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a comment on the Primates' Communiqué

I'm working on another and more detailed piece on the Primates' Meeting and what came out of it, but I was just singing this song, and thought it was a good comment right now:

Is it getting better
or do you feel the same
does it make it easier on you
now you've got someone to blame?

You say one love
one life
when it's one need
in the night
one love
we get to share it
it leaves you, darling
if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you
leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you've never had love
now you want me to go without

Is it too late
tonight
to drag the past out into the light?
We are one
but we're not the same
we get to carry each other
carry each other
one ...

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus
to the lepers in your head?
Did I ask too much --
more than a lot?
Well, you gave me nothing
now that's all I've got
and we are one
but we're not the same
and we hurt each other
then we do it again
you say love is a temple
love's a higher law
love is a temple
love's a higher law
you ask me to enter,
and then you make me crawl
and I can't keep holding on
to what you've got
when all you've got is hurt

One love
one blood
one life
you've got to do what you should
one life
with each other
sisters
brothers
one life, but we're not the same
we get to carry each other
carry each other
one ...

Do you hear him coming, Lord
Do you hear his call
You hear us knocking
We’re knocking at your door
You hear us coming, Lord
You hear us call
You hear him scratching
Then you make us crawl

("One," U2, U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle)

February 21, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

+Katharine Jefferts Schori elected to Primates' Standing Committee

Ruth Gledhill reports that the Most Rev'd Katharine Jefferts Schori has been elected to the Primates' Standing Committee, along with Archbishops Mouneer Anis from Egypt, Henry Luke Orombi from Uganda, Philip Aspinall from Australia, and Barry Morgan from Wales. All members of the Primates' Standing Committee serve on the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates with the Anglican Consultative Council, so this is very important indeed.

Congratulations and prayers are in order for all on the committee.

It's true that someone from the Americas was going to be elected to represent the region, and therefore not all that remarkable in some ways that any one person would be elected out of that small pool. But how different this is from the scenario so many envisaged prior to the Primates' Meeting, in which Primates (including Archbishop Orombi) would refuse to be seated at any table with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, and some predicted (on no sound basis, but that didn't mean that anticipation and blood pressure didn't rise in response) that the first action of the meeting would be to send her packing.

There will be a lot of over-reading of our PB's election to the Standing Committee, but I think it demonstrates once more why I believe she was elected PB:

It's supremely difficult to spend much time in a room with Katharine Jefferts Schori without seeing her gifts and how much those gifts are needed in this moment in the church.

February 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

how to read the British press

Do not miss the hilarious and spot-on guide on "How to read the UK press" over at epiScope. No excerpting would do it justice; just read it all.

February 11, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)