Don't repeat the mistake on page 847 of The Prayer Book .  Here is what God really requires from the chosen people:

Do justice

A series of essays towards General Convention in 2003


Act of Penitence

Act of Penitence

By Changing Attitudes (in the U.K): Contact Nicola Slee

Used in the worship of a gathering of Changing Attitudes at St. Matthew's Center in Nechells, Birmingham, England on June 21, 2003


Please read the designated sentence, giving the source, then leave a good pause before saying the kyrie.

1. `If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination ; they shall be put to death.'

-- Leviticus 20:13

                 PAUSE

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

2. `Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.'

-- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

                 PAUSE

Christ, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

3. `Pleasure is the primary source of sin...'

-- Ambrose, 4th century

                 PAUSE

Lord, have mercy...

4. `There is nothing that our Lord delighteth in more than virgins...'

-- Ludovico Vives, Spanish Catholic, 1557

                 PAUSE

Christ, have mercy ...

5. `When they engage in homosexual activity persons confirm within themselves a disordered sexual inclination which is essentially self-indulgent.'

-- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, 1986

                 PAUSE

Lord, have mercy ...

6. `In our considered judgement the clergy cannot claim the liberty to enter into sexually active homophile relationships...

-- Issues in Human Sexuality: A statement by the Church of England House of Bishops, 1991

                 PAUSE

Christ, have mercy ...

7. `We believe habitual homoerotic sexual activity without repentance to be inconsistent with faithful church membership.'

-- The Evangelical Alliance, 1998

                 PAUSE

Lord, have mercy...

8. `We value the gift of same-sex friendship and if this relationship is one of companionship and sexual abstinence, then, we rejoice.'

-- Open letter by 9 bishops in response to appointment of Jeffrey John as bishop designate of Reading, June 2003

                 PAUSE

Christ, have mercy...

9. `The penis belongs to the vagina: that is something fundamental to the way God has made us.'

-- Bishop Graham Dow, interview on Newsnight, June 16 2003

                 PAUSE

Lord, have mercy


You are welcome to submit your essays for consideration for this series. Send them to lcrew@newark.rutgers.edu Identify yourself by name, snail address, parish, and other connections to the Episcopal Church. Please encourage others to do the same.

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