Being a retired (though active) priest in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and an advocate of justice toward the LBGT community in the Church and the world at large, my interest in entering the WWW. landscape at this juncture is to do what I can to further the cause of inclusivity for a class of persons who have hitherto been either vilified or kept in the background of the Church – despite the fact of their differences in sexuality being intrinsic and God-given.
Up until now, I have been content to contribute to other people’s blogs on the internet (in particular ‘Thinking Anglican UK’ ) – trying to keep abreast of all that has been going on in the world-wide Anglican Communion since the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson in the United States Episcopal Church. This ordination provoked an outburst of anti-gay sentiment within certain Churches of the Communion, which has led to irregular border-crossing from other Provinces into the territory of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada.
In my opinion, the new Covenant document, although revised from it’s earlier sentiment, which was punitive of provinces which thought differently from the ‘traditional’ understanding of gender and sexuality, has still retained a culture of exclusivity that militates against same-sex monogamous unions and the ordination of gay clergy and bishops. I believe that to continue an unjust policy of homophobia within the Church is counter to the liberation of the Gospel of O.L.J.C.