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.


Lauren Stanley: Caught in the Middle

To better understand the theology behind her point of view, see this piece from TitusOneNine (along with the comments it generated).

And today's article in The News and Observer:

"Many liberals in the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion cheered the actions that took place in 2003 and, claiming that issues of human sexuality are issues of God's justice, want more support for gays and lesbians. We are radical prophets, they claim. If you don't like what we liberals are doing, be gone yourselves.

"Both conservatives and liberals have huge pulpits and use them loudly. Outsiders watching this debate cannot be blamed for thinking that all the Episcopal Church talks about, thinks about and acts on, is sex.

"But many of us caught in the middle believe that neither side speaks for the rest of us. Most Anglicans, both in the United States and throughout the world, do not believe that the core issue of our faith is sexuality. Most of us want to focus on preaching the Gospel, curing the sick, caring for the homeless, feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty.

"Of course, few listen to us in that vast middle, because we don't have big pulpits. And we don't speak in sound bites.

"We don't look at the world as black and white. We can see the justice on both sides of the sexuality debate. And most of us have no idea which side is correct."

This is exactly Rev. Stanley's problem.

Read the rest here.


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