Is This the Stupidest Anglican Idea Ever?
If it’s not, it’s gotta be in the top 3:
Before giving up totally on the Anglican Communion, let’s have all the men—Rowan Williams, all the male Primates, all the male bishops, all the male priests, all the male laymen—take a vow of silence on this issue for a year and let the women of the Anglican Communion work on reconciling us to one another.
Let’s let the people—women—who really DO make up the largest numbers of Anglicans in the world work on finding a way we can all live together in love despite our differences.
Let’s make IAWN (International Anglican Women’s Network) the instrument of Communion.
Let’s do what Jesus did time and again. Empower these women. And then listen to them.
Wonderful things could result.
Well, um… no, they couldn’t. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to come up with a worse recipe for complete disaster.
For one thing, the IAWN is a collection of complete nutcases. Here’s just one example - the closing creed at an IAWN service in 1992:
We believe in God who carries us in her womb and gives birth to us;
who cradles us in her arms and feeds us at her breast;
and who teaches us to walk, and to walk together.
We believe in God who shows us in Jesus’ life and death that she dances in a child and beats with a drummer;
shines through the eyes of the youth;
who wanders with the landless and lives in the favelas;
who weeps with the children and suffers with the abused;
and who stands in solidarity with the oppressed.
We believe in God who says “I am becoming who I am becoming”;
who shatters our false idols and our incomplete images of the Holy;
who breaks the chains of our slavery to riches, consumerism, traditions, patriarchy, divisions, and fears;
who breaks the chains of our slavery due to sexism, racism, classism, illiteracy, poverty, oppression, post-colonialism, exploitation, militarism, and violence;
who challenges us to let go of the chains of slavery in our minds, and allows her transforming Spirit to flow freely;
We believe in God who calls us to celebrate and dance;
to scatter to all corners of the earth to do justice for all peoples;
to respect and embrace the whole of her creation;
to see ourselves in the other.
We believe in God who fills us with her power to do what is required of us!
So they believe in a lot of things, except for… hmmmm… what’s missing here… can’t quite put my finger on it…
For another, if women should be in charge of the “reconciliation” process because they make up the largest numbers of Anglicans in the world, then doesn’t it follow that the majority of this “reconciliation” group be made up of the particular kind of women who are in fact the majority in the Anglican Communion?
Of course it does. In which case, that would mean an African woman in her mid-20’s, with young children, in the provinces of Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Meaning: It ain’t gonna happen. This is, after all, Katie Sherrod’s idea, and there’s no way the white, western, privileged, aging-hippie set she represents is going to turn over any decision-making power to women who were brought to Christ - in the way real Christians are, not in the new-agey, syncretistic way Sherrod and her sisters operate - by men like Peter Akinola and Henry Orombi. No way, no how.
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