A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Some may have noticed that my posts in the last two days about theism are gone. I did an etch and sketch maneuver and decided to start from scratch. That's the problem with trying to post theological reflections. It only takes a day and one starts to get vaguely disatisfied with the result. This could be the reason why I shy away from statements of faith on this blog, though I've seen a number of sites do it. But I am going to give it another shot soon. I do think it's critically important how we think about God, because how we think of God is inextricably tied to how we act and view ourselves in relation to the world. And it's at the heart of doing any sort of theological reflection (which is fitting for any form of monotheism I suppose).

In other interesting news

I've run across a very worthwhile article, that puts the issue of gay and leshians in the church in the greater worldwide context. One of the arguments put forth by folks in opposition to this inclusionary movement is that the US churches are bucking the witness of the worldwide church.

The trend around the world on the other hand is to greater inclusion of gay and lesbians into the full life and ministry of the church. In Europe alone there are 19 denominations that ordain gay and lesbian ministers. From Germany's Evangelical Church of the Union, the largest protestant church in this country, to the Reformed Churches in Switzerland (John Calvin's old hang out) to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Netherland, churches around the continent are moving to inclusion.

And this movement is around the world. While conservative Anglican primates from some African countries receive a lot of news from their outspoken opposition, not much attention is ever given to the Anglican Church in South Africa which ordains gay and lesbians. Just recently, as it was noted on this blog, the Uniting Church in Australia joined the increasing movement in this direction.

Now of course, numbers either way on this issue doesn't establish validity of this practice. The validity of it, and before God, are established by the good which is nurtured in relationships marked by love, committment,mutuality, growth, and care. But at least we can put to rest the idea that the election of Gene Robinson, who is gay, as bishop in the Episcopal Church is somehow counter to the what is going on around the world with the church.

  • A link to the article on this movement in the worldwide church from the United Church of Christ website


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