Sunday, February 15, 2009

Anglican Insurrection 101

"There is no restraint gracious enough to thread the camel of broad Anglicanism through the needle of the narrow dogmatism of this bunch of rabid revisionists."

Yesterday I posted a link to the Anglican American Council's 42 page catalogue of crimes against "Anglican Orthodoxy" and indictment of the American Episcopal Church. Here are some further reflections:

What The Anglican Insurrection is about is NOT whether New Hampshire should be able to elect a bishop who is gay or whether Michael & John/Susan & Louise should have their relationship blessed by the church.

The Anglican Insurrection is about insisting on a very narrow set of doctrinal "truths" that become the litmus test for whether or not one is [a] Anglican [b] Christian and therefore [c] "saved."

It is -- at its core -- antithetical to the classically Anglican comprehensiveness that has shaped our communion since Hooker, Jewell and Andrewes, et al and is, therefore, far more radically revisionist than anything anyone in TEC has yet managed to dream up.

There is no restraint gracious enough to thread the camel of broad Anglicanism through the needle of the narrow dogmatism of this bunch of rabid revisionists. It is long past time for that truth to be told.

It is time for the Diverse Center of this Episcopal Church -- a center historically willing to live with the tensions of difference in the service of the unity of the Body of Christ -- to refuse to be blackmailed into actions contrary to our Baptismal Promises by those insisting that we have "no choice" but to choose between full inclusion of all the baptized locally and full inclusion in the work and witness of the Anglican Communion globally.

It is a false choice.
It is a lie.
It is time for us to say "no more" and to move on with the mission and ministry of the Gospel:

to preach good news to the poor.
to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.
to release the oppressed
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

See you all in Anaheim!


Fr Craig said...

AMEN AND AMEN!!! you go, girl!

Ann said...

Amen - we hear you and are ready for Anaheim

Fr. David Starr said...

Susan, Well said.

Suzer said...

At the risk of sounding repetitive - Amen, and Amen!

Malcolm+ said...

Q. How do you know when Peter Akinola is lying?

A. Martyn Minns's fingers are moving over a keyboard.

Pat Klemme said...

From your lips to God's ears, Susan. Preach it, Sister--Amen!

David said...

Amen & Amen
I'm praying you folks every mile of the way to Anaheim
our two provinces ( Canada & USA)
really are being cast into nothing short of prophetic leadership and it's my sense that in the long history of our Communion, Anaheim will be a lot more essential to the future of the body of Christ than Lambeth 2008- the conference which never really happened.


Jenny said...

Love the Graphic and the metaphore

Jim said...

It seems to me that ever since the Anglican experience began, there has been a contrary, Calvinist, exclusionist (if that is a word it certainly is a mindset) stream. One can see it in the 39 mistakes, a desperate attempt by the 'evangelicals' to stamp their influence permanently over those bad catholic sorts.

So on the one hand we have those who say, "come let us reason together" and on the other the Bp. Minss of this world saying, "no need, we know what God meant and if you disagree we will call you a heretic."

Time to finally let them walk off into the sunset.