Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good news from Diocese of Missouri

Lisa Fox reports from the diocesan convention of the Diocese of Missouri:
Many you know there is s national move afoot to get dioceses on board to repudiate B033 and apologize for its effects, to ask General Convention to affirm same-sex-blessings, and to re-open the door to LBGT candidates to the episcopate. Some brave souls decided to try to get the Diocese of Missouri "on the record" supporting those initiatives, and I lent my support without much hope of success. You'll find those resolutions in our convention materials here. I had worked quietly to support these resolutions, but I did not believe they had a snowball's chance of passing in the Diocese of Missouri. I expected to be overwhelmed by "no," "no," and "no." Mind you, I walked into Missouri's diocesan convention yesterday believing they were right, and prepared for a quixotic battle to argue their adoption, but absolutely certain not a one of them would pass in this very, profoundly "red state" in which gay rights had failed 3:1 in a 2006 "popular" referendum.
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Last weekend, I would not have bet a plug nickel that any of these resolutions would have passed in this conservative diocese.

But, my friends, all of them passed – all of them! – all four of them. Yes, everyone of them. Tonight, my head is reeling that all of them passed – and passed by such a wide majority that we didn't even have to count the votes. They all passed overwhelmingly. Overwhelmingly. In this conservative/moderate diocese. In this red state. My head is spinning.


Read it all here.

Good work Lisa and friends. Drop by drop we wear away the stone!!

6 comments:

James said...

GC09 is going to be as historic, for good or bad, as the November 08 election was. What exciting times in which to live.

FranIAm said...

This is amazing - thanks be to God!

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Lisa, I´m jumping up and down and all around my lunchtray (that I snuck up so I could read your story that I spotted earlier on the sidebar)...GOOD, GLORIOUS, and that gives us ALL HOPE...I wonder if Bishop Bul got the news yet, and if so, whatso?

Love to Bishop Bul (I may take him off of my ANGLICAN INJUSTICE list) and everyone else!

Lynn said...

Praise God. Shut my mouth. What amazing, amazing news!

Scott Hankins said...

Helping you wear away the stone at my blog. How great is this?!!

Blessings!....

Cany said...

WOW! What wonderful news.

This is why sometimes we just have to have faith and not trust that inner voice that doubts!