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01 February 2006 

"For the Soul of the Church"

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had
the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes
closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand, and they
had the land.

—Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan independence
leader and first president

My friend Phoebe sent me this link a couple of months ago to an article from ColorLines. It is a critique of the relationship between white, American, conservative Episcopalians and conservative African Anglican bishops (and their respective churches.)

I need to read it more carefully because I think that their is quite a lot they miss coming from what seems to be a purely secular perspective, but this point is certainly taken: Rich whities who are super interested in a relationship with African bishops are probably don't know many (if any) black people at home.

Sometimes I find myself aligning with the more conservative parts of the ECUSA (as I consider joining the church), but a story like this reminds me of how much more complicated things actually are.

BTW: I'm posting this using Performancing 1.1 for Firefox. It is a Ff extension that lets you post from within a browser window, with rich editing features.