This video is from a recent United Kingdom Anglican Conference that occurred last week. One of their main stage sessions was titled:
Evaluating the “Love is all you need” approach of Andrew Marin
Yep, that’s right … they had a whole General Session on me, how I live my life, my book, and my theological and social understanding of culture, the Church and the gay community.
This conference was put on by Anglican Mainstream, who, needless to say, in the last few months have literally called me some pretty nasty names in print. In fact, in the last article they wrote about me, they said that I “was more dangerous to Christianity than Gene Robinson (the first ever appointed bishop who is gay).”
The crazy thing for me is that I have had some really well known Christian leaders in England (who know some of the Anglican Mainstream leadership) directly speak with them, telling them that I would LOVE to speak with them either on a conference call, or be at their event in person to answer any and all questions/accusations that they might have.
Guess what? They didn’t want to do either. Shocker …
So instead, this video is what we get. I cried a few times listening to what they claimed about me. For 53 minutes my heart was beating out of my chest in nerves listening to them talk about me the whole time. It’s a strange thing. Very uncomfortable.
After Anglican Mainstream not once, not twice, but three times turned down my offer to dialogue with them in person, private or in public, one of the straight Anglican Bishops in England wrote me the following note:
“I was invited to the conference, but when I saw the programme, I decided not to go. I don’t think there would be a chance for anyone other than them to get a word in edge-wise. They have an agenda. Sorry Andrew. Try as you might, their minds are closed.”
I still have hope! Do you hear me England … do you hear me Anglican Mainstream … I still have hope that one day you would be bold enough to talk to me personally. If you, the readers of the blog, don’t want to watch all 53 minutes, just start watching at minute 46:40 and go until the end. It sums up their whole message against me really well. And just a side note, during the end, the speaker said he
“would love to ask me a few questions.”
Well Dr. Vinay Samuel and crew, I’m still waiting for you to actually accept any of my offers to talk, because every time I have reached out to you, you have refused! So stop pretending like you actually want to talk to me. Once again, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office number is 773-572-5983. I look forward to peacefully discussing all of your issues with me to fully clear the air.