So… this “Anglican thing”

This year has been spent in a cycle of spiritual rest and exploration. That cycle has taken us some interesting places. The big takeaway is a shift away from what I’ve known my whole life in one movement to step into another movement within the Body of Christ. For those interested, I write at some length about it HERE.

It would be great to have conversations over this for anyone having questions. 

Anglican Church Caves to Big Oil

The U.S. had our own elections. No big scandals.

That’s over in the Anglican Church. Today they selected their new leader: the archbishop.

While “big oil” is always blamed for “owning” the Republicans … or the Democrats… depending on who is yelling, we find BIG OIL involved in the Anglican Church! 

Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham, was an oil executive before coming to the Church. 

Not only that, but bets were being placed early in the week as to the odds-on favorite for archbishop.

Scandal!

Why can’t they be as holy as the Egyptian Coptic Church? They let a blindfolded boy pull a name out of a hat. Now THAT is godly!

Back in the USA, we’ve elected a president. We have the same president, the same makeup of the House, the same general makeup of the Senate, spending $6 billion in the process to land right back where we were two years ago.

I feel as patriotic as Stephen Colbert. God bless America!

 

 

 

The Changing Face of Christianity

The Archbishop of Canterbury is resigning. Mark Stevens wants the job. I’d vote for him if I had a vote.

The issue with the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church is similar. The Catholic Church will face the selection of a new pope before too long, I’m sure. When Pope John Paul II died, they had the opportunity to step up to new realities, but declined. The Anglican Church is in the same position.

As Ross Douthat points out, the new reality is both churches are in decline in their “home turf” yet growing rapidly in other parts of the world. Maybe it’s time to step up and embrace that reality.

Not being Catholic or Anglican, I don’t get to make that call, or even have a voice in that call. It’s their communion. But when there is an opportunity to recognize the shift of the church’s base, why not make a fresh step? Both the Catholic and Anglican communions could embrace African leaders, where their churches are actually growing.

Not that they will take that opportunity, but it is a refreshing thought.