|Denial and False Loyalty at The Anglican Communion|
Anglicans are now expected to believe that this far reaching ¨package¨ of spirituallike goods isn´t damaged and may not even be dangerous to everyone it touches. We are expected to believe The Anglican Communion Covenant wouldn´t negatively impact the lives of millions of Anglicans throughout the Anglican Communion.
I think it would.
Better than nothing isn´t a healthy approach when we´re considering the greater impact of fear and hatedriven resentments and potential for blind punishment that is possible with the Anglican Covenant. The ¨trickle down¨ harm that can be done to Anglican Provinces via The Anglican Covenant and not ¨listening¨ instead is the real and continuing threat to our international well-being, Anglican family life and companion ministries.
The everyday lives of Anglicans/others throughout the World of the Anglican Communion will be dangerously impacted if The Anglican Covenant is accepted. Authentic LGBTI Anglicans and many Female Heterosexual Anglicans will continue to be discriminated against, marginalized and even made into outcasts if some ill-natured, strident-self-righteous leaders are allowed to cast-out ¨different¨ Anglicans. Thinkers/believers from the various unity conferences and gathering may experience sharing circles at the Communion that are ¨restricted¨ and no longer ¨open¨ to them even as observers.
Unfortunately, for all, blindly keeping up ¨appearances¨ by endorsing the not-so-hidden ¨punitive¨ threats in Section 4 of the Anglican Covenant is wrong. Archbishop Rowan Williams, Drexel Gomez and Bishop Cameron of Wales are attempting to railroad us with a potentially isolating and destructive document that will become the actual punishing tool/force at the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion Covenant is not a helpful instrument for peacemaking and unity amongst us. In fact, the opposite is true as the covenant will seperate us and attempt to censor our individual relationships with one another and the Holy Spirit and also will taint the freedom of discernment inspirations at our provincial synods and conventions.
The Anglican Covenant will seperate us like the Primates are now seperating themselves at the upcoming Primates meeting in Ireland.
I think we must say no, no thank you, to denial and any self-destructive behavior at The Anglican Communion as it isn´t healthy for OUR lives at Church or beyond Church in everyday society. We ought pay attention to what really is and not to what we pretend will not actually come into being. No Anglican Communion Covenant.
Embracing everyone at the Body of Christ, even the marginalized is still the key to unity in the Anglican family.
Surely most would agree with Archbishop Desmond Tutu who ¨...makes a plea to citizens in the United States, Africa and across the world, for acceptance of LGBT people. He asks people to stop the bullying, violence and sometimes murder of the gay and lesbian community. HERE
The Anglican Communion Covenant is a ¨bullying¨ document that will punish provinces who believe in inclusion for all at all levels of Anglicanlife.
It takes courage to face intimidation. Many of us no longer are willing to look away from truth and play pretend or practice false loyalty and hide from truth. Many of us have gained on courage, thanks be to God. Thanks to all of you for helping us see and understand better in all that we do.
Pretending things are different than they really are isn´t spiritually, emotionally or physically healthy for anyone...especially for people like me and maybe for people like you too?
· Thanks to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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· Thanks to Dr. Lionel Deimel, No Anglican Covenant (logo)