I very much appreciate this wise and pastoral response to the failure of the women bishops measure in General Synod. It is from the vicar of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London:
“What do we find to hold onto in such a wilderness moment? Perhaps three things.
One, the wilderness is where the people of God have time and again rediscovered who they are and who God is. Maybe that’s what we have to do now.
Two, if a thing’s worth having, it’s worth waiting for. We can only work and pray that next time round we’ll have a House of Laity in General Synod that’s more representative of the church at large; it could be that if a simpler piece of legislation eventually emerges it’ll be easier and better to work with in the long run.
Three and here I speak to those who are too angry to think straight at the moment if the church isn’t working right now, try the kingdom. Throw yourself into life among the least, the last, and the lost and rediscover the church there. St Martin-in-the-Fields is committed to making the church look and become more like God’s kingdom every day. Sometimes when we feel furious with or hurt by the church, the only thing to do is to reinvest in the kingdom. Maybe, today, in this moment of despair, that’s where hope lies.
Revd Dr Sam Wells
Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields
(Thanks to Canon David Porter for this via FB )
Painting: Elijah in the wilderness, by Frederic Leighton