We cannot found our Christian witness on a few contested social practices, like same-sex marriage, nor measure our hope on the basis of our success in struggles to have them rejected or accepted.
We are told in Scripture of a time of judgment, not in order to despair, but in order to be true.
I do not believe the current developments over same-sex marriage in our churches represent a critical threshold moment. That moment, as I will point out, passed long ago in some sense.
Timothy Sedgwick has opened a window and let a breath of fresh air into the current Communion debates. Rather than dismissing the issues at hand, he insists we take advantage of this moment.
Older people continue to run things. Look at the two main Democratic Presidential candidates in the US. For all the struggles to get younger people into positions of leadership and decision-making, some institutions remain inherently age-weighted, and will stay that way.
Jordan Hylden and Keith Voets have offered the Episcopal Church a commendable perspective on the future of our life together. Is the vision workable? Let me offer some brief remarks aimed at partially answering this question.