Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bonds of Affection

For some people in the Anglican Communion, “diversity is a problem.”

Episcopal News Service posted this story, in which the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, decried the diversity in the Anglican Communion. Katie Sherrod has an account of Canon Kearon’s egregious statement to our Executive Council.

For other people, reaching across boundaries reveals unity and community.

I think there’s a parable in this amazing video. I give thanks to Padre Mickey for finding it and Fran for having the good judgment to share it further.

Please watch this four-minute video here or at YouTube. If you can do so without being deeply moved, you are a tougher person than I.

Now … shall we discuss the real meaning of “bonds of affection”?

Would the primates of the Anglican Communion recognize bonds as strong as that man and that gorilla? If not, there is no hope for the thing called the Anglican Communion.


Blogger Malcolm+ said...

We have the wrong kind of primates. Kwibi is clearly more advanced.

6/26/2010 10:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Amen, Malcolm+. That's what I wanted to say.

The bond of affection between these two is overwhelming.

6/26/2010 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah crap.

"There is a logic which says if you do not share the faith and order of the wider communion then you shouldn't represent that communion to the wider church"...

Or he could have accepted that TEC are a part of that, diverse, thing, in which unity does not require centre-rightist uniformity.

6/27/2010 6:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Amen, Tim.
While I was busy this week, many bloggers more wise than I commented on Kearon's miserable comments.

For me, offering a very late comment, this video seemed to say all that needs saying: If that many and that gorilla can have such a deep bond of affection, shouldn't the Anglican Communion show at least as much compassion?

I suppose our current Puritans would say "no." But I won't.

6/27/2010 6:48 PM  
Blogger MarkBrunson said...

Thank you, Lisa.

I found that profoundly touching - I teared up a bit.

How sad a world, when we look to beasts rather than humans as exemplars of affection.

6/29/2010 12:48 AM  

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