Sunday, September 09, 2007

A mannerly new Anglican blog
Covenant, a joint project of Anglo-Catholics and modern Central Churchmen who want to get past the one-sided emotionalism of much of the Episcopal row particularly in the blogs and simply talk to each other, including seriously about theology, and be authentically ecumenical.

(With people like these ARCIC wouldn’t be the big waste of time it is.)

Much like the people I’ve met on- and offline in the past few years, more so only in the past year: Central Church people (such as other born Anglicans about my age) and even a few left-leaning ones, several of whom are younger than me and have far more in common with me (they’re neither theological Modernists nor liturgical liberals) than with ageing minorities like John Shelby Spong (the world’s oldest bright sixth-former) and his fans.

And a lot like the generational divide among practising Roman Catholics between the old liberals living in the 1970s (most of the American bishops, or Call to Action for example: lots of greying members of dying religious orders) and the kids who want either high-church Novus Ordo (R2: ‘reform of the reform’) or the Roman Mass. Or among the Orthodox between the older, ethnic second-generation American priests who look like other American clergy (clean-shaven and, outside of services, in suits) and the bearded, smartly cassocked youngsters in the OCA for example, often in the second or third wave of these churches’ convert boomlet (‘yesterday’s Anglicans’ as A Simple Sinner wrote), who look like ROCOR clergy!

This part of the bio of Fr Mark Clavier, a born Continuer in a way:
I grew up steeped in a kind of Anglicanism already becoming a thing of the past elsewhere. While my brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church were learning new rites and beginning furniture rearrangement, I continued to worship with the old prayer book in a style that fitted the majesty of its language.
Is something I could have written.

Another worthwhile intellectual blog in the same spirit:

Catholic in the Third Millennium

Both notable for both a lack of nasty Photoshopped pictures of the Episcopal supremo or of comparisons of conservative Anglicans — for example, people who want to keep the buildings they’ve always used in order to teach the same things about the creeds and, among other things, sexual matters as they (and historically most Christians) always have done — to Hitler, Fred Phelps (ugh) or child abusers.

(There should be another Godwin’s Law for Mr Phelps — bring him up in an argument about this church and you forfeit.)

One more thought: being removed from the Anglican Communion and replaced in America as the official Anglican church by conservatives would not affect 99 per cent of Episcopalians in any way.

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