A quick report at the end of a long night of open hearings on the resolutions regarding our response to the Windsor Report. "Clarity" seemed to be the word of the day ... something both Martyn Minns and David Anderson have told me is what they are asking for out of this convention ... and (speaking of clarity) it becomes more and more clear that nothing short of complete "compliance" with the Windsor Report will be sufficient for those insisting that have sole possession of absolute truth.
That being said, here's the testimony offered to the committee:
The opinion of the Bishop of Durham notwithstanding the Windsor Report offers recommendations and invitations -- not ultimatums.
I ask the committee to remember in their deliberations that this report was created without consultation with, contribution by or participation in by a single openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person -- and that the 30-year promise to listen to the witness of gay and lesbian persons continues to go unfullfilled. There is is much to regret in our Anglican family -- and the continued silencing of gay and lesbian voices in the wider communion dialogue must be on the list. We have much work to do -- and we cannot faithfully do that work by making an idol of "clarity" as we seek the mind of God on these complex issues. Let us reject the implication that we are at a "Deal or No Deal" moment in the Anglican Communion.
Rather, I propose we allow A159 to stand as our best offering to balance our autonomy as a church and our interdependence as a communion and discharge the resolutions before us tonight.