12/05/2007

What's in a Name? St. James Anglican Cathedral, Fresno.

The Diocese of San Joaquin will have its convention this weekend, December 8, and will take a second vote on changing its Constitution so that, from its perspective, it no longer has to accede to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. See Dan Martins fine article on this HERE. The Living Church carried an article on the upcoming convention and on the Presiding Bishop's letter to the bishop of San Joaquin. In the "Front Page" brief description of that story they posted a picture of the Cathedral sign. It reads, "St. James Anglican Cathedral."

The picture seems to be from the Fresno Bee, and the article there on the name change can be read HERE. Here is that picture (from the Fresno Bee) . The Moon By Night blog includes with this article and picture a letter posted in the Fresno Bee: "A letter to the editor by Edward Brennan of Visalia notes, in part, that:

"The name change at St. James Episcopal Cathedral to "Anglican" is a wake-up call for Episcopalians. The bishop has been in disagreement with the Episcopal Church for years and at the last Diocesan Convention the constitution was purged of all references to the Episcopal Church.

The bishop also made clear his intention to place the Diocese of San Joaquin under the authority of the Anglican churches of the Global South. If you are curious about the future orthodoxy that the bishop will impose, ask your local minister to provide the congregation with the Resolutions Adopted at the May 6, 2002 Deanery Meeting."

If it is not a done deal, that the Diocese is going to vote to change its Constitution and Canons, then the Cathedral has spent money on the wrong horse. I suspect the dean and vestry (or chapter) don't make bad bets. On the other hand the Cathedral web site still speaks of the Cathedral as St. James Episcopal Cathedral. Perhaps they are betting both ways. Then again it may be simply a matter of updating the web site. Either way, pray for the people and bishop of the diocese of San Joaquin and their upcoming meeting. These are not easy times for anyone in the church.

3 comments:

  1. Either way, pray for the people and bishop of the diocese of San Joaquin and their upcoming meeting. These are not easy times for anyone in the church.
    Amen! On that we are in perfect agreement! Prayers for everyone, holding all sorts opinions and perspectives of the issue, as well for the bishop as San Joaquin has their convention.

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  2. Hmmm... I think there may be a way out of all this mess.

    Resolved, [the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies concurring] that the Protest Episcopal Church in the United States of America otherwise known as The Episcopal Church, hereafter shall be known as a) The Anglican Church in the United States of America; or (b) The Anglican Episcopal Church in the United States of America; or (c) The Episcopal Church (Anglican) in the United States of America; or (d) The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (Anglican Communion). (Deputies and Bishops should agree in one [or more] of the above alternatives).

    Explanation

    The proliferation of separate congregations and/or Churches purporting to be the "real" Anglican presence in the Americas, makes necessary to clarify that this Church is the official Body in Communion with the See of Canterbury.

    The change would not require changing the corporate name "DFMS."

    Thomas+

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  3. The name would have to be "...in the Caribbean, Central America, The Phillipines, and the U.S.A." It's hubris on our part to call it the anything "in the U.S.A." because we're not just there. For those who find it hubris that we let go of the U.S.A. for that reason and call ourselves The Episcopal Church, how about The Episcopal Church... or The Anglican Church in a Whole Bunch of Places in a variety of Hemispheres.

    Meanwhile, prayers for San Joaquin, in The Episcopal Church - wherever.
    Lois

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