Monday, September 08, 2008

This is the fast she chooses

Riazat Butt, the religion correspondent for The Guardian (pictured here interviewing Episcopal PB +Katharine Jefferts Schori in Canterbury) has a "don't miss" reflection in this week's Church of England Newspaper ... posted with permission on Simon Sarmiento's Thinking Anglicans.

Read it all but here's a taste:
Ramadan is upon us and, taking my cue from Tower Hamlets council, I’m asking you to be sensitive to my needs during this 30-day period of abstinence and restraint by refraining from publishing stories about gay bishops during the hours of sunrise and sunset.

In the month of fasting I can think of no better example to set than a complete avoidance of phrases such as openly gay and Anglican Communion in the same sentence, especially when ever one is stuffed to the gills already with stories of schism.
A little bit of perspective and reflection is required here. There are 80m Anglicans in the world. There are more than 800m Hindus, more than 300m Buddhists and more than 1bn Catholics. The Anglican Communion is, much like Springfield, Illinois, a one-horse town.

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