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The Episcopal General Convention meets every three years to conduct the business of the Episcopal Church. Your webmaster attended every convention from 1988 in Detroit to 1997 in Philadelphia, coming away with the impression gained from other venues, that pseudo-conservatism (conservatism which is incapable of conserving anything) is more the problem than pseudo-liberalism (liberalism which does not liberate anyone). The "liberals" (in skeptical quotes) are much better politicians than the "conservatives". "Liberals" say that truth is relative and that we should all be nice to each other. They do not believe that, but they are good at pretending. The "conservatives" say they believe in an objective truth, but then find some way of compromising with the latest "liberal" program.
Honest liberals and conservatives may have family feuds, but at the end of the day, they are still part of the same family. The pseudo-conservatives and liberals today are not part of the same family. As Bishop MacNaughton said at the 1991 convention in Phoenix, "There are two religions on the floor!" If the convention, or just the conservatives at the convention, had taken that seriously, there would have been a quite different outcome. But the "conservatives" wanted to believe that we were, and still are, in an honest conversation. That is not the case. We must force truth onto the table, because the "liberals" will not allow it there, and the "conservatives" do not know how to put it there.
Below is my history with General Convention. E. Fox
1988 - Detroit
Detroit was my first Gen Con. I had sent a copy of Biblical Sexuality & the Battle for Science to every bishop, priest, and layperson was a member of the convention.
I went there to put on a workshop to educate the bishops, priests, and lay folk on the differences between Biblical sexuality and the secular/pagan kind. They needed to choose which they wanted to follow. Little, if any, of my material made it to the floor. But I met Alan Medinger, leader of Regeneration Ministry in Baltimore, helping people out of homosexuality. He said that I should be teaching my workshop at the yearly Exodus conference. (Exodus is the umbrella for about 150 ministries around the world helping people out of homosexuality.)
So in 1989, I went to my first Exodus conference just outside of Philadelphia, the beginning of a radically new chapter in my life. I met a fellow coming out of homosexuality who came to my class. A few years later, he founded Transformation Christian Ministries in Washing, DC. We kept in contact and I helped him with a few conferences reaching out to homosexual persons and confronting the homosexual agenda.
1991 - Phoenix
I tried to do a workshop at the Phoenix conference illustrating the differences between the Biblical and the pagan/secular worldview, and how contrary views of sexuality would spring from them. But delegates were not interested in such issues.
1994 - Indianapolis
My first encounters with hostile homosexualists came at the Indianapolis conference. Integrity, the Episcopal homosexual activist group had a booth just down the aisle from my Emmaus Ministries booth. We had some "interesting" conversations. I was beginning to hone my skills in remaining calm and reasonable when my opponent is vigorously "in my face". This convention saw the birth of the Road to Emmaus==>>, my "electronic bulletin board system", a precursor to our more flexible and useable websites.
With the help of Dennis and Elizabeth Kelly, from the Christian Community of Family Ministry (Vista, CA), we distributed nearly 2000 copies of my "Summary of the Evidence" regarding homosexuality. To every bishop, priest, and lay person with a seat at the convention. Again, so far as I know, the evidence never made it to the floor of the convention.
I tried to testify at a meeting of a committee, on which sat a well-known conservative bishop. I planned to describe the nature of homosexual behavior so that decisions could be made with accurate information. I discussed the matter with the bishop, who suggested that that was not the right timing. I wondered, if not now, when? I testified right after two homosexual persons gave their testimony about their relationship. The chairwoman interrupted to tell me that my remarks were inappropriate. I appealed her decision, saying that the sexuality discussions were being held in darkness and ignorance, and that people needed to know the facts on which I was reporting. She grudgingly relented, but she had used up most of my allotted three minutes (the limit, of course, was enforced), so I was able to say very little. The "conservative" bishop did nothing to support my freedom to testify.
1997 - Philadelphia
I was getting more adept at the electronic medium, and so was able to keep my website supplied with information from the convention in Philly, much of it contained here.
The next year, in December of 1999, I moved to the Washington, DC, area, to become the director of Transformation Christian ministries, helping people exit the homosexual lifestyle.
2000 - Denver
I did not attend the Denver convention, and, because of my work with Transformation Christian Ministries, I did not have my website up. The homosexual agenda continued to make inroads, moving closer to establishing itself as a legitimate (read 'mandatory') position.
2003 - Minneapolis
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