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The saint emerging from #Primates2016

The saint emerging from #Primates2016

Ruth Gledhill, former religion correspondent for The Times who now writes for Christian Today, offers this tribute to our presiding bishop:

The saint emerging from this sad hour is not the Archbishop of Canterbury, nor any leader of the Global South churches.

It is the Primate of The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

He has not been well. In Canterbury this week, he has appeared in the flesh, as well as in spirit, as a person enduring great suffering. He is a champion of gay rights. In response to the sanctions against his Church, he said: “I stand before you as your brother. I stand before you as a descendant of African slaves, stolen from their native land, enslaved in a bitter bondage, and then even after emancipation, segregated and excluded in church and society. And this conjures that up again, and brings pain. The pain for many will be real. But God is greater than anything. I love Jesus and I love the church. I am a Christian in the Anglican way. And like you, as we have said in this meeting, I am committed to ‘walking together’ with you as fellow Primates in the Anglican family.”

The holiness in him and in his words is tangible. It is a genuine turning of the other cheek. He is not threatening to walk away, he is pledging his Church to walk together with all the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

It is his grace in the face of terrible rejection that shines out from this whole sorry episode.

Read it all: The sacrificial grace of Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church.

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Dr. Anne Hawken

Let us also consider that not all districts have opened their hearts to women clergy. Some will allow service as a deacon, others stop at Bishop. It seems we will have a longer wait than three years before the message of inclusion reaches all ears. Think back to the early days of Christianity and why it spread so successfully. It was because Christians took in the outcasts, fed the hungry, served the sick. Let us keep that evangelical outlook as we pray for the rest of the Anglican Communion. They allow themselves to be driven by fear, fear of cultural reprisal, fear of being tainted by association with the outcasts of society. I pray for them to open their hearts to the very simple message Christ brings to us. I pray that my heart stays open to comfort their fear. Peace to all.

Fred Howard, Jr.

Yes. The entire sorry mess.

Fr. Brian K. Wilbert

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…thanks be…and thanks be for the life and witness of Michael Bruce Curry.

Joann Ward

I choose to believe the next three years will allow the rest of the Anglican Communion, at least by majority, to catch up to TEC. Being genteel will keep doors open. We need people to listen. So rise above the reflexive reaction. Stand beside an open door to be welcomed into our house for hospitality and lovingkindness.

George Thomas Ward

When my wife and I joined the Episcopal Church in 1992, we were asked two questions: are you a Christian?,and have you been baptized? Both were yes! We were not questioned about any of the discrimination things. Let’s pray the Anglicans can learn to be more accepting of people without being discriminatory. I’m with Bishop Curry!

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