In an illustration of the theological polarization that is sweeping across American Christianity, an evangelical Protestant seminary on the North Shore is launching a program to train as Episcopal priests students who consider Episcopal seminaries to be too liberal. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary announced the plan as the Episcopal Church faces possible schism because its 2003 approval of an openly gay [emphasis Father WB's - see below] priest, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, as the bishop of New Hampshire has divided the denomination domestically and has placed it at odds with multiple African and Asian provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Read the whole thing here.
It rankles me whenever the press says that Anglican conservatives have a problem with an "openly gay" bishop. The problem is NOT that he is openly gay. The problem is his sexual practice. The problem, in other words, is not his disclosure of his sexual orientation. The problem is his sexual activity. Someone needs to tell the media. As an Anglican conservative I will say that I have absolutely no problem with a bishop being "openly gay," if that means that his sexual orientation has been made public. I think being "openly gay" can be psychologically healthy in the way that being open about and facing one's proclivities toward destructive or sinful behavior is very often healthy. I DO, however, have a problem with a bishop (or a priest, or a deacon, or a layman) having sex with someone to whom he is not married. And Christian marriage is only possible between one man and one woman. The teaching of both Scripture and the Tradition are crystal clear on that point.
But the main point of this post is that Gordon-Conwell will be training ECUSA priests. Interesting.