By Russell Levenson “We pray for your holy Catholic Church... that we all may be one” (BCP, p. 387). In that prayer, we are connecting to Jesus’ final prayer before the Passion. My staff and I pray it regularly. And it arrests me. In the Garden of Gethsemane, crying tears of blood, what was Jesus’ prayer? That his followers might choose the right liturgy? Be Roman or … [Read more...] about So, Then… Do We Really Want to Be One?
The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology Edited by Paul Avis Oxford University Press. Pp. 672. $125 Review by Richard J. Mammana Ecclesiology is the study of “the Church’s manifold self-understanding in relation to a number of areas: the origins, structures, authority, doctrine, ministry, sacraments, unity, diversity, and mission of the Church, including its relation to … [Read more...] about The Thorough Authority of Paul Avis
Provisional plans for a season of repentance and prayer across the Anglican Communion next year have been put forward by the task group established after the Primates’ Meeting in 2016. The season would be launched with the publication of a specific prayer and would run from Pentecost until late in 2019. The group said the season would focus on individual provinces week by … [Read more...] about Task Group Urges Repentance
By John Martin Roman Catholic and Coptic churches have agreed to recognize each other’s baptisms. The decision was disclosed in a common declaration signed on April 28 by Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Francis was on a solidarity visit to Egypt in the wake of the Palm Sunday bombings that left 47 Coptic Christians dead and many … [Read more...] about One Baptism
Adapted from ACNS The Task Group set up by the Primates’ Meeting in 2016 has met in London this week with an emphasis on understanding diversity within the Anglican Communion, and recognizing areas of unity. The Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and chairman of the group, said it has been a positive and fruitful discussion. “We have been developing a … [Read more...] about Task Group Deepens Ties
By Matt Townsend Just a few blocks from the World Trade Center in Manhattan, where more than 2,600 died that day, Trinity Church Wall Street withstood the horrors of the attack. Even St. Paul’s Chapel, a Trinity building very close to the east side of the Twin Towers, escaped the attack and subsequent collapse of the towers without a broken window. The chapel served as a … [Read more...] about Serving & Remembering on 9/11
Two videos recorded during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to the United States capture his emerging thoughts on working for unity within the Anglican Communion.In the first video, recorded during the consecration service for Virginia Theological Seminary’s Immanuel Chapel, Archbishop Justin Welby speaks about reconciliation’s importance within Anglican thinking.In the … [Read more...] about Archbishop Welby on YouTube
From the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website:In 2010, to the Glory of God this chapel burned, and was rebuilt 2015. I am slightly misquoting, but with a full heart, the brass letters set in the floor at the back of Coventry Cathedral. “To the glory of God this Cathedral burned, 14th November 1940 and was rebuilt 25th May 1962.”To the Glory of God this chapel burned. Is it … [Read more...] about ‘We Need a United Church’