SPEAKS FOR RESOLUTION D025 (Anglican Communion: Commitment and Witness to Anglican Communion)
12 July 2009
I speak in favor of D025, and I commend the legislative committee for its energy and work. This past Wednesday, Archbishop Rowan Williams, addressed the global economic crisis with this remedy: he urged a re-ordering of society that looked to small-scale enterprises, local initiatives, and local relationships; I think he suggested that these local efforts would lead the whole world into a new, and a truthful, and an authentic, economy.
I suggest that these same principles of local development, local truth-telling, and honest relationship, are the keys to the economy of our Anglican Communion of churches as well. The Anglican Communion of churches is not comprised of instruments. We are comprised of relationships. This resolution honors those relationships. This resolution honors the presence of Christ in our fellow pilgrims around the Anglican world, the presence of Christ in our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, the presence of Christ in the House of Deputies, and the presence of Christ in the House of Bishops.
The Episcopal Church is obliged to hold dear two critical relationship commitments. One commitment is to the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in our churches; the second commitment is to communion in the wider Anglican Communion of churches. We can do both. When we honor those relationships, we honor the incarnation of Jesus Christ in the world. God has made of one blood ALL the peoples of the earth, and sent his blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off AND to those who are near. We can preach the same peace; we can do both.
The Very Reverend Sam Candler
Clergy Deputy from the Diocese of Atlanta