Comments: General Synod elections

"A campaign is launched today to encourage “people with a very big heart” to stand for election to the General Synod of the Church of England."
- UK Press Release -

At least the sentiment sets the right tone, here, for those contemplating standing for election to the next C.of E. General Synod. Let not parsimonious, shrivelled-up faint hearts apply. This of course will not prevent people like Mr Sugden and his homophobic Gafcon-loving friends from making their bid to undermine the liberal-minded pro-Women & Gays, who, I believe, form the majority of church-goers in the more liberated parishes of the Church of England.

One can only hope that the underground movement of the conservative Re-Asserters of the Communion will not bring to bear their obvious fear of the Episcopal Church's and the Anglican Church of Canada's life-enhancing encouragement of women and LGBT Christians into the ministry of the Church in the U.K. Fear can be a most debilitating motive for emerging evangelism. One only has to note the ex-ABC's fear of government legislation which gives new hope to the marginalized, to understand where fundamentalist religion is leading.

The current anti-Western, Global South Encounter in Singapore in just such another force to be under-stood and recognized for what it is - an underground movement towards world domination by forces of conservative regressive religion. We will wait and see what will be the essence of their 'communique to the world' before trying to figure out their next schismatic move against the rest of the Anglican Communion, in search of a not-so-new policy of 'orthodox elitism' that they claim will change the world.

In the meantime, many of their home Churches are suffering depradation, starvation, social injustice & endemic corruption. They want to save the rest of us while their own churches are faced with problems of mortality that they seem unable to help towards redemption.

God save us from all deceptive and ineffectual religious fervour - based on our own self-righteousness! "There, but for the grace of God.."

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 20 April 2010 at 11:11pm BST
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