(available at the EDUSC web pages). His address seems to indicate that the "theological council" is indeed part of a plan to let the diocese go down the path that so many dioceses in TEc have gone before.
"Last March, on my first gathering with the clergy of this diocese we began this dialogue by talking about the norms by which we are called to be in relationship with each other. Among the norms I named were some that are intended to shift the way we talk about the difficult theological issues in the church."Intended to shift...
"For example, it is not acceptable for left-of-center Christians to scoff or speak sarcastically or dismissively of their more conservative brothers or sisters. Nor is it acceptable for right-of-center Christians to dismissively judge their more liberal brothers and sisters as having abandoned scriptural authority."Left of center = dismissive
Right of center = judgemental
"There will always be persons on both sides of an issue who have long since lost interest in reconciliation or the ability to let go of what they believe to be an unalterable scriptural or sociological principle. To those, I say that church history is itself a witness to the need for deep humility regarding such claims."Do you see the strawmen he just created?
"To the rest of us,"He is trying to set himself in the middle. If he believes that he really sits in the middle, then I have some ocean front property in Fairfield county that I would like to sell him.
"I say that in a spirit of trust and transparency let’s put those things that make us stuck out on the table and speak of them together with evident and disciplined love and respect for one another. This, I think, is true discipleship!"Hey, that's just what I have been doing! Sometimes you have to hammer your fist on the table to get people to pay attention.
"...I must add that the one voice missing so far from this conversation so far is the open voice of brother and sister Christians who are gay or lesbian."That is absurd. In fact he recently canned one of the ringleaders of that conversation.
"As we move into further scriptural and theological discussions in the coming months and years, their voice will be needed and invited to the table, and the same norms of evident and disciplined love and respect will apply."Shades of the "listening process."
"There are of course other areas of tension—how we prioritize our money, how we develop our congregations and evangelize for new membership and new Christians, how we address questions on the relationship between baptism and eucharist, and so forth. There are any number of other things that may or may not make us feel especially stuck, but which do represent challenging opportunities for us to be faithful to Christian koinonia, to our sharing in fellowship and mission within the Body of Christ."
Are you listening?