The New Yorker online has a wonderful interview with Honor Moore who has a new book on her father, Bishop Paul Moore. You can find it by going HERE. The interview is well worth the hearing, and in the boil-up that the book and the excerpt in the New Yorker of March 3rd will cause, it will be well worth listening again to Honor Moore's tender words about her father.
Susan Russell, over at "An Inch at a Time" has a blog entry titled, "Heterosexuality is not normal," the title taken from a banner in a photo she posts. The banner says, "Heterosexuality is not normal, its just common." She writes about the death of Lawrence King, the taunting and gay bashing that goes on in schools, and the opportunity for the Episcopal Church to be a place of full inclusion - no killings, no taunting, no exclusion.
The Paul Moore story will be out there and I wager that there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in some parts of Anglican Land., but he will deserve better.
Perhaps there will be a time when we will finally give up on the idea that being heterosexual or homosexual is not an either/ or even a both / and sort of thing. It may be common to say a person is heterosexual or homosexual, but it may be more to the point to say that we are all sexual and sensual and that is about who we are, as a whole person, and being beat up about that or ostracized or shamed does not help anyone get a better grip on being a fully whole human being, saved or obedient to the Word of God.
I am reading William Stringfellow's little book, "The Politics of Spirituality" ( Wipf and Stock Publishers). In it he says this, "...whatever else may be affirmed about a spirituality which has biblical precedent and style, spiritual maturity or spiritual fulfillment necessarily involves the whole person - body, mind, soul, place, replationships - in connection with the whole creation throughout the era of time. Biblical spirituality encompasses the whole person in the totality of existence in this world, not some fragment or scrap or incident of a person. This book has no other aim than to commend, thus, the efficacy of the Incarnation." We too need to be about commending the efficacy of the Incarnation.
The whole Paul Moore, just like the whole of any of us, deserves attention because the Word of God, as opposed to the scraps of this or that translation of this or that bit of holy writ, requires that we place persons precisely where we place the Lord Jesus Christ - in the center - where they command attention as the possible and sometimes quite necessary presence of God among us.