Friday, September 07, 2007

Protest against Archbishop Akinola scheduled in Wheaton

From a new website (first posting dated Sept. 5) called Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence, run by Josh Thomas, a lay minister in the Episcopal Church, comes a call to picket Archbishop Akinola of Nigeria on Sunday, Sept. 23, outside Chicago:

Archbishop Peter Akinola, the infamous anti-Gay bigot and schismatic Anglican, is coming to the Chicago area later this month to celebrate the Eucharist with five local breakaway churches which are part of the Anglican Mission in America. He will be greeted by a picket line in protest of his ongoing campaign of intimidation and violence against LGBT Africans. . .

. . . Akinola will appear at the chapel of fundamentalist Wheaton College at 10:30 a.m. The chapel is located at the corner of Washington and Franklin Streets in Wheaton, Illinois, about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago.

The demonstration will be peaceful and will not disrupt the church service. It is aimed not only at the archbishop but at his American enablers, former Episcopalians with a particular antipathy for Gay people who are splitting the Church to keep Gay people out.

Gay and Straight Episcopalians will gather at 8 a.m. for Mass at St. James’s Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago, then drive to Wheaton for the demonstration, which will last one hour, from 10-11 a.m. Protesters will march in procession on the sidewalk opposite the Wheaton College Chapel and will not interfere with those attending the church service.

The demonstration is co-sponsored by dailyoffice.org, a prayer website serving the Episcopal Church, and the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago. . .

Check it out. As for me, I will be adding this visit by Archbishop Akinola to my prayers that his presence be a joy to those churches he is visiting and that all protests are truly peaceful and safe.

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