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Gingersnap
04-02-2009, 11:37 AM
Episcopal minister defrocked after becoming a Muslim

By Patrick Oppmann
CNN

SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- Ann Holmes Redding has what could be called a crisis of faiths.

For nearly 30 years, Redding has been an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church. Her priesthood ended Wednesday when she was defrocked.

The reason? For the past three years Redding has been both a practicing Christian and a Muslim.

"Had anyone told me in February 2006 that I would be a Muslim before April rolled around, I would have shaken my head in concern for the person's mental health," Redding recently told a crowd at a signing for a book she co-authored on religion.

Redding said her conversion to Islam was sparked by an interfaith gathering she attended three years ago. During the meeting, an imam demonstrated Muslim chants and meditation to the group. Redding said the beauty of the moment and the imam's humbleness before God stuck with her.

"It was much more this overwhelming conviction that I needed to surrender to God and this was the form that my surrender needed to take," she recalled. "It wasn't just an episode but .... was a step that I wasn't going to step back from."

But Redding said she felt her new Muslim faith did not pose a contradiction to her staying a Christian and minister.

"Both religions say there's only one God," Redding said, "and that God is the same God. It's very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven't shifted my allegiance."

She's a tad light on the theology and doctrine thingy.

CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/02/muslim.minister.defrocked/index.html)

PoliCon
04-02-2009, 12:42 PM
wow. Nothing against any good Episcopal here . . . . but people wanna say that rome is the whore of Babylon??

linda22003
04-02-2009, 12:45 PM
wow. Nothing against any good Episcopal here . . . . but people wanna say that rome is the whore of Babylon??

Episcopalians have never said that. That's more of a Southern Baptist/fundie thing.

PoliCon
04-02-2009, 12:46 PM
Episcopalians have never said that. That's more of a Southern Baptist/fundie thing.

Did I say WHO make the claim? NO. I just said that the claim is made.

linda22003
04-02-2009, 01:04 PM
Did I say WHO make the claim? NO. I just said that the claim is made.

Since you followed it directly from a remark about "Episcopals" with a row of dots, it was a connected statement. If you don't say what you mean, it's going to be misinterpreted.

PoliCon
04-02-2009, 01:24 PM
Since you followed it directly from a remark about "Episcopals" with a row of dots, it was a connected statement. If you don't say what you mean, it's going to be misinterpreted.

i did say exactly what I meant. You made an assumption. The connection is between the TEC and the whore of babylon not the people who say it.

Gingersnap
04-02-2009, 02:45 PM
i did say exactly what I meant. You made an assumption. The connection is between the TEC and the whore of babylon not the people who say it.

Is there any way for me work "mackerel snapper" into this conversation? It's been ages since we had a good ecumenical Christian brawl. :p

Odysseus
04-02-2009, 03:32 PM
Is there any way for me work "mackerel snapper" into this conversation? It's been ages since we had a good ecumenical Christian brawl. :p

Yeah, go ahead, exclude the Jooooooooooooooooooooooooooos. :D

You have to wonder how deep the faith of a person is who abandoned a career in the church and changed religions after hearing some chanting. It's a good thing that she wasn't at a Britney Spears concert or they'd have defrocked her for not wearing underwear. :D