Comments: New Orleans: Saturday morning press coverage

In reading the Archbishop's comments on the Episcopal News Service coverage of the press conference on Sep.21, I note he indicates that in the present situation "we are inevitably in the business of compromise." Strange, here I thought we are to be in the business of loving God and of loving our neighbor -- of welcoming all of God's children so they might know themselves beloved and welcome in the kingdom of God. Since the Gospel indicates Jesus walked the latter way, I'll keep trying to do likewise.

Posted by Lorraine Ljunggren at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 3:59pm BST

It remains better of widely based groups can learn to live with each other: it tells something about active toleration in a complex society. However, it is also the case that a schism removes a blockage and can clear the air, and perhaps should be less fearful of such happening. The predicament is there and somehow either has to be faced - it is just best when the people threatening to walk, to do the either-or, end up as the ones doing so.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 6:40pm BST

The Episcopal Church article is interesting, and probably lends the most weight as to the way the TEC itself is heading.

It is pleasing to see Williams stating: "Despite what has been claimed, there is no ultimatum involved". Apparently the communiqué is "a place to start and included issues the Primates felt needed clarification by the Episcopal Church.

Charles Jenkins of Louisiana: "There is no such thing as spare people, there are no throwaway lives… People of good will and faith stand for the dignity of humanity… we stand strongly for all of God's people."

Some might not like Williams' responses to reporters' questions e.g. he does not regard homosexuality as a disease to be healed, he leaves New Orleans with a much "richer" understanding of how the TEC has evolved to its conclusions regarding human sexuality for the Church. I was pleased to see that Williams is “…emphatic that discrimination against gay and lesbian people cannot be tolerated under any circumstances, but acknowledged that the issue is about the distinction between accepting gay and lesbian people as the Body of Christ and "those who want to raise questions about the eligibility of gay and lesbian people in active roles."”

Hip Hooray for the concluding paragraph from the Anglican Journal: “Responding to a question about why the Anglican Communion matters, Archbishop Williams said it is “for the glory of God. It is a particular cluster of churches within the body of Christ. We can demonstrate that it is possible to be a global communion without a central authority. If we get this right we will have done something for the entire Christian family.””

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 11:23pm BST

Hi Lorraine

I empathize with your concerns.

Optimistically, it is possible to give a positive flavor to the word compromise. In families, members compromise all the time. The mother can not give all her attention to all her children all the time. While she is helping one child with their homework, another needs to wait patiently or find something to do that does not require her attention or intervention. Similarly, when budgeting, we compromise on buying what we want in order to ensure the essentials and basics are under control, and in times of hardship make choices of what to go without, distinguishing between essential and optional.

However, there are some abusive households where the fathers begrudge providing for their wife and family (resources spent on them are depriving them of the chance to “actualize” themselves). If the abuse is too severe for too long, the women often walk away and the children choose the mother over the father because they can trust her to feed and clothe them.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 11:25pm BST
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