The saint emerging from #Primates2016

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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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Jonathan Weldon
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Ruth Gledhill writes for "Christian Today", not "Christianity Today." There is a difference.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

As a couple of commentators have pointed out, the article itself is not very good; but focusing on the views of Bishop Curry, the citation in the article above together with his remarks in the interview (see other thread) were the best way to end the terrible day that was yesterday.

Back to the full article, the author's notion that we sit in judgement of other parts of The Communion at our peril is nonsense. Countries must be judged on their human rights abuses. Uganda, for example, has a terrible human rights record. Just for example, check out the view of Uganda from Human Rights Watch.

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Jeffery Cox
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Jeffery Cox

Not sure that the PB has authority to make decisions outside of the Executive Committee. They should be meeting and acting.

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Leslie Marshall
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Leslie Marshall

I pray for Bishop Curry's good health, that he remain strong , with endurance and that he would rest in the Lord.

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

Thank you, Leslie.

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Jenn
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Jenn

Please follow the comment policy and post using your first & last names. -ed

I believe he will.

He received me into TEC in Jan of 09. While i have NO significant personal interaction with him what Ive had the privilege of being a small part of in the Diocese of NC assures me he will!

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Ellen Campbell
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Ellen Campbell

People should very carefully read the underlying article; it smacks of British arrogance. What she is really saying is forced an African American Presiding Bishop to the back of the bus, so WE can, in the form of Welby, do God's work in the world. I agree with JC Fisher. The underlying article was ridiculous.

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

That's not the only problem with the article.

She concedes that Uganda walked out, but then says, "This grace and sacrifice is what has allowed the Archbishop of Canterbury to preserve the unity of the Anglican Communion this week."

History will likely show that unity has not been preserved.

Then Gledhill goes on to suggest solutions. First, that the Communion accept concurrent jurisdictions, as in Europe. This is a cave-in to ACNA and would imperil the CofE's position in England.

Or second "a more federal" structure like the Lutherans -- which is a complete (and Seitz-like) misuse of the word "federal."

Federal means having federal authority at the center. This is exactly what the Communion has never had, and what the Primates are now trying (illegitimately) to grab for themselves.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Gledhill's use of 'federal' tracks with the common usage vis-à-vis Communion, as this discussion has recently transpired.

Of course anyone can have recourse to their own preferred usages of words.

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