Strangely enough, even though my province has been sanctioned ever so lightly, I feel more a part of a communion than I have in quite some time.
Timothy Sedgwick has opened a window and let a breath of fresh air into the current Communion debates. Rather than dismissing the issues at hand, he insists we take advantage of this moment.
By Timothy Sedgwick The crisis confronting the the Anglican Communion is not necessarily a tragic moment of division. It is first of all an opportunity to discern what are the ways to respond to Christ's prayer to follow him faithfully that Christians may be one as he and the Father are one, that the world may believe (John 17:21).
For Justin Welby, if there is a way forward for the Communion, it will be liturgical. The liturgy shows us what togetherness really looks like, how structure may prove fruitful, and why we must be patient.
Do the primates have the legislative authority to make such a pronouncement? No. But our bond and common identity as Anglicans is not governed by law but by the grace of relationships.
Many have bridled at the primates’ challenge to the maverick Episcopal Church to be a team player. The primates’ attempt at discipline, it is objected, was both clumsy and authoritarian, pushing in the opposite direction of possibly prophetic witness.
John Martin has just reported on the Primates' Meeting at The Living Church: "Primates suspend TEC over same sex decisions." The report comes in the wake of a released, preliminary statement from the Primates, ... Read More...