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Letters to AO

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Letters received during the week of 24 August 2003

Actually, we'll take all the praise anybody wants to send us

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to the Anglican world during this past month. We maybe squabbling over gays as bishops, but we all seem to have our unity around Anglicans Online! Thank you. Nowhere else can we find such a compilation of Angilican news and information from around the Communion. I particularly enjoyed and benefited from reading statesments from other bishops, even those I disagreed with! All intelligent and to be respected. No matter what "side" we're on, we all appreciate your work! (I know you won't publish this as you all are kind of shy when it comes to people giving you honors!)

Steven Rogers
St. Paul's, North Andover
Wilmington, MA
25 August 2003

We think we did this because we listened to the Holy Spirit

I AM SICK AT HEART OVER THE RECENT EVENTS concerning the American Episcopal church and the election of the first openly gay bishop. Where does the sheep go when there is a problem with one of the shephards? As a more conservative anglican, I feel more and more edged out of my own church. I feel as though a wolf has been brought to the middle of the flock.

Mind, I have nothing against the gay community per se. I have friends who are openly gay. I feel they should have a judicially arranged marraige contract, which allows them to obtain certain rights that straight couples share such as medical & life insurance. I have no problem worshiping next to them. I have nothing personal against this man who was elected. I am sure he is a lovely human being, who I assume is faithful to God. I am instructed by my savior to forgive their lifestyle, which I do. My problem lies with the scripture, and what it says about the issue of homosexuality. I expect my clergy to be a step above the rest of us, if he or she is going to wear the collar and lead the rest of the flock morally. I do not want someone who practices an alternate lifestyle telling me it is alright when the bible says it is not. My questions to this man are, Have you gone and sinned no more? Have you turned away from this lifestyle you embrace? And to the entire convention... Did you do this for God's Glory or your own agenda to make a political statement? If the latter, I am heartily dissapointed. I pray God, that the Archbishop of Canterbury will flex some liturgical muscle of his own, and that the convention will be forced to deal with their consequences.

Natalie Neckermann
St. Luke's Episcopal
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
27 August 2003

The flock chooses its leader, was noch?

I READ SEVERAL OF THE BISHOPS' STATEMENTS on the gay ordination issue - not all of them by any means, but more than a few. In each case I checked, the bishop carefully considered this, and prayerfully weighed that, and then came down firmly on the side I would have expected most of his communicants to favor, given where he came from. Thus, Northern California is for the gay ordination; Ft Worth very opposed. This does not speak very well for the quality of either the ethical or intellectual leadership the Episcopal church is getting from its bishops these days.

On the issue of the ordination itself, it seems to me the new Bishop of New Hampshire would have done more service to his church if he had followed the example of St. Paul, who as I recall said he would not eat meat if that gave offense to any and led to a weakening of his flock.

Evan Becker
First Lutheran, CO Spgs (employed at Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
28 August 2003

Remember that each diocese chooses its own bishop, so it would stand to reason that a bishop's position on most issues mirrors that of the people who chose him or her.

Support for General Convention

I AM WRITING HERE AS I HAVE JUST WRITTEN TO OUR BISHOP, Daniel Herzog in Albany, NY. I wish to express my support for the General Convention and for Gene Robinson and the New Hampshire Diocese that chose to elect him. I eagerly emprace this church and faith that includes all people. I believe that this is the true mission of our faith in Christ as expressed in the New Testament, as Jesus himself practiced in his eloquent ministry.

Thousands of gay men and women have served to enrich the faith and culture of our church. I would hope that our faith continues to openly and warmly encourage their continued service and leadership at all levels. Our faith is better for their participation and we are better Christians for welcoming them in the the love and Communion of Christ. Thank you!

Mary Sanders Shartle
Bethesda Episcopal, Saratoga Springs, NY
Greenfield Center, NY, USA
31 August 2003

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