In yet another move in the Diocese of Wangaratta to push forward the Same-Sex Marriage agenda forward the outspoken Archdeacon Peter Macleod-Miller has invited prominent campaigner Rodney Croome to speak at St Matthew’s Albury as part of their Easter and Lent 2016 lecture series. Last year’s lecture was part of the 9am Eucharist service.
The visit was accompanied by a sympathetic piece in the local Border Mail.
Regional communities are too often landed in the ‘opposition’ basket in conversations about marriage equality, according to activist Rodney Croome.
“The stereotype that rural and regional people, and people of faith, oppose marriage equality just isn’t true,” he said.
“The fact I’m in Albury talking to a religious congregation about these issues and receiving a warm welcome proves those stereotypes have no basis.”
I do not seek to impose constraints on the debate, other than the need for respectful conversation. However until the Diocese has come to a view on these matters, contributions to the debate should be made in your private capacity and not in your representative capacity. I would therefore be grateful if you did not use your formal ecclesiastical title when making public comment.
Archdeacon Macleod-Miller then proceeded to advocate for same-sex marriage using his full title in a a number of places online including in the local paper, just as he had done immediately prior to the statement. This latest move will also been seen as being representative, given that it is hosted in Macleod-Miller’s own parish in which he has ecclesiastical authority. If an archdeacon doesn’t keep to the spirit of his bishop’s request, who else can be expected to?
edit: and a copy of this year’s notice. Same format inside and out.
The push in the Anglican Church of Australia continues, which will make the upcoming March bishops’ meeting very interesting.