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Re: Voting on controversial issues

Thanks for sharing your perspective.  Bishop Payne seems muck kinder and
less vitriolic than his predecessor.  I respect Bishop Payne's commitment
to evangelism:  the news won't be good if not preached to Samaritans and
Jews alike, but Bishop Payne needs some time and nudging to understand

Bishop Payne has faced dreadful abuse by those who want to tar him as a
liberal.  I do not intend to tar him, only to challenge him on this one
point:  if you come asking for a bargain, as he did, you need to have
something to offer. 

Joy to you!

      Louie Crew, English Dept., Rutgers, Newark, NJ 07102 973-485-4503
           Chair, Rutgers University Senate.  Board of Governors.

On Mon, 22 Feb 1999 XXXXXXXX@aol.com wrote:

> <<Bishop Paine has rarely encouraged dialogue;  he has often worked against
> lesbigays.  Until he became bishop, he actively campaigned to penalize the
> national church by withholding funds when it supported us.  He has often
> put a quietus on our issues. >>
> Louie,
> Bishop Payne has long been known for his gifts of administration, for many
> years before he was elected bishop.  He has specific goals of evangelism for
> the Diocese of Texas and for each parish in the diocese, a certain percentage
> of growth by a certain date (I am not sure of the exact numbers).
> You are right in that he did at one time encourage withholding funds from the
> national church, saying that the "paradigm was changing".  But I think that
> there was more involved there than lesbigay issues.
> Perhaps his goals are also peace, and conservative politics, but the public
> expression of his convictions has usually been positive rather than negative.
> formerly in the Diocese of Texas,
> now Dallas

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