Judge Sarah Reeves preached a provocative sermon.
(From the report)
"“The economist John Kenneth Galbraith said all great leaders have one characteristic in common: They are willing to confront the major anxiety of their people in their time.
“Our church is painfully and publically grappling with the issue of blessings for same-sex couples and ordination of people in same sex relationships
“So, Archbishop Philip, you have your work cut out.”
She then a brief, but broad hint at how she feels about the same sex debate:
“I can’t help thinking: Is this really the defining issue of our time?
“Will we really tear ourselves apart over this?
“Surely, this is but a sub-set of building a just and life-giving community for all?
“Society at large has taken measure, and moved on.“Why can’t we?”"
It is pretty clear where this perspective starts from and sees the end. It is a good example of the framing of the situation of our church from this perspective. God's wisdom has been declared by 'society at large' and we should follow it. Heaven forbid that we should 'tear ourselves apart' through some demurring that there is another wisdom, the wisdom which God has declared, without consulting society. (And 'society' might be wrong, as Charles Moore muses).
Actually, as I am going to attempt to explain soon here at ADU, there will be no tearing apart. But there may be a quiet walking in different ways, as Anglicans seek to follow Jesus according to their understanding of what Jesus revealed.
If Archbishop Philip were to read this, I would encourage him to consider the Galbraith quote very carefully. I think Galbraith is right. But I do not think Judge Reeves is right about the major anxiety of our church at this time. That anxiety is whether we will remain in existence in twenty years time. I very much hope ++Philip will help us to confront that anxiety!