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Postby Excalbia » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:30 pm

(OOC: I expect that this will be a slow-developing RP involving a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia. It's open to all Western Atlantic nations having churches that are part of the Excalbian Church.)

Bishop’s Residence
Citadel Excalbia


“Thank you, my dear,” Donald Slesers, the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Excalbia, said as he took the tray with coffee and cookies from his wife.

“I’ll leave you two alone to talk,” Alice Slesers said with a slight smile and a nod towards their guest, who like her husband wore a Roman collar with his light blue shirt.

“Thank you, Alice,” the guest, Blaine Repse, Bishop and Secretary of the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia, said returning the smile.

Slesers set the tray down on a table and poured two cups of coffee. “You take cream and sugar, don’t you, Blaine?”

“I do.” Repse walked over to the table and took his cup.

Slesers took his own cup and gestured to two chairs next to an unlit fireplace. “Let’s have a seat.”

After the two men sat and had sipped their coffee, Slesers set his cup down. “Everything is in order for the start of Synod next week?”

Repse nodded. “The bishops will start arriving this weekend.” The Secretary paused. “Are you absolutely certain you want to step down?”

“I am,” Slesers said. “I’m tired, Blaine. Tired of being a political figure,” he raised his hand, “despite my best efforts not to be. And I’m tired of politics. Especially church politics.” He sighed. “I’m looking forward to traveling with Alice, while we still can, and to just sitting in a pew and listening for a change.”

Repse nodded. “I understand.”

“You should put your name in consideration…”

Repse shrugged. “No. Definitely not. If the Synod wishes to keep me as Secretary…,” he shrugged again, “I am willing to accept. For one more year. But, no, I feel myself too close to my own retirement to take on your job.”

Slesers nodded. “I understand. But it’s too bad. I… fear that the… election will lay bare our divisions…”

Repse nodded. “Blumanis and Talbot will be going at it again for certain…,” he sipped his coffee. “And the Ajubans will back Blumanis.”

Slesers gave a wry smile. “And that’s no small part of why I’m ready to retire…”

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Postby Excalbia » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:50 am

The Imperial Palace
Citadel Excalbia


With Lord Tariq’s move to Knootoss and Princess Christiana and her wife’s relocation to the city of Landing, Emperor Joseph had decided to transfer his official residence from Sweyn Castle to the much larger and more ornate Imperial Palace. It was a subtle break from the custom of his father and grandfather, and there were dozens of opinions about what policy changes the move might signal.

Tonight, however, was not about politics. At least not secular politics.

The Palace’s Grand Ballroom was filled not with politicians and diplomats, but rather with prelates and priests. Specifically, the bishops who had gathered for the General Synod of the Church of Excalbia, which would open the next morning, and observers from other religious groups.

Emperor Joseph, dressed in the mess dress uniform of the Imperial Army with a blue sash and cape, stood next to his wife, Empress Anna, and daughter, Crown Princess Elizabeth, to receive his guests. On the other side of the Crown Princess Presiding Bishop Donald Slesers, the retiring head of the Church, and his wife Alice also stood ready to greet the guests.

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Postby Laneria » Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:24 pm

Bishop William Morris had a reputation in Laneria for his preaching. He was a man on fire with the Word. The spirit filled him. He had real charisma. He also had a reputation as something of a cypher in the central issues dividing the church. Morris prided himself on his advocacy for the poor, the prisoner, the migrant. This caused many to assume he was in the leftward leaning column. Added to this, Bishop Morris often seemed uncomfortable with the more outspoken social conservatives within the Church. He would remind them that all were sinners and would refuse to reject those who sinned differently than himself. He would remind them of the Gospel’s radical message of love. However, where a particular, secular law was concerned, he would make precise statements about duly constituted civil authority.

A short, stocky, grey-haired man of African or Epheronian descent, Morris stood arm in arm with his wife, Sarah, a soft-bodied older woman with a grandmotherly smile. Morris had met several Presidents of Laneria and had never given much attention to worldly rank and power. Still, the Emperor of Excalbia seemed a different animal entirely. He almost reminded Morris of the princes who were always meeting and falling in love with ordinary girls in the Christmas movies his granddaughters indulged in. “Too bad Helen and Bea aren’t here,” Sarah whispered.

“You read my mind,” the bishop whispered back before returning his eyes to the Emperor and walking arm in arm with Sarah to greet the imperial family and the retiring Presiding Bishop. He bowed as much as bad knees and round belly allowed and Sarah curtsied. “I’m William Morris,” he said, “and this is my wife, Sarah. It’s always a joy to gather in the service of the Lord.”

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Postby Excalbia » Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:34 pm

“A pleasure to meet you, My Lord,” Emperor Joseph said with a slight nod. “And welcome to Excalbia.” He turned slightly, “The Empress Anna and our daughter, Crown Princess Elizabeth.”

The teenaged Crown Princess nodded somewhat shyly. “My Lord, Madam.”

“And I believe you know His Grace, the Presiding Bishop.”

“Welcome, Brother,” Bishop Slesers, a tall man with graying hair, said, offering his hand. “I’m glad you could make it. And good to see, Sarah. I think you’ll remember Alice.”

“Welcome,” Alice said with a warm smile. The Presiding Bishop’s wife was shorter than her husband and was thin, almost to the point of looking frail, but had a soft, warm face.

“How are things in the Lanerian church these days?” she asked.

Meanwhile, not far away, the Ajuban bishops, led by Chief Bishop Davidson Olusman and Bishop Robert Olu Asegwa, together with Chief Bishop Jonathan Hangula of Zamimbia had gathered around the Rt. Rev. Janis Blumanis, Bishop of Sigulda. As they spoke there was a nodding of heads and an occasional clucking of the tongue.

On the other side of the Grand Ballroom, Chief Bishop Vaughn Talbot of Southport, Bishop Janis Blumanis of Windemere and the Chief Bishop in the Confederation of Sovereign States, Aigars Ormann, chatted happily, laughing and nursing their drinks.

Other bishops and priests moved about the ballroom, briefly joining one group or another before moving on to another.

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Postby Upper Virginia » Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:57 am

Maryann Balkus, a fairly tall and rather thin woman with short brownish blonde hair and thin square eyeglasses, adjusted her cassock as she prepared to enter the Grand Ballroom.

“You’re nervous,” her husband George said as he straightened his own jacket, “but you shouldn’t be. You’ve got this covered!”

The Chief Bishop of the Church of Excalbia in Upper Virginia smiled and reached out for her husband’s hand. “Oh, George, you tell such soothing lies.”

“It’s no lie, Sweetie,” he said with a grin. “How many of these other… stuffed cassocks,” he chuckled at his own joke, “have published not one but two books that reached the bestseller list? How many stared down tanks in their youth? This is nothing compared to what you’ve done.”

The bishop leaned over and kissed her husband on the cheek. “You’re sweet. But facing my… brother bishops for the first time as a group, especially knowing that about 48% opposed me elevation to bishop is a little… intimidating. Not to mention meeting the Excalbian Emperor and his very Catholic wife…”

“You’ll do fine,” George said as they approached the door hand-in-hand.

OOC: The bio of Chief Bishop Bulkus: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1627699
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Postby Excalbia » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:20 am

As the Lanerian bishop began chatting with the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Balkus and her husband were present to the Emperor.

“My... Lady,” Emperor Joseph said with a slight nod and barely noticeable raised eyebrow, “welcome. I hope your journey from Courtland was an easy one.”

“Yes, it was, er, Your Imperial Majesty,” Bishop Balkus said with a clumsy half bow. She may have faced down tanks but greeting royalty was an unfamiliar and oddly nerve wracking experience. She turned to her husband. “My husband, George.”

George Balkus bowed. “Majesty.”

“A pleasure, Mr. Balkus,” the Emperor replied. Then he turned to his wife and daughter. “Allow me to present Empress Anna and Crown Princess Elizabeth.”

Bishop Balkus and George both bowed.

Elizabeth smiled. She was delighted at the thought of meeting a woman bishop, but she waited her turn to speak.

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Postby Pantocratoria » Sun Dec 12, 2021 2:26 pm

Empress Anna politely inclined her head ever so slightly towards Bishop Balkus, and her husband. It had been difficult to get used to married bishops in the Church of Excalbia when Anna had first married Joseph all those years ago, but she had gotten used to it by now. She did not, however, ever think she could get used to the idea of a woman bishop.

A Pantocratorian by her birth, Anna had been raised in the Catholic faith, and had remained firm in it even after marrying the Crown Prince of Excalbia, as Joseph was then. So firm, in fact, that their daughter, the now Crown Princess Elizabeth, had been baptized Catholic, not without controversy. There was much Anna could admit to finding admirable in the Church of Excalbia, but women in the priesthood, and now in the episcopacy, were perhaps the most visible reminder of the manifest doctrinal differences between her husband's faith and her own.

At least she's married to a man, Anna reflected. It could be worse.

"My Lady." Anna said to Bishop Balkus, then turned to Mr. Balkus. "Sir. A pleasure."

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Postby The Resurgent Dream » Thu Dec 23, 2021 11:04 am

Bishop David Boehm, the Chief Bishop of the Church of Excalbia in the Caldan Union, had spent almost his entire life in the church. A life lived in service to God, he believed. Even as Chief Bishop, he had managed to dedicate more of his time to pastoral care than to church politics, but he had weathered enough internal battles in recent years. The same divisions that existed throughout the church were certainly present internally in the Caldan Union and many disaffected members had turned to the Baptists.

A tall, thin, older man, Boehm carried himself with a reflective air. His wife, Michelle, was shorter, rounder, and a few years younger. She looked warm and welcoming where David looked a little more reflective. They approached the imperial family arm in arm.

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Postby Excalbia » Tue Dec 28, 2021 10:27 am

Pantocratoria wrote:Empress Anna politely inclined her head ever so slightly towards Bishop Balkus, and her husband. It had been difficult to get used to married bishops in the Church of Excalbia when Anna had first married Joseph all those years ago, but she had gotten used to it by now. She did not, however, ever think she could get used to the idea of a woman bishop.

A Pantocratorian by her birth, Anna had been raised in the Catholic faith, and had remained firm in it even after marrying the Crown Prince of Excalbia, as Joseph was then. So firm, in fact, that their daughter, the now Crown Princess Elizabeth, had been baptized Catholic, not without controversy. There was much Anna could admit to finding admirable in the Church of Excalbia, but women in the priesthood, and now in the episcopacy, were perhaps the most visible reminder of the manifest doctrinal differences between her husband's faith and her own.

At least she's married to a man, Anna reflected. It could be worse.

"My Lady." Anna said to Bishop Balkus, then turned to Mr. Balkus. "Sir. A pleasure."


“Your Imperial Majesty,” Bishop Balkus and her husband said nearly in unison. They briefly turned to each other and smiled.

As the couple moved down the line, Crown Princess Elizabeth smiled and nodded. “My Lady,” she said, “and Mr. Balkus. How wonderful to meet a lady bishop! I’ve never met one before. I’d love to hear more about you.” Elizabeth looked back towards her parents and quickly added, “Later, of course.”

“Of course,” Bishop Balkus said with a broad smile. “I’d be honored to send over copies of my books, if you’re really interested. Though they are devotional in nature, they are somewhat autobiographical.”

“That would be very nice of you,” Elizabeth said. “Yes, please do. Thank you.”

The Bishop bowed slightly. “It will be my pleasure.”

She then turned with her husband and greeted the Presiding Bishop and his wife, nearly bumping into the Lanerian Bishop William Morris and his wife Sarah.

“Ah, Bishop Morris, isn’t it?” Bishop Balkus said. “A pleasure to meet you.”

(OOC: Joint post between Excalbia and Upper Virginia. :) )

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Postby Excalbia » Tue Dec 28, 2021 10:28 am

The Resurgent Dream wrote:Bishop David Boehm, the Chief Bishop of the Church of Excalbia in the Caldan Union, had spent almost his entire life in the church. A life lived in service to God, he believed. Even as Chief Bishop, he had managed to dedicate more of his time to pastoral care than to church politics, but he had weathered enough internal battles in recent years. The same divisions that existed throughout the church were certainly present internally in the Caldan Union and many disaffected members had turned to the Baptists.

A tall, thin, older man, Boehm carried himself with a reflective air. His wife, Michelle, was shorter, rounder, and a few years younger. She looked warm and welcoming where David looked a little more reflective. They approached the imperial family arm in arm.


“My Lord,” Emperor Joseph said with a slight nod and a smile, “welcome to Citadel Excalbia.” He nodded to Michelle. “Madam, welcome,” he said. “I hope that you will find your stay pleasant, if busy.”

The Emperor turned to his wife and daughter. “My wife, Empress Anna, and my daughter, Crown Princess Elizabeth.”

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Postby Pantocratoria » Tue Dec 28, 2021 12:47 pm

Excalbia wrote:
The Resurgent Dream wrote:Bishop David Boehm, the Chief Bishop of the Church of Excalbia in the Caldan Union, had spent almost his entire life in the church. A life lived in service to God, he believed. Even as Chief Bishop, he had managed to dedicate more of his time to pastoral care than to church politics, but he had weathered enough internal battles in recent years. The same divisions that existed throughout the church were certainly present internally in the Caldan Union and many disaffected members had turned to the Baptists.

A tall, thin, older man, Boehm carried himself with a reflective air. His wife, Michelle, was shorter, rounder, and a few years younger. She looked warm and welcoming where David looked a little more reflective. They approached the imperial family arm in arm.


“My Lord,” Emperor Joseph said with a slight nod and a smile, “welcome to Citadel Excalbia.” He nodded to Michelle. “Madam, welcome,” he said. “I hope that you will find your stay pleasant, if busy.”

The Emperor turned to his wife and daughter. “My wife, Empress Anna, and my daughter, Crown Princess Elizabeth.”


Anna shifted in her purple heels as she moved her gaze from the departing Bishop Balkus and her husband to the couple Joseph had just greeted. She was reflecting on how unwanted Bishop Balkus's reading material was, or at least, how unwanted it should be, and had lost track of who they were greeting now. At least, from appearances, the bishop in this couple was the man - as Christ had intended.

"My Lord," Anna nodded to Bishop Boehm, and then his wife. "Madam."

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Postby Excalbia » Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:05 pm

Crypt Chapel, Excalbia Cathedral
Citadel Excalbia
The Next Morning


As was the custom, the General Synod of Bishops of the Church of Excalbia would be held in the mother Cathedral’s Crypt Chapel. Despite the name, the Chapel was not as dreary as most might imagine a crypt. The ceiling was lower, certainly, than the great cathedral above, and the windows were all just below the ceiling; however, there was plenty of light and the walls were covered in bright paintings and mosaics.

The Synod opened with a service led by the Presiding Bishop in which he delivered a homily on Acts 15 and its account of the Council of Jerusalem, and administered communion to the assembled bishops and observers.

Following the service, Bishop Blaine Repse, the Secretary of the Synod, opened the meeting with prayer before turning the proceedings over to Presiding Bishop Donald Slesers.

Still dressed in his vestments, Slesers sat on a padded wooden chair that acolytes had moved in front of the altar after the service. Repse sat to his right, beside the pulpit, with a kneeler for a desk. The members of the Synod, that is all the bishops of the Church of Excalbia, sat in the front rows of the Chapel. Representatives of churches in communion with the Church of Excalbia sat just behind them. Then, to either side sat observers from other denominations and the permanent staff of the Synod.

After the prayer, Slesers read the agenda and opened the floor for comments.

Agenda
1. Recognition of the validity of infant baptism for membership in the Church of Excalbia.
2. Ratification of the act of communion with Lutheran Church of Ernestria .
3. Expression of support for the Church in Anahuac and for the persecuted church and persecuted religious minorities in Daytanistan and the Ostmark.
4. Expansion of the Order of the Holy Redeemer.
5. Establishment of lay-led communities of faith.
6. Establishment of a study group on question of consecration of same-sex marriage.
7. Election of a new Secretary of the Synod.
8. Election of a new Presiding Bishop.
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Postby Ajuba » Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:31 am

Bishop Robert Olu Asegwa, the Chief Bishop of Jariah, traded a look with Bishop Alexander Ikigi, the Chief Bishop of Edowa. It was clear to anyone watching them that they had concerns about the agenda. Or rather about items on the agenda. However, with a simple nod they decided to hold their tongues for now and raise their concerns when the items themselves were discussed.

Meanwhile, Bishop Davidson Olusman, the Secretary of the Ajuban Synod, looked around at the Ajuban and Zamimbian contingent of bishops. He was well aware that there was, to say the least, divergence between the views of many of the Excalbian bishops and those seated around him. He drew in a breath and said a silent prayer for forbearance and collegiality for all the bishops gathered in the Synod; he expected both to be challenged.

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Postby Upper Virginia » Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:32 am

The Chief Bishop of Upper Virginia, Bishop Maryann Balkus, turned as she noticed, or rather felt, her Ajuban colleagues to her left shifting in their seats. She could see their meaningful glances and sighed. She turned to her few Upper Virginian and Confederal colleagues and was struck by their bland obliviousness to the discomfort of the Ajubans. Across the way, she could see a few others of the so-called traditionalist group looking nearly as discomforted as the Ajubans. She leaned back and waited to see what would happen.

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Postby Excalbia » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:01 am

Presiding Bishop Slesers looked out over the assembled bishops. He could see some shifting and curious glances, but no one spoke. “Hearing no objection,” he said, “the agenda is adopted.”

He fumbled with some papers, then looked up. “The first item of business is a motion from the Standing Committee on Doctrine and Faith proposing an amendment to our rules of membership to recognize infant baptism as valid for those of the age of maturity seeking membership in the Church of Excalbia through a declaration of faith.”

After a pause to allow the bishops to read the full motion in their packets, Slesers asked, “Is there a second?”

“Seconded,” Bishop Vaughn Talbot, the elderly Chief Bishop of Southport, said.

Slesers nodded. “Any discussion?”

“I have doubts about this motion,” Bishop Janis Blumanis, the relatively young and athletic-looking Bishop of Sigulda, said, rising from his seat. “I would like to have a discussion before we vote.”

Slesers nodded. “We will have speakers for and against. Bishop Blumanis, you many begin.”

“Thank you, Your Grace,” Blumanis said. “Accepting infant baptism and forgoing the requirement for believers’ baptism would… erase one of the distinctives of the Church of Excalbia. Our roots run deep in both the high ecclesiology of traditional Christianity and in personal piety of the Baptist and Reform traditions. We have always taught that baptism is a sacrament that must be taken after a profession of faith by an individual with the maturity to make such a profession. To understand its implications and commit to live out the responsibilities they undertaken in baptism. If we accept those baptized as infants, without any volition on their part, we undermine our own teachings and cease to follow our own traditional practices.”

Slesers turned to the chair of the committee. “Bishop Nilson?”

Bishop Dainis Nilson, the Chief Bishop of Landing, stood. He was a large man with thick blonde and white hair and spoke with a surprisingly gentle voice. “Your Grace. Brothers… and Sister. This motion is not about changing our beliefs about baptism or abandoning anything. Rather, it is about opening ourselves to the movement of the Spirit. If the Spirit calls someone to become part of this community of faith, we should receive them warmly and with open arms. If they come from another Chrisitan tradition and have been baptized already, why should we refuse to recognize that baptism? If someone was baptized in, let us say, a Pentacostal church, at the young age of 6 or 7, we accept that, do we not? Yet, would we say that such a child is of the age maturity and understands the commitments that come with baptism? Surely not. We would, however, if they were now of the age of maturity and had remained in their childhood faith, accept them as a brother or sister into our community without rebaptism. So, then, why should we require someone who was, for instance, baptized as an infant in the Methodist church but who had grown in their faith and demonstrated commitment to Christ to be baptized again before being welcomed into our community?”

Slesers paused to see if there was further discussion.

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Postby Excalbia » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:41 pm

After several other bishops had addressed the topic, the Presiding Bishop asked if there was a motion to close debate and move to a vote. Once the appropriate motion had been made and seconded, Slesers called for a vote. Although several Ajuban and Zamimbian bishops, joined by a handful of traditionalists, voted against the motion, enough of the conservatives and moderates joined the liberal bishops to ensure passage by a significant margin.

“The next motion comes from the Standing Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations,” Slesers said. “However, before the motion, I understand the committee would like to make a report to the Synod.” He looked first to Bishop Aigars Ormann, the Chief Bishop in the Confederation of Sovereign States and then to Bishop David Boehm, the Chief Bishop in the Caldan Union, who served as co-chairs of the Standing Committee.

Bishop Ormann rose from his seat. A middle-aged man with slightly graying brownish-blonde hair and thick glass, he gave a good-natured smile and nodded towards the Presiding Bishop. “Your Grace, Brothers and Sisters,” he began, “I am pleased to report that several ecumenical dialogues are underway, with regular meetings, and some significant progress. In a few moments, I will be asking one of our observers from the Lutheran Church of Ernestria to speak on the significant progress we have made with our Lutheran brothers and sisters. This progress has made possible the communion agreement between our Church and the LCE, which will be presented to you shortly for your approval. The agreement will allow us to share Holy Communion and allow our clergy to share pulpits, as the need arises. While we remain of two opinions on the form and timing of baptism, we have reached a common understanding on grace, salvation and the sacraments, in general.

“While this is one of the most significant achievements in our ecumenical dialogue, our ongoing discussions continue to show progress in reaching common understandings with other denominations. You will recall that we are already in full communion with the Epheronian Methodist Episcopal Church and have had an extensive dialog with the Methodist churches in the Excalbian Isles, resulting in a sharing of Holy Communion, but not yet a sharing of the pulpit.

“We continue our ongoing dialogue with the Excalbian Presbyterian Church and other Presbyterian churches in the region, and with the Excalbian Reformed Church and its counterparts, including the Reformed Church of the Knootian Covenant. Dialogue with the Excalbian Baptist Church is set to resume this Spring following a three-year hiatus,” Ormann left unsaid that the hiatus began with the Emperor’s Decree recognizing gay marriage and the Church’s refusal to join the Baptists in condemning it. “We are also continuing our long-standing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church and various Orthodox churches, including the Cyretian Coptic Orthodox Church.

“In terms of interreligious dialogue, we continue to meet regularly with the leadership of the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Excalbian Isles, and have recently begun conversations with the Religious Humanists of Knootoss and their counterparts in the C.S.S.”

Ormann turned to Bishop Boehm. “I now turn the floor over to my colleague.”

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Postby The Resurgent Dream » Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:34 pm

Boehm rose from his seat. “Ecumenical dialogue continues with the Caldan Episcopal Church and other churches in the Riverton Conference. This dialogue focuses on our shared history as well as on those theological differences that have divided us. We share common Anglican roots. However, where we were strongly influenced by Baptist thought, they embraced what might roughly be described as a Laudian view.

“Our ecumenical dialogue with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Caldan Union also continues. It has included taking official notice of the sharing of Holy Communion between most Methodist churches in the Excalbian Isles and the Church of Excalbia and accepting much that is stated in those agreements. However, the Caldan Methodists have recently passed several rather broad resolutions about the nature of the Universal Church and the openness of Holy Communion and feel that a formal agreement between our two churches would undermine the universality of those resolutions. We cannot agree to the broadness of their declarations and that in itself represents a significant theological difference. However, we have released a joint statement on shared principles and resolved to continue discussion.

“Methodism in Laneria is deeply divided. Nearly a third of the membership of the Evangelical Methodist Church has recently left that denomination for the Reconciling Methodist Church, led largely by defrocked Evangelical Methodist ministers.” He did not mention that these ministers had been defrocked for being openly LGBT or for celebrating same-sex unions. The Lanerian Methodists had been torn asunder by issues similar to those the Church of Excalbia confronted. “The Evangelical Methodists have indicated that they intend to continue their dialogue with us but they have declined to commit to fresh talks in the near future. We have just begun a dialogue with the Reconciling Methodists.

“In Marlund, we continue to be in dialogue with a deeply divided Lutheran community. Separate dialogues continue with the Marlund Evangelical Church, the Evangelical Church in Marlund, and the Independent Lutheran Church. The divisions in Marlund have less to do with confessional theology or even with contemporary social issues. They reflect the tragic history of that country.There continues to be deep distrust between communities there and the once established Marlund Evangelical Church is still coping with its history as part of the old regime.

“We have made overtures to the Evangelical and Reform Churches of Ultrasylva. Both churches are hesitant to engage in direct dialogue but are strongly supportive of the local Church of Excalbia’s participation in the National Faith Council of Ultrasylva. This is an interfaith, rather than an ecumenical, organisation. It sponsors joint charity work as well as theological debates and religious scholarship. It is progress.

“We have also entered into an interreligious dialogue with the Caldan Jewish Congress. Formerly, our dialogue with Caldan Jews was conducted with the Chief Rabbinate, which represents only Orthodox Judaism.”

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Postby Excalbia » Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:03 pm

Slesers nodded to both Bishop Ormann and Bishop Boehm. “Thank you,” he said. “Now, we come to the motion to ratify the communion agreement with the Lutheran Church of Ernestria. Before submitting the motion, I would like to invite Bishop Hermann Diekwisch, the LCE Bishop of Weingartskirchen, to address the Synod.” He looked to the Ernestrian. “Bishop Diekwisch?”


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