Skip to comments.Lesbian priest makes list for Chicago bishop
Posted on 08/29/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT by jmaroneps37
Though global Anglican leaders have urged the U.S. church to unequivocally exclude gay bishops by next month, an openly lesbian Episcopal priest is among the five nominees for bishop of the Chicago diocese announced Tuesday.
Rev. Tracey Lind, who followed Chicago Bishop William Persell as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, is one of three women named as finalists to replace Persell, who plans to resign after his successor is installed. It is the first slate of candidates in the diocese to include women.
"Since the day last winter when I was asked to make myself available to this nominating process, my discernment prayer has been that God would continue to lead me to serve God's new creation in the church," Lind said in a statement. "I believe that accepting this nomination is what God is asking of me, and I will strive to respond to that call faithfully and with grace."
If Lind wins the election and approval from the larger church, then she would be the second Episcopal bishop living with a same-sex partner.
New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson was consecrated in 2003, drawing ire from conservative Episcopalians and many members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is the American arm. Episcopalian leaders have been searching for ways to maintain an inclusive denomination while preserving unity with conservative factions of the Anglican world who believe homosexuality violates Scripture....
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Take it from a Catholic - there can be as many enemies with in the church as outside of it.
Dollars to donuts this “woman” looks and dresses like a man.
Just used teh google.
Just used teh google.
That’s the best way to destroy something.
I’m a lesbian in a man’s body, leave me alone!
""The great reformed preacher Karl Barth once said that sermons should be written with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I have tried to pay homage to that wisdom in my ministry, and sometimes it's really challenging. This coming Sunday is no exception. Like every first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading reminds us of Jesus' time in the wilderness immediately following his anointing baptism. The tempter, as this manifestation of evil is called in Matthew's Gospel, challenges Jesus to:
Command stones to become loaves of bread;
Throw himself down from the pinnacle of the temple; and
Worship Satan in exchange for all the kingdoms of the world.
Last week as I listened to our president's annual State of the Union Address, I kept thinking about [the lesson of the tempter in Matthew 4]. There's a connection here, and it scares me. There are obvious connections to the Gospel, but how do we talk about them without seeming so partisan that our words will fall on deaf ears? Last week as I listened to our president's annual State of the Union Address, I kept thinking about the lectionary reflection I promised to write for The Witness . There's a connection here, and it scares me. There are obvious connections to the Gospel, but how do we talk about them without seeming so partisan that our words will fall on deaf ears? At a dinner party last Saturday night, I asked my guests how they make the connection. It resulted in a thoughtful, lively, provocative, and sometimes heated table conversation.
Now, I could suggest that we interpret our nation's president as the one being tempted.
If this be the case, he is first being tempted to feed us with the promise of more control over our money through tax cuts and Social Security reform more bread for everybody, to borrow from the nomenclature of the Sixties. Second, he is being tempted to dazzle us with his ability to overthrow a dictator and liberate a nation in the name of freedom and democracy through one fell swoop of bombs and artillery. Third, he is being tempted to abandon the gospel of his Episcopal Church affiliation and give into the fundamentalism of the New Religious Right for a combination of personal, political and religious gain.
But I won't go there. That's way too partisan, and furthermore, that makes our president's vocation too closely aligned with the savior of the world.
I could suggest that we as a nation are the ones being tempted.
First, we are being tempted to believe that the stones of tax cuts, the privatization of Social Security, and health savings accounts will yield the harvest of bread for all of our nation's children and ourselves.
Second, we are being tempted to jump off a cliff by believing that the violation of our limited wilderness for the sake of oil and the disregard of our clean skies for industrial and energy production will not damage our fragile environment. We are tempted to believe that the elimination of corporate regulations will promote economic growth; that medical liability reform and information technology will reduce health care costs and make it more accessible to the uninsured. We are tempted to believe that the banning of gay marriage will strengthen the institution of heterosexual marriage, and that the reduction of Ryan White funding will aid the fight against AIDS. We are even tempted to believe that discriminatory acts against immigrants in this country and preemptive military action around the world will reduce terrorism and hatred of the United States.
[W]e are being tempted to yield our moral obligation of humility and respect for difference by believing that our nation has an inalienable right and God-given responsibility to spread the face of democracy, justice, freedom and peace throughout the world according to our own cultural standards, ideals, and worldview. Third, we are being tempted to yield our moral obligation of humility and respect for difference by believing that our nation has an inalienable right and God-given responsibility to spread the face of democracy, justice, freedom and peace throughout the world according to our own cultural standards, ideals, and worldview.
But I'm not going there, either, because I don't believe that the Gospel was written for the nation.
However, since the president himself used religious language (e.g., guiding idea, blessing, sacrifice, grateful, symbol of trust, peace, and unity) and invoked religious symbols (e.g., stewardship, discipline great moral success, sacred institution, culture of life, and human dignity), it is the obligation of the preacher to reclaim the language, symbols and morals of our faith traditions. After all, Jesus resisted the temptations and began his ministry, bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free, and proclaiming the year of God's favor (Luke 4:18-19). Therefore, I want to suggest that for us preachers, the real temptation is to avoid the controversy and stay in safe waters, or in the words of my dinner guest, Dorothy, to give in and give up.
To my brothers and sisters who have the power of access through the responsibility of preaching and the privilege of the pulpit, I say let us have the courage to preach this coming week with the Bible in one hand and the State of the Union address in the other come what may and cost what it will.""
...just giving men another reason “to hate church” (aka, just giving
up on going to what becomes a freak show)
This is sooooooo nice....
Precisely my take on most churches. Keep trying to find one that will stay close to the instructional manual for my son, but am always put off by the “fads and fancies” crowd. Looked into Christ Chapel in Alexandria, VA, and got a serious case of willies when I met the guy in charge of the childrens class. Shoosh, this is the church George Washington went to for Christ sake!!
Oh. my! A lesbian AND a Marxist!
African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Alliance of Baptists
American Baptist Churches in the USA
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Church of the Brethren
The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends United Meeting
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Hungarian Reformed Church in America
International Council of Community Churches
Korean Presbyterian Church in America
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Mar Thoma Church
Moravian Church in America Northern Province and Southern Province
National Baptist Convention of America
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
Orthodox Church in America
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Polish National Catholic Church of America
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Reformed Church in America
Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada
The Swedenborgian Church
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America
United Church of Christ
The United Methodist Church
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
“Shoosh, this is the church George Washington went to for Christ sake!!”
And it sure does seem ironic that Gen. George S. Patton was (AFAIK)
a fairly observant Episcopalian.
Too bad he wasn’t around to give a few right-minded motivational talks
to the flock.
Tracy’s got a scorching case of BDS! Why are the devil’s handmaidens always so homely?
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