The newSpin newsletter, Jan. 30, 2012
By Bill Lewellis
Published Monday, occasionally also on Thursday
• Renewal Assembly IV: Empowered Leaders, Renewed Congregations ... will focus on empowering leaders in our parishes and is designed to help vestry members in particular and those interested in leadership and taking an active role in parish vitality. Saturday, February 11, at seven locations around the diocese, 9 to 3. More here. Register here where you will also find more info. Have you found that service on the vestry has enriched your spiritual life? Bishop Paul posed this question to his guests on the video prepared for Renewal Assembly IV.
• Diocesan Life for February 2012 ... Here.
• What people talk about before they die ... [CNN Belief Blog] People talk to the chaplain about their families because that is how we talk about God. That is how we talk about the meaning of our lives. That is how we talk about the big spiritual questions of human existence. We don't live our lives in our heads, in theology and theories. We live our lives in our families: the families we are born into, the families we create, the families we make through the people we choose as friends. More here.
• No to Anglican Covenant ... [Episcopal Café] “Anglicanism was born in the Reformation’s rejection of an unwarranted and unhistorical over-centralization of ecclesiastical authority,” according to Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch. “This pernicious proposal of a Covenant (an unhappy choice of name if you know anything about our Church’s history) ignores the Anglican Communion’s past, and seeks to gridlock the Anglican present at the cost of a truly Anglican future.” MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church, and Fellow of St Cross College, in the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and co-edits the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. He has written several books on Christian history and the English Reformation, including the award winning Thomas Cranmer: A Life and The Reformation: A History. His most recent book, A History of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years, won the 2011 Cundill Prize. He devised and presented the BBC television series based on that work. MacCulloch received a knighthood earlier this year for his services to scholarship. More here.
• Numbers: Episcopalians who join the ordinariate, RC Catholics who become Episcopalian ... See below, under TailSpin.
• Bill Tully leaves St. Bart's ... See below, under Episcopal/Anglican.
• The Church of England's fudge on female bishops is breathtaking ... See below, under Episcopal/Anglican.