Thinking out loud

Since yesterday, I’ve seen a number of emails, tweets and Facebook posts along the lines of “What are you going to say on Sunday?” It’s a little bit like the supreme court affirmation of affordable care all over again.
I think that the majority of these posts and messages relate to the consent of both houses of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to the authorizing of a liturgy to bless same-sex covenanted unions. It’s possible that they’re talking about the budget, but I doubt it.
A couple of things strike me.
First, the gospel reading for this Sunday is a graphic illustration of how dangerous, disputable and disagreeable we (people) can become when we begin to argue about who may (not) be married to whom (although it should be noted that this rite is not called marriage by this convention). Not that fear should shut us up; but that we should take care not to behead our own prophets, whether or not we like what they tell us.
Second, my heart rejoices in God, who loves more completely than we ever can imagine, more equally and equitably, more wisely and truly; and who invests the church with blessings abundant to be abundantly shared. Thanks be to God.


About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
This entry was posted in sermon preparation and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s