Comments: Bishop Peter Selby to speak at WOTS

Inclusive Church is being commendably pro-active in this upcoming Conference. The Speakers listed will have a goodly influence on the outcome of any discussions. In attempting to address the hermeneutical problems associated qwith the anti-gay and anti-women lobby, the Conference will be making a valuable contribution to the Communion's understanding of the Gospel of inclusivity - something which has so far been seriously neglected in every Province of the Church - except in the USA and Canada.

It is good that a retired Bishop (Peter Selby) is willing to stand as an advocate for Inclusion, but where are the diocesan Bishops who ought, also, to be advocates in the movement?

Perhaps this is one of the real problems of the C. of E. at this time. That no member of the Church's hierarchy dare put their heads above the parapet, for fear of being labelled - unlike the Bishops of Durham and Rochester, who seem to relish their stand against the LGBT community.

There was a hymn written for a pageant about the Industrial Revolution in England, which I remember being performed after the Second World War, which included these words: "When wilt thou save the people, O God of mercy, when?" The Church was seen to side with the establishment at that time, and it would seem that it still does.

But God will not be mocked.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 13 August 2009 at 11:14pm BST

There was a hymn written for a pageant about the Industrial Revolution in England,

It was written Ebeneezer Elliott, as a protest against the Corn Laws in the 1840's.

The words became familiar towards the end of the twentieth Century when they were used in Godspel

Posted by John Hardy at Tuesday, 26 October 2010 at 1:05pm BST
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