The 2006 General Convention of the Episcopal Church ended yesterday in Columbus. Laboring mightily to bring forth a mouse, as one bishop put it, the chief output was a deficient and tepid response to the Windsor Report. The resolution resolves (without resolve) to “engage in a process of healing” (as opposed to repentance for consecrating a practicing sodomite) and it asks bishops to “exercise restraint” in installing those whose “manner of life presents a challenge” (you’re the weak one, bub!) to the orthodox.
So, the Episcopals ended up with something, something resembling a shivering pile of jello. Even the radical “Bishop”-ess Schori herself said: “I do not understand this resolution as slamming the door.” And: “My sense is that the original resolution is the best we are going to do today, but I’ll only support it if there is reconsideration in the [near] future.”
And so now comes the interesting part– Will the Anglican Communion unyoke the boat from its dock and let the heretics float out to sea? Or will they whip up a batch of conciliatory goo that extends the charade? God knows the future.
Finally, in case you missed it, Bishopess Schori had this to say during her morning sermon:
Our mother [!] Jesus gives birth to a new creation — and you and I are His children. If we’re going to keep on growing into Christ-images for the world around us, we’re going to have to give up fear… You are God’s beloved, and God is well-pleased with you… Our invitation, both in the last work of this Convention, and as we go out into the world, is to lay down our fear and love the world.
And now the truth:
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. -Eph 5:5-6
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. -1 John 2:15
Pray for the body of Christ in the Anglican church.