December 18, 2014

July 14, 2012


The Episcopal Church Resolutions You DIDN’T Hear About

Sure, all the attention went to making Canon law say that you WILL hire a person of unspecified gender and sexual history for your church nursery.  That, and giving your bishop a handy dandy little ritual to hand to your priest when the folks who detest marriage as a primitive livestock and rape exchange come demanding to be married.  You might be yelling at said priest and bishop about that stuff, but they’re reassuring you, “Hey, it will be only one part of our local missional contextualization.  Besides, did’ja hear about all the really great mission and ministry work that General Convention did for us?  The stuff those hateful fundy bloggers ignored?” 

Well, not to be lumped in with hateful fundy bloggers, SF proudly reports some of those great resolutions that will create enthusiastic and effective action in your congregation.  (Yep, just like during those heady days of GC 77, go to the link and scroll down.  For some reason, TEC still uses oppressive, hierarchical Western alphabetical and numerical order rather than symbols reflecting the diversity of expression in our global faith communities.  But I digress).

A040, declaring your parish or mission as the moral voice of health care in your town!  Although the final resolution backed away from giving you a pastoral command to support the current health care law, check out the explanatory material: 

Episcopalians who live in the United States should be aware of the legislative commitment made to improve health care through the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Unless Episcopalians make the moral commitment to support the provisions of that law, the goal of the legislative commitment will be eroded away as budget decisions are made on federal and state levels.

Given what we know from the Presidential campaign, your church just told you that you have to vote for President Obama.  So all those conservative jokes about “The Anointed One” were prophetic!

The resolution also assumes the continued funding of that cool Episcopal lobbying office and staff in DC, which your giving will support to the tune of $2,700,000 over the next three years (see lines 111 &113 at the link).

But wait, there’s more great stuff…

B023 says you will “resist the development of…fossil fuel,” but also says that you will support all the workers and families put out of work and impoverished by your resistance.

B026, sponsored by no less than V. Gene Robinson, extolls the denominational health plan that is presently containing costs for older singles and “couples” (let the reader understand) in affluent communities while busting the budgets of congregations in rural and sparsely populated mission fields, or with the hubris to hire married clergy with kids.  It also tells your congregation to get on board if you are one of the 25% who haven’t yet funded VGR’s quality of life.

GC rejected C022, from the squalid, fly-over people of West Missouri. That resolution would have suspended the forced participation in the VGR & friends’ denominational health plan until some way of holding down rates for normal congregations like yours could be achieved.  Pay up.

Likewise nuked was Central New York’s C027, which would have allowed your congregation to shop around for staff health care instead of be forced to buy the plan that takes care of singles and their partners in REAL New York.

C033 says that you want Washington, DC to send a couple of extra Democrats to the Senate be the 51st State.

C043, from uncool Ohio, was another evil resolution against your deepest, truest interest.  It would have allowed your diocese to substitute its own work for that of the national church by negotiating health insurance that could save your parish some big bucks on premiums.  Thankfully, it was defeated by the wisdom of GenCon.

We know, dear reader, that you are not like the rubes out there who don’t appreciate what old, gay clergy couples are doing for the church.  The losers in Province VI ALSO put up a resolution, C068, to suspend the TEC health plan.  Rejected, of course, in your name and best interest.

Ah, but to your rescue comes C077, a searing “Condemnation of Wage Theft,”  which is

...not paying employees the wages and benefits to which they are entitled

Your rector, wardens and vestry will be all up in your boss’ face until you get that raise and bennies.  Hopefully, you will show your gratitude by contributing more to help them cover your priest’s health care premiums.

Just in case your rector, wardens and vestry are busy next time your contract is negotiated, C078 was passed to “Restore Episcopal Network for Economic Justice.”  You should be in good shape because this group will have funds to

...collaborate with and report to the Diversity, Social and Environmental Ministries Team at the Episcopal Church Center…

OK, OK, is our report causing you anxiety?  Blood pressure up a bit?  Well, GC had your health in mind with C114.  Annoying people like us won’t be around to bring you disturbing news if TEC has its way,

...the creation of a joint task force with the Presbyterian and United Methodist denominations to: access the threat to religious freedom posed by the activities of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and related groups, develop recommendations to mitigate such threats, and ascertain the cost to the three denominations of litigation…

That one, by the way, was sponsored by Episcopalians in the Diocese of REAL New York.

Hey, did you notice some funk the last time you took a flight?  Well, the folks flying to Indy for GC 2012 sure did.  They passed C119 to

...support federal legislation, directed at the nation’s ports: to require local and regional port authorities to reduce air pollution…

More than that, it assures your clean, healthy travel by supporting union organizing in the ports.

Live in a ghastly state like South Dakota, where you can legally carry your unconcealed firearm?  Well, suffer no longer.  D003 requests EVERY parish and diocesan place of work to declare their establishments as Gun Free Zones. 

Now stop whining, you gun wingnut.  Your safety is protected by D005, by which your rector’s next sermon will bring the blessings of peace to your community, the nation and the world, as s/he echoes GC 77’s

...call on all Episcopalians to respond to terrorism, not by demonizing and dehumanizing terrorists, but rather with a courageous passion for justice… (and) for the United States government to shift rhetoric and responses to terrorism away from treating terrorists as warriors in the context of a “war on terror”...

If only GC could be in operation all the time!  Sadly, D028 comes too late to stop the hateful, genocidal Governor of Wisconsin, but perhaps it will be taken up by your congregation, to keep your city or state hurtling toward bankruptcy:

...the General Convention opposes legislative attempts to eliminate or reduce the collective bargaining rights of public or private sector employees as running contrary to our gospel understanding of community…

You heard all that news about unpaid student loans and their role in our national debt?  Well, GC 77 will bring some of that action your way with D049,

...(TEC will) start a pilot program of student loans for covering seminary costs to seminarians… who will commit to spending their first three years after ordination in an under-served area of the Church… at the end of which time their loans would be forgiven…

I am trying to find the companion resolution that says “a loan is a grant.”  Will let you know when I do.

The world IS going to get better very soon, though, thanks to D050.  Clergy all across your town will launch like rockets from the pulpits some upcoming Sunday:

...all Diocesan Bishops (will) distribute to their clergy “A Prophetic Call to Clergy Action” encouraging them to sign the Call to Action and to commit to teaching, preaching and organizing to unify people of faith around reducing poverty and increasing economic and racial justice.

I’m sure this will dovetail with negotiating a new contract with your boss so you don’t suffer that wage robbery thing.

While your priest is busy with that stuff, D055 requires you to

...urge (your) members of Congress to enact…legislation… to enact stricter controls on the use of carbon-based fuels…

Hopefully your Congress folks aren’t jokesters who respond by impounding your car.

D057 was “discharged” as having been covered by other resolutions.  Too bad, because I was all set to have fun with its title, “Tools for Committees.”  I mean, who else runs for those things these days?

D061 might need attention from your inclusive faith community!  It creates a dangerous loophole, calling for

...solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered persons and all other sexual minorities who are threatened or persecuted in the name of Christ.

This leaves, say, hanging homosexuals in the name of Allah pretty much in the clear.

If your inclusive community doesn’t have a seminarian to take out one of those new TEC student loans, D067 says you should be honoring other students under the DREAM Act:

...congregations, dioceses, and/or provinces encourage undocumented youth to apply for such scholarships.

D087 calls for

A bold new federal program, solely focused on the creation of new jobs

D092 allows your congregation to focus on all of the good works listed so far, by rejecting a call for the church to look at the barriers that prevent dioceses and individuals from participating in the just-perfect-if-you’re-an-old-gay-couple TEC health plan.  Its rejection was well deserved, as its mean sponsors put a hateful statement in the explanatory notes:

This negatively affected minority inlcudes eligible employees younger than the median age of the risk pool, who can often find comparable individual plans for less than half the (Denominational Health Plan) rate, and churches in rural areas, who are paying annual family premiums upwards of $35,000.

If you’ve read through all of this material, which is only a sliver of the mighty works wrought by General Convention, you might be despairing of finding the time and resources to act on any of it.  But fear not.  I’ve reviewed it and it can be accomplished by focusing on only two priorities:

1) Work, pray and give for the re-election of President Obama;

2) Work, pray and give for low cost, Cadillac medical coverage for Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner.


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“...the General Convention opposes legislative attempts to eliminate or reduce the collective bargaining rights of public or private sector employees as running contrary to our gospel understanding of community…”

Can’t wait for the United Siblinghood of Episcopal Church Clergy to picket GC 2015 demanding a 40 hour work week and Sundays off.

[1] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-14-2012 at 06:58 AM · [top]

And tell me again, what happened to those union custodial workers fired at 815 right after GC 2009 in Anaheim where TEC picketed Disneyland because of its “unfair” labor practices?

[2] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-14-2012 at 07:02 AM · [top]

You know, Mr Fountain, you could turn this into a half-way decent contest.  Something like the Edward Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest.  “Write the most believable CG Resolution.”

carl

[3] Posted by carl on 7-14-2012 at 07:32 AM · [top]

Just remember Carl, if we do that, they WILL pass those resolutions we write.

[4] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-14-2012 at 07:54 AM · [top]

What is it with the IRD?  Asking a church lib about it gets you the same sort of sputtering, incoherent answer you get with a secular lib when you mention FNC.  Apparently it is a Known Fact™ they are directly responsible for the death of someone, but it is so well known that nobody can actually explain it.

[5] Posted by APB on 7-14-2012 at 07:57 AM · [top]

APB, are you sticking up for the IRD?  You wouldn’t happen to be one of those “related groups,” now, would you?

[6] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-14-2012 at 08:04 AM · [top]

Would love to be a fly on every one of their walls when they realize what re-electing Obama along with his fiefs would do for VGR’s precious Cadillac health plan.

[7] Posted by J Eppinga on 7-14-2012 at 08:16 AM · [top]

Moot - my guess is VGR & pals would enshrine their own funding and entitlement somewhere in the TEC budget.  It would wind up on congregational backs or maybe be defined as “mission” so trust funds could sustain it.

[8] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-14-2012 at 08:18 AM · [top]

Looks like every single bee in the port-side bonnet got his own resolution, the entire hive in fact.  The GC seems particularly adept at spending other people’s money in particular.  Too bad they’re running out of it.

[9] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-14-2012 at 08:36 AM · [top]

Eine grosse makulatur diese ist!

[10] Posted by Stefano on 7-14-2012 at 08:49 AM · [top]

Like a star that has supernovaed, TEc continues its march into irrelevancy.  Take for instance the resolution on genetically modified foods.  Only a brain dead idiot or a leftist deputation - but I repeat myself - would actually think that a 15 member panel from TEc will actually come up with any new or worthwhile information on food.  You can almost see them now, sitting in their mother’s basement with a laptop frantically scouring google for titalating tidbits written by rabid environmentalist.  Whatever the end product, one can be assured they will be perfectly aligned with whatever the far left radicals are supporting.  At the pewsitters expense - of course.

Waiter - another expensive bottle of wine! Put it on my parishioners’ tab!

[11] Posted by Jackie on 7-14-2012 at 09:02 AM · [top]

“...all other sexual minorities who are threatened or persecuted…”

ALL other sexual minorities?

Perhaps Disintegrity will start a “Free Sandusky” campaign. He’s been SO misunderstood. And, Joe Pa’s reputation needs to be rehabilitated. He was only acting like KJS acted in the case of Bede Parry. (Interesting how that’s faded away, isn’t it?) A generous pastoral response. Maybe Sandusky can read for orders while in prison.

There’s also zoophilia, necrophilia, etc. They have so much work to do, an inch at a time.

[12] Posted by Ralph on 7-14-2012 at 09:09 AM · [top]

6.  “APB, are you sticking up for the IRD?  You wouldn’t happen to be one of those “related groups,” now, would you?” 

No, and no, though I am not certain exactlyu what you mean by “realted groups.”  Just asking, since it comes up so frequently.  Other than finding it, Google was not my friend as to why it is so universally loathed and hated by the Left.

[13] Posted by APB on 7-14-2012 at 09:16 AM · [top]

Basically, they do some effective outing of lefty exploitation of mainline churches.  So they have to go.

[14] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-14-2012 at 09:18 AM · [top]

Because nothing is so oily, cynical and threatening to religious libery as when one highlights lefty politics masquerading as religion as telling the truth, Fr. Tim.

[15] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-14-2012 at 09:26 AM · [top]

APB-
“No, and no, though I am not certain exactly what you mean by “realted groups.” 

You are incorrect APB, you are part of a related group (me too). Had you been reading the twitter feed for GC, you would realize that one of the targeted “related groups” (at least from the point of view of many delegates) is Stand Firm and all of us who post here.

[16] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-14-2012 at 09:34 AM · [top]

Actually, D049 seems like a good idea. As far as I know, TEC is the only mainstream denomination that doesn’t have financial support for seminarians. People have been trying for decades to get something like this passed. Of course, Nashotah won’t benefit from it any, and the stipulation that basically anyone can apply for it for any purpose seems to rob it of any real integrity or focus, but it’s the thought that counts.

Come to think of it, the ACNA might not have scholarships for seminarians yet, but I’m sure they will sometime before the next 77th Triennial.

Yours in Christ,
jacob

[17] Posted by Jacobsladder on 7-14-2012 at 09:35 AM · [top]

And all this only cost $15 million.  Such a deal!  They must get their resolutions wholesale!

David Katzakian

[18] Posted by sactohye on 7-14-2012 at 09:36 AM · [top]

14,15.  That was my impression, but I always try to find out whether there are any facts I should be aware of.  I am, after all, a Conservative.  smile

[19] Posted by APB on 7-14-2012 at 09:37 AM · [top]

Dear Episcopal Church,

  On top of all else, the Black Mass is a finisher.  Goodbye.

Fleegl

[20] Posted by Nellie on 7-14-2012 at 09:39 AM · [top]

16.  Well, Duh!  I guess that maybe I should pay more careful attention to Twitter.

[21] Posted by APB on 7-14-2012 at 09:40 AM · [top]

[13] APB ...For decades, I have been a reader of IRD material. It is a very traditional & orthodox Christian organization. In my opinion, given the extreme liberal tilt of most mainline denominations, they are most courageous to help people understand what is at stake. It was through their magazine (in the 80’s or early 90’s) that I first came to understand liberation theology and what all of that entailed.

Jackie Bruchi posted Puberty Blocker For Children Considering Sex Change (4/2011) here at Stand Firm: http://www.standfirminfaith.com/?/sf/page/27382

Comment #8 is by Jeff Walton of Institute of Religion & Democracy:

Medical intervention to delay the onset of puberty was one of the discussion points at a gender identity workshop hosted by Episcopal Divinity School this past autumn. The workshop facilitators were intent upon redefining gender, and I was able to cover the event for IRD.

http://www.theird.org/Page.aspx?pid=1656&frcrld=1

Check out EDS professor Patrick Cheng’s comments on the “Transgendered Christ”. He’ll be a plenary speaker at the Metropolitan Community Church’s People of African Descent conference in DC next month. Entitled “Loving Ourselves Into Liberation” it promises to be yet another interesting event: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/

You might find exploring IRD website very illuminating: http://www.theird.org

Blessings on you and yours, Merlena

[22] Posted by merlenacushing on 7-14-2012 at 10:08 AM · [top]

All, thanks.  I have a better understanding of what their “heinous crimes” are.  It seems like yet another case that you can judge an individual or organization by their enemies.  IRD seems to have all the desirable ones.

[23] Posted by APB on 7-14-2012 at 10:27 AM · [top]

Jacki wrote:
Take for instance the resolution on genetically modified foods. 

Agreed, Jacki. I actually did take a quick look through some of the resolutions to be “discussed” at GC via John Burwell’s page just for kicks. Was it ever!!! The one you mention about a resolution on genetically modified food made me laugh!! I was ROFLMBO ! BTW,  I wondered if the resolution about concerns over drone warfare passed both houses? Does anyone know? Really. the stupidity of it all.

In <a href=“http://www.holycross.net/Convention2012/Day11.html”>, he mentions a deputy from Central Florida who got a tad upset at the umpteenth resolution of a political nature. Well, you can go to John’s webpage to read it yourself but to me the priceless part was the comment that “political resolutions were evangelism”.  another ROFLMBO moment!

(bold is mine, John+ has pictures and one of the deputies he photographed is the one who came up the priceless comment about “political resolutions being evangelism!” )

As John wrote he had enough and left before the- ummmm-whatever- happened- that- was- scheduled-as"Closing Eucharist”-thangy . 

I wonder if anyone showed up at the- ummmm-whatever- happened- that-was- scheduled-as"Closing Eucharist”-thangy.  Would love to see that bulletin published as PDF.

[24] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 10:47 AM · [top]

I think TEC could aptly be described as a left-wing political organizatiion masquerading as a church.

[25] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 7-14-2012 at 10:49 AM · [top]

Hmmm. the link is John Burwell’s last GC report 

Really need a preview function, Greg. pllleeease!

[26] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 10:50 AM · [top]

#25 BRILLIANT!

[27] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 10:52 AM · [top]

A 10-day convention gives these people too much time to come up with all this trivia.  Make the convention 3 days and maybe there won’t be all these useless resolutions.  On the other hand, the entertainment value will be reduced.  There is a price for everything.

David Katzakian

[28] Posted by sactohye on 7-14-2012 at 11:45 AM · [top]

28. Agreed. Why ten days?  I believe there was even discussion of making General Convention longer not shorter.  MHO is to make convention shorter to discuss only those things that can not be handled by a diocese (which does not leave much to discuss).  Surely a shorter General Convention would be a good thing. I am willing to risk not being entertained by GC if it means fewer days (less cost to all involved)  and fewer overtly political resolutions.

[29] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 12:23 PM · [top]

#28 David Katzakian: I rise to a point of personal privilege to notify you that my mom’s maiden name was Halajian… I’m 1/2 Armenian; grandmother was a refugee from the massacres.

[30] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-14-2012 at 12:36 PM · [top]

Every person should take the time to read this article, even if like me you have to copy and paste to Word to be able to read in a black font rather than the trendy light gray used for reasons unknown to me on this web site.  (Sorry I will complain until I can read this site again that I followed for years).  Perhaps someone will respond from SF and realize how many articles are NOT read because the IT dept thinks trendy is more important than readability.

Sorry about the diatribe but it really is frustrating to want to read something and have to paste it just to read without a headache.

I have remained in TEC for many reasons but after this convention and seeing not only the major headline grabbing items passed but the soft underbelly of this bunch I am reassessing the potential I had hoped could be changed.  I honestly thought we could restore the course not to a very Orthodox but a middle of the road Church.  I stayed only because I plan to leave Memphis and return to a very conservative Parish in another State.

Unfortunately with every Parish, Diocese, and member that leaves rationality becomes less and less and the Robinson led ultra liberal ilk become by virtue of the departures more influential.  I discovered that shortly after moving to Memphis and landing in a liberal Dio with a ultra liberal Bishop Johnson.

It is with total sadness I say I think it is time for me to face the reality question if TEC is no longer a place I can with any honesty say I wish to belong.  When repeatedly you have to apologize for the actions of The National Church and say well it really does not apply to me on fundamental questions it is time to question yourself. 

Again this is one article that is worth reading (even if you have to copy and paste just to read).

[31] Posted by tjb381 on 7-14-2012 at 12:53 PM · [top]

tjb381, seek God’s face.  If you are not in alignment with His will for your life, you will be miserable, whatever you decide.  God’s ways are not our ways, and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.  I’m so sorry it has been difficult.  I thank God for your witness.

This is off-topic.  Does anyone know what happened to the funding for the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music?  On July 7, Lowell Grisham blogged that it had been cut to zero.  I wondered if the bishops were trying to head off a liturgical blessing for bisexuals at the pass, but that is speculation on my part.

[32] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 7-14-2012 at 01:19 PM · [top]

tjb,

“even if like me you have to copy and paste to Word to be able to read in a black font rather than the trendy light gray used for reasons unknown to me on this web site…

I will leave the pastoral response to Jill and others more qualified than myself.

But on the IT end of things, I personally have no problem reading SF- in my Firefox browser it is black type on an off-white page.  I may be your browser and what the browser’s creator thinks is trendy, or some setting you have on your page, that is making it appear light gray.  In fact, one of the things that for me is a big improvement from the old format is that the black type over white background is much easier to read than what used to be (at least on my computer) white type over black and dark blue.

[33] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-14-2012 at 01:41 PM · [top]

#31 - tjb381 - I don’t see any name/link to the article you mean.  Am I missing a connection of some sort (might just be too faded? - I’m with you on that one!)

[34] Posted by maineiac on 7-14-2012 at 01:51 PM · [top]

#30 Timothy:

My grandparents came here in the ‘20s for the same reason.

David Katzakian

[35] Posted by sactohye on 7-14-2012 at 02:34 PM · [top]

Just doing a little searching of the GC resolutions,  Here’s a short list of phrases and times they show up in the resolution titles:

Social Justice - 11
Justice - 30
HIV - 9
Racism - 8
Gender - 4
Sex - 3
Jesus - 0
Christ - 0

Make of this what you will.

[36] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-14-2012 at 02:46 PM · [top]

Political resolutions are courtesy resolutions, acts of kindness to those who by their efforts enlighten us to god’s purposes. Why is the Russian National Anthem ringing though my ears as this convention comes to an end. Maybe that’s the processional this Sunday.

[37] Posted by Dr. N. on 7-14-2012 at 02:58 PM · [top]

Jeffersonian,  Here is what I make of those categories.  Resolutions put forward at General Convention solely reflect the agenda of the secular world around us not us as God’s people and certainly not God’s kingdom. I guess they have forgotten Jesus’ wordsESV">in John18:35-37. OOPS. I forgot those who put forward so many of these resolutions don’t read Scripture. I know some act as if Jesus’ words on a subject (i.e. homosexuality) is their only guide.

Have any idea what keywords show up for the resolutions we have discussed- CWOB for example. Was that a “justice” or “social justice” or something else issue? Just curious.

[38] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 03:40 PM · [top]

Crumbs. here is the link to ESV">John 18:35-37.

[39] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-14-2012 at 03:45 PM · [top]

Dear Lord!  What a collection of utter cr@p!

[40] Posted by Nikolaus on 7-14-2012 at 03:47 PM · [top]

I agree completely with #40.  Couldn’t have said it any better myself!

[41] Posted by jaydee on 7-14-2012 at 08:03 PM · [top]

I thought there was quite a growing movement to fix the denominational health plan and delay its implementation until that happened.  What happened to quash that?

[42] Posted by Ralinda on 7-14-2012 at 08:37 PM · [top]

#42, I think the Methodists have expressed some willingness to cut their entire staff’s health plan in favor of paying the tax/fine imposed by Obamacare and letting them fend for themselves.  Perhaps TEo is thinking along the same lines.

[43] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-14-2012 at 08:45 PM · [top]

My parish would love to continue to fend for itself.  The denominational health plan is too expensive.  It’s not a true national plan, but rather a bunch of high price diocesan plans.

[44] Posted by Ralinda on 7-14-2012 at 08:57 PM · [top]

Perhaps someone will respond from SF and realize how many articles are NOT read because the IT dept thinks trendy is more important than readability.

I just hit [ctrl] and plus buttons, which zooms in. [ctrl] and [zero] resets.

If you install and use the Firefox browser, you can easily change the colors and font sizes of the page.  You might be able to do this in Internet Explorer, but I don’t use that browser, so you’ll have to find your own solutions if you’re going to keep using that. I recommend the ESR version, which changes much more slowly than the regular version.

Get FF here:
http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-10.0.5esr&os=win&lang=en-US

Change font sizes and colors by going to the tools menu, options, and content tab of the window that pops up. In the “Fonts and Colors” section, change the default font size, if desired, or hit the “Colors. . .” button, and uncheck “Allow pages to choose their own colors” to make text black.

Or, install an addon (program which runs inside FF), such as NoSquint by Jason Tackaberry, to pick sites that you want to change text sizes and colors for. You can google instructions on how to find and install addons, because this off-topic post is too large.

[45] Posted by paradoxymoron on 7-14-2012 at 11:40 PM · [top]

Hey, Timothy Fountain,

What’s wrong with D055. The operative language just needs to state words to the effect of “use carbon-based fuels or walk, and in either instance keep your worthless opinions to yourselves!” If that can be accomplished, no more Solyndra-type scams, and no more idiot ideologues to listen to. That, to me, sounds like a much better environment in which to live.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[46] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 7-15-2012 at 12:46 AM · [top]

[45] paradoxymoron, et alii,

in re: font size and color.

For MSIE 9 [ctrl] & [+] enlarges the font, [ctrl] & [0] returns to normal size, just as in Firefox.

Keith Töpfer

[47] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 7-15-2012 at 12:54 AM · [top]

I am cleaning out files from my hard drive.  I came across this gem and had to post it.  ENJOY!

Three members of an Episcopal parish died in a car crash and arrived at the Pearly Gates of Heaven.  St. Peter told them that they could enter the Gates only if they could answer one very simple religious question: “What is Easter?”

The first Episcopalian says, “Oh, that’s easy!  It’s the holiday in November when everyone gets together, eats turkey, and is thankful.”

“Wrong!” St. Peter announces.  He turns to the second and asks the same question: “What is Easter?”

The second Episcopalian replies, “Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree, exchange presents and celebrate the birth of Jesus.”  St. Peter looks at her, bangs his head on the Pearly Gates in disgust, muttering something about expectations, and tells her that she is also wrong.

He then peers over his glasses at the third Episcopalian and asks, “Do you know what Easter is?”  The third parishioner smiles confidently and looks St. Peter in the eyes, “Of course I know what Easter is!”  “Oh?” says St. Peter, incredulously.

“Easter is the Christian feast that coincides with the Jewish celebration of the Passover.  Jesus and his disciples were eating at the Last Supper and Jesus was later betrayed and handed over to the Roman authorities by one of those disciples.  The Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands and feet.  He was buried in a nearby cave, which was then sealed off by a large boulder.”

St. Peter smiles broadly with delight.  Then the third Episcopalian continues…  “Every year the boulder is move aside so Jesus can come out and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.”

[48] Posted by Nikolaus on 7-15-2012 at 10:26 AM · [top]

You forgot D081 - Dialog with the Mormons.  As if the Mormons would even want to have anything to do with an anti-traditional family denomination.  On the plus side, it was correctly categorized under interfaith dialogue.

[49] Posted by Ralinda on 7-15-2012 at 06:17 PM · [top]

Ralinda, I didn’t forget.  Just left it on the cutting room floor.  Meanwhile, can’t forget - after reading all that stuff, I’m having plenty of nightmares!

See the short piece I just put up on an uplifting visit with one of God’s saints.  It is good post-GC medicine.

[50] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-15-2012 at 06:23 PM · [top]

It is my sincere hope that ACNA - of which I am a member - never does anything like this, even the “conservative version” (even positions I agree with).

I want the Bishops and Priests to share the Gospel with me, and for me to make political decisions that incorporates what I learn and meditate upon. 

DOW

[51] Posted by DietofWorms on 7-15-2012 at 06:48 PM · [top]

#50, Fr. Tim—Yes, too much craziness to report on it all.  And your time was better spent telling us about worshipping with the Sudanese Christians!

[52] Posted by Ralinda on 7-15-2012 at 07:58 PM · [top]

Boy, the guys who wrote C114 must be getting scared!

[53] Posted by cennydd13 on 7-15-2012 at 08:14 PM · [top]

Agreed, C114 is about the creepiest of the lot.  Self importance and paranoia are relatives, it seems.

[54] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-15-2012 at 08:17 PM · [top]

“...a coordinated assault on religious freedom.”

Is there something that IRD has said about TEo, PCUSA, etc. that is untrue, much less destructive of their rock-solid right to become, in the immortal words of Mark Steyn, “a cult for upscale Western sodomites and a few attendant fetishists?”

[55] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-15-2012 at 09:20 PM · [top]

“The Road goes on forever, and the Party never ends.” —Robert Earl Keen

[56] Posted by Looking for Leaders on 7-16-2012 at 07:26 AM · [top]

Can anyone explain the “Discharged-Already acted upon at this convention” status of A075?  Thanks!

PS That is the resolution abut structure that includes considering the possibility of an unicameral legislature.

[57] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-16-2012 at 12:04 PM · [top]

D049 ...(TEC will) start a pilot program of student loans for covering seminary costs to seminarians… who will commit to spending their first three years after ordination in an under-served area of the Church… at the end of which time their loans would be forgiven…

2-to-1 one of the choices will be service in an abortion clinic.

[58] Posted by Festivus on 7-16-2012 at 04:16 PM · [top]

Festivus - #58

I can’t say how much I wish you were just being cynical. 

Kyrie Eleison

[59] Posted by maineiac on 7-16-2012 at 06:50 PM · [top]

I am getting so sick of the pit of vipers and what they do that I try to ignore them but they keep biting at my heels.  Some one needs to get rid of the head snake and all her offspring…....somehow.

[60] Posted by catwrangler on 7-17-2012 at 11:13 AM · [top]

Just cannot believe all this . What part of auto destruct do we not understand here?So first we decide to put ourselves at the level of God and rewrite scripture to suit our own purpose .
  Next we get out and start making resolutions regarding politics and medical care .
 
This is all because of these synods where power groups come in and take control .They have evolved where they openly support perverts . Now tell me honestly ,and I mean honestly what parent would ever ,ever allow your precious child to be open to abuse by these individuals ????
  So maybe just maybe you will come to understand why so many have walked away .
The (Roman Catholic)church is here to guide us in faith and morals .That’s all folks .The gospel of the Apostles . Not and I mean not the Gospel of new Agers(Satan)
A priest may remind us to support candidates who are pro life. That’s all .any more and he would hear from the diocese.
  Eric A. Whalley

[61] Posted by ewhalley on 7-17-2012 at 04:11 PM · [top]

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