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.”
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?”
As General Convention considers the question of Prayer Book revision, it is imperative that new and better Prayer Book translations be authorized and funded. Producing translations that are truly accessible to the people who will use them is not only a matter of justice for our siblings in the Episcopal Church, it is deeply consistent with the history of Anglican liturgy.
Ian Markham, Dean & President of VTS, on #GC79: “The concerns around immigration, racism and the environment will be given prominence. The Episcopal Church will offer an appropriate witness for our time. … In other areas, I am less confident this Convention will seize the challenge of the moment. This is the moment for a dramatic reaching out to those brave conservatives who have stayed with the Episcopal Church.”
“I admit to a deep and abiding love for the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as well as a deep desire to be open-hearted rather than wistful about prayer book revision.” Sarah Kye Price considers BCP revision through the lens of her own journey from evangelical, to Episcopalian, to seminarian.