"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

TEC Leaders and Gay Rights

Just in case some leaders among the world's Anglican primates believe there remains a snowball's chance in Hades that TEC will back off of "gay marriage" and the blessing of same-sex unions before September 30th, I hope they notice two news stories highlighted by Stand Firm today.

In one, the TEC bishop of Massachussetts, the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, and other luminaries of that diocese marched in a parade calling for the protection of equal rights for gay marriages in their state.
(See photo above. That is the good bishop carrying the sign in a cassock, while the dean of the TEC cathedral and a faculty member of EDS also grace the picture on the second row.)

In the other, Bishop Chane of Washington, D.C. and folks from the National Cathedral marched in our nation's capital in a gay pride parade. (Actually, the bishop had a car-the only way to travel!) As the Blade reported:

Leading the religious contingent was Right Rev. John B. Chane, the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, who rode in an open car. Official contingents of at least four of the city’s largest Episcopal parishes joined Chane in the parade, including one from the Washington National Cathedral, over which Chane presides, according to church spokesperson Jim Naughton.

“For us, we felt we should not be timid after what our church has been through recently,” Naught said. ...

Naughton said Chane and the gay and straight parishioners joining him in the city’s June 9 Gay Pride parade believe they were carrying our the best tradition of their faith.

“In a way, this is evangelism at its best,” he said. “You reach out to new audiences. Churches have to make themselves visible to the community.”

Tex resumes: Of course, the Executive Council assured the world-wide Communion yesterday that they very much wanted to continue the "conversation" on human sexuality. I suspect they plan on it being rather one-sided!

Meanwhile take a look at KJS and Bonnie Anderson speaking about the just-concluded Executive Council meeting. It is remarkable. Truly remarkable.


Blogger Father Nelson said...

It is interesting to see all of those stoles. I'm starting to come to the conclusion that stoles are either symbols of worldly power or the yoke of Christ - they cannot be both.

11:45 AM  
Blogger The young fogey said...

It's 'battier than the memorabilia in Adam West's garage'.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Ah, yes, the stole. It seems to be worn for all kinds of ridiculous things these days. Over shorts and tee shirts, over rain coats, over anything you happen to have one, especially if you aren't administering any sacramental rites. These people make me sick.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Ghost of Amon G. Carter said...

How about a scarlet stole for practicing adulterers and a green stole for those of us who unrepentedly steal money. This is fun. It would actually matter if TEC were a Christian Church, but alas that is not the case and has not been the case for many years. It is a shame so many choose to be yoked together with unbelievers.

Why, in the Episcopal church, you can be both a female priest and a Muslim. I should have guessed that the first female Imam would be an Episcopalian.


10:21 PM  

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