Patrick Keyser on the take-home lessons on Prayer Book revision: comprehensive BCP revision later, better BCP translations soon, trial-use inclusive BCP language now. “With General Convention wrapped up, some may be asking what was actually decided, especially on the topic of Prayer Book revision. Headlines like ‘Bishops Kill Comprehensive Prayer Book Revision’ (The Living Church) left many with an incomplete picture of what transpired at the 79th General Convention.”
The Rev. Randy Alexander, rector of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria: “During this Convention, my first as a deputy, I have been thinking a lot about what really holds together this vast array of folks and ministries and causes. In a gathering like this, we can lose perspective when we’re focused on resolutions and when we’re staking claims for funding for our own important ministries.”
In 1966, the House of Bishops expelled the Diocese of Cuba from the Episcopal Church in, as some describe it, an action outside of our constitutional responsibilities. Under an oppressive regime, the Episcopal Church in Cuba survived in the living rooms of the grandmothers who maintained the practices and relationships. They continued to minister to one another in Christ’s name.
Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Andrew McGowan: “A profound question remains largely untouched in [the BCP revision] debate: How will our liturgy reveal and help create the unity of the Body of Christ, whose relationship with the Episcopal Church is, well, inexact and incomplete?”
We like to use the language of reconciliation when we are talking about racial justice, racial relationships. But, I want to say that to reconcile essentially means that we were together, we broke apart, and now are coming back together. When we look at the history of this country and many countries around the world, there is not a time where we can look back to as a frame of reference, like, “man we really had our stuff together then. Let’s use that as our guiding star into the future.”
“Our Anglican heritage equips us very well for this way of working together. In and through Jesus, we are committed to one another, not to the idol of like-mindedness. Whatever we face and wrestle over, we find that all we can celebrate together still trumps the dividing lines.”
Print edition: Issue Eight, July 1, 2015 In this issue: “From Liverpool: Linked to You as ‘Jesus People’” By the Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool “Encountering Dios: My Bilingual Worship Experience” By Aisha Huertas Michel, Communications Director, the Diocese of Virginia Traducción al Español: “Mi Experiencia de […]