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From: Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy
Sent: 02 August 2008 20:35
To: Phil Groves
Subject: Love Unites
It was nice to talk to you this evening. I thank God for your ministry of
listening. I know it is one of the most important yet challenging ministries
of the Church today. I wish to share some of my thoughts with you.
I am serving the people of the Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India,
in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. I came to
attend the Lambeth Conference with lot of questions in my mind about the
issue of human sexuality as I knew this issue has threatened the unity in
the Anglican Communion. Coming from a conservative back-ground I was not
even prepared to listen to any person who supported the gay and lesbian
people. However, the Indaba experience has changed my opinion. After
listening to the stories of bishops coming from different cultural contexts
I have become aware of the pain and agony people have bear because of our
attitude towards each other. Further, I am convinced that despite their
different and often opposite positions all are committed to live and grow
within the Anglican family. The binding force in a family is love. If we
love one another we learn to transcend our differences and don't hesitate to
sacrifice our own interests for the sake of the family unity. This is
possible only when we are willing to listen to each other. The amount of
sacrifices I make is dependent on the depth of my love and intimacy of my
As for me I have decided not to be hasty in judging the gay and the
lesbians. I wish to learn more about their life and problems. I have also
decided to regularly pray for them. I wish to encourage the other members of
the Anglican Communion to do the same.
You may share my thoughts with other like-minded persons.
Bunu (Bishop P. K. Samantaroy)
P.S. Please feel free to edit my letter as English is not my first language
26, R.B.Prakash Chand Road
Amritsar - 143001