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Letters to AO

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Letters from 12 to 18 May 2008

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The Holy Spirit, change, and consistency

I appreciated the editorial and the comment about how we try to domesticate the Holy Spirit. There seems to be a lot of that lately by all parties I suppose. I agree that there is a legitimate development of doctrine in the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

It seems logical to me, however, that there would be an inner coherence and consistency between what has been revealed in the past with what is purported to be revealed today concerning the faith, Christian morality, values, etc. I know it is fashionable to say God is pushing us into new and improved ways of thinking, but I cling to a more moderate approach.

The Reverend Grahame Thompson
Toronto, CANADA
12 May 2008

'Anoint and cheer our soiled face'

The letters from Carlton Kelley and Peter Winterble (May 12, 2008) struck a chord with me. I, too, have been asking

(a) what is the Southern Cone and which dioceses make up this province; and

(b) how come +Gene Robinson doesn't get an invitation to Lambeth, while the hatemongers do (even though most of them are not going because they are attending a gathering in Jerusalem at that time, if, like Archbishop Venables, they're not sheep-stealing in provinces other than their own).

I am convinced by now that the Anglican Communion is on a self-destruct course. And I'm more and more convinced that this is not altogether a bad thing. When (I no longer use 'If') the split comes, those on both sides of this issue can get back to the mandate of Christ — you know, that stuff about loving one another, feeding the hungry (God knows there are enough of them in these days of food shortges and high prices), comforting the afflicted (I'm sure the victims of the earthquake in China, the cyclone in Burma and the various wars in Africa and the Middle East don't give a rat's patoot about whether or not Gene Robinson should have been consecrated), and showing by word and deed what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Come, Holy Spirit indeed! End this fractious squabbling, turn the hearts of Anglicans of all stripes so that we look outward, not inward, and let us agree to disagree and get on with what we have been called to in our baptism.

In the meantime, AO, keep up your good work as a voice of reason in a church that seems to have lost hold of the vision.

Rene Jamieson
St. John's Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
13 May 2008


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