Saturday, July 29, 2006

Passing through the storm - General Convention 2006

Surely by the grace of God, the Church has gently and mightily risen above a gathering squall, perhaps that it might now address the storm gathering in the world around it. General Convention rejected the petty bigotries that have driven efforts to redefine the Church. With active commitment to that truly Christian manner of life that was displayed there, the Episcopal Church can move further beyond the internal fanaticism that finds itself now in its death throes, and turn to concerns truly more meaningful and relevant to a Communion that claims the ministry of the reconciliation of humanity with God.

Perhaps the rumor is true that a number of so-called ‘orthodox’ bishops cynically cast their votes for Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop only to drive schism. If so, we can thank God for this 21st century revision of the story of divine will made manifest by Balaam’s ass. We will soon have a presiding bishop who is unencumbered by participation in the good-ol’ boy network, and who, wondrously enough, is focused on the Church’s global witness and ministry.