We can resist the urge to fight solely for our own individual perspective and consider first-and-foremost the Body of Christ. We can pray and patiently exercise deep listening across the divide. Try on what the Very Rev. Sam Candler referred to in a presentation to the House of Deputies as the Via Comprehensiva: the wider way where contraries do not always contradict.
There are many ways that a General Convention is like a fabulous ingathering. Certainly, there is serious work going on here, but it is nice to be surrounded by so many people who are in love with this Church. The question I’m left pondering is how many of these people are equally in love with Jesus?
By the Center Aisle Editorial Staff The hallways, meeting rooms and dining spots of Austin, Texas could heat up July 3-11, as thousands of Episcopalians gather to talk about issues ranging from the Middle East to the health of our marriages. We can’t focus our lens of “radical […]
“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.”
Talking one-on-one with your bishop is intimidating. Chances are you don’t actually know your bishop that well, and chances are the whole office feels mysterious and infused with authority. This is, perhaps, the exact person who was interviewing you for postulancy five years before; this might be the exact person who determined that you would be ordained; this might be the very bishop who laid hands on you at your ordination. And then maybe you’ve been in the same room with him five times over as many years. And it’s intimidating.
Print edition: Issue Five, for Sunday, June 28, 2015 In this issue: “Can’t Stop God’s Love: Michael Curry Elected 27th Presiding Bishop” By Center Aisle “Hospitality in the Cheap Seats” By The Rev. James Papile, Rector, St. Anne’s Church, Reston, Va. “Love Comes Unbidden: In Defense of Open Communion” […]
Print edition: Issue Four, for Saturday, June 27 In this issue: “TREC’s Seminary Proposals? They Are Already in Place” by the Very Rev. Roger Ferlo, President of Bexley Seabury Federation. “Latino/Hispanic Ministries and the Future of the Episcopal Church” by Aisha Huertas Michel, Communications Director, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia “Baptism […]