Wednesday, June 28, 2006
As I began thinking about this, I thought such a Covenant, should it desire to include those fringe churches in our Communion (of which ECUSA now represents the left/more liberal fringe), would have to be fairly innocous, and that, to me, ruins the point of having a confession of faith type document (sidebar: something from which Anglicans have historically shied away).
Then I thought further. Don't we already have something that is suppossed to work like this? I flipped back to the small print pages of the BCP, specifically pages 876-878 and found what I was looking for. The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 1886, 1888. Read it over. Let me know what you think. If that isn't what the Quadrilateral does, then what does it do? And if that isn't it's intended purpose, could it not be used as a basis for Rowan's proposal? What do you think?
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
On our shore days we visited Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau. All of those were neat places to see, and I'm sorry we did not get to see more of them or spend more time on each of them. I would especially have liked to visit the All Saints Cathedral (Episcopal) on St. Thomas, but there just wasn't time. Much rum was purchased for cheap on the islands, also much good scotch. We're talking a bottle that normally would fetch $50, for $18. That's fantastic! On St. Maarten, we rode waverunners, a first for me, but not for my brothers. It was a blast - Dad rode behind me for the first half but then had to get off cause it hurt his back to bounce around like that. Before he got off though, we had to rescue a father and daughter whose jet ski had sunk. I really loved flying over the waves, in some cases, literally getting more air time than I was comfortable with!
The evenings were spent at the various shows, after which I would watch my brothers gamble away their money at the serious gambling tables - poker and roulette. The won, they lost, they won again, but lost in the end. Other nights I sat out on our balcony as watched and listened to the sound of the boat on the water while reading. I loved that. Managed to finish the Shaara's books about the Civil War. It was really interesting to read those, cause I really don't know a whole lot about the war's details or commanders, and it was neat to get inside their heads a bit, if only in a fiction. Longstreet quickly became my favorite, especially after he said, "Southern women like their men religious and a little mad. That's why they fall in love with preachers." I also enjoyed following the rise through the ranks of Chamberlain, from Professor of Rhetoric to Major General. It was neat to read about the fire of Stonewall Jackson and the books did nothing to take away from my admiration of General Robert E. Lee. Now, I've begun reading Artuto Perez-Reverte's The Nautical Chart.
Much has happened since I last saw land, not the least of which is the serious downward spiral of the Atlanta Braves. Something needs to be done there, I just don't know what. We got beat by the Marlins, who are fielding a AAA team basically, and most recently by the losing-est team in baseball, the Devil Rays. We're 15.5 games back and in last place of the division. Dreams of 15 straight division titles are starting to crumble, but we'll see what the second half holds.
Also, I'm trying to catch up on all the news out of General Convention. We've a new Presiding Bishop, The Most Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, so may God bless her in her new ministry, cause she's definitely gonna need it in these tumultous times for the church. We've adopted the Revised Common Lectionary for primary usage now, replacing the current BCP Lectionary - a move for which I am in favor, being a fan of the RCL. It's sequence of OT readings make more sense to me, giving a larger feel for the broader narrative perspective, and it's the succcessful work of a large ecumenical council, which is a good sign for Christ's Church. We've also made a response to the Windsor report which seems to have said we will very exercise "considerable caution in the nomination, election, consent to, and consecrating bishops whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church." Don't know if that will satisfy the broader Anglican Communion or not, but it seems like about the only thing Convention would have said. Some are happy, some are not, but there will still be church on Sunday morning and God will still be praised and love all people.
Personally, I think that if we, the Episcopal Church, could live into what the Windsor reports asks of us for the time being, as a way of teaching, listening, and eventually bringing more members of the Communion along with us in our full inclusion of gays and lesbian persons into every aspect of the life of the church, it would be a good thing, if a prolonging of the painful times for some, and one to which I am committed. I am not committed to a "band-aid" response, however, and if that's what we've done here, well, I just hope it isn't.
That's a lot to say for one posting, so I think I'll be finished for now. In summary, loved the cruise, read some good books, the braves suck, and convention is over, thanks be to God.
[Later: I was reading my diocese's news page and came across the Bishop's call for a clergy meeting on July 8 to debrief after General Convention. I caught myself saying, "I would really like to know what goes on at that meeting!" and then quickly realized, "Oh, I'll be there." Kind of an odd moment.]
Friday, June 16, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
But, back to the fact that I am home! It feels good to be here and will feel better once the moving van arrives and I have everything arranged. There is a lot of furniture in the house already - donations, mostly, and mostly in good condition - but I will need to give some of it back, probably to the refugee ministry, 0nce my own stuff gets here (hopefully, sometime tomorrow). The house is great! Huge! Air conditioned!! The church is equally as wonderful, and right across the yard, which will make the morning commute less hectic. There was a phone in my office (the only thing in there currently) which bore the heading "Fr. Ryan". Kinda funny, but true soon enough.
The Deacon Ordination service was wonderful. Many members of my family were in attendance,including my uncle who said jokingly, after he read what he had to swear to on my behalf, "I read the canons last night and I have a few questions for you!" Many thanks to all of you who came out to support me! Four others beside myself got baked on Saturday, 3 of them vocational Deacons. The bishop's message to us was very good. Of the main points, the ones which stood out were: (a) It's not about you, it's about the resurrection of Jesus Christ; (b) From this day forward, no one can judge you; (c) Don't worry about what your neighbor is doing, worry about what you're doing; (d) Be polishers of shoes (an update on the whole foot washing theme). He grinned as he laid hands on me and it felt good to be so well received. Though I must confess, I don't feel any different now that I'm a Deacon. I thought I'd be able to throw lightning bolts for sure! I will have to learn how to breathe with that collar on though. Sunday morning was even more fantastic than Saturday afternoon, though. There I was, serving as a Deacon, in the parish which has called me - proclaiming the Gospel, preparing the table, and all as if I'd been born to do it. Everyone at the parish is so welcoming and seemingly over the moon that I am here now. I remembered many faces (and fewer names) from when I was here in December and it was great to feel so welcomed. I look forward to beginning work here on July 5. But, not until then. Cause first, I'm going on a cruise with my family through the Caribbean to celebrate graduations (Ryan - seminary, Trevor - college, Brennan - high school). And that, my faithful readers, is about all I have to say from here for the time being. My laundry is probably finished so I should go get it (it felt superb to not have to put quarters into it!!). Until next time, maybe before I cruise, maybe after, may God be with you and with us all.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006