Sunday, April 02, 2006

Breakfast With +Rowan

Interesting analysis from the Diocese of Washington's Jim Naughton via "Blog of Daniel":

Last week I was among a group of 10 people who had breakfast with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was participating in a conference at Georgetown University. That afternoon, I had lunch with his press secretary the Rev. Jonathan Jennings, whom I have had the privilege of having lunch with a time or three before. The previous week, I’d had a chance to interview Sue Park, the conference manager of the Lambeth Conference, and we will have a piece based on that interview in the May issue of the Washington Window.

I mention all of this not to show how well-connected I am (the Archbishop always has breakfast with somebody, unless he has breakfast alone) or to prepare you for any juicy revelations—I leave that for people who think they can determine the future of the Anglican Communion by an exceedingly close analysis of a handful of choice paragraphs culled from the recent speech of the Bishop of Exeter —but to offer my own admittedly partial and subjective sense of where things stand in the Episcopal Church’s relationship to the rest of the Anglican Communion as we approach our General Convention in June.

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Anonymous said...

"Sacrifice its LGBT members on the altar of ecclesial unity?" As the New Yorker used to say, block that rhetoric! The Church does not "sacrifice" anyone simply by having qualifications for ordained ministry that not all members of the Church meet. Neither does the Church "abandon" anyone simply by choosing not to pronounce God's blessing on the relationship of two same-sex friends who are committed to each other. "Not to bless" does not equal "to condemn."


Sorry, Henry -- I'm sticking by the rhetoric. Sacramental apartheid by any other name is still discrimination -- the full inclusion of ALL the baptized into the Body of Christ means FULL inclusion -- in all rites AND responsiblities. The LGBT baptized are the "canaries in the coal mine" at this point in the life of the Communion -- whether or not we are willing to sacrifice them and their vocations to secure institutional "unity" is very much the issue at question.

Anonymous said...

Stacy Sauls is even speaking bad about your platform. Give it up.


Bishop Sauls is entitled to his opinion as is the CTB Steering Committee. The important part is that we bring our concerns, our questions and our "resolves" together and work them out through the General Convention process that, while far from perfect, has served this Church well so far.