Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Trouble in Tanzania

From the pulpit today Mary Cat, and Charlie from the aisle tried a little brainwashing. All designed to make it appear that the ECUSA has it right while the rest of the world has it all wrong. Through self discipline you too can immunize yourself against brainwashing. Here is my take on the impending battle for your soul. First, I predict the African Bishops will be tarred and feathered as homophobic thick heads because of their Schori snub. Listening to our clergy I thought, "Uh oh, now we are starting to hear the talking points to be used against the current worldview that the ECUSA has turned into an apostate sect." When the African Bishops refused to share communion with Ms. Schori, they lost any moral high ground they may have held. (see link in this title). By demonstrating such unchristian behavior, they strengthened her position. Of course she will never be able to take the moral high ground as long as she remains intransigent herself. It looks like two rudderless ships trying to ram each other. I think I will watch the fray from my little island, with the Good Book, BCP, Hymnal, blog, a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and thou. It seems this lowly pewster is left without worldly leadership at present.

7 comments:

  1. I must admit to being surprised, if not horrified, at today's sermon which was akin to the gospel according to Isabel Carter Heyward or, at a minimum, Steven Charleston, who just this week was quoted as welcoming schism rather than entertain any possibility of the Episcopal Church, mutatis mutandis, returning to a Scripture-based, traditional Anglican church.

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  2. Regarding the previous posting, when did this parish take a hard left turn? What did I miss?

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  3. I suspect the marching orders came out last week. I see too much similarity in the comments I have been hearing to not believe this to be a coordinated effort.

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  4. I had the same idea, Pewster. Somebody at 815 has issued a list of "talking points".

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  5. This is the sort of issue that could benefit from a serious discussion among the parishioners. At some point, we'll need to determine the future direction and style of this parish and it's too bad the vestry got their knickers in a knot over the efficacy of electronic media.

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  6. At some point the question may arise as to the future of the entire DUSC, mutatis mutandis the Virginia churches. That is why subtle brainwashing in the early stages of a debate is so worrisome. If an entire Diocese secedes, does the national church get the property?

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  7. For a glimpse at the future, check out http://tinyurl.com/2w73m6 and review a delightful little article entitle "Bishop Schori says one thing, but does the opposite." It seems that at the exact same moment that Ms. Schori was signing the Communique urging, inter alia, an end to all civil litigation, her minions back in the good old US of A were filing a 91-page brief with the Virginia courts, seeking the ouster of congregations which had bought, paid for and maintained property over many years. The two faces of 815, with which we became so familiar under ++Griswold, haven't missed a beat.

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