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Thursday, June 21, 2007

What With The Episcopalian Muslim Women Priests...

...some of the Anglicans are thinking that the Seminary Forminator (YouTube) is the next logical step if TEC wishes to survive.As it so happens, the Rev Redding who is now a Muslim Episcopalian minister (with her bishop's blessing) was actually the director of faith formation at the diocese cathedral!

You can read about her here. What really fascinates me is that the liberals in TEC (the former ECUSA, for which there is now no excuse) seem to be very much in favor of this really type of radical "interfaith" outreach. Wiccan/Druid/Muslim/Episcopalian priests win a benign smile of approval, as do love spells and really obscene alternate liturgies having to do with stuff I will not name. Anything goes, as long as no Episcopalian insists on quoting Jesus' "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". TEC just doesn't want any of those living-but-exclusive waters, thank you. It seems to have decided that paganism is the way to go, because those in charge of the church are simply not Christian by any historically accepted standards and they don't seem to be reliably monotheistic either.

I cannot figure out how they square their ardent support for abortion rights and gay marriage rights with Islam, though. You would think Islam would be as on the outs with TEC as Christianity, frankly.

Maybe the attraction is the "once you convert, you may not recant on pain of death" Islamic thing, because TEC has taken the same position. Not only can I not get them to admit that I'm out, they are refusing to admit that my mother, who is now dead but left while she was still quite living, is no longer a member. I suppose the new TEC anthem is a slightly bastardized version of Hotel California. So I take Schori's claims on Episcopalian membership with some skepticism. For the nonce, I'm Reformed Episcopal, but TEC will never, ever admit that.

Oh, yes, the Catholics are finding this a little hard to swallow, but then it's always nice to see the Catholics having fun. For some reason they seem almost infinitely more lighthearted than Episcopalians lately. Don't miss the wacky world of Stephen at The Word.

And I leave you with the TEC Anthem:
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
Schori stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
this could be heaven or this could be hell
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the hotel episcopalia
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel episcopalia
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is feminist-twisted, she got the shepherds' crook
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the captain,
please bring me my wine
He said, we havent had that Spirit here since nineteen sixty nine
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the hotel episcopalia
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin it up at the hotel episcopalia
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
To talk of sin's not nice
And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device
And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the purge
They stab it with their steely glares,
But they just cant kill the Word

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
relax, said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!


Lightning. Fixed now.
"she got the shepherds' crook"...doesn't rhyme. How 'bout

"congregation drive Mercedes Benz"
Sigh. All too applicable, I'm afraid. Yes, I think that goes to the official lyrics.
"You would think Islam would be as on the outs with TEC as Christianity, frankly."
It's all that fuzzy thinking, some up close encounter would be a splash of cold water... but they stay far enough removed to think it is al Arabian Nights ( without remembering just why the tales were supposedly originated... )

the anthem is just too delicious...
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