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Lepers Who Return to Give Thanks



Two bishops in Central Africa have signed "A Pastoral Statement to Lesbian
and Gay Anglicans from Some Members of the Lambeth Conference"  

It took immense courage, to break ranks with those who so vehemently
abused lesbigays.  I urge you to send to each a thank offering designated
"For yr. discretionary fund in thanksgiving for Pastoral to Lesbigays":

    Most Rev. W. P. Khotso Makhulu, 
    Archbishop of Central Africa and Primate
    Box 769 Gaborone
    Botswana

    Rt. Rev. John Osmers
    Bishop of Eastern Zambia
    Box 510154
    Chipata, Zambia

God loves cheerful givers!  Be generous with your money and with your
prayers.

Lutibelle of the Lambeth Lepers Belles/Louie

      Louie Crew, English Dept., Rutgers, Newark, NJ 07102 973-485-4503
           Chair, Rutgers University Senate.  Board of Governors.
                        http://newark.rutgers.edu/~lcrew

               Homosexuality is not a decision; heterosexism is.


>From network@ecunet.org Thu Mar  8 14:04:54 2001
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 98 15:49:04 EDT
From: Ecunet mail gateway <network@ecunet.org>
To: lcrew@andromeda.rutgers.edu
Subject: CONSERV WELCOMING HOMOSEXUALS Note 215 by INTERNET

Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 08:11:16 -0400 (EDT)
From: Louie Crew <lcrew@andromeda.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Having listened in silence prayerfully for a couple of months


Do you respect a Buddhist who never tells you that she is a Buddhist and
hopes that you won't find out?  Do you assume that those who do tell you
are 'in your face' and trying to seek your approval?

Is a Christian a healthy Christian who never tells nonChristians that she
is a Christian and hopes that they won't find out?  If during lunch at a
secular workplace, you mention that you are going to mass or to a
spiritual retreat, are you trying to offend non-Christians by being 'in
your face'?   Suppose those who were offended also set up a meeting in
which they named 'Nonchristians welcoming Christians.'

You do not love your lesbigay neighbors as you love yourselves.  You have
so controlled the parameters of this meeting that you leave no room for
love to get in.  When one or two lesbigays have dared to speak, you have
put bits in their mouths; and not once! NOT ONCE! have you asked lesbigays
to tell you about their spiritual journeys.  It's obvious that you think
you know all that you need to know to judge them. 

This meeting is a menace not only to lesbigays but also to straits. As one
admittted yesterday, you have talked for weeks here and have not yet begun
to address one of the key terms in the name of the meeting.  You behave as
if you own words and can therefore control what they mean.  That claim is
false and does violence to your intergrity. Language is not private
property but has public, agreed-upon meanings: 

Concise Oxford Dictionary, 8th Ed., Copyright 1991 Oxford Univ. Press:

/welcome/ <<"welk@m>> n., int., v., & adj.

n. the act or an instance of greeting or receiving (a person, idea, etc.)
gladly; a kind or glad reception ("gave them a warm welcome").

int. expressing such a greeting ("welcome!"; "welcome home!").

v.tr. receive with a welcome ("welcomed them home"; "would welcome the
opportunity").

adj.
1. that one receives with pleasure ("a welcome guest"; "welcome news").
2. (foll. by "to", or "to" + infin.)
   a. cordially allowed or invited; released of obligation ("you are
      welcome to use my car").
   b. [iron.] gladly given (an unwelcome task, thing, etc.) ("here's my
      work and you are welcome to it").

"make welcome" receive hospitably.

"you are welcome" there is no need for thanks.

/welcomely/ adv. /welcomeness/ n. /welcomer/ n. /welcomingly/ adv.

orig. OE wilcuma one whose coming is pleasing f. wil- desire, pleasure +
cuma comer, with later change to wel- /well/1 after OF bien venu or ON
velkominn

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By contrast, the unwelcome in this meeting is stultifying.  I urge you to
stop praying the Lord's Prayer lest God forgive you your sins only as you
forgive what you think to be the sins of others.

Repent!  Re-think!  Re-think!  God's realm is at hand.

Lutibelle of the Lambeth Lepers Belles/Louie, Secretary
The Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice
Concerns

      Louie Crew, English Dept., Rutgers, Newark, NJ 07102 973-485-4503
           Chair, Rutgers University Senate.  Board of Governors.
                        http://newark.rutgers.edu/~lcrew

               Homosexuality is not a decision; heterosexism is.









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