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October 18, 2012


South Carolina: “Something Else” Turns Out to be Same Old, Same Old

Via TitusOneNine, I read a couple of recent homilies by the Rev. Gay Jennings, the new President of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies. 

I didn’t post any breathless critiques.  While her words were less overheated than many TEC speeches, that’s not why I passed on posting them. I passed on them because passing is what we’ve been doing ‘round here.  Until yesterday’s breaking news about South Carolina, most of the recent posts here at SF were trending toward U.S. politics and cultural fare.  Episcopal/Anglican stuff just doesn’t generate any energy anymore, even on Episcopal/Anglican blogs.  But yesterday the TEC powers that presume to be launched another of their exercises in being the top down, legalistic, exclusive kind of religion they claim to hate and rise above.

So, as TEC does its same old, same old response to conflict - invoke jiggered Canon laws and fling the folks’ offerings to the Presiding Bishop’s lawyers - what does the new Pres. of the HOD proclaim?

“At every level of the Episcopal Church – individual, congregational, diocesan, provincial, and churchwide – we can look at how we live our lives and structure our communities and ministries and consider if we could do something else. Something else that might just bring us closer to the heart of God and those we are called to serve – the last, the least, the lost, and the left behind.”

Again and again and again, TEC leaders say benign stuff, but the words never, ever connect with behavior.  They are propaganda in the worst sense of that term, not so much an exercise in hyping an idea as in hiding an ugly reality behind a facade of words and images.

Heightening the absurdity is that Jennings was preaching on a commemoration of Anglican martyrs, burned by a top-down church for proclaiming the Biblical Gospel:

“Today we remember in our church calendar Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, bishops who were martyred in 1555 for their beliefs about the need for reform in the Church. Bishops, take note! They lived lives guided by the notion of ‘something else,’ and that’s exactly why we remember them 457 years later.”

“Bishops take note”?  How about, “Presiding Bishop, take note”?  Oh, I am sure that Jennings and her club will fight the House of Bishops and the PB over all kinds of churchy titles and entitlements, but don’t look for “something different” in terms of “respecting the dignity” of other Christians who prioritize the Old and New Testaments over being liked by the TEC insiders’ club. 

Jennings gives it away toward the end,

“The Episcopal Church did something else when it decided to embrace the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Episcopalians at all levels of the Church’s governance and ministry.  Bishop Browning’s clarion call that there will be no outcasts has reverberated throughout the Church in a variety of ways ever since, and we are moving ever closer to full inclusion.”

So there you go.  “Something else” means “lets do something else to people who don’t count and should be outcasts.”  As Sarah and Matt+ said in prior posts, TEC’s South Carolina spasm is just another exercise in “outrage and bitterness” by TEC poobahs; the “folly of evil” in thinking it can “do something else” just a bit meaner and finally be rid of Christ and his people.

Same old, same old, Madame President.

 


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“but the words never, ever connect with behavior”

Right on it. As for the “bishops take note” comment, perhaps it’s meant as a warning.

[1] Posted by BlueOntario on 10-18-2012 at 01:52 PM · [top]

“Same old, same old” is just Baal worship revived.

[2] Posted by St. Nikao on 10-18-2012 at 02:17 PM · [top]

Yep, Tim+, Same old, same old….. Now back to the real news!!

[3] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 10-18-2012 at 02:54 PM · [top]

right,  so Latimer and Ridley were torched because one day they dreamed that the church would legitimise homosexual behaviour?

[4] Posted by David Ould on 10-18-2012 at 03:51 PM · [top]

New President of the HoD, but still the same old, same old Episcobabble.

[5] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 10-18-2012 at 09:58 PM · [top]

Gee, and I thought that the “something else” was finally a signal that some in TEC were beginning to get an accurate view of where it is going and proposing “new ways” of doing “church”:

Why Attend?

· Your church has decreased in membership and energy and increasing in age of congregation and of facility.
· Your church and/or parish facility need renovation and repair but your church budget and finances are not sufficient to meet this ongoing demand.

· The community in which you live and/or worship has been hard-hit by the economic downturn and is reflective of your church’s situation.
· Your church is facing-or now dealing with-a decrease from full-time clergy to part-time or supply.
· You’re within short driving distance of other Episcopal churches but there seems to be no common cooperation, purpose, ministry or mission.
· You would like to be more in touch with community resources, municipalities, other churches, and other programs, but need to know how to maximize these possibilities.
· People have suggested a capital fund drive to cover needed facility and program costs but you could use some expertise in how to do this.
· Your church’s mission and ministries seem to be overwhelmed by day-to-day problems with lack of resources and collaborative relationships with others.

Okay, so we’ve lost all the young people, nobody new wants to come to our churches, we are getting older and dying off, we can’t afford to pay for clergy anymore, and we can barely afford the upkeep on our buildings…

....so….

...let’s expel the one diocese in our church that actually was growing, and instead let’s become a property management company that lets a handful of old people have their weekly church service while funding our Very Important Role as being Useful Idiots to liberal political advocacy groups.

[6] Posted by jamesw on 10-19-2012 at 12:13 PM · [top]

jamessw thanks for that link.  Readers - you ought to take a peek.  There’s O-so-much more to behold than the box james excerpted for us.

From time to time Sarah points out that TEC is consciously, cynically allowing all kinds of congregations and even whole dioceses wither and die.  It is becoming a denomination for an elite living mostly in large coastal cities and a few cardinal parishes or cathedral congregations in “lesser” cities.

Gotta love the unspoken newspeak:

Inclusion = Elitism

[7] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 10-20-2012 at 06:36 AM · [top]

Tim+,  That site is wonderful. Thanks, Jamesw. What ? Proclaiming the Gospel is just too “hateful”.  nooooo!!!! We can’t do that. So oppressive. Shoot we DON’T want to be like the Diocese of South Carolina. Look where that attitude has gotten them.  tongue wink

[8] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 10-21-2012 at 05:14 PM · [top]

It seems that DioNC is not accepting comments. 

Hmmm, could it be that they are too embarrassed to admit their culpability in the failure of the former Church to thrive?  In the failure of the HoB to properly care for the church through their ‘magisterial offices’.

[9] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 10-27-2012 at 02:59 PM · [top]

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