It seems to me that Rowan’s “Pentecost” letter and Jefferts Schori’s letter present what our worthy opponents often describe as two Gospels. Rowan seems to return to the old Babel, in which he wants all the Anglicans to speak with one mind so they can build a tower into heaven. KJS seems to be speaking about Pentecost – in which there is room for people to speak their own realities.
How did Rowan respond to TEC’s action? With a call for more discipline, more rules, more strictures, more centralized power in the model of the Roman Catholic Church, with its few white guys in the center of power. His desire is to cut off and cast out.
And how does Katharine respond? With humility and a statement that we may not be right, with a call for fuller and deeper engagement, and with a recognition that different people in different cultures may faithfully live out the Gospel in different ways. Her desire is to gather.
It seems to me that the Gospel is rather more on her side, while the Roman curia is more on Rowan’s side.
It seems to me that Rowan’s letter seeks rules whereby he can cast people into Gehenna, and Katharine’s points toward to the New Jerusalem.
Rowan wants to cast out. Katharine wants to gather.
I think I have a sense of which side Jesus would be cheering.
Compare and contrast.
I have never been more proud of our Presiding Bishop. Thank God that – while she spoke with humility and openness – she neither quibbled nor cowered about who we are as the Episcopal Church!
“Choose this day,” indeed. Do you want to be part of Rowan Williams’ New Roman Catholic Church? Or do you want to be part of Katharine Jefferts Schori’s diverse and traditional Anglican Communion? For me, it’s a no-brainer.
Thank God for this letter from our Presiding Bishop!