Today’s Anglican Voice
Volume 4 Number 3 Autumn 2010
A Woman’s Perspective on Anglicanism
Reports from Parishes Around the World Within the Continuing Anglican Tradition
IN THIS ISSUE
John Quincy Adams on Islam
Mosque at Ground Zero / An Act of War?
Local Governments in Virginia Can Display the Nativity, But…
Texas Home School Coalition Says Movement Growing
Lutherans Set to Accept Non-Celibate Pastors
Chinese Military Growth
Anglican News & Comment
Bishop Michael Robertson Joins ACOVA
Protection of Traditional Marriage/The Rev. John Yates
Bishop Jefferts Schori Rejects Anglican Covenant as “Cheap Grace”
Holy Redeemer (Virginia)
Good Shepherd (Oklahoma)
ACOVA Bishop Johnson Suggests Prayer for Muslims
Health & Family News
Music and Alzheimer’s Disease
By Sondra B. Johnson
Ah, to be popular! Shy as a child, I longed to be part of what I perceived as the popular crowd. My friends and I
used to dream about what it would be like to be grown up and without that concern. Adulthood, in those days,
seemed a mysterious state of being larger and wiser and totally self-confident.
Due to the mystery of life, I grew up physically, but that exact moment when I became an adult eluded me. It
happened of course, but it was more a matter of age – 18 or 21, not how I felt. Inside I was still that quiet shy child.
But outwardly shy or not, I had a hidden source of inward confidence that was directly related to my Anglican
Church upbringing. Of course in those days it was the Episcopal Church which I’d been born into and which I
stayed with until my husband announced we were leaving the church I’d always known to follow – the church I’d
always known! He saw what was coming, along with other groups who left here and there across the country;
actually, across the world.
That was more than a quarter of a century ago. Many folks have left the Episcopal Church since then; some priests
and bishops have, but mostly the priests and bishops who officiate these days have been “made” since that time.
These men moved out of the Episcopal Church or were drawn to the Anglican Church for the same reasons as the
rest of us; yet after twenty-five years I can tell you that the people in the pews are more solid in their determination
to go forward than most of our leaders who still waffle over terms like “legitimacy.”
I am who I am because of the faith of our forefathers; the faith defined and clarified by the 1928 Book of Common
Prayer. Popular? No. Even when I was a kid, I knew only one other classmate who was Episcopalian. But I can even
then I felt my church gave me something special. I felt my church had it right. And it anchored me. Maybe I never
ran with the “in” crowd, but I knew I was legitimate.
How many of our priests and bishops today secretly long to be part of a more popular movement? Worse, how
many are still longing for that pie-in-the-sky moment they hope will come when the Episcopal Church admits its
error, saying “We were wrong, you were right, please come back”?
No wonder the Anglican breakaway churches are, after all these years, still known as “breakaway.” There is no
cohesion, no “oneness” – there is not even determination to stay true to the faith. We in the pews watch helplessly
frustrated as our leaders waffle about whether to join the Roman Catholics, the new CANA or ACNA movements, or
even continue their fruitless waiting for the Episcopal Church to “come around.” We in the pews long for one-ness;
a unification, if you will, of all the like-minded breakaways branches. We’d like to see our leaders lead us there.
Rather it appears they are always seeking to be the most popular; chastising each other or bickering over who and
what is truly legitimate, wanting to count numbers as a way of determining who is the greatest among them. Too
many of our leaders move weakly, dithering about inconsequential matters, quarreling about whether or not to dot
the “I” or cross the “T” – while Rome burns.
My strong faith growing up and today are due to the teaching the Episcopal Church gave me, week after week,
back in the days when it was a church of principle that led people to God through biblically accurate readings,
hymns and prayers.
Now that same church has no standards; leaving Scripture behind, they want to appeal to the masses, to bring in
the multitudes with altered doctrine, sing-songy hymns, common vernacular, and watered down prayers and
And yet, some of our priests and bishops are still secretly hoping for a reunion with them. Why? Because they think
being recognized by that body will make them more legitimate?
I say shun the socmen and whited sepulchers and all who deal with them. I say stand up for Christ as represented
in the one true, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. It doesn’t matter if there are twenty of us or twenty million.
Priests and bishops of the Anglican Church International Communion – you hold in your hands the future of
Anglicanism in this world. Your duty is to go out and preach to all the world, not to sit by dissecting the faith,
struggling between yourselves about subjects that have nothing to do with saving people; nothing to do with
teaching little girls about Jesus and thereby making them feel confident inside. For God’s sake, learn your rubrics
by heart, explain what Anglicanism is to all who will listen; practice it boldly; teach it knowledgeably and believe this:
You are legitimate. Check out the Book of Common Prayer. It tells you clearly what you should be, what you should
do and how you should do it. If you are following that, how could you be any more legitimate in the eyes of our
Heavenly Father? Once and for all shake off the dust from your feet and leave the defilers, panims, hobelers,
lurdens and moon-calves behind.
“For me, I serve God, the king … and so long as I can keep the path of honor I am well content.” [The White
Company, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.]
The above words and opinion are by Sondra B. Johnson, and are not to be construed as representative of the
Anglican Church of Virginia or its leaders or any other group or persons.
Definitions of 12th century words: Socmen: land holders; whited sepulcher: a person inwardly corrupt but outwardly
virtuous or holy; defilers: panims: pagans; hobelers: troublemakers; lurdens: lazy, stupid persons; moon-calf:
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS ON ISLAM. John Quincy Adams writes about Islam
"In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar (Mohammed), the Egyptian,
combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit
of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an
extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one
omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and
apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he
humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual
passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex,
and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion,
against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust; to exalt the brutal over the
spiritual part of human nature. Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve
hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant...While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false
prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon the earth, and good will towards
men." John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of The United States of America, 1830
THE MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO / AN ACT OF WAR? It’s not a question of the right or wrong of having a Mosque
at Ground Zero; it’s a question of whether or not occupation of such a building by Muslims is an act of war.
I have five postcards of buildings in France that have handwriting or typing on the back that describe my father’s
movements during WWII. He documented for posterity what happened when he and his corpsmen were sent in to
the cities previously occupied by the Germans.
What he did is what soldiers have always done: after the fighting, the winning side sends in troops and they occupy
the buildings. There is a wonderful photograph of my father in Army uniform and helmet near the top of one of
those buildings waving a huge U.S. flag off the balcony; the meaning is clear: The Germans were beaten back; that
building in Rennes, France, was now “owned” by the United States of America.
That’s what Armies do during wartime; they occupy cities, they take over buildings.
On September 11, 2001, in an act of war, members of the Islamic faith (as they believed it to be) blew up buildings
in a major U.S. city, killing thousands. They won that battle. Now, make no mistake, their “troops” have occupied
the city and they intend to take over the buildings. SBJ
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN VIRGINIA CAN HAVE NATIVITY, BUT… Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
released an opinion in late August in response to a request by Delegate Robert Marshall of Loudoun County, VA,
under what conditions the County would be permitted to display the “birth of Jesus Christ.” Cuccinelli said a local
government can erect Christmas displays on public property as long as other faiths and beliefs are represented.
TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION SAYS MOVEMENT GROWING. According to the Texas Home School
Coalition, the number of Texans opting to home school has grown about 20 percent over the past five years.
Approximately 300,000 children will be taught at home this year.
LUTHERANS SET TO ADMIT NON-CELEBATE HOMOSEXUAL PASTORS. The largest Lutheran denomination in
the U.S. (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) has joined the ranks of allowing homosexuals to lead their
congregations. Seven gay and transgender pastors were received last month in San Francisco. Similar ceremonies
are planned for Minneapolis and Chicago. Critics of the decision to admit non-celibate homosexuals as pastors are
gathering the first week of September in Columbus, Ohio, with the purpose of creating a new Lutheran
denomination which will “follow the Scriptures more faithfully.” It will be called the North American Lutheran Church.
There are 10,239 ELCA churches with about 4.5 million members. So far, 199 congregations are ready to leave
the ELCA and another 136 are waiting a second vote to make it official. About 75% of the churches that have
already left the ELCA have affiliated with a smaller denomination: Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.
[Patrick Condon, The Associated Press.]
CHINESE MILITARY GROWTH. A Defense Department report released August 16 says the Chinese government is
rapidly expanding its military and developing long-range weapons to expand its global reach. The yearly report,
which is required by Congress, was released nearly 6 months late.
U.S. officials express concern that China is being secretive about its military growth, and that it continues to reject
military relations with the U.S. The Chinese government suspended those relations earlier this year, following the
announcement that the U.S. would sell over $6 billion of weapons to Taiwan, an American ally that China considers
part of its own territory. [On Watch in Washington, Intercessors for America, August 2010]
Anglican News & Comment:
BISHOP MICHAEL ROBERTSON JOINS ANGLICAN CHURCH OF VIRGINIA. On July 15, 2010, The Right Reverend
J. Michael Robertson resigned from the House of Bishops of the Anglican Convocation of the Good Shepherd
(previously the Diocese of the Good Shepherd) Melvin Pickering, Bishop Ordinary. Bishop Robertson stated the
reason was due to "his belief in and strict adherence to the Affirmation of St. Louis. On July 16, 2010 he requested
affiliation with the Diocese of Virginia, The Right Reverend Larry Johnson,
Bishop Ordinary. Bishop Johnson welcomed, accepted and received Bishop Robertson.
PROTECTION OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE. In his “Message from the Rector” column in the August 14-20 issue
of This Week at The Falls Church (CANA), Rector John Yates writes: Last week U.S. district Judge Vaughn Walker
in California issued a ruling about marriage that is so important, its impact is difficult to exaggerate. Judge Walker
struck down the decision of California voters last year to amend the state constitution and define marriage as the
union of man and woman. The judge has ruled that the citizens of California have no right to define marriage, and
he declared irrational thousands of years of human wisdom. If you have been in denial about judicial activism in our
country, open your eyes.
The judge issued a set of “findings” that include the following:
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays
“Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted.”
“The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent.
“Same-sex couples are identical to opposite-sex couples in the characteristics relevant to the ability to form
successful marital unions.
“Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals.”
Even though Judge Walker stated that the rights of religious bodies are not violated by his ruling, since no religious
group is required to recognize same sex marriage, his whole argument condemns religious objections as harmful
and irrational, and establishes secularism as the only really acceptable basis for moral judgments made by voters.
God’s laws are just, wise, and right, however a culture may seek to jettison them. Our responsibility is not just to
support the sanctity of heterosexual marriage, but to do all we can to help, encourage and strengthen married
couples in their family relationships. Who else is going to do this if the church does not? [The Rev. John Yates,
This Week at The Falls Church, August 14-20, 2010; reprinted by permission.]
EPISCOPAL BISHOP JEFFERTS SCHORI REJECTS ANGLICAN COVENANT AS “CHEAP GRACE.” The US
Presiding Bishop told a group of New Zealand Anglicans that a Covenant designed to draw the Anglican
Communion together is nothing more than a type of "cheap grace" an "enlightenment response to postmodern" era
disagreement. It is a legal move to avoid the harder "work of the heart", of building relationships in the face of
diversity, she said. To read the whole story visit http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?
HOLY REDEEMER (Virginia). Once again Holy Redeemer Anglican Parish will host the celebration at Jamestown
that honors the first Anglican Communion Service celebrated there in 1607. This annual celebration will take place
at the historic church on Jamestown Island, Oct.9 at 11:00 AM. Bishop Larry Johnson and Archdeacon Ralph
Gardiner will be co-celebrants.
Mike Cumbee continues to receive weekly instruction at Blessed Saviour Chapel in the office of Deacon. The
instruction is being given by Fr. Gardiner preparatory to Mike entering formal study at the ACOVA Seminary. His
wife’s sister, Ann Marie, recently passed away after months in ICU.
GOOD SHEPHERD (Oklahoma). July 4th a bagpiper played hymns during the Eucharist. For the Recessional he
played Amazing Grace while leading the parish to the church’s St. Francis Garden. There the congregation sang
patriotic songs and then enjoyed a parish picnic that was held inside due to the heat. Sunday morning’s Rector's
class is currently being taught by Robert Hogue, parishioner, mathematics’ professor and Bible scholar. For the
summer study he is doing a Survey of the Old Testament, titled The Beginnings: From Creation to Abraham to The
Inter-Biblical Period. Beginning October 3, Dr. Paul Epstein, parishioner and Associate Professor of Classics and
Language at Oklahoma State University, will teach the Rector's Class on The Order of the Service of Holy
Communion, taken from a series of articles he has written for Mandate, the magazine of The Prayer Book Society.
The Women's Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study Group spent last season studying Austin Farrer's Lord, I Believe
and Dorothy Sayer's Creeds or Chaos. This fall and winter the women are will tackle C. S. Lewis' Reflections on
the Psalms. Wednesday Evenings beginning Sept 8th, the church will continue with C. S. Lewis's "Mere
Christianity" (Book 4) moderated by Peg Morrissey. Upon completion of Lewis, Fr. Michael Robertson will teach a
class on the Book of Revelations, as seen from the Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican view.
ACOVA BISHOP JOHNSON SUGGESTS PRAYER FOR MUSLIMS. The prayer below is the third prayer for Good
Friday in the old American Prayer Book, 1789 and still is in the English 1662. It was revised for our 1928 Book. It is
also found in the 1549, 1552, and 1559. The "Turks and infidels" were considered the Muslims. It had been in the
Roman and Sarum missals and Cranmer took it from them. There had been as many as nine collects but he
reduced the number. If you review the prayer in the 1928 BCP you can see what words were substituted. Since we
can use all these books per the Declaration of Principles I suggest that we include it in our services. O MERCIFUL
God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but
rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Heretics, and take from
them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy
flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd,
Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
[Submitted by The Rt. Rev. Larry Johnson]
Health & Family News
MUSIC AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. Music may help patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) better remember new
verbal information. A study published in Neuropsychologia found that patients with AD performed better on a task
of recognition memory for the lyrics of a song when those lyrics were accompanied by a sung recording than when
they were accompanied by a spoken recording. Researchers suggest that there maybe a fundamental difference
in the encoding and retrieval processes for musical versus nonmusical stimuli. They note that processing music
involves parts of the brain that are affected at a much slower rate in patients with AD, and that could help lead to
the development of comprehensive therapies to treat the disease. [Duke Medicine Health News August 2010]
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