A voice in the wilderness
Ladies, gentlemen, children. If you be a praying person, please pray for the Most Revâ€™d and Rt. Hon. Jon Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, Archbishop of York. As the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) gets their tri-annual General Convention underway in Columbus, the attention of the Anglican Communion and much of the wider world is upon them.
Through my work, I have had opportunity to get to know several of these wonderful ECUSA types and I’m taking a keen interest in what transpires there over the next week or so.
Of course, everyone is talking about the Windsor Report and homosexuality but they are also electing a new Presiding Bishop and that person’s appointment will be key as these things rumble on in the years to come.
Two useful links:
- General Convention official website
- Thinking Anglicans (which does a great job of gathering together all sorts of stuff)
Dave Walker has given us his usual humourous take on the whole Windsor Report thing here. However, in the midst of all the news articles, all the reports, all the blogs, I read a post today that really struck me and to which I think we all need to pay attention.
The Archbishop of York is at the General Convention, representing the Archbishop of Canterbury and carrying a message to ECUSA. He delivered it yesterday to some considerable response.
The article that really got to me was this one from Andrew Gerns. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you read the record of this conversation that Andrew had with the Archbishop.
I cannot begin to imagine the level of sensitivity and discernment required to sit in the position that the Archbishop of York finds himself and try to help us all in the Anglican Communion lift our eyes, seek Jesus and tread a path together that is truly God’s path for us. What can possibly prepare you for such a role?
However, in reading Sentamu’s conversation with Andrew, I truly felt humbled, challenged and convinced that he is God’s man in that situation. I believe he truly carries a prophetic message to ECUSA and I truly hope they can both listen and hear what he says.
Pray for him, pray for ECUSA, pray for us all.