That's Anonymous who has a bit of a go at me for criticizing Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori.
Well, I am wondering what you think about her latest public address - her opening address to the General Convention of TEC in Anaheim.
I have had a look at it. Readers may read it here.
I notice this description of the reason for the great crisis the Anglican Communion is in:
"The crisis of this moment has several parts, and like Episcopalians, particularly ones in Mississippi, they’re all related. The overarching connection in all of these crises has to do with the great Western heresy – that we can be saved as individuals, that any of use alone can be in right relationship with God. It’s caricatured in some quarters by insisting that salvation depends on reciting a specific verbal formula about Jesus. That individualist focus is a form of idolatry, for it puts me and my words in the place that only God can occupy, at the center of existence, as the ground of all being. That heresy is one reason for the theme of this Convention."
I leave readers to make their judgement. Mississippi readers, please take that little joke in good part.
But I wonder, Anonymous, are you completely satisfied with the depth of theological insight on display here from the Presiding Bishop of TEC? Insight, that is, into 'the crisis', and insight into salvation? ... I would not like to be a penitential thief hanging on a cross beside this bishop. No hope for me!
I grant that much in the speech is superbly attuned to the nitty gritty of some tough issues, especially financial ones which TEC faces, and offers good practical Bible based wisdom towards a new way for the future.
But then towards the end I came across this:
"We Christians often think the only important part of the Jerusalem story is Calvary, and, yes, suffering and killing in that place still seem to be the loudest news. But Calvary was a waypoint in the larger arc of God’s dream – it’s on the way to Jerusalem, it is not in Jerusalem. Jesus’ passion was and is for God’s dream of a reconciled creation."
Calvary a 'waypoint'?
God has a 'dream'?