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again for a wonderfully cheering and useful site.
is a time of conflict between some Christians and Muslims
and there are many Muslims in Sydney. It might in fact
be a good time to look more carefully at the doctrine
of the Trinity and not to take it for granted. Archbishop
Williams gave a typically profound and very, very important
address on this subject, I think, not long ago in Cairo.
Hans Kung goes further, and in his great but so far
rather neglected work, Christianity, suggests it is time
that in some respects we sought to go back behind the
patristic paradigm to find a faith more firmly grounded
on as much as we know of the historic Jesus. In that
way we might draw closer to our Jewish and Muslim brothers
all Christians and, may I say, not all Anglicans really
accept in any strong sense the 4th-century patristic
doctrine of the Trinity, if indeed they understand
it. We no longer think in Greek philosophical terms
and some would no longer see in St John's Gospel (on
which the later dogmas are largely based) the actual
words of the Jesus who was and is himself most truly
God's word to us. To use a phrase of Archbishop Jensen,
perhaps it is time to become more "Bible
the meantime, I myself am very happily both a old style
broad-church Episcopalian priest, but also a long-time
member of the (strongly Christian) independent unitarian
(originally Episcopalian) congregation of King's Chapel,
Boston. Its revised Book of Common Prayer preserves
the beauty of traditional Anglican worship, while the Ten
Commandments, Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer and Cross
in its sanctuary symbolise the faith and commitment
of its people.
31 January 2005
time next week, we may be in a different place from today and last
week. I have been thinking about how we can't be feasting all the
time -- otherwise we will suffer from physical -- and spiritual indigestion.
We maintain better health and enjoy a better quality of life when
we are sustained by ordinary food -- and then we can enjoy the occasional
feast. After Lent and Holy Week is the Feast of the Resurrection,
and the season after Pentecost and Advent lead us to the Feast
of the Nativity or Our Lord Jesus Christ.
our contemporary, contiguous, incessant life, full
of stimulations of all sorts, we tend to reject the
banal and inconsequential. Attention-getting, profound,
and exciting pages on Anglicans Online may seem to
be preferred over the trivial and ordinary, but the
mundane and pedestrian are a necessary part of living.
best kind of exercise for most of us is going for a walk. It activates
our hearts and clarifies our minds. Also we can meditate, contemplate
and commune with Our God of Creation as we breathe the air we share.
Reverend Timothy Makoto Nakayama
St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA
31 January 2005
Lord, One Faith, One Baptism'
am fifty-eight, and after having been a member of the Roman Catholic
church all of my life, I chose two years ago to join the Episcopal
Church, and was received into it by Bishop Walker of Long Island
last September. I did not leave Rome because of any particular
person or thing, but did so only after having read and studied
about the Anglican church's historical and contemporary teachings.
to say, my timing is perhaps less than exquisite in light
of the furor going on in the US and worldwide church,
most often associated with the Robinson matter. I wish
that he did not carry what I see as an untimely agenda
into the parishes all over this country. It has hurt
so many people so deeply. I am very confused, and one
day feel one way and then change the next. All I can do
is pray for the church, and I do in my daily office.
write to thank you for your current and previous first-page
essays. They were magnificent, and captured the essence
of the Anglicanism that so attracted and attracts me.
They call to mind the common worship of the Church
as being the visible unifying factor. I believe Queen
Elizabeth I said that she did not care what people in their
deepest hearts thought, just so long as all worshipped
as one. That's, of course, not crass conformity nor
resignation, but rather, with fear and trembling, working
out our salvation. Isaiah's words that God's ways are
not our ways and God's thoughts are not our thoughts,
keep me steady on. We pray together, as a body, to
God, for each other and for ourselves. Sometimes, in
the winter of my moods, amid the blizzard of "blogs",
I can forget the important things.
for being wordy, but thank you for your beautiful words that again
summoned the reasons why I am blessed to be a part of this Anglican
Church of the Redeemer, Mattituck
Long Island, New York, USA
1 February 2005
conversations round the Communion?
the past centuries we
have survived many controversies. The discovery that the
earth is not flat is one of them. Evolutionary theory is
another. We survived even though the Bible envisions a
flat world, with the earth at the center of it -- and
all created in six days! We survived,
and mostly prospered, simply because we have been able
to adjust to new concepts and new ideas. And to
reinterpret the Gospel in light of things new.
now the topic is sexual orientation. Just like earlier
developments, there's new information on this topic,
too. And we are supposed to be talking about it, in
holy conversations, thoughout the Communion. It is
long past time for us to take that task seriously.
when we are willing to confront our fears and talk constructively
with our fellow Christians who happen to be gay, will we
be able move past this controversy. Let
us remain divided no longer, but engage each other in seeking
the greater good and the larger truth in this and all
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4 February 2005
may be a good
question, but we confess we've not asked it
have asked over the years why
Africa doesn't add more value to its coffee, fruit, and
hardwoods before they are exported? In recent weeks, the
answer has become clear: because Europe imposes swingeing
import taxes on processed vegetable material that make
adding value at source hardly worthwhile. The
colonial concept -- that blacks are field slaves who it
is dangerous to educate -- bubbles below the surface in
Strasbourg and Brussels. Might
attacking this injustice be something for Anglicans to
focus on for the next two decades, and hence forget Windsor?
St Lukes, Slyne-with-Hest
Lancaster, UNITED KINGDOM
3 February 2005
you do my homework for me?
name is Tiffany Cross. My theology class is exploring
different denominations of Christianity. We were each
assigned a different denomination and I, as you can
probably guess, was assigned the Episcopal/Anglican
Church. Our class is trying to better understand the
teachings and beliefs of your church and I was really
hoping that you would answer some questions for me.
If you could answer the following questions for me
I would appreciate it greatly and hopefully I will
be able to visit your church.
you could, would you briefly explain your church's understanding
of Jesus Christ (or Jesus and Christ).
is your understanding or belief regarding the Trinity?
you would, explain with two examples how your faith differ from
Chicago, Illinois, USA
3 February 2005
Would you like this
double-spaced in a plain paper email? Seriously, we'd
start by reading What
Anglicans Believe, where you'll find quotable answers
in the US Catechism. Our understanding of the Trinity
is cloudy, but our belief is strong. The Romans have
a pope; we don't -- read
essay for more details.
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