Same-sex Blessings
by Tony Copple, Ottawa
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The Anglican Church is embroiled in the most destructive debate since the re-marriage of divorcees. See timeline for the story from 1976 - 2008. However, don't be too smug if you aren't Anglican. Your time will come. If you are United Church of Canada, it already went. The front line of the battle is North America, and this page is written from a Canadian perspective. The Anglican Church of Canada is no longer recognised by the Worldwide Anglican Communion, although few Canadian Anglicans are aware of this!

This debate has no middle ground. The liberal agenda pushed through over the past two decades in the theological colleges has borne fruit indeed. Much of this has surfaced in a course called Living the Questions which should have the equivalent of a government health warning, and aims to undo what Alpha has been achieving. A majority of senior churchmen in the Canadian Anglican communion seemed set to vote for same-sex blessings at the 2004 General Synod, May 28 - June 4. In the event, the result was a muddying of the waters and an increase in tension and confusion. It is my guess that a great many congregation members, sprinkled all over the country will become very concerned as they realize what is happening. Priests are wary of taking a stand for a strict biblical reading of the issue, lest their bishops attempt to discipline them, so they are seeking other subjects for their sermons. Many parishes are financially bound to the prevailing liberal wind since they owe money on church mortgages. In New Westminster diocese a battle rages over the ownership of church properties of churches which have defected, including Ed Hird's St. Simon's, North Vancouver. For traditionalists, Hird is a leader figure. His church has now taken the initiative in founding the Anglican Coalition in Canada, with oversight from the primate of Rwanda, now formally recognised by the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Windsor Report from the Eames commission was published Oct 18, 2004. Both conservatives and liberals had hoped that it would support their causes, and the liberals won. In Eames' enthusiasm for unity, the fundamentals of our faith are in danger of sacrifice - but they must have judged this the lesser problem. They were wrong. Those of us who are Christian because of our fear of God - who can do anything he wants - tremble for the denomination as it seeks to pacify folk whose agendas are social and humanitarian above all else. See Eames below for plenty of comment.

The same-sex blessings issue is a symptom of the trend away from biblical teaching to liberal interpretations. It is the last straw for some however; the place where they feel they must take a stand. The recent book The Pagan Christ is an example of the kind of thinking that we are beginning to see in this climate - denying the very existence of Jesus on earth. These ideas are the logical result of the march of Gnostic liberalism. Gullible folk are being seduced by these trends, and many are looking towards the new age movement and other religions to satisfy their spiritual needs.

If this is a spiritual battle, then the body that best represents the forces of conservatism in Canada is The Anglican Network in Canada. There are groups being formed in various parts of the country with members who believe passionately that we cannot give up the tenets of faith which have guided the Anglican Church of Canada thus far. These groups are likely to coagulate under the Essentials banner in the continuing debate. The Anglican Gathering of Ottawa, an Ottawa-based group of clergy and lay people seeking to uphold the traditional beliefs of the church, has been holding prayer and praise services in Ottawa and Pembroke, and offering pastoral care and prayer for the uplifting of traditional Anglican beliefs and values. From Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2004, Anglican Essentials hosted "The Way Forward Conference" in Ottawa, providing a forum for leaders of vision to point the way out of this mire.

Throughout Judaeo/Christian history, brave prophets and teachers have often risked even life itself in speaking out against the misdoings and misunderstandings of leaders. Dr. Edith Humphrey, whose words can be found on this site, is one of the most respected Christian thinkers and teachers in North America. She is an extremely knowledgeable, and inspired, scholar and teacher on the matters that we are debating. Yet I have seen a tendency to criticise the statements of eminent people on the basis that their statements sound offensive or outrageous, or that they are attacking the defenceless. Before criticizing her we must consider who she is, her track record, and ponder very seriously the consequences that she foresees. Every point she makes has been argued logically, from a position of the strongest Christian faith, and presented in clear unambiguous language. If Edith Humphrey is wrong, then much of the teaching of the past is wrong. If she is right, we should all be fearful of the direction in which we are being forcibly led by North American leaders.

This site is an attempt to show where we have come from in this debate and to record whither we are going. My personal view: I have no antipathy toward gays and lesbians, but I do not wish to encourage homosexual practice by having it blessed by priests. Further, I am against unilateral action by the liberal western churches including the Anglican Church of Canada that might separate us from the Worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly those parts of the Communion on the frontiers of evangelism in the third world, who must present a united front for new converts to Christianity.

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Events

  • Statement from Bishop Charlie Masters following the Canterbury Meeting of Primates 11-15 Jan 2016
  • On the death of the Anglican Communion - Virtue on Line, 16 Jan 2016
  • Focus on Ottawa 4-7 Nov 2010: ANiC Synod, and 150th anniversary of St George's church. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali is keynote speaker at both events.
  • The Episcopal Rainbow Tour Jefferts Schori in Brisbane - Michael Bird. 4 July 2010
  • The 4th Anglican Global South to South Encounter held in Singapore, April 19-23. - 22 May 2010
  • Anglican 1000 Launch conference, February 22-23, Plano, Tx
  • Run up to the Anglican 1000 Conference - with several from Ottawa attending
  • 11-13 November 2009: ANiC Synod at St. Catherines, Ontario
  • 22-25 June 2009: Inaugural assembly of the Anglican Church in North America, Plano and Bedford, Texas
  • 16 July - 3 August 2008: The Lambeth Conference 2008.      News updates
  • 22-29 June 2008, Jerusalem: Global Anglican Future Conference - GAFCON   Program    GAFCON news updates
          Sign Petition in solidarity with the GAFCON Jerusalem Statement (individuals living outside England).
  • 31 May 2008, 7:30. Bishop Malcolm Harding in Ottawa-Kanata, speaking on "The person, power and release
    of the Holy Spirit." Glen Cairn Community Centre, 182 Morrena Road, Kanata.  Info
  • 4 May 2008, Ottawa. Karen Bergenstein ordained in the diaconate by Bishop Bon Harvey at St. Albans church.
  • 25- 26 April 2008. Network national conference, attended by Archbishop Greg Venables. - "Compelled by Christ's Love" - Delta, B.C.
  • The ANiC tour hit Ottawa, Bp Don Harvey and Cheryl Chang - 11,12 Feb 08
  • Sun 6 Jan 08: Kanata Lakes Fellowship opened in West ottawa, designed for "orphans." Read press report 7 Jan.
  • Monday 10 December 2007, join an ANiO Gathering "Shaken by the Synod Vote" at the Best Western hotel, Pembroke.
  • Sunday 9 December 2007, join an ANiO Gathering "Shaken by the Synod Vote" at the McNabb Rec Centre, 180 Percy St, Ottawa.
       Ottawa Citizen report
  • Anglican Network national conference, Burlington, 22,23 November 2007. See the pictures.   My Radio Comment (CKCU, Ottawa)
  • During August 2007, weekly services were held on Wednesdays at Bethesda Renewal Centre. Sample Tony Copple's talk from 22 Aug.
  • Anglican Gathering, Ottawa, Thursday 28 June 2007. Evening Prayer, + Q & A on General synod.
  • Now is the Time Charlie Masters' Canada-wide tour - in Ottawa 12 May 2007, 10:30, St. George's. Download poster.
  • The Whole Message conference, Ottawa - Inclusiveness in the Anglican Church of Canada 13 - 14 April 2007, with pre-conference event with Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham 7 March 2007: -   A modern Iliad
  • Bishop Don Harvey back in Ottawa - 2-4 March 2007. Moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada. See the photos & comment.
  • Canon Charlie Masters in Ottawa & Pembroke - Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2006. He is National Director of Anglican Essentials Canada.
  • Bishop Don Harvey in Ottawa - 10-12 Feb 2006
  • An Open Door Conference - Anglican Essentials, 16-18 June 2005
       Report from AEC    AEC Press Rel. 9 June 2005
  • Toronto "Stand for Marriage" Rally - Pictures, May 23, noon - 2:30 pm, Queen's Park.   My speech
  • The March for Marriage - April 9, 2005, Ottawa.
  • "The Way Forward Conference" Ottawa, Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2004   Statement of purpose
       at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Nepean
       presented by Anglican Essentials Canada.   My report Anglican bishops from ten jurisdictions and organizations pledged to take the first steps toward a “new ecclesiastical structure” in North America. The meeting of the first ever Common Cause Council of Bishops was held in Pittsburgh September 25-28.

    Press and other sources
    NB: Some links below will disappear as newspapers delete items. If you will need to re-read, I recommend copying and pasting.

  • Largest Anglican Church Congregation in Canada Leaves Historic Church Home Because of Differences in Belief - 8 Sep 2011
  • TEC Statistics Reveal a Church in Decline*National Cathedral Hit by Earthquake - VOL 25 Aug 2011
  • 10 Reasons Why the Global South Should Not Assent to TEC on Pansexuality - VOL, 18 Aug 2011
  • Why did your congregation separate from the Anglican Church of Canada? - Church of the Messiah congregation e-mail, 16 April 2011
  • Gay weddings will never take place in church buildings, vows Dr Rowan Williams - Mail on-line, 27 Feb 11
  • Vancouver parishes initiate appeal to Supreme Court of Canada, 12 Dec 2010
  • BC Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by four ANiC churches 15 Nov 2010
  • Queen gives warning to Church of England synod, 28 Nov 2010
  • Toronto Bishop Makes Room for Same-Sex Blessings - 5 Nov 2010
  • Anglican leaders to meet in Dublin , The Post.IE (Dublin) - 26 Sept 2010
  • African bishops ask Anglicans to heed same-sex moratoria - Chritian Today, 31 Aug 2010
  • Anglican conservatives: will sinners still be welcome? - David Jenkins, National Post - 21 June 2010
  • Jefferts Schori smacked down, and other current juicy morsels, - VOL 18 June 2010
  • Apostate waffle - Sarah Plumpton / VOL - 17 June 2010
  • ACoC Synod: wrapping things up. - David Jenkins, Eternity, Australia - 11 June 2010
  • Anglicans aim to defuse gay-marriage issue at ACoC Synod - 3 June 2010
  • Anglicans must observe moratoria or lose key places, says Dr Williams - Anglican Media, Melbourne 2 June 2010
  • Anglicans cut Episcopalians from ecumenical bodies - AP, 9 June 2010
  • Cardinal Ouellet responds to Criticism - by Deborah Gyapong, 26 May 2010
  • Bad time to be a Christian in Britain CBN TV, London - April 2101
  • Where did the mainline go wrong? - Walter Russell Mead, 18 Apr 2010
  • Glasspool Gets Consents, + other news from USA, Africa, Canada - VOL, 12 March 2010
  • Egyptian Archbishop Resigns from Standing Committee of Anglican Communion - VOL 1 Feb 2010
  • Diocese of B.C. considers closing almost half its churches - VIC News 26 Jan 2010
  • Diocese of New Westminster files cross-appeal - Anglican Journal, 16 Jan 2010
  • SEWANEE: Episcopal University Follows Fate of National Episcopal Church , including beware of Newsweek, - VOL, 12 Jan 2010
  • Bishop Don Harvey appointed Dean of the Anglican Church in North America - 11 Jan 2010
  • 2009: The Anglican Year of Living Dangerously - VOL 28 December 2009
  • Vancouver ANiC parishes to appeal against BC Supreme Court decision - 24 December 2009
  • Uganda: Is the Pope Treading On Thin Ice? - All Africa.com, 29 Nov 2009
  • BC Supreme Court issues mixed decision in church property dispute - 25 Nov 2009
  • Archbishop Bob Duncan - Holy Post, after the ANiC Synod, 15 Nov 2009
  • Religious liberty fading fast in UK - Christian Telegraph, Oct 2009
  • Standing and Staying - VOL, Chris Sugden, 22 Aug 2009
  • Bad hair days for the Anglican liberals - VOL, Andrew Carey, 14 Aug 2009
  • GC2009: Rowan Among The Ruins: What Should the ABC Do Now? - VOL, 22 July 2009
  • The new remnant: evangelical Episcopalians - 20 July 2009
  • Bishop Lawrence Writes to the Clergy of the Diocese Regarding General Convention - VOL, 18 Jul 2009
  • TEC General Convention: The Presiding Bishop’s Opening Address: Confessional Christianity is a heresy (!) - 13 July 2009
  • Bishop: Focus on personal salvation is 'heresy', 'idolatry' - Faith & Reason, 10 July 2009
  • TEC Gay Organization Urges Moratorium and Same-Sex Rites Passed at GC2009 - VOL, 5 June 2009
  • Summary of the Vancouver issues by Rev. Charles Raven, Director of the UK-based SPREAD - 5 June 09.
  • No more parishes may bless same sex couples for forseeable future - Diocese of Westminster, 2 June 2009
  • Vancouver ANiC parishes on trial - Three weeks beginning 25 May 2009
  • The Windsor Continuation Group Report to the Archbishop of Canterbury - 11 May 2009
  • CoGS will not ask Canadian General Synod 2010 to amend the marriage canon - Anglican Journal, 11 May 2009
  • Jamaica ACC Meeting: Uganda's Orombi Blasts ACC for Refusing to Seat Ugandan Delegate" - VOL, 4 May 2009
  • The Oxymoron of Church Politics by A.S.Haley, VOL 28 April 2009
  • Emerging Anglican Province Announces 28 Dioceses - 25 April 2009
  • Cursillo leadership barred from ANiC members 23 April 2009
  • GAFCON recognizes the Anglican Church in North America - 16 Apr 2009
  • "The persecution and prosecution has become great" - ANiC Bishop Donald Harvey - 13 Mar 2009
  • Half of Church in Conflict over Gay Ordinations..Deny Consent to Buddhist Bishop - VOL, 12 Mar 2009
  • Anglican heads take dim view of would-be rival North American church - The Christian Century, 10 Mar 2009
  • Suddenly it's over for the Anglican Communion - John P. Richardson - VOL - 9 Mar 2009
  • TEC bishops have little knowledge of Scripture, theology & historic Anglicanism - VOL, 4 Mar 2009
  • Angry Anglican Revisionist Bishop Lashes Out at Orthodox Network - VOL, 26 Feb 2009
  • Anglican primates to meet in Egypt - Times Online, 27 Jan 2009. See also VOL, 29 Jan 2009
  • Bishop Ron Ferris leaves ACoC for ANiC - Anglican Journal, 23 Jan 2009
  • Vancouver-area parishes’ case to be heard May 25 - 7 Jan 2009
  • "Anglican Church in North America" formed - 3 December 2008
  • The ecclesiastical fantasies of primate Fred Hiltz - VOL - 20 Nov 2009
  • Canadian Primate 'disturbed' by new rival body - 20 Nov 2009
  • Anglican Leaders Plot to Throw Out Southern Cone - David Virtue, 26 Nov 2008
  • Senior bishops considering suspending the Latin American Province - Times on line, 25 Nov 2008
  • Archbiship Hiltz disturbed by new "rival" body - 20 Nov 2008
  • HOB - more talk, as if talk can change the truth - 31 Oct 2008
  • Plans to create a conservative province disturbing - Archbishop Hiltz, 18 November 08
  • Canadian Anglicans to proceed with gay blessing rites - Reuters Africa, 3 Nov 2008
  • Bp. Clarke follows Bp. Chapman, who thinks SSB is Godly in one church, but not in others! - 1 Nov 2008
  • An Emerging North American Province - Bishop Bob Duncan, 30 Oct 2008
  • Christians must make a stand - Anna Crawley, letter to Ottawa Citizen, 28 Oct 08
  • Bp Chapman, Ottawa, seeks OK to bless same-sex marriages - Ottawa Citizen, 24 Oct 08
  • Four groups emerge.." .. as the Future of TEC is Weighed in the Balance - VOL, 9 Oct 08
  • J I Packer talks up the future of Anglicanism - VOL, 29 Sep 08
  • Now is the time to realign - Bp Jack Iker, Diocese of Fort Worth, 29 Sept 2008
  • Hiltz asks ABC to intervene against Venables Episcopal Life On-line, 25 Sept 2008
  • Bishop Ingham reports to New West diocese on the Lambeth Conference - 22 Sept 2008
  • Breakaway Anglican group uses Jensen's postbox as address - Sydney Herald, 19 September 2008
  • Bishop of Pittsburgh deposed by Episcopal Church for 'abandoning communion' - Daily Telegraph - 19 Sept 2008
  • Pittsburgh Bishop Bob Duncan deposed by TEC - 18 Sept 2008
  • Archbishop Gomez: need for covenant grows more urgent - 15 Sept 2008
  • The Lambeth Conference - a lament - Theodore L. Lewis, Maryland, 29 Aug 2008
  • GAFCON Communiqué on establishment of Primates Council and Fellowship - 29 Aug 08
  • GAFCON, Lambeth, and the future of Anglicanism - Bishop William Love, Albany, 28 Aug 2008
  • The future after Lambeth for Anglicans - Religious Intelligence, 25 Aug 08
  • Will the Lambeth Conference bring peace to the Anglican world? - Religious Intelligence, 18 Aug 08
  • ABC misrepresented, say 19 bishops - Times-on-line, 9 Aug 08
  • Dr Williams 'has made a split inevitable in the Anglican Church' - with comments from Bishop Greg Venables, 8 Aug 08
  • Rowan Williams' true thoughts revealed - Christian Today - 7 Aug 08
  • Reactions to Lambeth Conference span the spectrum - Episcopal Life On-Line , 4 Aug 08
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury blames liberal North American churches - 4 Aug 08
  • Bishops agree forward strategy for Anglican Communion - Christian Today, 3 Aug 08
  • Holding the Anglican Communion Together Against All Odds - David Virtue, 29 Jul 08
  • Oppose gay bishops, Anglicans urged - 28 July 2008
  • Liberal churches have spiritual Alzheimers - Cardinal Diaz, 23 July 08
  • Lambeth 2008 news updates from 22 July
  • Tom Wright on GAFCON - 6 July
  • Orthodoxy and Wider Connections - Archbishop Greg Venables in London, 1 Jul 08
  • The Anglican "realignment" takes shape - America Catholic Weekly, 30 June 08
  • Anglicans form 'new church' - Ruth Gledhill, The Times, 29 Jun 2008
  • Akinola: Lambeth betrayed us - Church Times 27 Jun 2008
  • GAFCON Program & live video feed    GAFCON news updates from 21 June
  • GAFCON ‘will set the future for the Church’ - Dr. Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, Anglican Mainstream, 21 Jun 2008
  • GAFCON book: The Way, The Truth, and The Life, released in Jerusalem - David Virtue, 19 June 2008
  • Anglican church in meltdown over gays and women - Ruth Gledhill, 17 June 2008   See the triggering event.
  • Counterfeit Communion Out, New Communion Now... - David Virtue, 5 June 2008
  • Ingham threatens Short - David Virtue, 5 June 2008
  • ANGLICAN COMMUNION MUST SEPARATE AND A NEW COMMUNION FORMED - David Virtue, 4 June 2008
  • 11 disaffected New West clergy transfer to the Southern Cone - 1 June 2008
  • Court sides with Anglican Church against breakaway B.C. parish - 30 May 2008
  • Five Dioceses Oppose Schori...New NA Structure a Reality - Duncan - David Virtue, 29 May 08 (Don't miss the scenes of England)
  • Huron votes yes to SSB - 26 May 2008
  • Why not extend marriage laws to include polygamy - 14 May 2008
  • Anglicans must share churches, judge rules - Toronto Star, 6 May 2008
  • Athabasca synod supports breakaway churches - Anglican Journal, 1 May 2008
  • Famed Theologian Quits Anglican Church of Canada The Christian Post - 28 April 08
  • Canadian Church in Turmoil..ANiC Conference Ignites Orthodox..More Faithful Flee  David Virtue - 25 April 08
  • Gay bishop plans his civil union rite  New York Times - 25 April 08
  • Southern Cone bishop lends support to breakaway Anglicans   National Post - 24 April 08
  • 11 clergy resign in New West - 23 Apr 08
  • Anglican leader pulls rival’s welcome mat  National Post - 21 Apr 08
  • Four Parishes Leave TEC... Mounting Tensions in Communion...Tom Wright wrong David Virtue - 19 April 08
  • Bishops decline request from Network for national talks - 18 April 08
  • New Westminster church ordered to let parishioners in  CTV.ca - 6 April 08
  • Angry Anglicans The Economist - 27 March 2008
  • Anglicans padlock "rebel" church - St. Chad's, Toronto - 4 Mar 2008
  • 2 BC churches ask permission to bless gays - 26 Feb 2008
  • CBC R1 The Current interviews Archbishop Greg Venables and Steve Schuh: Listen - 25 Feb 08
  • TAC weighs in to the debate - Bishop Carl Reid, Ottawa. National Post - 19 Feb 08
  • Anglican split could spread worldwide  Charles Lewis, National Post - 19 Feb 08
  • People can leave church, but parishes can't leave diocese, says archdeacon, Metchosin B.C. parish - 19 Feb 08
  • Anglican churches opt for distant leadership Globe and Mail - 18 Feb 08
  • Trinity Bearbrook and St.Albans, Ottawa leave the ACC Ottawa diocese - 16,17 Feb 08
  • ACC loses largest congregation to ANiC St. John's Shaughnessy makes the move - 14 Feb 2008
  • Essentials not sole authors of this schism  Anglican Journal - Feb 08
  • Out of the closet...surprize surprize, Mr Bulmer  Anglican Journal - Feb 08
       Garth Bulmer could make a legitimate claim to have authored the schism - TC
  • Liberal theology without the gospel has the smell of death - J I Packer with David Virtue - 25 Jan 08
  • Approve homosexual blessings or resign  Bp. Cyrus Pitman, NL & Lab, to his clergy - 22 Jan 2008.   They do.
  • ABC powerless to stop affiliations with Latin America and Africa - 22 Jan 2008
  • NL bishop demands new vows from clergy - 10 Jan 2009.  See also The Western Star - 11 Jan 08.
  • Archbishop Hiltz writes to the primates of the Communion - 9 Jan 2008
  • Australian comment on new Kanata church plant - 8 Jan 2008
  • GAFCON announced, Jerusalem 6 weeks before Lambeth 2008 - 26 Dec 07
  • Canadian Bishops meet clergy to discuss Network - 22 Dec 2007
  • VoL on the San Joachin move - 13 Dec 07
  • San Joaquin Diocese, Fresno, California votes to split from US Episcopal Church, joins Southern Cone - 9 Dec 07
  • CANA conference, VA  Akinola / Minns - 7 Dec 2007
  • It's D-I-V-O-R-C-E for Anglicans - Vancouver Sun 3 Dec 07
  • ACC misinterprets Windsor Report - 2 Dec 2007
  • St.Alban's, Ottawa joins global Anglican battle , Ottawa Citizen - 30 Nov 07
  • A pastoral statement from Archbishop Hiltz and Metropolitans for reading in churches 2 Dec 2007 at priests' discretion
  • Conservative Anglicans look to the Third World, Charles Lewis, National Post - 23 Nov 2007
  • Conservative Anglicans to establish new Canadian denomination - Canadian Christianity.com - Nov 2007
  • Anglican dissenters launch their own church, Ottawa Citizen - 23 Nov 2007
  • Church poisoned, Charles Lewis, National Post, reporting J.I. Packer at the Network conference, Burlington, ON., 22 Nov 2007
  • It's full blown schism - Ingham, 21 Nov 07
  • Conservative Anglicans pull out of Canadian church - Ottawa Citizen 20 Nov 07
  • More lemmings head for the cliff - 18 November 07
  • Bishop Don Harvey leaves the ACC and points the way ahead - 18 November 07
  • "Realignment" of Anglican Communion underway - 9 Nov 07
  • Same-sex unions could split Church: new primate  National Post - 8 Nov 07
  • 'Schismatic' activity concerns church leaders - 5 November 07
  • Church not in revolt after all - 22 Oct 07
  • Synod vote struck us to the core - Ottawa Citizen letter from Tony Copple - 19 Oct 07
  • Huge reaction to Ottawa Synod vote for SSB - 14 October 2007
  • Bulmer threatens total marriage ban - if gay blessings not approved at Ottawa Synod - Ottawa Sun - 10 Oct 07
  • Common Cause - 1st steps towards new structure in N. America  Pittsburg - 29 Sept 07
  • Canadian primate to visit ABC 16 Oct - 29 Sept 07
  • No USA SSB!? - The Times - 26 Sept, also, see Ottawa Citizen
  • All don't change - TEC to preserve status quo (but see item 26 Sept) - 24 Sept 07
  • Speech of Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis to the TEC House of Bishops New Orleans - 21 Sept 07
  • Ottawa Synod to consider SSB for the 2nd time - 19 Sept 07
  • Edmonton church prepares for SSB - Edmonton Journal 15 Sept 07
  • House of Bishops wrestles Virtue on-line - 13 Sept 07
  • Open letter to the ABC from the bishops of Nigeria, asking him to postpone the Lambeth Conference and to expect all invited to have 'already endorsed the Anglican Covenant' - 13 Sept 07
  • Rowan Williams strives to preserve the communion by John Wilkins - 12 Sept 2007
  • 2 US Bishops consecrated in Kenya - 30 Aug 2007. At the consecrations of newly installed Bishops Bill Atwood and Bill Murdock by the Church of Kenya (in Nairobi, August 30) and Bishop-elect John Guernsey by the Church of Uganda (in Mbarara, September 2), Bishop Donald Harvey, Canon Charlie Masters and Cheryl Chang represented the Anglican Network in Canada.
  • A Most Agonizing Journey towards Lambeth 2008 - Major statement from Archbishop Peter Akinola 19 Aug 07
  • Ottawa Diocese Planning Study - Executive summary. Study undertaken by by Myrlene Boken.
            Bishop Chapman was interviewed on CBC Radio, 7 August, on local church closures -
            Open letter to the Bishop of Ottawa by Tony Copple - 5 Aug 2007
  • Dr. Ephraim Radner quits ACN to back Canterbury 3 Aug 2007
  • Bishop Victoria Matthews to resign - 3 Aug 2007
  • Absence of Orthodox Anglicans (from Lambeth) Jeopardizes Communion Archbishop Drexel Gomez, - 1 August 2007
  • Lambeth boycott widens, Virtue on-line, 27 Jul 2007
  • Global South Primates respond to Canada’s General Synod decisions - 20 Jul 2007
  • Core doctrine? - by Tony Copple, 9 Jul 2007
  • Not so out of touch - by Tony Copple, 30 June 2007
  • Bishops discuss fallout from same-gender vote at GS07 - 29 June 2007
  • The Reverend George Sinclair, Co-chair of Anglican Essentials, interviewed this day on CFRA, Ottawa - 25 June 2007
  • No local option - Anglican Church rejects blessing same-sex unions, Ottawa Citizen 25 June 07
  • Case not made - Dr. Robert Gagnon's rebuttal of Prof. John Thorp's letter to bishops - 20 June 07
  • Reflections of a deeply concerned priest - Rev. Dennis Andrews, 22 June 07
  • The issues debated on CBC Radio 1 from Ottawa Gillian Wallace and Tony Copple, Ottawa Morning - 20 June 2007
  • Survivor - Bishop's edition - hilarious!
  • Divided Anglicans to vote on issue of same-sex union Ottawa Citizen - 18 June 07
  • Anglicans seek decision on whether blessings are a matter of doctrine - The Waterloo Record, 16 June
  • Q & A on SSB by ACC. This is on The GS07 Webpage.
  • The weak force of numbers - by Tony Copple, 12 June 2007
  • Where do I stand on the issue of same-sex blessings? by Mark Larratt Smith - 8 June 2007
  • Ottawa Anglicans confront same-sex issues - by Jennifer Green, Ottawa Citizen 2 June 2007
  • Ottawa Citizen invites input  and my response - 30 May 2007
  • Canada's new pet name: "The World's Gay Friend," - Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show," 22 May 2007
  • Open letter from the Zacchaeus Fellowship - 14 May 07
  • Canon Charlie Masters - interviewed by the Toronto Star, 12 May
  • Canadian Bishops prepare pastoral care plan for General Synod ... an omminous pronouncement - 30 April
  • ABC in TO - 16 Apr 07
  • Peers urges Anglicans not to bow to pressure from conservatives on same-sex blessings - 14 Apr 07
  • Anglican Essentials Canada sends letter to all Anglican Church of Canada Bishops, in advance of Synod, - 10 April 07
  • Open letter from academic theologians to Canadian bishops - 6 April 2007
  • Archbishop Venables statement in response to the March 2007 meeting of TEC's House of Bishops - 26 Mar 07
  • COGS pulls a fast one - StatGuy blog, 13 March 2007
  • Canada Anglican Leaders promote same-sex blessings - National Post, 12 March 2007
  • Faith, church put to test"- Ottawa Sun, 10 March 2007
  • Resolutions for Canadian General Synod - the slippery slope continues down - 11 March 2007
  • A modern Iliad - by Tony Copple. Michael Ingham speaks in Ottawa - 7 March 2007
  • 3-5 Mar 2007 - The Ottawa Citizen published a 3-day major piece on the rise of Christianity outside the Western mainline churches.
        Faith on Fire - Part 1; Christianity on turbo charge - Part 2; Reasonable doubt - Part 3
  • The Global South & Anglicanism - comment by Tristan Emmanuel, 3 Mar 2007
  • ANiC response to the Tanzanian communiqué - 28 Feb 07
  • The Traditional Anglican Communion's take on the Tanzanian communiqué - Archbishop John Hepworth, 22 Feb 07
  • What happened in Tanzania by Jordan Hylden - 22 February
  • The Primates' Meeting Final Communiqué - 19 Feb 2007
  • General Synod of the Church of Nigeria: Communiqué - 7 Feb 2007
  • Anglicans set for battle over homosexuality - Ottawa Citizen report from Dar es Salaam, 15 Feb 2007
  • Meet the primates at Dar es Salaam - 14 Feb 2007 (link gone)
  • Backgrounder on the Primates Meeting, Dar es Salaam - 14 Feb 2007
  • Anglican split goes far deeper than gay dispute Tom Heneghan, Globe & Mail - 9 Feb 2007
  • An Anglican Covenant draft - a set of principles by which Anglican provinces must abide if they wish to remain full members of the Communion - January 2007
  • Network membership grows - 9 jan 2007
  • End a church's common life? Jo Baily Wells, 24 Dec 2006
  • Nominations for new Bishop of Ottawa - including candidates' answers to the official questions (link gone)
  • Alternative questions for Episcopal nominees for Ottawa - 18 Dec 2006
  • United Church shinanigans - showing the way ahead...Nov 2006
  • The Kigali Communiqué, 19 - 22 September 2006
  • Bishop disciplined for performing same-sex marriage - Toronto, 1 Oct 2006
  • Battle for the Soul of Canada - by Ed Hird, published November 2006. Read Dr. J.I. Packer's foreword.   Crits
  • Life after deposition - Aug 2006. Rev. Rev Phil Ashey, South Riding Church (Anglican), VA, USA. READ!
  • World Conference on LGBT in Montreal - 31 July 2006
  • The Out Mass. Gene Robinson at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal - 27 Jul 2006 (link gone)
  • Virtue on Nigeria 5 July
  • Response from Nigeria - 2 July - (unapproving)
  • Anglican Essentials responds to the ABC (approvingly) - 30 June (link gone)
  • A Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury following General Convention 2006:
          'Challenge and Hope' for the Anglican Communion - 27 June Audio, spoken by the ABC.
  • TEK poised to become a rival Anglican Communion? - David Virtue and Auburn Traycik, 26 June
  • Tristan Emmanuel meets MPs - 16 June
  • Re: Gays are the oppressed, not Anglican clergy - 28 May
  • Re: Conservative Anglicans livid over lesbian priest in Ottawa  Text only - 27 May
  • Heads in the sand - 22 May
  • Same-sex ceasefire ends in Ottawa - 20 May 2006.   Text only
  • ECUSA narrowly avoids a larger showdown at General Convention - 8 May 2006
  • Why I continue to stay in the United Church of Canada!" by Rev. Dr. Allen Churchill, Concern, published in August 2006
  • Archbishop Hutchison to retire before Lambeth - 28 April (link gone)
  • Bill Atwood blasts Griswold - 21 April
  • Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion - LEAC - targets "heretical" US bishops, 19 April
  • Archbishop Drexel Gomez - The Bahama Journal, 19 April
  • The SSB debate at grass roots - Gillian W and Tony C meet to discuss some of the issues, 6 Apr 2006
  • Charlie Masters, AEC, in Ottawa - 31 Mar, 1 Apr 2006
  • Same sex perspectives
  • Ottawa debate about lesbian priest escalates - VOL, Apr 2006
  • Archbishop holds talks over fear of a schism - 25 Mar 2006
  • Ottawa Bishop breaks pledge; Archdeacon resigns - 8 Mar 2006
  • Ottawa parish withholds apportionment Crosstalk, Feb 06.
  • Ottawa priests take their Bishop to task - 13 Feb 2006
  • Will the last Anglican please turn off the lights? - Jan 2006
  • Ingham grabs parish from departing orthodox priest - Dec 27, 2005
  • Ministering pastorally to homosexuals - Dec 13
  • CANADA: House of Bishops debates freedom of speech and assembly - Anglican Planet, Dec 6
  • Anything Goes by Ben Buan - Dec 2
  • Digest of prayer and comment - following the Global South Encounter in Egypt, Nov 15, 2005
  • Communiqué from The Third Anglican Global South to South Encounter in Egypt - Oct 30
  • Akinola on Eames - Oct 16 (link gone)
  • Eames on Akinola - Oct 6
  • Press briefing by Archbishop Peter Akinoka - Nigerian church initiatives, Sept 27, 2005
  • Conservative Anglicans envisage western hemishere alliance - July 26
  • Council of Anglican Provinces of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC) - July 25 press release
  • Nottingham report - Virtue on-line, June 28
  • Nottingham: ACC suspension upheld - June 22
  • Want to know the potential future? Listen to orthodox voices in the United Church of Canada which
       voted for gay marriage / blessings in 1988. From Concern, June 2005: Article 1    Article 2
  • Bishop Henry warns of growth in religious intolerance - Jun 13
  • Orthodox Canadian Anglicans Show Support for Global Anglicanism - June 9 press release
  • Diocese of Fredericton shows leadership! - June 6  Diocese of Arctic statement. (Link gone)
  • Is the end in sight - David Virtue, 5 June
  • David Short, interviewed by Sue Careless in The Anglican Planet, May 2005
  • ACC to attend but not participate in Ang Cons. Council meeting, June - May 7 (link gone)
  • Commission finds SSB are a matter of doctrine rather than of pastoral care - May 7 (link gone)
  • St. Michael Report - The Primate's Theological Commission of the ACC - May 7. Full report
  • Canadian Bishops agree to moratorium on ss blessings - Apr 27   Ruth Gledhill, London - Apr 28
  • Christianity thriving in the face of obstacles - Mar 31
  • Voted off the island - Charles Colson, March 22
  • African bishops break from western seminaries - Mar 14 (link gone)
  • Is schism inevitable? Archbishop Hutchison in Toronto - Wed Mar 16
  • What really happened inside Dromantine? - Archbishop Greg Venables, Mar 13
  • Statement by the Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council - Mar 8
  • Statement by Archbishop Hutchison - Mar 7
  • Anglican divide becomes a chasm - Toronto Star, Mar 5
  • The Church in the Storm - Archbishop Greg Venables / Paul Orritt, Feb 05
  • Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane's Statement on the Primate's Meeting - Feb 26
  • David Virtue's final Irish note - Feb 25
  • Primates' Meeting Communiqué - Dromantine, Northern Ireland, Feb 24, 2005
  • Action against ECUSA and ACC - Primates' Meeting reports - Feb 24
  • Ex-gay speaks    Another ex-gay speaks
  • Anglican rift deepest since Refomation - Edith Humphrey, i/v by Bob Harvey, Ottawa Citizen - Feb 11
  • Orthodox Anglicans are not fundamentalists - Jan 18, 2005
  • Lobby your MP on traditional marriage - You had till Jan 31, 2005 - but keep going
  • Primates' meeting decisive for Anglican communion - Kolini - Jan 14, 2005
  • Edith Humphrey speaking in Ottawa Feb 11, 2005
  • An open letter to Bishop Michael Ingham - by Tony Copple, Jan 2, 2005
  • Primates will consider communion's fate in February - David Virtue, Dec 28, 2004
  • Cheated by the affirming church - one ex-gay's story
  • Archbishop of Canterbury leads gay summit - Dec 1
  • Should we support gay marriage? NO - by Wolfhart Pannenberg, Good News Magazine, Nov 2004
  • Unofficial 13-page précis of the Windsor Report
  • Toronto Diocese affirms integrity and sacntity of same-sex unions - Nov 23, 2004 (link gone)
  • Akinola congratulates Bush on victory for evangelicals - Nov 5
  • African bishops loosen Western ties Nov 1, 2004
  • Lagos Conference Africa's Anglican bishops' conference starts today, Oct 26
  • For reaction to the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission, published October 18, go here
  • The Way Forward Conference - Press release from Anglican Essentials, Oct 13
  • Ven. Desiree Stedman's address at The Anglican Gathering, St. George's Ottawa, October 12
  • The Ecstatic Heresy - Christianity Today, October, 2004
  • What concern is it of mine? - Concern October 2004
  • Christianity hangs in the balance - Globe and Mail Oct 4
  • The Anglican Gathering of Ottawa - Official launch - Sept 14,'04  Response
  • The Way Forward Conference - unofficial report
  • Anglicans to oust Episcopalians - Sept 3, 2004
  • What God hath not joined by Dr. Edith Humphrey, Christianity Today, 20 August 2004
  • Dissenting Anglicans start new "biblically-based" church - August 18, 2004
  • The A, B & C of SSB - by Tony Copple, July 14, 2004
  • I find spiritual succour in an empty church, - Sherry Coman, Globe & Mail, July 9
  • Words Matter - by Rev. Paul Orritt, ARM chair, June 2004
  • Tony Campolo on same-sex unions interviewed for Christian Current by Lloyd Mackey
  • Archbishop Ted Scott - obituary. Died June 21.
  • Cider with Rosie Leviticus - by Tony Copple, June 25, 2004
  • Radical new "bible" cuts Paul's scruples - endorsed by Archbishop, June 23
  • Pastoral Letter to Ottawa Diocese, and similarly to all other dioceses, June 8
  • Archbishops demand expulsion of the Canadian church - June 7  Daily Telegraph original
  • Anglicans clash again - Globe & Mail, June 3, 2004
  • The statement by 9 bishops - June 3
  • Announcement from Anglican Essentials - Breaking news - June 3
  • Integrity Canada press release - June 3
  • Synod affirms integrity of same-sex relationships (!) - June 3
  • Not so: Canon Bulmer acts - June 2, 2004
  • Anglicans put sex issue on hold - Globe and Mail, June 2
  • Opening salvo in the debate at Synod
  • New Archbishop's first statement - May 31
  • Gay priest elected as prolocutor - May 31, 2004
  • Lambeth's warning.. to Synod, May 29, 2004
  • Ven. Desiree Stedman's address at The Anglican Gathering, St. George's Ottawa, May 12, 2004
  • Hath God Said...? Edith Humphrey, Fall 2003 Channels, RFPC magazine
  • Don't kiss off marriage - Globe & Mail, 18 June 2003
  • Why I Walked by J I Packer, Christianity Today, Jan 2003.



    Eames Commission
  • Put not your trust in Windsor - Stephen Noll, 30 Dec 2008
  • Australian evangelical response to the Windsor Report - "The Faith once for all"
  • Episcopal Church seeks to pacify sophisticates - Oct 24
  • Reconciliation not at cost of truth - Oct 22
  • Anglican report is "fireproofing the house" - N.T.Wright, Eames theologian, Oct 21
  • Anglican prelates unrepentant - Globe & Mail, Oct 19
  • Toronto Star - Oct 19-->
  • Windsor report leaves conservative Episcopalians hopping mad - Oct 19
  • Virtuosity - Oct 19 (with interesting grass roots comment)
  • "Anglican rebuke on gay unions 'ties nobody hands'" - Ottawa Citizen, Oct 19
  • An Almighty Problem - BBC News, World edition, Oct 18
  • Don't ask; don't tell - The Times leader, Oct 18
  • Anglican Report Treats Conservatives Harsher than Liberals - October 18, 2004
  • The Windsor Report 2004 - published Oct 18   Download .pdf   Unofficial 13-page précis
  • Anglican law will bar openly gay bishops - Ruth Gledhill, Oct 16 (Ruth, your sources are suspect).
  • Anglicans at the crossroads - National Catholic Reporter, Oct 1, 2004
  • ENS Daybook for August 20, 2004

    Anglican Essentials Ottawa - Events

  • St. George's. 28 June 2007, post National Synod
  • Canon Charlie Masters in Ottawa, "Now is the Time!" 12 March 2007
  • Rt. Rev. Don Harvey in Ottawa Diocese, 2 - 4 Mar 2007.
  • Canon Charlie Masters in Ottawa Diocese, 31 Mar - 2 Apr 2006.
  • Rt. Rev. Don Harvey in Ottawa Diocese, 10 - 12 Feb 2006.
  • Anglican Gathering, Pembroke, Aug 28,05
  • Edith Humphrey in Ottawa Feb 11, 2005. Ad
  • Ven. Desiree Stedman's address at The Anglican Gathering, St. George's Ottawa, October 12
  • The Anglican Gathering - Sept 14, 2004, with AGO official launch
  • Jane Manary Parent's address at The Anglican Gathering, Pembroke, August 15, 2004
  • Karen Bergenstein spoke at The Anglican Gathering, St. George's Ottawa, June 8, 2004
  • Ven. Desiree Stedman's address at The Anglican Gathering, St. George's Ottawa, May 12, 2004
  • E-Mails from Ed Hird, St. Simon's, ACiC
    ex-New Westminster, Vancouver
    From 5 Oct, 2006

    From Feb 11, 2005 - Sept 24, 2006

    From Sep 9, 2004 - Feb 8, 2005

    Mar 31 - Sep 6, 2004


    Rev Ed
    Recent sermons by Ed


    Further information linksInclusion below does not necessarily imply endorsement of the views expressed by the compiler of this page.

    Synods, professional and media sources, and lobby groups

  • General Synod 2004, Resolution A134, and CaNNet General Synod news portal
  • Articles posted by the Anglican Gathering of Ottawa.
  • Focus on the Family - Canada. On May 15, Focus on the Family Canada advertised in newspapers
       across Canada with their timeless message: "We believe in Mom and Dad. We believe in marriage."
  • New Direction - for those who would return from homosexuality
  • Integrity Canada - Gay and lesbian Anglicans and friends
  • Claiming the Blessing Canada - supporting same sex blessings
  • Protest songs

    On-line magazines, blogs

  • Walter Russell Mead - USA
  • The Interim - Canada
  • The Age to Come - from Calgary
  • The Anglican Journal - web news
  • Anglican Mainstream - UK
  • The Anglican Planet - news and ideas from around the Anglican world
  • Anglicans On-line
  • Blog AEC - launched July 2006
  • Canadian Christianity.com
  • Catholic Insight
  • Church of England Newspaper - UK
  • The Christian Telegraph - UK
  • Christianity Today
  • The Christian Challenge - US
  • Classical Anglican Net News   and CaNNet Bloggers
  • CANN Lent & Beyond with prayer for Feb 07 Primates' Meeting in Tanzania
  • CrossTalk - Ottawa Diocese magazine
  • Deborah Gyapong Blogspot
  • Ekklesia - UK Christian "think tank"
  • First Things - USA
  • Lent and beyond - an Anglican blog spot
  • Lifesite News.com
  • The Layman - US Presyterian orthodox newspaper
  • Rev. Mark D Roberts
  • RatherNot Blog - with contributions by Dr Edith Humphrey and other eminent thinkers
  • Resonate - Canadian group looking at new ways of living out the faith in holistic ways
  • Revanchist Review
  • The Rock - A Journal for Anglican Traditionalists (The Traditional Anglican Communion)
  • Ruth Gledhill - Articles of faith
  • Prof John Stackhouse's Weblog
  • Standing Firm - Canada
  • Stand Firm - USA, and their excellent So what is a church to do?
  • Alain's Newsletter - USA
  • Sunday Magazine - Victoria BC.
  • Virtue Online - The voice for global, orthodox Anglicanism - USA
  • WorldNet Daily and the Psalm in a bog discovery - 26 July 06

    Historical, and reference

  • The Anglican Covenant - Final version November 2009, up for formal consideration for adoption by each Province.
  • The Galilee Report of the Primate's Teological Commission, Anglican Church of Canada - May 2009
  • ICN Ministries - Dr. Michael Brown. Homosexuality, the Church, and Society.
  • Carl Jung and the Gnostic Reconciliation of Gender Opposites Lecture by Ed Hird at the CWiPPTHINK 09 conference, 4 Feb 2009
  • The future for Anglicans in Canada, by Dr. James Tunaley, Huntley Parish, Ottawa - 4 Nov 2008
  • J I Packer talks up the future of Anglicanism - VOL, 29 Sep 08
  • Does the fact that it happened in history make it right? - 24 Aug 2008
  • Anglicans - The Philippine Daily Enquirer, 6 Aug 2008
  • History repeats - VOL, 3 aug 08
  • Supreme Court 'betrayed their duty' in same-sex ruling - The Union.com, 19 July 2008
  • … and they shall become One flesh AFA, - May 2008
  • Dangerous science - identifies medical problem for gay men - Ottawa Citizen, 26 Jan 2008
  • Sex on reality TV, web - this is where the secular world is heading - 11 Jan 08
  • Well-being of people depends on healthy families, Pope says - 31 Dec 2007
  • Tony Blair: Mention God and you're a 'nutter' - 26 Nov 07.   See also here. Signs of the times.
  • Same Sex Blessings/Homosexuality: ACC - Reports, Statements & Resolutions, Resources for Study & Discussion - Aug 07
  • What is Anglicanism? - Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, July 2007
  • Not out of the woods, by a long chalk by Tony Copple, 21 July 2007
  • Take back Canada - Crisis of same-sex blessings, by Rev. Dennis Andrews
  • Ethics statements of sexuality and homosexuality - Christian Medican and Dental Associations
  • The weak force of numbers - by Tony Copple, 12 June 2007
  • The writings of Charles Taylor - 2007 Templeton Prizewinner for "A Secular Age."
  • Federal Distortion Of The Homosexual Footprint by Paul Cameron, Ph.D. & Kirk Cameron, Ph.D. - March 2007
  • Faith on Fire - Ottawa Citizen project, 2007
  • Wikipedia - general survey of same-sex blessing in churches.
  • A Crisis of Faith by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen, 22 Dec 2006
  • Homosexuality and the Bible, defined - 31 May 2006
  • Recent history of the present Anglican Crisis - by Patricia Burkett, 3 Feb 2006
  • The Anglican Communion: crisis and opportunity - by Bp Musonda Mwamba, 26 Jan 07
  • Brokeback Mountain movie criticized by ex-gays - Dec 24, 2005
  • The Glory under our Feet - transcript of broadcast by Dr. Allen Churchill, 27 Nov 2005
  • Abuse led to homosexuality, The Times, Oct 13, 2005.  CitizenLink report Oct 19.
  • Massive Cultural Campaign to Promote Homosexuality to Kids - Concerned Women for America comments on the TIME October 10 piece, The Battle Over Gay Teens
  • Dr. Priscilla Turner's letter to the Canadian House of Bishops - July 13 2005
  • Bishop Tom Wright Acts & the Anglican Communion, June 29, 2005 at the Anglican Consultative Council meeting.
  • The St. Michael Report published May 6, 2005
  • Timeline so far of the crisis in the Angican Church
  • Shared Episcopal Ministry proposed for resolving SSB disputes in the ACC - Nov 2004
  • CMDA - Christian Medical & Dental Association, on the subject of homosexuality
  • The A, B & C of SSB - by Tony Copple, July 14, 2004
  • Canadian Council of Churches - fence sitting
  • Centre for Cultural Renewal - Canadian watchdog organization, shaping a vision for civil society
  • Remembering Brian Williamson - slain gay activist in Jamaica
  • Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright of Durham, England National Catholic Reporter, May 28, 2004
  • Ecclesiological issues - in the current crisis in the Anglican Communion
  • Homosexuality - a Christian perspective
  • What the Bible says about homosexuality
  • What the Bible says about homosexuality -2
  • God hates fags - disgusting example of homophobia. These guys think they are Christian!
  • St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa, gay ministry
  • Lambeth Conference '98 - Anglican summit
  • Searching Issues, by Nicky Gumbel, Chapter 5: "What is the Christian Attitude toward    Homosexuality?"
  • Ottawa Synod postpones vote on same-sex blessings, Oct 19, 2002.  Alternative motion by Rev    George Sinclair, Anglican Essentials
  • What are Evangelicals?
  • Dr. Priscilla Turner's letter to the Canadian House of Bishops -  Sep 22, 2002
  • Matters of Faith - spiritual warfare section - by Tony Copple
  • Erosion of Protestantism in America - UPI poll, July 2001
  • Christian spirituality & sex ethics - Dr. Priscilla Turner; articles from 1998 to more recent
  • The Moderator - UCCAN's controversy in 1997, documented by Tony Copple
  • Gay Storm Clouds - by George Porter, Anglicans for Renewal, Summer 1994
  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library
  • The Vanier Institute of the Family - Canadian family trends
  • Ages of consent - international, including homosexual consent
  • The 1994 Montreal Declaration - of Anglican Essentials.
       Succinctly - what an "orthodox" Anglican believes.
  • Who speaks for the church - Rev. Dr. J. Ralph Watson, UCC, reprinted October 2007 in Concern
  • The pastoral care of homosexual persons Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, October 1986
  • The Pilgrims Progress c.1670
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith - 1643
  • Buggery Act, 1533
  • Church property and faith - by St.Athanasius, 357 AD

    Orthodox Anglican Groups, mainly Canadian, promoting the authority of scripture

    NB: these are groups that I am aware of - undoubtedly there are others

  • Anglican Essentials Canada
  • The Anglican Network in Canada - formed by Anglican Essentials
  • Esentials Federation - part of Anglican Essentials
            AEC Federation Newsletters
  • Anglican Essentials Ottawa and the Anglican Gathering of Ottawa   Events
        and The Elmhurst Committee on Human Sexuality   View Support list against same-sex blessings
  • The Anglican Coalition in Canada, now separated from the Anglican Church of Canada, as of June
       17, 2004. To watch a vibrant online video of the five international Anglican Primates' offer to
       Canadian Anglicans, click www.acicanada.ca/documents/acic.ram
  • The Anglican Church in North America - A federation of Anglicans in North America
  • The Anglican Communion Network - USA
  • TruthXchange San Diego think tank
  • Global South Anglican
  • SPREAD - UK-based Society for the Propagation of Reformed Evangelical Anglican Doctrine. Director: Rev. Charles Raven.
  • Church Society - UK
  • Solid ground - Biblically faithful Lutherans in canada

    Renewal ministries

  • Anglican Renewal Ministries - ARM
  • Renewal Ministries - multi-denomination listing
  • Good News Christian Ministries    Listen to "Good News in the Morning". 30 minutes
  • Exodus Global Alliance - change is possible for the homosexual through the transforming power of Jesus Christ
  • The Zacchaeus Fellowship - men and women who hold to the church's historic view on sexuality
       despite present or former struggles with same-sex attraction.  Zacchaeus Brochure
  • Leanne Payne Pastoral Care Ministries - USA
  • Redeemed Lives ministries - USA. Rev. Mario Bergner, who led the Setting Love in Order Conference    Sept 17-18, 2004
  • Desert Stream Ministries - USA. Ministering the life of Jesus to the sexually broken.

    Meanwhile, South of the Border, + International     Archbishop of Canterbury

  • La Manif Pour Tous - 1 Million Parisians protest same-sex marriage - 13 Jan 2013   Video
  • UK churches can host civil partnership ceremonies, but without Anglican clergy - Guardian, 2 N0v 2011
  • How Rites For Same Sex Blessings Will Get Brokered Into The Episcopal Church at GC2012 - VOL, 30 Sept 2011
  • NY readies for hundreds of gay weddings - 24 July 2011
  • Albany stay on the narrow way - 1 Jul 2011
  • Episcopal churches in San Joaquin Diocese open doors wider - 11 Jun 2011
  • Britain's only gay mass, BBC News Magazine - 9 Sep 2010
  • Colson on Prop 8 battle: "we can still win this" - 4 August 2010
  • Gay rights foundation gives $400,000 to craft same-sex liturgies - 16 July 2010
  • Episcopalians to consecrate second gay bishop - 17 Mar 2010
  • British House of Lords votes to lift the ban on same sex marriages in church - Wedding News, 7 Mar 2010
  • Changing Attitude's goals and bishop's changing attitudes - VOL, 5 Mar 2010
  • The Church should bless civil partnerships – but they're not weddings - George Pitcher, The Telgraph, 27 Jan 2010
  • Upper S Carolina: Most Liberal Candidate Elected Bishop - VOL, 14 Dec 2009
  • Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop Approves Solemnizing Same-Sex "Marriages" - Lifesite News.com, 1 Dec 2009
  • Catholic, Episcopal Bishops Clash Over Meaning of Marriage, Washington D.C., VOL, - 17 November 2009
  • Maine stays the course - Bishop upset, 4 November 2009
  • Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, UK, on track - VOL, 22 Aug 2009
  • Open Ecclesiastical Warfare in UK Mirrors Battle in American Episcopal Church - VOL, 7 Aug 2009
  • ENGLAND: Are we about to go to war? That's what Ruth Gledhill thinks - Peter Ould, VOL, 5 Aug 2009
  • Homosexuality could split the C of E the way like TEC - BBC News, 5 July 2009
  • Proposition 8 Upheld by California Supreme Court. Episcopal bishop cries foul - VOL, 26 May 2009
  • Rick Warren speaks to the nation - 20 Jan 2009
  • Inauguration 2009 so help us God - Warren vs Robinson, referee Obama, 20 Jan 2009
  • Dissident Episcopal stayers in quandary over their future - VOL, 13 Jan 2009
  • Gene Robinson gets inaugural role, balancing Rick Warren? - 12 Jan 2009
  • Leaving isn't the answer - Christianity Today, 6 Jan 2009
  • What the Warren invocation says about inclusion - 28 Dec 2008
  • Blessing Barack Obama's inauguration with controversy - 18 Dec 2008
  • Church dispute to be decided by state Supreme Court - 12 Dec 2008
  • Episcopal Diocese of L.A. officially condones the blessing of gay unions - Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec 2008
  • Repentance and the Church of England By Lee Gatiss - 1 Oct 2008
  • Gay wedding rector issues apology - London, 24 Oct 2008
  • Holy matrimony from Cana to California - GetReligion.org, 16 June 2008
  • Should Orthodox Anglican Bishops Meet with Bishops Proposing Gay Blessings? - David Virtue, 15 June 2008
  • First gay "wedding" in Church of England - 15 June 2008.    See also    Back in NZ - 17 Jun
  • Wedding preparations - California style - 14 June 2008
  • Albany: Convention passes canons banning same-gender marriages, blessings - 10 June 2008
  • Taking faith into the great divide Toronto Star - California, 31 May 2008
  • Gay Bishops: Anglican Communion Sits On Keg Of Gun-powder - Saturday Tribune, Nigeria, 24 May 2008
  • West Africa denounces US Church, but will attend Lambeth Conference - 13 May 2008
  • Mike Reagan "Disgusted with California" and Ernest Istook: Pretzel logic behind gay marriage - 16 May 2008
  • A Virginia court upholds law -supports churches that left TEC - 11 Apr 08
  • Shariah in Britain - it's our crisis too - David Warren, 9 Feb 2008
  • But a large lay majority support it - 9 Feb 2008
  • 12 Pittsburg clergy oppose split - 30 Jan 2008
  • Blessings for common law couples? - Why not! The way things are going...19 Jan 2008
  • San Joaquin Diocese, Fresno, California votes to split from US Episcopal Church, joins Southern Cone - 9 Dec 07
  • Brave New Schools - California outlaws mom & dad - 17 Oct 2007. Glimpse the future. Alternative link
  • Bishop Jeffrey N. Steenson converts to Rome - 29 Sept 2007
  • Episcopalians head to high stakes meeting - Christianity Today, Sept 07
  • The Devil speaks through Spong's pen - 7 Sep 07
  • No SSB for South African church - 30 Aug 07
  • Why Lambeth could fail - David Virtue, 8 June 07
  • New Hampshire the 4th State to legalize SSM - 4 June 2007
  • Charles Colson - 10 Jan 2007
  • Rev David Roseberry - The Journey of Christ Church, Plano, Texas, 3 Jan 2007
  • Holland's Post-Secular Future by Joshua Livestro, Weekly Standard, 1 Jan 2007
        The remarkable march back of Christianity in one post-Christian society
  • Fundamentalists, liberal protestants, and evangelicals - (Evangelicals put mark on US foreign policy) - Epoch Times, Nov 06
  • The criminalization of Christianity - 15 Sept 2006
  • Comments on GC by Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester in England - Aug 2006
  • Same-sex marriage on the rocks with voters - 27 July
  • ABC will skip General convention - 2 May
  • Membership in the Communion can no longer be taken for granted - 30 March
  • African Christians a growing dynamic force - 25 Mar
  • Schism looms, Exerter warns US bishops - 25 Mar
  • ECUSA delusions must end - 22 Mar
  • A church in decline - Michael Coren, National Post (Canada) 3 March 2006
  • The Secularization of America - Guy Adams, 24 Feb 2006. READ THIS!
  • Gene Robinson drying out - 21 Feb 2006
  • Schsm is a reality - 19 Feb 2006
  • Church can't bless civil partnerships - Bishop Richard Lewis, Suffolk, 3 Mar 2006
  • Cambridge dean considers blessing same-sex unions - 16 Feb, 2006
  • Future grim as General Convention draws closer - 7 Feb, by David Virtue
  • ECUSA slide continues - 3 Feb 2006, by David Virtue
  • Virginia moves closer to anti-gay marriage amendment - 26 Jan 2006
  • Bishop of Durham - Tom Wright - says he cannot support same-sex blessings - Dec 14
  • Don't follow leaders Griswold unmasked. Commentary by David Virtue - Dec 10
  • Epicopalians face up to decline  [but fail to understand the real reason] Dec 9
  • Sacked British clergyman appeals to ABC Nov 23, 2005
  • The homosexual movement & pedophilia - TVC, Nov 2005
  • ECUSA House of Bishops, Adding Insult to Injury by Rev Canon Dr Bill Attwood, - Oct 10
  • First Trio "Married" in The Netherlands - 26 Sep 2005
  • C of E Gay clergy to defy bishops' no-sex edict - Aug 8
  • An Unworkable Theology - Philip Turner, First Things, July 2005
  • Diane Knippers dies at 53 - a champion of orthodoxy
  • Scottish Anglican - launched March 2003 in view of possible Scottish split
  • TVC fights back in California - Mar 14
  • An open letter to bishops who supported the decisions of Convention 2003 - Feb 5, 2005
  • Waitress faces cuts to benefits for turning down brothel job in Germany - Jan 30, 2005
  • AMIA continues growth spurt - Jan 18, 2005
  • ACLU targets Christmas - White House defends it - Christmas Eve 2004
  • A Personal Reflection on the Archbishops' Council - by Jayne Ozanne, December 2004
  • Gays send Archbishop stiff Christmas letter - Dec 15, 2004
  • Gene Robinson's first year his comments, - Dec 7, 2004
  • Gay issues erode Episcopal membership - Nov 23, 2004
  • Bishops turn blind eye to UK gay weddings - Nov 22, 2004
  • Anthony Burton (Sask) frontrunner - to become bishop of San Diego - Nov 11, 2004,   See result.
  • Duncan amendment allows Pittsburgh diocese to ignore national - Nov 6, 2004
  • Why heterosexual marriage won on Tuesday - David Usher, Nov 4, 2004
  • Voters dismiss same-sex marriage - "A crushing blow to gay rights," Nov 4, 2004
  • Australia's Anglican Church rules on gay couples - Oct 7, 2004
  • Nancy Pelosi - House Democratic Leader in strong opposition to Republican proposal to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage - Sept 30
  • "Bishop" weds gay couples in his loft - London, Sept 13, 2004
  • Muslims can go to Heaven - Archbishop of Canterbury, Sept 3, 2004
  • Los Angeles bishop seeks reconciliation with departing clergy - Aug 29, 2004
  • Carey to bless the orthodox - Telegraph Online, filed 23 Aug 2004
  • Back to roots - Episcopalians turning to AMiA - Aug 21, 2004
  • Speak out! - Encouraging ECUSA laity to stand for mainstream Anglicanism
  • Episcopal parish on chopping block - Rocky Mountain News, July 27
  • Turning Edinburgh into the gay capital of the UK - The Scotsman July 23
  • Bush amendment defeated, but... - July 9
  • Vermont liturgy for same sex "holy unions" - July 8, 2004
  • Coalition of Faith Leaders and Theologians Declare Religious Support for Same-Sex Marriage - 2004
  • Bishop Robinson left with a congregation of 3 - Rochester, New Hampshire, July 1 (Church of England Newspaper)
  • Episcopal bishop OKs blessing of same sex unions July 3, 2004
  • The Anglican Communion Network - US network of confessing churches
  • The Anglican Communion Institute
  • The Anglican Mission in America  A phoenix rises...
  • LEAC - Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion, formed 2006
  • A dangerous shortage of fathers - by Tom Barrett, June 22, 2004
  • Reclaiming America for Christ - petition
  • NARTH  National [USA] Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality
  • Massachusetts begins marriage mockery - May 19, 2004
  • The Jesus Factor - George W Bush's personal religious journey - PBS TV, from April 2004
  • Whistleblower, April 04 - Sexual anarchy
  • A New Nation within U.S.?
  • True justice: halting the push for gay marriage - by Andrew Comiskey, Desert Stream Ministries
  • Objections to same-sex unions - What Friedrich Hayek can teach us about gay marriage.
  • As long as we all get along - by Charles Colson, Feb 5, 2004
  • Why the homosexual movement has won - Albert Mohler, June 3, 2004
  • The "Take Action" network - read about the real homosexual agenda

    Same-sex marriage debate (mainly in Canada)     Marriage: A Declaration by William D. Gairdner

  • The Science of Same-Sex Marriage - Weekly Standard Senior editor Andrew Ferguson, with host Michael Graham. April 2013
  • The Coalition for Marriage, UK appeals for signatures to oppose UK SSM proposals. 6 May 2012.
  • Turks and Caicos preachers blast UK on considering same-sex marriage - Turks and Caicos Sun, 12 Mar 2012
  • Gay marriage and the future of human sexuality - John Milbank, 13 Mar 2012
  • SSM the logical conclusion to decades of infidelity - The Catholic Herald (UK) - 1 Mar 2012
  • The legal ramifications of same-sex marriage Senior churchmen speak out - 12 Jan 2012
  • Schwarzenegger: Proposition 8 fight isn't over - 10 Nov 2009
  • Obama & McCain: "no" to gay marriage - 31 Oct 2008
  • In defence of marriage - Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentuck, on YouTube, 30 Oct 2008
  • How the Forced Recognition of Same-Sex “Marriage” Undermines a Free Society by S. T. Karnick, Salvomag.com, 2008
  • Opposition to California Proposition 8: Hate in the Name of Love - 21 Oct 2008
  • The Marriage Course came to Ottawa 23 June 07. Do it the right way!
  • The Future of Marriage, by David Blankenhorn - The Source - April 2007
  • Canada needs moral judges - Tristan Emmanuel, ECP, 20 Jan 2007
  • Patricia King - The Verdict from the Canadian Parliamentary Vote - 14 Dec 06
  • Warned! - Canada's Revolution Against Faith, Family & Freedom Threatens America. Important new book by Tristan Emmanuel - Dec 06
  • Maurice Vellacott stands firm - 8 Dec 2006
  • Restore Marriage - Dr. Grant Hill, 2 Dec 2006
  • Patricia King - take action Canada! 25 Nov 2006
  • The Little Black Book - Guide to promiscuity you are paying for.
  • Restore Marriage petition - Dr. Grant Hill, 16 Oct 2006
  • Marriage 1000 Prayer Vigil, 24 October - Ottawa. Organized by ECP
  • It's all about the children by Margaret Somerville, Ottawa Citizen 29 Sept 2006.    Text version
  • Reverse Bill C-38 Rally, Queen's Park, Toronto Sat 26 Aug 06, sponsored by Man and Woman Union.com
  • No need for Gay Pride Parade - Randal Denley, 22 June
  • Ryerson honours Montreal ethicist who opposes gay marriage - National Post, 20 June
  • Unhealthy lifestyles - letter from an MD, 21 June
  • Parliament to vote on marriage Fall 06
  • Gay pride asks for financial support - 17 June
  • Rally on Parliament Hill 2 pm Thursday 15 June   See Poster
  • New laws Will force UK churches to bless gay unions - 12 June
  • Restore Marriage Canada - Jan 06
  • Can a Christian vote for a party that supports same-sex marriage? - 15 Jan 2006
  • John Pacheco - Independent Conservative running in Ottawa West - Nepean
  • Gov't won marriage battle, but they might lose the war. Also see Ed mail, Dec 31
  • Couples in UK line up for same-sex marriages - Dec 6
  • Same-sex marriage battle only one of many - Letter to Christian Current, Nov 2005
  • Christian beliefs and multiculturalism - Calgary Herald - Oct 30
  • MP Bev Desjarlais’ decision to leave the NDP - Oct 19
  • The Apostacy of the Gentiles - Father Alphonse de Valk, C.S.B., Catholic Insight, Sep 2005
  • 98% of Kenyans reject same-sex marriage - Poll, Daily Nation, July 19
  • Vellacott defends marriage commissioner under attack - July 13
  • Anglican Essentials Canada responds to the passing of Bill C-38 - July 4
  • Christianity and multiculturalism - by Tony Copple, July 2
  • Same-sex legislation passed - Jun 28. A black day for Canada.
  • Liberals lack authority to legalize gay marriage - Letter to the Ottawa Citizen, Jun 24
  • Pray for Canada - Family Action Coalition, June 24
  • Lipstick on a pig - Maurice Vellacott, M.P., June 24,
  • Iain Benson, CCR, addresses C-38 committee on June 14
  • Gays' next target: churches' charity status - Ottawa Citizen, June 12, 2005
  • PM gives in to MPs' threats on same-sex bill - June 8
  • National marriage referendum
  • DonBoudria.ca
  • Pat O'Brien quits Liberals over gay marriage bill - June 6. One honourable, gutsy, principled ex-Liberal
  • Call for a constitutional amendment - by United Mothers, Fathers & Friends - June 4
  • Liberal MPs plot to overturn same-sex marriage bill - June 2
  • Summer recess likely to stop same-sex bill in its tracks - Ottawa Citizen, May 31 2005
  • Think tank to promote traditional values - May 26
  • A few Good men - by John Pacheco, May 25
  • Toronto "Stand for Marriage" Rally - Pictures, May 23, noon - 2:30 pm, Queen's Park.   My speech
  • Douglas Farrow spoke at St. Paul University, Ottawa - April 25
  • Bountiful polygamists to invoke the Charter - April 28
  • Bishop Henry warns of attack on religious freedom - Canadian Catholic News, April 15
  • 34 Liberal MPs back failed Tory same-sex motion - Apr 13
  • Ottawa March for Marriage pictures - April 9  
  • History lesson in parliamentary procedure - Christian Heritage Party, April 6
  • Pope John Paul II - Fearlessness and faith - Apr 2
  • Bishop Fred Henry faces human rights complaints - Calgary, Mar 30
  • Supreme Court orders golf courses to install 3' holes - June 15, 2006
  • Canada Family Action Coalition and their alert issued 24 Dec 2005
  • United Mothers and Fathers   March newsletter: eye-opener
  • Mothering Sunday sermon - Fthr Carl Reid
  • Nuclear family breakdown - Sunday Telegraph, Mar 6
  • We need a leader - David Warren, Ottawa Citizen, March 6
  • My letter to my MPP - Tony Copple, Feb 24, as the Ontario government debates SSM
  • Medical comments - very scary
  • Same-sex marriage a health hazard - doctors' report - Feb 18
  • Stephen Harper's address on Bill C-38 - in the House of Commons, February 16, 2005 - bringing logic    and clarity to the SSM debate. Also printed in the Ottawa Citizen Feb 18: click
  • Paul Martin's address on C-38 - strong on patriotic visioneering and Charter of Rights, weak on    relevant substance.
  • Pope calls gay marriage part of "ideology of evil" - Feb 22
  • Bishops fear fallout from gay marriage - by Deborah Gyapong, Western Catholic Reporter, Feb 14
  • SSM Bill faces major hurdles - Feb 4
  • Marriage is going to the dogs - Jan 30
  • MPs being swayed by massive public outcry - Jan 28, 2005
  • Next step polygamy? - Ottawa Citizen Jan 20, 2005    Polygamy2 - National Post Jan 26
  • How the Marriage Challenge Developed - Iain T Benson, Centre for Cultural Renewal Blog, Dec 8, 2004
  • Attempts to Change the Meaning of 'Spouse' Contradict Right Reason - Papal Address to Canada's
       New Ambassador to Holy See, Sept 5, 2004
  • A Manifesto for Marriage - Scotland
  • Dr.Laura Schlessinger
  • Equal Marriage.ca - Have a sick-bag handy

    Organizations fighting same-sex marriage

  • Family Research Council - Washington D.C. See video made before California legalized same-sex marriage.
  • Man and woman union.com
  • Marriage Reality
  • EFC Defending Marriage page
  • ECP Centre.org - Equipping Christians for the Public Square
  • Institute for Canadian Values
  • Tristan Emmanuel.com
  • Defend marriage, Canada  +   Australian example - Grant Hill urges us to follow it - Mar 10
  • David MacDonald.com
  • Family Action Coalition and their alert issued 24 Dec 2005
  • Free Dominion.ca - "The Voice of Principled Conservatism"
  • Enshrine Marriage Canada
  • Life Site News
  • United Mothers, Fathers & Friends
  • Social Conservative Organization Network - SOCON
  • Conservative Groundswell

    Articles on faith

    NB: these were written when your webmaster was a member of the United Church of Canada,
    where he lived through and documented the Bill Phipp's "Is Jesus God?" debate.

  • Theological Issues by Carole Burton
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    1 Corinthians 6: 9-11
    Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    2 Timothy 4:3-4
    "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths."