Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Moving further away from being Anglican and Catholic

As the General Convention plods along, we continue to watch as the delegates and bishops continue to legislate and vote ourselves further into an inconsequential protestant sect, rather than a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, as we proclaim in the Creed and profess in our Articles of Religion. Among the things done already include legislation declaring the scriptures to be anti-Semitic at times, and therefore not only misinterpreting them, but trying to water them down or disregard them. The Jews need Jesus as well, and the scriptures firmly show this! And yesterday they voted to elected a woman as the Presiding Bishop (the titular head of our denomination and international & and ecumenical representative of the church). She not only holds positions contrary to scripture concerning human sexuality and the authority of scripture (lots of quotes and records of votes back this up), but her being a bishop at all flies in the face of the Universal teaching of the Apostolic Churches (Anglican, Roman and Orthodox) and further places a wedge between us and the rest of the Anglican Communion (few provinces have women bishops, and only the smaller, mostly non-growing provinces even attempt to ordain women as priests). Below is a bit from an AP report on the election yesterday, including a quote from the wonderfully, godly, bishop of Quincy.
God help us as we sort it all out.
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In 2003, the Americans shocked the Anglican world by electing the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Placing a female bishop at the head of the denomination may further anger conservatives overseas and within the U.S. church. Jefferts Schori voted to confirm Robinson."I will bend over backward to build relationships with people who disagree with me," she pledged at a news conference.

Rev. Canon Chris Sugden, a leader of the Anglican Mainstream, a Church of England conservative group, said Jefferts Schori's election "shows that the Episcopal leadership is going to do what they want to do regardless of what it means to the rest of the communion."Episcopal bishops elected Jefferts Schori on the fifth ballot. She collected 95 votes, with 93 votes split among the rest of the field--six candidates, all men. Other General Convention delegates confirmed the choice.

Gasps could be heard throughout the vast convention hall when Jefferts Schori's name was announced. Bishop Keith Ackerman, leader of the Quincy diocese in western Illinois, one of three in the U.S. that will not ordain women, said he was "too distraught for words."