Monday, March 26, 2012

Ding Dong, the Covenant is dead---well, er ah maybe?

It is always exasperating to me to sit down to write a post on something that is burning in my soul and then I mistakenly read my mail before pulling up WORD.  Today is one of those days and I find that one of my friends has written MY article--and is often the case, written better than I can write it.  Such is the case.  My dear Sistah in Christ, Elizabeth Kaeton got there ahead of me today .

The No Anglican Covenant Coalition knows that it can't shut down just yet. Just because the Anglican Covenant failed to get the simple majority in the diocese in the Church of England does not mean that the Covenant is dead. The Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council has said that just because the C of E has chosen not to confirm the Anglican Covenant at present, this does not mean that there are other provinces that have already signed on and the 'luta continua'.

What I have seen over the past 18 months is an 'Anglican Spring' in the UK.  People in the pew, lay folk and vicars of small parishes have wakened to the idea that the people speak.  And as much as the Brits distrust popular voting in the Church, they are awakening to a Church that has been too long in the hands of academics and  church bureaucrats rather than speak for and with the needs of the people in their cities, towns and villages.   And as +Gene Robinson said at a viewing of the documentary on his life in the UK, the Church of England is going to find out that despite its self, the Church is going to have to wake up to the fact that the state has become more just than the Church.

This is also happening here in the US.  It isn't happening, necessarily in the church, but it is happening among the people who are saying that corporations "aren't people."  They are saying that it is time to take back the elective process in American politics.  It is time for the people of our nation to take back what was given away by those who chose to be passive and irresponsible about our elective process.

Yes we have some governmental agencies that are so full of themselves that they make it impossible for people to work effectively.  Yes, we have greedy people who have sold the elective heritage for a bowl of pottage, but I am feeling among the younger people a longing churches and governments to be what they were created to be.  I rejoice in that.

I generally wax a bit philosophical about the Church.  I do believe that the Barque of Peter will right itself.  I am not so certain of the politics.  The mare's nest that has developed in Congress is not going to be easily alleviated.  But the movement has begun.


Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I keep hearing "Talkin' 'bout a revolution" by Tracy Chapman.

Don't you know
They're talkin' bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know
They're talkin' about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what's theirs

Don't you know
You better run, run, run
Oh I said you better
Run, run, run

Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin' bout a revolution

Terri said...

Well, Elizabeth says it well. A revolution! One can hope.