March 4, 2008
I am grateful that there are some regular visitors to this blog who have noticed that I’ve not written for just over a week. Life rather took over, so here are some brief thoughts:
- A number of you make comments to me about things I have written but do not comment on line. Part of my hope for this blog was that it would be a reason for regular visits to our parish website. Another was that it would generate discussion, not so much with me (you notice I don’t’ respond to the few brave comments that are made as I keep hoping that someone else will) as among members of our parish who usually do not exhibit such reticence with thoughtful opinion. Can anyone enlighten me?
- I’ve been thinking about suicide. In conversations with seminarians at Candler (http://www.candler.emory.edu/) we have identified a few things that we think must be said at a funeral sermon. These usually include telling survivors that the death of the person they love is not their fault and that the person who chose to take his or her own life made a decision and choice, however misguided. It is important to find a way to address the truth that the person who died was made by Love for love and that God still loves that person. (Somewhere we all have this vague notion that suicide is an unforgivable sin, vague memories that people who made this choice could not be buried in the church yard and so on.) Third, it is usually important to acknowledge the real anger that is part of grieving the death of someone who takes his or her own life.
- There is a certain amount of bloggage about the second draft of a proposed Anglican Covenant. (http://www.anglicancommunion.org/commission/covenant/st_andrews/draft_text.cfm) I’d be interested in what any of you think. I have not read it, assuming that what will be, will be. The covenant idea was first proposed in the Windsor Report (http://www.anglicancommunion.org/windsor2004/) and, whatever else it achieves, is designed to bring about some mechanism for dealing with provinces that do things that others don’t like.
- There have been some developments in property disputes between dioceses and schismatic churches in
. A judge in Canada has ruled that a diocese cannot send people into a dissident parish to provide services and care to those who wish to remain Anglican. This is not as strange as it sounds (although unhelpful) because it is like a ‘stay’, a temporary ruling for two or three weeks until the court hears substantial argument on the issue. Ontario