At the recent Episcopal General Convention, Episcopalians effectively lifted their temporary ban on gay bishops. They also chose to begin drafting an official prayer for same-sex unions.
In leading with its conscience like that, the Episcopal Church, the American wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion, has given Anglicans abroad, and some at home, another full-body rash.
It mustâ€™ve been a resoundingly difficult time for convention delegates, choosing between their beliefs and the prospect of a permanent Anglican split. I found myself imagining what those days at the gathering in Anaheim, Calif., were like. I suspect the average dayâ€™s agenda looked a lot like this:
7-8 a.m. – Optional. Gene Autry room.
7:30-9 a.m – Breakfast.
9 a.m. – All-Day Excursion to Disneyland. For spouses and those who canâ€™t face our reality.
9-10:15 a.m. â€“ Business Meeting. What to do when half your diocese wants to secede. Practical and legal direction.
10:15-10:30 a.m. – Break.
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Seminars.
1. â€śDisagreeing in Christ: How to Keep the Dialogue Open and Civil.â€ť Donald Duck Room
2. â€śSchism: A Form of Resurrection?â€ť Snow White Room
3. â€śBishop Gene Robinson: A Symbol of Our Problems, Not the Cause.â€ť Fairy Godmother Room
12-1 p.m. – Lunch.
1-2:15 p.m. – Business Meeting. Budget question: Will the overseas Anglicans who no longer want our financial assistance cancel out the financial losses weâ€™re incurring due to domestic churches fleeing the fold?
2:15-2:30 p.m. – Break.
2:30-3 p.m. – Prayer Service. Not optional. Letâ€™s remember why weâ€™re here.
3-4:30 p.m. – Seminars.
1. â€śThe Conservatives Speak: Some of Us Still Havenâ€™t Given Up.â€ť Scrooge McDuck Room
2. â€śThe Archbishop of Canterbury: Toughest Job in Christendom?â€ť Goofy Room
3. â€śFleeing to Catholicism: Bad Idea.â€ť Dumbo Room
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Free Time.
5:30 p.m. – Departure for those wishing to attend the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game. No matter what part of the country we come from, tonight weâ€™re on the side of the Angels.
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Cocktails.
6:30-8 p.m. – Dinner.
8-10 p.m. – Informal job networking. Pinocchio Room.
8 p.m. – Movie. â€śOranges are Not the Only Fruit.â€ť Cinderella Room.
8-11 p.m. – Socializing. All arguments attaining a certain decibel level must be taken elsewhere. Huey, Dewey, and Louie Rotunda.
Notes: The gym is open all day. A psychologist will be available from noon to midnight in the Peter Pan Room. A doctor is on hand all day in the Seven Dwarfs Room for anyone feeling faint or nauseous. If you wish to participate in tomorrowâ€™s excursion to Knottâ€™s Berry Farm, sign up by 1:00 this afternoon. If you wish to flee altogether, we understand. But even if we donâ€™t know where youâ€™re hiding, God does.
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