Bless you, ********. Times are hard indeed when decent prayer is itself subversive! While at Baylor preparing for the Baptist ministry (Class of '58), I was shocked to learn that Bob Jones University dismissed several students caught praying for Billy Graham, whom the founder, Bob Jones, declared beyond redemption. Forces currently at work in the Anglican Communion manifest a similar Puritanism. I respect what the Commission on Anglican Issues did given its charge, but it was not given the task of exploring God's blessings, only the task of how to stay in the same Communion with those who think others more lowly than themselves. It is a sin against the Holy Spirit to interfere with the blessings which God has already bountifully bestowed on lesbians and gays, not because of our righteousness, but because of God's. As far as the east is from the west, God has removed our sins from us, known and unknown. No one -- neither primates, nor General Convention, nor the Anglican Consultative Council, nor any other creature -- can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God loves heterosexuals just as much as God loves lesbians and gays. There is good news in that -- good news now radically suppressed in the Anglican Communion. In the racist South of the 30s and 40s when I was growing up you could easily identify the genteel racists. They would not talk hostilely about black people while black servants were in the room. You could spot the virulent racists, for invariably they seemed not to notice or honor this basic respect for other human beings. You can spot the virulent towards lesbians and gays in the Anglican Communion using a similar standard. Much of the hostile discussion about us on this listserve seems totally unaware or unconcerned that lesbian and gay servants of Christ are in the room. Gladly will this cross I bear, but I won't mistake it for kindness. I know absolute kindness: Jesus has already been kind to me and wants us to be kind to absolutely everybody, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us all. Thank you for your prayers. They are sustaining. Love, Lutibelle/Louie Louie Crew Chair of the Newark Deputation. Member of Executive Council. Drink from Samaritan Wells! There are 65 days until General Convention. -----Original Message----- From ******** ************ IF our denomination were to agree to all the WR requests, then... I have specific questions about the way we might and might not pray about gay/lesbian relationships in our churches. What do we mean precisely when we say a church cannot "bless gay/lesbian unions"? --do we mean that a congregation cannot thank God for particular relationships that are experienced as a blessing? -- do we mean that we cannot regard them as "church marriages" - use this specific terminology? . . . . -- Unless this message is clearly in the public domain, e.g. a press release, it may not be redistributed without its author's permission. See http://hobd.org/help.html for information about the Bishops and Deputies list, including information about changing or ending your subscription.
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