Tuesday, 18 December 2007

update on San Joaquin

The Presiding Bishop wrote again to Bishop Schofield. Read her letter in full at Episcopal News Service San Joaquin bishop asked to confirm status after vote to leave the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Schofield wrote a pastoral letter to the diocese of San Joaquin. Read that letter in full at SAN JOAQUIN: Pastoral letter says diocese is no longer part of Episcopal Church.

Meanwhile, the Stockton Record continues to cover the story. See Episcopal split in California has some historical precedent. And also this and this.

El Bohemio News has A Church in Conflict – Update – AN ALLEGATION OF MANIPULATING THE VOTE.

The Church Times had this report by Pat Ashworth: San Joaquin moves to ‘assured place’.

The Bakersfield TV station, KBAK-TV has Local church members want to “Remain Episcopal” which includes a video report.

National Public Radio had an audio report here: Episcopal Diocese Secedes over Role of Gays.

The BBC earlier had an audio report here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 at 8:27am GMT | TrackBack
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The El Bohemio News item is very heavily slanted in Schofield's direction - so much so that one wonders if George Hood, its author, might be a member of Schofield's congregation. A slightly more readable format of the piece can be accessed here:

http://www.bohemionews.com/news.php?nid=2380&pag=0

Posted by: Lapinbizarre on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 at 12:46pm GMT

Now we have to follow the dodgy parsing of what Canterbury or Schofield or Venebles said or didn't say, officially, formally, by implication, or explicitly. This quickly runs downhill so far as generating understanding and light, instead of heat, friction, and snowballing narratives of who is in and who is out. We repeat in high and medium and low forms, the dodgy narratives of the conservative realignment which ask us to turn off our minds by group think, and even worse in some ways, we repeat the mixed muddles of Canterbury being unable or unwilling to speak clearly, except for civil tolerance outside church life.

Odd, that tolerance outside should be so unequivocal, yet so little observed inside most worldwide Anglican parishes, particularly those which consider themselves sufficiently realigned.

Queer folks are as little welcome to be themselves as is anybody else who asks too many discernment questions. And even stranger that church life is yet again envisioned as a safe place for people who wish to think very ill of so many different neighbors, just because they pay various sorts of persuaded, diligent attention to modernity.

A pre-modern fever for old certainties has gripped us, and it is not over till it is over. Alas. Lord have mercy. The same God and Jesus who come to us, outside all the dodginess of conservative realignment campaigning, will surely also lead us on. Even inside SanJ diocese itself.

Posted by: drdanfee on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 at 4:15pm GMT
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