This is better.
Remember in 2004 when the Guardian sent a bunch of letters to Ohio, angering American voters? Get a bunch of English bishops from a post-Christian state telling American Bishops what to do, and you'll probably scratch the independent itch.
What of the Catholics? They don't give a damn about Episcopalians. Did they consult us about changing the mass? Nope. A few Orthodox will be gracious, but generally, they've got their own incense to burn. And if we have to sign a document, let it be with a woman's hand.
Ruth Gledhill [I do love reading her blog. The picture helps on her bad days.], in her blog says, "I couldn't help but feel a shiver of excitement at the election of a woman to the position of Presiding Bishop, putting her on a level with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the 36 other primates at the head of the Anglican Communion." That's the truth, Ruth.
Nazr Ali, the Bishop of Rochester urged the Archbishop of Canterbury to take firm action against the liberal leadership of the Episcopal Church. Matters were so serious that “fudge won’t do”, Bishop Nazir-Ali said. “Sometimes you have to recognise that there are two irreconcilable positions and you have to choose between them. The right choice is the line with the Bible and the Church’s teachings down the ages, not some new-fangled religion we have invented to respond to the 21st century,”
We believe that revelation continues, that God continues to be active in creation, and that all of the many ways of knowing
Given this worldview, we are compelled to use the resources God has given us. Not to use our brains in understanding the world around us seems a cardinal sin.
As a scientist and an Episcopalian, I cherish the prayer that follows a baptism, that the newly baptized may receive "the gift of joy and wonder in all God's works." I spent the early years of my adulthood as an oceanographer, studying squid and octopuses, including their evolutionary relationships. I have always found that God's creation is "strange and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139). ...
Making any kind of faith decision is based on accumulating the best evidence one can find -- what one's senses and reason indicate, what the rest of the community has believed over time, and what the community judges most accurate today."
Ali vs. Schori. HM. Guess what. Schori wins.
So we prayed for clarity. And Duncan understands. Sometimes, in God’s permissive will, our prayers are answered in ways we had not anticipated. That's right.
Jake remarks, Bishop Jefferts Schori was trained as a scientist. She is the only one that I can recall that emphasized the Millennium Development Goals in the interviews. She was also the only bishop who testified at the hearings regarding the MDG. As these goals appear to be emerging as the future vision of the Episcopal Church, she is the right person at the right time.
Bob From Boone decides to go over there on Titusonenine and state the truth, bringing a few barbed responses. On the contrary, the Church is choosing to “walk ahead.” Maybe by the end of the century, the rest of the Anglican Communion will catch up.
Jim Naughton Points out, At some point we need to recognize, just for self-preservation, that meeting the needs of Rowan Williams's diplomatic agenda could cost us evangelical opportunities here in our own backyard. We have already alienated the people our actions were likely to alienate, but we haven't reached out as energetically as we should have to the un-churched people who might find our actions appealing, who might think that finally there is a Church that takes them seriously.
Bishop Jefferts Schori's election gives us a new opportunity to do so. Let's not blow it by going all "wobbly", as a certain conservative British icon once said, on Windsor. We keep trying to be some of what God calls us to be and avoiding the pain. Let's be all of what God calls us to be, and reap the benefits.
I am so happy. So so happy. Those want to go, have no reason to stay. God bless them.
It could have been different. Minns, Anderson and their ilk, by demanding repentance and rollback proved that they were not reliable partners in the dialogue. They removed themselves from the process. They would have been happy with noone, said Anderson. So we gave them Schori.
God bless the bishops.
She flies. And speaks Spanish.
Look for songs. I'm thinking, Lyrics to The Tubes, "She's a Bishop."