The cost of being banned – UPDATED
UPDATE: It seems that things may be OK on my end, after all. I’m grateful for all the notes of support, righteous indignation, and financial help. I’ll contact those who gave money to arrange return of it, since I’m unlikely to need it. If you’re inclined to help with Lambeth Conference progressive coverage or the work of building a church where no one is banned, please make a donation to the Canterbury Campaign or to Inclusive Church in the UK. I don’t much like personal drama, so I apologize for the on-off-on-again nature of all this. I guess I’ll chalk it up to Anglican life these days. Your support shows that there is much life among Anglicans, and it gives me much hope for the future of the church. Thanks to be God.
I’ve had some fun being banned from GAFCON. It was my first official banning. May it not be the last.
Along with the fun side, there was a cost. I had planned to go to the Lambeth Conference where I was to serve as a volunteer photographer and communications staffer for an entity that I’ll leave nameless. It seems that my infamy is now seen as a liability for them, so I am not able to serve in that capacity. I had used some frequent flyer miles to get myself a ticket to London, and the unnamed entity was to help me with food and lodging.
Here’s the deal. I’d like to go to the Lambeth Conference. If I’m there, I’ll work closely with my friends at Inclusive Church, who are planning a progressive presence with a marketplace stall and many events. Some of you may remember my blogging coverage of the Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam. I’ll fill the Interwebs with regular reports, photos, and analysis of what’s happening. I think it’s important to have progressive bloggers there. Otherwise you’re coverage will be limited to a few conservative blogs.
You can help send 7WD to the Lambeth Conference!
If you have a few extra dollars, please consider donating some funds. I’ll cover some of the expense myself, but a priest’s salary does not leave much room for three weeks in England with a weak dollar! As a vegetarian teetotaler, my costs are low. Anyway, you can use PayPal to make a contribution. If you’d rather send a check, just email and I’ll give you the details. If you’re planning a larger gift and want to ensure that it’s tax deductible, please contact me.
I’ll gladly give a penny-by-penny accounting to any donor who wants it. You’ll be paying for lodging, some meals, travel from London to Canterbury, and customary incidentals. If there are extra funds, I’ll donate that money to Inclusive Church UK for its ongoing work ensuring that there’s room for everyone in our church and that no one is banned.