Our diocesan convention passed this resolution last weekend: TITLE: Anglican Consultative Council Appropriation Resolved, the House of ______ concurring, That if the full amount requested by the ACC is approved in the proposed budget for the triennium 2007-2009, the amount in excess of the 2003-2006 budget be held in escrow until such time that the ACC members from The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are reinstated as full members with seat, voice and vote; and, be it further Resolved, that none of the money in escrow be released for payment until we are assured that all bishops with jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church will be invited to attend as full and equal participants at the Lambeth Conference. EXPLANATION: The Executive Council voted to accede to the request that the three elected members from the Episcopal Church not participate in ACC meetings, and therefore we believe that at least the increased appropriation should not be met until we are once again full participants. (Submitted to GC 2006 by the Episcopal Diocese of Newark - Annual Convention, January 28, 2006) My friend and colleague The Rev. Dr. Isaac Ihiasota, a priest in this diocese, disagreed with me, and we have are having ongoing conversations about it. He and I both agree that different cultural assumptions make these conversations very difficult. Isaac opposed this resolution openly on the floor, and I supported it. I even wrote part of it. I believe that TEC should support the Anglican Communion and should carry our share of the load for the ACC. I have argued repeatedly that even if we are ultimately kicked out of the Communion we should continue to give to mission within it. Our money is not our money, but God's. The need is great throughout the world, and in no way should people be penalized because they disagree with us. I supported the resolution because I believe we should not fund our own exclusion. Isaac says any use of money smacks of imperialism to those in the two-thirds world. Rather than prompt people to rethink their attitudes towards us, this resolution will further entrench them in these attitudes, he believes. The concept of escrow is foreign to many of them. "What could we say or do that would make sense to them and not be imperialist?" I asked Isaac. "Tell them they will not be welcome to visit us," Isaac said. "They would understand that." I cannot imagine telling anyone not to visit us, not to be at the table with us. What would work in African Christian culture, would not work for me. Nor can I imagine General Convention ever moving to make such a statement. Maybe, just maybe, one way through the cultural impasse is for each side to say to the other, "In this specific way of ____ you are behaving in ways that I do not recognize as Christian." Nigerians and others in the two-thirds world have been very good in speaking with that kind of clarity. Have we? Most of us draw back from saying, "Bishop __, you are unchristian when you advocate for long prison sentences and for the death penalty for Samaritans." "Bishop ____, you are not behaving as a Christian when you fail to embrace those whom you consider as spiritual lepers." ..... Yet can we effectively argue against judgmentalism if we insist on using it? L. Louie Crew Chair of the Newark Deputation. Member of Executive Council.
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