I have my monthly post published on Episcopal Cafe today. It’s an attempt for to write out my thinking on what it means to be a catholic-christian in a time when the Church is clear and present danger of schism:
“In the days leading up to the meeting I came across a reply to a comment on someone’s blog. The original post mentioned that ‘Rowan Williams was willing to sacrifice biblical truth for the sake of maintaining unity.’ A few comments later someone replied to the effect that she ‘was right that Rowan might sacrifice to maintain unity, but that she misunderstood the reason why. Rowan was willing to compromise because he understands maintaining unity as biblical truth’.
That comment has been stuck in my brain ever since. It gives me a way to express something I’ve been struggling to put into words for years. I am a catholic Christian in a way similar to my reading of where Rowan Williams is coming from. I believe the Body of Christ looks like the wide diversity of human experience – intentionally and not by accident. This is not a belief I brought with me into the Episcopal Church, but it is one that I have grown into as I have prayed the liturgy and read the bible with the people I have met in this denomination.
It is because I am a ‘catholic minded’ christian that I have never been able to find any internal resonance for myself with the idea that ‘we’ or ‘they’ must now walk apart from each other.
I am for Jesus, like just about every other voice in this moment. For me that leads me to confess that I am for the greatest amount of communion with the largest diversity possible.”
Read the rest here: Daily Episcopalian