Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ECUSA fiddles while Bible burns

At the Episcopal Convention in Columbus, they've already had a U2-charist, a communion service featuring the music of (although not the actual voices of) U2. Apparently it triggered

a joyous celebration in response to the Episcopal Church embracing the goals set forth by the United Nations: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, ensure environmental sustainability and create a global partnership for development.

Well, whoop-de-do. Yep, those are all good things, I guess. But pardon me for questioning whether the Episcopalians (of which I am one, at least for now) ought to be joyously rubber-stamping vague UN "goals." Did Christ say, "Go ye into all the world and achieve universal primary education"? For all I know, some of the bishops may think exactly that. You never can tell with Episcopalian bishops.

Dear God, how the ECUSA could use a good swift kick in the pants right about now. I doubt whether anyone will give it to them.

4 comments:

Kevin A. Wilson said...

It would seem to me as a fellow Episcopalian that working for universal primary education would fall under the category of "love your neighbor." If we want education for our own children, then we should also want it for others.

By the way, I was on my way to the General Convention today, but my car broke down. I am currently stuck in West Virginia, but I should make it to GC tomorrow. I will be doing a book signing for my new book on the legal sections in the Old Testament. It is a series put out by the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. If the Bible is burning at the ECUSA, that is only because Episcopalians are studying the it so much.

EMC said...

I knew someone would leave some kind of huffy tut-tut-tut message like this. I'm not questioning those values, I'm questioning the value of the ECUSA bothering to second some other group's vague but otherwise unobjectionable agenda. Is this all we have to offer? Amen-ing the UN?

Frankly, Kevin, I haven't noticed a high level of biblical literacy in the Episcopalian church, in view of the overall high levels of education in general. Perhaps your book will help. Enjoy the signing.

David Bailey said...

Ed,

For your edification:

Kick in the Pants #1(by N.T. Wright):

http://www.americananglican.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ikLUK3MJIpG&b=1631033&ct=2625531

Kick in the Pants #2 (by Archbishop John Sentamu):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060615/ap_on_re_us/episcopalians

So don't go away, we need you here!

David

EMC said...

David, many thanks for the links. No, I'm not leaving, come what may. I just have to rant every now and then.