Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Episcopal Church and gays

There are times when I think of the Conservative movement as being like the Episcopal Church - in its establishment nature and its stuffiness (and I say this as a member of a Conservative synagogue). The Episcopalians have also been confronting the issue of what the place of gay people should be in the Church - whether they should continue to ordain gay priests and bishops, as well as whether to perform commitment or marriage ceremonies for gay or lesbian couples. Now, "Responding to an ultimatum from the leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, bishops of the Episcopal Church have rejected a key demand to create a parallel leadership structure to serve the conservative minority of Episcopalians who oppose their church’s liberal stand on homosexuality." Leaders of other Anglican churches had also demanded that "the Episcopal Church refrain from ordaining openly gay bishops and stop allowing blessings of same-sex couples." I have to say that I'm glad to see that the Episcopal hierarchy in the U.S. has rejected these demands. It was disheartening to think that for the sake of unity they would be willing to go along with something so unjust. To see the official statement, go here. One key statement is: "We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God's children, including women, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ's Church. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God's children, including gay and lesbian persons, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ's Church. We proclaim the Gospel that stands against any violence, including violence done to women and children as well as those who are persecuted because of their differences, often in the name of God."

1 comment:

  1. Dear Rebecca, (ths cmment is irrelevant to this post)

    I came accross your objective comment at Kamangir's blog; and I found it touching, so I thought I should drop by and invite you to take a look at Iran from my POV.

    I am an Iranian who hates the guts of the IRI, but I am of firm belief that peace in the world and in the middle east CANNOT be established by mistrust, harsh rhetoric or propaganda.

    I think Iranians and Israelis share a common, but unfounded fear of eachother. Recently, I am beginning to see that weakening BOTH Iran and Israel may be on top of Arab's agenda.

    And recently, I have begun to hear criticism of Iran by some Arab nationalists, who blame Iran for never having fired on Israel, never having expelled Jews, never having done anything concretely anti-Israel, other than chanting slogans!

    Iranian peopple HAVE a voice that is not reaching the world: and that is "Iran is not a Genocidal state" ... no war of agression is written in the history of Iran in the past 200-300 years. That Persians have NEVER conducted genocide against ANY nation. And that Persians take a profound pride in having been the ancient liberators of the Jewish people in their classic history.

    Iran will NOT unleash fire on anyone, unless provoked; and unless in retaliation. Iran and Israel have been verbally abusive of eachother, they are like a couple who have gone through a major breakup after the 1979 revolution; but they have not physically abused one another, and I hope they won't in the future either.