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October 8, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The protests started as soon as playwright Colin Cox e-mailed churches to announce the opening Sunday of his new play on the life of controversial Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong. "I can't tell you how excited I was to get your e-mail," went one sardonic reply. "I misread it and thought that Bishop Spong had died and was being memorialized in the play. Sadly, I was mistaken." At 74, Spong, the retired bishop of Newark, N.J.
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October 8, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The protests started as soon as playwright Colin Cox e-mailed churches to announce the opening Sunday of his new play on the life of controversial Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong. "I can't tell you how excited I was to get your e-mail," went one sardonic reply. "I misread it and thought that Bishop Spong had died and was being memorialized in the play. Sadly, I was mistaken." At 74, Spong, the retired bishop of Newark, N.J.
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October 29, 1988 | From Religious News Service
For the second time in 16 months, two conservative Episcopal groups have brought formal charges against controversial Bishop John Spong of Newark, N.J., claiming that the outspoken liberal cleric has "committed an immoral act" and failed to "defend the faith." The charges, outlined in a "presentment" to Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, contend that Spong violated church law in a column he wrote that appeared in April, 1987.
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May 20, 2000 | Associated Press
A retired Episcopal bishop has found a new career--as a cybersex writer. John Shelby Spong, who led the Diocese of Newark, N.J., for 21 years, said Tuesday he will be writing a monthly column on a Web site being set up by a former Penthouse editor. "I'm a little bit concerned that some people are treating this as some sort of salacious thing," the 69-year-old Spong said by telephone from Harvard, where he is teaching at the Divinity School this spring.
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May 20, 2000 | Associated Press
A retired Episcopal bishop has found a new career--as a cybersex writer. John Shelby Spong, who led the Diocese of Newark, N.J., for 21 years, said Tuesday he will be writing a monthly column on a Web site being set up by a former Penthouse editor. "I'm a little bit concerned that some people are treating this as some sort of salacious thing," the 69-year-old Spong said by telephone from Harvard, where he is teaching at the Divinity School this spring.
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October 26, 1996 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Even in his own church there are those who call the bishop a heretic. He has questioned the virginity of Mary, denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and heaped scorn on a literal reading of the Bible. Now the Rt. Rev.
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February 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning of the Episcopal Church issued a statement today dissociating himself and other top leaders of the denomination from the ordination of an openly homosexual, non-celibate priest in the diocese of Newark, N.J. Bishop John Spong, head of the Newark diocese, ordained Robert Williams as a priest to head The Oasis, a diocesan ministry with male and female homosexuals, in a very public and very controversial service last December.
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November 6, 1996
Re "Gospels Based on Jewish Stories, Not Literal Truth, Bishop Says," Religion section, Oct. 26: Why do theologians such as Bishop John Spong insist on continuing the tiresome myth of the supposed dichotomy between traditional Christianity and modern science? There is a vast number of deeply religious scientists who are fully modern in their worldview and who also fully affirm the historical reality of the virgin birth, the miracles and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Moreover, these scientists come from all Christian persuasions--Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant; they are not limited to the so-called fundamentalist fanatics Spong opposes.
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December 17, 1989 | From United Press International
An Episcopal bishop Saturday ordained the church's first openly homosexual male priest in a ceremony marred by only one brief interruption. Bishop John Spong of Newark quickly brushed off two dissenters before formally welcoming J. Robert Williams, leader of the Oasis ministry for homosexual Episcopalians, into the priesthood.
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December 17, 1988 | Associated Press
An Australian woman, Caroline H. Pearce, who completed her theological studies in this country, was to be ordained an Episcopal priest here today although the Australian branch of the Anglican communion does not ordain women. After ordination by Bishop John Shelby Spong of Newark, she will return in January to Australia, although her future as a priest is uncertain.
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October 26, 1996 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Even in his own church there are those who call the bishop a heretic. He has questioned the virginity of Mary, denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and heaped scorn on a literal reading of the Bible. Now the Rt. Rev.
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October 29, 1988 | From Religious News Service
For the second time in 16 months, two conservative Episcopal groups have brought formal charges against controversial Bishop John Spong of Newark, N.J., claiming that the outspoken liberal cleric has "committed an immoral act" and failed to "defend the faith." The charges, outlined in a "presentment" to Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, contend that Spong violated church law in a column he wrote that appeared in April, 1987.
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September 22, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Episcopal Church bishops, ending a divisive debate over the ordination of an openly homosexual priest last December, conceded this week that a solution on whether to drop priesthood barriers to gays and lesbians is "presently beyond our ken."
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January 31, 1988 | Associated Press
Representatives of northern New Jersey's 125 Episcopal parishes voted Saturday to give their blessing to relationships between homosexuals and unmarried couples. Under a resolution passed by clergy and lay people at the Diocese of Newark's annual convention, the diocese upheld "those pastors and congregations who minister and seek to include persons living out alternate patterns of sexuality and family life." The clergy vote was 115 to 35; the laity vote was 234 to 128.
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