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[Chane Retirement Bump] A Message of Hope: Bishop of Washington Writes Area Homeless

Friday, February 12, 2010 • 10:15 pm

“I felt it appropriate to write this open letter not only to assure those of you suffering the throes of burdened conscience, metaphorically imprisoned by the forces of religious intolerance headquartered at the Gale School, that liberation is at hand…”


Amid the flurry of communication between bishops and dioceses these days, it’s easy to overlook the small, simple acts of kindness. This morning one of our sources inside the Diocese of Washington sent us this soon-to-be-released “Open Letter to the Homeless of Washington DC” written by Bishop John Chane. In this hard cold world of ecclesial politics, human kindness is a rare commodity and sentiments like Bishop Chane’s are precious gems.


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And all God’s/Buddah’s/Krishna’s/The Sacred Others’/Sacred Ultimate’s/her people/animals/self-actualized carbon-based life forms said, “OK”.

[1] Posted by Eastern Anglican on 09-23-2008 at 09:29 AM • top

I’m going to assume that this is satire and not a real letter.  It is just so over the top that I doubt any person could have actually written it.

If it is satire, please lable it so.  If it is not, may God have mercy on us all.

YBIC,
Phil Snyder

[2] Posted by Philip Snyder on 09-23-2008 at 09:32 AM • top

ROTFLMFHOKASIUFOH!
(Rolling on the floor, laughing my fool head off, kicking and sceaming in uncontrollable fits of hysterics!)

[3] Posted by Nikolaus on 09-23-2008 at 09:36 AM • top

The wine glass rings ... that was a nice touch.

carl

[4] Posted by carl on 09-23-2008 at 09:43 AM • top

Matt+!!!! I am SURE glad you published an actual copy in graphic form or I’d think you were doing something slanderous for you really can’t make this stuff up!

1) I wonder how he going to distribute this letter to it addressees, maybe copies at Central Union Mission?

2) A $5,000 per-plate gala in which NO homeless were present to goto a MDG fund in which there is NO clear disbursement, I’ve worked with the homeless in Washington, DC, I helped serve food and talked to them, I KNOW exactly what the vast majority of the “homeless citizens in Washington DC” would say about this ‘it’s not better, just give us the money.’

3) Basically I’m kicking you out of where you have shelter, because I declare them religious bigots and will turn you out on the street but I have some program in which you might see a penny on the dollar.

‘I’ve written this nice “let them eat cat” type letter that you’ll never read to show what a arrogant butthead I’m being to all with any experience with actual inner-city ministry experience, to remove any doubt that liberal politics of the day really have become completely disconnected from those they claim to help while cutting off the actual first level of food, shelter and clothing because I don’t like those helping you.’

[5] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 09-23-2008 at 09:45 AM • top

Matt Kennedy:

What are you, some kind of wise guy?

Bishop Chane’s lovely letter brought me to tears.

Then I noticed those unsightly stains from where he apparently set his wine glass down on the paper.

I really wish he wouldn’t drink while he’s engaged in mission like that.

Or if he could at least hold the glass a bit more steadily, I’d be satisfied.

But perhaps he’s abandoned the use of cocktail napkins in solidarity with those he wishes to help.

Well, who am I to judge?

The last guy I saw drinking “Night Train” didn’t have a napkin either, and he was covered in stains.

But from now on, they’re going to be included in those assistance packets we give to the homeless in my parish, along with moist towelettes.

I intend to follow the good Bishop’s example in reaching out to those less fortunate—even if you remain blithely indifferent to their fate!

[6] Posted by episcopalienated on 09-23-2008 at 09:45 AM • top

Homeless Citizens of Washington DC

What about the illegal aliens?

[7] Posted by Piedmont on 09-23-2008 at 09:49 AM • top

Alright #2, #3 & #4—I am going to hope I’m gullible and this is not real, EDoW’s “Releases,Sermons and Letters” only go up to 2007 - in which case this is a precious, but in the exact style of when Akinola and Robinson visited DC letter.

[8] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 09-23-2008 at 09:50 AM • top

This should’ve come with a “possible damage to keyboard” warning!  (Now, how exactly do you get coffee out from under the keys??)

[9] Posted by zana on 09-23-2008 at 09:50 AM • top

Personally, I think it would be highly appropriate to have one million copies of this letter printed and dropped over Washington by plane, but then the pilot would undoubtedly be arrested and charged with littering, wouldn’t he?

[10] Posted by Cennydd on 09-23-2008 at 09:54 AM • top

I know this is a joke.  Even a TEC bishop couldn’t be so mentally stunted to actually write such a letter to the homeless and gush on about $5,000 plate dinners and Barbara Streisand???????  Could he???

[11] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 09-23-2008 at 09:58 AM • top

Capt. Deacon Warren:
Yes.  Could.  The PB came out to the Reservations (which some of the residents speak of as “hell”) in the midst of suicide epidemic, and talked about… no, not suicide, but same sex blessings and MDGs.
http://northernplainsanglicans.blogspot.com/2008/09/episcopal-church-native-american.html

[12] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 09-23-2008 at 10:01 AM • top

11. Brother deacon, Of course a TEC bishop could be so mentally stunted, just recall the Lambeth march for poverty fiasco… but yes, this one has to be satire.  Very very rich satire. smile

[13] Posted by Free Range Anglican on 09-23-2008 at 10:30 AM • top

The sad part is considering the state of TEC and the leadership of the so-called church, even when something like this is posted that is clearly satire, one still wonders, could it be true?

[14] Posted by Mike L on 09-23-2008 at 10:38 AM • top

Thing. Of. Beauty.

As Carl noted, the wine stains are the crowning achievement!

—Paul
Hot Rod Anglican

ps ... Although my attempt at humor pales in comparison, I do also mention the MDGs!  Well, some of them.

[15] Posted by Anglican Beach Party on 09-23-2008 at 10:44 AM • top

This has to be a satire.  One would expect that Bishop Chane would know that it is BARBRA, not BARBARA Streisand!

I was thinking it was really real until I got to the line about “my driver of color”.  Even Bishop Chane is not that obtuse.  My hat is off to whomever came up with this masterpiece of wit!

[16] Posted by Allen Lewis on 09-23-2008 at 10:51 AM • top

Hmmm, and I thought Swift had died long ago!

Looks like someone in the DioW is channeling his spirit.  Certainly this is high quality satire.  Bon Appetit!

KTF!...mrb

[17] Posted by Mike Bertaut on 09-23-2008 at 10:51 AM • top

Of course the real tragedy is that we have to wonder, for even a fleeting second, whether this was satire or not. If TECusaCorp was a real honest-to-God Christian Church, we would know immediately that it was satire.

the snarkster™

[18] Posted by the snarkster on 09-23-2008 at 11:04 AM • top

This is possibly the best writing since the heyday of National Lampoon in the late 70’s. Brilliant. Love the “Fresh Hell” undertones.

[19] Posted by birminghamer on 09-23-2008 at 11:08 AM • top

Another gaseous event?  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/exclusive-the-methane-time-bomb-938932.html

The Methane Development Goals?  Fly in the ABC to the UN, for instance?

[20] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 09-23-2008 at 11:09 AM • top

Not “for” them in teh sense that homeless persons were actually present - no, something far better.

(giggle)

As you are no doubt aware, your presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Shocri

HAhaaaaa

I felt your hunger for meaning and authenticity.  I felt your thirst for religions freedom.

HHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAkufkuf

I realized that I would rather starve on the cold streets

stopstopstop{INHALE}

As I sat in the back seat looking out the tinted window of my jet black Lexus

“Hello, 911?  My husband is unconscious and won’t wake up.  His face is red.  Please hurry.”

[21] Posted by J Eppinga on 09-23-2008 at 11:11 AM • top

Really delectable.  Absolutely priceless, scathing satire.

[22] Posted by evan miller on 09-23-2008 at 11:54 AM • top

I hope.

[23] Posted by evan miller on 09-23-2008 at 11:55 AM • top

After all had Mary the unwed mother of Jesus of Nazareth enjoyed reproductive freedom, Jesus would have been spared the injustice of the death penalty at the hands of a governor, the world would have been spared two thousand years of religious war, and you, my homeless friends at the Gale School, would not have to endure long days of fundamentalist indoctrination

From this I presume he believes the Resurrection and Incarnation to be mythology. The letter is frighteningly believable based on who it is attributed to yet so far from Christianity that it seems impossible that someone who claims to be one could have written it. It is unfortunate that no one is able to give a resounding ‘NO’ to its authenticity.

[24] Posted by D Hi on 09-23-2008 at 11:59 AM • top

I, for one, find Chane’s letter somewhat reassuring.

Chane is obviously called to be a leader and thinker, someone who can lift us all through words into a higher level of consciousness and understanding. What I now appreciate is the difficulty Chane has faced in his struggle to communicate with fundamentalist Christians that do not have his education, training and intelligence, and thus cannot be expected to place the Bible in its proper context among other pieces of ancient literature. It makes me very grateful for the tested and true discernment and educational process for Episcopal Priests and Bishops. 

Chane knows that the only thing worse than hungry, homeless person is a formerly hungry and homeless person who has been led to believe that God had something to do with their deliverance.

[25] Posted by Going Home on 09-23-2008 at 12:20 PM • top

Y’all are such haters.
Bishop Chane is entitled to his opinion, and personally I feel it has a nice touch about it, clearly written in the spirit.
Firstly, that he was clear as to for whom this was intended.  I think it was sweet that he called them “Dear” homeless people, when those wicked conservatives won’t even address them, and don’t care if they are going hungry, not even supporting the MDGs, much less writing them letters.
Secondly, I like how he labored long into the night (probably) even at one point setting his chalice down upon the very paper he wrote it on.
Third, he didn’t just call upon regular people or only clergy people to act, but enlisted the help of BARBRA STREISAND in getting the plight of the homeless out there to everyone.  If you can get a bona fide celebrity involved, then you know you’re getting somewhere. Kudos to Chane’s connections. (although it would have been nice to get a cool person, like Bono, and not a has-been, long-in-the-tooth Babs——plus, she’s married to Dr. Kiley.  I always want to take Marcus Welby, MD by the shoulders and say “How could you let this happen?!!”)
But I digress.
Back to The Letter:
My favorite part is how he used the words of MLK and Amos to seal the deal, so to speak.  If only everyone would get on board with him, what a wonderful world this would be.

[26] Posted by heart on 09-23-2008 at 12:23 PM • top

Reminds me of a joke I heard as part of the sermon this past Sunday by the pastor at a Presbyterian church.

3 guys die and show up in front of St. Peter.  One is a Catholic, one a Jew, and the third an Episcopalian.  St. Peter says to the Catholic, “I’m sorry but I can’t let you in.  There’s that matter of when you ate a cheeseburger on a Friday during Lent.”  St. Peter then says to the Jew, “I’m sorry but I can’t let you in.  There’s that matter of when you ate a pork chop.”  The Episcopalian gets ready to walk through the gates and St. Peter says, “Just a minute.  I can’t let you in.  There’s that matter of when you ate your entree with a salad fork.”

[27] Posted by Daniel on 09-23-2008 at 12:53 PM • top

Where is this guy coming from? He can’t be real.  Oh, I forgot—he’s an Episcopal bishop.
Dumb Sheep.
PS: how many of the homeless actually read this letter?

[28] Posted by dumb sheep on 09-23-2008 at 01:10 PM • top

Of course the real tragedy is that we have to wonder, for even a fleeting second, whether this was satire or not. If TECusaCorp was a real honest-to-God Christian Church, we would know immediately that it was satire.

I’ll admit, it did take me several seconds before I realized someone was pulling our Chane ...

[29] Posted by Anglican Beach Party on 09-23-2008 at 01:23 PM • top

I dunno, there is one aspect of this that doesn’t quite ring true to me. 

“... surveying the ramshackle homes of the poor as we sped past on the freeway,...”

Now I would assume that the dinner-extravaganza was not held at the cathedral itself, in which case he could merely have walked over to church house, taking care - of course - not to spill any wine.

The mention of the freeway brings in the possibilities of 395/295, 66, or the beltway - if I’m not missing anything.  The bishop no longer lives in church house, but I would suspect he lives in the district not too far from the cathedral.  66 can take you out past some pricey neighborhoods, so it probably wasn’t 66.  395 cuts through south DC, which is a possibility.  However, a fancy dinner in Anacostia just doesn’t ring true either.

The real suspicious point IMHO is that traffic on freeways in DC has two modes: (i) stopped/nearly stopped - which is most common, or (ii) so fast it is impossible to survey homes - which is the 30 minute period between rush “hours.”

Otherwise, I would have to say that this sounds remarkably like an average TEC bishop.

wink

[30] Posted by tired on 09-23-2008 at 01:56 PM • top

It is becoming very hard to satirize Episcopal Bishops anymore.  Such…a…thin…line.

[31] Posted by DietofWorms on 09-23-2008 at 05:12 PM • top

Oh my, was this satire smile

[32] Posted by FrVan on 09-23-2008 at 05:16 PM • top

Brilliant!

[33] Posted by Phil on 09-23-2008 at 06:21 PM • top

I wanted to wait until April 4th to do what I did, I really did. But a quick copy and speed dial to press corps, and this baby has been faxed to 105 national press contacts. Look in tomorrow’s paper wink

[34] Posted by Festivus on 09-23-2008 at 06:31 PM • top

Dear Matthew, it took me nearly to the end to realize into the truth of this missive. It is indeed priceless - were it not for the rippled reflection of the real Chane gazing out from behind the faux words. I was deeply and joyously amused at first, then suddenly just as saddened, as I considered the reality of what Chane was doing to those people. I too have worked inner city ministry. It took weeks for me to get accustomed to the ache in my heart. And it comes back all too quickly. The travesties deepen, the dislocation of values and morality is a reflection of the morass of societal decay that TEC wants to wed itself to. Lord have mercy

[35] Posted by masternav on 09-23-2008 at 10:48 PM • top

Well, I was away most of yesterday, and I for one think we should all be suspicious of how Matt could just rip off this kind of missive, using all of the faux “theology” of a typical TEC bishop.

Is no one concerned that these words and thoughts flow so easily from Matt’s keyboard?  Have none of you any discernment?  No fears for Matt’s soul?

Note how he quotes freely from various tawdry and fashionable Buddhist philosophers, uses the phrase “our Lord” [perfect for those who don’t believe in Christ’s Lordship but are getting ready to evoke the name in order to get something or other out of the reader], subtly promotes Obama . . . the list is endless of what Matt has, free-flowingly and easily, packed into this letter.

Now, a skilled writer—one who has read thousands of such missives from TEC bishops and heard hundreds of similar pietistic and self-congratulating speeches from clergy and bishops—could construct such an artistic spoof with a lot of labor and attention to creative detail.  It would be like sewing an immense patchwork quilt, for a talented writer.

But I have it on good authority that Matt wrote this thing in 14 minutes flat—which I should add is a similar timeline for a bishop writing this letter himself to release to the Area Homeless!!!

So I ask again.  Are none of you anxious about Matt’s ability in writing such a letter so quickly and fluently?

Have we been harboring an adder in our midst?

It always pays to be cautious in TEC circles—one never knows if someone has been putting on a show of conservatism in order to be allowed into the inner volcano lair.

Jealously,


Sarah

[36] Posted by Sarah on 09-24-2008 at 07:23 AM • top

#36 - Sarah - It goes to show Matt+ has great potential to be a TEC Bishop. If only like Luke Skywalker he would stop resisting and join the darkside….

[37] Posted by Festivus on 09-24-2008 at 08:30 AM • top

Sarah,
I think Matt+ has been listening to “Walk like an Egyptian” only taking it to mean talk and think like an Epsicopalian! smile

[38] Posted by TLDillon on 09-24-2008 at 08:37 AM • top

I’ve got to have a mind that needs cleaning out!  On first reading, I ALMOST believed that letter!  Would be funnier if it weren’t QUITE so close to real!!!

[39] Posted by Goughdonna on 09-24-2008 at 12:15 PM • top

Second thoughts:  Now I KNOW my mind needs cleaning out.  Has anyone sent a copy of this letter TO Bishop Chane?

[40] Posted by Goughdonna on 09-24-2008 at 12:28 PM • top

I call upon all good Anglicans in the D.C. Area to join with me and respond to this injustice and volunteer to serve the homeless and attend the CANA services on Sunday at 5 pm at the Central Union Mission as often as we can-I understand they have plenty of help during the Holidays-but they really need help in January-March.

[41] Posted by bradhutt on 09-24-2008 at 03:14 PM • top

A fine example of the cheap, whiny, bitchy, “sub-prime” thinking and speaking which seems the hallmark of much that appears on this website - sleazy, brutish, toadying.  If this were a print publication, it would be located at the checkout stand of the grocery store next to the National Enquirer and Globe filled with pseudo-religion and mutterings from those who, apparently, know more about the inner workings of God than Jesus himself, even taking to themselves authority which only belongs to God.  Apparently, equality with God is a thing to be seized - and there are many grasping hands on this site.

For those who might be confused - this is not sarcasm and is as much in keeping with Matthew 5:43-45 as much else that appears on this site.

[42] Posted by oikoshi on 09-26-2008 at 09:49 AM • top

Heh. Glad to see that you’re irked over this fine letter Matt produced, oikoshi.  ; > )

Gotta rankle a bit to see what fine bishop material Matt is . . .

[43] Posted by Sarah on 09-26-2008 at 09:56 AM • top

Hmmmm, methinks someone didn’t have his coffee this morning.  Or perhaps his Episcopal Kool-Aid. 

Oikoshi, this blog remains one of the last places the orthodox have to gather under the auspices of TEC.  It’s members have had to watch their homes and church’s set ablaze with heresy and revisionism, and then were lied to about why, lied to about still being welcome, and lied to about what is happening with the money they have freely given to their Churches. 

They are tired, whipped, beaten, and finding themselves having to stand up for Christianity in a way they never envisioned (most of us anyway).  In essence, this blog is often a place of mourning, anger, prayer, solace, disgust, suprise, and suprisingly Joy. 

You will grant us some leeway, if you would claim Christianity as you faith, if we appear a bit out of sorts here.  For many, it’s the only place they can find those who still hold to the simplicity of the True Faith.

So, have some coffee, walk a mile in our shoes, and then remember what an amazing institution TEC has the potential to be, and compare that to what is is becoming, and hopefully understanding will dawn for you.

God Bless You, and KTF!...mrb

[44] Posted by Mike Bertaut on 09-26-2008 at 09:58 AM • top

Agree with Sarah. Perhaps someone could forward a copy to the good Bp Chane. Maybe he could take time to read this fine piece of irony while being chauffered around in his Lexus. Wonder if he would have the same response as Mr Osh-kosh-y?

[45] Posted by robroy on 09-26-2008 at 10:01 AM • top

Well, it is a little irksome to see something like that letter, claret-stained as it is . . .

Being mocked—even accurately—can be infuriating, as I think oikoshi has demonstrated today.

[46] Posted by Sarah on 09-26-2008 at 10:05 AM • top

Sarah, I believe you are wrong in this instance.  This is certainlythe most disappointed I have ever been in your discernment and acute judgment.  Those stains are definitely NOT claret. 

To any well-schooled and experienced eye, nose and palate, the subtle notes of magenta and cerise in the stain and the dusky overtones in the bouquet, such a one can discern without a doubt, that the liquid the Bishop was imbibing most obviously a fine and rare port, aged to perfection, certainly a gift from a British Lord, Royalty or even the Archbishop.

[47] Posted by Floridian on 09-26-2008 at 10:18 AM • top

.  .  .  it would be .  .  .  filled with pseudo-religion and mutterings from those who, apparently, know more about the inner workings of God than Jesus himself, even taking to themselves authority which only belongs to God.

 

Sounds like a real TEC insider talking about his church!

[48] Posted by hanks on 09-26-2008 at 10:26 AM • top

Are you sure the stain is wine, may be it is a lipstick blot…

[49] Posted by FrVan on 09-26-2008 at 10:45 AM • top

Actually, I think you’re giving +Chane too much credit.  It’s probably a cheap pink Zinfandel.

[50] Posted by evan miller on 09-26-2008 at 10:58 AM • top

Dudes, you are all so wrong… It is clearly Riunite Lambrusco…

[51] Posted by West Coast Cleric on 09-26-2008 at 02:00 PM • top

#51

Egads!  You’re taking me back to college days.  Lambrusco, Yago Sangria, and dare I say it… Boone’s Farm Apple Wine!  My wine palate didn’t get civilized until I started dating my wife, God bless her.

[52] Posted by evan miller on 09-26-2008 at 02:14 PM • top

Actually, the wine stain is Ripple(tm).  All Is Well(tm).

[53] Posted by Long Gone Anglo Catholic on 09-26-2008 at 02:44 PM • top

#53
Genteel shudder.

[54] Posted by evan miller on 09-26-2008 at 02:47 PM • top

Dear Friends,
While this is hilarious, I will make one observation and that is I think it not too wise to clarify very boldly that this is Satire and not real.
Some people I have talked to are under the impression this is a letter from the Bishop Chane, evidenced by the signature and official stationary no less.

[55] Posted by bradhutt on 09-26-2008 at 03:56 PM • top

I think it not too wise to clarify very boldly that this is Satire and not real.

I think Jonathon Swift had the same problem with his “Immodest Proposal.” It appears that BabyBlue has been taken in?

[56] Posted by robroy on 09-26-2008 at 04:01 PM • top

Matt,
Pardon my episcobabble in the previous post. Please do label this letter as a Satire piece
Brad

[57] Posted by bradhutt on 09-27-2008 at 04:46 AM • top

You’re all wrong.  It’s obviously a Châteauneuf-du-Pape-r bag.  1998 - a great year.

[58] Posted by loonpond on 09-27-2008 at 09:57 AM • top

This just in:  Chris Johnston has announced that the Anglican Forensic Team has analyzed the stain and determined that it is from “Old Thunderbird” wine.  This just shows how the humble bishop is trying to identify with the poor people of the wine tasting district of DC…or maybe how reduced to poverty the leadership of TEO has occured due to the selfishness of the orthodox.  Developing….

[59] Posted by PROPHET MICAIAH on 09-27-2008 at 10:40 AM • top

Given the sanity and tenacity of the Episcopal Church these days, the “wine” stain must be MD 20/20.  (aka. Mad Dog 20/20).

YBIC,
Phil Snyder

[60] Posted by Philip Snyder on 09-27-2008 at 02:32 PM • top

Good Heavens! I just got a call from a priest friend in Washington, and he/she tells me that the bishop had just been to visit the mission and two, count ‘em two(!), half gallons of Port (the expensive Taylor brand) were gone…I also was told that the bishop was dispensing communion to the homeless from his limousine in plastic recyclable glasses (no bread, just wine)—- actually the driver was acting as chalice bearer——but it is the thought that counts…

[61] Posted by FrVan on 09-27-2008 at 03:00 PM • top

W

[62] Posted by bradhutt on 09-28-2008 at 04:42 AM • top

What are we a bunch of comedians? SF HAS REPLACED THE ORIGINAL POST with this satire and missed the point and an opportunity indeed. This is a very serious matter folks, and I know the homeless persons this effects are nodding their heads with me. Most all have missed the real story here as Baby Blue so astutely pointed out on her blog. The underlying reasons for this lawsuit is the mission not hiring homosexuals and territorial rights. The Central union mission refuses to hire/use homosexuals to serve the needy down there for they regard homosexuality as a sin and they are a bible believing,fundamentalist,evanganical mission serving the downtown washington area for the last 124 years.And perhaps the real reason for the lawsuit-CANA has planted a new mission, St.Mathes, lead by the Reverend Bill Haley in the Central Union Mission building. This my friends, is the heart of the matter and we should not divert our attention by mocking Bishop Chane- for this man believes in what he is doing is right and we need to persuade him that this is wrong, and drop the lawsuit.  I for one will attempt to do that. I wrote Bishop Chane on the 23rd ( see letter below) and will meet with him in October on this injustice.
—————————————-
September 23, 2008

Dear Bishop Chane,

We are very concerned and write to declare our very strong objection to your personal lawsuit with the Central Union Mission as reported in the September 19 edition of the Washington Post Newspaper. It appears your personal passion for the homosexual community and the acceptance of their lifestyle has caused you to file a lawsuit as a course of action against our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus whose beliefs differ from yours. We call upon you to drop this civil action and repent of your transgressions to these faithful people of the Central Union Mission.

The Apostle Paul said the body does not consist of one member but of many, and if one member suffers, all suffer together with it. We ask you to live those words - for we all are members of that one body no matter how much we may disagree.
We call you on you to put aside your personal views and consider the “common good” in all your decisions, especially this one. The Central Union Mission was established in 1884, and is one of America’s oldest social service ministries. The ministry began as an outreach to wayward men, many of them Civil War veterans, on the streets of Washington.

Their Mission Statement reads: “To glorify God through proclaiming and teaching the gospel, leading people to Christ, developing disciples, and serving the needs of hurting people throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.”

      We consider this lawsuit a grave injustice, and I call upon you to meet with us at your earliest convenience.

Faithfully,

Bradley R. Hutt,

Vice President and Chair

American Anglican Council of Washington D.C.

[63] Posted by bradhutt on 09-28-2008 at 05:24 AM • top

Yoikes, Brad.

We have not replaced the original post.  The original post still stands proudly, having gathered 86 comments.  Matt, inspired by the original post, wrote this beautiful letter, now having given two posts for the price of one story.

I personally would enjoy seeing a series of musing letters from various TEC bishops, about all of their various deeply felt concerns—written and edited of course by Matt.

Brad—great letter too on your part.

[64] Posted by Sarah on 09-28-2008 at 07:16 AM • top

Sarah,
ok, found it buried down the list.We all could use a little humor now and then but what I was referring to was all the comments on the wine, not Matt’s letter.  I question the purpose of these blogs- if we use 50% of the efforts many put in on this blog and direct that effort toward useful, productive efforts and challenge these bishops hold them accountable for thei transgressions then maybe we would get somewhere. Thanks for the compliment on my letter.

[65] Posted by bradhutt on 09-28-2008 at 07:51 AM • top

Hello all,
I strongly disagree with Chane’s theology and worry for his soul.  At the same time we should remember that he has shown grace toward All Saints Chevy Chase in permitting the appointment of Paul Zahl and co-management with the Bishop of South Carolina.  I am thankful for that.

[66] Posted by physician without health on 09-29-2008 at 11:09 PM • top

Kudos to Matt for that amazing letter!  Absolutely brilliant.  You should send a copy to Fr. Richard John Neuhaus for FIRST THINGS. This is the kind of stuff he loves. 
One point of clarification though, the homeless guests of Central Union Mission are not yet at the Gales School, so I would think that they need to be liberated from the R Street Shelter, or just from Central Union Mission, since the Mission, in its overtly Christian approach to blessing the homeless is what sticks in Bishop Chane’s craw.  Gales School is where they hope to move, when they exchange properties with the District of Columbia government, and this is why Bishop Chane et. al. are suing the District of Columbia, to stop them from giving the property (Gales School) to Central Union Mission.
BTW, did you know that John Chane had something in common with Jesus?  He used to be a Community Organizer, too (in South Boston/Roxbury). 
Hey #5 Hosea 6:6 Where did you work with the homeless in DC?  I coordinated the Grate Patrol with the DC street people for ten years.
#30 Tired, on the lawsuit (being filed by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State) the bishop lists his address and says he is a resident and DC taxpayer. 
Blessings, and thanks for a smile this evening,
Faith

[67] Posted by Faith on 10-03-2008 at 08:14 PM • top

I had forgotten just how pitch perfect this letter was, jam packed with the usual pretensions and affectations as it is.

“As I journeyed through your experience—your reality—in my spirit, I realized that I would rather starve on the cold streets, without a roof over my head, then be fed, clothed, and sheltered by bigoted extremists.”

The next paragraph, where he happily attributes Buddhist scripture to Jesus, is not bad either.

[68] Posted by Sarah on 02-12-2010 at 11:20 PM • top

Eastern Anglican, I was distressed, distraught and indeed rendered inconsolable by your bigoted display of carbon chauvinism in your comment, to wit, the phrase “self-actualized carbon-based life forms”.

This is an all too common assumption that intelligent life can only be that which resembles our particular iteration.  Why oh why do you feel it necessary to parade your triumphalism in the face of our silicon-based life forms brethren and sistern?

I demand a full apology and retraction, not to mention reparation, and though monetary recompense can never assuage my deep empathic grief, it will serve as a salutary lesson to all likewise tempted to indulge in carbon-centric hate crimes.

[69] Posted by Martha on 02-13-2010 at 08:49 AM • top

Wow Matt. This is a pearler! At first I could not tell if this letter was fair-dinkum or not. It goes up there with Mike Byrd’s video I am Episcopalian.

[70] Posted by Joshua Bovis on 02-14-2010 at 05:32 AM • top

I have to agree with physician (#66).  +Chane is misguided, and this whole episode with the lawsuit is a sad and unnecessary situation, but he has been very gracious to the conservative and anglo-catholic parishes here in DC.  Affairs have been otherwise in the past, and could easily become worse in the future, depending on the character of his replacement.  I, too, am grateful for his live-and-let-live approach toward those with whom he disagrees in his own flock, anyway.

[71] Posted by AngloCath on 02-15-2010 at 02:36 AM • top

[comment deleted; comments implying that somehow people staying in TEC are unscriptural or only interested in wordly things get deleted and “no tolerance or middle way” is allowed on this rule]

[72] Posted by Floridian on 02-15-2010 at 05:27 AM • top

Oh, and # 66, do note that Paul Zahl recently participated in the installation of a liberal ‘gay’ affirming bishop for the diocese of Georgia.

[73] Posted by Floridian on 02-15-2010 at 08:23 AM • top

I wonder if that is what Paul Zahl meant when he said that “it is time for conservatives to give up and give up unconditionally.”

[74] Posted by robroy on 02-15-2010 at 09:10 AM • top

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