Some more thoughts
If anyone was curious about my take on the gay and lesbian issue it's this: discussions about sexual orientation fundamentally miss the morality question. The question of morality is linked with what increases the good, what develops human personality, what teaches people what it means in relationship, in care of the other, in committment. Orientation asks the question: what gender is one attracted to? Morality asks the question: what is the quality of a specific individual relationship. In the case of Dr.Jeffrey John who has been in a committed relationship for 27 years, the evangelical right failed to ask the moral question.
On a side note I've been paying attention to the situation in England, because there is a real battle for the future of the Anglican church in that situation.
But there is good news to be found with the church as well. Apparently the United Church of Christ is having their national gathering this weekend in Minneapolis and there have been some powerful speeches and committments made there.
One of the phrases I picked up on in the article on reconciliation was "“Change! God is still speaking. God is calling for change. Listen and be ready.” Whether it is on the issue of gays or it's any other issue, the question becomes: does the church have the ability to discern God's present and continuing activity in sustaining and creating good in the world? Does the church look backwards to what was, reciting proof texts at will, or is the church open to the possibilities of new good which God has for us?
I'm reminded of a passage from Emerson's Harvard Divinity Address
"It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake. "