----- Original Message ----- Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:03 PM Subject: Lightspeed The members on Lightspeed take the LETTER to mean we have been betrayed and sold down the river. I know most of the leaders of Integrity don't seem to read or respond to LS members but perhaps a word of explanation of the letter would be pastoral. I take it to mean (and it is hard to read, mark and digest) that we are still sending our reps to ACC. No change but many are reading it that EC caved in to Akinola. -- XXXXXXXXXX --------------------------- On Executive Council we were about equally divided three ways -- not to go at all, to go with full vote and voice, and to go with the restraints finally spelled out in the statement we drafted.. Kim and I were in the group consistently voting to send our folks with full vote and voice. Most persons of color joined us. I found the statements for all three positions to be most articulate and compelling, none of them stated in ways insensitive to the jeopardy of lesbian and gay Christians. The statement we drafted is the only one possible given that division. Perhaps nothing will appease those in the Communion who are bent on destroying us, but we must live into our own integrity regardless of what others do. It is painful to face the Right's skill at disingenuity. Many in the Anglican Communion see The Episcopal Church as Dubya's allies bullying our way in the world. Meanwhile, Dubya's real allies are clucking with pleasure over the power the Global South exercises against The Episcopal Church in their name. In the face of the most arrogant potentates I have ever encountered at such close range personally, I find it ironic that most in the Communion view The Episcopal Church as arrogant. Such is life right now in the Communion. This too shall pass. Executive Council's statement should win good will from any that are willing to reconsider their official response to The Episcopal Church. I am pleased that the Archbishop of Canterbury has already thanked us for it (see http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/3577_61238_ENG_HTM.htm?menu=undefined). Executive Council did not sell out lesbian and gay people. Our colleagues on Executive Council are not anti-lbgt, nor were they hostile. This was not a decision reached easily. It will not be well received by the Right. I am grateful for Susan Russell's excellent response posted to the world at http://everyvoice.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1944&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 At the end of the meeting in a point of personal privilege, I thanked the Presiding Bishop for his gentle and firm leadership in defending the actions of General Convention. "You could not possibly have known that so much asbestoswear would be required of the position." Others on Council joined me in applauding him. Almost any outcome possible from Executive Council would add to the pain of lesbians and gays. Take note that our pain adds to the pain of our many supporters as well, among whom are the overwhelming majority of The Episcopal Church. We have asked all alike to live into "bearing one another's burdens" and most have done so consistently. It is important to acknowledge that solidarity. The Right notes it. No one has betrayed us or sold us down the river. As the Communion is sold down the river by others, the person in the lifeboat next to you is very likely a straight ally who supports the consecration in NH. I believe these times, hard as they are, provide better opportunities than we have ever had to speak news genuinely good. while listening in Nottingham, our ACC members have the opportunity St. Francis proclaimed, to preach Good News without words. Best wishes. L.
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