Friday, January 04, 2008

We Asked for It

and We Got It!

Several of us have been quietly (or not so quietly) snarling that Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and the "powers that be" at Episcopal Church headquarters didn't seem to be speaking out about the travesties that former bishop Schofield has perpetuated on the Episcopal diocese there, nor offering vocal support to the remaining Episcopalians in that diocese.

ENS has come out today with this marvelous, forward-looking story – with lots of support for the Episcopalians in San Joaquin. It provides some helpful background. It clearly outlines the kinds of support that our national leadership is providing for the Episcopalians there, who are now faced with rebuilding the Episcopal Church in that place. And it includes what I read as a firm statement of resolve and warning to other dioceses that may be laboring under the delusion that they can leave the Episcopal Church.

Good on ENS! Good on the Presiding Bishop, PHoD, Canon to the PB, Remain Episcopal leadership, and all the others who are quoted in the story! Most of all, good on the Episcopalians in central California, who – it seems – may have some things to teach us all about what it means to be the church.

Father Jake blogs it here. As he observes, there is a fair bit of new information in that ENS story; it is not simply "same-old/same-old." Jake has been at the forefront of this story for a month (and more), and I expect that's where the bulk of the discussion will occur. Hop over there to add your $.02.

And while you're blog-hopping, hop over to the Remain Episcopal site and contribute to the rebuilding of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. They now have a link for online donations. At the moment, it seems they've made the "Donate" button about as inconspicuous as can be. Go to their site, locate the first big box ("A Message from the Faithful Episcopal Remnant in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin"), and you will find the teeny little "Donate" button at the bottom of that box.

It's going to take a lot of effort to rebuild the Episcopal Church in an area where Schofield has tried to turn it into a Southern Baptist church in drag. That labor will be supplied by the Episcopalians there. But we can all help with financial contributions for the many costs they will incur.


Blogger Malcolm+ said...

Thanks for the link, Lisa.

For folk on facebook, another way to show support, both moral and financial is at the following cause:

1/04/2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks for that link, Malcolm+. I'm too much an old fart to have a Facebook account. :( But I hope it will help others.

1/04/2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Malcolm+ said...

I see you have one now. And I've asked to be your friend.

1/06/2008 10:01 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Indeed, Malcolm. You and some other friends gave me the kick-in-the-butt that I suppose was required.

And I was delighted to receive and respond to your "friend" request this evening.

1/06/2008 10:06 PM  

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