Monday, February 01, 2010

Is God Killing the Uniting Church?

'What if God is killing the Uniting Church? Here is what Stanley Hauerwas told the congregation of Broadway United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana, in 1993:
“The plain truth is that Broadway survives as part of a larger church that is dying. Mainstream Protestantism in America is dying. Actually I prefer to put the matter in more positive terms: God is killing Protestantism and perhaps Christianity in America and we deserve it.”
Is God is killing the Uniting Church? Perhaps. Either way, its only alternatives are to continue indulging in the gratuitous “Church patriotism” that has blinded it to its plight thus far, and go on erecting stop-gap measures to stave off the inevitable; or it can embrace the fact that the Basis of Union has already placed the Church under the judgment of the Word of God with joyful repentance.'
This is what Scott Stephens, a pastor and theological educator in the Uniting Church in Australia, suggests in 'The lowest common denomination: a lament'. I don't know much about the UCA, but I do know a bit about the Anglican Church/Communion. And rather than boasting about that this would never happen to my denomination, I humbly pray that God preserve us.

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song!


Anonymous said...

I'm bummed no one commented on this post! I was hoping that it would spark fierce debate!

Oh well.


Matthew Moffitt said...

Yeah, but it sparked a debate here.