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Message from David F., Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

I don’t really want to seem critical of a well-intended initiative, but I have viewed (most of) the videos; they are partronizing, ill-defined, non-specific.  Unfortunately our church comes across the same way (in other words, Tim Smart may have gotten it right).

At 2010 General Synod, let’s bite the bullet, put the sexuality debate on the table and make a decision.  I would like to see the church diverse and inclusive, and would argue strenuously for such a choice (I was very impressed with the actions of General Convention in the Episcopal Church this summer).  Nevertheless, I would have to either live with a contrary decision or leave, but at least I’d be out of limbo and would know what the church stands for.  Right now I don’t, and I have seen nothing in the Vision 2019 materials that makes me think we will be out of the ennui that has paralyzed us.

As you can probably tell, I have no interest in 2019 until we’ve dealt with the present tense (and tension).

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