[Bumped] Convicted Child Molester to Lead Retreat in Diocese of Georgia
[This week is “Diocese of Georgia Meltdown Week” and so we’re bumping a few of the stories from the past that let us all know why the diocese is where it is today.]
The Diocese of Georgia has been very busy lately. How do they do it? Do they have one of those daily reminders that stick to your refrigerator? How must that read? 1. Sue the orthodox. 2. Violate commitment to be a Windsor Diocese. 3. Organize retreat for spiritual renewal. If so, they must be proud as punch to be able to check off those first three items since they have a retreat planned for tomorrow.
SAINT HELENA SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
LIGHT UPON LIGHT
Introducing Rumi, Sufism and Islam
Are you sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation wondering whatever such a retreat could be about?
Islam is a sister faith, a younger member of the Abrahamic tradition to which Christians belong. At the moment there is tension between members of this larger family, much of it based on ignorance. The purpose of this seminar will be to explore the parameters of the Islamic tradition, but more importantly to explore its inner richness and mystical tradition called Sufism, and learn from some of its most magnificent and visionary mystics and poets such as Jalalludin Rumi.
Starting next Friday, February 10 and continuing until Sunday, Feb 12, a convicted child predator and registered sex offender is scheduled to lead an Episcopal retreat in Georgia and clergy sex abuse victims are urging that it be cancelled.
Evidently Mr. Bauman was an episcopal priest prior to being defrocked after he was convicted of child molestation. Of course, that was in 1999. Had this happened today, one wonders if he would still have the title?
Call me crazy but I think even people who attend a retreat that promotes Islam as our sister faith deserve to know that the leader is a defrocked, convicted child molester. How about you?
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