Just to heat the house up a little bit more, I made a nice meatloaf topped with Parmesan cheese, roasted potatoes with fresh chives and parsley, and steamed broccoli with lemon butter for dinner. Our neighbor and bus-buddy Jeff walked down from his condo up the hill to dine with us. We chatted a lot, mostly about the Episcopal Church .
The triannual General Convention ot the Episcopal Church met last month, and two of its most controversial actions were to approve the election of The Rev. V. Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of New Hampshire, and a resoultion acknowledging that some dioceses do in fact allow the blessing of same-sex unions. Bishop-elect Robinson is openly gay and living with his partner of 13 years. (You can read a BBC Article on the issue here). Among the opposition to these actions is the Diocese of Albany (New York), in which I am still canonically resident as a deacon. Both active bishops in Albany vigourously and vocally oppose the inclusion of openly non-celibate gay people in the Church--ironic, since there are so many, including yours truly. I've been feeling rather depressed about the whole thing, since when I was back in Albany and actively ministering, I was out to almost everyone (including the bishop at the time) and was pretty much loved and accepted, as was my partner.
Yesterday I received a mailing from a group in Albany called Albany Via Media. This letter denounced the opposition of General Convention's actions, and called for unity. It was signed by around 50 clerics and lay people, many of whom I know. I was encouraged and heartened by this, and wrote the following response:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I was glad to receive your mailing of September 4, 2003 concerning the impending special meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. I fully agree with the five positions put forth in the letter, and I am heartened that there is a strong base of disagreement with the published position of our delegation to the recent General Convention. Regardless of our individual feelings on the issues in question, we must in my opinion recognize the authority and legality of the actions taken, and opposing views must be voiced within the due process of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. I strongly oppose any action that would precipitate schism within the Diocese, ECUSA, and the greater Anglican Communion.
Please add my name to the Open Letter for distribution at the special meeting of Convention. I will unfortunately be unable to attend, but I will uphold the sessions in prayer. May God continue to fill us with the Holy Spirit, guiding us in the way of unity and love.
The Rev. John E. Garceau (Deacon)
Former Secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany
Non-Parochial, attending Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, California
God does work in wonderful, mysterious ways.
After we finished dinner with a lovely white chocolate mousse that Jeff had made, we watched a couple of episodes of Beany and Cecil. Jeff went home and we went to bed, happy in the thoughts of another successful dinner party and a fridge full of leftovers.
This morning we noticed the pampas grass in our back yard was looking especially fluffy:
Today----to the beach!!!