Friday, July 10, 2009

Here we go again.

I sat in the second row at yesterday's Eucharist. Rowan Williams was giving the sermon, which was actually a reflection on the readings for the day. I never really heard what he had to say -- pretty much I heard blahblahblahblah as I watched this furry face move. The problem was that he said something just before he started his reflection that totally blocked out everything thereafter. He said: "Along with many in the Communion, I hope and pray that there won’t be decisions in the coming days that could push us further apart." (You can find his whole statement over at Episcopal Cafe.) There was no question what his statement was aimed at. And frankly, that tells me we need to work harder than ever to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. (Is it possible to walk humbly when one fights so strongly for justice?) He is just wrong; an incredibly weak leader who bows so easily to the bullying of the extreme traditionalists -- justice and the inclusive teachings of Jesus Christ be damned.

About an hour after that service, I listened to Jenny Te Paa from New Zealand and Jane Shaw from England talk about the many Anglicans in the world who are waiting for the Episcopal Church to actually do the justice that has been blocked for the past many decades. Once we are able to ensure that the sacraments are fully available to all Episcopalians, that will give folks in other provinces the strength and courage to move ahead and do the same. It's time we stopped bowing to the threats and the fear perpetrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. And perhaps it's time for this colonial behemoth of an Anglican Communion -- this institution that was born during the time of Victoria and the Great British Empire and is breaking apart -- perhaps it's time that it does indeed die and that a new phoenix rises out of the ashes.

There is life after death -- this we know -- and we need to stop fearing the death of one entity as we look forward to the new life of a future entity ... whatever that might look like.

We have been told that we need to move on from the sexuality issue and do the mission work that we're called to do. I totally agree about the latter; but how can we do mission without justice? For that's what the sexuality issue is about -- justice. If we can marginalize those who don't fit the straight [white] male norm, who will be next?

We really just need to be voting on these resolutions -- if you read any of the blogs covering the legislation, you know that all of the comments -- all of them -- are repeats of 2006 with some updating. Nothing has changed. That's one of the main reasons I've attended so few hearings. It's all the same stuff over and over again. So it's time for the House of Deputies to rescind B033 and wait for the bishops to open up the rest of the resolutions so they can be addressed.

There's a chance that the bishops will block all the glbt resolutions in the HoB. If they do, then the people of their dioceses need to call them to accountability for justice delayed even more in the false hope of a non-existent Anglican unity.

Enough seriousness. Time to get some fresh air.

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