Picketing Akinola

News from "Akinola Repent" about an event on Sunday:

[Archbishop Peter] Akinola will appear at the chapel of ultra-conservative Wheaton College at 10:30 a.m . The chapel is located at the corner of Washington and Franklin Streets in Wheaton, Illinois, about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago. (Wheaton College is not the target of this protest.)

The demonstration will be peaceful and will not disrupt the church service. It is aimed not only at the archbishop but at his American enablers, former Episcopalians with a particular antipathy for Gay people who are splitting the Church to keep Gay people out.

Gay and Straight Episcopalians will gather at 8 a.m. for Mass at St. James’s Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago, then drive to Wheaton for the demonstration, which will last one hour, from 10-11 a.m. Protesters will march in procession on the sidewalk opposite the Wheaton College Chapel and will not interfere with those attending the church service.

The demonstration is co-sponsored by dailyoffice.org, a prayer website serving the Episcopal Church, and the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago.

Dailyoffice.org sponsored an American speaking tour for Davis Mac-Iyalla earlier this summer, with appearances in 20 U.S. cities.

For more information contact Josh Thomas at josh@dailyoffice.org.

Comments (2)

Jim,
I don't think 'ultra-conservative' is an accurate description of Wheaton College. The description fits places like Bob Jones University, BIOLA, Moody Bible Institute, Liberty University. Madeleine L'Engle used to be a regular at Wheaton's Christian writers gathering and said it was a delight - plenty of room for artists to talk about what ambiguities their inspirations, plots, and images led them to. Jim Wallis spoke there recently to a large and enthusiastic crowd. Their Center for Christian Ethics seems to be on board with the greening of Evangelicalism and something like MDG goals as a Biblical mandate. Various clergy friends came to our church via Trinity Episcopal, in Wheaton where a some of the Wheaton faculty are members, and Trinity (judging from their website) isn't the sort of Episcopal Church that's planning on packing up and leaving us. When I find myself stumbling over the word 'conservative' describing our schismatics, the word feels inaccurate because of places like Wheaton that I'd simply call 'conservative.' If we're going to sustain a spectrum, it's worth noticing which conservatives are still in conversation with us - even if they're hosting Peter Akinola.

Donald, I think you make a fair point. The language you mention isn't mine. And I always enjoyed reading Mark Noll, who spent a long time on the Wheaton faculty as I recall.

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