I share your frustration with B033. You will be much more effective by giving money rather than by withholding it. We cannot expect to exercise leadership in an organization if we insist that it behave the way we demand as a condition for our participation. If you try to find a way to separate out your pledge to punish The Episcopal Church, you will be following the model set by our enemies in the American Anglican Council and the Anglican Communion Network. I say the same thing to friends in dioceses which scorn us. It is all the more true in the Diocese of Newark. LBGTs are not at the margins in this diocese, and we should be good stewards by supporting the diocese fully, including the diocesan contribution to the programs of the General Convention. Persons in this diocese exercise leadership nationally, and we would undercut their ability to represent us if we were to insist on having our own way as a condition to paying our commitment. In addition to this kind of good stewardship, you might raise money to be used exclusively to encourage the kind of listening/dialog with lbgts -- a commitment of the Windsor Report and of several recent Lambeth Conferences, a commitment which has not yet been honored in those places most hostile to us. Many attack us out of ignorance, ignorance that until the early 1990s set the policies of The Episcopal Church toward us as well. We need to insist on integrity from those who have made this pledge. We were patient yet insistent with the Episcopal Church for more than 30 years; I urge us to be just as patient yet insistent with the Anglican Communion. If lbgts matched the stereotypes that most of our enemies have of us, you and I would be opposed to blessing lbgts as well. The best reply to ignorance and abuse is knowledge and kindness. Love does not insist on having its own way, is patient, is kind, is not puffed up. Joy to all through your ministry. I rejoice that you want to continue it within the Episcopal Church. Your being here will bring the experience of Jesus to many who otherwise will not have it. L.
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