Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Death of a Church

Well, it seems that with all the plodding on pondering that has surrounded the Anglican Communion for the past several years, the future of the Communion has finally waddled pass the point of no return, in light of recent events. With the boycott of Lambeth and impending GAFCON meeting, the Anglican World is now heading into uncharted waters. Even Tom's Wright plea to the evangelical Anglican leaders is, I suspect, to little, to late.

Where all this will head this year is far from certain. But hebel will, in an attempt to bring direction back to this blog, report all the events leading up to the Jerusalem and London conferences (Lambeth is still quite important, even without the majority of Evangelical Bishops, because it concerns the most of the Anglican Church here in Australia, and in England, of which I for one have a soft spot.)

Am I mad that the Sydney Bishops aren't going to Lambeth? No. In some sense this eventuality was almost inevitable. But I am sad - as anyone should be if they saw their church torn apart 'by heresy and schism.' I know that the Communion, a hangover of the British Empire, is only a part of the wider church. In fact, it is exactly because I believe this that makes me sad. For:

"The gospel of God, concerning his Son Jesus the Christ, is the announcement of God's great victory over his, and our and the world's, enemies - a victory won in and through a broken and bloody body hanging on a Roman cross. This victory was crowned by mighty resurrection and ascension, so that the same Jesus now sits at the right hand of God in glory, far above every power and authority. And the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, makes an astonishing statement about that victory - it was 'for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.' (Eph. 1.22-23)." - Andrew Katay, Rector's Report to the First Annual Parish Meeting of Christ Church Inner West Anglican Community, 2008.

To finish with the words of one uniquely bound up in all of this:

"Christians are aware that, because that, because of Jesus Christ, a familiar world has been broken apart and reassembled; so what becomes most frightening is anything that threatens to break up the universe again, driving wedges between what has been carefully stitched together by way of much paradox and skillful redefinition." - Rowan Williams, Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church, 2005.

On this there is still much to be said...

No comments: