So I chose sex! Sorry, I'm being deliberately controversial. CONTEXT ALERT: I have to write my next assignment over the Christmas break. Christian Ethics. I've got about 5 weeks to write it. I must be crazy to leave it so late. It took me three months to write my piece on women bishops. Not shy of controversy , I've decided after much thought that of the two issues that I feel I could write on - Christian ethics and euthanasia or Christan ethics and homosexuality, I've plumped for the latter. Thought that over the festive period, it might be a bit much dwelling on assisted suicide and all the contraptions one can order to secure it, if Panorama is anything to go by, the other night. That plastic bag thing the Scottish MP ordered from the internet was very macabre.
I think I will write my piece on The Ethical dilemma surrounding the consecration of Gene Robinson. My lecturer, Roy McCloughrey, impressively the editor of John Stott's 'Issues Facing Christians Today', has suggested that I look into the decisions that led to his consecration, as well as the biblical texts that speak into the homosexual debate. He hinted that I have a lot of work ahead of me. It's going to be interesting. I remember my posts at the time of Gene Robinson's exposure in the media through Lambeth, they were very unsure. I felt I had to make my mind up on the issue and was blown and buffeted around like the wind, certain sometimes that only sex within a marriage is God's will but then feeling emotional the next minute about that heckler who was so cruel to Robinson in the Putney Church. I guess the module has enabled me to understand, amongst many other things, that ethical response isn't always concurrent with the pastoral response and this is what ministers need to learn and perhaps where some of them fail.
So my Christmas holiday reading is certainly going to be different this year and it will kick off with two essential autobiographies: Rowan's and then Gene's - interesting!
If anyone can recommend any resources, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know.