Unless an Episcopalian reads the blogs, they will remain clueless.
Whatever happened to the idea of engaging in a listening process, or to the idea of sitting down with someone and learning more about them? Isn't that what we have been told to do when faced with people holding different views on human sexuality and how it relates to the Church?
I guess the listening process is unidirectional.
As proof, I offer the following evidence: Each year, lay people, priests, bishops, and archbishops gather in Charleston South Carolina for a conference that goes by the benign sounding name of "Mere Anglicanism." These conferences offer lectures featuring guest speakers from around the world on topics which should be of interest to all concerned Anglicans, and I include all concerned Episcopalians in that group. Last year the topic was Homosexuality, and this year it was the Christian response to secularism. Three years ago I sat with one concerned Upper South Carolina clergyman, and that was the last time I saw any of our Upper South Carolina Episcopal priests in Charleston. From this I can only conclude that the listening process only moves in one direction, or there are no concerned Episcopal priests remaining in Upper South Carolina, or the word has come down from above that they dare not reveal themselves.
In effect, we need a Radio Free Upper South Carolina to keep us informed.
|Diocese of Upper South Carolina (shaded)|
I also had the opportunity to hear stories about the Ecclesiastical Iron Curtain that Bishop Andrew Waldo has raised to keep his priests separate from their brothers and sisters in Christ. The saddest story of all involved the refusal of Bishop Waldo to allow one of his former priests, a former close associate, and a recently made "free agent" (who Bishop Lawrence readily picked up for his team) to officiate at the funeral of a close friend in spite of the absence of the rector of the recently deceased. No, a substitute priest who did not know the family would have to be called upon. Protestations fell upon the deaf ears of +Upper South Carolina.
Fortunately for us, T19 operated by Canon Theologian Kendall Harmon and his elves exists and has yet to be successfully silenced by the jamming devices that can sometimes be seen rising from Columbia's Trinity Cathedral,
I wonder what others might say of our plight? Just change a few words in President Kennedy's statement in support of the radio broadcasts of truth and justice to the formerly oppressed people of eastern Europe to get an idea,
Bishop Waldo, tear down this wall!