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July 10, 2012


Kendall Harmon’s Response to the GC 2012 Passage of Rites of Blessing for Same Sex Unions

This General Convention action is unbiblical, unchristian, unanglican and unseemly. It will further wreak havoc among Anglicans, and indeed Christians, in North America and around the world.

By making this decision, The Episcopal Church moves further away from Jesus Christ and his teaching. It thereby makes it necessary for the diocese of South Carolina to take further decisive and dramatic action to distance itself from this false step.

We in South Carolina must differentiate to stay loyal to Christ, but also to keep our own parish members and not hinder the mission of Jesus Christ who loves all and transforms all by the power of the Holy Spirit to holiness of life, a holiness which has a clear shape agreed by Christians East and West throughout 20 centuries.
—The Rev. Canon Dr. Kendall Harmon is Canon Theologian for the Diocese of South Carolina and convenor of T-19 (and he makes this statement for himself)


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Spoken like Saint Athanasius.

[1] Posted by MichaelA on 7-10-2012 at 07:29 PM · [top]

Amen! I pray that the Diocese of Mississippi will have a new bishop in a couple of years (one worthy of a calling to Christ) who will take steps to join Mississippi to her sister diocese in South Carolina.

[2] Posted by All-Is-True on 7-10-2012 at 08:04 PM · [top]

Probably soon to be deposed, like St. Athanasius too…

Yours in Christ,
jacob

[3] Posted by Jacobsladder on 7-10-2012 at 08:05 PM · [top]

#3, two things you can make bank on in TEo these:  Their messianic zeal for flaming heresy in the name of “inclusivity” and the iron hand of exclusion for anyone that stands opposed to it.  They might not understand their Bibles, but they have “The Prince” down pat.

[4] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-10-2012 at 08:12 PM · [top]

May the Lord continue to bless the Diocese of S.C. and may Kendall never be silent when the truth must be spoken.

[5] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 7-10-2012 at 08:19 PM · [top]

You tell ‘em Kenadll+!

Do I have to wait until the Dio of Upper SC dies to get a church plant up here from ya’ll?

[6] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 7-10-2012 at 08:33 PM · [top]

Watch for the Eye of Sauron to refocus on the Diocese of SC.

[7] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 7-10-2012 at 09:47 PM · [top]

Exactly, #7, and it’s because they’re the most orthodox in TEC that the LGBT activists will descend on their parishes to instigate incidents that will provide all the excuse 815 needs to purge the orthodox, one by one.

[8] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-10-2012 at 09:54 PM · [top]

I just had an interesting vision of several dioceses threatening to bail, and a handful of bishops getting loud and uppity and watching 815 vibrate, rattle, and implode from the effort to sue everyone and grab all the trinkets at once.

[9] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 7-10-2012 at 10:02 PM · [top]

As I said on T19,

Greater differentiation is certainly required. These sickos fail the “babysitter test.”

You wouldn’t trust these pervs to watch your children for you out of your sight.  How can you break bread with them as “fellow brothers?”

DIFFERENTIATION!!!!

Bill+ (St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth)

[10] Posted by Bill+ on 7-10-2012 at 10:48 PM · [top]

(How much we want to wager a transgender applicant for orders appears on DioSC’s steps in, oh, let’s say, three weeks?)

[11] Posted by old believers on 7-11-2012 at 12:42 AM · [top]

Just a reminder of what Alden M. Hathaway, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, said during his sermon at the consecration of +Mark Lawrence, XIV bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.

The faithful leadership of its past bishops, the dedication of its clergy, the amazing resources of its people – This diocese is locked and loaded, ready to sail into battle.

(bold mine)

Well worth re-reading.  If anyone wants a full copy of the text of Bishop Hathaway’s sermon, we have one as a PDF. We downloaded this soon after +Lawrence’s consecration.

[12] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-11-2012 at 05:38 AM · [top]

My entire family had been members of the Episcopal Church since the Revolution and Anglican before that.  That was the Church that formed me and I served for 30 years.  It is no longer a church that I recognize.  At this point, I have no stake in that future. I have tremendous sympathy and appreciation for Canon Harmon, whom I have met and continue to read for his insights. I worked with him at four previous GC’s. Even more, I understand his grief.  I pray that he and the Diocese are successful in finding a way to separate from the decisions and directions of the General Convention.  May our Lord Jesus Christ bless them in their struggles and in their search.
Fr Tom Hightower
Diocese of Fort Worth

[13] Posted by Tom Hightower on 7-11-2012 at 07:46 AM · [top]

Could someone explain to me how you plan to explain “differentiation” to prospective members, since the media, who are already hailing the Episcopal Church as the “gay church,” will soon be hailing it as the “transgender church”?  How will you explain to them how you are different and what tools will you give them to explain this to their friends and family and anyone else who asks?

[14] Posted by Ann Castro on 7-11-2012 at 07:54 AM · [top]

#11 gets it.  The GC just handed 815 one more stick to beat orthodox dioceses and parishes into submission.  They will gladly and eagerly use it, as we saw with the trumped-up charges against +Lawrence before.  Once they have a “victim,” the zeal of the onslaught will be at a fever pitch.

The battle #12 mentions will be on the doorstep of DioSC very soon.

[15] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-11-2012 at 08:16 AM · [top]

This is and has been completely predictable.  The actions of TE"c” are completely predictable.  The reactions of the remnant are completely predictable (from Kendall"s+ statement, to Susan Hey’s call to direct giving, and beyond).  We have seen this movie before.  We are merely watching the inevitable sequals - all of which degerate from the immediate predecessor.
The next several TE"c” GC’s will be more of the same.  Less ASA.  Imbalanced budgets.  More orthodox being pushed out.  More sin being deemed blessed behavior in TE"c”.  More outrageously unbiblical resolutions being passed and resoundingly applauded by the TE"c” leadership.
TE"c” will get no better than it is today.  It doesn’t want to.  Repentance is not in its future, as it is certain it is progressing down the path of righteousness.

[16] Posted by R. Scott Purdy on 7-11-2012 at 11:36 AM · [top]

[16] “This is and has been completely predictable.”

I am reminded of Kendall’s comments some years ago that chaos would increase for a long time.

[17] Posted by Bill Cool on 7-11-2012 at 01:12 PM · [top]

#16, can we call Susan Hey “Sukie” for short?

[18] Posted by MichaelA on 7-11-2012 at 05:54 PM · [top]

MichaelA:

#16, can we call Susan Hey “Sukie” for short?

No!  The proper form of address is still “The Hey Woman” or simply “Our Miss Hey.”

“The Divine Sarah” is also appropriate for ceremonial occasions, unless she really did go and change her first name to Susan. 

But I didn’t know she was having another identity crisis.  What did she do, change her hair color again?  oh oh

[19] Posted by episcopalienated on 7-11-2012 at 06:21 PM · [top]

RE: “The reactions of the remnant are completely predictable . . . “

Yup—because we have the same goals as we did three years ago, and six, and nine. Which are goals quite different from Leavers, whose reactions are also *completely predictable*.

[20] Posted by Sarah on 7-11-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

“Yup—because we have the same goals as we did three years ago, and six, and nine.”

Which are?? 

FWIW, I left more than ten years ago, after a speech by my “bishop” that would have gotten him tied to a stake in happier times.

[21] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-11-2012 at 07:46 PM · [top]

RE: “Which are??”

Oh, I’m not fooled by those “questions” any more, any more than I’m fooled by revisionists saying “shellfish!” on a thread over at T19 about gay sex.  ; > )  Once you’ve answered the question over an 8 year period, copiously and extensively and repeatedly, you realize . . . it’s not a real question.

So.

We’ve once again established that those who are determined to stay are going to continue [surprise!] along the same path. Like we established back in 2009.  And 2006.  And 2003. And like we established yesterday on a similar thread.  And like we’ll establish tomorrow on a similar thread.

And those who were determined to leave are going to continue [surprise!] along the same path—but with a minority of them being highly resentful and constantly trolling on the threads regarding the actions of those who are staying whenever The Next Really Bad Thing Happens In TEC.

At any rate—why Stayers Aren’t Leaving isn’t the topic of this post. Further comments from anyone on any thread for this month—and probably many months afterwards—about Why Stayers Aren’t Leaving or Why Can’t Stayers Leave or Why It’s Best For Stayers To Leave or How Stayers Should Leave or The Bible Verses Associated With Leaving or How Bad It All Is So It’s Really Really Odd That Stayers Aren’t Leaving will get deleted.

[22] Posted by Sarah on 7-12-2012 at 12:00 AM · [top]

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