We are experiencing a slow-motion version of being occupiers ousted from their camps. You’ve heard the familiar lament about buildings being albatrosses. At this convention you’re dealing with the challenge of affording health insurance for everyone who works for pay in the church. As long as we understand our primary mission as preserving buildings, maybe we ought to welcome being tossed out. The shelters in which we gather to worship are meant to be aid stations, like those tents here in Kiener Plaza. We come together here to be fed for service in the world, to share a meal and be healed and remember the great dream of God, and then go out into the city or the countryside and do the same for others. And all across this Church we’re beginning to learn new ways of gathering and of serving.
–Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts-Schori, speaking to the Missouri diocesan convention, comparing the Occupy Wall Street protesters being dispossessed of their (mostly illegal) camps with Episcopalians being tossed out of their churches, despite the fact that the denomination and its dioceses are spending millions of dollars a year on lawsuits designed to snatch property away from parishes that decide to leave the denomination
(Via Chris Johnson, whose full write-up is worth your perusal. Oh, and speaking of property, the Georgia Supreme Court issued two rulings this week, one of which involved the EPC congregation Timberridge Presbyterian Church, that are absolutely outrageous. Check out the analysis by lawyer A.S. Haley at the Anglican Curmudgeon for the details.)