Rick Warren offers a home to conservative Anglicans

Pastor Rick Warren has offered to allow any Anglican group that might lose access to worship space as a result of the recent ruling in California in favor the Episcopal Church, to have the use of the campus at Saddleback Church in Orange County.

This news from Christianity Today's Live Blog which quotes from an email from Warren that they have just received:

[The Episcopal Church has] already considered me an adversary after partnering on projects with Kolini, Orumbi, and Nzimbi, and writing the TIME bio on Akinola.

But since last summer... I’ve been on Gene Robinson and other’s attack list for my position on gay marriage. ....[Our] brothers and sisters here at St. James in Newport Beach lost their California State Supreme Court case to keep their property.

We stand in solidarity with them, and with all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County.

The St. James parish is not giving up its court case and has plans to seek other legal remedy. In the meantime, other conservative Episcopal congregations or Anglican church planters might be eager to take pastor Rick up on his offer. "

Read the full article here.

Comments (10)

Fr. Knisely,

I recommend checking out this as a taster of how connected the Rev. Warren actually is to quite a lot of conservative Anglican goings-on, and some of them quite troubling.


Christopher Evans

Rick Warren certainly has a thin skin. A few negative comments for a few Episcopal bishops in the press and suddenly he is on their "attack list." I wonder if he realizes how poorly this reflects on President-elect Obama for choosing such a hotheaded, headline-hunting controversialist to give the invocation at his inauguration. You can't portray yourself as a healer when you insert yourself into other people's battles. We on the left were worried about this man being anointed the next Bill Graham, but that mantle is unlikely to be bestowed on someone who exercises such poor judgment. What he is doing here is picking a fight with the all of the mainline Protestant denominations willing to grant gay and lesbian Christians the birthright of their baptism. The notion that Warren is some kind of new evangelical can now safely be laid to rest. He's proud of his affiliation with outspoken bigots like Orombi. He seems to have no regrets about what he wrote about Akinola. Let us hope that he continues to speak out on this issue. He is undermining himself in ways that we never could.

One thing I should note in closing: no one has problems with his "partnering" in projects with the African bishops he names. What we have problems with is his endorsing their attempts to tear apart the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Pro and anti-gay marriage leaders work together within the Communion all of the time. Warren has cast his lot with the small handful of leaders who say such cooperation is not possible.

This guy is arrogant...such self-obsessed silliness and defensive righteousness... plain grandstanding for the anti-homo folk...strut,strut.

Like we needed another reason to "reproach, in Christian love", Our Brother Rick.

JC Fisher

Is this board truly reflective of an "inclusive" TEC? Contrary opinions seem not to be tolerated.

J. Brooks

There is an intersting dilemma for people who favor inclusion. Can they exclude people who don't favor inclusion. i think that if you are serious about inclusion you take on its adversaries.

J. Brooks, I'd say that's an untrue statement - since your post is right there. Your opinion is obviously being tolerated, don't you think?

By now the "you're not inclusive" ad hominem has been discredited completely (if it ever made any sense, that is). It's not "intolerant" to question and argue with others' opinions; it's called "debate." Several posters here have made strong arguments against Rick Warren, giving sources and examples; nobody's required to "accept" arguments and actions they believe to be wrong.

Yes, Rick Warren is a Christian and nobody would try to keep him out of the church (as one of the commenters above stated precisely, calling him a "brother"); no, we don't have to accept his arguments as correct if we think we have better ones - and we do.


I have no problem with him partnering with our bishops, I do have a problem when he partners with them in ways that stir up hatred toward gay folk in already vulnerable situations. It's more than just about the Communion and TEC, it's about how other human beings are treated, which is more fundamental in my opinion, than our squabbles about gay marriage.

One thing I should note in closing: no one has problems with his "partnering" in projects with the African bishops he names.

I think if looked into deeper Jim, you would have problems. It is reported by folks on the ground that he is involved in damaging historically successful anti HIV/AIDS programs in Africa with conservative "abstinence only" initiatives, by even going so far as to publicly burn condoms!

Overall, useful and thought provoking (at least for me) comments to my inquiry...Thanks.

B. Snyder..I did not express an opinion; I asked a question. I apologize if this was not clear.

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