I have had a great time in Auckland attending the SBL International Conference. As usual, met a host of people, had a myriad of conversations, and received a plethora of challenges on all sorts of fronts. One of these is the ongoing question which lies at the heart of the shape of the unfolding Lambeth Conference: what place and space is there for gay and lesbian Anglicans in the Anglican Communion and in the member churches of the Communion, including my church, ACANZP?
Some of my reflections on various conversations needs to be ripened a little. But I offer this one: we cannot expect all gay and lesbian Anglicans to feel secure about being who they are in mainstream parishes and thus there is a need for some specific places and spaces for gay and lesbian Anglicans to meet around the word and the sacrament. (The specific example I have been reminded of is the 'place' called the Auckland Community Church (which is non-denominational) which has met for many years, and continues to meet in the 'space' called St Matthew's-in-the-City (Anglican) Church).
And Luke's Use of Matthew - my paper - went down well (as far as can be determined when the presenter leaves just a minute for questions)!