Summer is over
This is the end
The ring-necked plover
Is back in his bed
The lake is still warm
The water yet inviting
But it’s not good form
And it’s no help citing
The gorgeous shore’s charm
When I should be writing
It does no good whining
It can make you berserk
I should learn better rhyming
And get back to work
So Long, Up North!
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So I returned from Europe to get ready for the start of the academic year and lo I was greeted with this;
“Anglican Church rejects gay marriage”, and similar headlines. Actually the vote took place in early July so I had to look for it. The draft proposal for the change originated in 2013. It was accepted at General Assembly in 2016, and therefore was on the agenda for a final vote in 2019. In order to pass it required a two-thirds majority in 3 votes, laity, clergy, and bishops. The final vote was;
Laity-80% in favour of gay marriage 20% opposed
Clergy-73% in favour 27% opposed
Bishops-64% in favour 36% opposed
Yes it was defeated by 2% of the bishops. What Monty Python might have called “ A wafer thin margin”
Will it stand? It would appear that another vote cannot be held for 3-9 years depending on the intricacies of the churches procedural rules, which are not clear to me. However the vote was met with such emotional fallout I wonder if it will be allowed to stand for very long.
Is it really representative? The implication that three quarters of the laity and clergy are in favour strikes me as unlikely. It would be interesting to see just who gets into General Assembly.
Whither the Anglican Communion? Actually the majority of the church is now based out of Africa and Asia and is very conservative so who knows. It will be a tough time for individual parishes to decide where they stand moving forward.
Sorry more in the spirit of today’s post;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
and summers lease hath all too short a date
Good ol Will, he really does have something for every occasion!
Poems….I love many….and here is one of mine!
My Little Boat by Claudia-Marie March 10, 2019
The tomorrow of yesterday has come,
And I am abiding in the Son,
Whose ways enliven all of my days,
To take on the struggles of each wave,
Of pain and sorrow, of joy and hope,
As He captains me, in my little boat.
God bless, C-Marie
Late August summer on God’s own farm
Corn ears swelling in the afternoon sun
Cantaloupes watermelons lilies unfurled
Dog splayed in the shade dreamin of squirrels
Too many tomatoes what can you do
Sauce em freeze em squeeze em into juice
Open the windows for the evening cool
Days are getting shorter soon night will rule
Another summer going going gone
Here’s hoping that I’ll see another one
One more summer that’s all I ask
May I survive the winter before I breathe my last
You can have the Fall, take the Winter please
Spring is for the lovers whom hope may seize
But I’ll take Summer any day of the week
Warmer is better for this old geek
Oh!! I love this one, dear old geek, Uncle Mike!! I am old, too…75!!
God bless you, C-Marie
Oh those rides across the river where the shallow stream runs wide
And the sunsets beams were glossing strips of sand on either side
We would cross the sparkling river on the brown horse and the bay
Watch the willows sway and shiver and the trembling shadows play
Tis a memory to be hoarded oh the foolish tail and frond
Till another stream be forded and we reach the great beyond