Notes from the clergy conference with the Presiding Bishop:
First, until Bishop Steenson’s resignation is accepted by the Standing Committee, the HoB cannot vote. They will mail a ballot to each bishop when the SC completes action, probably next Thursday.
Second, ++KJS is quite insistent that a clause be added to the St. Clement’s contract making it null and void if they cease to be an independent congregation of join another part of the Anglican Communion/ She, rightly in my mind, sees this as crucial for TEC. I believe she repeated that at least once and referred to that principle several times in the question and answer session. However, the agreement is signed, sealed, delivered and the money became an investment instrument the minute it was received. I don’t believe it can be legally reopened. But she is steely eyed committed to see that this clause gets in all the next agreements. “Warning Will Robinson!”
Third, two bishops threatened +Jeffrey, over this agreement with St. Clement. CO and I believe XX were the bishops. He was really upset by this –in tears and shaking- and it included deposition, law suits, not allowing him to resign. . . We were quite angry on hearing this and wondered if they realized they were talking to a NM – TX bishop. Their cities may have a lot of urban gang problems; but, they don’t realize most of us have guns, know how to use them and nobody’s gonna mess with our bishops!
Fourth –from my response in the 2nd TV interview thread: We also are blessed with numerous solid, experienced leaders here in the Rio Grande and, while we do the necessary grief work and say our affectionate “Adios!” to +Jeffery and Debbie, be assured that the orthodox Anglicans will be organizing and communicating with one another.
A laugh. The ++Sheehan, Roman Archbishop of Santa Fe, wanting to check +Jeffrey’s ecclesial history had Jeffrey put a vita together. The found a picture in the archives of +Terence Kelshaw being consecrated bishop and there, in the inner circle of bishops, ++Sanchez, then Archbishop of Santa Fe, is clearly shown with his hand on +Terry’s head. Jeffrey sent them a copy of that picture. Apostolic succession… [BG]
Finally, I did not have the appropriate chance to speak to ++KJS in the open session. If the wireless had reached I was going to live blog it. God provides. Looking and listening to KJS by the clergy helped illuminate the issues that divide us in TCGC. She helped some of the moderates realize the universalist heretic that she is. Frankly, I had planned not to be there but out walking the stations. Both +Jeffery and Fr. Kelley asked us to stay. Several asked me if I wanted to spend the afternoon with her. I replied saying, “I have a two word response. ‘No’.”
I stayed and prayed for +Jeffrey. I’m exhausted, and working here at work. I was able to level in a 1x1 with ++KJS. We ended up standing in the line at the refectory together and it was long, just long enough. My former deacon told me later she wished she had her camera with her because “it was a real Kodak moment.” Like Paul, I pulled out all my social action credentials, etc, Then with her full admiration and attention, I pointed to B033 offering a promise that this Wesleyan could take hope in and found it dashed in 24 hours. Now, “local pastoral provision” is shouting to the world where we were headed, almost making it impossible for me to have any place at TEC’s table. They are tearing it further.
Thank you Lord Jesus.
Adios. . .