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First thought after General Convention 2009

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I'm still processing what has happened at General Convention in Anaheim. I think I'll try to post something of a reflection at some point this week. Probably sooner than later. While I'm tired following Convention, I'm not as absolutely blown as I was following the conventions in 2003 and 2006. That's probably because there was so much less question about what was going to happen once we took the vote of D025 in the form […]

A word of Prophecy to the Episcopal Church

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Those of you who know me, know that I’m not the sort of person who uses the word “prophesy” lightly. So pay attention when I tell you that we may have seen a prophet speaking to us in the halls of General Convention yesterday. And it had nothing to do with who held hands with who. Bishop Stephen Charleston explicitly asked God to grant him the mantle and voice of a prophet as he spoke […]

Episcopal Church likely to approve pastoral provisions to support those in same-sex marriages

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So now what? What’s going to happen now? Yesterday, to my surprise, the House of Bishops voted the way most of us expected them to vote going into General Convention and acted to begin a process that allows the Episcopal Church to respond to the context in which we are doing ministry. (To my surprise because I had heard from a number of bishops that they thought they would act to table the resolution that […]

Wait…, what?

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So what exactly has happened here at Anaheim. Truthfully? No one is really completely sure. But some people appear certain. The Episcopal News Service had what some bishops have described as a very unfortunate headline on Monday that declared confidently that the Episcopal Church had decided to "open ordination to gay and lesbian Christians". (Or something to that effect… I believe the headline has been pulled and the story spiked.) I’m told that something close […]

Tears of truth

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Over the weekend, the work of the House of Deputies was interupted for 20 minutes when the President of the House invited a group of speakers from parts of the Anglican South to address the deputies. It was an unexpected event and Bonnie Anderson was pretty mysterious about what was going to happen when she proposed suspending the rules to allow our guests access to the floor of the House. Something like six visitors from […]

D025, the blogsphere and the House of Bishops

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What happened yesterday in the House of Deputies? According to many, not much. According to some, full steam toward Anglican Schism. It depends who you read. A resolution was passed (D025) by wide margins in the House of Deputies that was clearly understood to be a compromise. It intends, according to the committee that wrote its final form, to do nothing more than state the truth of where we are and what are practice is […]

There is movement from 2006

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There’s one major change I noticed in the open committee discussion of B033 that happened yesterday on the floor of the House of Deputies. Only one of the 30 or so people who spoke even came close to arguing that same-sex relationships were fundamentaly wrong and even that person insisted on saying the behavior didn’t trump his love for his lesbian daughter. That’s different from the way the conversations were happening in 1997,2003 and 2006 […]

Notes from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s presentation at General Convention

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These are my "unedited notes" from the session. Sorry about any typos – it's late and I'm on the run. Not a whole lot of time to proofread… Opening remarks by Bp. Greg Rickel – introducing guests, etc. Whole presentation will be on demand rebroadcast later tonight. Our calling as Christians require us to see Global Poverty as our problem. The Presiding Bishop was referring to this when she talked about the crisis of the […]