Thinking Anglicans

afternoon reports from the Global South

First, from Abuja, Nigeria this Reuters story:
Top Nigerian has doubts about Anglican split plan. And this press release which says CANA “To provide safe harbour” and “in tradition of missionary bishops” Akinola

Second, from Sydney, Australia these reports by Linda Morris in the Sydney Morning Herald:
US church leader could not preach here: Jensen
Losing their religion
and editorial comment A battle for hearts and souls

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Steven
Steven
14 years ago

“The consecration in 2003 of a practising homosexual as a bishop in the US Episcopalian Church was the immediate cause of the present split. It was a unilateral decision, an attempt to lead the Anglican communion by example, which clearly has spectacularly failed. Not only did it outrage conservative Episcopalians, it was rejected by the rapidly growing conservative congregations in Africa and Asia, and enabled church conservatives across the globe to make common cause. . . .” An interesting analysis by someone who is not, as far as I can tell, particularly a friend of conservatives, but does have the… Read more »

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

I contnue to be astonished at the ignorance of those who find our PB-Elect’s reference to Jesus as our mother novel or heretical. The person most often cited as using these terms is Julian of Norwich, but is is by no means the only one, nor is she the first. Would these same folk come all over shivery if they heard the Holy Spirit also called ‘she,’ as she sometimes is when spoken of as Sophia, or Wisdom? Have these men not progressed beyond the stage when they post a sign on their club house that says “No Girls Allowed!”?… Read more »

Alan Marsh
Alan Marsh
14 years ago

Julian of Norwich was not one of the contributors to the canon of holy scripture, and while interesting from a literary standpoint, her views are not those of the NT writers, upon whom the Anglican tradition teaches us to rely.

ECUSA has been accused by many over the years of distorting its christology by its fascination with secular and New Age ideologies, of which this episode is evidently symptomatic and a warning to those unfamiliar with ECUSA of its descent in places into syncretism.

Kurt
Kurt
14 years ago

“Would these same folk come all over shivery if they heard the Holy Spirit also called ‘she,’ as she sometimes is when spoken of as Sophia, or Wisdom? Have these men not progressed beyond the stage when they post a sign on their club house that says “No Girls Allowed!”? Get over it, fellas”— Cynthia Gilliatt

Right on, Cynthia!!!

LaurenceRoberts
LaurenceRoberts
14 years ago

Peter Jenson seems not to know Mother Jualian of Norwich –and more surprisngly hasnt read Mattew’s Gosepel much either –( where Jesus describes himself as a mother hen )…Back to the Scripture Union Notes eh, Peter ?!

John Wall
John Wall
14 years ago

The Episcopal Church says we are committed to the Anglican Communion and to the process of working out our differences. The ABC says that the issues are serious and we need to clarify what constitutes non-negotiable Anglicanism and then see where people stand.

Akinola to the Episcopal Church: Drop Dead.
Akinola to the ABC: Drop Dead.

It is now clearly the case that Akinola is calling the shots in the Anglican Communion and the ABC is no longer in control of his own house.

New Here
New Here
14 years ago

Did anyone else catch the bit about how Akinola had not yet read Williams’s plan but has already rejected it anyway?

Not surprising, of course, but very revealing.

LaurenceRoberts
LaurenceRoberts
14 years ago

THE CofE TRADITIONAL ole fashioned Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer does not mention the Bible.
What price biblicism ?

Simon Sarmiento
14 years ago

Somebody emailed me this list of references to God as Mother: St. Anselm of Canterbury: But you Jesus, good Lord, are you not also our mother? Are you not the mother who, like a hen, collects her chickens under her wings? St. Bernard of Clairvaux: Do not let the roughness of our life frighten your tender years. If you feel the stings of temptation . . . suck not so much the wounds as the breasts of the Crucified. He will be your mother, and you will be his son.. . (from Letter 322) St. Teresa of Avila: For from… Read more »

Pete
Pete
14 years ago

Cynthia, to add to your comment about the Holy Spirit being referred to as “she”… The words translated as “spirit” in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are feminine nouns, so it would be quite proper to use feminine language and imagery.

Rev Terry
Rev Terry
14 years ago

Allow me to comment in on the “Mother Jesus’ discussion.

Firstly, there is a difference between ascribing ‘motherhood’ as an attribute of God and giving Jesus the title “Mother Jesus.”

Even if some have taken Katherine Scholari’s statements out of context, one should question the wisdom of using certain terms in her first sermon in a already fractious situation, post GC2003 and made more difficult by another frontier being opened with her election.

It just adds to the perception that the desire to innovate far outweighs that of preserving unity or respect for traditional Christian teaching.

Alan Marsh
Alan Marsh
14 years ago

Conservative Evangelicals are often ignorantly accused of biblical literalism or even “fundamentalism” but the tradition is considerably more sophisticated in its interpretation and exegesis of scripture than to use Mt. 23.37 as a proof text in such a crude fashion. It is a tender analogy, but is no more than analogy, and certainly not “where Jesus describes himself as a mother hen”.

Nick Finke
Nick Finke
14 years ago

The bottom line here is that the “tradition” of those who call themselves “traditionalists” is of very recent vintage.

It seems to me that rather than trying to discover the true parameters of the “faith once delivered” 2000 years ago they are engaged in the creation of a “canon within the canon” whose boundaries match very closely to their own prejudices.

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

“Julian of Norwich was not one of the contributors to the canon of holy scripture, and while interesting from a literary standpoint, her views are not those of the NT writers, upon whom the Anglican tradition teaches us to rely. “ECUSA has been accused by many over the years of distorting its christology by its fascination with secular and New Age ideologies, of which this episode is evidently symptomatic and a warning to those unfamiliar with ECUSA of its descent in places into syncretism” Well, Julian has likwly been called many things, but the sheer anachronistic ignorance of calling her… Read more »

Alan Marsh
Alan Marsh
14 years ago

“ECUSA has been accused by many over the years” – 20 years seems a long time ago in ECUSA, and as to what the next 20 years will bring, the mind can only boggle.

Andy
Andy
14 years ago

Pete: “The words translated as “spirit” in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are feminine nouns, so it would be quite proper to use feminine language and imagery.”

If you’re going to post one simple “fact”, you could at least check its accuracy before posting. The greek pneuma in the NT is neuter, not feminine.

Christopher Shell
Christopher Shell
14 years ago

Simon

Also Isa. 66.13: ‘Thee will I comfort as one whom his mother comforts.’.

I like Rev Terry’s ‘Katharine Scholari’. Blame World Cup fever for the freudian slip.

Pete
Pete
14 years ago

Andy, you are correct. I’m sorry for the mistake.

Laurence Roberts
Laurence Roberts
14 years ago

So glad to be put str8 (again!). How little I know. All language is analogical. The signifier lacks stability. Human subjects are radially decentred. Even if schori’s first sermon as (suddenly,unexpectedly) PB-elect was total shite–it ‘d be kinda human if the guys listened supportively, –but all this nit-picking, post mortem stuff is ungalante — & BTW no-one has died !–yet… Why be so mean & spiteful ? Is this virtuosity ? Is this the praxis of Titus one nine ? How much rhetorical viagara do these guys need ? Why not hate the sermon & (try to) love the preacher… Read more »

Christopher Shell
Christopher Shell
14 years ago

Add to Isaiah 66.13 the following:
2 Esdras 1.28-30
Sirach 15.1-3

imho
imho
14 years ago

“THE CofE TRADITIONAL ole fashioned Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer does not mention the Bible. What price biblicism ?” Posted by: LaurenceRoberts on Thursday, 29 June 2006 at 10:27pm BST ========================================== From the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer: The Holy Scriptures Q. What are the Holy Scriptures? A. The Holy Scriptures, commonly called the Bible, are the books of the Old and New Testaments; other books, called the Apocrypha, are often included in the Bible. Q. What is the Old Testament? A. The Old Testament consists of books written by the people of the Old Covenant,… Read more »

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