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Poster:mydamonian
Date:2006-09-11 19:52
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Mood: ABEy

Capt. Rev. Lawrence Radcliffe wanted to spread Bearded Anglicanism throughout the world.  His congregation sold their church, bought a vessel, and set out from Newfoundland in 1994.  This picture, taken that year, is Capt. Rev. Radcliffe taking a constitutional through a wooded section of Akureyri, while his congregents attempt to free the ship from the frozen Greenland Sea.

Unfortunately, about when the ship was reaching the Gulf of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland, in early 1995Capt. Rev. Radcliffe, enjoying the higher temperatures shaved off the sides of his beard.  The congregation, seeing their newly goateed reverend named a new Captain and left Rev. Radcliffe at Rauma.  No word has been found of Rev. Radcliffe, but rumor has it he has started an ABE-friendly church just outside of Kokkola.

~D

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Poster:bloodredglossy
Date:2006-09-11 19:45
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hello :) i just did a meme where they gather photos from the web relating to your interests list and it came up with this:
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i have no idea where they gather their pictures from though, so i can't find the original. thought you might be interested..

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Poster:abeinmichigan
Date:2006-07-04 15:23
Subject:the head of the church
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Hello. I found the quote and picture below on some random blog called "workbench" while I was searching for this site. I thought the comment demonstrates the authority beards can lend to anglican authority, especially arch-episcopal authority. Thanks for all the bearded anglican resources.
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Times are tough these days for the Anglican Church. Not only are they considering a schism with their American churches to get the gay out, but this Reuters photo indicates that their leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a disembodied head. This guy scares the hell out of me.


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Poster:bloodredglossy
Date:2006-03-19 20:50
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Hi everyone :)

I've just come across this community and I had to join.. I've had Dr Rowan Williams listed as an interest for ages, but only just realised that other people listed him without the Dr.. I am not religious as such, but I'm agnostic and interested in the church. Also, I possibly have a thing for beards...
I look forward to being kept up to date with the state of the Anglican church's beards.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2006-03-16 11:17
Subject:The Return of the ABE blog?
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Mood: ecstatic

Over spring break, I went to Memphis to visit a friend, and on Sunday morning, we decided to go to church. We ended up going to Calvary Church, an Episcopalian church downtown, because it didn’t like über-fundie and they had a service that was late enough for us to make. When I got there, I was in for quite a treat. Here is a picture of their clergy:



Of course, there were other ABEs at the church. And the Rector, the Rev. Dr. Andrew MacBeth, gave the homily, which extolled upon the virtues of being an ABE in it.



Calvary Church claims to be an ‘inclusive church’, which we could tell from the diverse congregation. Although many matters of inclusion among Episcopalians may revolve around race, gender, and sexual orientation (and the church was inclusive of all of these groups), Calvary is at the forefront of being inclusive of ABEs. Congratulations go out to Andrew and to Calvary Church. Keep up the good work.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-06-14 02:03
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Mood: thankful

Dear ABEs,
I regret the long absence of posts here on anglicanbeards; unfortunately, as some of you may have heard, ABE has been caught in a larger crisis within the Anglican Communion. In mid-April, a collection of Evangelical leaders issued a statement denouncing ABE for being idolatrous, by focusing on beards instead of Christ. Although we hoped to gain the support of Archbishop Williams, he, alas, muddled his way through things, leading to a situation where ABE is to sit on the sidelines of larger Anglican bodies. Although we have been distracted by this crisis, we are confident in ABE’s future, in part because of our great ABE leaders, like these fine men.

According to his biography, “The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, the 15th Bishop of New York, has his eyes set on the future -- on the future growth of the diocese, the future of the Episcopal Church, the future needs of a growing population as we move into the 21st Century, and the special nature of ministry to bearded Anglicans.” We thank you, Bishop Sisk, for your service in support of ABEs.



The Rev Keith Sinclair, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, in involved in the restoration of the church’s historic Doom Painting. Sinclair has ensured that the portrayals of beards on the saved in the painting are kept prominent.



Thanks to both Bishop Sis and Rev Sinclair for their hard work; it is because of people like them that ABE will continue, no matter what challenges it may face, to serve ABEs.

Also, to make up for our recent dearth of pictures of ABEs, if you come across any, please post them. Thank you.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-04-11 10:41
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Mood: tired

Cody’s mention of John Donne (or Dunne) in his post reminded me that Donne (or Dunne) was not only a great ABE, but also an old Hertfordian. Donne (or Dunne) remained a Roman Catholic long after the Glorious Reformation, but realising the folly of his ways ca. 1600 (i.e. he couldn’t do anything worthwhile unless he was an Anglican), he converted, and became one of the greatest artistic figures the C of E has ever seen. He also applied the skills used in his poetry to his wonderful beard.



Another old Hertfordian with facial hair (alas, though, he was more of a AGE than a ABE) is Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, who, as Charles II’s Lord Chancellor, was responsible for the Clarendon Code, which gave strong protections to the C of E. Although Clarendon did not have the fully glory of a beard, he should be remembered for his great work protection the C of E and all ABEs to come.



And, to show that ABEs are still important in the world, here’s a picture of the cover of the Morning Star - the world’s only English-language socialist daily - from 1 April of this year, featuring the Comrade of Canterbury himself. Included in the article, although not mentioned, is the Archbishop's dissapointment that none of the party leaders are ABEs. He said he will support any candidate that will include a requirement that the Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as the monarch is her or his role as Supreme Governor of the Established Church and Defender of the Faith, be an ABE. None of the major parties have agreed to this demand yet.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-03-30 01:40
Subject:ABEs in my life. . .
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Mood: thankful

Dear ABE members,
I’m sorry I haven’t posted recently, but it’s hard work to find ABEs, and I’ve had quite a few other things to do. However, I do want to take the opportunity to highlight three ABEs that have come up in my life recently (besides all the brilliant ABEs I saw at Christ Church during their Maundy Thursday service).

The first is Charles Darwin. Darwin (and his Anglicaness) came up during the Sunday School class I went to at my church back in the Knobs over Spring Break, during a discussion about the relationship between science and religion. Although Darwin did end up leaving the C of E, he could never give up the tradition of having a beard.



Next is the Rt. Rev. N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham. who in an important historical Jesus scholar. Here are some elements of his model of Jesus:

a. Jesus is Jewish, but not typical
b. Jesus is best initially understood as a prophet bearing an urgent eschatological and apocalyptic message for Israel; he was like the prophets of old, warning of the consequences if there was not a change in direction
c. First-century Jews believed that they were still in exile, being held captive by foreign powers; Jesus announced that their god would soon return to deliver them
d. Jesus’ miracles were prophetic signs, announcing that god was bringing the exile to an end
e. Jesus offered an invitation to repentance and faith, welcome to sinners, a challenge to live as a community that behaves in an distinctive way and a summons to join him in proclaiming the kingdom
f. Jesus’ controversies with the Pharisees are about eschatology and politics, not religion or morality
g. Jewish leaders viewed Jesus as a false prophet, and thus had him executed
h. Jesus believed death was his vocation, and that somehow his death would serve to accomplish the redemption of Israel; the only way to defeat evil was to allow it to do its worse, as evil would win if it was fought on its own terms
i. Jesus had an amazing beard


Wright’s next volume is tentatively titled The Traditions of the Jesus of History in the Church of England: Eschatology and Enthusiasm about Beards. Look for it soon!



Finally, we have the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta. The Bishop is the author of This Far by Grace: A Bishop’s Journey Through Questions about Homosexuality. The book offers a wonderful insight into the struggles he’s faced in his development, culminating in the vote on Gene Robinson. He comes to the conclusion that the church must be as welcoming to gays as it is to those with beards.



So see, ABEs continue to be relevant to the issues of today. Thank one today for the work they’re doing in the world!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-03-06 21:03
Subject:ABEs and GAYs
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Mood: aggravated

We here at ABE have been following the growing crisis within the Anglican Communion, which is why you haven’t seen much posted recently. But to keep ABE appropriate, here’s some pictures of Integrity Toronto, a group pushing for inclusion of gays and lesbians in the Anglican Church of Canada, at the church’s General Synod in 2004.





Although the church may be nearing schism, at least both sides appreciate the great value of being a bearded Anglican!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-03-02 23:45
Subject:Rowan of the Week III
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Mood: giddy

This week, we’re featuring the Archbishop with his lovely wife. See the kind of women you can attract when you’re an ABE?

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-27 19:08
Subject:ABE of the Week!
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Mood: hungry

I can’t make this long, as I’m on dialup and doing anything is painful, but this week’s ABE is Terry Waite, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s peace envoy during the Iran-contra affair. Alas, he was taken hostage in Beriut, in part due to anti- ABE persecution.



Terry, we honour you for working for a world of peace and a world where ABEs are no longer persecuted. . .

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Poster:mydamonian
Date:2005-02-27 02:05
Subject:Episcopal Chinny-Chin-Chin
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Mood: content

Keep an eye out for the first animated feature about ABEs, Episcopal Chinny-Chin-Chin (Dreamworks), due this Christmas (2005).



It's going to focus on an 19th century Episcopalian who starts an ABE group at his upstate New York church, and the Smooth-Chins who want to stop it.  Despite its period setting, it's going to deal with some pressing issues, as Matthew Wilcox (right) will have to unite with goatees to save his ABE branch.


It's also going to be the first Anglican animated feature dealing with Anglican themes done entirely in black and white since 1965! One for the books!


~D

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-23 20:05
Subject:Rowan of the Week II
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Mood: apathetic

Sorry that I haven’t posted this sooner, but here’s the Rowan of the Week:



Doesn’t he have such a lovely stole on to match his lovely beard?

Anyway, I’d like to remind our members that they can post any pictures related to ABEs that they find. And they should, too, to keep us up to date on the issues related to ABEs.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-20 10:15
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Mood: hungry

For this week’s ABE, I wanted to post someone from Indiana, as I’m up here today, but, alas, the best I could find is a Kentuckian. The Rev. Robert (Bob) L. Sessum, who is Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky.



But Bob isn’t the only ABE working at Good Shepherd. No, we also have John Kevin Linker, the Organist and Chiormaster.



So congratulations to both Bob and John for being joint ABEs of the Week. And congratulations to Good Shepherd for having two wonderful ABEs on its staff!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-16 10:13
Subject:Rowan of the Week I
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Mood: tired

It’s time for our first Rowan of the Week!



This picture is of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Rev Graham Sawyer, Vicar of the Church of Wales church in Pontypool. Rowan, then Archbishop of Monmouth, asked Sawyer to come to Wales and be a vicar there when he met him at a conference in Australia. Sawyer agreed - likely because of Rowan’s beard. You can tell from this picture that Sawyer is happy to be near this great beard, although he was saddened when Rowan moved to Canterbury. But you know what would cheer him and Pontypool up? Growing his own beard!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-15 19:23
Subject:The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future.
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Mood: content

As many of you know very well, our beloved Anglican Communion is being torn apart over several issues, like gays and women serving in the church. However, we here at ABE think that there are more important issues that the church is facing, like the lack of bearded Anglicans. We also respect and celebrate that ABEs have a variety of different views on these issues, as these pictures show.

Here are some pro-choice, pro-feminist, and pro-beard Anglicans:


And here are some pro-gay and pro-beard Anglicans:


Here are pictures from a meeting of the Anglican Communion Network, a group that stands against the ordination of gay bishops.






So although these people have sharp disagrements, they all have fantastic beards in common. We at ABE think that the Anglican Communion should stop dividing itself over issues such as these, and remember instead what keeps us together: Jesus and great beards. These are the way of the future!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-14 01:04
Subject:† Rowan Cantuar to the Rescue!
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Mood: loved

Since Damon was feeling a bit blue today, I decided to cheer him up with the red that is the Archbishop of Canterbury and ABE, Rowan Williams. But I also wanted to share the joy of Archbishop Rowan with the rest of ABE. So remember, if you feel unloved this Valentine’s Day, remember that Rowan and his beard will always love you.

Here he is blessing a Melensian child:



Here he is, writing a Valentine to you. Won’t you be his Valentine?


Doesn’t he look good in red?


Doesn’t he have such nice outfits?


But Rowan can do casual dress, as well:


Can you imagine a better bearded Archbishop of Canterbury ever?

Since there are so many pictures of this great bearded Anglican, I think I’m going to start posting a Rowan Picture of the Week as well, starting this Wednesday. So not only do you get the ABE of the week here, you get a Rowan of the Week as well. Just another reason why anglicanbeards is the best community in the world for Anglican Beard Enthusiasts!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-13 17:42
Subject:ABE of the week!
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Mood: apathetic

As we stand at the dawn of our second week of our online ministry here at anglicanbeards, let’s look at our acomplishments. We’re now spreading our Gospel to 7 members - that’s more than a threefold increase in our initial membership. We’re done features on 13 ABEs, 3 AGEs, and shown the dangers of being a non-bearded Anglican. Although we have made significant acompliahsments over the week, we still have a long way to go to further the cause of Anglican Beard Enthusiasts.

Anyway, onto the Anglican Beard Enthusiast of the Week. This week it’s the Rt Rev Lloyd Emmanuel Allen, D.D., Bishop of Honduras. Bishop Lloyd is spreading the dual Gospel of Anglicanism and beards to the fastest growing diocese of the Episcopal Church USA. So congratulations to Lloyd and to the members of the EC(USA) who support him and his bearded work!

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-12 22:38
Subject:ABEs and AWBs
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Mood: amused

There’s more to being an ABE than just association with other ABEs. For example, a majority of Anglicans, through no fault of their own, have the inability of grow beards. Therefore, to be a good Anglican, ABEs must deal with these people - Anglicans without beards, or AWBs. But are this situations awkward? No! ABEs are beloved by their non-bearded fellow Anglicans, as these pictures will show.

Here we have a group of Scottish Episcopalian members of the Mother’s Union with the Very Revd Richard Kilgour, provost of the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney, centre, and the Most Rev Andrew Bruce Cameron, left, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. Although Bishop Andrew is a primate, you can see all the women are flocking to the lesser Rev Kilgour. You may think that they would be attracted to Cameron’s power, but instead, they want Kilgour for his beard. Another reason to be a bearded Anglican.



But there are other ways bearded Anglicans have their lives improved. Kevin Marek, a subdeacon at an Episcopalian church in Washington, DC, has a beard, as well as a loving wife, daughter, and kitten. Would he have any of these without his beard? Probably not!



And here we have the Rev. Perry Scruggs of the Diocese of East Tennessee at one of their summer camps. As you can tell from the picture, the children are clearly made happy - even comforted - by his beard.



Finally, here’s the Rev Richard A. Burnett, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio, hugging a gentleman known only as Bob. The vicar is clearly happy to be privileged enough to hug a bearded Anglican.



But how do those Anglicans with only goatees fare? Well, look at the kind of people they have to associate with, and look at how unhappy they are, compared to their bearded counterparts. . .



And look at this Episcopalian that has no facial hair at all. Isn’t he one of the most unhappy people you’ve ever seen? Although we should cut him some slack regarding his beard, considering that he is a convert and is president of a Methodist university and went to an ecumenical theological school for his D.Min,, we think he would be happier if he grew a beard.



The lesson here is clear. Anglicans with beards do better in social situations then those that have only goatees.

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Poster:akronohten
Date:2005-02-11 18:45
Subject:
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Mood: hungry

Since the upcoming marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles has brought the role of the monarch as Supreme Governor of the Established Church and Defender of the Faith into recent discussion, I think that ABE should look at the last bearded monarch, Edward, who reigned from 1901 to 1910.



Hopefully Charles, upon his ascension, will realise the importance of having a bearded Anglican as governor of the Church.

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