Response to the 2016 Primates Gathering Communique from the TEC Bishop of E Tennessee

It is unfortunate that a majority of the Primates of the Anglican Communion have told The Episcopal Church to go “sit in the corner.” Regardless, we are still sisters and brothers in Christ with all people in the Anglican Communion, and more importantly sisters and brothers in Jesus. That will never change. Never.

We hope, pray, and trust that the leadership of the Anglican Communion, as well as the leadership of all of God’s people will now devote their resources, energy, and action to combat the true evils of injustice, poverty, suffering, degradation of creation, violence, and discrimination in our broken world.

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5 comments on “Response to the 2016 Primates Gathering Communique from the TEC Bishop of E Tennessee

  1. tjmcmahon says:

    Feel free to make minor adjustments or put basic info in your own words

    I, (enter name here) the bishop of (enter name of diocese) want to share with you my thoughts on the recent Primates Gathering in Canterbury, England. Our Presiding Bishop and Primate, Michael Curry, had this response:
    (Quote from Curry here)

    The Anglican Primates are not the boss of me.

    (Quote from favorite TEC revisionist)

    ETC, ETC.

    How many of these have I read so far? 50? Would someone please save us some time, and just get hold of the original put out by 815 or Integrity or whoever wrote it up?

  2. Undergroundpewster says:

    I remember the “Jesus freaks” of the 70’s, and while that was my era too, quite frankly, they turned me off.
    [blockquote] Under the guidance and leadership of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, we will – in in our corner – continue to be part of the Jesus Movement in the wider church and world, in our parishes, and in our communities. And all shall be well.[/blockquote]
    I would be interested in a commentary on whether or not the Jesus Movement of the 70’s played a role in creating some of these theologically ignorant bishops of today.

  3. David Keller says:

    #2–Having been a bit of a “Jesus Freak” myself I don’t think so. I think the bigger breakdown occurred because of the Viet Nam war. Lots of liberals and draft dodgers went to seminary to avoid the draft. They had no theological reason to go but figured they could “do good”, avoid the draft and get paid. Many of the ordained “nuts” I knew in the 80s to the early 2000s came from that mold. I’m pretty sure you could count on one hand the number of ordained deputies who were veterans at the three GCs I went to and have several fingers left over. The only one I can think of right now was, of all people, Dorsey Henderson.

  4. MichaelA says:

    Without knowing much about the US situation, I am willing to bet that the situation has a different genesis. Go back to the seminaries and those who taught there. That is always where the trouble arises.

    In other words, “the liberals, draft dodgers and jesus freaks” were not the problem. Those who taught them were the problem, and they were already there.

    We had the same liberal type of students go into Moore College in the 1960s, and they came out as godly evangelical pastors. The difference was that our faculty hadn’t been infiltrated by liberals in the 1940s and 1950s.

    Its not the students, its the faculty.

  5. MichaelA says:

    Add one more to that – if you want to account for the poor state of anglo-catholicism in the Church of England, don’t look at the raw material of their theological students. Look rather at the faculty in their colleges, such as Cuddesdon which was totally turned around by a liberal dean named Robert Runcie in the early 1960s. It is always the faculty in the theological colleges where the rot starts.