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megimoo
04-01-2009, 11:25 PM
The new president of the Episcopal Divinity School is openly gay and an outspoken advocate of abortion and "LGBT" rights.

– The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads.

Ragsdale, who is an outspoken advocate of abortion and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender) rights, was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees and will begin her duties on July 1, 2009.

In addition to the press release and public letter concerning the appointment, the EDS website also has a link to Rev. Ragsdale’s sermon blog. There, the first sermon is entitled, “Our Work is Not Done.” The content has been cited and circulated on a large number of pro-life and conservative Christian blogs. An excerpt follows:

“When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.

“And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight -- only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.

“These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.”

Currently, Ragsdale serves as Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Pepperell, MA. She is also President and Executive Director of Political Research Associates, that describes itself as “a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society.”

The organization’s website also indicates that one of their missions is to “expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights,” particularly regarding the Christian and political right.

She has previously served on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Ragsdale, who is openly gay, was profiled by Rich Barlow of the Boston Globe in their March 5 edition. During that interview she stated,

"I've experienced far more resistance and discrimination in the progressive community for being a Christian than I do in the Christian community for being a lesbian.”

In his article, Barlow also stated that “she recalled that three women, spying her collar, once tried to keep her out of a meeting room for the National Abortion Rights Action League - even though she was a member of the league's board.”

EDS trustee, The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw stated in a press release, “I am thrilled with the appointment of Katharine Ragsdale as the president and dean of EDS. She brings a wealth of small parish ministry to her new position and it is critical that the new president and dean be able to train and form parish priests for the growth of progressive parishes across the country. She brings a wealth of experience, talent and creativity to this new position.”---May GOD have mercy on us.We are indeed doomed !


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PoliCon
04-02-2009, 12:09 AM
If I was part of the ECUSA after seeing this - I would no longer be. :shudder:

FlaGator
04-02-2009, 08:41 AM
If I was part of the ECUSA after seeing this - I would no longer be. :shudder:

We no longer refer it as ECUSA, it is now call TEC (The Episcopal Church). I and my parish are among those conservative parishes who are staying in order to witness the truth to those that are in apostasy and promoting heresy. I started my blog for just this purpose, www.anotherpilgrim.com/blog (http://www.anotherpilgrim.com/blog) For the record this is nothing to for TEC. Most of the professors and instructors at the School for Divinity are liberal and teach liberal revisions (hence the title revisionists) of the Gospel and Christian theology to the students. There are a few Seminaries that are person can attend that are traditional in their teaching that TEC will except but they are getting to be fewer and fewer.

PoliCon
04-02-2009, 09:48 AM
We no longer refer it as ECUSA, it is now call TEC (The Episcopal Church). I and my parish are among those conservative parishes who are staying in order to witness the truth to those that are in apostasy and promoting heresy. I started my blog for just this purpose, www.anotherpilgrim.com/blog (http://www.anotherpilgrim.com/blog) For the record this is nothing to for TEC. Most of the professors and instructors at the School for Divinity are liberal and teach liberal revisions (hence the title revisionists) of the Gospel and Christian theology to the students. There are a few Seminaries that are person can attend that are traditional in their teaching that TEC will except but they are getting to be fewer and fewer.

aI understand your motivations for staying - but I would not stay. The passage that comes to my mind with regards of this - light has no fellowship with darkness.

Gingersnap
04-02-2009, 10:18 AM
It looks like she's removed the page from her blog although it's still referenced in the Google cache. I didn't see a direct link from the EDS site to Ragsdale's blog.

While I admire FlaGator's conviction, I'm glad that my bunch decamped in the 1970s. I can't even imagine how painful it would be to have my church leadership embrace every destructive idea short of classical Satanism in a failing effort to be "relevant". :mad:

noonwitch
04-02-2009, 02:06 PM
Not all pro choice people would call abortion a blessing. I personally consider it an option of last resort in desperate circumstances. Most of the women I know who have had abortions are not proud of their decision, but neither are they ashamed of it. They're not out there wearing t-shirts that proclaim how proud they are of their abortions, or posting at DU about their pride in their decisions.