Wednesday, October 18, 2006

LEAC and "The Six Veils"

In Pulling the Plug on LEAC, The Episcopal Majority noted the plans of a group meeting in Orlando next month with the stated purpose of drawing Episcopalians out of the Episcopal Church. Today, some additional information is available.

An Episcopalian sent an e-mail to LEAC, asking for clarification. He characterized his note thus:

I may be the only one in the dark about the reference to "The Six Veils" in the email . . . about the LEAC conference in Orlando. Be that as it may, I just decided to write and ask what the "Six Veils" part was all about.

The response below is what I received. I share it for your information and edification ... unless of course you already knew what it was all
about ... in which case, hit delete.
Here – in its totality – is the reply he received from the LEAC organizer:

It's nice to hear from you, but I am totally inundated with work for the Orlando conference.

Briefly, the term refers to six non-spiritual reasons many in The Middle 80% give for not wishing to participate (or even prevent open discussion) in today's deep issues dividing the church. They include political correctness; aversion to controversy; personal, irrational subservience to even misguided clergy (particularly bishops); placing harmony and unity above attention to Scripture as the preferred parish environment; permitting the rector and/or vestry set the agenda [sic] for open forums, censoring our controversial or extremely difficult subjects. You get the drift.

These impediments to truth and reality must be addressed and removed. Two or three speakers at Orlando who have successfully pulled away The Six Veils and gotten to the meat of the controversy, with positive results, will home [sic] in on this subject.

It is my personal opinion (shared by a number of national leaders) that the veil syndrome may be the biggest obstacle to the parish decision-making progress as the moment of truth nears. If it is not addressed and defeated, there is little hope for survival of more than a tiny remnant of Anglicanism. The vessel of evil, TEC, will pull out with most of the middle 80% including many innocents, trapped in the holds. That's I [sic] talking, not LEAC, which tries to be even-handed while waving a huge danger flag.

Hope to see you with some friends in Orlando.

Faithfully,

Jim
James P. Ince
The Episcopal Church is "the vessel of evil"? I don't think so! -- and I am almost breathless at such an accusation. I am delighted at many of the steps TEC has taken over the past 30 years, and I'm not so happy with some others. But I am aghast at such self-satisfied and self-righteous statements as this. Me, I see lots more shades of grey.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Flutegirl said...

I thought it was "The Dance of the SEVEN Veils."

10/20/2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Flutegirl, I think you can draw some conclusions based on the fact that the LEAC folks don't know the difference between the well-known "seven" veils and their "six veils."

10/21/2006 1:49 AM  

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