As reported yesterday, Five Petulant Primates have declared (again) their intention to boycott the upcoming Lambeth Conference. The foundation for their theological argument for removing themselves from the councils of the church and the communion of the faithful? "We could not feel at home."
Today, the Presiding Bishop's response to the "news" of the boycott:
"The gathering will be diminished by their absence, and I imagine that they themselves will miss a gift they might have otherwise received," the Presiding Bishop said. "None of us is called to 'feel at home' except in the full and immediate presence of God. It is our searching, especially with those we find most 'other,' that is likely to lead us into the fuller experience of the body of Christ. Fear of the other is an invitation to seek the face of God, not a threat to be avoided."
Brava! Well said! (I'd add "Alleluia" if it wasn't Lent.) Amen.
So now ...
If the Petulant Primates really aren't coming to Lambeth Conference, what on earth is the Archbishop of Canterbury hoping to gain by continuing to exclude the Bishop of New Hampshire? How great a witness could this church ... this communion ... make to the world if it would refuse to scapegoat the only honest gay bishop in the Communion and come together as bishops of the WHOLE church at Lambeth Conference to seek the face of God in "the other."
C'mon, +Rowan ... step up, buddy. It's never too late to do the right thing!