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Uganda: more radio coverage of consecration

The BBC Radio 4 evening rush hour news programme, named PM, carried a major item on this at 5.30 pm tonight. Christopher Landau reports and includes an interview with Bishop Guernsey among others.

Go here, and go forward 31 minutes or so. This link will last only for a week. The item lasts about 7 minutes.

The American National Public Radio also has coverage. Go here. For American conservative criticism of it, go here.

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JCF
JCF
13 years ago

Heh. Re the NPR story, Kendall Harmon calls Rev. Jan Nunley’s summation (that only a tiny # of Episcopal parishes are attempting to leave/have left, for “Africa”), “tired”.

Pity Kendall: I suppose that to hold one’s fingers in one’s ears, going LA-LA-LA-LA to block out the Truth, IS rather tiring! 😉

Hugh of Lincoln
Hugh of Lincoln
13 years ago

They’re going to have to do a lot better than fewer than 1% of congregations to become the official Anglican presence in USA!

Pluralist
13 years ago

The UK report showed the importance of welfare services from the churches, and this will add to their popularity along with a different culture of believing. It does not transfer, it can only be small and sectarian in the US and Europe and such as Australia and New Zealand.

L Roberts
L Roberts
13 years ago

Heh. Re the NPR story, Kendall Harmon calls Rev. Jan Nunley’s summation (that only a tiny # of Episcopal parishes are attempting to leave/have left, for “Africa”), “tired”.

Pity Kendall: I suppose that to hold one’s fingers in one’s ears, going LA-LA-LA-LA to block out the Truth, IS rather tiring! 😉

Posted by: JCF on Monday, 3 September 2007 at 7:30pm BST

I notice Kendall has ‘closed off’ two current gay stories or will only take comments by email — if at all.

Is this control-geakery ?

Curtis
Curtis
13 years ago

Another wing-nut vitriolic in Virginia; how revolutionary. Are there going to be throngs of Episcopalians in a stampeding to the door to get out of the American church so they can hear what they can get in any Assembly of God hell-fire sermon? I doubt it.

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
13 years ago

From K. Harmon: “the number of parishes springing up of people who wish to be Anglicans but do not wish to be associated with TEC”

Wow! I see a lot of that here in the Shenandoah Valley – many Baptists, Mennonites, Methodists, Church of the Brethren, previously unchurched – all demanding to be Anglicans but not TEC.

Sure.

Springing up like mushrooms.

Maybe that’s what K. Harmon has been consuming.

Sacred mushrooms.

Now NP will accuse me of promoting sacred mushrooms.

Be at peace. I only eat non-hallucegenic [sp?] ‘shrooms – sauted in nice butter and served on toast.

Andrew
Andrew
13 years ago

I wonder if the current African archbishops will some day be seen in the same light as Governor George Wallace in the history of civil rights in America. Or will they be the churchmen who condemned Galileo? Time does not stand still, not for the church, not for the Akinolites.

NP
NP
13 years ago

Cynthia – I am trying to take a TA break until we have real news at the end of the month…but since you mention me, I though I should respond….and since you give a little recipe, I shall try that too! As to your point, sure, the “orthodox” Anglicans in TEC(USA) are a minority because “conservatives” have been leaving for decades (a mistake we have not made in England!!) ….but then liberal views of the current leadership of TEC(USA) represent a small minority in the AC and the Network etc are very mainstream…..so, who should the AC partner with in… Read more »

Colin Coward
13 years ago

NP writes – “we will pick up….” Is that “we“, NP and the Archbishop of Canterbury and the “Windsor-compliant” Primates. How self-important and grandiose are you going to become? It can’t be you and the “Windsor-compliant” Primates because following the ordination last weekend in Uganda, there are no longer ANY global south “Windsor-compliant” Primates. The “orthodox” Anglicans in TEC(USA) are a minority because they’re a minority, NP. There is no other reason. “Mainstream” in England is anything but mainstream. Conservatives in England haven’t been leaving. Many have become more open and generous towards those with whom they formerly disagreed. At… Read more »

Lapinbizarre
Lapinbizarre
13 years ago

“…. who should the AC partner with in the US? I suspect we will pick those who have not “torn the fabric of the communion” and who are willing to be loyal to agreed Anglican positions on the presenting issues – willing to change positions first, not act against the requests of most of the AC and still claim to be “in communion” with everyone.”

A couple of of days back, you commented on people who “only [make] progress when they face reality and leave their fantasy world.” Make good use of your month off, NP.

NP
NP
13 years ago

Colin says “Enjoy the rest of you TA break, NP, and prepare for more bad news ” and the rabbitalso accuses me of being in fantasy land…….. Colin – this “bad news” you hope I will be getting…..will it be like Dromantine, TWR or the Tanzania Communique? I am prepared for dear old Rowan to act in a way consistent with his actions in the last 4 years of disruption by those within TEC who would sacrifice the unity of the AC for the sake of the agenda…..the ABC is not one of them if we look at what he… Read more »

Kurt
Kurt
13 years ago

Hey, NP, how about letting us know what “booming” London evo parish you attend?

NP
NP
13 years ago

Kurt – Mynster and others worked that out long ago

You heard of HTB?

Uriel
Uriel
13 years ago

“Another wing-nut vitriolic in Virginia..” If Curtis means this as a reference to John Guernsey, I have to differ, although I disagree with John on all the issues. The Spotsyltuckian, who knows John, wrote about him here the other day, and I would like to add my observations now. I, too, know John. He is highly intelligent, highly educated, and without peer as the the most charismatic preacher I have ever heard. He virtually creates an alternate reality when he preaches. Afterward, I have found myself thinking, “What the hell was that?” and, upon reflection, have found his points questionable,… Read more »

drdanfee
drdanfee
13 years ago

Hmmm the church medical clinics are bearing up to sixty percent of the medical caseloads in Uganda – a demonstration that perhaps the con-evo dissing of MDG’s (so common to so many who post on con-evo realignment blogs) is a bit out of step with Ugandan church life? In any case, dear Bishop Guernsey, the fire and fruits of religious-ethical transformation – not to mention modern empirical data transformations? – have already been seeping and sweeping through so much of TEC in the last four to five decades that it could institutionally lay aside its traditionalistic prejudices and falsehoods preached… Read more »

Kurt
Kurt
13 years ago

Is this what you mean?
http://www.htb.org.uk/history

Actually, this is more my type:
http://www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/

Jerry Hannon
Jerry Hannon
13 years ago

Oh good grief, Holy Trinity Brompton, we should have known. If the world needed more Baptist-lite churches, I suppose we could use them as a model, but there are more than enough of non-Anglican fundamentalist churches to suit that spectrum of Christianity. I have found many other wonderful London parishes to use during my business and vacation trips to London, but I also know that we need “different strokes for different folks,” and that what turns me off may turn some on. Therefore, live and let live in Christian charity. I just will not stand by while some disgruntled ultraorthodox… Read more »

L Roberts
L Roberts
13 years ago

This is encouraging. From the HTB web site :- Justice. Mercy. Humility. HTB and Alpha International are core members of Micah Challenge UK. Micah Challenge is an international coalition of Christian organisations and churches, uniting Christians to follow God’s call to defend the rights of the poor. Nicky Gumbel is on the Council of Reference. Despite the gains made by Make Poverty History in 2005, today more than a billion people remain trapped in a state of absolute poverty. Micah Challenge UK seeks to build on the momentum created by Make Poverty History, to continue to press the UK government… Read more »

Hugh of Lincoln
Hugh of Lincoln
13 years ago

“You heard of HTB?”

…the previous vicar of which, Sandy Millar, was consecrated Ugandan Bishop of Mission for the London Diocese.

The pieces of the jigsaw are beginning to fit together.

Neil
Neil
13 years ago

Sandy Millar’s consecration was a very odd affair. Do you know which is his own Diocese in Uganda, and how often he is there for confirmations and ordinations etc.?
I am surprised NP is from HTB as she comes across as not quite as broad-minded as some of them can be.

Pluralist
13 years ago

In that part of the world, I’d rather go to 112 Palace Gardens Terrace any time (the other end of the Kensington area, at Notting Hill Gate). Mynsterpreost said to me, a large church in the London area. Holy Trinity Brompton was the obvious one, but too obvious. It’s a bit like claiming to go to a progressive church in London, when you mean St James Piccadilly. These churches are all about urban specialisation, even Kensington Unitarians because there are others with other biases available not so far away. The result is that these specialised outfits are magnets for far… Read more »

Göran Koch-Swahne
13 years ago

“In his presence, you feel witty and insightful – or, perhaps whatever you particularly want to feel – I have a feeling he has the ability to reflect back to you what you want.”

I’m afraid this sounds like a diagnosis.

Uriel
Uriel
13 years ago

“I’m afraid this sounds like a diagnosis.” I don’t quite take your meaning, Göran, but I meant that John Guernsey has “charm,” which is very hard to resist, but which is not paired with real openness to those he charms. He is not really interested in your views: he has the Answers (or so his whole manner implies) and should you disagree, well, there is simply no point in discussion. As I said, it is my opinion that he cannot do other than lead large numbers, but that having gotten stuck in a small parish in a conservative/Evangelical/fundamentalist area, he… Read more »

mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
13 years ago

I hadn’t worked out it was HTB, but it comes as no surprise. Explains the Alpha fixation etc – but how unoriginal, a bit like eating at MacDonald’s.

cryptogram
cryptogram
13 years ago

According to Anglican Mainstream. Rwanda has now “elected” three more bishops for AMiA because of the great success of their mission.

Is this keeping up with the Joneses? Is it an attempt to devalue the episcopal currency, or to pad out the voting figures? (The threat to pass the Reform Bill in 1832 by creating enough votes in the Lords to do it springs to mind…) Talk about more chiefs than Indians.

Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat.

jnwall
jnwall
13 years ago

I am grateful to Bishop Orama of Nigeria who has clarified for us all what it means to be a Biblical Christian and what it means to be a faithful Anglican. It all comes down to believing that “Homosexuality and lesbianism are inhuman. Those who practice them are insane, satanic, and are not fit to live because they are rebels to God’s purpose for man.” There. Now we have it. Now we understand Moses and the Prophets, and know why Jesus died on the cross. Now we know that Cranmer and Hooker and Temple were trying to teach us. So… Read more »

Pluralist
13 years ago

The point about Holy Trinity Brompton is that it is, as you said this morning, McDonaldisation of religion (you said it better – I thought you were writing something relating to Ritzer’s book and then there is one I have by John Drane, quite famous, the McDonaldization of the Church (2000). What the Church offers is something manufactured, bite-size, digested, never deviates, never out of expectation, apparently reliable, the pure modernist product, and capitalist to the core. It is epitomised by the Alpha course, a product and a process, all worked out, marketed and copyrighted, as if religion can be… Read more »

Ford Elms
Ford Elms
13 years ago

“It is epitomised by the Alpha course” Precisely. I cringe every time I see Alpha advertised on a bus stop. Now, I’m an aging socialist, after my fashion, but I see the marketting industry as the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: it is the engine that drives the consumerism that makes Western society the consumer of a hugely disproportionate share of the world’s resources, for a start. To see the Church putting Herself in league with this is, for me, a good example of our selling out to the world. Christianity is a product to be marketted. The success of… Read more »

Malcolm+
Malcolm+
13 years ago

Ford – I’d like to speak with you in another context as an “aging socialist” from Newfoundland. Could you email me at iona@accesscomm.ca

Mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
Mynsterpreost (=David Rowett)
13 years ago

My discussions with pro-Alpha types on this critical (consumerist) point tends to be met with ‘ends justifying means’ comments. It doesn’t go down too well when I remind them the same justification lies behind the excesses of the Inquisition

Ford Elms
Ford Elms
13 years ago

“‘ends justifying means'” So, it’s OK to sell out to the world if you are valiantly engaged in saving souls from the condemnation of God, but not if you are valiantly engaged in trying to show those same souls that God actually loves them. My, sometime, I’d like to converse with these people. Or maybe not. These are the same people who believe it is loving to say to someone “You are an evil rebel against God, a cancer on the Body of Christ, deserve to be thrown in jail where you might be killed, are likely a child molestor,… Read more »

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