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  1. Please pray and if your moved to write a letter, the Ugandan government is proposing a bill that is violation of human rights. I copied a alert I received and instructions to send an email to Justin R. Cannon Founder & Director Inclusive Orthodoxy, who in turn will forward them to the Church of England. God Bless, Gary I am writing to ask you to join me in taking IMMEDIATE ACTION. There is a bill currently before Uganda's Parliament that includes some of the harshest anti-gay regulations in the world. If the bill were to become law, doctors could be prosecuted for "aiding and abetting homosexuality." I read today anti-gay Rick Warren’s condemnation of this bill, and a statement from The Vatican (of all places!) which condemns “all forms of violence and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons, including discriminatory penal legislation which undermines the inherent dignity of the human person.” The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England have remained silent on this bill, citing “intensive and private” talks. They, however, have quite publicly spoken out against the recent consecration of the Episcopal Church’s second openly gay and partnered bishop. To speak out against a loving relationship and remain silent about this bill that could harm thousands is a moral failure. Let’s take action! NOW! Join me in writing the Archbishop of Canterbury. See my letter below, write your own, then please email it or fax it to me. On Monday, I will take all these letters and mail them together to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There are over three hundred people on this Inclusive Orthodoxy mailing list. If even just 100 of us wrote letters, that would be a powerful statement. Even a short letter is better than nothing. Join me in taking action now. Once your letter is written, email me at justincannon-at-truthsetsfree.net to fax, mail, or email it to me. Together our voices will be heard. Faithfully, Justin R. Cannon Founder & Director Inclusive Orthodoxy www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org MY LETTER: The Most Reverend Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury Lambeth Palace Your Grace: My name is Justin Cannon and I am a postulant for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church of the United States. I am also the founder of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), an outreach ministry which asserts that in order to be faithful to the Holy Scriptures and the Gospel we must adhere to the orthodox Christian faith, as professed in the creeds and councils, while also being radically inclusive as Christ was. I am disappointed in your silence with regard to Uganda’s pending bill against homosexuality. I was stunned to read that you have publicly criticized the loving relationship of a lesbian bishop here in the U.S., while remaining silent about this law that could damage the lives of thousands of Ugandans. I was shocked to see today that the Vatican and anti-gay minister Rick Warren have both spoken out publicly against the Ugandan bill, while Canterbury has remained silent. The Vatican read a statement to a United Nations panel on anti-gay violence which expressed opposition to “all grave violations of human rights against homosexual persons, such as the use of the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,” as well as opposition to “all forms of violence and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons, including discriminatory penal legislation which undermines the inherent dignity of the human person.” Rick Warren has called the bill “terrible” and explained, “The potential law is unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals…all life, no matter how humble or broken, whether unborn or dying, is precious to God.” He also urged Ugandan pastors to publicly condemn the bill. The only word I have heard from Canterbury is that you are in “intensive and private” talks about this matter. I hope that talks will lead to public statements at least as direct and powerful as those coming from the Vatican and Rick Warren. Anything less will not only be gravely disappointing, but a failure of Canterbury’s moral leadership. Sincerely, Justin R. Cannon Inclusive Orthodoxy justin-at-inclusiveorthodoxy.org
  2. What I have seen on the Myan calender, it really doesn't predict an end, just a new beginning. The circle of time has completed a full revolution. It could be positive or negative. I guess we'll soon see...
  3. Thank you for the information, I did not know that. But it doesn't surprise me.
  4. I guess it depends on your faith, being a Christian, through the writings of the Bible: Hebrews 9:25-27 (King James Version) 25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enter into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 2 Corinthians 5 Our Heavenly Dwelling 1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 2 Peter 3:9-11 (New International Version) 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.[a] 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives Or it could be a bunch of non-sense like the Y2K scare.
  5. Do you believe in God testing your faith andwhere you stand on what you believe? I do, I believe that one occurred today: I stopped by the local boxmart to pick up a couple of things. The total was just over $5.00, I put a $10.00 in the self paying teller. The change came out, instead of four one dollar bills, I received four $5.00 bills. I explained the situation to the cashier, but I was told that she couldn't do anything about. So I left the store, filled with self satifaction. I passed the Salvation Army beller ringer, I took out the 27 cents and put it in the kettle and kept on going. I took 3 steps and heard a voice yell "Your going to fail the test!" The people around me must have thought I was nuts, I spun around to see who yelled that, but there was no-one behind me. Then it gentely came to me "God just blessed you with $20.00 and you have the shameful audasity to drop a few cents in a kettle to feed the poor. So I went back and gave 25% of the blessing to the Salvation army. As I walked away, I felt this overflowing joy, in so much I began to cry. I just felt the need to pass this on...
  6. According to AARP, I'll be senior in January, when I turn 50. But there's days I feel like 19 and others like 80. So live your life like there's no age and live, love and be happy.
  7. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit May all the prayers listed here be answered in a positive way..Amen Prayers for an elderly saint Lillith, she is is in the hospital, due to a bad mix of medication I ask for a prayer in agreement that she recovers and continues to be the bright spirit she is. She was born in the year 1918, she's a real firecracker when she's up to snuff. Amen. GaryJ
  8. ..."goo goo g'joob-koo koo g'joob I am the Walurus" then Marty turned around and started...
  9. Dear God! I will hold them in my prayers, that church is my family's home town. Let us know if there's anything they need.
  10. I pray for both of you, him to get his life together, for you to have the strength do what must be done, it sounds that your to the point that you know what to do, but you can't do it. The Great Spirit isn't the author of confusion or pain. So I pray that God intervenes, helps you with strength and conviction your decision. And that God helps him to find his way in his life. Amen.
  11. It sounds beautiful! The Native American ceremonies are beautiful & honest. May their lives be full of many blessings. Both sides of my family are of Cherokee heritage (Smoky Mountain region), I would love to learn some of their prayers & blessings. I've always felt a pull to that side of my family.
  12. I am so sorry for your loss.. But be comforted in the thought that she is with Kirby rejoicing in Heaven. I did not have the blessing of knowing her or Kirby, what tears are shed for them here on earth, can not compare to the rejoicing that is happening in Heaven, when another Saint comes home. God Bless, Gary
  13. As a child, I received Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior, I was raised in a family in the Southern Baptists & Pentacostla churches. I was the hell raiser when I was young, had to be God & Mom's prayers, that I made it through my teenager years, alive. I could never understand the thinking: Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Then in another breath they would curse someone because of the color or because they're in love with someone of the same sex, but Jesus died for all of mankind's sins. I turned my back on Jesus for a while, what kind of loving God would act like that, until it got through my skull, it wasn't God saying that, it was ignorant people who uses God name to push their agendas. Which leads me to being a ordained minister: I am Gay, I've seen friends die or be in the hospital, and the person they have shared their lives with couldn't visit them, because they weren't married or in a Holy Union. I believe Jesus Christ has been with me, through my life, to get me to this point to be a minister, to do Holy Unions & Weddings for my family in the Gay community, a calling to do so. We shall see, as I told the church when I bacame ordained, I won't put a price on God or a persons spirituallity. I'll never charge a cent to see that anyone of legal age and is allowed to marry, gets married. Life is too short to not be with the one you love. As it's written in the book of Matthew 22: 36-40 Jesus gave us two commandments, to love God the Father with all of our hearts, and love you neighbor, as you would love yourself. When you do this, you have fulfilled the other commandments. That's the story...