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Peter Lee's Letter to Truro Parishioners
Uncle Dino's Observations in Black and White ^ | 12/09/2006 | Uncle Dino

Posted on 12/09/2006 6:41:45 PM PST by sionnsar

One day, Mr. Lee threatens us.  Another day he begs us to stay. 

On Sunday, December 10, I and the three other members of my familty who are members of Truro will vote to disaffiliate ourselves with ECUSA and the Diocese of Virginia.  We will be affirming our unity in Christ.  Sadly, ECUSA has not.  And does Mr. Lee believe that we who will vote are 'weeds' or 'wheat'?  Just wondering.


The Diocese of Virginia

The Right Reverend Peter James Lee                     December 6, 2006
The Bishop of Virginia

Dear Friend in Christ,

    In a few days, your congregation will gather to discuss its future in the
Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Virginia. I write you today with this
prayerful appeal that you affirm your ministry in the Episcopal Church and in the
Diocese of Virginia.

    Since the Reformation, our Anglican tradition has included persons with
different theological emphases in one community of faith, affirming the same
creeds, participating in the same sacraments, honoring Scripture as the basis of
our faith, interpreted across the centuries through Reason and Tradition. The
Diocese of Virginia, in particular, has affirmed the Windsor Report, issued in
2004 by the Lambeth Commission, as a way forward for our worldwide
communion by actions of the Annual Council in 2005 (Resolution R22) and 2006
(Resolution Ri 7). In addition, the Diocese of Virginia, following the
recommendations of the Windsor Commission, continues to refrain from public
rites of blessing of same gender unions. Since 1607, Anglicans in Virginia have
been united in common worship and in common faith and I invite you to affirm
that commonality when you gather in your parish meeting. Are there differences
among us? Yes. And learning from one another in our differences, is, instead of a
threat to our mission, an opportunity to learn from each other about what mission
in the 2l century requires of us. 

    American Christianity has been punctuated over the years by frequent
divisions, with one group choosing to separate because they believed the
separated group might be more pure than their former identity. That has not been
characteristic of the way we Anglicans have dealt with differences. 

    I encourage you when you vote, to vote for the unity and mission of the
church, therefore remaining one with your diocese, and reject the tempting calls to
division and the false promises of a pure church. Until the Day of Judgement, the
wheat and the weeds will grow together as Jesus promised in the Gospel.
(Matthew 13: 24-30) 

    My love and prayers are with you and I call you to affirm our unity in

Faithfully your Bishop,

Peter James Lee

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1 posted on 12/09/2006 6:41:47 PM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 12/09/2006 6:42:23 PM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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3 posted on 12/09/2006 6:42:40 PM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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Funny how this letter follows so closely on the heels of Bishop Lee's threats against the vestry and clergy of Truro and Falls Church.

Sounds like a cry of desperation.

Folks at Apostles were getting letters too.

4 posted on 12/09/2006 6:49:58 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * Allen for U.S. Senate in '08)
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To: sionnsar
One day, Mr. Lee threatens us. Another day he begs us to stay.

To stay? Yes, but he wants you to stay under his control and within the terms and conditions of his merry band of homophiliacs.

Lee:"...reject the tempting calls to division and the false promises of a pure church."

For shame! Lee commits a mortal sin when he utters this falsehood.

5 posted on 12/10/2006 4:57:08 AM PST by TaxRelief (Wal-Mart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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The launguage of this letter is very troubling for several reasons. First, it is not clear-headed at all. I would expect someone elevated to the bishopric in a church to be much more articulate than this letter demonstrates. The grammar is poor in a couple of spots, and the logical formulation fails to communicate even a clear message, whether true or false, ordinary or controversial.

Second, the Bishop sets up a strawman when he implies that any division within a church denomination is based on the premise that one group views itself as more pure than another. In fact, I would assert that the bishop is actually arguing from the side that believes itself to be the more pure. After all, he is the one who asserts that the superior approach is that of the Episcopal Church.

Thus, I would assert another view that suggests the need for division arises from the substance of the Church's currently professed faith. If the Church "authorities" no longer espouse the essential teachings of the Church, deny the foundational tenets of the denomination and its traditions, and declare these deviations to be of no consequence to the teachings from which it has deviated, then it has simply become irrational, not to mention unfaithful and un-Episcopal. So, the division arises because of the loss of substance and rational behavior by the established church authorities, not due to changes initiated by those who decide to remain steadfast in their beliefs, the essential beliefs of the denomination.

I know that I wear only filthy rags and lack any notion of purity in my thoughts, words, or deeds. It is only by the Blood of Christ that I am made clean in the sight of God. The Word is Pure, but I am not. Division over purity? No, hardly. Division due to denial of what is Pure and Divine? Of course, since there is only One Way. To deny this is to cause the division, and that is what the chirch authorities have done. They simply do not want this to be known (even to themselves I suspect).

Finally, the fact that the Bishop's letter contains so many weaknesses and no strong statement of purpose or faith indicates that there is something less than wholesome or truthful or sincere in the Bishop's intent. Clearly, the letter attempts to "spin", at best, and dissemble at worst. Such behavior, especially in the written word has no place in a Christian denomination. The letter reveals the character, or lack thereof, in the leadership of the diocese. While I am called to forgive, and I will, I am not called to follow error.

The Bishop is in error, serious error, and refuses to admit to this. That is most unfortunate for him and his flock. The consequences can only be serious and profound given the fundamental nature of the error.

6 posted on 12/11/2006 6:35:44 AM PST by sleepy_hollow
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Well put. Let's hope this reasoning was in the hearts of those who voted...

7 posted on 12/11/2006 10:07:01 AM PST by TaxRelief (Wal-Mart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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