Special committee 26 met this afternoon. They decided to hold a public working session. Lots of space for the couple of hundred or so folks in attendance. This is the room that will be used for the large formal hearing tonight. It seats 1500 in total, so hopefully there’ll be plenty of room.
The material they were working on was extraordinarily boring in spite of the fact that it concerns one of the most explosive political and theological topics of our day. There discussion was peppered with arcane references to papers and resolutions from various Anglican bodies and their meetings. All of it familiar to those who have been following along on what’s been going on for the past couple of years, but if you hadn’t been, I can’t imagine you’d have had any idea what they were talking about.
There was a short paper/statement published by NT Wright, the Bishop of Durham, this morning. That statement was distributed to the committee while I was present. It speaks to whether or not the present form of the resolutions being discussed can be considered a proper response to the Windsor report. Wright says that they are not and need to be amended and strengthened.
I’m sure the blog-sphere will be alive with discussion about this tonight.
One other bit of news – I had a chance to speak with a reporter covering the Convention. He’s hearing a different sort of mood than I am – one of a willingness on both ends of the theological spectrum to have a formal split. I’m not hearing that, but I suppose that’s because I’ve been talking to people in the middle. We’ll have to see if a position can be crafted that will be able to speak to those in the middle or not.
Do keep on praying. We need it here. It seems hard to feel God’s presence at the moment. I know that God is here but…