This sums up the spiritual priorities of so much of the Church in Africa:

In its December 15 letter to Jefferts Schori, the Episcopal Church of Sudan stated: "We acknowledge your personal efforts to spearhead prayer and support campaigns on behalf of the ECS and remain very grateful for this attention you and your church have paid to Sudan and South Sudan. However, it remains difficult for us to invite you when elements of your church continue to flagrantly disregard biblical teaching on human sexuality."

Not only is this in itself unbiblical and downright unchristian to the extreme, it is also rude. I wonder how many gay Episcopalians contributed their hard earned cash to the refugee relief effort when Northern Sudan was kicking the living daylights out of our biblically based brothers and sisters in Southern Sudan.



  1. I cannot, of course, tell you how many. I can tell you some prominent members of groups like Integrity have been leaders in both the diocese of Chicago and Missouri. I can also tell you I have been in conversations with the primate and a prominent, gay and open priest. Funny, I do not recall him distancing himself from us or our wine…


  2. To be judgmental is a bad enough sin. To be judgmental of the people who helped save your arse and free you from the oppressor is just plain wicked.

  3. I’m afraid the aid I gave him would be lost in the mail while a local bunch would be helped. Our parish doesn’t have much interest in helping those outside the community since the local needs are so great. Actually they aren’t all that interested in helping the parish either.

  4. A mere week before the “shunning,” my parish was host to Bishop Stephen Dokolo of the Diocese of Lui in Southern Sudan. We’ve had a partner relationship with them for some time now, and we were all sitting there daydreaming about a trip to Lui in late 2012. Seems like the only thing for us to do now is sit on our haunches and see how this all plays out.

  5. From my outside view, could Southern Sudan be facing pressure from its neighboring African churches (in particular the wealthier and larger ones) to cut off relations with the TEC (especially the most obvious ones such as visits by the presiding bishop). They probably guess that the TEC won’t abandon them completely but that might not be true of Uganda or Nigeria.