The Ultimate Word

"The ultimate Word is not a paragraph but a person. If Jesus is the Word of God incarnate, then the heart of proclamation is personal and relational, not propositional."

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki * God, Christ, Church, page 135

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A meeting of the firsts...

It was an incredible night last night in Anaheim! At every General Convention the Integrity Eucharist is widely recognized as one of the biggest highlights!

This year was different, only in that it was even better than before. The official count from Integrity is that we had more than 1300 people in attendance.

Bishop Gene Robinson presided over our gathering with gentleness and humility.

Bishop Barbara Harris brought a word. And how!

So here's her money quote from the night:

"If you don't want GLBT folks as bishops, don't ordain them as deacons.

Better yet, be honest and say, 'we don't want you, you don't belong here' and don't betsow on them the sacrament of baptism to begin with.

How can you initiate someone and treat them like they are half-assed baptized?"

Now tell me that won't preach!!!

And to bring an incarnational presence to her words, dozens - maybe more than a hundred - of us who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender bishops, priests, and deacons crowded around Bishop Robinson for the blessing.

As a church, we are blessed beyond measure by the ministries of these two giants of the faith.

Follow all of the news from General Convention via IntegriTV at the General Convention Portal. Rumor has it that I'll be interviewed for it early next week, so keep watching!

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