Presiding Bishop Nominee’s Book on Homosexuality Reopens Dialogue on Baptist Campus

Discussion of homosexuality resumes
despite University’s shut down of
the school’s gay/straight alliance.
The Episcopal student group,
Canterbury Fellowship,
is discussing Presiding Bishop nominee
Bishop J. Neil Alexander’s
This Far by Grace: A Bishop’s Journey
Through Questions About Homosexuality.

Macon, GA (PRWEB)February 19, 2006 — In the coming month Mercer University’s Canterbury Fellowship, in conjunction with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Macon), is beginning a book discussion of Episcopal Bishop J. Neil Alexander’s This Far By Grace: A Bishop’s Journey Through Questions About Homosexuality, at Mercer University. Bishop Alexander, of the Diocese of Atlanta, is one of four nominees for Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to be elected in June 2006.

Mercer University is one of the nation’s oldest and largest Baptist institutions of higher learning. Says Tim Smith, Christian Education Coordinator at St. Paul’s: “We hope to illustrate to the wider Mercer community how we Episcopalians deal with our faith: thoughtfully and considerately, using reflection and dialogue.” The group will meet on campus weekly to discuss chapter readings, and hopes to have Bishop Alexander visit at the conclusion of the discussion.

The book discussion comes on the heels of a gay rights controversy at Mercer and is attracting many former members of the recently decommissioned Mercer Triangle Symposium, a gay/straight student alliance at the university. Controversy surrounding this student group precipitated the withdrawal of support and funding by the Georgia Baptist Convention.

GBC’s motion to sever ties with the school noted reports about the Mercer Triangle Symposium. The group billed itself as Mercer’s “GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] rights student organization. In conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign — the national gay-rights advocacy group — the symposium sponsored a “National Coming Out Day” event Oct. 11 on the Macon campus. Read the full article at http://maconmemories.blogspot.com

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One Response to Presiding Bishop Nominee’s Book on Homosexuality Reopens Dialogue on Baptist Campus

  1. I just read an article on CNN.com regarding unity in the Catholic Church without cultural uniformity (i.e., as Anglican congregations join while retaining their rites). The Catholic Church views this “homecoming” as the work of the Holy Spirit. I then wrote a post about the relationship of unity and doctrinal uniformity. In general terms, does unity require uniformity?

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