I am continuing to be fascinated by what is happening in the Episcopal church. Of course in
Sometimes, I wonder whether I am equal to their faith in me!
But, (yes, I am a non-believer), it is the typical story of Jesus as taught by Christians. He is God. And he believes in me enough to die for me. That is how it goes, isn’t it?
Well, here is a
Aug 03, 2009
Less than three weeks ago the Episcopal Church cleared the decks for full participation by openly gay members -- all the way up to the role of bishop. And already, two dioceses are nominating gay and lesbian candidates for that role, despite the clear dismay of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
In a way, the issue is moving full circle. The election of the church's first gay bishop, Gene Robinson of
The most recent governing meeting -- where a de facto moratorium on electing and confirming gay bishops was voted down by Church leadership -- was in
Just as the locations echo the controversial changes in the Episcopal Church's direction, so do the reactions -- outrage from traditionalists and cheerful best wishes to all the qualified candidates from gay activists.
Anglican traditionalist and vehement critic of the Episcopal Church David Virtue says these moves "further inflame the Anglican Communion's orthodox believers. It confirms in their minds that The Episcopal Church intends to show no restraint whatever, raising the middle finger to the communion's titular head..."
While the Rev. Susan Russell, of All Saints,
But not so fast. Just because a diocese elects someone doesn't make that person bishop. It requires the consent of the national Church. Since the national legislature doesn't meet again until 2012, the elected candidate will face a mail-in vote on ratification. All the diocesan bishops and all the diocesan standing committees of clergy and laypeople have 120 days from the date they're notified of the election results to decide.
Since Robinson was elected shortly before the 2003 national meeting, the ratification decision was done in the convention center. It electrified the worldwide church and prompted the eventual exit of about 10% of
DO YOU THINK ... now that there are two Churches, people will vote with their feet, lining up where they're most comfortable? Is the furor going to die down?