Comments: cost of the Lambeth Conference

I greatly appreciate the transparency in church and everybody's concern. This is not common here in Africa.

Posted by mbanzi janenah at Thursday, 20 November 2008 at 3:11pm GMT

No need to worry--those heretical, persecuting Americans will soon be asked to come through once again with the money.

Posted by JPM at Thursday, 20 November 2008 at 4:58pm GMT

"No need to worry--those heretical, persecuting Americans will soon be asked to come through once again with the money."

And it will be our responsibility to point out the Christianity, the agape, in people who have been so unjustly reviled, often by their own fellow Americans, giving so much to the Church. Not sarcasm here at all. Were TEC to do this, it would be a wonderful example of Christian charity and forgiveness, and would heap coals on the heads of those in GAFCON who are such poor exemplars of these basic Christian virtues.

Posted by Ford Elms at Thursday, 20 November 2008 at 8:00pm GMT

Rescuing Canterbury in this debt is suddenly looking too similar to rescuing the USA auto big three auto makers. If we give money, will anybody change for the better?

Right now, nobody knows exactly what sort of model the new covenant will turn out to be. Maybe, an oldstyle, top down, policing authority gas guzzler - rather all the GAFCONish confessional realigned Anglican design rage at the moment? Maybe, a more global fleet accommodating various vehicles, all designed intentionally to nourish the planet and its many different peoples in many different cultures?

I do not suppose that the Jerusalem GAFCON Hummer is the wave of the future as much as confessing believers preach.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 21 November 2008 at 6:07pm GMT

"Were TEC to do this, it would be a wonderful example of Christian charity and forgiveness, and would heap coals on the heads of those in GAFCON who are such poor exemplars of these basic Christian virtues" - Ford Elms -

Bless you, Ford! Even if this does not eventuate -that TEC is called upon to contribute to the projected shortfall of the Lambeth Conference erxpenses - your generous spirit reflected in your remarks must give us all cause to reflect on the biblical injunction to 'turn the other cheek, if only to 'heap coals upon the heads' of the re-Asserters. In such a case, this may not be considered to a retaliatory gesture. Or if indeed it does turn out that way, it is at least biblcally sanctioned - which should satisfy the biblical literalists among us. Deo Gratias!

I reckon myself, though, that the Bishops who stayed away from Lambeth ought to be encouraged to put their hands in their pockets (even if it means that this comes at the expense of their American Finaciers of the GAFCON).

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 23 November 2008 at 11:20pm GMT

"generous spirit"

I'm not sure it's generous, actually. I remember reading somewhere that Our Lord's injunctions to turn the other cheek and give one's shirt when compelled to give one's coat are actually acts of defiance. A backhanded slap was something one did to subordinates and slaves. So, if someone strikes you, force them to go all the way and dehumanize you, if they take your clothes, stand naked in front of their house. That way, you expose their bad behaviour for all to see. I don't know if I buy it, but it gives me something to think about, especially Good Friday, when I find myself focussing on the power of weakness.

Posted by Ford Elms at Tuesday, 25 November 2008 at 2:34pm GMT
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