Place to Begin
Hallo again to all.
An enquiry from a reader about the whereabouts of the missing Episcopal Synod of America site launched us on a search. We found that, in addition to their web site, ESA as an entity is no more, having become Forward in Faith North America earlier this year. This news release tells you more. A quick look suggests that the ESA web site is more or less incorporated in the Forward in Faith pages.
We had another query from a reader about a web site or email address for the new ECUSA-related Order of Jonathan Daniels, based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. We couldn't find anything on the Web, so if you know of the existence of an email address or a home page, would you let us know?
We note the growing presence of episcopal election information online: two current examples in ECUSA are the Diocese of Northern Indiana (which promises 'live ballot updates') and the Diocese of Atlanta.
From time to time we have commented on the difference between news and metanews. Metanews is news about news, and is not always worthless, because sometimes there is philosophical content in studying the things that the world finds newsworthy. The United States twice elected as president a man whose chief documented qualifications for the job were that he comported himself very well in front of television cameras; he was a great communicator. With the eye of near-term history, some people think that he was a good president and some do not, but he was very much what the people wanted at that time; this is why they elected him. The year-to-year wants of a people can be fickle, and one of the points of the Bible is that some things are not supposed to change with the winds of fashion.
There is a stir in the British press and church this week about an article that appeared in London's Daily Mail entitled "Is he the worst Archbishop we've ever had?" (See our News Centre to find how you can read this article online.) Our world tends to remember and revere sharp-edged writers more than it has sympathy for their targets. Andrew Brown has written a well-crafted hit piece. You are probably not entitled to proclaim a public opinion on this issue unless you listened to the radio programme that Mr Brown is writing about, but the article has made news, and, as such, we are reporting it. We at Anglicans Online see this issue not so much about what kind of a person the good Archbishop might be, but rather about how our society views the church and the office of Archbishop. The Archbishop of Canterbury does not stand for election (click here for an explanation of how he is chosen); we therefore cannot tell you what the British public think their Archbishop should be like. But this article, negative focus notwithstanding, does say something about the role our culture expects of a church leader in the Internet age. And, historically, one of the characteristics of a popular writer is that they understand well what the public wants.
See you next week.
updated: 12 September 1999