from 29 February to 7 March 2004
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tables and welcome silence
MONDAY MORNING I
log on to Anglicans Online for my weekly dose of sanity. You
never fail me!
letter today moved me more than I can say. Your marvellous
analogy of separate tables, and your support for the work of
Council of Churches — the voice of compassion, reason and love
in this fractured body of Christ — is most timely. Thank you.
also like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for not
referring to that movie, which is furthering the work of driving
wedges between us! God bless you.
John's Anglican Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
1 March 2004
pedigree in the narthex
LOVED LAST WEEK'S EDITORIAL and it brought
back memories of the diocese where I grew up, in the eastern
USA. Proudly displayed
in every parish — usually in the narthex — was an
elegantly lettered and framed 'pedigree', tracing the current
bishop's succession, all the way back to the apostles. In conversation
from other denominations, I have often offered this as an example
of ECUSA's idolatry of the historical episcopate, which has so
hampered us in ecumenical discussions.
article also reminded me of a book, published in the United States
during late nineteenth or early twentieth century, which contained
a diagram depicting Church history, in the form of a tree. The
roots of the tree were, of course, grounded in Christ, while
the trunk represented the first centuries of the undivided Church.
Higher up, two branches appeared, to indicate Eastern and Western
Christendom. Finially, the Western branch divided to symbolize
the Roman and Anglican communions. On the ground surrouonding
the tree, however, were a number of lopped-off branches, labelled
'Methodist', 'Presbyterian', and
so on. Such arrogance from a Church which represented a very
small part of America's Christian population is mind-boggling!
so much for the wisdom and humor you offer us during troubled
Reverend William L. Bippus, Jr.
Paul's Episcopal Church
Marinette, Wisconsin, USA
1 March 2004
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