Monday, 19 November 2007

American news reports

Updated again Wednesday evening

Several reports on the Virginia lawsuit:
Trial Begins in Clash Over Va. Church Property by Michelle Boorstein in the Washington Post
Former Episcopal leaders reminded of vows by Julia Duin in the Washington Times
Judge Overrules Objections During Virginia Testimony by Elizabeth Hudgins in the Living Church
Episcopal trial weighs concept of division Washington Times
Phase 1 of Church Property Trial Ends, 1st Amendment Issues Next Falls Church News-Press
Episcopal suit testimony ends Washington Times
Trial Portion of Virginia Case Ends Early Living Church

A report from California:
Episcopal leader seeks to mend church rift by Rebecca Trounson in the Los Angeles Times

A further report on the Fort Worth convention:
Fort Worth Passes Major Changes at Convention by Steve Waring in the Living Church

And another lawsuit in Georgia:
Diocese files petition to regain Christ Church, Savannah property in Episcopal News Service

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Monday, 19 November 2007 at 10:56pm GMT | TrackBack
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One might take the tack that we progressive believers should take advantage of these necessary occasions which have come upon all of us, thanks to this mean-spirited and high-handed new conservative believer realignment campaign.

We may make some good use of these occasions, since the conservative realignment is going to keep pressing for them anyways.

We can readily expect that we will be pressured to take sides in the realignment campaign, with conservative realignment believers telling us that the gospel is first of all and foremost - negative and nasty and condemning of people, not so much because people can choose and do unethical things to other people but because humans are born fallible mammals, evolved to an inferior fault and subject to our shared basic human condition.

But we are thereby given public opportunities to bear witness that the good news of Jesus is not, innately antigay, misogynist, self-serving, and above all aimed at putting the conservative religious parties in power over everybody else, both in church life and/or in general cultural life.

That is: We other believers may learn to welcome the many different opportunities to -

(1) decline the nothing-but presuppositional lexicons of conservative religious thinking, especially as these preach in USA and in USA-style emotions of fear or disgust or anger against both average unchurched people and modernity;

(2) make consistent overt claims to all of our common sense pledges to this or that piece of ethical living - committing to human justice or common sense fairness across our differences is not exactly nothing but an innately filthy and despicable endeavor, after all;

(3) consistently detach ourselves, again and again and again and again, from the self-serving and dubious conservative tendencies to posit everything in either/or, black/white, good/bad frameworks or categories (as if everything important in global and human life came pre-packaged in only two, categorically exclusive super market brands, one made by God and one made by the Devil?);

(4) consistently demonstrate that these newly puritannical and disgusted conservative religious folks do not have sole ownership of anything - not gospel, not service or helping, not witness, not ethical living, not healthy living, not citizenship, and certainly not our best examples of fallible/best practice empirical reason.

Posted by: drdanfee on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 at 8:04pm GMT
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