Only a minute before I get swept up in "stirring it up" for the Third Sunday of Advent here at All Saints Church, but before I do I wanted to "elevate" this Q & A from the comment page on Friday's post.
Because I think it's important. And because I think it goes to the deeper roots of the hope and promise of this Advent season journey to Christmas Joy!
MARCIA KING said...
A couple of people have commented about the deletion of your comment on T19. But does it really make your heart sad? I'm serious. Really?
I sincerely wish both the progressive and conservative voices were more gracious toward each other. We are Christians afer all and the heat seeking missles I have seen fired over the past six years have been awful.
Given the resolutions passed at GC '09 and the recent episcopal elections, however, it seems the progressive agenda has overcome 2000 years of biblical supremacy and Church tradition. I'm genuinely surprised that it bothers you if an elf deletes a comment or two. Don't you know? You won.
SUSAN RUSSELL said...
"Does it really make my heart sad?"
And it also makes my heart sad that you don't "get it." It really does.
I've had comments deleted before on other sites and deleted them here -- when they're off topic, polemic or commenting on comments rather than the original post. But this was different.
My post on T19 was yet-another good faith question from a cradle Episcopalian wondering where the via media we used to hold has gone ... and wondering if there mighten't be some grains of hope for new beginnings in what Andrew Carey posted.
I heard in his words a rather poignant longing -- one that I can't help wondering if doesn't have as much to do with the ghosts of British Empire past as it does with the present unraveling of the Anglican Communion as an institution.
As for who "won" -- this isn't a rugby match. For all that David Anderson famously said the reason he stayed in the Episcopal Church was "he likes a good fight" whether you believe it or not -- accept it or not -- understand it or not -- those who work for the full inclusion of all the baptized in the Body of Christ do so not because they like the fight but because they love the Gospel. And they want to share it with as many people as possible.
So yes, it makes my heart sad. Over the years Kendall Harmon and I have been on opposite sides of many issues and opposite microphones on many talk shows. And I prayed for him and his family when his mother died. And he prayed for me and mine when my son was in Iraq.
And it makes my heart sad that we're at the point where there is no longer a willingness to hear from or consider perspectives that differ.
People ask me ALL the time: Do you really want to be in the same church with "those people?" (the ones who stay because they like a good fight and use litigation to draw that fight out and who would exclude LGBT and/or women from all orders of ministry)
My answer -- honestly -- is not always. I'm only human, after all, and I weary of my life and relationship and vocation being "an issue."
But the more important answer is it is not MY church. Jesus is the one who makes the guest list and my job is to welcome in His name those who come seeking love, compassion, justice and mercy.
We've been at this a long time.
A refresher course is in the 2007 blog I wrote entitled "Story Time:"
We're more broken now that we were then. And yet there is abundant hope that just as that grain scattered on the hillside was made one in the broken bread -- so we as the Body of Christ might become one in spite of the broken institutional church.
And of all seasons, Advent is -- I believe -- the one to claim such hopes.
Advent Blessings, Susan