Idolatrous self-interest – intriguing description of fear used by Katharine Jefferts Schori in the homily at her investiture/seating in Washington.  One can only wish her well and hope that she will be grace-full as she plays her part in the continuing and unfolding world Anglican drama.  These are times when it is easy to be anti-American and to hope that the mid-term elections will inject a much-needed dose of humility into the American body-politic.  But it’s not just an American disease – I’ve seen it too in the balance of power between the communities in Northern Ireland – particularly when I lived in Portadown which had an overwhelming protestant majority.  Why is it that those who – if might is right – should feel most secure in their power and identity seem most ready to indulge in fear-driven aggression?

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