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Letters to AO

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Letters from 9 to 15 July 2007

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We don't have to make more Christians in the world to 'prove' we are 'right'

As usual, I guess, I'm a bit astounded by Ruth Gledhill's interview with +Peter Nigeria in The Times. My first reaction was that he's just the latest in a large group to give over to a new form of terrorism -- spiritual terrorism -- which he feels might only be appeased by somehow proving to the world of Islam that Christianity can be just as tough and stupid as any other religion.

One assumes we who call ourselves Anglicans have all heard somewhere along the line that a big part of what faith in God, as revealed through His Christ, means is that we are very likely to be on the cutting edge of a lot of societal issues -- and, indeed, that we, too, may get crucified for being there, although our crucifixion is not necessary for that of Jesus to have been once and for all.

Every time we try to be exclusive rather than inclusive; every time we try to beat out the other guy by being tougher and more righteous; every time we respond (as we are wont to do as humans) to challenging new examples of the breadth and depth of God's love for His Creation by condemnation, we betray our Baptism.

For myself, out of my own experience, I would rather stand in favor of the consecration of Bishop Robinson, the affirmation of same-sex unions, and the fear that I might be killed because of it, than I would give over in fear to anyone who tells me my role as a Christian is to punish, deny, and abhor the evolving realities of human life that are being revealed to the world in God's Good Time.

We don't have to make more Christians in the world to "prove" we are "right." It may just be that the Church once again is being called to offer itself up in a shared sacrifice with Our Lord to show what we're really made of and where we really live and have our being.

But I'm not sure many of us -- including me -- have the intestinal fortitude (i.e., guts) to do so. It's far easier to try to fight.

Peter Winterble
San Nicolas de Bari
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
9 July 2007

Angry in Islington

We recently received our Anglican newspaper for the month of July and we are absolutely disgusted with the decision of the Archbishop of Canterbury to not invite the gay Bishop of New Hampshire to Lambeth Conference.

We have been Christians most of our lives and became confirmed Anglicans 40 years ago, after finding a spirit-filled church. We find at this time so much turmoil within the church regarding the homosexual community. Does our God not love everyone? Are we not to share Jesus' love? As parents of a gay son, we  find this not acceptable and are seriously considering leaving this type of hypocritical church and its leaders.

The Anglican Church gives to so many so many wonderful ministries and missions and helps the poor and the homeless, never asking their sexual preference, but will not accept homosexuals into the full body of Christian love. This is blasphemy of the first order.

Stuart and Isabel Irvine
St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Islington
Streetsville, Ontario, CANADA
11 July 2007

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