Tuesday, 11 November 2003

Tuesday news

Better for one bishop at least.
The Independent notes that Bishop’s ‘psychotherapy for gays’ comments not a crime
So does the Telegraph Police clear bishop in gay row
The Guardian has several readers letters on this in A cure for homophobia.
The story is also reported in the Manchester Evening News, Gay-row bishop not to face ‘hate’ charge
and Cheshire Online, Bishop escapes action

There are also letters in the Guardian, When faith is no longer charitable in response to an opinon column there by Giles Fraser on Monday, The evangelicals who like to giftwrap Islamophobia

George Carey spoke at Princeton University about Islam, Former Archbishop of Canterbury talks of Islam, West, the students there are rather liberal.

The East African published this opinion column, In US, as in Africa, Gene Robinson Has Tested Ecumenical Relations

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer had a column In the Northwest: Episcopal leader vies for peace on sexual battlefield.

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I have been a daily visitor on Thinking Anglicans for a couple of months and wanted to thank you for all of the hard work and time that you have invested in it, to the considerable benefit of myself and, I am sure, many other readers. I am a “harried working mom” with precious little time to search for news on the internet, and yet have wanted very much to follow recent events. Your efforts have provided me (a Congregationalist in the US) with a comfortable, accessible, manageable and thoughtful place to visit each day to follow the emerging story. I know the amount of work that is involved and I think I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how much it is appreciated.

I include the following which appeared in the “Letters” section of the NY Times this past week.

Again, thank you.
J. Jones
Brooklyn, NY

A Gay Bishop for Episcopalians — November 5, 2003

To the Editor:

“Openly Gay Man Is Made a Bishop” (front page, Nov. 3):

If there is a split in the American Episcopal Church and a break with Anglicans abroad, the election of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson will not be the cause. Ignorance and fear (of homosexuality) and the prejudice they breed are at the heart of the matter. So long as Anglicans worldwide tolerate such prejudice and its related discrimination, conflict will continue.

New Hampshire Episcopalians are to be congratulated for taking Scripture seriously and making the love of God for all people - and for all whom God calls to service - visible and tangible. Over time, Gene Robinson’s service as bishop will silence his critics, but using the Bible to justify prejudice that devalues human beings is never acceptable to God.

Cleveland, Nov. 3, 2003
The writer, in 1972, became the first openly gay minister ordained in the United Church of Christ.

Posted by: J. Jones at November 13, 2003 01:04 AM

Hello J. Jones, U.S. Congregationalist! (UCC, like the minister you quote, I assume).

One of the positive things that may come out of an ECUSA “re-alignment” (if such a regrettable thing occurs) may be renewed Episcopal interest in the work of “Churches Uniting in Christ” (CUIC) nee’ the Consultation on Church Union (COCU). As an Episcopal ecumenist, I’ve long been bullish on COCU, but I’ve been in the minority. I suspect that some of the Episcopal intransigence on COCU/CUIC (of which there has been much) may have come from the same quarters that are Robinson/GC/Griswold/ECUSA-bashing now. It is my hope that our two churches (ECUSA and the UCC) may, through CUIC, grow closer in the years ahead. [And maybe Apostolic Succession might not look quite so scary w/ a Gene Robinson in it? ;-)]

Blessings to you!

Posted by: J. Collins Fisher at November 13, 2003 07:35 AM

I always wondered what happened to COCU.

I think ECUSA parishes and UCC congregations, working locally, do more for ecumenism than national church programs. My parish, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, in Burlington, Vermont works hand in hand with the First Congregational Church (and other churches and synagogues) in our city. And not just around Thanksgiving (next week is our inter-church Thanksgiving service), but in areas of mission and social justice.

St. Paul’s and the First Congo. Church are actively involved in programs for our homeless and marginalised in this city.

And, at my former parish, a small 40 odd member church on the other side of the state, there are regular pulpit exchanges with local Congregational clergy.

Posted by: Jay Vos at November 16, 2003 10:56 PM