’s same-sex marriage vote means…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Sydney Brouillard-Coyle (left), a youth delegate from the Diocese of Huron who identifies as gender non-conforming, queer and asexual, receives a blessing from Primate Linda Nicholls at the closing Eucharist of General Synod 2019. Photo: Geoff Howe/Anglican Journal[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada General Synod’s failure to pass a resolution to amend the marriage canon to expressly allow solemnization of same-sex marriage, followed by a communiqué from the House of Bishops effectively commending diocese-based decisions on the matter, has triggered a wave of responses across the church. Bishops, priests, laity, officers and deacons alike have weighed in with concerns about the decision. Some bishops, including then-Primate-elect Linda Nicholls in her capacity as bishop of Huron, have outlined plans to exercise a local option for same-sex marriage in their dioceses. Resolution A052-R2, for the second reading of an amendment to Canon XXI on marriage in the church, failed to achieve a required two-thirds majority vote in all three orders of General Synod. While two-thirds of the Order of Laity (80.9%) and Order of Clergy (73.2%) voted in favor of the resolution, less than two-thirds (62.2%) voted in favor in the Order of Bishops. The final breakdown of the vote, which took place on July 12 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, was as follows: The Order of Laity saw 89 members (80.9%) vote “Yes” and 21 members (19.1%) vote “No,” with one abstention. The Order of Clergy had 60 members (73.2%) voting “Yes,” 22 members (26.8%) voting “No,” and two abstentions. In the Order of Bishops, 23 members (62.2%) voted “Yes” and 14 members (37.8%) voted “No,” with two abstentions. In statements released after the vote, multiple dioceses declared their intention to perform same-sex marriages regardless of the marriage canon vote—basing their decisions on General Synod’s approval of the document “A Word to the Church,” which affirms “diverse understandings of the existing marriage canon” and that “the existing canon does not prohibit same-sex marriage.” The initial announcement of the vote results left many synod members visibly in shock, with some crying. Almost immediately, delegates approached the microphones and asked about the process by which General Synod could reconsider a vote. But Primate Fred Hiltz, acknowledging the “pain in this place,” soon moved to dismiss synod for the night. The emotional upheaval caused by the results led to official statements from all levels of the church. First to respond on July 15 was the House of Bishops, whose members had played the decisive role in voting against the motion. “We, members of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, see the pain and anguish inflicted on LGBTQ2S+ people, on members of the General Synod, across the church, and in the world, as a result of the work and the vote on the matter of Canon XXI, concerning marriage,” the bishops’ statement read. “We see your tears, we hear your cries, and we weep with you. We have caused deep hurt. We are profoundly sorry.” The bishops noted that General Synod had “overwhelmingly approved” the “A Word to the Church” document and that the bishops affirmed the right of Indigenous peoples and communities to “spiritual self-determination in their discernment and decisions in all matters.” But perhaps most consequential was their declaration that different levels of the church may make their own decisions on the matter of same-sex marriage. “We are walking together,” the bishops wrote, “in a way which leaves room for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed with same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions, sometimes described as ‘local option.’” Prolocutor Cynthia Haines-Turner and deputy prolocutor Peter Wall next released a statement which acknowledged the “pain, hurt and anguish of many people in this General Synod and beyond, particularly in the LGBTQ2S+ community, their families and friends,” and noted the support of synod for the affirmations in “A Word to the Church.”Their statement also alluded to a proposed constitutional review before the next General Synod in 2022, later adopted by General Synod as Resolution C005. The prolocutor and deputy prolocutor, it said, “strongly endorse the proposed actions of this Synod calling for work, in the next triennium, on our governance structures, size and composition of synod, and planning for the future.” A third statement came from clergy and lay delegates at General Synod, who noted that their respective orders had voted “by overwhelming majorities” in favor of the marriage canon amendment, and that they were “saddened and dismayed” that the change had been blocked by the vote in the Order of Bishops. The lay and clergy delegates who signed the statement affirmed “the full inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ people in the life, leadership, liturgies and sacraments, including marriage, of the Anglican Church of Canada.” Basing their statement on “A Word to the Church,” they affirmed that “same-sex marriage can and will proceed by local option.” They apologized for the “hurt and harm that has been caused by the actions of this synod and by our church to LGBTQ2S+ people” and called for the church to “end this harm.” As the vote revealed, the Anglican Church of Canada is not of universal opinion on same-sex marriage. On July 18, the Arctic House of Bishops — which includes some of the most outspoken opponents of the failed marriage canon amendment — released a statement declaring that General Synod “has given us permission to decide for ourselves what direction we should take. We choose now to walk as the self-determining Anglican Church of Canada in the Arctic.” Concerns that this statement meant the diocese might be leaving the church prompted a clarifying statement from the Arctic bishops: “The Diocese of the Arctic remains a diocese within the Anglican Church of Canada, but must distance itself from those who violate the marriage canon. The implication of this is a state of ‘impaired communion.’ By using the phrase ‘self-determining,’ we are reserving the right not to affirm or submit to decisions that violate the doctrine of the church on marriage.” Speaking to the Anglican Journal, Bishop David Parsons highlighted the mission statement of the Arctic diocese and its right to self-determination in line with biblical teachings. “We have not left,” Parsons reiterated. “We are following the teachings that have gone down through the centuries…ever since the missionaries first came to the Arctic and brought the gospel which we as Arctic people embrace. We’re continuing that, and as weak as we are, we will continue to seek God.” “The Anglican General Synod has given us permission as an Indigenous church to determine what we’ll do, and we are exercising that right,” he added. “I would be very sad to hear if the Anglican Church of Canada, because we are now exercising that right, did anything to try to kick us out. The problem is, we’re not leaving. But we’re not following false teachings.” The Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada board released its own statement on July 20, noting that the process and decision on the marriage canon vote had been “shocking, hurtful, frustrating and deeply disappointing” for many deacons. The statement expressed confusion over the failure to change the canon by a “small minority of our church,” whom they described as “holding the church back from joyfully offering everyone, without restriction, the sacrament of marriage. This ‘no’ to same-sex marriage seems devastating to our work as deacons.” It pointed again to the affirmations in A Word to the Church, the continued blessing of same-sex marriages using the “local option,” and forthcoming efforts to review the governance structures of General Synod. In the wake of the vote, bishops and archbishops in numerous dioceses expressed their plans to offer marriage rites to same-sex couples through the local option, all citing the affirmations in A Word to the Church. Among these diocesan leaders was Archbishop Ron Cutler, who said in a Facebook post that he would use his episcopal authority to do so in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Archbishop Melissa Skelton released a pastoral letter saying that she would authorize the marriage of same-sex couples within the Diocese of New Westminster beginning Aug. 1, subject to certain conditions such as the approval of parish councils. Bishop John Chapman declared in a statement that the Diocese of Ottawa would continue the practice of allowing same-sex marriage with the bishop’s permission. Of these diocesan statements, perhaps the most significant was that of then-Primate-elect Linda Nicholls. In a statement to the Diocese of Huron, Nicholls authorized marriage to same-sex couples as a pastoral local option starting Aug. 1 in her capacity as diocesan bishop, under certain guidelines. These include stipulations that no parish be required to perform same-sex marriages if it does not wish to do so, and that clergy have the provision by canon to refuse to perform a marriage due to reason of conscience. “Our church has a wonderful diversity in so many areas of its life,” Nicholls wrote. “That diversity also leads to tensions but I can promise you that the bishops, clergy and laity of our church are committed to living together with love and grace as we continue to learn from one another and seek a path that honors God.” The first reading of the marriage canon amendment passed at General Synod in 2016 — but only just. The misclassification of a single vote initially led to the body to believe the resolution had failed when, in fact, it had passed.This story was originally published by the Anglican Journal. 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English confident ahead of this evenings 800 semi final

first_img WhatsApp By admin – August 13, 2014 Twitter Mark English is through to this evenings semi finals of the 800m at the European Championships in Zurich.The Letterkenny man storming into the lead with 150 metres remaining and comfortably controlled from the front down the finishing straight to record the fastest time from the four heats.The semi final starts at 7pm Irish time this evening and a top three finish will secure a place in Friday’s final.Mark gave his reaction to Will Downing after the heat win.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ZURICH2014-Tues-Mark-English.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH News Previous articleMcHugh to return next week for Kilcar’s club championship campaignNext articleDonegal records largest number of corncrakes in Ireland admin English confident ahead of this evenings 800 semi final Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitterlast_img read more

After Roman conquest, Liverpool face Battle of the Bridge

first_img“We can make life easier for us by winning at Chelsea.“It is not we can decide about leaving one out. We cannot play players who are not available.“From Wednesday to Sunday in terms of turnaround is OK. The whole season is a constant challenge. We have fought hard for our position in the league.“Of course it is a big advantage for Chelsea not playing in the week.”– ‘Good opportunity’ –Chelsea have no margin for error as they look to end a troubled season on a high by finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup final against Manchester United.The deposed champions are five points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play.Regardless of whether or not Chelsea finish in the top four, it seems likely manager Antonio Conte will leave at the end of the season.Conte has feuded with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans last summer and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri this week became the latest manager to be linked with the Italian’s job.Even so, Conte remains focused on getting Chelsea back into the top four after a run of three successive league wins.Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: “This could be a good opportunity for us.“As I said a lot of times in the last three games, if we want to keep the hope alive we have to win. We have to get three points.“Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, but if we want to keep alive the hope, we have to try to win, to get three points on Sunday.”Share on: WhatsApp Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Fresh from booking their place in the Champions League final after a dramatic night in Rome, Liverpool’s European heroes return to the fight for a Premier League top four finish when they face Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are still on a high following a 4-2 defeat at Roma on Wednesday that clinched a 7-6 aggregate success in the Champions League semi-finals.Liverpool will take on holders Real Madrid in their eighth European Cup final appearance on May 26 in Kiev.But first the Reds have to ensure they feature in next season’s Champions League.Third placed Liverpool are six points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea, but they would give renewed hope to the Blues if they are beaten at Stamford Bridge.A Liverpool win this weekend would make it impossible for Chelsea to catch them, ensuring the Reds will qualify for next season’s Champions League with a game in spare.Even a draw in west London would effectively seal their top four place because Liverpool have a vastly superior goal difference.Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company.Three draws in their past four league outings against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke — partly the result of Klopp prioritising Champions League progress — have allowed Chelsea to close to the gap.Antonio Conte’s men have three league games remaining to Liverpool’s two, meaning if the Londoners win their remaining fixtures they will, at worst, finish level on points with the Champions League finalists.For Klopp’s peace of mind and to rest a tiring squad with a growing injury list, guaranteeing qualification on Sunday is the ideal scenario.With that in mind, Klopp has no intention of resting key players like former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino this weekend.“We have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks. The league is equally important (as the Champions League,” Klopp said.last_img read more

Florida Teen Suffers Attack By 9-Foot Alligator, Receives Minor Injuries

first_imgA 14-year-old boy in Central Florida is recovering, after officials say he was attacked by a 9-foot alligator at a pond.According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the alligator bit the teen on his hand and leg in Charlotte County on Tuesday afternoon.“The boy and his mother were here with their two dogs and they were just enjoying the weather with their two dogs and playing near the shoreline there, ” says Senior Officer Adam Brown.The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment. A trapper later captured and removed the gator, which measured 9 feet, 9 inches long.Alligators can be found in all 67 Florida counties.“If you’re anywhere near any body of water in the state of Florida there’s probably going to be an alligator nearby, ” Brown adds.FWC says alligator and human interactions have become more frequent. For that reason, they recommend staying away away from areas where gators may be lurking.Brown explains, “We don’t want anyone to feed or entice or molest an alligator in any way, we don’t want to create a conflict where there is no conflict there.”last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Announces Class of 2017 Co-valedictorians & Salutatorian

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University is pleased to announce its co-valedictorians and salutatorian for the Class of 2017. Co-valedictorians are Tessa Blackstad of Shelton, Hope Chamberlain of Port Angeles, and Taylor Gersch of Sherwood, Ore., both of whom have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Salutatorian Hannah Wesselman, of Spokane, will graduate with a 3.99 grade point average.Co-valedictorian Tessa BlackstadCo-valedictorian Tessa Blackstad is graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She also has earned an English Language Learners endorsement and a minor in Japanese. She will study at the Canadian Institute of Linguistics this summer, and after completing her studies, plans to return to Japan as a teacher. In 2015, she completed a three-month teaching assistant internship at an English immersion school in Sendai, Japan. She is exploring a future in Bible translation. At Saint Martin’s, Blackstad worked as a technical services assistant at O’Grady Library prior to accepting a third-grade teaching position at Mason County Christian School during her final year at the University. While a student, she was chosen for membership in the Society of Fellows, Saint Martin’s honor society, and was a presenter at 2016’s Scholars’ Day, an event showcasing the best student projects and research done each year. Blackstad was a member of the University’s Future Educators Club and was active in the Conversation Partners Program operated by the Office of International Programs and Development. She and her family have served as a host family to several of the University’s international students. She also teaches financial literacy to grade school students though a program with Junior Achievement.Co-valedictorian Hope ChamberlainValedictorian Hope Chamberlain. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversityCo-valedictorian Hope Chamberlain is graduating summa cum laude (with highest honor) with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and theatre arts. She also has a minor in music. She will pursue a Master of Arts Degree in teaching at the University of Portland through the Portland Alliance for Catholic Education Program and will be student teaching in Salt Lake City, Utah.At Saint Martin’s, Chamberlain is a member of the second cohort of Benedictine Scholars, a leadership/scholarship program in which those selected serve as ambassadors of the University’s Benedictine values. As a Benedictine Scholar, she has participated in many projects, most recently in restoration of Saint Martin’s outdoor Stations of the Cross and the Year of Faith survey project. Chamberlain performed in several plays and twice directed plays with both the music and theatre arts departments. She served as a student ambassador with the Office of Admissions for three years and as a resident assistant with the Office of Housing and Residence Life for two. She also has participated in several campus organizations and activities, including Society of Fellows, the University’s honor society; Sigma Tau Delta English honorary; Polyphony, an a Capella club; Saints for Life; Sisters of Scholastica Catholic women’s group; Saint Martin’s Chorale; and the Campus Ministry Student Liturgy Coir, where she served as cantor.Co-valedictorian Taylor GerschValedictorian Taylor Gersch. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversityCo-valedictorian Taylor Gersch is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is working on her Master of Business Administration Degree at Saint Martin’s and intends to complete it this fall, after which she plans to teach English in Italy. In fall 2018, she plans to enter law school. As an undergraduate, she completed internships at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Medical Informatics in Portland and at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Olympia.As a Saint Martin’s student, Gersch has participated in the Society of Fellows and as a member and former undergraduate president of Delta Mu Delta business honor society. She was district and regional scholarship winner of the Jane M. Klausman Award through the Zonta Club of Olympia. As a member of the Saint Martin’s women’s soccer team, Gersch was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and the NSCAA America All-Conference Team. She also earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete Award and the CoSIDA Academic All-American Award. She was a staff writer for The Belltower, the University’s student newspaper, and has worked as a graduate assistant for Associate Prof. of Business Don Conant, Ph.D.Salutatorian Hannah WesselmanSalutatorian Hannah Wesselman. Photo Courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversitySalutatorian Hannah Wesselman will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. After graduation, she will study abroad in Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. While she has been accepted to two Ph.D. programs and a master’s program in molecular biosciences, she will be deferring graduate school for a year to serve as a fellow with the nonprofit Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience (PULSE). The program enables select university graduates to live and work in community while giving volunteer service at their choice of the Pennsylvania city’s non-profits.While at Saint Martin’s, Hannah has been a mentor and a community coordinator in the University’s Norcia Leadership Community and has participated in numerous service immersion projects. She also worked for the Center for Student Learning, Writing and Advising, Disability Support Services and the offices of Campus Life, Campus Ministry and Diversity and Service Initiatives. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary; the Saint Martin’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society; the Society of Fellows; and the University’s Biology Club and Chemistry Club.The Saint Martin’s University 2017 Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Tickets are required for attendance; doors will open at 9 a.m. For more information on 2017 Commencement, please go to the Saint Martin University’s website.last_img read more