Then there's the other council. The Episcopal General Convention in Columbus. [Which really isn't a Council in the sense of a council of bishops alone. They have lay delegates too.] I really wasn't going to bring it up. It's a little sad to see a communion rupture itself so painfully. I am more and more convinced that schism is inevitable. Perhaps, at this juncture, when the two "sides" barely speak the same language, it's perhaps best to walk away. Anyway, I won't say too much more. I'm an outsider. Let charity prevail.
For local flavor on GC2006 [umm. local SC. not local India. Sheesh. My head spins at times :)], Dean Phil Linder of Trinity Cathedral downtown is liveblogging from the convention.
I will add this much, from David Hartline (of the Catholic Report, who's also at GC. Guess it was more interesting than the USCCB meet in LA?), via Amy (who has lots of other links, of course).
Dave Hartline: The traditional side says 2,000 years of Christian tradition is being altered. How do you respond?(There's also a very brief chat later on with Bishop Robinsion as well) :: sigh :: Of course, it's not entirely fair, to be pigeonholed by a reporter, I guess. But, then, poverty, racism, sexism and bias against sexual orientation aren't complicated issues, while abortion and human life are?
Herschel Hartford: Who are we to tell someone how to live and think?
Dave Hartline: Do you think there is any black and white in the Episcopal Church?
Herschel Hartford: Yes, we are against poverty, racism, sexism and bias against sexual orientation.
Dave Hartline: Is abortion black and white
Herschel Hartford: No, it is in the eye of the beholder. It is a very complicated issue.
Dave Hartline: Is human life black and white?
Hershel Hartford Again, human life and its beginnings are a very complicated issue.
As I said. Not the same language. It's really sad.
[And, not that any regular readers of this blog would have any doubts, when it comes to the divisions that are threatening the Episcopal Church, I am on the traditional side of things.]
Time to pray!