I know, I know: I just said I was done writing for a while. But I have had something on my mind lately and I’ve decided to write this post, so maybe I’m pulling a Barbra Streisand…

What has caught my eye lately is all of the political fuss over Geraldine Ferraro and the Clinton campaign—the allegations of sexism and racism and the furor it has generated. It seems to me that much of the same stuff gets roiled up in church politics: secular advocacy rolls over into the church because we don’t (and shouldn’t) compartmentalize our lives between what happens in the public square and what happens in our houses of worship.

Perhaps what should happen, though, that doesn’t happen as often, is that we should take our gospel values into the public square (keeping the separation of church and state distinct, for reasons I’ve discussed elsewhere). Those values, I think, shed some light on the problems that have been raised in the recent political campaigns. Namely, inequality in power and the resulting injustice cannot be solved by obtaining and using the same kind of power that originally created the inequality. To do so is a little bit like using the military to oust a military dictator in a coup, and then putting another dictator in his place. Perhaps the new dictator has a different face, but he is still a dictator. It does not fundamentally change the dynamic of the power structure. Read the rest of this entry »

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From Changing Attitude:

Changing Attitude calls on the Primate and bishops of the Church of Nigeria to condemn attacks on homosexuals

A shocking story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the death of one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in Port Harcourt. The violent attack occurred in the context of the funeral ceremony being held for the sister of Davis Mac-Iyalla, attended by six members of the Port Harcourt group on Thursday 20 March 2008.

Read the CA press release here.

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Please take a moment and read the Rev. Dr. Gayle Baldwin’s open letter to several bishops of the church, found here.

It is clear to me that the notorious B033 is discriminatory, outrageous, and defamatory to our community.  It must be repealed.

It is equally clear to me that just as serious a problem in the church is the tolerated discrimination against GLBT people even though our national canons prohibit it.  For far too long and in far too many dioceses, bishops and diocesan conventions overlook the common will of the national church– the only entity which has canonical standing between the diocese and God– in order to perpetuate the dehumanization of GLBT persons by invalidating their equality and equal access to the table – to God’s table. Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting Ft Worth

March 2, 2008

Canterbury Campaign

I just returned from a wonderful visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth.

Integrity sponsored a Eucharist followed by a lecture with Integrity founder Dr. Louie Crew as part of the Canterbury Campaign (you can support Integrity at Lambeth by clicking here).

The people I met were such amazing witnesses to the power of love over fear.  Their stories, resiliency, and capacity to heal and rise from death were amazing.
Louie Crew visits Ft. Worth

Last night, after the amazing day of the event, filled with so many new friends, and hearing both the amazing stories of darkness in Ft. Worth and the light that is shining there despite it, I had a dream.  In my dream, I drove a long way with my children and their other dad and we arrived home– my parents’ home– in the mountains.  We pulled into the driveway and were greeted by our family, and the house was filled with longtime friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of the Darkness

February 29, 2008

Sermon for Homiletics Class for Fourth Sunday in Lent – Preached on February 29, 2008; Response to the global situation in the Anglican Communion over the inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons in the Church and the attempt to smooth tension without resolving our inclusion.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

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Louie Crew in Ft. Worth

February 25, 2008

News Release

Dr. Louie Crew, Founder of Integrity, to Speak in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH – Some people are threatening to split from The Episcopal Church because of its full inclusion of gay and lesbian Episcopalians in the life and ministry of the church. But many Episcopalians agree with the move toward full inclusion of all the Baptized, or want to learn more about it.  

One of the most articulate voices on this subject is Dr. Louie Crew, founder of Integrity. Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and straight friends.  Since its founding by Dr. Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in The Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites. 

On Saturday, March 1, 2008, Integrity Fort Worth will host Dr. Crew, whose topic will be “Exceedingly Glad in Times Like These,” at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Crew will speak at 3:30 PM after the Holy Eucharist at 2:00 PM, led by the Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey, retired bishop of Northwest Texas. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception in the parish hall following Dr. Crew’s address.  

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Please come if you can.  I’ll be there as the current Integrity board representative, and would love to meet you!

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The Covenant Design Group has released their “St. Andrews” draft of the Anglican Covenant here

This second, newer, revised version of the Covenant is the version that will be reviewed at the Lambeth Conference.

Maybe we should give the deisgn group a break because they have an impossible charter in the current political climate.  But nonetheless it is no great compliment to say that the document has improved…

My own thinking has come around to believe that a Covenant could be a good idea, if it does a good idea of defining our Anglican identity– building that around worship practices and the historical Anglican via media.

This document seems to take a more evangelical approach, though– valuing a more doctrinal and prescibed approach to identity than our historic worship and liturgical approach.  Note that in this document our identity is defined first through the Church (whose purpose is worship), then Scripture (as held up by the creeds), then the two sacraments, then the episcopate– and THEN– fifth in the list– are the shared patterns of common prayer and liturgy which form, sustain, and nourish our worship of God and our faith and life together. Read the rest of this entry »