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: ‘anglican down under’ (N.Z.) and ‘Thinking Anglicans’ (UK’) – trying to keep in touch with the culture of the Anglican Communion since the earlier ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson in the United States Episcopal Church – an ordination which provoked an outburst of anti-gay sentiment within certain Churches of the Communion leading to a series of irregular border-crossings from other Provinces into the territory of TEC; the Anglican Church of Canada; and, more recently, the Church of England.
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.