"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 Today was a day of many emotions ... sadness, anger, exasparation being chief among them.
You've probably heard by now that accusations were made against Canon Gene Robinson of misconduct. While our bishop is right that we must investigate fully and give credence to the possibility that there is merit to the charges, all fo the evidence we have access to (and that is considerable) points to the charges being baseless and thus nothing more than a smear campaign and a most unChristian political ploy.
This is in sad and direct contrast to the tenor of Sunday, which was respectful and honorable.
I am sad and angry. I am sad that the world is watching us behave so badly as a church. I am sad for my brothers and sisters who would resort to what looks very much like something VERY unChristlike.
But most of all, I am convinced that we must not hit back. THis is a situation where nonviolence must be the rule. IF this is indeed a ploy, we must respond to it in love and prayer.
One thing this has shown is the high quality of our bishop and deputation. We have gone through this with class and integrity. We have been honest about our frustration, exhaustion and pain and also about our great hope.
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."