For more, see:
Obama's man, Rahm Emanuel, seeks to make Illinois the seventh of fifty states to ratify sodomy and gay marriages. No surprises.
We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Prayer-Biography-Religious/dp/0691154813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417814005&sr=8-1&keywords=jacobs+book+of+common+prayer. January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-English-Reformation-1489-1556/dp/1592448658/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420055574&sr=8-1&keywords=A.F.+Pollard+Cranmer. February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-Jasper-Ridley/dp/0198212879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422892154&sr=8-1&keywords=jasper+ridley+cranmer&pebp=1422892151110&peasin=198212879
Biretta action: Dr Williams with (left to right): the Assistant Bishop of Kinshasa, the Rt Revd Molanga Botola; the Bishop of Kisangani, the Rt Revd Funga Botolome; and the Bishop of Aru, the Rt Revd George Titre Ande LAMBETH PALACE
|THE Archbishop of Canterbury returned to the UK on Monday, after a ten-day visit to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); he described the work of the Anglican Church in both countries as “inspiring”.|
Dr Williams started the trip in Kenya, where he joined the Archbishop of the province, Dr Eliud Wabukala, in a eucharist to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diocese of Nakuru.
In his sermon at the service, Dr Williams urged Christians to be courageous when facing opposition, and praised the courage of Christians in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Egypt, and Sudan, who continued to show “fearlessness in the face of terrible danger”.
The two Archbishops also laid the foundation stone on the site of the first Anglican University in Kenya, at Kanyuambora.
Dr Williams saw at first hand some of the transforming work being done by Holy Trinity, Kibera, which is situated in one of Africa’s largest slums. It has a population of 700,000, in an area of 600 acres. He toured several church initiatives there, including a tailoring project for vulnerable women and a children’s homework club. He described the work as “inspiring”.
He also visited a sustainable-development project in a village in the diocese of Machakos, which has been set up in partnership with CMS Africa; it processes cow dung to create bio-gas.
Dr Williams had a meeting with the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, and discussed the place of the Church in promoting community development.
Both Archbishops described the visit as “a joyful and fruitful” experience, which “had strengthened the historic fellowship between our two provinces”.
After five days in Kenya, Dr Williams flew on to the DRC for a pastoral visit. He arrived in Bunia in the north-east of the country, where he visited the AGAPE church organisation, which helps to reunite with their families young men who had been taken from school to join the militia.
In Boga, the birthplace of the Church of the Province of Congo, Dr Williams took part in a celebration at St Apolo Cathedral, and heard the stories of pygmies who had been driven from their homes. He also met women who had been raped by the militia in the civil war, and heard how the Anglican Church in Congo has established an Association of Women, working in collaboration with the Mothers’ Union, to campaign against sexual violence and to offer practical help to survivors.
The Archbishop of Congo, the Rt Revd Henri Isingoma, described Dr Williams’s visit as “a historical occasion”. His wife, Musiga, said that it put Congo “on the map”, and helped to give the Church there a voice.
Dr Williams said the work of the Anglican Church in Congo which he experienced was “intensely moving and inspiring. This is a Church which really makes a difference for the most damaged and vulnerable people, in a society emerging — still precariously — from a period of terrible collective trauma. They need encouragement and support — but we need their vision and compassion even more.”
The British Ambassador to the DRC, Neil Wigan, accompanied the Archbishop. He praised the Anglican Church for its “amazing” work in the country, and said that, where “often the State has ceased to exist, the Church has still been there, providing education and social services.
“And the Church plays a role in reconciliation and standards in public life, encouraging politicians to behave and leaders to take their responsibilities seriously. The Anglican Church is very much part of that tradition.”
So being in the district of Arsenoe, where, as you know, this teaching prevailed long before, so that both schisms and the defection of whole churches have occurred, I called together the presbyters and teachers among the brethren in the villages, such of the brethren as wished being also present, and invited them publicly to make an examination of the matter. And when some brought forward against me this book as an impregnable weapon and bulwark, I sat with them three days in succession from dawn till evening and tried to correct the statements made. During which time I was much struck with the steadiness, the desire for truth, the aptness in following an argument and the intelligence displayed by the brethren, whilst we put our questions and difficulties and points of agreement in an orderly and reasonable manner, avoiding the mistake of holding jealously at any cost to what we had once thought, even though it should now be shown to be wrong, and yet not suppressing what we had to say on the other side, but, as far as possible, attempting to grapple with and master the propositions in hand without being ashamed to change one’s opinion and yield assent if the argument convinced us; conscientiously and unfeignedly, with hearts spread open before God, accepting what was established by the exposition and teaching of the holy Scriptures.I found this interesting mostly because of the contrast between Scripture and tradition that Dionysius praises.
At last the champion and mouthpiece of this doctrine, the man called Coracion, in the hearing of all the brethren that were present agreed and testified to us that he would no longer adhere to it nor discourse upon it nor yet mention nor teach it, on the ground that he had been convinced by what had been said against it. And of the rest of the brethren some rejoiced at the conference and the reconciliation and harmonious arrangement which was brought about by it between all parties.
I have learnt this also, that the brethren in Africa did not introduce this practice (of re-baptism) now for the first time, but it was also adopted some time ago among our predecessors as Bishops, in the most populous churches and well-attended synods of the brethren, viz. in Iconium and Synnada, and I cannot bring myself to reverse their decisions and involve them in strife and controversy. For “thou shalt not remove,” it says, “thy neighbour’s boundaries, which thy fathers set.”But even that sentiment is a far cry from anything like elevating tradition to the level of Scripture. It's just a willingness not to create needless controversy.