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Episcopal Bishop Tells Homophobes to Move On

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in Burlington, Vermont on Friday to attend a convention of Vermont's Episcopal diocese, hit out at homophobic members of the church still upset over the ordination of New Hampshire's Gene Robinson.

SchoriSaid Schori: "Obviously a handful of our church leaders are still upset and would like to see the church never ordain and never baptize a gay or lesbian person. We need to refocus on more life-and-death issues like starvation, education, medical care."

Schori and the Episcopal House of Bishops announced in September that a decision had been made by the church to "exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

The decision, which included a halt to blessings of same-sex unions, was seen by many as caving to the international Anglican church's more conservative policies.

Said Schori at the time: "This resolution really is the result of finding common ground to stand on. Not everyone was 100 percent happy with every word in this document, as you might imagine, but together we believe that we have found a place that all of us can stand together."

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  1. I, myself, have chosen to stand together ... with other people who have left the church. the whole language of the statement: "exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

    Evidently the "wider church" has a problem with the "manner of life" in which people say, "I love you".

    Posted by: raybob | Nov 5, 2007 12:39:43 PM


  2. I, myself, have chosen to stand together ... with other people who have left the church. the whole language of the statement: "exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

    Evidently the "wider church" has a problem with the "manner of life" in which people say, "I love you".

    Posted by: raybob | Nov 5, 2007 12:40:33 PM


  3. Good for you, Raybob. There are plenty of churches that are unapologetically affirming and supportive of us. Why stay where you're not valued? Even worse... why stay where you're valued privately but not valued when push comes to shove?

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 5, 2007 12:48:42 PM


  4. Human Beings tell Churches to move on. Get out of our lives, you funny hat wearing bigots.

    Posted by: Himbo with Highlights | Nov 5, 2007 1:06:00 PM


  5. Instead of "move on" she should say "F**k off."

    Posted by: sam | Nov 5, 2007 1:52:04 PM


  6. We stay because most of TEC is welcoming and affirming. We also stay for those who are yet to come. We all have our place to stand when engaged in the topic of full inclusion. It is unfortunate that when that place happens to be in a place of which others do not approve, those that one would think would be supportive, shoot at you too. Go figure!

    Supporters of full inclusion are on the winning side of this discussion, and throughout most of TEC, GLBT are fully included laity and clergy (This would not be true of exclusionary, "orthodox" parishes, who get all the news.). The House of Bishops could not change the decision made by last year's General Convention, a bicameral governing body of laity, clergy and bishops (Though we both wear funny hats, the polity of TEC is very different from the papacy of the Catholic Church.). The decision, which I do not support, was made in order to point out the hypocrisy of "provinces" (Anglican Communion members in other countries.) that have not engaged in the "listening" process to which Anglican leaders agreed (e.g., Nigeria, where the Anglican Church leaders have supported repressive laws agains GLBT citizens).

    I wish it could all happen in a day, but even so, at mid-life, I'm shocked with the amount of change that has happened within my life time. It's just too bad that some church leaders are not the agents of change. However, it's important to remember that some, such as Desmond Tutu, a retired archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa. have been heroic in word and action.

    Posted by: KJ | Nov 5, 2007 4:42:15 PM


  7. This is a small distinction, but one that I think is worth making: Jefferts Schori is a bishop, yes, but she's more notably the Presiding Bishop (the head of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.). She's speaking as the representative of the entire denomination, not just as one of many bishops. Same funny hat as the rest, though.

    Posted by: Joel | Nov 6, 2007 12:00:32 AM


  8. Sorry; still leaving. I was baptised and confirmed into this body. However, because of who I am, I am denied a sacrament. Fair? No.

    And as a church musician, I've been there, singing, whenever the doors opened, weddings and funerals included. For decades.

    So. I'm good enough to sing at a wedding, lending my own support for them having that sacrament, but not good enough to have one of my own? Don't think so.

    Posted by: Raybob | Nov 6, 2007 10:36:06 PM


  9. It was important to recognize that God's Word of perfected truth exposed making descisions that contradicted HIS orgin. Our heavenly Father is the CREATOR and should we not represent His image by being able to CREATE in our gift, fruit and relationships. Other beliefs derail and attempt to rewrite how to create, as perfected truth was demonstrated by our Father's first two procreators. Let us first continue to love each other in profected truth and ask the Holy Spirit to forgive us and assist in repairing our desires that have been exposed by the perfected truth of our heavenly Father's original instructions on procreation. Selah!!!

    Posted by: LDN | Mar 9, 2009 11:37:03 PM


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