As we know, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has just sued personally the vestry of St. James to recover legal expenses they incurred in their own lawsuits against St. James. Meanwhile, in Colorado, a clergyman is being forced out of his home by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. Another clergyman and his wife and children were forced from their home by the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. Lawsuits abound all over the Episcopal Church, including the Presiding Bishop through her emissaries suing the Diocese of San Joaquin, the Diocese of Ft. Worth, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and the Diocese of Quincy.
Ironically, the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offered a resolution yesterday that was passed unanimously by the ACC during a plenary called, interesting enough, Peacemaking Dialogues.
What does it call other people to do? Schori's resolution "urges Anglicans everywhere to be bold in preaching reconciliation and facilitating peace-making dialogues in every situation of war and conflict."
It goes on to support "the concept of healing through the processes of truth-telling, repentance, and restorative justice."
Her resolution then "urges all in provincial leadership positions, especially those in theological education, to implement programs of conflict-resolution skills training as a contribution to developing effective and bold prophetic voices for God's justice in all societies."
So on one hand she's calling "Anglicans everywhere to be bold" not only in "preaching reconciliation," but also in "facilitating peace-making dialogues." But it's not just for the classical battlefields, but in every situation where there is "conflict."
However, when it comes to her own pasture, her own issues, her own situations, her own "conflicts" - well, buzz off, as we're learning in of the Episcopal Church's opposition to the "Fourth Moratorium" from the Primates at Dar es Salaam who wrote, “One of the aggravating factors in these circumstances has been the fact that a fourth moratorium requested by the unanimous voice of the Primates at Dar es Salaam in 2007 - to see the end of litigation - has also been ignored.”
Now what's bold about that?
UPDATE: You can now read the resolution here at the bottom of the page.