Comments: New Orleans: further media reports

Dear HOB, Bishops, archbishops, and all to whom it may concern:

Here is my limited contribution to remaining in communion, given the complaints being made about me as a queer fellow and as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth from various conservative or realignment sectors of the global communion. I can readily see my personal way forward into joining local parish worship from time to time, and place to place, depending - and I can readily agree not to darken the perimeters of those Lord's Tables from which I am supposedly barred or unwelcome according to somebody's strict and allegedly biblical doctrine. I can follow such a self-denying church life regimen, because in fact my real communion with Jesus as Risen Lord is not distanced or hindered or limited by all the traditionalistic and negative theories being so loudly preached about me as a human being and citizen. Let alone all the truly awful and fear-mongering religious theories and stories being repeated about me as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth.

Gee. If any of all that had held truth in the slightest, I should hardly have been able to walk down the city streets without either bursting into spontaneous flames - though of course some will find me flaming nonetheless - or without failing utterly to work and love among everybody in rather public view to widely recognized good effect. I grant that none of the good I live is currently recognized in the most orthodox Anglican circles, by definition, ahead of all example I might live on all possible past, present, or future occasions.

While that is sad, that is not the extent of my spiritual or human nourishment, you see.

The God in Jesus who called me, apart from and outside of all that the truly orthodox say they know and hold dear, closed, final, unchanged, and unchanging - will still nourish and strengthen and change me for the better, in spite of all the most orthodox ideas and orthodox wishes to the contrary. That is just how it is for me, now, and probably for the adult foreseeable global future.

Pledge what you sincerely must in all good conscience, and speak of your conscience clearly. I am in God's hands, however much I might enjoy your good will and your fair-minded company from time to time, on occasion - in society, perhaps also in church life.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 12:03am BST

I regret to say that, as far as I am concerned, the AC deserves to fall apart over the issue of lesbian and gay people.

They have tried to avoid standing with us, to avoid, crucifixion with us -- but it would have been better to have stood with gay people --especially in Afrian and the Middle East who go in fear of their lives. And really take it in the neck for them.

Posted by L Roberts at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 12:08am BST

Interesting that Anglican Mainstream, on the day Rowan Williams gives a press conference, leads with two articles on what Akinola says. Says it all really.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 3:35am BST

L Roberts - sorry, we have holy scriptures and cannot pick and choose what is clearly called sin in the bible..... this is not many in the AC stand with you (not in the last 2000 years and still not today)

Posted by NP at Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 10:25am BST
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