Excellent offerings from all over:
The Admiral of Morality examines the precarious position of Lambeth Palace as the Primates meeting approaches. He writes:
In all of its responses to the current debates within its country and throughout the Communion, Lambeth has proceeded from a resolutely English conviction that its role and advice is essential to the continued well-being of both. It has urged all parties to all conflicts and controversies, to examines themselves and precisely why it is they stake out the places they do.
The singular shortcoming of Lambeth through all of this has been its unwillingness to direct these very questions at itself. It has displayed a penchant for secrecy, presumption, self-selection, hardheadedness, self-interest and, remarkably given its conviction that it is essential, fear.
In the process it has enlarged the very real risk that one way or another, it will lose the continued good will and partnership, of its most enduring ally, its first, oldest and most generous friend–The Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
And Richard, at Caught by the Light, is featuring this videotaped interview from a PBS program with a 15-year-old Emily who says she has prayed for five years for God to make her straight. Richard writes:
“This is a powerful piece on what happened when she came out to her family, friends, school, community, and church in a rural town in Iowa.
“As a Christian priest and pastor, I ask you to watch the conversation she has with her minister. It’s a study worthy of a thousand posts and a million comments.”