It is always amusing to hear a conservative call the ECUSA "imperialist." I can understand it perfectly - it is as if ECUSA has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and told Muslims and Conservative Christians that they have to take orders from women and create democratic institutions.
Yes, that's our army there in Iraq.
But we are also the Columbus Tea Party, restoring our identity as an American Church against our adolescent Anglophilia.
Someone shouts, "The Queen will not be pleased."
We're concerned about how the Queen of England thinks about Queens? And Women?
And we're calling this an imperialist move because we're not asking the British what they think?
Aren't these the same people, who in political life, think our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are exercises in charity?
Granted, the liberals in ECUSA should be perfectly aware that the South sees it all together: homosexuals, Iraq, Hollywood, hypocrisy, affluence and decadence. We should hold this in tension, and keep building relationships with those who are victims of economic destitution.
Katharine Jefferts Schori is the person who can do this. She is properly focused on the issues of poverty. And she has the skills to handle the tension between theology and evolution. She will bring a reliable theological response to the problem of global warming.
People have critiqued her church growth plan: without any context or explanation of what came before. They have insisted on her theology, without considering how Jesus is present in her ministry.
The Houston Chronicle writes
This is an era when the nation is at war with global terrorists and could be attacked at any time. Many Americans are trapped in poverty and ignorance, and most face an uncertain future. At such a time, the deep national divide and animosity over same-sex unions is unnecessary and inappropriate.