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The Inaugural Blog Round Up

June 20, 2006, 5:26 pm | Posted by FPL

Welcome to the first issue of Faith in Public Life’s Blog Round Up!

Once a week we’ll bring you an informative summary of the trends and posts in our corner of the blogosphere. Suggestions for the round-up or the blogroll are always welcome.

Several bloggers happily lead with the election of the Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori to be the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Chuck Currie notes the historical significance of female church leadership, and dismissing the pessimists An Inch At a Time recalls:

“I remember the deep pain, division and anguish of the 1970′s when the ordination of women (the last great threat to global Anglicanism and Western Civilization as we know it) was the thing that was going to split the church. I remember the lines for communion stretched out at diocesan convention with folks jockeying to get into position so they wouldn’t have to receive communion from (horrors!) a woman priest.”

Celebrating the news, the Faith and Policy Weblog kicks naysayer, the Rev. (not the right time) Herrmann, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Quincy, Illinois, into its hall of shame.

Avoiding that fate while reporting from the General Convention, Father Jake confesses to being a recovering chauvinist. He writes, “We have crossed the ‘threshold demanding a courageous act of faith.’ Now, for some of us recovering chauvinists, there may need to be a form of ‘ego death’.” And dotCommonweal explores the ecumenical dimension. “Cardinal Walter Kasper has been warning the CofE that moving ahead with such ordinations would create a ‘serious and long lasting chill’ between the Catholic Church and the Anglican communion.”

On any moderate shift within the Southern Baptist leadership with the election of Rev. Frank Page, Mainstream Baptist is skeptical. And so is Andrew Sullivan due to information from his friends “inside the Baptist Beltway.”

In addition to the twists and turns of church politics, American political events have kept our blogger friends busy. Several including Pam’s House Blend, The Center for Faith in Politics and Jewish blogger jspot take up Dem Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s signing of a strict ban on abortions in Louisiana.

Connecting morality to the minimum wage, Oklahoma-based Mainstream Baptist prints a speech he delivered Monday on the steps of the State capital. As the speech reaches its climax, he appeals to the religious leaders of his state: “You are standing in line to siphon off faith-based funds that were formerly distributed directly to the working poor. There will be a PAYDAY SOMEDAY!”

Muslim bloggers Truth and Beauty and City of Brass discuss the recent NYTimes article on two American Muslim Clerics seeking a middle ground in American faith and culture. City of Brass writes, “America is already the greatest Islamic nation in the world. Muslims of all sects within Islam can pracctice their faith freeely here [sic], build masajid, pray. There is no nation on earth that officially calls itself “Islamic” that accords all believers the same freedom of faith. None.”

Tired of the Republican use of “cut and run” to describe the Democratic position on the Iraq War, The Green Knight comes up with a new term for the Republican stance: lie and die.

Faith in Society reviews a new book entitled Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy. “In particular, the book suggests that where it has previously defended the social order, the church now has a brand new opportunity to exercise its prophetic role, challenging injustice, shaking institutions and undermining some of the central values and norms on which society is built.”

And finally, pointing out that activist judges have conspired to slowly, gradually change the “face of America to a gorgeous deep, golden tan!,” the Religious Left Blog follows the religious right’s logic and points out “how to really protect marriage.”

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