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The Economist Covers The Anglican Angle

The Anglican Communion | The high price of togetherness |

On the brighter side from the Communion’s viewpoint, some Americans who went to Lambeth do now have a better sense of the social and political constraints on bishops in traditional societies. One African bishop recalls that after news reached his country of the gay-friendly stance of America’s bishops, a senior Muslim asked him, in bewilderment, whether he too had ceased to be Christian. “I came to understand as never before that there are places and cultures where it is not possible to discuss [homosexuality],” said Bishop Jeff Lee of Chicago.

Wow, my bishop gets quoted in The Economist. Yay, Bish! Your videologs rocked!

Elsewhere in the article, the problem of conservative parishes marooned in liberal American dioceses is discussed, in connection with the cross-border poaching problem. But the problem of liberal parishes marooned in conservative American dioceses is not worthy of discussion, and neither is the problem of gay Anglicans marooned in countries where there are laws on the books that make homosexual acts punishable by death. Hmm.

Dave Walker, Cartoonist of Lambeth: Injustice Is Not Funny

Dave Walker, Cartoonist of Lambeth, received a “cease and desist” letter from a current owner of the British SPCK chain of Christian bookshops. He has removed all content from his blog pertaining to the odd and ongoing story of how an Anglican bookstore chain got turned over to a group of Texans of the Orthodox faith for a song. And how a lot of people lost their jobs over the last year or so, and how one young man was driven to despair and committed suicide, all because this strangely fundamentalist Orthodox group decided to gut the bookshops, fire the staff, and behave in a very anti-businesslike way. Almost as if they deliberately wanted to drive the bookshops into the ground and somehow leverage that failure.

If you read this post at Metacatholic, and then read all the excerpted comments and trackbacks to the bottom, you’ll get a pretty good idea of just how bizarre the story is and how the timeline ran, and it gets weirder the more you look into it. Ending, sadly, with an apparent suicide.

The current owners of the former SPCK bookshops threatened to sue our Dave for libel, under British laws I suppose, and as Dave can’t possibly afford to defend himself from a lawsuit, he has taken down all his SPCK-related content. Thus leaving his readers without an intriguing ongoing story that had yet to finish playing itself out.

This is unjust, and it’s not funny.

But Googlecache to the rescue! As a sympathetic commenter at Thinking Anglicans notes, Google will keep those posts readable for a good long while yet. spck – Google Search

It’s all there. Probably the most poignant shall be quoted here. Since the internal links now point to the removed content, I”ll try to change them to Googlecache ones instead:

I’ve been aware that this has been a sad week for many readers of the Cartoon Blog. Many of those visiting have been mourning the death of Steve Jeynes, the Worcester bookseller, who, judging from the comments posted on this site was loved by many. In the circumstances the usual nonsense that I write on this site has not seemed appropriate, hence my silence.

The memorial service for Steve Jeynes took place yesterday. The Worcester News has a report: Tributes paid to exceptional man. Doug Chaplain was there and has written about it. See also on the SPCK/SSG blog: Steve Jeynes: A Life Remembered.

This will be one of the last former-SPCK-related posts that I expect to do until September as I am away doing one thing and another. I have one more bookshop-related thing that I need to post about which has arisen as a result of a comment (not yet visible) on this site on Sunday morning. I will hopefully do that post today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday).

The place to go for former-SPCK-related posts for the next month or two is SPCK/SSG: News, Notes & Info. [Aside to Phil: hopefully you will post Plans Coming Together for New Christian Bookshop in Cardiff on the SSG/SPCK site when the time is right – a post well worth sharing.]

I hope to post a bit more on this blog this week, including an announcement about my new book and plans for Lambeth.

And I hope that Dave thinks better of his decision to remove all of his SPCK category content – much of it was completely factual and based on news stories, although some was anecdotal, and he probably had some rather intemperate commenters from time to time. That’s not worth suing him over, though.

It looks like there are a couple more websites that might be receiving a C&D from the current owners of the Anglican Christian book chain formerly known as SPCK. But will they take on Google and its rather unlimited resources? I think not. I think the litigious parties will confine themselves to badgering the small fry of the Anglican blogosphere, who run their operations on bags of crisps, sweater lint, and bottomless pots of tea. Perhaps the gentlemen threatening legal action have identified a revenue stream in there somewhere, but I can’t see it.

As it happens, I’ll be in England next month on vacation, and we’ll be in York for a couple of days after puttering around London and the Cotswolds – just a couple of stops down the line from Worcester, and the cathedral where Steve Jeynes’ funeral was held. I’ll have to go back and read that article now with more attention. Because attention must be paid.

I’m curious to see where the York shop is or was, based on a quick re-read of some cached posts that I had only scanned briefly before. Now, of course, they’re interesting again. That’s kind of the opposite of what the Texans intended, so sucks boo to them!

Who else will the Texan brothers sue? Network Norwich? The BBC? The Intarwebs? It remains to be seen.

Bishop Katharine: Sowing Seeds

Our PB Katharine seems to be getting a lot of attention in Britain in the run-up to Lambeth; earlier today I read the sermon she delivered at Salisbury Cathedral, and apparently it and another service she preached at were broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3. There are links to both documents in the story below.

Episcopal Life Online – NEWS
[Episcopal News Service] As part of the pre-Lambeth Conference Hospitality Initiative, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the bishops of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) are visiting the Church of England’s Diocese of Salisbury and participating in the life and ministry of the city’s historic cathedral in its 750th anniversary year.

Consecrated in 1258, Salisbury’s Cathedral Church of St. Mary boasts the world’s tallest medieval spire and is surrounded by water meadows in the southern English county of Wiltshire.

Preaching at two services on July 13 and offering reflections at an 8:10 a.m. morning worship service, broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and available as an on-demand audio stream here, Jefferts Schori spoke on the themes of planting seeds, growth and abundant life. The Presiding Bishop also preached during a 4 p.m. Choral Evensong, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available as an on-demand audio stream here.

Zimbabwe: Orders From Above Excuse For Oppression

Police continue to persecute Anglican Church

Bishop Sebastian Bakare protests the recent actions by Zimbabwean police, who have taken to harassing Anglicans during church services, acting on “orders from above.” Deposed former bishop Nolbert Kunonga is still getting Mugabe’s support, and anyone that isn’t vocally pro-Mugabe is treated as a traitorous enemy. Even ladies praying in church during Communion are hauled up from their knees and beaten…