Rowan Williams has decided to to not invite Gene Robinson to the Lambeth gathering next year. I've argued that openness to the other, from all sides is required to live together.
I still believe that. But what happens when one side is convinced your the devil and has no desire to live with you? You can't force reconciliation. And now to attend Lambeth the Episcopal Church is asked to participate in a system designed to exclude gay and lesbians.
So that by attending Lambeth, the US church validates an unjust structure. If they don't go, does that mean the end of conversation? And has conversation ever once happened in the last number of years? And is Lambeth the instrument where something like that can happen?
If Lambeth is not the place to have these conversations what context works? One that doesn't exclude people from the table. One where people who genuinely believe that something of God is to be found in the other can talk. And what if no such venue exists?
Perhaps a fast is required. A fast from Lambeth, from bishop pronouncements, from political powerplays, and church lawsuits, and a fast from begging to be included. Rather we just go about being the church, pray, and wait on a movement of God that opens hearts.