The Episcopal Church in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible, and Authority Are Dividing the Faithful (Religion, Politics, and Public Life Under the auspices of the Leonard E. Greenb)

The Episcopal Church in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible, and Authority Are Dividing the Faithful (Religion, Politics, and Public Life Under the auspices of the Leonard E. Greenb)

The current debate in the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA) over its relationship with the worldwide Anglican Communion has been building for some time. Some Episcopalians (including priests, bishops, and dioceses) have broken or are considering breaking their historic affiliation with the current authoritative bodies of ECUSA because they believe they have betrayed the historic teachings and morality of the Anglican tradition. The author places this emerging crisis in context: historical, moral, theological, cultural, and ecclesiological. He explores how the rift between Episcopalians in the United States originated, how it is being played out now in the rift between the official representatives of ECUSA and the Anglican Communion, what the arguments are for and against all sides, and what are the prospects for either reconciliation at some level between the opposing parties or deepening schism in the future. Kirkpatrick explores the variety of contentious issues, rather than focusing just on the one that gets the most media attention: homosexuality.

The crisis in the Church goes much deeper than that, however, and involves issues of church, tradition, and biblical authority. The author provides necessary background but focuses primarily on the events that have occurred since 2003 when ECUSA approved the election and consecration of an openly gay bishop. While the situation continues to evolve and change, the book provides readers with an up-to-date account of the history of the crisis, an analysis of the conflicting arguments, and a contextual guide for understanding what might come next in this unfolding story.

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Hardball – Church in Crisis – Avenging Altar Boy

March 16, 2011 on MSNBC – via District Attorney R. Seth Williams – the first prosecutor in the country to charge a church official for abusing of children they were supposed to protect – joins hardball’s Chris Matthews to discuss the charges NYTimes article –
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Crisis of Faith

SAANICH – Children play happily at Cordova Bay Preschool, but little do they know the future of their school is uncertain. Cordova Bay Preschool leases space from St. David by the Sea Anglican Church. But this morning the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, covering Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, announced a dramatic shift in “mission, structure and culture.” Two few people in the pews has forced the disestablishment – or closure – of 19 churches including St. David by the Sea. Finding a new place for the preschool could be as difficult as it was for this Church-in-crisis to make these recommendations. With 19 churches closed, some of the real estate can be sold for millions of dollars. Dollars that the Diocese says can be spent creating 5 hub churches in the capital region and supporting the remaining congregations. The Diocesan Transformation Team says the reconfiguration is necessary for the church to survive and thrive in changing and challenging times. In all, up to 2000 parishioners will be affected by the mass-streamlining. From Crofton to Saanich,South Pender to Oak Bay, few communities will be untouched by the decision. A full list of churches slated for disestablishment is online at

Religious events in Southwest Michigan: Finding Hope in the Crisis series, St. Michael Lutheran Church and School, and …

Religious events in Southwest Michigan: Finding Hope in the Crisis series, St. Michael Lutheran Church and School, and …
A look at religious events and activities over the next few days from across Southwest Michigan.
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Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity

Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity

It’s not that the dignified and rarefied old Episcopal Church quit believing in God. It’s that the God you increasingly hear spoken of in Episcopal circles is infinitely tolerant and given to sudden changes of mind–not quite the divinity you thought you were reading about in the scriptures.

Episcopalians of the twenty-first century, like their counterparts in other churches of the so-called American mainline–such as Methodists and Presbyterians–seem to prefer a God that the culture would be proud of, as against a culture that God would be proud of. While they work to rebrand and reshelve orthodox Christianity for the modern market, exponents of the new thinking are busy reducing mainstream Christian witness to a shadow of its former self.

Mortal Follies is the story of the Episcopal Church’s mad dash to catch up with a secular culture fond of self-expression and blissfully relaxed as to norms and truths. An Episcopal layman, William Murchison details how leaders of his church, starting in the late 1960s, looked over the culture of liberation, liked what they saw, and went skipping along with the shifting cultural mood–especially when the culture demanded that the church account for its sins of “heterosexism” and “racism.” Episcopalians have blended so deeply into the cultural woodwork that it’s hard sometimes to remember that it all began as a divine calling to the normative and the eternal.

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The Crisis in the Church – the Growing Trend of the Unchurched Christian

The Crisis in the Church – the Growing Trend of the Unchurched Christian

It’s been undenyable that the church has been changing in the last fifty years. penticostal and charismatic churches have continued to grow while the mainstream churches have battled with ageing congregations and dwindling numbers world wide.

Churches have changed. There’s been the introduction of amplified music and, heaven forbid, DRUMS but the change has been what was needed to bring the younger demographic running to the churches in droves. A church service became a high tech theater production with tv screens colored lights and pa systems suitable for a Stones concert.

Then something started to happen. People started to look for something more. It was easy to get lost in the large congregation. Turning up at church satisfied the mental and moral obligation but inside hearts were craving relationships with people who shared like minds.

Introduce… the home church. A place where people could meet in small numbers and although it was formatted like the larger meetings there was an opportunity to talk and build relationships to some degree. Normally the format followed a church service with some worship, a Bible study and a discussion followed by a time of fellowship. But something else was happening.

For a number of years there has been a slow but undeniable trend appearing where people just don’t go to church at all. People are finding that they have a deep relationship with God in their own lives and want to work it out in their own way. They don’t want to be told when to sit and when to stand or what they will study tonight but rather want to walk the walk and talk the talk at their own pace.

Others of like mind are sought out and informal meetings happen over barbeques and coffees, at lunches and other gatherings that have started to mimic the pattern of the new testament church in the book of Acts. These people don’t compromise. The are walking their faith walk at their own pace and they are seriously real about who they are and where they are with their God. There is an inherent part of them that is displayed to all. An inherent Christian… Something intrinsically different. You can tell that they are a believer by what they say and do, not just on Sundays but every day of their lives.

Books have started to document the trend. People like George Barna in “Revolution” and Jake Coleson in “So you don’t want to go to church anymore” have identified the movement and tried to define what’s happening and while they have grasped a part of it, this wave is still building momentum.

So where will it end? That question I cannot answer, but I know I’m enjoying the ride.

Kenn Bacon is a Director of the Inherent Church and Apostles-today. Founders of a number of ministries including Crossworks and Church in the park, Kenn and Lee have been ministers for over 15 years.

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Vandalism of Greenville church may be related to other break-ins
All of the break-ins happened about the same time.
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