Tidings of comfort and joy? The holidays seem like weeks of frantic rushing for minutes of comfort and joy.
But this Advent season, if anything does give me comfort and joy, it’s the way local ACNA church members and Episcopal Church members are still meeting with one another — different sets of people, different venues, different occasions, but all warm and friendly.
This would seem highly unlikely, given the split of the Diocese of South Carolina into a diocese affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America and a diocese affiliated with The Episcopal Church.
But as I have experienced first-hand here in Myrtle Beach, local ACNA members and Episcopalians are still finding the time and the love to go out for meals together, to study together, to have drinks together, to share enthusiasms on social media together.
And it’s always good to see each other.
Leaders stake territory; friends stay together.
Posted in Anglican, Anglican Church in North American, Episcopal Church, Episcopalians, South Carolina
Tagged Advent, Anglican Church in North America, Christmas 2018, Diocese of South Carolina, friendship, Myrtle Beach, schism, South Carolina, The Episcopal Church
The ongoing controversies in the Episcopal Church were fresh in my mind when I saw this sign on Sunday. Thinking of denominations and schisms and tradition and change, I could both understand and dislike what I saw on the side of I-77 between Rock Hill and Columbia, S.C.
The Times of London reports today:
The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches took tentative steps towards healing their 950-year rift yesterday by drafting a joint document that acknowledges the primacy of the Pope.
The 46-paragraph “Ravenna Document”, written by a special commission of Catholic and Orthodox officials, envisages a reunified church in which the Pope could be the most senior patriarch among the various Orthodox churches.
Just as Pope John Paul II was driven by the desire to bring down Communism, so Pope Benedict XVI hopes passionately to see the restoration of a unified Church. Although he is understood to favour closer relations with traditional Anglicans, the Anglican Communion is unlikely to be party to the discussions because of its ordination of women and other liberal practices.
Unification with the Orthodox churches could ultimately limit the authority of the Pope, lessening the absolute power that he currently enjoys within Catholicism. In contrast, a deal would greatly strengthen the Patriarch of Constantinople in his dealings with the Muslim world and the other Orthodox churches.
Wow. Read the full article here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2880038.ece
Posted in Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Constantinople, faith, Islam, Orthodox, Orthodoxy, Pope, religion, Rome
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