Monday, August 4, 2008

When Pigs Fly

I have mixed reactions to the end of the Lambeth conference. On the one hand, there seems to have been genuine relationships forged between bishops of disparate regions, viewpoints, and experiences, including some surprising apologies. On the other hand, the Archbishop of Canterbury and others have called for a continuing moratorium on the consecration of gay and lesbian bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. Not only does this usurp the authority of the people and clergy of the church to elect their own bishops, but it feels patently unjust to me.

However, Bishop Carol Gallagher, who was not at Lambeth because she is currently between paying gigs (sort of), offers this reflection on impossibilities.

And Bishop Gene Robinson, preaching at St. Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, said that he knows the time will come when all are welcome in the Church, including gay and lesbian people, because God invites all people into the fellowship. It will happen in God's time and we don't have to be anxious about it, but work to help it happen.

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