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It is simultaneously exciting and amusing to see Episcopal leaders like Dean Gary Hall of Washington National Cathedral suddenly getting attention for saying things they have been saying for years.

Salon is among the media outlets that took notice of Hall’s recent sermon in which he said that homophobia is a sin.

It is worth remembering that the Episcopal Church’s willingness to speak clearly and forcefully in accessible theological terms is still regarded as news by folks who make decisions about what hundreds of thousands of people will read, watch or hear.


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barbara snyder

It is a good article, I have to admit….


[Responding to the challenge of Jonah Kraut on the Pew vs Chair thread ;-/]

I think Dean Hall’s comments are pretty uncontroversial now, within TEC—that’s a good thing (IMO).

But we’re challenged, from the outside (i.e., secular LGBTs/allies), whether 1) this is (from ANY Christians) “Too Little, Too Late”, or 2) IF it’s not too late, whether we’re effectively (confrontationally?) communicating this to non-LGBT affirming Christians (well, those who claim the name “Christian” anyway).

Following Dean Hall (again), this may be a start:

It’s not enough just to tell LGBTs they’re welcome/we repent of past homophobia. We need to find way to END homophobic discrimination that’s occuring (blasphemously) in Jesus’s Name.

Ending the homophobic bigotry committed by “Christians”, while struggling in the manner of Jesus (seeing Christ IN our homophobic opponents), is going to be a tough row to hoe (between a rock and a hard place!).

But I believe that’s where the Holy Spirit is calling us.

JC Fisher

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