Friday, February 23, 2007

It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry

While riding on the train tonight out of DC, listened to the TEC Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori brief the 815 staff on the Primates Meeting in Dar Es Salaam. One would like so much to be charitable, to try to think of positive things to say, to encourage you to listen to it and be encouraged - but it was all one could do but to sit there, quietly, reflectively, actively engaging in a listening process in this forty-year conversation while we sit at the table la di da. One wanted to be calm, dignified, winsome, the epitome of serenity, to be able to say sweetly, ah, let us continue the conversation at the table in our listening process. And don't smash the plates.

She never once mentioned the fact that she's suing two hundred clergy and lay people in Virginia. No, not once. In her measured overtly-calm review of what transpired in Dar Es Salaam, she somehow overlooked the part about instigating lawsuits in her quest for conversation in the listening process so we can all be at the table - one way or the other. She just continued on in that ethereal, dream-like tone - but do catch the barbs, they are quite sharp.

Note carefully the difference she is making between the word "authorization" and the words "pastoral care." It is stuff like that that makes one want to jump out of their seat and start screaming down the aisle until one is thrown from the train.

Listen for yourself.



The best we could do when we got home tonight is put on this song below. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry when everything is broken. If, as you listen to tonight's pesentation, try clicking on the song below and listen to both - at the same time. It's a rather interesting listening experience.

7 comments:

Pat Kashtock said...

Well written editorial, Baby Blue.

Grace,
Pat

M. V. said...

You know, I have never actually heard KJS speak or pray before. I began to listen to the recording provided and got no further than the end of her prayer this time out (I'm tired.) I was struck that she closed her prayer with "In Christ's name we pray. Amen." I realized that in the 17 years I've been an Episcopalian...now Anglican...I have only very rarely heard any of my priests close a prayer using only Jesus' "last" name. It sounds sort of impersonal. Almost meaningless here. I feel that if I were in her position, at this point in time, under the kind of duress she must be under, I would be CRYING out to JESUS for help. But then, that's just me. And maybe I'm just looking for one more excuse to dislike this woman. I'll have to think and pray about that one.

Anonymous said...

My take is that she is wanting to tell the world about her agenda. She is not interested in understanding what it means to be Christian.

Anonymous said...

I had the urge to fisk the whole thing.
Don't you just love the reference to slavery? Throwing out an oblique, snarky, non-argument you can't respond to since she didn't actually formulate any argument.

"...ethereal, dream-like tone".
It weirded me out - that emotionless placid monotone.

kc said...

has anyone else ever listened to a meditation/visualization relaxation tape? That's exactly the tone and modulation of KJS's voice.
Next time I've got insomnia, I'll plug this in ;)

KC

kc said...

relevant, from Stand Firm:

Pastoral Letter From Archbishop Greg Venables


We must now see if the Episcopal Church is going to be willing to fulfill the spirit and the specifics of our agreement. From the first indications, I am most ´concerned. We gave much time to producing a Communiqué which was unambiguous and straightforward. Tragically, in the Presiding Bishop’s remarks to the Church Center community just two days after the close of the meeting she misguidingly argues that there was agreement and understanding among the Primates that blessings of same-sex couples could continue as “pastoral care” as long as there was no official published liturgy for it. That assertion quite scandalously demonstrates the very concern that the Communiqué addresses in identifying this situation.

KC

Wayne said...

kc said...
has anyone else ever listened to a meditation/visualization relaxation tape? That's exactly the tone and modulation of KJS's voice.
Next time I've got insomnia, I'll plug this in ;)

Hahaha good one, kc -- I must admit: I told my sweetheart that I'd like her to read me bedtime stories.

However, I'd also like to invite her to offer Lenten meditations in my parish.

My take on her address to 815 is that she is, indeed, biding her time. She can make very few decisions alone (our polity is not the same as, say, Nigeria) and needs to enter into the conversation with her fellow brother and sister bishops. Being a so-called "liberal", I must say that I was disappointed, in that I was anticipating a more robust leadership. But I also trust her to prayerfully listen.