25 June 2006

tough episcopal times

i had an emotional early evening reading fr. jake's updates on the general convention's capitulation on queer issues. ironically enough, i was listening to sweet honey in the rock: balm in gilead ("sometimes i get discouraged, and i think my work's in vain. but then the holy spirit revives my soul again."), and then a short time later "ella's song" ("we who believe in freedom cannot rest."). it puts me in mind of the way that christian conservatives once found room in their theology for racism. this place we're in right now? no better.

the language "we" ratified at the convention (old news, but i figure most of my fan base isn't really up on the doings of the general convention of the episcopal church):

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, that the 75th General Convention receive and embrace The Windsor Report's invitation to engage in a process of healing and reconcilation; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention therefore call upon Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.

best response i've seen so far: t-shirt (suitable for mass attendance i daresay!) proclaiming "my manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church."