"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

For the good of the order.

"We, the undersigned seminarians, clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Church, hold a variety of views which are often in direct conflict with each other concerning the theological issues confronting the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. But we have been joined together through baptism into "God's family the Church" as "Christ's body" (BCP, 858), and we lament the sad divisions that have arisen among us.
As such, in light of the recent escalation of litigious dispute between factions within our Church, we stand united in our plea that the case involving the withdrawal of the Diocese of South Carolina be settled without recourse to civil litigation (1 Cor. 6:1-11), lest our rivalries become a stumbling block and impede the ministry of reconciliation that our Lord has given to us (2 Cor. 5:17-20)."

The rest is found (and can be signed) here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/233/377/858/bearing-with-one-another-in-love-toward-reconciliation-in-south-carolina/

Obviously, I can't sign this, since I'm no longer in the Episcopal Church, but I know several readers and friends who may be interested and I'm more than glad to push it forward.


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.

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  2. The whole Episcopal church, as an institution is a stumbling block. The A.C.N.A. may not be the consolation one is looking for. I think i am going to form my own Continuing Anglican Communion. With no women clergy, and no homosexuals...Imagine the patriarchy and hetero-sexism, oppressing the world once again, with Christ and Natural Law.

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  3. I'm with you, Mr. Mcgranor. Back in the good ol' days, every little town had it's own brewery. Now it's time for every little town in America to have it's very own religion. Ah ha! I even have a slogan with a respectable pedigree.

    "Tread not on me or my particular theology and favored mode of oppression."

    [Appropriate emoticon here]

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  4. There is no need for litigation, were the folks who chose to leave the Episcopal Church to leave behind the properties that belong to the Episcopal Church and not to them as individual congregations or as individual groups posing as Episcopal dioceses. Under false pretenses, some people led others to believe that they could take such physical properties when they chose to leave: this has not ever been true except in the few cases such as Mariners Church.
    That it was and is, among some who left the Episcopal Church, the open desire to either overtake or destroy the Episcopal Church, makes their push to take over properties egregiously ugly. That much has been said about heresy in the Episcopal Church -- falsely, such as when John-David Schofield claimed that the Episcopal Church no longer teaches classical orthodox Trinitarian doctrine -- leading folks to leave the Episcopal Church, is equally ugly. That for years previous to leaving TEC, clergy and laity made many such claims, and in addition pressured those who did not agree with them to leave parishes, and in addition loaded vestries and governing bodies with people who would slavishly follow their lead, makes claims for properties not only illegal but immoral as well.
    The places at the Table of the Lord, in the Episcopal Church, are open to any who wish to follow the doctrine, discipline and worship as formed by the Episcopal Church. Others are welcome as fellow-travellers. But the properties belong to the institution of the Episcopal Church, and to vacate these properties is a fiduciary impossibility.
    Those who leave do so at their own volition: no one is forcing them out as they forced other out in congregations such as St. James, Newport Beach, Diocse of Los Angeles, or St. Paul's, Visalia, Diocese of San Joaquin.
    There are examples of congregations who graciously vacated properties -- as one congregation in El Camino Real did -- and these people and their pastor are to be commended for that graciousness.
    Litigation can cease immediately upon others following that gracious example.

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  5. Weighing in at #142 and crying great crocodile tears is none other than Dr James Simons, PA who writes, "Having gone through this in Pittsburgh, any way to solve this outside the courts would be best". Perhaps the good doctor might let us know as President of the TEC Standing Committee in Pittsburgh the vast efforts he and his fellow TECsters put into negotiating fairly with the ACNA Diocese let alone its parishes. I am not holding my breath waiting for Dr Simons' response

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  6. Wow, personally, I can't believe how few signatures the petition has gotten since its been up. Are people in TEC afraid to sign, apathetic, or have they whittled themselves down to just the folks that agree with the lawsuit-o-rama that is TEC?

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