December 31, 2007
Thanks to the Episcopal Cafe, I found this post on The Anglican Scotist which presents a completely accurate assesment of the Archbishop’s Advent letter.
My favorite part is this:
“Once again”–ordaining Robinson seems to be the other case. This is what theological postliberalism can look like–Williams’ ignorance of the very type of power politics in which he himself is engaged. A grotesque ignorance of TEC’s history: our relatively unique episcopate is no accident, and his special pleading with the circumscription “not about some sort of autocratic episcopal privilege” seems willfully perverse. As if episcopal autocracy were the only available disjunct driving the formation of our polity! The Enlightenment, and the notion of a republic ordered with intrinsic checks, did not arise in a vacuum but out of the failure of premodernity to–among other things–regulate its indulgence in the rituals of power politics. TEC’s polity arose in the recognition–the self-recognition–of a potentiality for disordered desire at the level of social structures. It is ironic Williams’ very questioning of this polity shows the need for it.
I have had a post started on postliberalism, postmodernity, and power for some time but just haven’t gotten around to finishing it. I think +++Rowan and the Anglican Scotist have made my point for me, actually.
December 21, 2007
From Planet Out News…
For the first time, an openly gay man has been elected to the Fort Worth, Texas, city council.
Fort Worth, Texas, has elected its first openly gay public official. Joel Burns won a runoff election Tuesday night to represent the ninth district on the city council.
Read the whole thing here.
December 20, 2007
Love this piece on ++KJS by the Advocate.
Here is my fav part on +Schofield:
I don’t need to move from the chair I’m sitting in to wonder whether Bishop Schofield and I are on the same planet, especially when he says, in deference to those who would vote against his ecclesiastical revolution, that he “know[s] what it feels like to be a minority.”
Admittedly, as a non-Christian lesbian, I can never fully appreciate the pain felt by a straight white Christian man in the United States. Given the discrimination Bishop Schofield must confront every day, it’s fortunate that he’s protected by a federal hate-crimes law so that he can’t be attacked for his religious beliefs or his white race — not like I can be attacked for my “sexual brokenness,” as our Congress just freshly affirmed.
And on a more positive note:
Non-Episcopalian gays and lesbians might not think we have a dog in this fight, but we all have a vested interest in the outcome. We find ourselves in a very rare position here, one so unfamiliar to LGBT people we can scarcely grasp its significance: In the determination of the U.S. Episcopal Church to take a stand for our equality and inclusion, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose, while the folks fighting for us risk their political and financial footing in the Anglican Communion, the third-largest Christian body in the world, which is far more sympathetic toward your Bishops Schofield than to the progressive platform embraced by Bishop Jefferts Schori and the majority of her church’s 2.5 million members.
We never asked Episcopalians to take up our fight. Rather, it seems, their spiritual path has led them to believe that we aren’t any less deserving of ministry or recognition or even consecration simply because we happen to be unpopular sexual minorities. I wish that weren’t an extraordinary concept in 2007, but it is. And Bishop Jefferts Schori has hardly blinked in a year of denominational strife that has seen her character and her commitment to her religious office questioned, challenged, dismissed, and maligned.
In this age of gay bashing from all sides, it isn’t often we encounter a religious leader—or any leader—willing to bulldog for our rights, especially when faced with such a potentially high cost to herself and the institution she represents. What I wouldn’t give for such genuine representation in our elected officials.
And finally, on ++KJS herself:
I keep meaning to bake that woman a cake.
In my fruitless search for a presidential candidate who not only believes in my essential equality but is willing to say it out loud and stand by his or her position when the inevitable attacks come down, I wonder if any money I may have set aside to donate to that elusive candidate’s campaign might not be better spent tithing to the Episcopal Church. At least there I know my support will go toward furthering my rights, not sending them to the back of the bus—or throwing them under it.
It’s hard to remember this perception from a non-Episcopalian at the hard moments when things get rough and we don’t get everything we want in the latest council, meeting, or convention, but there it is. We are in a Church that ultimately wants to make full room for us at the table, even though they may not yet know how to do it. That, for me, brings both comfort, sometimes anger, and the need for patience as I realize that there is intent and further waiting to be had while we work out the rest of the logistical issues as the chairs are lovingly being rearranged to make the space.
December 20, 2007
From PlanetOut News:
The persecution, torture, and killing of gay men and lesbians in Iraq has dramatically increased since the U.S. invasion in 2003.
Religious extremism sparked by the war in Iraq has left once-comfortable gays in the Middle Eastern country feeling demonized and afraid, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Click here for the rest.
December 18, 2007
From PlanetOut news…
A recent amendment to California’s education code has outraged many conservatives, who say the new laws push a gay agenda in public schools, according to a story in the Washington Times.
Click here for the whole story.
December 17, 2007
December 17, 2007
“Today I met the boy…”
I have been thinking of late, as I read more about the diferences between eastern and western psychology, of desire and risk. I’ve been studying Comfortable with Uncertainty and it has been going painfully slow. Each two page section takes me about a week to process, as the Buddist teacher Pema Chodron talks about what it takes to have an open heart by rending your own in order to find compassion, loving-kindness, patience, and mercy.
I was reminded this weekend of the not-yet-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William’s essay The Body’s Grace. It is either a “light-academic” or “heavy non-academic” read, but manageable either way and worth the time. It absolutely revolutionalized the way I think about sex and desire. I say revolutionalized but crystalized is a better word. He articulates, as good theologians do, what we already know to be true deep within us, in the essence that comes from our divine maker, from the breath of life.
I’ve been thinking about a guy this weekend. It is interesting, this desire. Western psychology, it almost seems to me, would have us surpress our feelings until they are safe. Maybe it is just me, but the advice I have gotten from my friends, and even when I think back to advice from my many days in therapy, the advice when beginning to take an interest in a guy is this: don’t get carried away. Don’t let your feelings get the best of you. Read the rest of this entry »