The newSpin Newsletter, March 26, 2012
By Bill Lewellis
Published Monday, occasionally also on Thursday
• Chrism Mass on Thursday: March 29 at Cathedral, 11:00 a.m. ... See below, under DioBethSpin.
• Church of England rejects Anglican Covenant ... [Episcopal Café] Three of six dioceses voting on Saturday have rejected the proposed covenant, two have voted in favor, one has yet to report its vote. The covenant has been rejected by the Church of England. More here and here.
• Something very significant in the history of the Church of England happened on Saturday ... [The Guardian UK, Diarmaid MacCulloch] An absolute majority of dioceses in the Church of England, debating diocese by diocese, voted down a pernicious scheme called the Anglican Covenant. This was an effort to increase the power of centralising bureaucracy throughout the worldwide Anglican communion. However much the promoters denied it, the principal aim was to discipline Anglican churches in the United States and Canada, which had the gall to think for themselves and, after much prayer and discussion, to treat gay people just like anybody else ... So now Anglicanism needs to move forward and forget this sorry diversion, into which many perfectly well-meaning people poured a huge amount of energy over a decade when they might have been doing something useful. More here.
• Sinking Spring: St. Alban's to get long-awaited home ... [Reading Eagle] For longer than Moses wandered in the wilderness, members of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Spring Township, have worshipped in a circa 1963 building that was intended to be the congregation's temporary home. On Sunday, March 18, a groundbreaking was finally held for a new building to be completed in time for Easter 2013 ... The Rev. Karl Kern, rector of St. Alban's, said worship in the old church, with a capacity of 145, often felt crowded and he is hopeful the additional space will make worshippers feel more comfortable. So, members have been raising funds toward construction of a $2.4 million stone and stucco church that will be about 70 percent larger than the current building. The new sanctuary will hold 244 worshippers. More here.
• Diocesan Life, March/April ... Here.