"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Diocese of Dallas Lays the Groundwork

In a series of moves that I hope will be a model for Fort Worth's own convention in a few weeks, the diocese of Dallas has laid the ground work to take action as the "realignment" of the Anglican Communion accelerates following the upcoming Primates meeting. You can read the ENS story about Dallas' convention here.

Among the most important moves taken by the Dallas diocesan convention last weekend was a resolution to:

qualify the diocese's required constitutional accession to the Episcopal Church's General Convention and Constitution and Canons "expressly premised on the Episcopal Church in the United States of America being and at all times remaining a full, constituent member of the Anglican Communion," to state that the accession as stated can be "revoked, limited or otherwise amended" by the annual or special convention of the diocese, and to state that the amended accession can in "no way be deemed to prevent or limit this Diocese from disassociating itself from any actions of the General Convention by concurrent majority vote of both orders at any Annual or Special Convention".


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