Organizers, led by former Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh Robert Duncan, expect 300 delegates, including 50 bishops, in Bedford, Texas, for a three-day gathering that begins Monday.
The group is scheduled to adopt church laws that
will exclude women and homosexuals as bishops. It also is expected to
elect and install Duncan as archbishop.
My personal opinion is that we need another church that ostracizes a group of people as badly as a sore throat. Especially in times when religious fundamentalism is causing harm left and right, I find this a worrisome development.
First, CANA, now the Anglican Church of North America. Next, what? We need unity, and respect for each other more than that every single opinion gets their own church.
One of the main principles of us UU's is that we have respect for every person, even (or especially) in the face of differing opinions. I find this the one principle with which I struggle the hardest. Not because I can't show respect but because I find it very hard to show respect towards people who don't respect me and my beliefs. I find that infuriating.
Among the people I know who belong to CANA, my differing opinions are hushed up, not talked about, especially not in front of the kids. I can't mention what I believe in, what I think, what I passionately fight for. It's all worth nothing at all as soon as I enter their periphery. There can't be any discussion or dissent. You either conform to those rules or you are "breaking the peace of the house" and are asked to leave. For me, this seems as if I have to slice off a part of me before I enter their house. That's very sad because you know, some of those people are really nice. I suppose it's really their problem that their religion doesn't allow them to accept me as I am, only as I should be.
But somehow, it's ends up being my problem after all. I respect their views but they don't respect mine. And I really have not yet found a good way to deal with that.