|Well, General Covention for the Diocese of CNY finished up without any serious fireworks. The proposal mentioned in my previous entry, was not defeated but referred to a committee for study, which was kind of defeating. The proposal was made by my friend The Rev. Doug Taylor-Weiss, Rector of Sts. Peter & John Church in Auburn, NY. Doug was our lone delegate of five to vote against the consecration of Gene Robinson.
The Rev. Byron Stuhlman said that the Windsor Report was given to the Primates for study and that before we as a Diocese act upon it, we should wait for a response from them. He is indeed correct, as the Report will be dissected at a February Primates meeting in Ireland. Byron motioned to refer the Resolution to a certain committee and that's probably the last we'll hear of that. ECUSA may be finished by the time it gets out of committee.
Don't you hate to see posturing at church meetings? One person offered a last minute resolution that was essentially incoherent, but rambled about not judging but allowing God to judge our personal preferences, and thanking Bishop Adams seeing Gene Robinson's attributes for the Episcopacy instead of his sexual orientation, blah, blah, blah, ... It was just inflamatory. So of course, a couple of conservative guys speak against it, even one who was sympathetic to the content spoke against it because it was poorly expressed and unhelpful. But then you see people from the liberal aisle jumping up behind the mic, negotiating how to keep this thing alive and counter their adversaries. So that motion got referred too. Disappointing to see such "factioning" (I just made a new word).
The Rt. Rev. Martìn Barahona and his wife were with us. Martìn is the Bishop of El Salvador and Primate of the Church in Central America. He read the gospel lesson in Spanish at the morning Eucharist. Most of the service was bi-lingual.
I've put Bishop Adams address to General Convention on my website (temporarily). It will be moved to the Diocesan website soon I hope.
Bishop Adams address to General Convention 2004.
The Rt. Rev. Gladstone "Skip" Adams
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of CNY