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Sticks and Stones - Virginia Style [TEC]
Uncle Dino's Observations in Black and White ^ | 6/25/2006 | Uncle Dino

Posted on 06/25/2006 6:27:22 PM PDT by sionnsar

Mr. Lee of Virginia has written his diocese to explain how the diverse center of episcopalia has held together, as evidenced by the actions on the closing days of the recently-concluded General Convention 2006.  The problem is that at least fifty of his fellow bishops do not agree with him.  Perhaps they are part of the "extreme right" to which he refers.

Sarah Hey has an intersting analysis posted on Stand Firm.  You can take a look at it HERE.

Mr. Lee is also holding a post-GC 2006 meeting at Virginia Theological Seminary this Thursday (June 29) at 7:30 pm.  The post-GC 2003 meeting at VTS was pretty wild; this one may be a bit more tame, but I expect some very pointed questions and observations.  I hope to have a few myself!

Y'all come down, now, y'hear!

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: ecusa; virginia

1 posted on 06/25/2006 6:27:23 PM PDT by sionnsar
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To: All; y'all
Bishop Lee: “The Center has Held” June 25th, 2006 posted by kendall at 7:40 am

 The Center has Held
A Letter from Bishop Lee to the Diocese of Virginia

On the last day of the General Convention, Wednesday, June 21, with effective leadership exercised both by the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Griswold, and the Presiding Bishop-elect, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Convention adopted several resolutions that together represent a substantive response to the Windsor Report and demonstrated that the Episcopal Church is committed to its life in the Anglican Communion, listens to the concerns of Anglicans worldwide who have been critical of our former decisions that have been perceived as unilateral and desires unity in mission, especially in partnership with Anglicans worldwide.

On Tuesday, June 20, the House of Deputies defeated a resolution that committed the church to specific restraints on the consecration of candidates for the episcopate in same-gender partnerships. The bishops adopted a new resolution on the next day committing the church to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of “any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life is a challenge to the wider church.” The bishops, after considerable discussion and interventions by Bishops Griswold and Jefferts Schori in favor of the resolution and opposed to attempts to amend it, adopted the resolution unchanged. Wednesday afternoon, after much debate and a courageous intervention by Bishop Jefferts Schori, the deputies voted for the bishops’ resolution by a wide margin. The Virginia deputation was unanimous in its support for the resolution.

The far right of the church already is filling blogs with statements of disassociation and repudiation. The fact is the General Convention has responded substantially and seriously to the Windsor Report. But some did not get their way: gay and lesbian people and their supporters who feel we have stepped back, and the extreme right, who find it so difficult to work with those with whom they disagree.

The vital center of the church is intact. Much of what Convention accomplished is in the budget and in unheralded resolutions that strengthened the mission of the church.

This Convention demonstrated the pain of our differences but even more the promise of commitment to the mission of the Church.


Peter James Lee

Bishop of Virginia

2 posted on 06/25/2006 6:30:46 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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3 posted on 06/25/2006 6:31:31 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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To: sionnsar
The Second Coming

by William Butler Yeats

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
4 posted on 06/25/2006 8:41:13 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: sionnsar
I have written the bishop on a couple of occasions, critical of his vote for V. Gene Robinson and other matters...he seems not to care a fig for the concerns of those whom disagree with his "pastoral beliefs". I, for one, am glad he'll soon retire.
5 posted on 06/26/2006 6:17:20 AM PDT by meandog (If I were to draw the odious Islamic prophet Muhammad, he would have horns, a tail, and a pitchfork!)
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