Most of the hostility has been in dioceses like yours (Central Gulf Coast), Pittsburgh, Western Louisiana, and Tennessee, where the vote already was negative (or divided, which counts as negative). I know it hurts those who were voted out, but I see no pattern emerging that would change the outcome significantly. We see a similar phenomenon in some dioceses that consented in 2003. E.g., Wyoming is returning an even more liberal slate. Nor do I perceive anything in the bitter and rancorous behavior of the disloyal opposition to consents that would persuade many to join them who were not already with them in spirit. Just how many Episcopalians want to be under the oversight of Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria? The sky has not fallen. While writing this note, I received a call from a friend who read a letter just sent by Bishop George Carey (previous Archbishop of Canterbury) to all bishops of TEC with the intent to get them to re-think the actions of GC 2003. The letter purports to be endorsed by a society for the preservation of the Anglican Communion and yet has no names of identities except Carey's. How many people is that kind of `brave' anonymity likely to persuade who are not already on his side? Were I a conservative (and as an Anglocatholic, in a large range of ecclesiastical matters I am), I would be very bitter that leaders of the Network chose to abandon leadership within The Episcopal Church, whom they now treat as an enemy. I think it is much too early to predict what will happen at Columbus. Always expect surprises. We will know that God has shown up when we find all gracious and kind to one another across these unhappy divisions. Louie Crew, 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, E. Orange, NJ 07018. 973-395-1068 http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew -----Original Message----- From: BFBJRW@aol.com [mailto:BFBJRW@aol.com] Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 12:55 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [HoB/D] Any trend indicated by the deputies in 2003 who are not retuning this su Louie, Thank you for the information. I am concerned that there has been a backlash against individuals who consented to the ordination of Bishop Robinson. I know of one priest in our diocese who has had a tough time since voting thusly and was not nominated to be a deputy again. Our diocese had a split vote, as you know, and so individual votes would not show up in the statistics you provided. I recall the uproar over Bishop's vote in SE Florida and elsewhere and the voting out of +George Werner as a deputy by the folks in Pittsburgh and it makes me wonder if there is a backlash on the part of certain folks that is resulting in a more "conservative" slate of deputies this time around. There may not be any way to measure it, but it is worth thinking about. I would be interested in reading your thoughts on this subject. You may post this as you see fit. Peace, John+ Clergy Kibitzer, Central Gulf Coast The Rev. John R. Wallace St. Mary's Episcopal Church Milton, FL "People say I'm lazy, but it takes up all my time." Joe Walsh, from "Life's Been Good"
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