(Local Paper Faith and Values Section) Melinda Lucka—The Episcopal Church remains vibrant

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)General Convention --Gen. Con. 2012* South Carolina* Theology

Posted July 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Jill Woodliff wrote:

. . . a vibrant Christian church at work.

This article omits much, like the fact that nine conservative bishops now have disciplinary actions filed against them under the new Title IV canons and this dominated the initial days of the General Convention.  She forgot to add that disciplinary actions against nine bishops simultaneously is unprecedented in the history of the Anglican Communion.  She also forgot to include the possibility that some of these bishops might be called as witnesses in upcoming litigation.

July 29, 7:33 pm | [comment link]
2. Milton Finch wrote:

The attack comes from within and from without.  Here is an attack located in the same paper.  One may donate to the camp and it won’t go to the national church in any manner, shape or form.


July 29, 8:10 pm | [comment link]
3. Milton Finch wrote:

One may go to the diocesan site and donate directly to the camp that is being boycotted by liberal thinkers.

July 29, 8:12 pm | [comment link]
4. MichaelA wrote:

Ms Lucka entirely omits any mention of the significant decline in numbers and income of the Episcopal Church over the last ten years.

Do such things necessarily mean that a church is not “vibrant” or “biblical”? Of course not. But the fact that Ms Lucka ignores them (and noting that they have been all over the US national and international press in recent weeks, so she can hardly be unaware of them), indicates that she is being less than honest in her appraisal of where her Church is at.

If she is unwilling to confront or even think about these issues, then Ms Lucka is not part of the solution for TEC.

“Resolution A049 is not mandatory, and it does not authorize same-sex marriages. It leaves the decision for the blessings to individual bishops within the church.”

Yet liberal blogs like Episcopal Cafe are full of posts by liberals who vehemently criticise the bishops of TEC dioceses who have chosen not to carry out such blessings, and openly advocate making Resolution A049 mandatory as soon as possible.  And there are actually quite a lot of such bishops.  Methinks liberals like Ms Lucka tend to talk out of both sides of their mouth at once….

July 29, 8:23 pm | [comment link]
5. MichaelA wrote:

“There are some who feel that the Episcopal Church has “left” the traditional church doctrines and polity.”

Actually, Ms Lucka, the vast majority of Anglicans the world over think the Episcopal Church has done that.  When you criticise Dio South Carolina and +Lawrence, you are addressing the majority of 80 million Anglicans, and you are doing so as a member of a small minority that is out of step with the wider church.

“Perhaps the most drastic of all changes occurred in October 2010 and February 2011, when the accession to the Canons (laws) of the Episcopal Church was abolished, and accession to the Constitution of the church was qualified.”

Yes, which means you can’t depose the bishop without the consent of the clergy and people of the diocese.  Now the mask slips, and Ms Lucka’s centrist and authoritarian tendencies show.

“We in this diocese are faced with the possibility that more parishes will leave to align themselves with other denominations.”

Why would that be the case?  The parish that left put its leaving in train several years ago.  What Ms Lucka oh-so-conveniently forgets to mention is that Dio. South Carolina seems to be the only diocese in TEC that is actually growing.  Strong traditional leadership tends to have that effect.

July 29, 8:41 pm | [comment link]
6. Undergroundpewster wrote:

If it feels good it must be vibrant. wink
GC 2012 made her feel good.

July 30, 12:15 pm | [comment link]
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