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March 8, 2013


Truro saga: “reconciliation” advocate creates gay marriage facts on the ground in UK

Sure, we know a bit more about the coach.  But how about the rest of the team roster?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was a keynote speaker at the recent Faith in Conflict conference hosted by Coventry Cathedral, the epicenter of +++Welby’s “reconciliation” strategy for the Anglican Communion. The conference featured and lauded the key players in the TEC/ACNA reconciliation mashup at Truro Church in Virginia.

A second keynoter was The Reverend Dr. Sam Wells, presently a priest in the CofE but with U.S. connections from a stint as Chaplain at Duke University.  You can view his profile (literally and dramatically) at the conference link above.

It appears that Fr. Wells’ reconciliation speciality is reconciling others to facts on the ground that advance his side’s position:

The Rev Canon Dr Sam Wells, vicar of one of London’s best known churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, said that services currently offered to couples celebrating civil partnerships are likely to be offered for those in gay marriages.

The church offers dedication services to civil partners, but only those who meet strict criteria and are part of the congregation. They are carried out openly and with the full knowledge of the diocese.

He said: “There will still be the opportunity in the St Martin-in-the-Fields community to have civil partnerships and for those to be followed by some kind of service of prayer and dedication, they may chose to have a civil marriage now and they may also feel in just the same way … that they want their friends and the community to pray for them to seek God’s blessing and my guess is that that will the available for them in a similar way.”

It is not surprising to find that this new advocate of reconciliation is quoted as the meat in a sandwich between Colin Coward and Giles Fraser, the former being a single-issue advocacy guy using the church for his purposes and the latter having quit his position as a Cathedral Dean when conflict became inconvenient.  Oh, and who expressed solidarity with the non-church faction in the conflict before leaving his flock.

None of this should surprise those of us who’ve engaged in reconcilly stuff in the Episcopal organization.  Over the last three decades of seminary and ordained ministry, I’ve lost count of the dialogues, listening sessions and the like that were required of me.  These never were about the reconciliation described in the New Testament, that between estranged and aggrieved Christians or between the lost and the Savior.  And they never resulted in reconciliation to Biblical teaching or received church tradition.

The participants, the materials and the processes were always toward a desired outcome.  Sometimes, it was gentle, letting us think well of ourselves for going along to get along.  Just as often is was about submission, via shaming, mocking and marginalizing.

It is disappointing to read that Canterbury’s reconciliation thrust is showing all the signs of TEC method.


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Did anybody really think that the nominating committee would select or Cameron forward to the Crown anyone opposed on principle to the New Thing?

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[1] Posted by hans castorp on 3-8-2013 at 11:23 AM · [top]

Looks like some more ‘Reconciliation’ has been waged in TEC.

Did the bishops listed below resign or were they already retired?

“Respondents:

The Rt. Rev. John W. Howe (resigned, Diocese of Central Florida)
The Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert (suffragan, Diocese of Dallas)
The Rt. Rev. William H. Love (diocesan, Diocese of Albany)
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson (resigned, Diocese of W. Louisiana)
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins (diocesan, Diocese of Springfield)
The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton (diocesan, Diocese of Dallas)
The Rt. Rev. Maurice M. Benitez (resigned, Diocese of Texas)
The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith (resigned, Diocese of Springfield)
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon (resigned, Diocese of South Carolina)

Complainants: Paul Ambos (Member, Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey)”

[2] Posted by St. Nikao on 3-8-2013 at 12:33 PM · [top]

And speaking of ‘Facts on the Ground’ (which is the Episcopal Anglican way of changing and defending doctrine, perhaps better than burning at the stake, etc.)

The TEC Bishop Baucum says is orthodox has just ordained a woman who identifies herself as ‘lesbian’ at the FALLS CHURCH. 

Baucum’s discernment and theological definitions of orthodox certainly needs to be questioned by his Bishop and Archbishop.

[3] Posted by St. Nikao on 3-8-2013 at 12:41 PM · [top]

“Jo [Bailey Wells] is currently consultant to Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London.”

[4] Posted by Fr. Dale on 3-8-2013 at 12:43 PM · [top]

St. Nikao:

Yeah, it looks like they “reconciled” all right - to keep their mouths shut when the liberals tell them to shut-up, and to pay the bills for the kangaroo court.

In Anglican circles, this is what “reconciliation” with the liberals looks like.  It’s all about the liberals getting what they want, while looking like they are being “nice.”  Any conservative who plays along with this charade is a Useful Idiot.

[5] Posted by jamesw on 3-8-2013 at 12:43 PM · [top]

“Jo [Bailey Wells] is currently consultant to Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London.”

Continuing Indaba is an Anglican Communion initiative which is an unbiblical pansexual agenda campaign to third world countries devised by TEC and passed during the disgusting Jamaica debacle known as the ACC meeting. 

Chicken dinners didn’t work, so it looks like TEC will try ‘other means’...propaganda and political pressure, etc.

FYI - In her last year, Hillary Clinton toured around letting the poor nations know that US Aid was tied to ‘gay rights’ and ‘womens’ health’ (aka abortion).

As we have learned KJS, VGR, RW and Obama are birds of a feather aka fellow travelers.  Sounds like Welby will chirp the same tune.

The silence of Baucum’s ACNA Bishop and Archbishop in regard to Bishop Johnston (who ordained a lesbian at the Falls Church) is being widely noted.

[6] Posted by St. Nikao on 3-8-2013 at 12:53 PM · [top]

#5. Jamesw,
I would call the document a gag order. ” Respondents acknowledge that the 2009 Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of the Episcopal Church is likely a minority opinion.” How would TEC know this, by divination?

[7] Posted by Fr. Dale on 3-8-2013 at 12:59 PM · [top]

Re #5 “In Anglican circles, this is what “reconciliation” with the liberals looks like.  It’s all about the liberals getting what they want, while looking like they are being “nice.”  Any conservative who plays along with this charade is a Useful Idiot.”

Looking at what has gone on over the past year or more with Truro, it sure seems that Baucum is playing the role of useful idiot.

Re #3 “Baucum’s discernment and theological definitions of orthodox certainly needs to be questioned by his Bishop and Archbishop.”

So why the silence from ACNA?

[8] Posted by hanks on 3-8-2013 at 01:00 PM · [top]

>It is disappointing to read that Canterbury’s reconciliation thrust is showing all the signs of TEC method.

It’s only disappointing if you were expecting something different.

[9] Posted by jedinovice on 3-8-2013 at 08:25 PM · [top]

Were any orthodox leaders in attendance at this thing or asked to speak?  From what I have seen, Welby was the most “conservative” speaker on the program.  And we should remember that he was chosen ABoC because +John Sentamu (who is a liberal by any definition I have) was considered too far to the right, and any other likely canididate would have led to the immediate approval of gay marriage, and division of the Communion (which even the Prime Minister thought undesirable).  So Welby was chosen as the most liberal candidate the committee thought the GS might tolerate for a while.  And as the most conservative candidate the liberals could stand.  And as someone that the politicians and the revisionist wing of the church know will fall in line as soon as Parliament legalizes gay marriage (witness that Sam Wells can openly state that he will have gay marriage in a CoE church, without correction from the ABoC).

[10] Posted by tjmcmahon on 3-9-2013 at 09:29 AM · [top]

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