I've been thinking a lot about her since I read that at an international meeting seven archibishops refused to take communion with her. And yesterday, the Anglican Archbishops gathered in Tanzania issued their edict to the American Episcopal Church:
"make an unequivocal common covenant" that they will not authorize same-gender blessings within their dioceses and confirm that Resolution B033, passed at the 75th General Convention, means that a candidate for bishop who is living in a same-gender relationship "shall not receive the necessary consent unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion."
In other words, stop performing same sex unions and ordaining gay and lesbian bishops -- or else.
The U.S. House of Bishops has until September 30, 2007 to respond to the Primates.
My heart hurts for those in the U.S. Episcopal Church who know that our sexual and gender differences are assets to be celebrated, not problems to be solved. I find it hard to imagine what it must be like today to be in Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's shoes -- or is that robe and stole?
The Episcopal Church has just launched its own blog -- www.episcopalchurch.typepad/com/episcope You can leave your comments there -- tell them why you think God calls us to embrace all of God's children and why everyone must be welcome at the table.
And pray for Presiding Bishop Schori. I think she's going to need it.