Day: July 11, 2009

Being challenged to tell the truth

Tobias Haller, speaking for a moment as an ethicist, noted that he is not a consequentialist. That is, he does not believe that our behavior as a group or as individuals will necessarily have the consequences we intend. Nor will our actions and words ultimately determine the behavior of others. We must, then, be true to ourselves first and foremost.

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Prayer Book subcommittee drafts blessings resolution

The sub-committee of the Prayer Book, Music and Liturgy Committee assigned to review resolutions on same-sex blessings and marriage equality has written a four clause resolution to present to the larger committee. Read a rough paraphrase of the resolution, pending further refinement of my understanding.

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PBS’s Ray Suarez preaches at General Convention

It is a joy to be asked to speak to this gathering of my brothers and sisters from all across the country and the world. I left a reporting trip in Tanzania to come here in full confidence that these invitations don’t come every day. It’s a privilege to speak to you on this day when we remember Benedict’s radical welcome to all who come from what the old prayer book called “the blessed company of all faithful people.”

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Fear and the Episcopal future

These people—perhaps a growing number, perhaps just newly emboldened to speak—may be personally uncomfortable about sexuality, but they are anxious to point out that they don’t believe being gay is morally wrong or scripturally prohibited. They know that the culture has changed, the church is changing and they, too, shall be changed. And they’re frightened.

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B012 encounters rough canonical weather

Advocates for marriage equality are refocusing their attention to some of the resolutions before the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music, and trying to reassure their allies that the defeat or withdrawl of B012 is not a decisive blow against marriage equality at this convention.

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More GC links worth a look

Cafe stalwart Marshall Scott gives his impressions on the conversation yesterday morning on B033 in the House of Deputies: So, what strikes me is the

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The Integrity Eucharist

Lynette Wilson reports on the Integrity Eucharist, which drew some 1,600 worshippers to the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim last night: “What right does

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Saturday collection 7/11/09

Here is our weekly collection plate, offering some of the good things that Episcopalians and their congregations have done that made the news this past week. And other news fit to print.

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Open to the Thrust of Grace

“Whoever wrote that last prayer was a chump,” said Colin. A barky laugh escaped me. Never before had the words Jesus and chump come together in my mind. “Jesus made up that prayer. You think Jesus is a chump?” “Well, Mom, how can things possibly be the same on earth as they are in heaven?”

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