And then I thought that the way the Episcopal Church is embracing its role IN the world, rather than apart from it, messy as it is, seems much more akin to the stories of that carpenter dude who hung with the prostitutes and challenged the unchanging traditions of the Pharisees with radical ideas of justice.
(BP liked that image and encouraged me to share it with you.)
I think that unless the Anglican Communion really grapples with the meaning of murdering people for whom they love, they have ceded authority to pronounce upon any issues of morality and sexuality. Will they stand with the Uganda church supporting violence, or will they stand with the carpenter?
Meanwhile, Rwanda too has a bill to criminalize gay people. Guided by the conservatives, Africa is leading the charge backward in time, into denial.
And so I point you at Susan Russell's reflection, here, which seems appropriate:
As we come to the end of this Advent season of preparation we will open our hearts and our minds once again to the amazing mystery of the Word made flesh and dwelling among us in the miracle of the Christmas story. We will rejoice once again in the scandal of the incarnation – of a God who loved us enough to become one of us in order to show us how to walk in love with one another. And this year, let us rejoice as well that we belong to a God whose capacity to draw us into ever-widening understandings of peace, joy, justice, compassion and incarnation didn’t end in Bethlehem with the birth of Jesus. Or in Philadelphia with the ordination of eleven women priests. Or in Riverside with the election of two bishops-suffragan.One can just imagine the carpenter, that radical, smiling.