Lauren Stanley Recalled from Haiti
I would have posted this earlier, but I had to wait for it to stop spinning:
As the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti enters a new phase of post-earthquake rebuilding, the Rev. Lauren Stanley, the Episcopal Church-appointed missionary who has been Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin’s liaison in the United States, is no longer to be involved in those efforts.
The Haiti recovery situation is “a constantly changing picture and a different skill set is needed,” the Rev. David Copley, Episcopal Church mission personnel officer, told Episcopal News Service June 22. “She works exceptionally well in that emergency situation,” Copley said of Stanley.
That evaluation I’d say is rosy at best. While improvement almost can’t help but be made by now, first-hand reports I’ve gotten are that it’s all pretty much the same huge mess it was the day after the quake.
At any rate, Margaret Rose (whom you may recall was in charge of the Office of Women’s Mnistry when it published the infamous Wiccan liturgy by The Revs. Bill and Glyn Melnyk) tries to spin things this way:
...Stanley must be thanked “for her energy and willingness to take some reins in a time when there was a vacuum and the future may require something different.”
“We’re in a different phase and Lauren’s role in that first phase was vital,” Rose said. She added “this is not about anything anybody did wrong.”
There is almost certainly more to this story, and could have been left at that, but no - there’s this deeply weird paragraph at the very end of the story:
In March 2009 Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul terminated Stanley’s appointment as an Episcopal Church missionary to the Sudanese Diocese of Renk, where she had served for nearly four years, after he heard that she suggested during Virginia’s diocesan convention that January that a proposed amendment to a resolution—that affirmed the “blessedness” of committed Christian relationships between two adult persons—“would not be problematic for the Sudani people because they are more concerned with trying to stay alive.”
It’s bad enough that the article’s writer - longtime correspondent The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg - would try and characterize as “the ‘blessedness’ of committed Christian relationships between two adult persons” what is in fact blessing homosexual marriage. That phrase alone strains the bounds of the commandment against false witness. But what is this: “would not be problematic for the Sudani people because they are more concerned with trying to stay alive.”
In other words, Stanley was saying: “Hey, you mud-hut dwelling savages have enough on your minds worrying about where your next meal is coming from - surely you won’t mind us injecting a little sodomy-blessing into your church, right?”
It’s either that or, “Hey, we’d really love to help you with this ‘trying to stay alive’ thing, but right now we’re just too darned busy trying to make sure two gay guys in Virginia can get married in the cathedral.”
Something tells me The Rev. Stanely won’t be missed in Haiti, where ‘just staying alive’ isn’t exactly a whole lot easier than it is in the Sudan.
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