Small oddity in a Large one.
So, why is it that this blogger the only one to catch irony winging its way towards us from Uganda? Bishop Guernsey's ordination, viewed by folks in the realignment / dissenter camp as an aid to refugees, took place in a setting where some of the speech making was done under cover of tent awnings. Here is a fine picture by Keven Kallsen, shamelessly copped for the occasion.
Notice the letters in the tent awning... UNHCR. It would seem that wrapping for something from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees made it into the celebration. Coincidence? Well, yes in this case. But fun.
The ministry to refugee Episcopalians who just can't stand it seems to have led to an outpouring of bishops all ready to lead them to stay just where they are, only change affiliations. When it is all over there will be enough bishops to start a new really really really orthodox really Anglican Province recognized by at least some of the other provinces of the Anglican Communion. It's all coming up at the Common Cause Partners meeting.
There are plenty of real refugees in the world, and some of them are indeed from The Episcopal Church to some other place, just as some are from other places to The Episocpal Church. But the UNHCR is about dealing with that other world of refugees who have no place to go and no welcome in.
In all of this perhaps it might be good for us all, rascals from every corner of the Anglican family, to meet under that tent - the tent of the UNHCR, and get serious about mission to people who don't actually care very much what we are up to otherwise, but who could use a tent to sleep in and bit of bread to eat and some hope for tomorrow. It doesn't take bishops for that, but they might be helpful. It takes us all.