[Diocese of Georgia] Bishop Benhase Pep Talks Parishes Before Upcoming General Convention Tawdriness
This is my favorite passage from his little cheery pep talk:
As our Church prepares for General Convention next week where we will address major issues of restructuring, I’m aware of how this virus has infected us. In our congregations, I hear regularly how what happens at the national Church level inhibits local mission. This is no doubt true to some extent, which is why we need to radically restructure our Church’s organizational life to focus on the mission of making disciples. But it’s also an excuse for congregational leaders to do little to proclaim the Gospel in their communities by treating themselves as victims of the larger Church’s actions or inactions, as the case may be. This is learned helplessness in its most clear form.
I mean—this from a man who has happily participated in doing the very things that “inhibit local mission”—like blessing same sex marriages and having non-celibate gay clergy on his parish staff.
Cheer up, Georgia Episcopal parishes—Bishop Benhase will help “radically restructure” the Church’s “organizational life” at this General Convention so that your local mission is not affected by the national, formal, public, every-three-years tawdriness, vacuity, and blazing immorality coming from General Convention.
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