Comments: News from the Big Blue Tent (8)

There's no doubt that Gordon Brown cares very deeply about international poverty and development, and whatever happens at the next election, he can walk away in the knowledge that he has made a real difference with initiatives such as debt relief and the 'call to action' at the UN. It has always surprised me therefore that Church of England bishops from Stephen Lowe to Graham Dow have treated him in a most derogatory manner.

Good that the PM is prepared to make specific commitments rather than just talk the talk. It is depressing and telling though that this is deemed far less newsworthy by the BBC and other media than some sex scandal case.

Posted by John Omani at Thursday, 24 July 2008 at 11:56pm BST

Only a cynic would say there was anything incongruous about a Scottish Presbyterian preaching to a gathering of bishops attending an anti-poverty rally before tucking into cold lemon and thyme scented breast of chicken with fresh asparagus and porcini mushroom relish, washed down with Pino Grigio or Chiraz, while leaving room for cream teas with the Queen.

Watching the news reminded me of another march for a popular social justice cause I attended recently: London Pride. The marchers on that occasion were not so kindly disposed towards HM Government represented by Harriet Harman, who was heckled over gay asylum seekers. Incidentally, St Martin's in the Fields was the only public building on Trafalgar Square to be flying the rainbow flag. The bells were ringing and a wedding party emerged from the church. Someone in the crowd on the Square wondered whether it was another gay wedding. It turned out not to be. Next year perhaps!

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Friday, 25 July 2008 at 12:22am BST

What a Wonderful Whimsical Word from Westminster by Bishop David Walker! It does our hearts good, out here in the Southern Hemisphere, to read such Good Tidings as this message of Christian Witness of the Lambeth Delegates and Visitors to the City and Governments of the world in London.

Would that their lordships will take to their hearts the message of the Prime minister, whose passion for justice is so obviously present in his welcoming speech.

No doubt some of the bishops from the Third-World dioceses, who are motivated to express their opposition to the call of justice on issues of gender and sexuality at the Lambeth Conference, will be affetced by the call to seek the real priorities of the Gospel - not only in their own dioceses, but in the wide world of Anglicanism.
We pray God that this will be so.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 25 July 2008 at 12:41am BST

Saw the press coverage of the march this morning. Awesome. And they say that pan-Anglicanism is dead. Rubbish. we should all be proud of our church.

Posted by John at Friday, 25 July 2008 at 10:27am BST

Yes, Ron Smith-- such wondrous Whimsical and Gracious accounting. I feel so glad that all is so well with the (anglican)world --not to mention the wider world beyond privelege and safety ....

Indeed, What a witness !

Posted by Treebeard at Friday, 25 July 2008 at 10:48am BST

John: "we should all be proud of our church."

Ah! So that's what that unfamiliar sentiment was. And I thought it might just be dyspepsia.

Posted by MRG at Friday, 25 July 2008 at 2:03pm BST
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