If you are looking for a reasoned response to the week’s news out of the Anglican Primates’ “gathering,” I would point you towards my colleagues at the Episcopal Cafe, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, and my own Diocesan Bishop, Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.

Analysis is less my forte than, well, this. “Consequence” may be a two-edged word, I think; that is my reason for optimism: that gospel = good news. For everyone.

A sequence is
a string of things:
numbers, letters, events;
a chain reaction.

Con-sequences are
things that go along
for the ride.

So a hand touches a hot pot:
sequence of cool to hot, flesh to flame:
consequence = pain;

So 2 x 3 = 6;
3 x 6 = 18:
consequence = learning
the times tables;

So love is expanded to
the marriage or minds to which
we dare not admit impediment
(so Shakespeare);

and the consequence?

Love will out, you know;
It is
a simple matter of cause and effect
in the end.

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 , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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