I don't really have time to write out a full-length blog on the news coming out of the General Convention... or really my thoughts and musings on that news. But there are a couple of quotes that I really wanted to share:
“If we can develop rites and blessings for fishing fleets and fisherfolk, and for hunts, hounds, horses and houses, including the room where the indoor plumbing is located, we should be able to allow clergy in the exercise of their pastoral ministry to adapt and to appropriate the pastoral office of the blessing of a civil marriage for use with all couples who seek the church’s support and God’s blessing in their marriages. Friends, yes we can do that,” she said. (referring to Bishop Barbara Harris)--Tracy J. Sukraw, Diocese of Massachusetts
Retired Bishop Barbara Harris and NH Bishop Gene Robinson were the main officiants at the Integrity Eucharist, which drew 1600 people! And Bishop Harris really laid it on. Integrity reports:
If the Church honestly believes that LGBT people should not be bishops, she said, then don’t ordain them deacons. ‘Better still be honest… don’t bestow on them the blessing of baptism…. How can you initiate someone and then treat them like some half-assed baptized?’
I LOVE it! How true... as was the rest of Harris' message which took everybody to task to stop trying to decide who's right and who's wrong. The sacred, she says, is that which focuses on God. The profane is that which does not. And I say, Thank you!!!!
So, I am trying to keep my chin up and hope that all in Anaheim will hear the words of our Collect of the Day:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.