Monday, April 21, 2008

David Strand and Katharine Jefferts Schori

Has David Strand been listening to the head of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori? Probably not, but they certainly made some similar statements.

In an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, in response to the fact that 7,000+ people had signed a petition to bring back Issues, Etc. he "pointed out that the 7,000 signatures make up one-third of 1 percent of the church body." (St. Louis Post Dispatch, April 15, 2008)

Meaning, of course, that he's not worried about a minuscule number like 7,000 Lutherans.

In the April 19th Salt Lake Tribune the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the Episcopal Church was quoted: issue continues to divide Anglicans among themselves: the 2003 ordination of New Hampshire's Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay man in a committed relationship. Some congregations already have pulled out of the denomination, including the entire Nigerian Diocese, to voice their objections.

Ultimately, Jefferts Schori does not believe the Anglican Communion will splinter over it.

"It's a very, very small part of this church, less than 1 percent, that sees this of sufficient concern to want to leave over it," she said. "Our job is to bless their going and reassure them our door is always open and that we'll keep the light on for them."
Hmmm! Do you think that perhaps David Strand is ready - maybe even anxious - to bless our going, since we're supposedly such a small number?

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