Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bishops says divided Church should turn to cricket, "here here!"

I am so glad that the bishops are at least considering some playtime or recess while they are at Lambeth! I still thin that football (soccer) would level the playing field, but, I guess cricket is a sport of the Empire (British, not Darth Vader's Galactic one), so it may make some sense to play cricket. I still think that the free-flowing TEAM aspect of football (soccer, that is) would offer a better context for building the body (as well as the bodies) of the Communion.

The Rev. Peter M. Carey

July 20, 2008

Bishops says divided Church should turn to cricket

The Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka delivers a sermon during a service to mark the opening of the Lambeth Conference

(Gareth Fuller/PA)

Bishop de Chickera delivered the opening sermon at the Lambeth conference

A liberal bishop from Sri Lanka suggested to his colleagues at the Lambeth Conference today that they should take the afternoon off to settle their theological differences over a game of cricket.

The sporting invitation from the Right Rev Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, came in an otherwise hard-hitting sermon in which he reminded all 650 bishops attending that the Anglican Church was an "inclusive" community where everyone was equal, regardless of sexual orientation.

The sermon marked the official start of the conference in Canterbury and confirmed the Church's liberal direction. But Bishop de Chickera - who was preaching at the personal invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams - freely admitted the "reality" of the current divisions over gay consecrations and same-sex blessings.

"The reality is that we are a wounded Anglican Communion," he said. "Some of us are not here and that is an indication that all is not well."

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