General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
Visit the links found below for additional resources
as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
For all posts from the month of June, click here.
For all posts from the month of July, click here.


Gene Robinson on Upcoming Convention

In an interview with Bishop V. Gene Robinson from PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, June 6, 2006:

When asked how the U.S. church might balance moving forward with concern over pain caused to other parts of the Anglican Communion, Robinson said,
" . . .there have been charges leveled against us of a kind of an ecclesiastical colonialism. But, you see, no one is asking any other province of the Anglican Communion to raise up gay and lesbian people and ordain them as priests, much less ordain them as bishops. No one is asking any other part of the Anglican Communion to do that. We're only saying this is right for us; this is where God is leading us at this particular time in our context, and can't we all stay at the same Anglican table while you do what is right for your context and we do what is right for ours?"

How is it that Gene Robinson and Integrity USA, who are mandating the inclusion of LGBT Christians in the episcopate and the presbyterate, are not convinced that this is the next step for the rest of the Communion? Are they suggesting that it is fine for the remaining 37 provinces of the Anglican Communion to live in what they believe is darkness on this matter?

Or could it be that they just want to do their own thing? Is this really a case of 'different strokes for different folks'? To me, this is the worst sort of double standard.

" . . . whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck . . ."(Matt. 18:6)

Jesus invites all of us to draw near, to come to Him -- we are all being led in the same direction -- some of us are just more reluctant to follow.


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