Whilst most of angry me wants to say ‘No,No,No’ to the present proposals – what a crying waste this could be! I believe love casts out fear and anger and have faith in what certain women waiting in the wings can do in the eye of the storm facing the C of E on many levels. The very women we might wish to delay for a more favourable climate are those who have the grace and guts to openly address the major problems in the disaster zone. They will I believe get on with the rescue operation in Communion with the heavenly host. They will in God's good time be enabled to work together with those who can also clearly see why the ship appears to many Christians and enquirers to be going down. They already possess the prayerful skills to deal with discrimination in many areas of the life of this church. They are better supported now with many on hand with whom they may seek advice and pray. It’s Jesus on the stormy seas, so we have to try walking on the water to him. 'Plunge in!’ I say, however chilling this may be at times. We are only hoping to carry passengers to the safety of a shore and if we expect our journey to be entirely safe and comfortable then we are heading in the wrong direction and are in for a drowning of sorts anyway. The opposition is looking very weak and they have shrunk in the eyes of many intelligent Anglicans and the wider Church – indeed, anyone who has a thought or dare I say it a prayer for those who experiences attacks from bigoted, lazy minded individuals and authorities. We are accused of not understanding the Bible when we spend many fruitful hours contemplating its contents. We don't wish to take it literally to support sinful stances. God forbid! We may reflect on how many times the early saints were prevented from making a journey. Let us not allow the unholy prevent-ors to prevent this journey as it is of God, in my prayerful opinion.
This gem of inspiration isn’t in the Bible – I wonder why?! “If you bring forth that which is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not bring it forth, what you do not have within you will kill you.'
Brava, Rosie! That sounds like to sort of determination that will overcome oppression in the Church of England! God sometimes uses the seemingly least significant among us to confound the humanly 'wise' and privileged.
The Spirit of the Lord brings freedom to the oppressed - eventually - and if we miss the boat at this General Synod, it may be because of those who doubt God's power to overcome discrimination - wherever it is found - especially in the Church.
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