In traditional Anglican theology there are two sacraments and five sacramental rites. The two sacraments are baptism and communion.
Of late, the sources of our theology in the Episcopal Church has been dominated by a repeated invocation of the baptismal covenant as the justification of much of what we are doing.
But I’ve been struck by the thought that there might be a creative tension present between being a baptism centered church and being a communion centered church. (Kind of like the tension between the priestly and prophetic functions in Israel.)
I wonder if it would be useful to think through what we might gain by insisting on a return to an equal weight between the sacraments? I’ve been meditating on the connections and disconnections between the communion language of patristic writers and the covenant language of the reformers of late. I’m wondering if some of those might be reflected in a tension between a spiritual life dominated by a focus on baptism vs a focus on communion…
Not sure what to do with the idea, or if there’s any fruit to be borne from it, but perhaps y’all might have some ideas.