Comments: Presiding Bishop writes to TEC

It would seem that the TEC Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts-Schori, has outlined to the Anglican Communion in her letter to the Church after the recent GC2009 meetings, a very specific agenda, which could well be emulated by Churches throughout the Communion.

Having expressed the desire of the General Convention that TEC remain within the Anglican fold, Bishop Katherine reflects on the fact that what has been decided at Convention, in respect of gay ordinations and same-sex blessings, has been consistent with what her Church has always -at least since the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson - believed to be the Gospel call to respond pastorally and responsibly to a real and urgent need to understand the complexities of gender and sexual issues in contemporary society.

The sooner the whole Communion takes note of the culture of inclusivity which TEC (and the A.C.of C.) is seeking to enable within the world-wide Church, the sooner the conservatism of certain parts of the Church - which would rather entertain schism than agree with the need for enlightenment on such issues - will be able to be met by a balanced and concerted review of Gospel imperatives that will enable the Church to move forward in mission on other, more urgent, issues - as outlined in the P.B.'s Letter.

Thank God for TEC's integrity in pursuing its objectives without compromising the catholic and reformed traditions of true Anglicanism.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 24 July 2009 at 4:03pm BST
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