A wonderful sermon by the dean of the Cathedral at San Diego, the Very Rev. Scott Richardson. It is also a call for healing, for reconciliation, for living together in love and in tension with those with whom disagree about homosexuality. I commend to you in particular this paragraph:
"Now, as Convention concludes and the dust settles, we are left with the hard work of honoring one another as we move into the new reality that lies before us. These debates were and remain highly contentious. Deep feelings of joy, peace, power, anger, fear, and sadness are being expressed in print and in private conversation. Some are moving toward the church for the first time in their life. They hope the church will be a place of love and sanctuary for all people. Others are deciding whether they can remain in our church. Like the expelled evangelists in John's first-century community, they feel their vision of holy community has been rejected and dishonored. I realize that many people here today know exactly how that feels from years and years and years and years of bitter experience. It is not good. It is not helpful. It is not healthful. Rejection has no place in the community of Christ. It distorts us. It opens us to harsh division and spiritual violence. It must end."