Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Where was I?

Oh, yes,

Still thinking about the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

To be honest, I don't know how I feel. I know that some are ecstatic, because she is a woman. And others are appalled, because she is a woman. So far no one seems to know much about her as an individual or a leader. I can only hope that she is the right person for the job of building bridges.

Part of me feels that if the Episcopal Church got kicked out of the Anglican communion, I would leave it. I made a concious decision not to join a small, US centered denomination. I wanted the global influence, for better or for worse.

But then, part of me feels that all of this is in God's hands and I have to trust the process, and even trust the people in charge of all of this, even if they seem hopelessly fractured right now.

Hand wringers are saying that the church is on the brink of schism. I pray that God will lead us in the direction that helps bring about the Kingdom. I pray that we will remember, in the days, weeks, years ahead, that that must be our focus.

1 comment:

e-Mom said...

I find it very interesting that you chose NOT to join a small US centered denomination. We can't agree on a single denomination in our family... vastly different spiritual backgrounds between my husband and me. So we "flit" from week to week; everything from Presbyterian and a non-denominational suburban church to small and charismatic. I grew up with Episcopal roots and I miss some of the more formal elements of worship. My latest post addresses the phenomenon of mega-churches... would you care to comment?