Sad to read over at Virtue Online:
VOL sent an email to the bishop and asked him if he would consider selling it back to its original owners. We never got an answer. Based on past history and what the former Presiding Bishop ordered her bishops to do, Episcopal bishops have not been allowed to sell church buildings back to any Anglican congregation. Jefferts Schori has instead preferred to sell them to future saloon owners (her favorite) or for mosques…
… Attendance at alarming rate:
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is leaving office this month after a tumultuous nine years in office that saw significant conflict and numerical decline in the oldline church.
Statistics released this week by the denomination’s Office of Diocesan and Congregational Ministries indicate that Jefferts Schori is leaving her successor, Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry, with decline that is steepening rather than tapering off.
The church’s domestic U.S. membership dropped 2.7 percent from a reported 1,866,758 members in 2013 to 1,817,004 in 2014, a loss of 49,794 persons. Attendance took an even steeper hit, with the average number of Sunday worshipers dropping from 623,691 in 2013 to 600,411 in 2014, a decline of 23,280 persons in the pews, down 3.7 percent.
Virtue Online has more here.
Calling Muslim guests to the church “angels“, the Bishop later took to her official blog to explain that removing Christian symbols from the church and preparing the building for Muslim prayer doesn’t make a priest any less a defender of the faith. Rather, to do any less would make one “stingy towards people of other faiths”.
The bishop insisted this wasn’t an issue, after all airports and hospitals already had multi-faith prayer rooms, and converting the dockyard church would only bring it up to speed. Regardless, the announcement has aroused protest.
Father Patrik Pettersson, one of the priests in her diocese and active in the same parish as the Seaman’s mission church has hit back in a blog of his own, complaining there is no way you could equate a consecrated church with a prayer room, remarking “I should have thought a bishop would be able to tell the difference”.
How novel. Oh, by the way, the Bishopess is also the world’s first openly lesbian bishop. I wouldn’t bet on Muslim being as reciprocating…
Bishop David Russell, was an anti-apartheid activist and the retired Anglican bishop of Grahamstown.
Here’s the state broadcaster, the SABC.
Tributes are pouring in for the late former Anglican Bishop of Grahamstown, Reverend David Russel.
Russel died at the age of 75 in Cape Town following a long battle with cancer.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, has described Russel as an outstanding stalwart, who exposed the inequities of forced removals in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town.
Tutu says Russell was a great trainer of Bishops and that all his students later became heads of diocese.
Russel leaves behind his wife Dorothea and two sons, Thabo and Sipho.
The Mail & Guardian has more.
Anti-apartheid campaigner and retired bishop David Russell has died of cancer aged 75. He fought against forced removals and for same-sex marriage…